Lightroom: Midi Learn Support for dedicated hardware unit to control Develop parameters in Lightroom

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I would love a dedicated hardware unit to control Develop parameters in Lightroom. Mousing around is a pain in the wrist, the key commands (,+,-) are useful but annoying to find the target parameter, and X-Keys solutions tend to be cumbersome if not altogether sluggish.

I can certainly see why Adobe wouldn't be interested in creating a custom unit, but why not support midi-learn for the Develop parameters? It works perfectly in software such as Logic. There are many hardware midi controllers in the audio world that would make excellent Lr controllers. One could even DIY a unit customized to their way of working. This would be a revolution in speed and ease-of-use.
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Jarred Wagner

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Jarred Wagner

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For those who don't understand how this would work, imagine this -

You buy something like this, a midi controller.

You right click on any parameter - let's say exposure - and choose "Learn". You move the slider/knob of your choice on the controller, and Lr learns that the slider/knob controls exposure.

Then, instead of using the mouse or a key-command, you use an actual physical object of your choice to control the exposure level. You could easily attach any parameter to any hardware controller, create custom layouts of your most used parameters, etc, and also bind keys, key commands, presets, etc to buttons on the controller. It would be a beautiful thing!
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TK

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Very nice idea.
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Zlatko Batistich

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Excellent idea! That would be a huge timesaver for photographers who have to do a large volume of adjustments in Lightroom.
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john beardsworth

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Google "Knobroom"
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Zlatko Batistich

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Apparently Knobroom is in alpha stage and not yet recommended for production. Does it work? Is there any delay when making adjustments?
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Jarred Wagner

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Got it up and running, it does work. Performance is pretty sketchy and it is tough to make any fine adjustments. Not something that could be used as is. But it is a worthwhile idea and I hope it improves with the rewrite!
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john beardsworth

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The guy seemed keen to develop it further. Maybe contact him directly?