In the search for a perfect tactile button you need not look further than your local arcade. More than over 20 years of R&D by millions of teenage boys has proven arcade buttons to be reliable, fun and rapid fire fast. So its not surprising that the concept has started to take off after I posted my arcade button tutorial many months back. One of our readers duplicated the mod flawlessly and even added a few faders. MidiFidler is making a small run of arcade button midi controllers for the Dj TT community. Now I noticed this brilliant mixer based on the DIY MIDIBox64 kit that takes all of them to the next level.
The creator of this lovely piece of gear, William, was kind enough to list the source for all his parts:
-The faders are 60mm Bourns PTS series mouser.com/search/ProductDetail.aspx?qs=b8viK DOLiXaWB8SJ8…
-The Arcade buttons are from Happ Controls (bought on ebay)
– The middle led buttons are Shanpu surplus from All Electronics (out of stock, I think)
– The bottom led buttons are MEC 3F (surplus from Electronics Goldmine w/o keycaps). The caps had to be imported through Newark Electronics.
-The pots and knobs are from Futurelec (Alpha pots, no name black aluminum knobs)
-The screen is from Sparkfun
-The case is a 12″x12″ Hammond from Mouser, covered in faux walnut iron on melamine called Band It (from Parts Express)
-The circuit boards are from SmashTV www.avishowtech.com/mbhp/
Not ready to jump into the deep end of the midi pool yet? I am working on designing a simple DIY kit that you can easily build at home without too much fuss. Stay tuned for more info on that.