Thinking of building my own MF-type controller. . .random questions. . .
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    Default Thinking of building my own MF-type controller. . .random questions. . .

    Hey everyone. . .
    I'm fairly new to this, and I just had the notion to DIY a MF of my own. I do have several questions so I can go full on with my design. This is going to be long. . sorry guys. .

    Saw the MF, and fell instantly in love. . . (no literally!), I understood the LED issues of the buttons, so I decided to go 2 steps further. Low Profile, Illuminated buttons.
    http://www.happ.com/pushbuttons/ilumn3.htm

    I'm curious if anyone has issues using Suzo-Happ buttons (like doing triple crab rolls? . . again, I'm bad with wording =? ) or if there's something similar to Sanwa pushbuttons? And are there power issues I may have to worry about because of the LEDs?


    What's the most buttons I can use on a single board? I see the 4x4 grid, but I'm also assuming I can add smaller buttons off to the side. I'm planning on using this as a Serato controller as well. (I have a nanopad, but I'd like to see if the Suzo-Happ buttons can replicate the "machine-gun" repeat for midi triggers. . .sorry, I just couldn't find the right words to say it!)


    I know I'm new, and I'm asking rather redundant questions, but ANY help is GREATLY appreciated. . . .

    Thank you
    Dj Windz One

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    Heya - you can add another 4 buttons using the expansion connector - however they will not have midi controlled illumination

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    There goes that Idea!!!

    . . . .I guess I can start getting into the prototypes of the simple one I guess. Is there a forum post where I can find some of the software to begin my research and whatnot?

    Thanks midfidiler!

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    Hey all. . .been a while. . .

    I have a few more questions, and from the research I've been doing. . .

    Does anyone know if the Low Profile Illuminated push buttons from Suzo-Hap have the same response (machine gun action) as the Sanwa or Semitsu butons?
    Pushbuttons in question: http://www.happ.com/pushbuttons/ilumn3.htm
    - I'm curious only because the gigs I play have little/no lighting in the booth, and the lights would help me out immensely.

    Of if I decide to not go with the above, can the Seimitsu PS-14-KN be a good alternative to the Sanwa?

    Thanks again in adavance. . .LOVE the site!

    DjWindzOne

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    Based on the pictures I would say probably not, as the button does not seem to come up over the rim far enough -- those seem to be recessed buttons. The Seimitsus look a lot better but you won't know until you try it, or find someone else who has. There are definitely some arcade buttons out there that will be a disappointment, so be careful -- if you can't find someone who's used them, just order one button and see what you think before you order the other 15....

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    Thanks djproben!

    Unfortunately, I'm the ONLY one out of ALL the DJ's I know of that's doing this.

    The reasoning for the Illuminated buttons is that there was an arcade game a few years ago called "Beat Mania" that used these same buttons (although rectangular). Even though they are recessed, they were responsive to what I used to do with them. The thought came up when I came across the DJTT website, and was wondering if someone ever used them, or had any success using them. . . .

    And I was drawing up some desgins of my own, and seeing if there was a way to add banks. . .like the nanopad, but without scrolling through the other banks.

    I guess I'm still in limbo with creating illuminated buttons for now. . . .Back to the the research and "grind". . . .

    Thanks all!!!

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