A hacker is turning Fisher-Price turntables into workable DJ decks
Start ‘em young
Daniel Barassi’s day job is managing the websites of clients such as Depeche Mode. In his spare time, he turns toy Fisher-Price turntables into portable decks.
It started in September last year when he came into a large collection of 45s from Atomic Records in Burbank. Storing them in his garage he wanted a portable deck to play them without needing to move his Technics 1210s.
He picked out a Fisher-Price battery-powered portable turntable, but was unimpressed by the decks capabilities, so decided to make some changes, including fitting a Shure M44-7 DJ cartridge, installing RCA jacks and an amplifier, and turning the volume slider (next to the speed selector) into a pitch control.
Barassi calls the creations Fishure-Price, which cost at least $200 in parts to upgrade.
Writing on his website fishureprice.com, he said: “I love to hack. Whether it be sound, video, imagery or physical items, I can't resist the urge to tinker with the DNA of stuff. The Fishure-Price turntable is a perfect example of tinkering.”
Check out a video of the Fishure-Price in action below. More are available on the Fishure-Pirce Instagram account.
[Via: The Vinyl Factory]
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