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Arcade Button MIDI Controller: Button Mashin’ Beats

 |  |  |  |  August 25, 2011

I had enough problems playing games like Street Fighter II in the arcade, with six buttons in addition to the joystick itself, so when I saw this 8×8 grid of arcade buttons, I figured there’d be no way I could ever keep up with the combo move chart for this thing.


Fortunately, this isn’t an arcade controller, but a MIDI sequencer controller built with 64 arcade buttons. The controller was built by Travis Chen of Aristomatic, and features authentic HAPP arcade buttons set into a wooden cabinet, along with the circuitry needed to use it as a MIDI controller for music applications.


It’ll also work as a drop-in replacement for a Monome controller, and ships with a Max/Msp patch which lets the MIDI messages work with Monome’s OSC protocol.


The individual buttons offer bright green LED backlighting which illuminate when sequences are played, as shown in the video below:

If you’re into electronic music and classic arcade games, you should definitely check out this controller over on Aristomatic’s Etsy shop, where you can buy one for $425 (USD).