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nOb is a control knob for all your devices


The only knob you'll need

Controlling an on-screen dial is all well and good, but sometimes you want a proper analogue control.

That's where nOb comes in. Yes, it might have a name like a piece of childish graffiti, but it's actually quite a slick piece of kit. It's a retro-styled dial with two switches, and can be set to control pretty much anything. According to the manufacturers, it's "able to control virtually any parameter you would normally adjust with your mouse", and works with any operating system and software package.

To use it, just point your mouse cursor to the parameter you want to adjust, and twist the nOb dial to fine-tune it. Any draggable interface element can be adjusted, including sliders, scrollbars, knobs or draggable value indicators.

It's aimed at those working in media production, like colourists, music producers, sound designers, video editors and 3D artists.

The dial itself is made from solid aluminium, and has an adjustable rotation resistance, so you can make it – ahem – stiffer if you like. The industrial grade encoder has up to 2,400 ticks per revolution.

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The electronics are housed inside a hand-crafted mahogany enclosure which can be customised to your taste. It also has some neat touch-sensitive controls: double-tap the knob to undo the last adjustment, touch the right toggle switch to temporarily flip the operation mode, etc.

It'll add a bit of steampunk to your workflow. It's raised over €21,000 of a €52,000 goal, and will ship in May. Prices start at €149 (£107).


December 7, 2015, 11:08 am

It's a very nice looking knob, but at the end of the day, anyone working in any of the fields mentioned would surely benefit from more than one knob. And if you're in the market for analogue controls, there are much more feature rich, MIDI mappable control surfaces for less.

Seems a bit of a novelty item because it's made from wood, rather than the typical plastic casing of most hardware controllers.


December 7, 2015, 11:14 am

Also, holy mackerel - that Dio guy is creepy as. I would not buy anything from him out of fear it would be made from the skin of small children.
Whoever decided it was a good idea to put him in front of a camera really needs to evaluate their place in media creation.


December 7, 2015, 12:04 pm

Shame it can't be used to control Simon Cowell :-)

Seymour Cat

December 7, 2015, 12:25 pm

Insert knob gag here ;-)


December 7, 2015, 2:29 pm

I can see how using this with 3ds max and after effects could be really nice, I hate slide bars, particularly in after effects, if this was a sensible price I'd get one


December 7, 2015, 3:34 pm

More importantly, does it go over 11?


December 7, 2015, 4:09 pm

This looks like it could be just the answer for my problematic scaling issues with a 4k screen. It is a bit expensive tho.

Anodec Act

December 8, 2015, 11:04 am

You don't even have to do any mapping when using that wooden little thing! It is way more handy than any other similar small device i've ever seen.


December 8, 2015, 4:15 pm

No mapping? How does it know what to control? Psychic, wooden little thing?

I still can't see that one knob would be 'way more handy' than any other MIDI mappable device with multiple controls, buttons, faders etc.
It's gimmicky, and will appeal to people who want a big wooden knob on their desk to show how cool and knowledgeable they are.

Anodec Act

December 10, 2015, 11:38 am

Just by placing the mouse cursor over a fader, a knob, whatever can be adjusted. I've asked them my self for other details and i was told that new exciting announcements are on their way. I would expect a new video. I like though your humorous critical stance on the topic!


December 11, 2015, 1:40 am

I'm just confused by it. Why it's a big deal?
Seriously, if you're looking to buy one of these, please could you let me know how you plan on using it and what other devices you've considered?

Anodec Act

December 11, 2015, 4:48 pm

I think it is obvious especially if you are working on audio software. Several plugins feature such small knobs that precise adjustments by clicking and draging are impossible to perform on the first try. For example pre-delay time on reverbs or mixing wet and dry signal when looking for the perfect amount of disotrtion etc. Yesterday i was desperately needing this device exactly for the reasons i just mentioned. Another example that just right now came into my mind is when doing automations. At the automation track i wanted to set the velocity at a certain amount, few db less than another point on the same track and in order be able to do that by mouse, i had to zoom in extremly so i could move the automation bar just a tiny little bit since mouse is very sensitive in movement. With the nob i just had to put the cursor over the automation bar and direclty adjust the velocity or whatever. Then i believe would be even easier to readjust values by moving with the nob the automation designed points. I suppose.


December 14, 2015, 10:16 am

I do all these things currently with other hardware, and can map several things to one controller.
That's my point really. If you're doing this type of thing regularly you can buy a lot of MIDI mappable hardware for that amount of money and multiple knobs, buttons, faders and map them uniquely to your needs.

I guarantee it'll be a better solution than a single, overpriced knob.

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