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Tangent Wave2 Panel

Tangent Wave2 Panel
Key Features
  • 3 x High-Resolution Optical Trackballs
  • 9 x Programmable Knobs with Push Reset
  • 9 x Programmable Function Buttons
  • Large Ice-White OLED Display Area
The Wave2 Panel from Tangent is a portable control surface that offers a quicker, more ergonomic workflow for color-correcting than working with a keyboard and mouse alone. With an ergonomic design that is even more compact than its predecessor the Wave, the Wave2 is suitable for desktop editing, and on-set use by DITs and colorists. Its three high-resolution, trackballs, and nine control knobs all feature non-contact optical pickups for responsiveness and durability.
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Tangent Wave2 Overview

The Wave2 Panel from Tangent is a portable control surface that offers a quicker, more ergonomic workflow for color-correcting than working with a keyboard and mouse alone. With an ergonomic design that is even more compact than its predecessor the Wave, the Wave2 is suitable for desktop editing, and on-set use by DITs and colorists. Its three high-resolution, trackballs, and nine control knobs all feature non-contact optical pickups for responsiveness and durability.

Use the Wave2 to access color-correction tools in applications such as Adobe Premiere Pro CC (Lumetri), Assimilate SCRATCH, Baselight, DaVinci Resolve, Final Cut Pro X, Lustre, LiveGrade Pro, and more. Most supported applications offer layout customization using the downloadable Tangent Mapper. A large LED panel displays the Wave2's knob and button commands in easy-to-read white type. The Wave2 Panel also features USB power and plug-and-play setup.

  • High-resolution, optical trackballs, and knobs
  • Large, easy-to-read, ice-white OLED display panel
  • Supports most popular color-correction applications
  • Plug-and-play, USB-powered setup
  • Customized layouts available for most apps with Tangent Mapper
  • Compact, portable design suits desktop, or on-set use
Compatible Applications
Adobe Premiere Pro, Adobe SpeedGrade
Apple FCPX
Assimilate SCRATCH
Autodesk Flame Premium, Autodesk Lustre
Blackmagic DaVinci Resolve, Blackmagic Generation
Codex Live, Codex Production Suite, Codex Vault S and XL Series
Color Finale Pro
Colorfront On-Set Dailies
Digital Vision Nucoda, Digital Vision Phoenix
FilmLight Baselight 1/2/4/8, FilmLight Baselight For Avid, FilmLight Baselight For FCP
FilmLight Daylight, FilmLight Prelight, FilmLight Prelight On-Set
FireFly FirePost
Foolcolor Foolcontrol
FotoKem NextLAB Live, FotoKem NextLAB Mobile
Framewright LinkColor
Gamma & Density 3CP
IFX Piranha
In2Core Qtake HD
Lasergraphics Dierctor10K, Lasergraphics ScanStation
Marquise RAIN
Phase One Capture One Pro
Pixel Farm PF Clean
Pomfort LiveGrade Pro
SAM Archangel Ph.C-HD
Sony Catalyst Browse, Sony Catalyst Prepare
Sony RAW Viewer
Synthetic Aperture Color Finesse
Wowow WonderLook Pro
YoYotta YoYo

Tangent Wave2 Specs

Controls3 x Trackball
4 x Dial
14 x Pre-Labeled Key
27 x Programmable Key
Display3 x Monochrome OLED
USB I/O1 x USB-B 2.0 Female Input
Power SourceUSB
Dimensions15.3 x 11.4 x 1.8" / 38.9 x 29 x 4.6 cm
Packaging Info
Package Weight4.45 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)19.2 x 14.3 x 3.8"

Tangent Wave2 Reviews

Much better than advertised

By John
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-12-22

After a few weeks of using the Tangent Wave2 Panel, I was pleasantly surprised by how much it has helped my workflow with Capture One and Adobe Premier Pro. My primary business is corporate and advertising work split 50-50 between photo and video projects. When adjusting, I am just looking at the image and using the controls on the Tangent Wave2, which gives me more exact control and speeds things up. Before you move your mouse, go to the menu, and click the setting, and often would be hard to fine-tune your moves. It may not seem like a lot of time with the mouse, but once you get used to the Tangent Wave 2, you will not look back. The overall size and build quality are good, and it does not take up too much desk space and is easy to move. I considered the Tangent Element, but it was too big for my desk could get by with the Wave2. My only criticism is that Tangent poorly communicates how it works and the benefits to the end users. They need to show real-world examples and people using their products. Let's face it we spend thousands on camera gear but spend over half our time in front of the computer. That's why anything that can speed up our work and improve our results is a winner.

Faster grading! Worth the money (but not a penny more).

