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Arcade Button MIDI Controller: Button Mashin’ Beats

by Paul Strauss
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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).



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