• CraigCyril

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    are support all functions such as musical part, software part, hardware part,
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    you for this post.
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  • Djgreg13

    Wow Great post There are also some cool Ideas here in older posts http://www.disc-jockeys.blogspot.com

  • DonkeyMachine

    What about a good old computer keyboard?  Would that work for parts? You can find those anywhere for little or no money. 

  • Jason

    I have a korg nanopad….could I use that as the brain for my custom midi controller or does it HAVE to be a nanokontrol…

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1137292039 Ronald Edwards

    I prefer to plan out what I need and buy Multi-Capable controllers (it saves on headache time if the devices ever fail) however, if you want touch strip controllers and you have a USB Powered hub, this could be useful for you: http://vmeter.net/

    Special Note: Touch screens, strips etc have no (at least external) moving parts, so it’s really hard to wear it out but they don’t have knobs (to break off) that run in chases. I suggest attaching these to a surface from the underside and making a beveled “finger chase” so you don’t have to look at the slider while moving the control.

    And then there’s the secret release of the new Steinberg CMC Series family: http://www.steinberg.net/en/products/controllers/cmc_series/models.html

  • fakemoney

    Cool seeing my controller here…i didn’t think anybody ever read my blog! Cheers.

    • Chris Cartledge

      My pleasure! I try and keep my ear to the ground ;)

  • Kinskop

    It’s a shame the novation launchpad isn’t listed. it’s maybe the cheapest way to get multicolor LEDs and the is a fantastic programming guide with all: midi, hex and decimal values listed. I just recently managed to make it work like a monome inside traktors sample decks!!!

  • Jack

    Im gonna try and figure out how hard it would be to mod my mixtrack…
    I really want to try and get some arcade buttons fitted. Think its possible

  • TigrEagle

     Warning: The Korg Nanokontrol is a nano piece of crap. I had the thing for a couple months before it stopped working. Not to mention it feels like a cheap toy…I’ve read numerous complaints about the nano products. If you want a cheap mini-controller go with Akai.

  • FuzzyWobble

    I feel my project should of made it somewhere on this list… 

    http://www.instructables.com/id/A-Framework-For-Making-Affordable-Stylish-Modula/ 

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Benjamin-Reed-Senning/502488182 Benjamin Reed Senning

      your instructable inspired my now fiendish obsession with DIY midi. I dont know shit about coding so I am using a Hale UMC!

      • Subarusti

        Well that was a pretty stupid choice considering it does the EXACT same thing as the teensy and costs 3 times as much. Fuzzywobble even wrote the god damn code for you.

        • FuzzyWobble

          That I did. no coding required. 1/4 the price. And you can include rotary encoders. : ]

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Benjamin-Reed-Senning/502488182 Benjamin Reed Senning

      your instructable inspired my now fiendish obsession with DIY midi. I dont know shit about coding so I am using a Hale UMC!

    • Norequest

      Ur controller(s) are out of sight! But I think the author was referring more tho how to hack a controller together by using an old controller for parts. This is much more feasible for us commoners as your awesome rocket ship controllers are beyond our capacity.

    • http://www.facebook.com/Livewyr3 Justin Turner

      I love your controllers, but have one question. Would it be possible to hook up a CDJ2000 style screen, and configure it to display the deck information? I really want to limit the “checking facebook” look as much as possible.

  • Tt698810

    Is there enough room to replace to the MPK pads with arcade button? and are there the right connections to do so?

    • synthet1c

      thats actually a really good idea, I bought an mpk mini a while ago cause it was next to nothing… the keys are shocking but buttons, pads with aftertouch and knobs could be cool in a different box.

  • http://twitter.com/NunoRissanen Nuno Rissanen

    You should make these modifcation tutorials!

  • http://www.facebook.com/justinwooartist Justin Woo

    Interesting. I have an MPK49 that I never use anymore. Maybe I can do something interesting with it…. 

  • Dideebopnyc

    where can I get the blue led cable 

  • nem0nic

    Hey Chris,  The Stanton SCS.3 controllers aren’t built around ribbon controllers.  They’re based on CapSense.  Each “hot” area is defined on the PCB, but in no way separate.  There would be no way to remove a touch zone – even with a Dremel – without destroying the controller.

