Tangent Ripple Review


Its here!

Tangent Wave has been pretty busy building control panel devices to serve colourist in their softwares such as Davinci Resovle and Adobe Speedgrade. Its an amazing tiny little fella compared to all the rest of the control panels like the Tangent Wave Element, Black Magic Resolve Panel or event the third party brand JL Cooper – Eclipse CX.

Most of the control panels are heavy, bulky and even costly that will burn your wallet like $15,000- $30,000.

Thats insane!

Thank fully this Ripple here is about US$350 so thats around $300-$400SG.

I had a chance to actually play around with it and test on Davinci Resolve 12.5. I must say, I felt like I was playing a new PS4 controller for the moment I held it. Its super light, pretty good for mobile use when your on the go for quick grading projects. There are only few functions such as the Tracker balls (they remind me of those red snooker balls) Lift, Gemma and Gain including the 3 wheels for the levels. There are also rest buttons for each wheels and a bypass “B” button. I couldn’t figure out what does the “A” button does though.

Thats it. Pretty easy.



However I wish they had include a Qualifier analogue/button like the Tangent Wave Element panel has (the picture on top), because there are times when I manage to highlight some of the colour section (lets say the Yellow T-shirt) and sometimes the Qualifier selected other areas that are also YELLOW and I need to bring it down to just the T-shirt I want. I preferred to have an analogue button to twist it slow and accurately just like the Element Knob panel compared to drag your mouse and missed it by a few inches. But hey thats just me.



Another disadvantage about the Ripple is that you have to be careful when lifting this fella, the 3 red tracker marblesĀ are actually loose and they can fall off easily (Yes it happened to me!). I don’t know why they didn’t build a lock mechanism like the other predecessors.

Anyway, would I recommend to get it?


Its simple, its very mobile, it doesn’t take up space at your work station, its the cheapest panel compared to the rest in the market.

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Building Editing/Colorist Suite

Here is a good article when it comes to building you very own editing/colorist suite.

If your running you own small freelance business and focus on this carer path, its going to be long term investment. Please don’t back out within last minute or like after a year later, because colour grading can be a serious business if you find the right client or people to help you making this carer path work.

Now this link here tells you most important stuff that needs to look out for when setting up the room, always make your room tidy and neat. Organised you hard disks and archives, keep the light room less lighted because you need to see the various colour images. Now that can be very straining, would recommend to take a break away from your room every 20mins or so to have a fresh point of view.

I’m still researching about calibrated monitors, they are important because if you get the wrong colour when you present to the client, it may cause a lot of confusions which one should they be looking at. A good calibration will for sure please the eyes of the viewers. There are certain types of brands that I have been eyeing on, like the Flanders and Sony. They both have very detail sharpness in pixels as resolutions, especially in 4k (even though its not really 4k).

Anyway here it is: