Add arcade buttons to a VCI-100

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  • your going to need a cut guide for the buttons. Please email ean from the about page and ask for the latest version.
  • There is also a lip on the top/front edge of the VCI-100 base piece that needs to be cut away. I dont have pictures but its fairly obvious. Not the entire lip (the part in front of the cross fader can stay) just the parts that sit where the buttons are going. The lip is only about 1/4 inch wide so its a easy cut.
  • you dont need to shave the lip if you use the Sanwa 24mm snap in buttons
  • }}}Lead wires- 16 about 3-4 inches long (can be cut from microphone cable)
  • }}}Diodes- 8 50 PRV 200ma switching diodes
  • }}}Shrink sleeve- get about 2 feet so you can professionally protect your connections and not do it the ghetto way (like I did) with electrical tape. Shrink Sleeve is a plastic tube that shrinks down to enclose an exposed wire when heat is applied. Some people have heat guns but a match or lighter works fine.
  • }}}Electrical tape
  • }}}8 Arcade switches from Happ controls– they are the shallow micro arcade switches under the pushbutton section.
  • }}}Some spray paint to make it a cool color (auto trim paint works well) SAND THE UNIT FIRST!
  • }}}Phillips screw driver- One medium and one small tip-
  • }}}Wire stripper
  • }}}Solder
  • }}}Solder Iron
  • }}}Find a machinist in your area (there are a lot of them usually) send them the included diagram and say you need these holes cut out of 1/8″ aluminum. Try for around $50 if possible.

thats just about it! Enjoy your custom bad-ass VCI-100 and post photos when its done!

Good Luck,

Ean Golden

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  • Sid

    Hey Ean.. Is adding a footswitch similar? What are the connections in a footswitch like? Thanks.. Sid

  • Sid

    Hey Ean.. Is adding a footswitch similar? What are the connections in a footswitch like? Thanks.. Sid

  • Nice work! I’ll have to do a cross post on this one 😉

  • swords

    [quote comment=""][…] Tutorial on adding arcade buttons to a VCI-100 [djtechtools.com] […][/quote]

    thanks ean golden, you da man.

  • [quote comment="15692"]i've got the same problem as dddcrosse but am unfortunately not clever enough to solve it on my own…how do you know which one the ground is if all the wires are white? thanks![/quote]

    You can follow the white wire that goes to all the buttons- thats the ground and it should be on the far left or right.

  • i've got the same problem as dddcrosse but am unfortunately not clever enough to solve it on my own…how do you know which one the ground is if all the wires are white? thanks!

  • dddcrose

    Sorry forgot the LED's, problem solved.

    cheers

    dddcrose

  • dddcrose

    This site prompted me to mod my own VCI and i am pretty fired up about it, "awsome site" but I just opened my hood and I have 12 wires attached to each switch bank and i have no brown cable for ground. Why is it differnet How can I tell what wires are what?

    Cheers

    dddcrose

  • D

    Hey cheers! =). Its not a new case. I filled in the old slots with JBweld and cut new slots all 4 faders. A new case would need a LOAD of work due to way the rotary pots are mounted. Will do a quick how too when i get the time, maybe this week. =)

  • Anonymous

    Great job!!!!! Its a massive step up from mine. I love the color theme. Did you cut an entirely new case?

  • D

    Hey Ean!.. After seeing your controllerism video i couldnt hold back any longer! Sourced the buttons in the UK! Got the tools out and got drillin! (stuck a couple extra faders in there too!) =)

    Heres how it finished up.

    http://www.native-instruments.com/forum/showthrea

    Cheers again man! =)

    D