So… a few weeks ago we started looking for a DJ mixer, not any old mixer mind. A nice small one, thin and light enough to fit in a laptop bag, with a couple of line-ins, 3 band EQ and a crossfader. Not much to ask is it? We’ve already got a very portable Behringer mixer that does much more than that, but it’s got no crossfader.
Well, the only one on the market is designed for iPods, had some pretty damning reviews as a proper mixer so we gave up. A couple of days later a friend of ours mentioned he had an old KMX 100 mixer going spare (thanks George!). We took it apart and discovered it was mainly a big, heavy, empty metal box with a tiny mixer inside, so we decided to make a smaller, lighter, plywood box. Cue Inkscape and a Laser Cutter! p.s, did we mention BuildBrighton have an awesome laser cutter… for cutting things… with lasers?)
Warning: the rest of this post contains loads of big pictures
Using some digital callipers we measured all the holes in the front and back plates on the mixer to come up with something like this:
Then, using an online laser box-maker, we knocked up a suitable sized box, aligned the text and graphics then did a test cut in cardboard:
With the card prototype looking OK, we went for the real deal in 3mm ply-wood & stuck the bottom pieces together:
Put ‘em together and what have you got? Bibbidi-Bobbidi… a mixer.
Only thing left to do is sand it down a bit, add a couple of coats of varnish then put some little rubber feet on to stop it sliding around.
Update – varnished!
After a few coats of Ronseal clear varnish, I think it’s looking pretty swish -
And some obligatory arty closeups -