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Spring loaded joysticks are now optional!

Skillet is free from the bondage of springs! Now when you order your Skillet, you may choose whether or not you’d like your joysticks to be spring loaded.

The available options are:

  • Spring-loaded, Round Choke: Skillet’s default option. Joystick X and Y axes will spring back to center with a nice smooth response. The joystick will move in a circular area, with no detents or corners.
  • Friction-lock, Round Choke: Skillet’s X and Y joystick axes will not spring back to center. The joystick will move in a circular area, with no detents or corners.
  • Friction-lock, Square Choke: Skillet’s X and Y joystick axes will not spring to center. The joystick will move in a square area, with defined corners for easy access.

Please note, because Skillet’s Z-axis mechanics are a bit weighty, the joysticks may ‘droop’ a little even with the friction lock.

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Schapiro Audio Announces Skillet

Schapiro Audio Announces New “Skillet” Pro Audio Controller

- West Hollywood, California, March 10th 2014 — Schapiro Audio today announced the availability of the new Skillet® surround panner and plugin automation controller.


Skillet is a dual 3-axis joystick controller intended for sound editors, designers, and mixers in need of customizable control of arbitrary plugins in Avid® Pro Tools. Each made-to-order Skillet boasts an array of features, including:

  • Dual 3-axis touch sensitive joysticks for surround panning or plugin control
  • Dual 100mm touch sensitive motorized faders
  • 2.8″ touch screen featuring transport controls, user settings, and specialized displays
  • Generic MIDI mode – for controlling software synthesizers capable of MIDI Learn
  • True class compliant USB-MIDI device: no need for extra driver installation

Availability and Pricing

Skillet is available to order now in the USA and Canada in two models:

  • Skillet Stealth, with a sleek matte black finish for $2349.99 USD
  • Skillet Bamboo, with a genuine wood finish for $2449.99 USD.

To learn more, please visit

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Skillet and Atmos

Skillet provides excellent control for Dolby’s Atmos plugins. Pan, raise, and scale an element all in a single pass – even for both channels of a stereo track. It’s very easy to set up on your own – just link Skillet’s joystick axes like you normally would. However, we’ve also created a pair of Pro Tools plugin maps that are easy to install and use.

First, download the plugin map files as a .zip.

From within Pro Tools, open a Dolby Atmos plugin, and click the small triangle next to ‘Map’ in the toolbar:

Dolby Atmos Mono Highlighted You will be presented with a menu, selected ‘Import Plug-In Maps from File…’

PIM Menu






Navigate to the folder where you extracted the Skillet plugin maps, and select either “Skillet Atmos Mono.pim” for a Mono Atmos plugin instance, or “Skillet Atmos Stereo.pim” for a Stereo Atmos plugin instance.

If you’d like, you can now go back to the plugin map menu (from the small triangle), and select the bottom “Set As Default” option to make Atmos automatically load these maps each time a new Atmos plugin is instanced.



That’s it!  You’ll only have to do this once for Stereo and Mono versions of Atmos. After you set it up, Pro Tools will remember the map layout for you. If you “Set As Default,” Pro Tools will even automatically load the map layout for you each time you create a new Atmos plugin.

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Updating Skillet Firmware

Updating Skillet’s firmware is easy. First, you’ll need the Skillet Firmware Updater (Mac only, for now), as well as the latest Firmware Update, available from the Support page.

Skillet Firmware Updater


1. Make sure your Skillet is connected to your computer.

2. Open the Skillet Firmware Updater application.

3. Drag the firmware update folder (yes, the entire folder!) into the draggable area, or click the “Please Select Firmware” button to open a file browser and locate the firmware update folder.

4. The large button next to “Drag Firmware Here” will become active. Click it and in a few moments, you’ll be running the latest and greatest Skillet Firmware.


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Firmware v1.0.4

Skillet Firmware v1.0.4 is now available for download.

Version 1.0.4 is the initial release of the Skillet Firmware, and is pre-loaded on any Skillet purchased after March 1st, 2014.

To install this firmware, you’ll also need the Skillet Firmware Updater for Mac.

Detailed instructions on updating Skillet’s firmware are available here.

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Skillet in the Press

Academy Award-winning Supervising Sound Editor Dane Davis mentioned Skillet and Schapiro Audio in an interview in Mix magazine dated December 1st, 2013:

“I use several custom programs from Mike Schapiro of Schapiro Audio, who also makes the beautiful Skillet controller I employed extensively for panning and automating plug-ins. For Ender’s Game I used his prototype, but he will be selling Skillets at the end of the year.”

Read the full article!

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