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smokeandlights
04-27-2012, 02:10 AM
Check it out!
http://www.instructables.com/id/Rocksmith-Control-Pedal-Stompbox-style-controller/

ravenreaver
04-27-2012, 02:35 AM
Check it out!
http://www.instructables.com/id/Rocksmith-Control-Pedal-Stompbox-style-controller/

You sir are a golden god of rock'n'roll.

AngeL-oF-Death-x
04-27-2012, 02:53 AM
thats awesome. Ubisoft needs to release something like that. Then they could even give us multiple tones for the same song and have a symbol or something telling when to switch tones. I often try hitting the little controller ****ons with my toes and its not too much fun.

Grawgg
04-27-2012, 03:25 AM
Add a wah wah peddle to it and you got an excellant hardware add on that UBI would be smart to make,

TheOldWolf
04-27-2012, 04:44 AM
I would think that a foot pedal control is something that madcatz would put out versus ubisoft. They made the cable for their game but do they usually make controllers or more just software. Plus I would rather they work on bass, vocals, DLC patch fixes, than a foot pedal controller (don't get me wrong it would be real nice to have one). Here is a thought we could all go to madcatz forums and suggest this controller. As there is bandfuse coming out they may have more motivation to make it since it would be beneficial to two games versus just one. I have thought about putting my guitar hero drum set on the floor to use but decided against it since it will be hard to use arrow keys.

Duggle-SD
04-27-2012, 06:29 AM
Great job, looks like it's just what's needed. I would love to have something similar too.

FWIW - I think that for you contest entry description you need to remember your audience. They may not know thatt Rocksmith is a guitar game or that guitarists commonly use stompboxes. Would have been good to add a couple more lines of information so they have a clear idea of your purpose and the usefullness of the box. Maybe the description doesn't make it clear why you are picking up and putting down the controller. Sorry if I'm being annoying, trying to be helpful.

b_lex
04-27-2012, 10:48 AM
Cool dude that's awesome! Adds more diversity to the game when you can change your tones on the fly mid song.

I made one out of a broken GH guitar. Replaced the strum bar on the guitar with the ****ons from the neck. Some velcro on the bottomo it doesn't slide around on the floor and its a perfect way to change tones and navigate the menu hands free (and in the shape of a guitar ::cool:)

Ubi will probably release a periphial sometime down the road I assume

MrKev1n
04-27-2012, 01:59 PM
Nice box. Looks like you spent qite a bit of tme on it. How easy is it to use in game while holding / playing your guitar?

I've seen a few people post on here that they use old dance game mats as foot controllers. I was thinking of picking one up to try it. They are kind of flimsy and big but maybe with a little "surgery" they could be made more usefull.

smokeandlights
04-27-2012, 02:31 PM
Add a wah wah peddle to it and you got an excellant hardware add on that UBI would be smart to make,

Unfortunately there doesn't seem to be software support wah wah yet. I would definitely have integrated it if it were!

smokeandlights
04-27-2012, 02:34 PM
Nice box. Looks like you spent qite a bit of tme on it. How easy is it to use in game while holding / playing your guitar?

I've seen a few people post on here that they use old dance game mats as foot controllers. I was thinking of picking one up to try it. They are kind of flimsy and big but maybe with a little "surgery" they could be made more usefull.
Thanks!
It's very easy to use. It's WAY easier than trying to pick up a controller. I thought about using a dance mat for the project, but my wife likes the mat, and DDR makes me laugh. maybe I can find a used one for the next box.

smokeandlights
04-27-2012, 02:43 PM
Add a wah wah peddle to it and you got an excellant hardware add on that UBI would be smart to make,
Thanks!
I was hoping that UBI would release one, but I guess it's still a small market for that. If they do decide to release one, I really hope that they'll be in touch! I have so many ideas about this that I could work in with just a little software support!

smokeandlights
04-27-2012, 02:49 PM
Great job, looks like it's just what's needed. I would love to have something similar too.

FWIW - I think that for you contest entry description you need to remember your audience. They may not know thatt Rocksmith is a guitar game or that guitarists commonly use stompboxes. Would have been good to add a couple more lines of information so they have a clear idea of your purpose and the usefullness of the box. Maybe the description doesn't make it clear why you are picking up and putting down the controller. Sorry if I'm being annoying, trying to be helpful.
Thanks for the suggestion. I was honestly thinking that people would find it by googling "Rocksmith pedal/stompbox/controller" and would already know what it was, but you do make a good point. Perhaps I'll edit the instructable later to include that.

crispyfunk
04-27-2012, 02:57 PM
Very impressive, i have seen another member make one of these i think if you guys got together you could corner the market on these RS stomp boxes you guys could get RICH from selling all of the RS community a proper controller , think of how many people will want one after it gets released in the UK .

I think this is an awesome project and i hope that this will turn into something that anyone can order one day.

