I am (probably like you also) one of those who is interested in how to get a faster workflow or how to be enabled to edit photos quickly and in a more intuitive way.

I was looking for a way to control the various settings in Capture one without have to move the mouse/pen around to much in. This page shows how I got to where I am at this moment.


Quite soon I read about Tangent, Phase One’s supported hardware for having a controller on your desk.
Tangent got me interested, I found a dealer with a webshop. But after seeing the pricing I realized this was a bit over my budget.
These devices look like they are high quality and the communicate very sophisticated with C1.


Then I came across Loupedeck, a controller that gives you access to certain parameters very swiftly.
At that time it was only available for Lightroom so that didn’t fly either. Loupedeck became available for Capture One though a bit later.
After having seen and feeling one, I honestly don’t like the build “quality” because it feels like a toy (compared to the Beatstep).
Recently Loupdeck CT has surfaced and it seems lik it’s a great tool. I really hope Phase One will make an API available to develop on further because translating keystrokes is too lag-sensitive compared to direct controllers.


On Phase One’s forums and I came across a post that explained the usage of a MIDI controller to translate keystrokes in Capture One.
I had a dodgy old USB MIDI controller lying around (a relic from the PNP era) and started experimenting.
After some time I got it quite worked out and I decided to share my experiences and base-files (hoping for feedback and improvements from the other users).
I hope the “Project” page will help to get set up the way other guys helped me, good luck and I hope you have fun on this exploration!

The manual is a more like a how-to, I’m sorry but writing a complete manual would simply be too much work. I expect you’ve got some level of technical insight, so don’t give up when you see all these parameters! (just start with one or two)


This page is based on how I got Capture One to work with the Beatstep MIDI controller. Other hardware like the Midi Fighter Twister or Behringer BCR2000 might also work (and of course other software of too) so there’s no reason not to be ‘creative’. The important (required) thing concerning the MIDI controller is that the rotary controls must be capable of sending ‘relative values’.
This means the controller’s rotaries are able to change values (adding or subtracting) starting from what they are on when you open a photo.
If the controller is keeping it’s values when switching photos this will mess the values up you start from after every change of selected photo.

I’m we very proud / glad we (yes:”we”) got to where we are now.
After all this is a hobby-project but in my opinion it can certainly compete with some of the “pre-fab” alternatives out there.
You just have enjoy to use your own creativity and technical skills to get it done.

Have fun!


Arturia Beatstep with printed overlay


Started the search for a controller
Alain Decamps, Avery Ting Wong, thank you guys!
It took me less than a few hours to get to a working setup, thanks to your pointers 🙂

first version of this article

2019-01: Layered controls by using “shift”
Willem Blancke brought to my attention that it is possible to assign a “shift” function to one of the pads which will enable you to double (layer) the number of translators.

Gebhard was so kind to share his files in order to get the Mac users among us started.
I have not tested these files and unfortunately I can’t support them but I did not want to keep them from you, you’ll find them in the archives.

I decided to take this project out of my photography website and created the dedicated page you are visiting now.

2020-04: “Rotary timer”
Steve from BOME‘s support team provided me an example to constrain the behavior of the sliders that are powered by the rotaries.
We are now using a timer (which you can set to your preference) to prevent the sliders from jumping too much.


I am not able to provide support in any form, the manual should get you going.
Of course I am open for suggestions but consider the provided info “as is”.