Fitting Methods For Turntable Motors


In addition to the DC100 motor we offer upgrade motors for those who wish to take performance to much higher levels

DC100 motor included as standard with every motor kit - body is 29mm diameter and 46mm long.

DC200 turntable motor has nearly double the torque of the DC100, runs smoother and is quieter. This motor is a highly significant upgrade on the DC100 and well worth the extra. Resulting sound is clearly better in every way especially  dynamics. Body is 26mm diameter x 46mm long.

DC300 turntable motor has nearly four times the torque of the DC100, runs smoother and is quieter. This motor improves further on the qualities of the DC200 by a significant margin and is well worth the extra, even in a modest system. Resulting sound is powerfull with brilliant dynamics, slam and control. Dimensions: 28mm diameter x 46mm long.


Rectangular mounting plate fitted to motor as standard. Dimensions 70mm x 40mm x 2mm with mounting holes spaced 60mm apart.

Circular plate 60mm in diameter with mounting holes spaced 57mm apart is available on special request.

Small round motor plate 50mm diameter with notches for screws (bolts) at 49mm diameter - ideal in pods like the Michell Gyrodek and Orb. Available by special request.

Only one mounting hole need be used to fit the first 2 motor plates to a deck. The plate may then be swivelled to set belt tension.

Additional Notes

Detailed guidance notes are supplied with the kits. These additional notes are provided to overcome issues that may arise on individual decks. Sometimes the depth of a motor means that a deck needs taller feet to lift it clear of the surface on which it stands. We can supply taller feet, or they can be bought easily from Maplin Electronics or most hardware stores.

Sometimes a hole needs to be cut in the deck baseboard to allow the motor to be fitted. A hole saw mounted on a drill is the best tool for the job (see hole cutting tools.)

Alternatively the baseboard can be left off altogether as the voltages are no longer dangerous (12V max). Leaving off the baseboard will also improve the sound of the deck due to reduced resonance.

Plinths With Thick Top Plates

Sometimes the motor plate must be mounted on the top of a thick MDF top plate in a way that would add too much height. In such cases, a "milling machine" attachment in a pillar drill may be used to cut away the MDF to the correct depth and allow the motor top plate to sink into it. Alternatively a router or sharp chisel may be used.

Methods Of Fitting The Motor

These can vary from screwing it on using the tapped holes in the mounting plate to wedging it in position with pieces of hard foam - the motors run cold so there is no overheating problem. Note that the motor sounds best when the top plate is mounted with a single bolt. This allows easy adjustment of belt tension by simply swivelling the whole assembly. It also gives considerable scope for setting the height of the motor using a single machine screw and nuts: the nuts can be used to clamp the motor at any height along the machine screw length.

Motors With Pods

For turntables with pods which house the old motor you can adapt the pod to house the new motor - We supply a circular motor top plate for these applications which means that after unbolting the pod's existing top plate, the Origin Live motor top plate can usually be bolted to the pod using one of the redundant tapped holes - the new DC motor top plate only needs to be fastened using one bolt.

This method is not always possible and so alternative methods are to get a machine shop to tailor your old pod to fit the OL DC motor - it may need recessing to get sufficient pulley height - some people give up at this point wondering if it's worth the trouble but anyone who ever just gets up a rough working set up to see what the new motor sounds like is immediately convinced to go ahead.

One last method is simply to pack the motor into the pod by wedging it in position using pieces of hard foam, rubber, Plasticine, blutak or hot melt glue - crude though this may be it works and as the motor runs cold there is no problem on that front.

Belt Length

Belts are measured by their circumference in mm. There are two ways of doing this:

"Thread length" - Put a length of thread round the belt path i.e. the motor pulley and Sub-platter, mark it and then measure the length.
Actual length - Take the old belt - Measure the length of the belt pulled (without stretching) straight and then double the figure.

Pulley Choice

modifications-upgrades-pulleysThe centre of a flat belt rides on the crown of the pulley (the crown is the fattest part of the curved section of the pulley). Round belts ride in the top or bottom notch of the pulley.

On the Origin Live "short" pulley the distance from the top surface of the motor plate to the crown is 6mm.

We supply a "long" pulley for use with the Linn LP12 and most other decks. In this case the distance from top of the motor plate to crown is 14mm.

The motor plate is normaly 1.5mm thick.

Pulleys are a special high grip white plastic not the aluminium type shown in the photo. They are also precision bored for smoothest possible running.

We stock various pulleys which are press fitted to the motors - if you have the wrong type of pulley for your deck DO NOT TRY TO REMOVE THE PULLEY or you will probably wreck an expensive motor. The motor should be returned to us complete with pulley and we will change it over.

"Short pulley" 8mm diameter at crown 11mm dia overall is useful for decks where the motor is mounted close to the height of the top of the plinth.
"Long pulley" is useful for decks where the motor is mounted under a thin top plate e.g. the Linn LP12

The pulleys are designed to run with flat and round belts so there is no need to specify a different pulley for any type of belt (round belts ride in the top or bottom rim recess).

All operating voltage ranges quoted on this page assume the DC100 motor is to be installed. If you order the DC 200 motor the voltage range may need to change - we will provide the correct switching box. The lowest operating voltage of a switch box is always noted on the rear of the switching box.

Note the photos below are out of date but are helpful for representative likeness only



Origin Live Ltd. Unit 5, 362B Spring Road Sholing, Southampton SO19 2PB, UK