Steampunk DJ Rig

The Extra-Ordinary Aural Fusionoscope & Amplification Machine is not a rare example of Victorian-era DJ gear, but rather a steampunk mod of a Numark DJ controller.

Here’s what its creator has to say about it:

This was originally a Numark CD-Mix 2 which I purchased from my good friend Orvtronixx. We built a wooden box around it and then got down to the lengthy task of expanding the audio ins & outs from the back of the box. After much soldering (and gnashing of teeth) we successfully installed a balanced XLR out, three RCA line-ins and a 1/4 in” microphone line in. We re-routed the main RCA unbalanced master out to a small speaker that is housed just below the vintage cast-iron Phonogram horn to act as the DJs personal monitoring system and re-routed the main mic out into a small microphone housed in the the smaller 1920s Ford car horn (which we repainted in black and copper).

We then took a 1940s radiator, took it apart and housed the transformer in it. All in all the entire rig is an all in one system; though for large clubs we highly suggest running the XLR outs to the main sound.

Here’s another view:

No word on whether it lets you cross-fade between two gramophones……..

8 thoughts on “Steampunk DJ Rig

  1. Why didn't they use wax cylinder's or vinyl? That atleast would've made it seem more steampunk. I see a lcd screen and a disc drive and I can't help and think it's only a shotty cd player

  2. Actually, after this, Joe's added phono inputs (in gold of course) with proper grounds and balanced XLR outs as well. It keeps getting better. Unfortunately, mixing CDs with this thing is still at the hands of the Numark mixer. With two turntables, I find that this thing really builds crowd interest when you are DJing at an event. Definitely an improvement over forcing them to watch a DJ lean over a laptop.

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