DJ Hero Custom Vinyl Skins – Design Your Own!

One criticism of the DJ Hero turntable controllers is how boring they look. The plain silver and plain black may look a bit like a set of real decks but every DJ worth their salt is a creative type who loves to experiment – no DJ’s decks we have ever seen have been short of the odd sticker or two!

When it comes to dressing your decks up a bit you have got to have a look at UniqueSkins.com, they are the market leaders in custom vinyl skins and can create any design your mind can imagine! This is how it works:

Step 1

Head over to UniqueSkins and select the device you want to create a skin for (oh yes! not just DJ Hero skins but Guitar Hero, iphones, games consoles, Blackberrys, laptops – they could probably even do one for your dog if you send them the sizes!)

Custom DJ Skin Step 1

Step 2

Using the simple online software to can combine any number of images, text, photos and designs both from their extensive library and even images you have on your own computer by simply uploading them.

DJ Skin Step 2

Step 3

Play about with your design until you are happy with it then click add to cart, fill in your details, pay the nice people, then wait a couple of days and blam! Awesome looking vinyl skin!

Custom DJ Skin Step 3

If you have tried a vinyl skin before but not been too happy with the results then you need to check out what these guys are doing now. They use the latest tech with the best materials to provide you with a skin that should last forever on your decks (or anything else for that matter), application is simple and bubbles under the skin are a thing of the past thanks to some very clever vinyl from 3M which includes small air channels to make sure even the smallest bubbles are driven out when putting the skin on. For $15 you will not find a better Christmas present for someone or better still just for yourself!

You should also have a look at our post on our original DJ Hero vinyl mod, while it looked like a dogs dinner the idea of putting something under the vinyl before applying it does work well, just position something (like another piece of vinyl) directly above and below the center point of the crossfader and you will then be able to feel where the crossfader is without having to look at it. This is invaluable for novice players and helps them really get into the game as well as making you decks more like the real deal!

Send in some pictures of your customised decks and we will feature them here – if we get a lot of entries we might even decide to offer a prize for the best ones!

Replacment crossfaders in stock soon!

Are you having crossfader problems?

Wish your crossfader was a little bit more responsive?

Well hold your horses for just a few more days and we will be able to help!

Instock and selling now! click the link on the menu bar for details

We have been testing possible replacement / upgrade crossfaders and now we have got one we are happy with, they will be in stock in the next few days and advertised on this website hopefully by the end of the week so check back soon and don’t forget if you have any problems with your decks just post a comment here or in our DJ Hero Repair Forums and we will do our best to sort it out for you!

DJ Hero Turntable Mod -Vinyl cover

As we mentioned in the forums, one of the first things we thought when we played DJ Hero was that firstly there are no physical markings on the crossfader so you can tell where on the crossfader you are without looking. We figured we would either scratch the plastic casing to provide a center line that our fingers could find, like Guitar Hero does with the yellow fret button, where it is slightly raised in the middle.

The other thing we thought could be improved was the surface of the turntable, it seemed very slippy and we thought this made scratching harder than it needed to be (yeah I know if we were better Djs we wouldn’t need any of this but we are uncoordinated idiots who can barely press coloured button in the right order so every little helps eh!)

With this in mind we have performed our first test modification on the turntable, adding a black (boring colour but will do for the prototype!) vinyl coating to the surface of the turntable and also creating a surround for the crossfader which includes the raised bit at the center point.

We have done this mod as a bit of a trial run, we wanted to see what people thought of the playability of the game with these changes.

First Impressions

Lets look at the crossfader area first, the vinyl covering does not interfere with your ability to play the game and with the addition of the raised sections it does make it easier to find the middle point if you loose it, this is most useful when your euphoria is coming to an end and you need to be ready to start crossfading for yourself once more. Rather than having to take your eyes off the screen to confirm that you are in the middle of the crossfader you can now feel both the ‘click’ of the crossfader as it returns to its center point but also you can use your fingers to find out where that center point is before you move the fader back.

We have found this to be really useful and people playing the game for the first time appreciate it the most, experienced players will probably not benefit too much from this, but its addition will not make the game any harder either.

The turntable covering was designed to give more grip on the surface of the deck while playing, this is supposed to help while scratching and when using rewind, and for the most part it does very well! It feel great having a more tactile surface to rest your hand on while mixing and it does stop the turntable ‘getting away’ from you at the end of a long section of scratches. the only slight worry is how sweaty your hands will have the vinyl surface if you are playing it for hours on end. We have not found it a  problem but we are testing in the middle of a British winter, someone in Australia in the summer may have a different opinion!

Verdict

We like this first attempt at this mod and will be keeping it on for the time being. It deserves a long term test to find out what type of coating would be best, how sweaty the turntable gets, if the vinyl starts to peel and gets annoying, all these things need to be investigated. In short though, this does improve the easy of playing DJ Hero for novices, experts will as always find their own way around any problems – that is what makes them experts!

Oh the other thing is – how cool would this look with some custom graphics on the vinyl? You could have anything!

We welcome your comments, what do you think about this mod should we carry on with it or is it a terrible idea that needs to be binned and forgotten about? What graphics would you choose to go on your decks? Send us your pictures and we will display the best, we may even have one made up for the winner if it is good enough! Do you have any ideas for other mods you would like us to test?

————UPDATE————

We have now found a company doing these custom vinyl skins, where you can design literally anything you want, that we are happy to recommend have a look at our article on how to create your own custom DJ Hero Vinyl Skins

Inside the DJ Hero Controller

After we managed to put the game down for  a second the next priority for us at DJ Hero Repair was to take the turntable and mixer apart and see what was inside! We are still gathering information about all the parts but we thought we would bring you these early pictures so you can see what is inside and what to look out for when taking yours apart.

This is, for the moment anyway, just a quick gallery of images (click on any to start the gallery), in time we will be bringing you instructional guides on how to take the controller apart, what to watch out for etc.

One quick thing I will add is that it is not difficult to take the controller apart, it has no hidden screws, no tamperproof seals anywhere, but you do need to be careful of pulling any of the wires. You can see in the pictures that all the wiring only has the minimum amount of slack, and when you first open it the wiring is taped down meaning you cannot move the casing very far without accidentally pulling on the wires. Our advice? Slow and steady and you’ll be fine!

Comments on any of the pictures are welcomed so get involved!

The Decks

When DJ Hero launches it will come in two flavours; Normal and Renegade Edition, both shown here.

Renegade Edition

This is the premium set including CD’s from Eminem, and Jay Z, a hard flight case which doubles as a performance stand and a ‘premium’ metal finish and controls, and is a lot more bling!

Renegade Edition

Renegade Edition

Normal Edition

This is the one we imagine most people will get, and is the standard turntable, not to worry though it still comes with loads of cool bundled stuff like a … cardboard box and a .. uh.. instruction booklet..? Oh well as long as we can play thats all that really matters!

DJ Hero

DJ Hero

So which one did you go for?