Wednesday March 22 , 2017

The Challenges:

As the first ever “sticker” option for Serato ScratchLIVE™ back in 2007, DJ’s looking to work with their keyboard began by developing an all-inclusive solution that would supply professional DJ’s using PCs and MACs a one-size-fits-all overlay to help them not only learn, but also to better use their software via the keyboard. A group of DJ’s from various forums helped define what would be necessary in order to make this DJ accessory road & club-worthy:

• It had to work with Apple products but most specially with PC’s/Laptops of any size and brand.
• It had to be durable, meaning that it could not come off easily.
• It had to be removable so that it could be changed with new overlays or taken off completely.
• It had to be resistant to the use and abuse of the DJ’s normal work.

For months we tested materials, adhesives, colors, layouts, symbology, durability, etc. By end of 2007 we had something in our hands that every DJ involved in the process of testing was not only satisfied with, they were ecstatic about it! Our research and development yielded a product beyond our wishes. The points below attempt to describe in more detail what you will get and the special characteristics of this simple, yet intricately well designed system we now call SHORT-KUTS™.

Enjoy!

What Comes In The Package?

(1) SHORT-KUTS™ professional grade keyboard sticker set (80+ Durable, Non-Permanent Keboard Stickers).

(1) Applicator Tool – specifically designed to easily and accurately apply SHORT-KUTS™ to each key.

(1) Instruction Sheet and tips for application and use of your new SHORT-KUTS™.

(2) Keyboard preparation cleaning wipes to rid of unwanted oils and chemicals before you apply SHORT-KUTS™ on your keys.

(2) SHORT-KUTS™ Bumper Stickers. A small and a large bumper sticker for your Laptop/Computer/DJ Case/Car/Fridge/Girlfriend, get creative! 😉

One Size Fits Many

Optional "small" keys are shown below the standard size keys. Optional keys are included in every package.Designed to fit your keys like a glove. Our one-size-fits-all approach works with PC’s and MAC’s of every size, even with bigger standalone keyboards too! DJ’s around the world have trusted SHORT-KUTS™ for years and we’ve yet to hear of a fit problem. But just in case your keyboard happens to be the exception, we’ve added optional “small” SHORT-KUTS™ and “thin” SHORT-KUTS™ in your order to insure fit with some of the few odd-ball keys we’ve seen!

Easy Application

Putting SHORT-KUTS™ on your keyboard is a snap. No need to “pick” at the sticker sheet with your nail, or handle stickers with your fingers, just lift off the backing paper with the provided SHORT-KUTS Applicator™ and make sure your keys are clean when you apply them. We include all the tools you need, even the cleaning pads. For additional tips please follow the instructions included in the package or in our Support pages.

Easy to Remove

We worked extremely hard to develop shortcut stickers that you could remove easily and without leaving residue on your keyboard. SHORT-KUTS™ are easy to remove, you don’t need chemicals, or special tools…  Simply hold the key and carefully peel off. No cleaning necessary.
For additional tips please follow the instructions included in the package or in our Support pages.

Professional Grade

You may be thinking right now: “We are talking about stickers here… What’s with all the wordiness and technical fluff?!?”

When we set out to create the perfect set of stickers we thought the same, “just get some sticky paper and print on it! That should work!!” Boy, were we wrong. Turned out that in order to make a product with some commercial value you need to make it right and pay attention to the little details. Thankfully we were as detailed oriented as they come and we did not take any shortcuts (no pun intended).

SHORT-KUTS™ were designed to satisfy the most demanding professionals and the rigors of the road. From the clear matte protective layer that allows the graphics on each sticker to be clearly read, to the critical choice of adhesive chosen to make sure your overlay stays put, we’ve tested every SHORT-KUTS™ layer thoroughly to make sure they will outlast just about anything… maybe even your laptop!

• The Laminate Layer was tested (ok, abused) with alcohol, gas, grease, friction, rough handling and a other abrasive tortures to insure that the Ink Layer was protected.

• The Ink Layer was put through extended exposure to the sun, water and more. Colors will remain bright and bold for years of use while you DJ inside or out.

• The Adhesive Layer is where we put most of our efforts. Some adhesives were too strong, others too weak, others were OK but left a nasty layer of gunk when peeled off. We figured out the perfect adhesive that will hold for years and still leave your keyboard intact should you need to remove them.

You could say we’ve over-engineered a sticker… But DJ’s who have been rockin SHORT-KUTS™ for years like to refer to that as “professional” quality. We are sure you will agree with them!


Meticulous Design

Boldly Colored, glare free and fade resistant.

Boldly Colored, glare free and fade resistant – We would not have it any other way!

SHORT-KUTS™ colors are developed for intuitive use with Serato ScratchLIVE™ to help the DJ figure out what each button (or a combination of buttons) does without wasting precious time during a mix. Our choice of colors is also the best for dimly lit environments.

The combination of carefully chosen background colors along with exclusively designed color associations is topped-off with our beautiful layout of clear, bold symbols that all together deliver simple and quick understanding to a DJ and allows for swift use of a keyboard shortcut without having to carry a cheat-sheet or the operator’s manual to remember software functions and quickly react while mixing.

All text was made as big as possible given the tiny amounts of space allowed in each key, and most SHORT-KUTS™ have icon designs we created to help the DJ relate the full graphic of a key with a software function. The result is reduced reaction time while in the heat of the moment and a sharp reduction in the time it takes to learn all the commands necessary to master the softwares large array of functions.

