EditorsKeys shortcut keyboards use stickers overlaid on your existing keyboard rather than requiring you to replace your keyboard. That has some definitely advantages: I’m not letting go of my beloved Microsoft keyboard, and the custom “shortcut” keyboards sold for programs like Logic and Pro Tools are often absurdly expensive. The EditorsKeys sticker sets cost under US$20, and right now they’re 20% off.

EditorsKeys Shortcut Keyboards

EditorsKeys tells us they’ve now unveiled a new set for Logic Pro, the first to be semi-transparent, so you can move the stickers to different keys if you’ve remapped your shortcuts.

Logic Pro Keyboard

Other sets include Pro Tools, Reason, Cubase, and SONAR, all updated for the latest releases, plus graphics software like Avid, Vegas, Final Cut, Photoshop, Premiere, and After Effects.

Now all I want is a keyboard with tiny LEDs that can change shortcuts depending on the active software. (And yes, I know a prototyped attempt to do just that evidently failed. Maybe later.) In the meantime, these are the most affordable solution.

  • Chris

    I have purchased these editor keys and applied them to a new keyboard as instructed and for the most part they work well. It isn't perfect though, a few stickers continually fall off and have to be reapplie which is a bit annoying.

  • Jim

    I have been using the Editors Keys for about 8 months now and they are great!

  • http://www.createdigitalmusic.com Peter Kirn

    Well, that to me would be the general problem with stickers, particularly in high-humidity environments. I'm still holding out for my LED keyboard. Did you try cleaning the keyboard thoroughly with alcohol before application?

  • http://www.metro-sonus.com Metro:Sonus

    Bollocks that that!

    I think this will be the new must have for music. I've been waiting on this for 2 years… they "say" a ship date will occur in fall 2006. I'm only a tad skeptical as the website has had a "coming soon" sort of vibe for the last two years.

  • http://www.metro-sonus.com Metro:Sonus
  • http://www.createdigitalmusic.com Peter Kirn

    Yes, the Optimus continues to look very sketchy. (Thanks for reminding me of the name.) I love that their "press clippings" section has articles talking about the fact that it seems to be vaporware, complete with old (missed) ship dates. It's hard to say: it's possible that they mean well and have discovered what many DIY hardware makers have, that shipping new products like this is difficult. Even with good intentions, though, the whole thing could never ship.

    It should be *possible*; I'll say that. Since they have the patents, let's hope they pull it off.

  • http://www.metro-sonus.com Metro:Sonus

    Quite a few of the kids in the computer club at the college I work for (and chair the computer club) signed up for news letters when we went over this about a year ago. Of course, they have yet to recieve any.

    While I totaly agree with you, and a product like this would kill the market, I can't help but feel a bit like this (the website, optimus ect)is a hoax or publicity stunt. If you look at the photos of the designers, they look like promo photos out of some creepy film noir.

    I mean, if you look at project gray box, as an example, he had quite a few people donate money to the development, and then *poof* he's gone. The url was still valid for a long time, so why no goodbye note?

    I do recall reading somewhere they were looking for someone to pick up the production, which seemed like a cool idea.

    I just hope this isn't an investment scam or anything..

  • http://www.createdigitalmusic.com Peter Kirn

    We should clarify — it's the Optimus keyboard that looks shady.

    The EditorsKeys *stickers* (unrelated product, unrelated creator) work just fine! ;)

    Sure enough, new-fangled embedded keyboard displays … vaporware. Oldskool stickers: cheap and functional.

  • http://www.ericso.com Eric Sleaver

    I've been using the 'EDITORS KEYS' every day for 18 months with no sign of wear!

    I'm glad you posted about the Logic, set as thats what i mainly use, have just upgraded from Pro Tools to Logic Pro, so that keyboard set is just in time!

  • arendownie

    EditorsKeys are dope.. but for me, I like the feel of the keys under my fingers, not stickers. (plus the edges get a lil' funky after a while) I bought a PT keyboard from http://www.logickeyboard.com/. They also sell just the keys for replacement of mac keyboards for 60.00 to 80.00, which isn't cheap, but not insanely expensive. They have sets for Nuendo/Cubase, Logic Pro, Pro Tools, and most video and image apps for the mac.

  • bliss

    What? No set for Digital Performer? Boo.

  • http://www.jaymis.com Jaymis Loveday

    Looks like the mini Optimus keyboard was actually real:

    http://www.thinkgeek.com/computing/input/88ee/

    So, I guess the Optimus could happen eventually, attractive! I'd probably switch back to triggering visuals with qwerty if I could make a little thumbnail of each clip show up on the keys :)

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  • http://www.bestprotoolsstickers.com Steve Swift

    Hello Everyone,

    If you are still looking for Pro Tools Stickers, please note that Editors Keys no longer distributes these stickers, nor does Avid. For the latest version of The Best Pro Tools Stickers, please visit:
    http://www.bestprotoolsstickers.com
    The stickers are offered for $9.99 (USA) or $11.99 (International) and have an updated look to make editing even easier. The sticker set is compatible with any PC or Mac keyboard.

    You can also email sales@bestprotoolsstickers.com for more information.

    All the best,

    Steve SwiftThe Best Pro Tools Stickers: Sales Team