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    Default AM VCI mod (DIY?)

    Since the beginning that I had the black VCI,
    I was not completly satisfied with the hardware layout, in combination
    with my "style" of playing.(3 decks)
    When Ean made his "SE" I upgraded mine to firmware 1.3 and loved the possibilities he had created for the VCI-100.
    So it kept me thinking for weeks (Breaking my head) how to mod my VCI;
    First I made a layout(3 channel faders,3 filter,3 cue,3X4 arcade buttons,possibillity to ad 60mm pitch faders), on paper and tested in Traktor Pro if all knobs and buttons would work on the new assinged knobs.
    Then I searched for the parts, but they are custom made by Vestax,
    so I ordered potentiometers with almost the same specs,12 arcade buttons,
    and 3 momentary pushbuttons 10mm (bleu led).
    After I finish the hardware changes, my neighbour will design a CAD drawing
    for me.Then I can go to a metal shop to let them make a whole new (Bigger) VCI casing.(27,5cm X 38cm fits still in my UDG prod.bag)
    At this moment I am waiting for some parts to arrive, but I have made already some rewiring.See pics...
    If the parts are soldered I first test the functionallity of all knobs and pots,
    and then I will desolder and rewire the leds.
    I still have not decided what eventually will be the definitive layout,
    I have 2 possibillities,see pics...
    Maybe someone has any suggestions to help me decide.
    I will keep posting here untill the project is finished (hopefully it will).
    Last edited by Anthony More; 01-02-2009 at 08:24 PM.
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    Zo, dat is strak man! Hopen dat het gaat lukken! Succes en zal zeker vaak checken!

    (Wow, that is tight man! Hope this will work! Good luck and will check back often!)
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    Thats some cool modage !

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    Agree with all. Can't wait to see it finished.

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    So,
    10 days later..
    It was not so difficult to do with some logical thinking.
    When the parts came in I was surprised that the code on the pots
    where the same as on the ones by vestax.
    All pots are linear and have a center detent now.

    First I had to desolder all parts, wich was a little bit tricky, and I
    damaged te circuit-board on 3 places.
    When I soldered all wires on the pots and knobs, I tested the functionallity,
    and there was a short circuit.
    After some hours with a multimeter I found out it had to do with the circuit-board that I damaged.Because the circuits are on both sides of the board, you have to make sure some connections are soldered well on both sides.
    After correcting this everything worked well.
    At last I made the connections with the leds on the small pushbuttons (Cue).
    Maybe I change the red leds of the effect, and loop section into bleu leds.

    Now I (my neighbour) have to make a cad-drawing so I can go to a metal
    shop fore a new housing..
    Last edited by Anthony More; 02-04-2009 at 06:35 PM.
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    Looks great! I'm sure you did, but did you account for the nut rings on the arcade buttons? They look too close together in the drawing...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Beamis View Post
    Looks great! I'm sure you did, but did you account for the nut rings on the arcade buttons? They look too close together in the drawing...
    Thanks for reminding, I did account for the nut rings, and the drawing is not the exact copy of "the real thing".
    Cheers,
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    nice work so far man!

    Where did you find the square backlit buttons?

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    Quote Originally Posted by midifidler View Post
    nice work so far man!

    Where did you find the square backlit buttons?
    Yeah...
    It took me some time to find small buttons with light.
    E-Switch has nice ones
    http://www.e-switch.com/index.php?co...h&seriesID=141

    But I choose for Omron, because they are small, and for a good price at
    mouser.
    http://nl.mouser.com/Search/ProductD...3-B3W-9000-B1N
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    The layout has been made, needs a little finetuning though.
    Now I have to search a metal shop to make a new housing.
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