Crispy Funky

Duggle-SD
04-27-2012, 03:34 PM
Thanks for the suggestion. I was honestly thinking that people would find it by googling "Rocksmith pedal/stompbox/controller" and would already know what it was, but you do make a good point. Perhaps I'll edit the instructable later to include that.

I wasn't thinking about people searching for a stompbox controller, I'm sure they would know exactly what it is, but just for the judges since this looks to be a contest entry.

smokeandlights
04-27-2012, 05:17 PM
Very impressive, i have seen another member make one of these i think if you guys got together you could corner the market on these RS stomp boxes you guys could get RICH from selling all of the RS community a proper controller , think of how many people will want one after it gets released in the UK .

I think this is an awesome project and i hope that this will turn into something that anyone can order one day.

Crispy Funky

Cool! I'd love to know who that person was so I could check it out!

KILLTRON_9000
04-27-2012, 05:58 PM
It's not me but I plan on building one that's more like actual stomp switch pedals.

I had the idea to build a controller that interfaced with a MIDI controller pedal but I haven't been able to get one off ebay with enough switches cheap enough. Yes, MIDI -> Gamepad interface :cool:

DeviantDragon
04-27-2012, 06:45 PM
For when Rocksmith comes out for the PC, I think this device would work quite well for Rocksmith:

http://www.gamingmouse.com/gaming/fragpedal/quad/

mr_handy007
04-28-2012, 06:00 AM
Not trying to take anything away from Smokeandlights build. But I did this back in Nov 2011.
I had offered to make a few but no one ever said they wanted one.

http://s1105.photobucket.com/albums/h356/mr_handy007

Yes it is kinda large, I have size 13 apple mashers! It was the first one I made for myself. It could be scaled down if need be, but she has been working like a champ sense I fired her up and I haven't needed to make any changes.

smokeandlights
04-28-2012, 02:37 PM
Not trying to take anything away from Smokeandlights build. But I did this back in Nov 2011.
I had offered to make a few but no one ever said they wanted one.

http://s1105.photobucket.com/albums/h356/mr_handy007

Yes it is kinda large, I have size 13 apple mashers! It was the first one I made for myself. It could be scaled down if need be, but she has been working like a champ sense I fired her up and I haven't needed to make any changes.

Nice Work!
I thought about this setup too. In the end, I sacrificed a few ****ons to keep it scaled down. There's still plenty of room for big feet. Maybe not size 13 Doc Martins, but my sneakers fit just fine. It would have been nice to have a little more room to work in there when I was wiring.

smokeandlights
04-28-2012, 02:44 PM
It's not me but I plan on building one that's more like actual stomp switch pedals.

I had the idea to build a controller that interfaced with a MIDI controller pedal but I haven't been able to get one off ebay with enough switches cheap enough. Yes, MIDI -> Gamepad interface :cool:
I debated on the stomp switches too. I didn't find a good source. Arcade ****ons are VERY durable. I'd not considered an effects board, but that's an interesting Idea. I never wanted to spend that much though.

mr_handy007
04-29-2012, 06:06 AM
Nice Work!
I thought about this setup too. In the end, I sacrificed a few ****ons to keep it scaled down. There's still plenty of room for big feet. Maybe not size 13 Doc Martins, but my sneakers fit just fine. It would have been nice to have a little more room to work in there when I was wiring.

Thanks..
My first prototype was half the size of the current one. I couldn't get the electronics and my hands in it at the same time. So it ended up being as pictured. I do have to say.. Isn't it much better playing the game and NOT having to pick up that controller to make changes or navigate the game?? Some time my son is like..Dads River Dancing again! as he sees me tapping the ****ons to get something done in the game.

mr_handy007
04-29-2012, 06:40 AM
I debated on the stomp switches too. I didn't find a good source. Arcade ****ons are VERY durable. I'd not considered an effects board, but that's an interesting Idea. I never wanted to spend that much though.

I originally used some stomp switches from a old Boss board I had and don't use any more. But I needed 4 more to complete it. When I contacted the company to order the remaining components I needed to complete the original design the cost for the new parts was going to be way too much, something like $65. A single spring was $4 and a single screw $2. Crazy!! Then I saw this controller that Ben Hackendorn made for a challenged child. Though he used 2" arcade switches, it gave me the idea for the regular arcade switches.
The rest is history as they say. Though not the cheapest things to build. The arcade switches were like $30, if I remember right. I had the aluminum plate and wireless controller already and I bought a 5' X 5 1/2" X 3/4" piece of red oak from the Home Depot for roughly $8. Picked up some CPU drive ribbon from Radio Shack for $15. All told, I could put one together from scratch for $120.

I had been searching for a good while for a independent Bluetooth circuit board I could use instead of modding a controller. Not alot of choices out there when you take into account Xbox (Microsoft) has a propitiatory wireless system in their consoles. The closest I came was the circuit that ran the drum sets from the other games. I snapped a few of those up to make things easier if I build any more.

