Avid Artist Color Review – Control Surface for Color Grading

March 17, 2012 — 2 Comments

The Avid Artist Color is a control surface that works with a lot of applications. My specific interest was in using it with DaVinci Resolve, but it also works with Avid Media Composer, Symphony, Apple Color, Assimilate SCRATCH, Autodesk Smoke for Mac, Baselight, NuCoda Fuse, RedCine-X, Foundry Storm and more.

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Here is my video review of this control surface:

Summary: The Avid Artist Color represents a real sweet spot in a color grading control surface. It is well-built, responsive and pretty affordable. The large number of applications it can control is the icing on the cake.


Disclosure: I requested a temporary review unit of this item for a few weeks in order to prepare this review. I encourage you to review my general ethics statement.

Update 3/24/2012:

Some folks have asked if I have seen the new Tangent Element controller set. I have not yet had the privilege of trying them out, but I’ve looked at high rez photos and spoken with a couple of folks that saw prototypes and really liked them. Of course that’s no substitute for trying the real thing over an extended review period, but I have to say the more horizontal form factor looks good and early intel on build quality seems quite favorable. The full set of 4 panels is also a fair bit pricier at $3500 so it’s up to the individual user to weigh its benefits against lower cost panels like this $1500 Artist Color. If I can arrange a demo set I will.

Carey Dissmore

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2 responses to Avid Artist Color Review – Control Surface for Color Grading

  1. Hi Carey,
    Thanks for the informative series.
    I have the Artist Color which I’m using with Symphony 6.5 and Resolve.
    I cannot figure out how to use the Artist Color to access DaVinci’s Curves function.
    I would super appreciate any pointers on this, as it seems a bit useless without this capability.


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