Which DIY controller?
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    Default Which DIY controller?

    So I really wanna build something- but I am not that good at soldering so I can't have it be too complicated. So I was thinking of a few options.

    Option #1 Custom Kit From custommidicontrollers.com

    It can't be too hard because there will be step by step instructions that come with the kit.

    Option #2 APC-80

    Well, just following the instructions and printing that PDF doesn't seem too hard and an APC 40 and an APC 20 cost up to only about $375 together so it won't really break the bank.

    Option #3 Everything but the kitchen sink

    Just gonna take a bunch of cheap gear the performs well and try and just put them all together in a case and have a usb hub and sound card hidden inside it somewhere. Not the most reasonable but it is the easiest.

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    Tech Wizard Brinx's Avatar
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    My advice is to start small.
    Order a midifighter classic and expand it with 4 extra buttons and faders.
    You will get all the tutorial you need from this forum.

    Practice soldering by opening up crappy/broken gear and desolder components and solder wires were the components used to go.

    I built a custom midicontroller this way in under 2 months not knowing anything about soldering from the start.

    Theres tons of good tutorials on soldering on youtube.

    But most importantly, do not rush things.

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    Doing option #3 with an old gamepad could be an easy project which would yield a lot of experience.

    This thread has info on DIY controllers and some of the build logs here on DJTT:
    http://www.djtechtools.com/forum/showthread.php?t=26660
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brinx View Post
    My advice is to start small.
    Order a midifighter classic and expand it with 4 extra buttons and faders.
    You will get all the tutorial you need from this forum.

    Practice soldering by opening up crappy/broken gear and desolder components and solder wires were the components used to go.

    I built a custom midicontroller this way in under 2 months not knowing anything about soldering from the start.

    Theres tons of good tutorials on soldering on youtube.

    But most importantly, do not rush things.
    I agree.

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    check out the arduino, little to no soldering and shitloads of possiblities, i am currently building a lazer grid synth with one

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