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ATOM LEDs Off - Feature Request

+209 votes
asked Nov 26, 2018 in Atom Pad Controllers by rguitar78 (510 points)

An all LEDs off feature is needed. As for the three brightness options that are currently there, I could also see a 4th level being useful too, but not nearly as important as being able to turn these lights off when not in use. 

I have a classic FaderPort and the lights stay off until I boot up Studio One - they also turn back off once I close the DAW. Not sure why they moved away from that mindset.

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+81 votes
answered Nov 26, 2018 by Skip Jones (165,450 points)
selected Jun 5, 2019 by AlexTinsley
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+25 votes
answered Dec 5, 2018 by lestervandewalle2 (2,860 points)
Yeah definitely, and even the lowest setting  is way too bright in my opinion.
commented Dec 6, 2018 by Bbd (14,380 points)
Agreed. This is a good request. Thanks.
+24 votes
answered Dec 11, 2018 by mattbertolino (410 points)
YES! Please PreSonus give us a way to essentially "turn it off" when not in use. At least the LEDs if some other button combo can't be created (like holding down black SETUP button for more than 2 sec). We need some sort of "standby" mode...maybe even an update that turns all the LEDs off after 10 min of being idle. We need some solution for this.
+12 votes
answered Jan 4, 2019 by ronaldvonk (370 points)
Yeah, like the faderport. it shuts off nicely when Studio One is not active.
+5 votes
answered Jan 5, 2019 by lestervandewalle2 (2,860 points)
It would also be nice if that would be possible to save the brightness setting somehow because now I seem to have to reset it each time I restart my PC.  
Or does anyone know if this already possible?
+19 votes
answered Jan 8, 2019 by Wazatron (760 points)
Man I came to the forum to find out HOW to turn them off - I didn't expect to find that it's completely impossible. Man this is a big miss. I'm re-considering the Atom now. I don't want my entire room glowing blue at all times when things are shut off....
+3 votes
answered Jan 9, 2019 by jebbyslonar (450 points)
edited Jan 31, 2019 by jebbyslonar

What are you talking about!  The bright lights are great...I love bright lights in my eyes especially at night in a pitch black room!

haha lol.  Who would down vote this feature request.  It should happen by tonight.  I mean, literally can't happen soon enough.  Can we just make it happen or what?

but seriously though you can easily turn the pad lights off (except that one that stays on) by just pushing the setup button. afraid the problems with the Atom go somewhat deeper than this.

+10 votes
answered Apr 17, 2019 by ien (750 points)
It saddens me that this isn't a thing yet. Even the dimmest setting is too bright It's garish.
+6 votes
answered May 8, 2019 by simonriverin (320 points)
Since Presonus is abble to do it with the old faderport wish turns off when quitting studio one, it should be the same with the ATOM :)
+3 votes
answered Jun 13, 2019 by brandonguergo (1,130 points)
Yep, came here to post this!
+10 votes
answered Aug 10, 2019 by lestervandewalle2 (2,860 points)

Surprised this still isn't implemented :p it's been almost a year already

I've come to terms with the fact that Atom is now my colorful desklamp surface! (Every night I go to bed feeling like my left eye is deteriorating much faster than my right one. Then I remember I have a little friend puking rainbows to the side of my face all night laugh)

Of course I'm exaggerating but a kind of 'sleep' or 'dark' mode would still be very much appreciated. Just so it goes dark after a few minutes like it does on the S1 start screen. And then reactivates once you hit a button (or a specific button) 

jebbyslonar has a nice suggestion: go to the advanced setup menu which darkens all pads except for one (still don't know why the one pad needs to be colored? it has no functionality in the menu.. might as well just darken that one pad and call it a day for now? wink)

sadly this trick can not be used inside of studio one, because the menu looks completely different. 

Also a sad side-effect of this:  

You open studio one, pads go dark, you have no context or reference of what the brightness is going to look like in your song.
You open a song and pick an instrument. Boom! Too bright.

