Bless K-mart and their $2.50 contact sheets of faux woodgrain. They can turn your average, ordinary plastic M-Audio USB MIDI keyboard into a retro-styled custom job that just screams, erm, class. Melbourne-and-London-based CDM forum reader soloandata did just that. (Talk about bi-coastal — they have K-marts there?) Kudos: it takes a steady hand to line up those contact sheets. The woodgrain looks great on the curved design of the new Axiom keyboards — tres 70s.

Just finished Pimping my axiom-25. check that woodgrain! [Create Digital Noise]
solo andata [Artist Page]
solo andata [@Myspace]

Thanks, Kane. Now the gauntlet has been thrown: who has the pimped keyboard / audio gear that can top this? (And if you don’t have it already, by all means head to the local K-mart. Kane wonders if faux marble might be the logical next step. I’m rooting for something pink and furry.) I know some M-Audio folks read this site, so feel free to play (or introduce faceplates at NAMM).

  • Damon

    Holding Score Sign Up – "10!"

    I love the electronic music community…

  • Akro

    These guys been customizing mpc's and synths for years ->

  • nick benko

    brilliant! i love woodgrain.. as tacky as it is.

    someone should start making synths/controllers like this.. im getting tired of seeing gun metal black and silvery-gray plastic 😉

  • drossmac

    Love it. You inspired my M Audio Keystation49i Pimp. Not as neat as yours, but so much cooler than original.

    • Peter Kirn

      Wow, terrific. Nice to see this on this ancient post. :)