It makes playing the game so much easier once you get use to using your foot again! LOL

smokeandlights
04-30-2012, 03:08 PM
Thanks..
My first prototype was half the size of the current one. I couldn't get the electronics and my hands in it at the same time. So it ended up being as pictured. I do have to say.. Isn't it much better playing the game and NOT having to pick up that controller to make changes or navigate the game?? Some time my son is like..Dads River Dancing again! as he sees me tapping the ****ons to get something done in the game.

LOL, Riverdance!!! I thought the same thing when I was trying to use a DDR Mat. It worked well enough, but I felt like I was dancing poorly (and losing my balance a bit!). I LOVE using my new controller. It really opens up the options of using it during play. I am also looking forward to using it while playing Rockband/Guitar hero as a controller for the singer. There was a 3rd party mic put out a few years ago that had an integrated controller, but I never picked one up. I wish I had!

rockabillybaby
04-30-2012, 03:14 PM
DDR is a game of the gods sir...lol

smokeandlights
04-30-2012, 03:17 PM
I originally used some stomp switches from a old Boss board I had and don't use any more. But I needed 4 more to complete it. When I contacted the company to order the remaining components I needed to complete the original design the cost for the new parts was going to be way too much, something like $65. A single spring was $4 and a single screw $2. Crazy!! Then I saw this controller that Ben Hackendorn made for a challenged child. Though he used 2" arcade switches, it gave me the idea for the regular arcade switches.
The rest is history as they say. Though not the cheapest things to build. The arcade switches were like $30, if I remember right. I had the aluminum plate and wireless controller already and I bought a 5' X 5 1/2" X 3/4" piece of red oak from the Home Depot for roughly $8. Picked up some CPU drive ribbon from Radio Shack for $15. All told, I could put one together from scratch for $120.

I had been searching for a good while for a independent Bluetooth circuit board I could use instead of modding a controller. Not alot of choices out there when you take into account Xbox (Microsoft) has a propitiatory wireless system in their consoles. The closest I came was the circuit that ran the drum sets from the other games. I snapped a few of those up to make things easier if I build any more.

It makes playing the game so much easier once you get use to using your foot again! LOL

$65!! ouch. Guitar parts are always marked way up, in my experience.

I saw another instructable where someone in the comments said: " like Ben Heck, I'm thinking about using wireless controllers and leaving them functional and able to be removed."
I never found any build by Ben Heck where he left a removable, fully functional controller. I suspect that if he did, it required a microcontroller in the built controller to decode the signals from the controller. This seems like a great Idea, but really defeats the purpose of lowering costs, I think. I would love to know if he ever even did it. If there is anyone outside of microsoft who could, It would be Mr. Heck.

smokeandlights
04-30-2012, 04:57 PM
DDR is a game of the gods sir...lol

DDR is the game of the COORDINATED gods. I am not among them, but it is fun to watch!

JTCoop
05-02-2012, 04:43 AM
$65!! ouch. Guitar parts are always marked way up, in my experience.

Totally agree. They are. So, get creative. Get some headlight dimmer switches out of an old truck or something. . . (or a HMMWV). Only when you're building airplanes are you limited to using purpose-built parts for their originally intended purpose! (And even then. . . that rule is sort of flexible when it comes to prototypes and experimentals.)

To make the holes in your box the ideal tool is a "radio chassis punch" set. Also available at HFT for a tolerable price. They make perfect holes in sheet metal.

Very cool project! I'd been thinking about something like this but hadn't gotten beyond the "I should make something. . . " phase. WTG!

mr_handy007
06-17-2012, 07:05 AM
I would really like to figure out how to add a wah pad to the controller I built. I'm just not electronically gifted enough to mess with that.

mr_handy007
07-08-2013, 04:54 AM
I debated on the stomp switches too. I didn't find a good source. Arcade ****ons are VERY durable. I'd not considered an effects board, but that's an interesting Idea. I never wanted to spend that much though.

Smoke.. Hows the controller holding up? Mine is still kicking like a champ. I still haven't figured out the Wah pedal aspect. I think I can cast and make some of the regular effects switches. I'd like to ditch the Xbox circuit board and then make the whole chassis out of CF.

rcole_sooner
07-08-2013, 03:36 PM
Wow lots of the old controller threads revived.

Moving this one to the gear forum too.

mr_handy007
11-04-2013, 05:05 AM
Anything new on the controller home front? I have noticed I have to mod the controller I built. RS2014 has added some additional functions that weren't needed in RS1.
I am having an issue once you build a tone. I can seem to get it to auto assign. Even though I'm pushing the right joystick down the game isn't picking it up.

Once I get that figured out I'll have a better idea on how to mod the controller.

Any input on that issue would be great.