By Roger L.
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-06-12

Background: I use my Wave 2 exclusively with Premiere Pro. (It can interface to products like Lightroom, but I haven't tried that.) I'm a part-time videographer (~300-800 hr/yr), doing all the work myself: shooting, editing, production. And I have a day job. The off-hours editing time demands were killing me. So I've been looking for ways to work smarter/faster, but not cheaper-looking. The Wave helps. It's about the same size as a keyboard. This makes working on it comfortable, but it needs space. When I'm not editing, I stow mine on an in-reach shelf, to recover my desk space. My keyboard sits on a pull-out tray under my desk. Together, these give me two tiers. I edit with keyboard + Wave simultaneously. This works best for me. Mostly, my hands stay on the Wave, but ~10% of the time, I hop back to the keyboard for stuff that I haven't yet tried to map to the Wave. All Wave buttons, dials, and trackballs are reassignable, via an interface program that you download from the manufacturer. Reassignments can be made at root level, or at window level. Window-level assignments change when your active window changes. That's handy. Root level assignments are constant no matter the active window. The remapping interface doesn't give you every PrP function, but it's respectably close to it. In principle, you should be able to map almost everything in PrP to a button, dial, or ball of the Wave, and never or almost never touch your keyboard. But for starters, I've only programmed my high-use functions (4 or 5 dozen). This reduced the set-up time, but still sped up my editing a lot. One thing I wish I could map to the Wave, but haven't found out how yet, is user-created workspaces. You can assign PrP's default workspaces to keyboard hot keys, then program any Wave button to that hot key. But PrP does not let you put user-created workspaces onto hot keys, so they can't be set to Wave buttons. This is too bad, since every PrP update resets the default workspaces, so I long ago created my own workspaces that would survive unmolested by these constant Adobe updates. But I hop between workspaces very frequently, and that means I can't go Wave-only -- must mouse frequently to switch workspaces. There is a brief muscle memory learning curve, while you get used to the Wave, like with ANY change (think: new keyboard, with some buttons moved). But I got used to it pretty quickly. Until you memorize your assignments, the Wave's built-in monochrome LCD (that titles the function of most reassignable bits) helps you keep things straight. I find the Wave's physical interface much faster to edit on than using a keyboard and mouse alone. Mousing is my most hated, slowest computer interface, no matter the software. So getting my hands off the mouse was a big pay-off. But even just moving common keyboard shortcuts to the Wave sped me up too, because hitting a single Wave button is easier than the mini contortion act of typing, say, ctrl-alt-shift-X. Some users complain that the trackballs are not captured -- that is, if you carry your Wave around like a laptop, then you'd better secure the balls first, or they'll spill out and roll away. I don't carry mine out of my office, so I don't mind the ball's design. They stay in securely through all the use I give them. I use the Wave most heavily for grading. When working with PrP color wheels, I always found mousing quite twitchy. Small mouse movements made too big a change in on-screen color. The Wave trackballs are the opposite: I have to move them more than I expect, maybe even more than I would truly prefer. But I'll definitely take the Wave over a mouse. I can overspin a track ball on the Wave easier than I can super-fine motor control a mouse. (My mouse is the Logitech MX Master 3.) Maybe there's a Wave setting to change this responsiveness?? Don't know. The build quality feels good. The touch interface feels well-made. Every HMI has its own touch character (think: 1980/90s chocolate bar keyboard vs. modern laptop keyboard), and the Wave does too. Different but no complaints. After several months of use, I only had one time when it seemed a little buggy: I opened PrP, but Wave acted as if I hadn't. Pretty soon I rebooted, and the problem went away, never to return (so far). Not sure if it had anything to do with the Wave. I almost knocked a star off for the Wave's price, which is quite steep. But it's a niche device, and well made. There are two ways the price could have been lower. (1) If they had the same sales volume as a typical cellphone. That isn't happening. There is just too small of a user market. (2) If they made a garbage product. But, thankfully, they didn't. Still, the Wave is priced at the upper end of what I would ever consider paying, so let's hope they keep rational on this. Who should buy this: anyone who does a lot of grading, and a fairly large amount of editing, but possible not a full time colorist of editor. For them, the Tangent Elements Panels kit probably makes more sense. Who should not buy this: the hobbyist videographer who is just learning their nonlinear editing software of choice. Get that under your belt first, then decide if you have a lot of time to recover by speeding certain tasks.

Wave2 made my work easier

By Mikhail
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-04-30

I am using Wave2 in DaVinci Resolve and FCPX. It make my work faster that I ever thought. I made 20-30 shots in the day before I got Wave2. Now I am making more than 250 shots. The few things that makes me sad. 1) HDR wheels. It haven't hotkey in DVR so I have to use mouse. But maybe Keyboard Master will help to make script and then add it to StreamDeck. 2) Offset/Temp/Tint/Mid.Tones - not sure why guys from BM decide to not add it in Wave2. Wave2 have many possibility and FREE buttons in DVR but BM chose to make software restrictions. I am sure even after this problems Wave2 much better for DaVinci then Micro Panel. BUT if you are choosing between Wave2 and Mini... Mini will win. Wave2 are great choice to learn how work on panel. To make your work faster. And if you want work not only in DaVinci but in FCPX, Premiere, Mistika Boutique etc Wave2 is great choice.

