DAW Shortcuts – A blessing and a curse at the same time. Who does not know it? With all the keyboard shortcuts you can move very quickly in the recording studio, but you can quickly get confused with the number of commands. Never forget a shortcut again with DAWKeyboard Stickers by TasTutor!
Maybe some of you are familiar with DAW keyboards such as Logickeyboard. These are keyboards with key commands printed on them that can help you use the shotcuts, however, DAW keyboards always cost a lot of money. So why not just pimp your own keyboard with keyboard stickers?
Why are DAW hotkeys even important?
In the DAW, some commands are executed more often than others. Having to call up the same function from a menu every time can really spoil the fun of producing. Also, a recording session with artists can get hectic at times; then if you get too busy with the DAW you'll even ruin the artist's vibe.
So instead of looking somewhere in the menu, I press the "D" key in PreSonus Studio One 5 to duplicate an event. If I want to add a track, I press "T" to set a crossfade "X" to start recording "*", etc... This is where the DAW stickers come into play - because I sometimes swap a shortcut or just forget him, a small cheat sheet would be useful.
TasTutor's keyboard stickers
Some time ago I met Simon Köhnen. He is a music producer and founder of the company TasTutor – a German keyboard sticker manufacturer!
TasTutor is a pioneer with the German-language and high-quality keyboard stickers, because in addition to keyboard stickers for DAWs such as Logic Pro, FL Studio, Cubase, Pro Tools, Ableton Live & Co., there are also stickers for video editing programs, games, different languages and stickers for kids.
The stickers are all carefully manufactured in Germany and sent by letter. Here's a short video of the making:
How to stick the DAW stickers?
Sticking on the stickers is child's play and can be done quickly. Thanks to the supplied template, the stickers can be easily positioned; if you remove the dirt from the keyboard beforehand, the stickers are firmly attached and make a good impression.
What is the advantage of keyboard stickers over DAW keyboards?
In a direct comparison, a DAW keyboard with pre-printed shortcut keys is significantly more expensive than the DAW stickers, because DAW keyboards are usually over €100.
The DAW stickers, on the other hand, are currently available for just €17.99 here in the TasTutor online shop.
I was also able to stick this on my own keyboard, which I've gotten used to. And if you decide to switch DAWs? No problem, just mask off and get new ones!
My take on TasTutor's keyboard stickers
The effort for this small, yet ingenious studio upgrade is really low and in my opinion the TasTutor DAW stickers are a real help in everyday studio life!
I also linked DAW Shortcuts as PDFs on my homepage, but let's be honest, in practice DAW Stickers (or a logic keyboard) are simply more useful than a manual.
Next, I will swap my old stickers on the MIDI keyboard for the new piano stickers from TasTutor! Then the upgrade is perfect.