In the modern age our lives are so intertwined with technology that It surrounds and pervades almost everything that we do. Its understandable that some people want to keep one foot in the analogue door and the other in the digital domain. As a result many projects pop up that are half digital/half analogue with DVS systems being the most pervasive example. Its the dichotomy of a turntable and the hard drive however that really exhibits that tenuous balance of old and new. What better way to really explore that relationship than to turn your hard drive into a turntable? Now you can.

Instructables have posted a guide to turning the common hard drive into a high performance control surface. Its a very slick concept that fits into the very best ideals of our DIY ethos. While not a entry level project, its relatively easy to execute and requires almost no upfront investment to try out on your own. Check out the full guide here.

That drawing on the top of this post and the oval sticker above were created by our own Midian. The oval is available in a high quality vinyl sticker. Make any purchase from the web store and we will throw in 2 of them for free.

original story from skratchwork via engadget

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    …seriousli wierd style players up there…

  • Chay

    You could use the drive head arm connected to a pot to advance the track position like on a real turntable. I guess you'd have to bend back the springy arms that press the heads onto the disk, so that turning the disc doesn't cause it to move.

  • tekki

    Might be cool to take out the olde Quantum Bigfoot drives. Bigger platter ftw! 😀

  • josh

    [quote comment=””]Slick project, it is saad they dod not demo it with any DJ app so we can “feeel” the resolution.[/quote]

    my thoughts exactly DJ ToS

  • DJ ToS

    Slick project, it is saad they dod not demo it with any DJ app so we can “feeel” the resolution.

  • ATP

    I just want to know where I can find a used motorised fader for cheap (since those things are expensive).

  • ATP

    I was going to email this to you a week ago, but I forgot (buried in work, and all). I got started on two of ’em (by taking apart two old 2 GB Fujitsu hard drives), but I’m still pondering over setting up the circuitry. I need to lern me some cirkuts.