basstable Plattabass: DIY Hybrid Bass / Turntable

You might think that this can not be a real product. You’re right, but it is in development, at least that what the maker says. There is even a link to a prototype, but it’s still a far cry from a finished and working Plattabass.

Proposed specs, courtesy Ray:

  • 2 assignable cross faders, an extreme pitch control that goes to zero RMP, a thumb worn magnet that triggers a sensor inlaid in the back of the neck
  • Three control knobs, and 2 TRS stereo outputs
  • Fender P bass neck, Basslines 1/4 pound pickups, and Fender flat-wound strings
  • Technics 1200 motor, plater , and controls
  • The experimental, spring loaded ,3 pole, zero drag stylus cartridge caddy / Bas string bridge, will be a one off custom piece of metal work
  • I will need a dsp unit that has a phono preamp built in, I was thinking I could cannibalize a Rane TTM-56

Read more about the Plattabass

Marc de Vinck

I’m currently working full time as the Dexter F. Baker Professor of Practice in Creativity in the Masters of Engineering in Technical Entrepreneurship Program at Lehigh University. I’m also an avid product designer, kit maker, author, father, tinkerer, and member of the MAKE Technical Advisory board.


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