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Style, provided you have any in the first place
Style, provided you have any in the first place
Posted by Gizmo on January 29, 2008 :

DJ gear is largely uninspiring to look at. No matter how many Christmas light-esque LEDS manufacturers add to successive releases, they're usually sharp edged and crushingly dull with their not at all interesting Black, Grey or Silver stylings. Some efforts have been made to add different faceplates with fixed designs to CD decks and mixers (ironically Black to replace Silver etc). But now Styleflip offers almost unlimited creative freedom via a pretty spiffy on-screen Flash designer to do all manners of graphic nastiness to your gear. But don't worry - it's not permanent so the Hello Kitty phase you went through needn't be with you forever.

The Styleflip product is a custom printed hi res vinyl film with a tough clear coating, cut out to match your products controls. You get to decorate it from a range of preset logos, fills, patterns and all kinds of crazy pictures. You can even upload your own designs to create a truly customised setup.

Sod's Law dictates that while having a wide range of decks, mixer and other assorted boxes available for customisation, they don't do a single one that I own. So hopefully one of you brave souls will take the plunge and give them a go and report back.

Here's a couple I prepared earlier which will show why it's a really crap idea for me to have this done at all....

Styleflip dj gear customisation vinyl graphics

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24 comments to this story

On January 29, 2008, tikka said this:
yuck haha


On January 29, 2008, Mr. Mo said this:
is it just me, or does anyone find that "customizing" your gear by such means as paint and crazy graff to prove your "hip hop-ness" is extremely tacky? i could understand a couple of stickers, but some people take it to the next level. but hey, it's your equipment (and resale value) i guess. smile1.gif

i dunno about everyone else, but i'd take the timeless look of clean 1200's and a 56 (w/gray faceplate) anyday. it means business. blink1.gif

On January 29, 2008, DaCaveDwella said this: wow...not that excited...just had a thought of that camo setup...that would be great for somebody you wanna f--- up in dj'ing at a club...after a few drinks...and after a few more drinks...and maybe some second hand ganja smoke...I believe some dj's will have trouble finding buttons & knobs...I can see myself really falling into a web of a amazon jungle with leaves twurling around my vinyl as I wonder if this is the next level to dj'ing in the Harry Potter world...

bottom line - get down like a pro or have happy trails with your gear...either way it all good...

On January 29, 2008, Cutloose said this:
For Dj's who don't know there knobs from nobs,
They will have trouble in a club.
But for those wank clubs with metro's and bleach barbie girls then a bling trio of CDJ's and 800 would be the talk of the town and prob look dope in action photo's 8)

On January 29, 2008, tobamai said this:
Okay, all of the examples (including the ones on their site) look pretty hideous. But I think this has potential to make some great looking gear.

Plus it's great for midi control surfaces -- get rid of those stickers with control names written on them. It's like custom silk screening. Name the knobs how you want and have it look professional on the piece of kit.

On January 29, 2008, eddie skratch said this:
anyone remember howie t`s pink sl`s? those burberry chav pioneers are piss funny.

On January 29, 2008, SpAzZ said this:
The 2 examples up top look ghetto as hell.

On January 29, 2008, Dizzy said this:
I like tobomai's suggestion for MIDI controller faceplates. A lot of MIDI controllers have assignable buttons and knobs now but are without labels. A customizable faceplate would be a great idea for that application.

On January 29, 2008, ^^eo said this:
hmmm... those might not be the best examples.

I find the thing pretty clever actually provided that you actually have some eye for style at all.

On January 29, 2008, weaksauce said this:
lol giz you made that camo and tartan shite JUST to prove a point didnt you? I nearly puked...

yep, customisation is played out and really only ends up making the product look cheap. a stock mpc60, sp1200, sl1200 or rane mixer just have the 'right' look and trying to 'improve' this is usually pointless and sometimes hilariously disastrous (mel-mans airbrushed solar system keyboard anyone? or the hundreds of forat mpc nightmare makeovers). to me it shows insecurity and gear obsession rather than focusing on the craft and end result. or i'm just an ancient out-of-touch hater, yeah thats probably it...

On January 30, 2008, johnbeez said this:
"where's my faceplate?"

On January 30, 2008, chang said this:
i would probably just turn my dn s3500 to black. don't have to go wacko with design.

On January 31, 2008, Timmy Jimmy said this:
I like the bright color floral design but not for my tables or makes the gear look like something from I-gemini product line or apple with all the white.... the craziest I would get is a custom slip mat.

On January 31, 2008, Solo said this:
The customization wouldn't be so disgusting if it were a little more subtle, pro-looking. I wouldn't mind grafting my own logo onto my mixer, etc.

On January 31, 2008, Styleflip said this:

YES....that really is a slipmat on the platter

Strangeloves setup at Envy Nightclub in Minneapolis (Nic Fanciulli will be playing on this Feb 8th)

On January 31, 2008, said this:
We will have a bunch of actual product pics up on the site by the weekend.

Also adding a bunch more products very shortly including
Rane TTM57
DJM 700
DJM 500
CDJ 400

On January 31, 2008, said this:
One other thing not mentioned is the 'INFO LAYER'

click on the link below for a demonstration on the Rane Empath mixer. Once it opens click on the right tab that says 'INFO LAYER' and you automatically re-label all of your controls in whatever color you want!


On February 1, 2008, GR8 said this:
Hey, guy, I've been trying to contact your site by e-mail, it's not working, and even tried to answer your another e-mail address, no answer or whatsoever...
Are you alive there, or your business is already down?? smile.gif

On February 1, 2008, said this:
GR8, try me at

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On February 5, 2008, Gizmo said this:
It's fair to say that those pictures are just a tiny wee bit better than my creations... :'(

On February 6, 2008, Matt said this:
The idea was good.. but We cant re-label our controls with our custom layers. The editor is very closed.

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On February 25, 2008, said this:

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