Loupedeck, a company that makes controllers for creators, is back with a device that it positions as a direct competitor to Elgato’s Stream Deck rather than its previous products. It says the Loupedeck Live S is designed “especially for streamers and gamers looking for an easy and affordable way to control their streams.”
The Live S has a touchscreen with 15 customizable buttons. You’ll be able to create up to 14 screens to slide between, meaning you’ll be able to quickly access dozens of buttons that can trigger complex actions with a single press.
You can also set up screens for specific scenes, depending on the type of stream you’re hosting. For example, variety streamers may want to access different actions when running an ASMR stream or participating in a group chat rather than playing a first-person shooter.
The device also has dials, which Loupedeck says helps the Live S stand out from its competition. Streamers can turn the dial to make fine adjustments to things like lighting or volume or use it like a physical button to change a setting (like mute the microphone). You can also use the device as an audio mixer.
The Loupedeck Live S has native integration with software and services such as Twitch, Streamlabs, OBS and Voicemod. Plugins for creative suites such as Final Cut Pro and Adobe Lightroom can also be installed. Other plugins, custom profiles and other ways to customize the Live S will be available on the Loupedeck Marketplace.
Loupedeck is running an Indiegogo campaign for the Live S. Those entering the super early bird tier can nab one for around $106, though there are only 99 units available at that tier. There are 199 available at the early bird level (around $128) and 599 for those who jump at the last chance level (around $138).
If you miss one of those, you can still get a Live S for around $149, which Loupedeck says is 23% off the retail price. Pledge amounts may fluctuate as figures are converted to USD from Euros.
The campaign includes Indiegogo’s Trust-Proven badge, which the platform uses to highlight creators who have had successful projects in the past, including providing benefits to backers. Loupedeck ran a campaign in 2016 for an eponymous product designed for Lightroom. This time, the company says it’s using Indiegogo more to advertise it to an audience that will likely be interested in Live S rather than to specifically raise funds for the project.
The Stream Deck also has 15 customizable keys and typically costs $150. This means that at regular retail price, Loupedeck will be more expensive than the Stream Deck, but it offers precise control with the dials and the ability to access more controls by swiping to other screens.
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