Pro Device without the DaVinci mapping

By Mikhail
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2021-03-21

I know that the mapping is not Tangent problem it's Blackmagic fault but it's hard to use when so many things still in mouse. I knew about the absence of the offset ring but there is no Temperature, Tint and Mid.Tone Details. It's very frustrates me. There is a buttons in the up and the down of the display but only bottom buttons are useful in many menu. So the main problem it's Davinci/Wave2 integration. But I understand that Blackmagic sold their own Micro for the same price and they can't add mapping bc then Wave2 win. And now it seems like I bought for $900 the device that could be more useful than BM Micro ($1300) but I can't use it in the full strength bc BM cut all functionality. I hoped that I can move HUE with the upper controllers but... not in DaVinci. About the Tangent issues: 1) The buttons could be more softer. Now it's a hard to press and very loud. It could be similar like in Elgato Stream Deck. 2) The balls could be larger. Now it looks little smaller than need for my hands. 3) Alt button could be duplicated in the right side too. (But for DaVinci it's no necessary bc in Alt almost useless). So. It's great and looking like Pro Device but I have to get used to it.


By Josh
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-01-12

Makes color correcting so much faster, easier and convenient than a mouse! Work great as is, but plan to map out a bit more in Premiere eventually.


By Ning Kit
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-10-02

Nice work with this panel. Do more than you think

Wonderful addition to Video editing software

By Ronald
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-09-30

While this device can be used with several different video editing platforms, my primary use is with DaVinci Resolve Studio 17, with which it is deeply integrated. Color correction is a breeze, as are many other editing functions. My only complaint rests with the jog/shuttle wheel. Its movements are too coarse, but perhaps I have overlooked some available, in-software adjustment. Otherwise it is great.

great tool!!!

By Rakshith
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-07-22

great tool work with ease using this

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I did a search on the Tangent website in their ...

I did a search on the Tangent website in their applications search for "Photoshop" and got nothing. I suspect this means I can't use this surface for color correcting in Photoshop?
Asked by: Greg
Unfortunately, the Tangent 2 does not support Photoshop.
Answered by: Nicholas
Date published: 2021-04-14

Magix Vegas Pro not supported?

Magix Vegas Pro not supported?
Asked by: Jiawei
At this time Tangent does not have support for Vegas Pro listed as an option. However you are able to custom map the controls on their units to other softwares. Even if a software is not listed as supported, you still may be able to set this up to work with it.
Answered by: Joseph
Date published: 2019-10-30

Can this be set up to function differently based ...

Can this be set up to function differently based on the program currently in use? (ie. grading in resolve and editing photos in Lightroom?)
Asked by: Louis
The functionality of the panel is defined by the application which it is controlling. So, yes, the controls will do different things for each application. Please note that this does mean that the application must support the panel or you will need to map keyboard shortcuts to provide all functions yourself. See here for a list of applications which offer direct support:
Answered by: Tangent Customer Support
Date published: 2019-05-07

Can the Wave 2 have one rotary knob that works ...

Can the Wave 2 have one rotary knob that works with the "active/focused" Effect/FX in Adobe Pr so that as I switch from FX to FX that single Wave 2 rotary/knob will adjust the values on the currently selected FX?
Asked by: Rob
This may soon be possible depending on what you mean by "currently selected". Most effects in Premiere have several parameters so it may be difficult for the system to determine which parameter you intend the knob to adjust. It would be good to know more about your requirement so that we can advise properly. I'd suggest that you email [email protected] so we can have a more in-depth discussion of forthcoming features such as this.
Answered by: Tangent Customer Support
Date published: 2022-03-21


Is it possible to ad node and secondary correction inTangent Wave2 Panel ?
Asked by: varaprasad r.
It is. The up and down buttons on the upper right let you select what the buttons across the top do. There is a node group and a secondary group. I'd highly recommend downloading the manual from the Tangent page. They make a version specific to the major applications they support including Resolve.
Answered by: Joshua G.
Date published: 2020-05-10


Is the wave 2 ready for capture 1 or do I need to wait for any firmware or software updates?
Asked by: Andrew
Yes. The Wave2 is already supported by Capture One. No updates are required.
Answered by: Tangent Tangent Expert
Date published: 2019-02-18


In the first version of the wave, the balls do not fall out. Is it the same with the wave 2? Or do your balls fall out like the ripple/elements?
Asked by: Rany L.
The balls come out easily,
Answered by: Anonymous
Date published: 2019-01-08
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