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    I have been producing for about 9 years(Breakbeat), just in the last 2-3 months I've really gotten into controllerism, as a means to perform my own material live. I've re-configured my remote sl 25 to a custom template for ableton performance, then I got a nocturn as a second controller for the crossfader as I've come up with a real solid scratch emuation instrument system using the grain delay and some pitch shifters, it's sounding great.

    now the problem, none of the controllers that I have have any buttons suitable for quick cut/killswitch style use.

    I want to build a box about 6in X 10in and have about 6-8 arcade buttons and an better x/y pad than the novation if possible, one that can send on/off messages if possible. 2 sets of 3-4 buttons on the right side, an x/y on the left and maybe a ribbon controller along the botton, depending on the costs and the amount of extra hassle involved.

    I'm looking for everything from advice based on personal experience building these types of controls, or possibly a reference to someone or someplace that I can get direct help from, or a buisness that will build small custom controllers, whatever it takes to get this made properly pretty much.

    I just want something about the size of the nocturn that has arcade buttons and an x/y so I can put them side by side in front of my remote sl and then fucking jam.


    I'm using the little rubber buttons on the nocturn for cut/kill, its really really annoying.

    I live in the SF bay area, Martinez, in Contra Costa to be specific. I've never built my own controller before and don't want to blow the cash on a failed project.

    michaelohagan912@hotmail.com

    www.myspace.com/michaelohagan912

    thanks in advance for any help.

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    I'm going to be building one from this

    http://www.halemicro.com/page2/page2.html

    You can look at midibox but that generally needs a lot of programming.

    You could use a ps2 pad and theres a program that will convert HID into MIDI commands

    http://www.otk.it/mjoy/

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    I would go with the hale micro option. The ps2 pad will not have any analog options (potentiometers). And I don't think you can hook up a cheap encoder to it.

    I went with a joystick chip at http://www.leobodnar.com . But I have to convert HID to MIDI like SAFC said.
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    sorry for the offtopic, but where is the best place to buy slider and rotary knobs?

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    I would say mouser.com
    Huge selection.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nemo View Post
    sorry for the offtopic, but where is the best place to buy slider and rotary knobs?
    Alps and Bourns are the producers of choice.

    http://www.midibox.org/dokuwiki/doku...der_components

    Lots of discussion of parts and distributors here:

    http://www.midibox.org/forum/index.p...183b&board=3.0
    Last edited by Fatlimey; 11-18-2008 at 02:31 PM.

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