Loupedeck has released a new control panel for your computer. This is the Loupedeck Live S and as the name suggests, it’s designed and geared specifically for live streamers. It’s essentially a stripped down version of the Loupedeck Live with a significantly lower price point. It launches on Indiegogo with a deposit price of €129 (about $138). That’s a far cry from the $269 the Loupedeck Live charges.
While it offers a streamlined approach for live streamers, it still works with all the apps you’re used to including Lightroom, Photoshop, Final Cut Pro as well as the other native integrations. Of course, you won’t get quite the capabilities with the extra buttons and controls on the Loupedeck Live and Loupedeck CT, but at this price point, it’s worth checking out even if you’re not streaming.
Live streaming has become a big part of the advertising life of photographers and filmmakers in recent years, with native support for tools like Twitch, OBS, Streamlabs, and Voicemod. You can also configure it for keyboard shortcuts in any app. As with the Loupedeck Live and Loupedeck CT, each of the buttons is an OLED display that updates as you switch between multiple pages – of which you can configure up to 14 pages, each with 15 new button configurations.
However, unlike the Loupedeck Live and Loupedeck CT, you have 15 of them instead of 12, so you have more on hand at once. This also brings it more in line with its competitors like the Elgato Stream Deck. Of course, the Stream Deck doesn’t have the rotary controls for quickly and accurately adjusting volume and other settings, or simply scrolling through multiple pages of shortcuts and macros.
In addition to controlling the software right on your PC, the Loupedeck Live S also offers native support for the Philips Hue Bridge when using Philips Hue lights, so you can customize your lights while streaming. Probably more useful for gamers than photographers hosting podcasts or other types of live streams, but it can do it when you need it. A Loupedeck Audio Mixer is also slated for release in November 2022, allowing you to customize your microphone and other audio sources in real time.
If you’ve been thinking about getting one of Loupedeck’s touchscreen OLED consoles for your computer, whether you’re streaming or not, then this seems like a great option if you’re on a budget – especially while it’s currently on Indiegogo runs. Commitments start at €129 (~$138), shipping is expected in October and this price will increase to €179 (~$192) once the product goes on sale.