Oh wait.. I can't enter the brightness setting from within studio one so I have to go back, close studio one, adjust the brightness and reopen the project. 

Hahah sorry for this declamation of mild frustration. It's not the worst thing in the world, it is however pretty unintuitive and annoying after a while.

+9 votes
answered Nov 15, 2019 by reledreled (540 points)
Please, add the option to turn off the leds when atom doesn't connected to the daw, remove the usb cable isn't the only solution. i hope this upgrade it will be so fast.
+7 votes
answered Nov 25, 2019 by herealbutler (420 points)

It definitely cost too much money to not be thought out completely. Having to constantly unplug & plug back up just to turn the lights off is extremely irritating smfh. When I leave home for a long period of time & come back realizing it was left on, I get stressed thinking about how I might have shortened the overall life of the unit. Even if the leds are built to last 100 years, I still want the option to turn it on & off like any other device I've ever owned. Holding setup for 5 seconds to turn it off would be a major stress reliever.

+7 votes
answered Dec 31, 2019 by jonwoodland (620 points)
I agree completely with this feature request. The constant glowing blue causes far too much reflection on my screen, especially when the studio lights are dimmed. Please add this to you next update. Ideally, there would be an "off by default" setting.
+7 votes
answered Jan 4, 2020 by mikesylvestre (490 points)
Has this been resolved? What's taking so long @presonus ??
+1 vote
answered Jan 14, 2020 by damiensantamaria (1,310 points)
Maybe brightness 5 brightness settings instead of 3 so two less bright
+4 votes
answered Jan 28, 2020 by alanandersen (490 points)
edited Feb 12, 2020 by alanandersen
This is definitively a missing feature! As soon as you close Studio One, the Atom goes into super atomic ray mode, where 16 bright blue LED’s tries to fry your retinas (even at lowest brightness setting).. Furthermore, it stays lit even after the computer is shut down (I don’t have a BIOS setting to disable USB power). Having to pull the USB plug every time I’m not using the atom is both annoying and causes unnecessary wear and tear! Both a sleep timer & a key combo to turn off the lights completely would be most welcome. The latter should at least be easy to implement.
+1 vote
answered Feb 10, 2020 by martinwitte (230 points)
Unbedingt nachrüsten via FwUpdate !
Finde es ebenfalls sehr sehr enttäuschend dass für solch einen Preis so wenig nachgedacht wurde.
Das soll nicht bedeuten dass das Atom ein schlechtes Pad ist. Im Gegenteil. Ich bin eigtl sehr zufrieden damit doch was mich nun langsam aber sicher zum Wechsel zwingt/bewegt ist die hier genannte Funktion die wir alle vermissen.

Es ist echt scheiss ungemütlich so eine Strahlelampe vor sich liegen zu haben wenn man im Mastering ist oder ein ausführlichen Mix anfertigt. Da vergehen schon mal ein paar Stunden vor dem Rechner. Dementsprechend oft habe ich die Funktion zum abschalten der Beleuchtung gesucht bzw darüber nachgedacht.

Ich werde jetzt noch bis Sommer warten, wenn sich bis dahin nichts getan hat werde ich mir wieder eine MPC zulegen.
+3 votes
answered Mar 9, 2020 by aka_busker (32,010 points)
Count me in.

I have a strange blue glow constantly emitting from my studio.
+2 votes
answered Apr 7, 2020 by johncarlson1 (190 points)
An option to dim the Atom LED's would be most appreciated.
+5 votes
answered May 3, 2020 by Naotaku (350 points)
How is this not a thing yet? I have to unplug Atom every time I'm not using it. It's by far the most annoying thing on my desk right now.
+3 votes
answered May 9, 2020 by lfo2k (1,460 points)
Did receive mine today and i am absolutly not pleased by this always on. Makes absolutly no sense. This has to be turned OFF if not used.

