• SHall

    Oh, I also use “Tesi Switches” for Arcade Buttons. They come in many colors, and momentary or latching. Lighted w/ LED’s, Metal or plastic, and different sizes. All have the wires already soldered on the switch terminals. I also use them in Guitars, either by quickly shunting the output to ground, or adding an R/C to play with tone. It’s fun!

  • SHall

    If I did any shoddy cutting and soldering like this, I’d not have a job at all! We don’t use pliers to remove or loosen nuts, large wire cutters, box cutters, well, pretty much any of those hand tools for delicate electronic work. I don’t cut wires from the old switch, that’s what a soldering iron and pump is for. Don’t just solder pig-tails onto other wire leads, the rule for a solder joint is to make a good mechanical connection first, then solder it. Heat shrink tubing is used by professionals, not slopping some liquid tape all over the bare wires. We don’t use putty to mount PCB’s, that’s what 3M DBBL sided tape is for. DIY doesn’t have to be hap-hazard like this, spend a few more bucks for the right supplies and tools, and be proud of your work. Then when your box gets opened by somebody else, you won’t be embarrassed or ashamed. Remember, your work is your image and signature.

  • Clayton Clayfighter

    Do you guys think it’s possible to mod a cdj 2000 nexus’s play/pause buttons by swapping them for arcade buttons? If so how would one go about doing that?

    • Possible, yes. Easy, no..haha. If you are up for a challenge, you’d have to take the back off, remove any parts in the way, see how the button was wired, remove button, then find an arcade button large enough to fit the stock hole, and then rewire and put everything back. So it’s certainly possible, just may take a few hours and tons of patience. Best of luck, let us know how it turns out if you do take it on!

  • DexterBee

    Ive been waiting for a good tutorial like this for a really long time. Thank you guys. Keep the good stuff coming!

  • GLL

    Does that kind of arcadebutton switch ON/ OFF at each press? Press once to turn the fx on, Press again to turn it of.

    • The arcade button is momentary (only on when held down), so the relay PCB we used latches the effect until the button is pressed again turning it off.

    • Oddie O’Phyle

      That would take a push button toggle switch instead of an arcade button.

  • Vecchiarelli

    An easier alternative to installing arcade buttons in guitar pedals is to use Barefoot Buttons. They are machined aluminum caps that fit over the silver peg style guitar pedal switches and make desktop use a breeze. http://barefootbuttons.com

    • Great find! Those look awesome.

    • Great article. Is there a way to soften the springs on silver peg switches?

      • Vecchiarelli

        I imagine just a softer spring would work but I’m not that well versed in the internal electronics side of guitar pedals so that may be easier said than done. Concerning the Barefoot Buttons though, I have a bunch of pedals from different manufacturers sitting on one of my desks and they are all easy to use with the buttons attached. Having the force distributed helps a lot with how “hard” the switches feel.

  • Unreallystic

    I’ve been wanting to step into this landscape, but the sheer cost of pedals can add-up quickly. One day though hahaha! Good read.

    • @unreallystic:disqus Indeed, pedals are expensive. My best finds have been some beat up, old, used pedals found on eBay and Guitar Center’s used section.

    • jm2c

      You can get a pedal for the cost of two rounds to a vinyl shop. Not that expensive IMO. Besides, fx pedals can be easily found for 2nd hand, even cheaper!

      • Unreallystic

        Not my trips hehe – I go for the $1-$5 vinyl for sampling purposes hehe. But in the scheme of things they don’t have to be expensive, but to ‘play around with’ – when I can conceptually do the same things through my computer – they do come off a bit expensive. I keep hoping for the random Craigslist come up of like $15 each…no luck so far (frankly my area since I moved has sucked for finding good deals on used stuff via CL)

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  • Empollica

    ei guys! Im thinking on building my own delay/reverb pedal. Do you know any design which work best for djing? My options right now are: http://www.valvewizard.co.uk/smalltime.html or any delay/reverb from this other site: http://www.madbeanpedals.com/projects/index.html


    • Looks like a good start. Madbean would be my recommendation, and even Amazon has some kits available: http://amzn.to/2bFQGRE

      • Empollica

        Awesome!! My idea is to build the whole thing from scratch, including the PCB design and diy fabrication 🙂 I want to create the pedal in a stereo way so I need to build the design twice, one for left channel and one for right channel.

        Thanks for the recommendation and the article Kyle!! Awesome 🙂

        • That sounds awesome. Definitely post some images of that when you’re done!

  • Kyle Mohr absolutely crushed it with this DIY. Everyone should give him a lot of props for such a well executed tutorial!

    • Dubby Labby

      Yup. I tried to do similar in the past and fried some pedals… This is very well redacted and tested. Congrats!

    • Thanks @eangolden:disqus . Much appreciated!

      • Oddie O’Phyle

        Get article, I love hardware hacks. Personally, I’m not a fan of using guitar pedals. A lot of music that I play is produced with left and right balance variation and guitar pedals are generally TS in and TS out. Although, my daughters Kontrol Rig 3 is looking pretty shiny right about now… Muh hahaha.

        • Thanks! Yeah, pedals aren’t for everyone, but they are super fun to mess with, in DJing and production. Haha, definitely hit up that Rig Kontrol 3! That would be awesome with 8 arcade buttons. Post it here if you do Mod it.