Make Your Own Arcade Button MIDI Controller

Combining two things we are interested in, making music using a computer and classic gaming, this DIY project is something we can get excited about. Another great thing about this MIDI controller is it costs less than $100 to build. Read on for more about possibly the best gift ever for the vintage gamer & musician, and MIDI music fun.

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Instructables user Fraganator has come up with this fun project which combines quite a few of our favorite things, retro gaming, DIY, and music making. What is this project? A MIDI controller that uses classic arcade buttons!

To make this project you will need: 1 x DFRduino (cheaper Arduino clone), a USB cable (A to B connector, like that on a printer), a plastic enclosure, 12 x Sanwa 24mm arcade buttons, 4 x 10k linear potentiometer, 4 x pot knobs, 2 x 10k linear sliding potentiometer, 2 x slider knobs, 5 x 10mm M3 nylon threaded spacers, 4 x 16mm countersunk M3 screws, 3 x 4mm M2 self tapping screws, 1 x 4.7 kΩ resistor, and 4 x stick on rubber feet.

The tools needed for this project are: a soldering iron, solder, wire stripper, small gauge stranded wire (22 AWG), preferably in three or more different colors, about 1m of 2.5mm heat shrink, power drill or drill press, drill bits (2mm, 3mm, 7mm, and 11mm), spade bit (24mm), countersinking bit,10mm hexagonal wrench or spanner, needle-nose pliers, small riffler files, regular file, and a Phillips-head screwdriver.

Check out the project on Instructables for the complete instructions.

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(Image: Instructables User Fraganator licensed for use under Creative Commons)

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Joelle loves technology and making things and is in an almost perpetual state of problem solving. She's quite fond of airplanes and coffee and is pretty sure she will eventually read all of the books in her library.

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