Do it Presonus! Dont waste our time.
+2 votes
answered May 20, 2020 by russellcatchpole (190 points)
Just trying to use the atom in bed in the dark with my wife asleep next to me. The LEDs are burning my eyes out! It's far too clumsy to come out of Studio 1. This is a terrible design flaw and surely easy to fix!
+3 votes
answered May 21, 2020 by nicograssmann (290 points)

No way to turn off the LEDs at the Atom? 
I use several MIDI controllers and all of them switch off the lights when not in use in the DAW or at the latest when the Mac is in sleep mode. The Atom glows very brightly and this is annoying. 
I hope for a software update for it soon - is this in planning? 
Stay healthy and best regards 

+2 votes
answered Jul 2, 2020 by stephenbrodigan (300 points)
ATOM is fantastic, and I have it plugged in all of the time and use across multiple Daw's - having an OFF button combination and on the next version of ATOM an on/off button just like the Akai APC MKII

Thank you for raising this feature request.
+3 votes
answered Jul 12, 2020 by gottfriedbergmair (14,290 points)
Why it's not possible to implement such a small feature?

Turn off/on/dim all lights!
+1 vote
answered Aug 22, 2020 by joemurray2 (290 points)
My lights keep blinking can we get them to shut off please???
+2 votes
answered Oct 21, 2020 by jean-christophevermande (190 points)


Please PreSonus give us a way to essentially "turn it off" when not in use. 

+2 votes
answered Oct 21, 2020 by lorrismusic (1,140 points)
Studio one 5.1 is out with some nice Atom improvement but still not "turn off" feature, please Presonus add this <3
+2 votes
answered Nov 24, 2020 by acileli11 (190 points)
Definitely would love to have this implemented
0 votes
answered Dec 3, 2020 by udapel (270 points)
Just received the ATOM -

Holy cow  This is absolute terror for the eyes. Who comes up with such absolute nonsense "blinb bling" ? It must be possible to switch it off and/or dim it globally for all pads and buttons
0 votes
answered Dec 26, 2020 by jamessimpson3 (510 points)
Adding my voice to the chorus here. This is essential. Please fix this asap @Presonus. Just got the Atom SQ as an Xmas present, and I'm loving it, but it really must be possible to turn this off or go into sleep mode when not using this.

Pulling the plug out is of course not ideal, but is the only apparent option right now. I keep this controller at my desk and when I'm not actively using it throughout the day, it's immensely distracting to have a grid of lights displaying all the time, especially when I'm at work (which isn't music related). The Novation launchpad has a simple button to tap and put it to sleep. Something like that would be perfect.
0 votes
answered Jan 14, 2021 by frederikvogel (340 points)
Bitte Lichter ausschalten. Meine AUgen gehen kaputt
+2 votes
answered Jul 7, 2021 by edwardmukiibi (350 points)

Please Presonus, We need this off feature for the Atom.

+1 vote
answered Jul 18, 2021 by Modular13 (180 points)
Agree here too.

Too bright despite the setup dim option and moreover no possibility to switch off without removing usb...

Personus team, help us, a lot of people ask for that
+1 vote
answered Jul 31, 2021 by lorrismusic (1,140 points)
Still no update on this? i'm literally buying a USB Type B cable and will add a switch on it at this point
0 votes
answered Oct 28, 2021 by realto619 (410 points)

Since it doesn't look like this will be resolved any time soon, I spent $13 and got a USB off switch from Amazon. It's supposed to arrive by Sunday. I'll post an update after I test it out.

+1 vote
answered Dec 2, 2021 by frederikvogel (340 points)
I would like to turn the lights off as well from the Atom. Maybe very very low light would be okay, but probably thats more difficult to integrate. So for now would be great to totaly turn it off.. Thank youuu
0 votes
answered Dec 10, 2021 by fedegrierson (170 points)
0 votes
answered Jan 23 by sonnybrady1 (160 points)
Honestly, how is this even a request?  This should be standard. And as soon as this was requested there should have been a fix in like a week. This is from 2018, obviously PreSonus could care less.