[DIY] "Generic midi controller" *Build-log*
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    The "Generic midi controller"


    I've been researching DIY midi controllers for as long as I am a member of DJTT. However it has always been difficult for me to settle on a design that really suits my needs instead of a quick project that I do not actually need. One thing I notice a LOT is that I would like to have a dedicated controller for my effects that enables me to control all of them without the need for shift buttons or weird button placement. I think this design is the solution for me. This controller is going to be placed behind a standard 12" mixer.

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    First of all I would like to thank DJTT for the design pack for the "Midi Fighter X contest" that helped me create this.
    Here it is:




    Schedule


    25-07-15 Order all parts (buttons, pot's, teensy)
    10-08-15 Complete design in auto cad for lasercutter
    15-08-15 Finish and order PCB
    25-08-15 Cast buttons in custom mold.
    01-09-15 Send files to lasercutter (and possibly 3d printer)
    20-09-15 Finalize software design


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    Brain: Teensy 3.1
    Material case: Three layers of 2mm acrylic


    28/8

    Ordered all parts except for the arcadebuttons (they are out of stock) just started on the first PCB design and have just finished the top layer of acrylic:



    29/8

    Ordered the fist PCB: (professionals be like when they see this)



    30/8

    Made a concept for the 3d-printed case, final design is going to be made in autoCAD:


    Finished the design in autoCAD but upon requesting a quote it appeared to cost $276.83 so I'm going with bent acrylic

    31/8

    Ordered the Chroma Caps:



    12/9

    Received the lasercut parts: (final device is going to be gry with red):





    09/16

    Got the PCB's in the mail, going to check them later but they look OK.



    09/17

    Got the buttons from focus attack for......... here it comes...... $7 a piece! wow! this sucks

    This however does not:



    09/19

    Assembled the button PCB's and tested them:





    10/02
    Finished the PCB for the potentiometers.


    10/25
    Assembled the PCB for the Pot's:


    11/7
    Finally found a place that sold transparant plastic (acrylic) rods with a small diameter in small quantity's, had to enlarge the holes though (with a drill bit 0.5 mm a time * 80 times) then i had to saw this rod in tiny matching pieces (saw, sand the end of the rod and saw the next piece using a saw box). Then I used superglue to glue these on, on the first two i used too much so I had to remove these buttons.


    11/14
    Finished smaller buttons:



    20/01
    Shitty pic's are better than no pic's , progress is slow especially since I'm in the middle of moving to Leiden.



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    *reserved*
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    Could you possibly build a second one? I've been looking around for something exactly like this for a while aswell.

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    Awesome design!

    I definitely agree with the need for a dedicated FX controller for Traktor.

    I will watch this thread with interest. ��
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    Hey DoubleYou,

    I'm wondering about the design fitting it to be placed behind the 12" mixer. Are you going to make a slight elevation, or legs, with regards to the cables and plugging?
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    that looks pretty cool my recent solution was to buy a launchcontrol xl using 2 rows of 8 pots and the 2 rows of buttons. if ur into using remix decks its handy to have 8 extra faders or pots for their individual effects levels but i can see why u might not want that as part of your controller.

    would probably work really well sitting on top of a reloop modular stand
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    Quote Originally Posted by tekki View Post
    Hey DoubleYou,

    I'm wondering about the design fitting it to be placed behind the 12" mixer. Are you going to make a slight elevation, or legs, with regards to the cables and plugging?
    Yhea zestoi had the same idea as me. A stand would have to be used unfortunately. Although all suggestions are welcome.
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    Check out the stand that I have for the Zomo MC-1000. Something like this would be PERFECT:

    467_0.jpg

    The stand actually screws into the sides of the cotroller.

    VERY sturdy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Patch View Post
    Check out the stand that I have for the Zopmo MC-1000. Something like this would be PERFECT:

    467_0.jpg

    The stand actually screws into the sides of eth cotroller.

    VERY sturdy.
    This looks great!.. I'm going to copy this... like exactly..
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    This is what it looks like behind a DJM-850:

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