Tangent Element Panels Kit - Black Edition

by Tangent MFG# TD-ELM-BDL-BE

Tangent Element Panels Kit - Black Edition

This special edition features dark petrol weighted trackerballs plus black aluminum rings from Angry Face.

With today’s multi-purposing work stations, where desk space is at a premium, having a fully featured panel that is compact, fully featured and stylish enough to match its surroundings is a must. But, you’d expect that having a compact design means having to compromise ergonomics, features and control size. With the Element range, there is no compromise! Despite their small desk foot print, each Element offers full size controls which are ergonomically laid out, and best of all, there’s plenty of them!


When it comes to having lots of controls, one of the problems can be "just what does each control do?" This isn't the case with Element; every programmable control is clearly labelled, so if the function of the control changes, so does its display label – no more having to refer back to reference notes or on screen help. When the Elements are used with the Tangent Mapper* you can even customize the layout of the controls.

Function and Style

Apart from the size, the first thing you will notice about Element is the stylish, ultra slim design. Quality comes in the form of a solid aluminum, precision laser cut case. But it doesn’t end there; all the internal components have been carefully chosen for reliability. All rotary controls and trackerballs have optical pickups, which means they are long-life and high precision.The buttons are ultra-reliable with a positive tactile response. The displays are crisp, high-contrast, high-resolution, easy to read, white OLEDs. When put side by side the panels magnetically lock together, keeping the layout neatly aligned.

Cost Effective

You would have thought that all this comes with a high price tag - not so with Element! Each Element is competitively priced, and because it’s modular in design you can pick and choose which components you need, targeting your funds where they’re needed most. And if your budget allows it, you can even add more of the same panel type to build your ultimate control surface.

Extensive Support

Most of Tangent’s software partners have released versions of their applications which support the Element panels.


  • Ultra-slim all metal construction
  • Every programmable control is labelled on a high contrast, high resolution, OLED display
  • The display also provides value / feedback where appropriate
  • A set containing one of each panel model has an overall footprint of 77cm x 20cm (30.3” x 7.9”)

Modular Design

  • Choose whichever panels you want to start with and expand the set as required
  • The layout is configurable to suit handedness, desk space and to place around other equipment
  • Multiple panels of each modelmay be added to your layout; especially useful for some applications

USB for communication and power

  • USB plug-and play (HID device therefore no drivers are required)
  • USB powered (so no need for external power supply)
  • A single USB cable for each panel

Trackerballs and knobs

  • High resolution, long life trackerballs with optical laser pickups
  • Each ball has a third axis “ring” with smooth bearing
  • 46mm diameter balls retained by the rings, which can be removed for cleaning
  • High resolution, long life knobs with optical pickups
  • Each knob has a built-in "press to reset" switch

Tk: Trackerball panel

  • 3x Programmable trackerballs with 3rd axis ring
  • Individual reset buttons for ball and ring
  • 2x Additional buttons for SHIFT / ALT etc.
  • 1x Display to soft label programmable controls

Mf: Multifunction panel

  • 1x Programmable trackerball (often used for jog/shuttle)
  • Standard transport controls
  • 2x Additional buttons for SHIFT / ALT etc.
  • 12x Programmable buttons
  • 2x Displays to soft label all programmable controls and display timecode & status etc.

Kb: Knob panel

  • 12x Programmable knobs with integral push button resets
  • 2x Additional buttons for SHIFT / ALT etc.
  • 1x Display to soft label all programmable controls

Bt: Button panel

  • 12x Programmable buttons
  • 2x Additional buttons for SHIFT / ALT etc.
  • 1x Display to soft label all programmable controls


  • Controls can only be programmed if the host application supports the Tangent Mapper. To check if your application supports the Tangent Mapper please see the Application Support tab and select your application there.
  • All designs and features subject to change without notification.

Angry Face in Germany offer an Element Bundle which includes their custom black, aluminum rings and dark-petrol balls:

  • The rings really look and feel awesome.
  • They are made out of aluminum – never wears off.
  • They sit really tight on the Element ball bearings, making them more precise.
  • They have an ergonomic shape making them better and easier to use.
  • The balls come in a very dark petrol finish and are a nice upgrade to the original red ones.
  • They are also slightly heavier than the original red balls, giving them a better tactile feel.