A quick glance at the keyboard and you know what button to hit.

Future-Proofed

DJ Software is always evolving. Sometimes in a matter of months a whole slew of new features can be available through a new software release. SHORT-KUTS™ strives to follow-up with each change and each update made to the software so that you can take full advantage of the shortcut commands. With SHORT-KUTS™ you won’t be stuck with outdated information on your keyboard. They are easy to replace and with a simple email to our staff  existing customers get a reduced price on SHORT-KUTS™ Updates.

Non-Restrictive Ventilation

As you may already know, heat rises. For DJ’s using laptops (specially laptops without fans) it is important to keep the heat out. SHORT-KUTS™ do not block the portion of rising heat that escapes through the top of your laptop’s chassis (the keyboard).

For Beginner & Advanced DJ’s

SHORT-KUTS™ are used by beginners and advanced DJ’s alike. Many of which have reported with very positive feedback regarding the improvements they have achieved since they started to use them. with SHORT-KUTS™ keyboard use becomes intuitive, like tapping the START/STOP button on your turntable or the LOOP button on your CD Player. These are some of the benefits DJ’s can experience while using SHORT-KUTS™:

Advanced DJ’s


• Improved visibility in dim environments.

• Improved confidence and speed when reaching for the keyboard and executing a keyboard command.

• Longer orgasms (just checking to see if you are still reading, lol).

• Utilizing the keyboard to its full extent by learning new shortcuts you may not remember or use all that often.

• Full use of Serato’s Internal Mode via the keyboard when needed or during emergencies.

• Helping you minimize the amount of embarrassing moments when you’ve had one too many shots/beers.

Beginner DJ’s


• Leave the manual at home and start using shortcuts for functions you did not even know existed.

• Engage Relative Mode in Serato ScratchLIVE™ and take advantage of all the advanced features.

• Use of a mouse/trackpad while DJing is inefficient and slow, by using your keyboard you can take your performance to the next level.

• Improved visibility in dim environments.

• Bragging rights.   😛

• Utilizing the keyboard to its full extent by learning new shortcuts you may not remember or use all that often.

• Full use of Serato’s Internal Mode when needed or during emergencies.

Made by DJ’s for DJ’s

We are a small business run by DJ’s, for DJ’s. SHORT-KUTS™ are produced in the USA under our watch and we ship to DJ’s around the world. We look to provide our customers with products and service that exceed expectations in every way possible and while we are at it we are looking to push the envelope when it comes to design, features, and value for DJ’s working in a tough economy. We love hearing from DJ’s and are always keeping a watchful eye for new trends and an ear open to your advice and feedback.

Thank you for checking out SHORT-KUTS™!

Professional Grade

You may be thinking right now: “We are talking about stickers here! What’s with all the wordiness and technical fluff?!?”

When we set out to create the perfect set of stickers we thought the same, “just get some sticky paper and print on it! That should work!!” Boy, were we wrong. Turned out that in order to make a product with some commercial value you need to make it right and pay attention to the little details. Thankfully we were as detailed oriented as they come and we did not take any shortcuts (no pun intended).

SHORT-KUTS™ were designed to satisfy the most demanding professionals and the rigors of the road. From the clear matte protective layer that allows the graphics on each sticker to be clearly read, to the critical choice of adhesive chosen to make sure your overlay stays put, we’ve tested every SHORT-KUTS™ layer thoroughly to make sure they will outlast just about anything, maybe even your laptop:

• The Laminate Layer was abused with alcohol, gas, grease, friction, rough handling and more to insure that the Ink Layer was protected.

• The Ink Layer was abused with extended exposure to the sun, UV rays, and more. Colors will remain bright and bold for years of use inside or out.

• The Adhesive Layer is where we put most of our efforts. Some adhesives were too strong, others too weak, others were OK but left a nasty layer of gunk when peeled off. We figured out the perfect adhesive that will hold for years and still leave your keyboard intact should you need to remove them.

You could say we’ve over-engineered… But DJ’s who have been rockin SHORT-KUTS™ for years now like to refer to that as “professional” quality. We are sure you will agree with them!

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6 Comments

  1. so on a macbook pro, u wont be able to have the buttons light up anymore right? its not see through? =/

    1. You are right Ivan. MBP DJ’s lose the backlit lettering on their notebook. Some find this a fair trade-off, others don’t. (See: Kryptonite)
      We are working on various Professional SHORT-KUTS™ options for MBP users which you will hear about soon.
      Simply follow us on Twitter, or sign up for our Mailing list at the bottom of the homepage and we’ll update you about the new products, etc.

      Thanks!

  2. What is the turnaround time from placing the order to receiving the product?

    THanks

    1. We strive to send your order in no more than 24hrs. Sometimes holiday schedules or weekend schedules delay things a bit, but for the most part we want your product on its way within 24hrs. Thank you Cliff.

  3. Hi, Im curious to find out how these are over BackLit keys. Do the letters still light up transparently through these stickers somehow ? or does it completely block out any light behind the keys?? please advise.. thanks Myke

    1. Backlit keys are blocked by the thick laminates we use. The light won’t come through.
      In very dark environments a USB LED gooseneck light such as this one is what I use:
      http://www.pssl.com/!3-nSpuRsYaQxcjaFnZ7sjg!/American-DJ-USB-Powered-Gooseneck-LED-Light-1

 


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