    • Chris Cartledge

      Cheers nem0nic, fixed! I’d love to see a 3m/3d grafted into a larger controller. Maybe one of these days I’ll have the time/guts/stupidity to try and squeeze one onto a Vestax 05 to replace the upfaders. Or, at least, get the measuring tape out to see if it’s even feasible. Might be time to see if I can pick up a bargain at Cash Converters…! 

    • Chris Cartledge

      Cheers nem0nic, fixed! I’d love to see a 3m/3d grafted into a larger controller. Maybe one of these days I’ll have the time/guts/stupidity to try and squeeze one onto a Vestax 05 to replace the upfaders. Or, at least, get the measuring tape out to see if it’s even feasible. Might be time to see if I can pick up a bargain at Cash Converters…! 

    • Chris Cartledge

      Cheers nem0nic, fixed! I’d love to see a 3m/3d grafted into a larger controller. Maybe one of these days I’ll have the time/guts/stupidity to try and squeeze one onto a Vestax 05 to replace the upfaders. Or, at least, get the measuring tape out to see if it’s even feasible. Might be time to see if I can pick up a bargain at Cash Converters…! 

    • NoRequest

      Don’t want anyone hacking up on of your first of many great brain childs? Cute ;)

      Great work on the new Behringer kit btw!

      • nem0nic

        Sorry, but the SCS.3 isn’t my brainchild.  It was created by a much smarter man than I.  I wasn’t the chef in that kitchen – just an assistant.

  • http://www.facebook.com/patrick.ijsselstein Puikegast

    here is my hacked joystick. Found it in a dumpcontainer…. cutted it up, glued back together and painted ferrari-red. Trough Junxion i now have created a template with 6×8 on/off buttons which i can recall (up/down) with the little buttons on the left side

    • http://www.facebook.com/raffi.zaki Raffi Norberg

      interesting but the before seems more useful! lol i use flight simulation joysticks and script them to midi using glovepie without any physical modding. 

      • http://www.facebook.com/patrick.ijsselstein Puikegast

        I use this joystick in combination with the remote sl, which has the automap  function. In ableton with one buttonpress on the joystick i get to to control my 8 rotary’s on the remote, very easy and fast way of working!

  • Weltraumpapst

    pretty sure. moldover didnt put a kaos pad inside his mod, but a normal midi x/y pad

    • josh@firestorm

      the SL 25 mk1 and mk2 have a x/y pad as standard 

  • Rutger Willems

    Goodarticle!

  • Mob

    Maybe it will sound like a sacrilege, but the vci 100 with the 1.4 firmware is also lendind itself to be a really good franken patient :D
    lots of buttons, metal pots, lots of leds, two jog wheels assembly, fader and cross fader (en we now you can use a pro x fader inside ), etc… 

  • http://www.apoff.com/blog Austin Poff

    I really want to mod my MPK49 with arcade buttons, but I’d need to replace the pad panel entirely. I will start playing with stencils and see what I come up with. My existing Midifighter pro, VCI-100 Aracade Edition would supplement the awesome MPK49 Arcade Edition.

    • Chris Cartledge

      Keep me updated! Any job on the MPK49 would undoubtedly be a mammoth undertaking, but I’d love to try one day!

      • http://www.apoff.com/blog Austin Poff

        I was eyeballing it last night and it appears my spare midifighter face will fit. I need to take it apart and see how the performance controls and LCD butt up against that area. This would be like my third soldering job ever, and my mapping skills aren’t the greatest, but it should be fun.

        If this works out, I also have a MPK61 that I could probably fit a midifighter board in. That would be slick, but I’ll start with babysteps.

    • Chris Cartledge

      Keep me updated! Any job on the MPK49 would undoubtedly be a mammoth undertaking, but I’d love to try one day!

    • Chris Cartledge

      Keep me updated! Any job on the MPK49 would undoubtedly be a mammoth undertaking, but I’d love to try one day!

    • Tdennis1

      I would love to see that! If you guys ever make any mappings for it share it. Such a versatile keyboard would be fun to dj with!