Tangent Wave: A Full-Featured, Ergonomic and Stylish Control Surface for Color Grading

Using a mouse or pen and tablet is not necessarily the most efficient way to do color grading. Wave, by Tangent, has all of the functionality you need to do your job quickly and easily while being ergonomically correct- and it’s stylish enough to look good in any grading suite.

Tangent Wave Control Surface for Color Grading

About Wave

The wave features crisp, easy to read, cool-blue or ice-white OLED displays and custom trackball units based on a non-contacting optical pickup. With enough buttons and knobs to keep your most needed controls at your fingertips, the Wave will quickly become an indefensible tool for anyone who spends a significant amount of time doing color grading.

Many software makers have released versions of their applications which support the Wave panel. Please check the supported application list for further details.


Power 500mA max (via USB).
Connection Fullspeed USB 2.0.
Host Operating System

Mac OS X or later.
Windows XP or later.


3 x ice-white OLED displays.
Each display is 5 lines high and 32 characters wide.
For soft labelling the controls and providing feedback.

Soft Label Parameter Control Knobs 9 x continuous rotation encoders with integral push button for reset.
Soft Label Buttons 9 x buttons.
Function Buttons

9 x Function buttons labelled F1 to F9.
For fast access to frequently used functions.

Master Dials

3 x continuous rotation encoders.
For Master lift, gamma and gain controls.


3 x non contacting optical pickup trackerballs.
For differential lift, gamma and gain controls.

Transport Controls

1 x continuous rotation encoder.
For jog/shuttle functions.
5 x buttons labelled with typical transport functions.

Note: usage of controls may vary depending on the software used with Wave.


wave panel dimensions

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