How to make your own Scratchpad/Turntable using a pizza box and an optical mouse!
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Step 1: Supplies
the supplies you'll need.
- 1 pizza box
(used or unused) in this case we're cheap so it's used and greasy.
- 1 optical mouse
- screw long enough to go through two pieces of cardboard
Step 2: Mark and Cut the Box
Mark a 1in X 1in Square on the lid of the box
Flip the Box over and mark a 6in diameter circle on the bottom.
Cut out the square and the circle making sure to keep the circle intact.
Step 3: Attatch the Mouse
Attatch the mouse to the inside of the lid using tape. Allow the "eye" of the mouse to look through the square you just cut.
Close the lid allowing the mouse cord to come out the side.
Step 4: Screw the Turntable On
With the box right-side-up, screw the cardboard circle into the lid of the pizza box ensuring that the side of the circle overlaps the mouse "eye".
Step 5: Face the Music!
The moment of truth!
Plug the mouse into your computer, open your favorite mixing, DJ program and test it out!
In my case I used FutureDecks Lite for Mac OS. There are comparable programs for Windows and Linux.