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[CotM 13] The Best Things in Life Come in Pairs – Beatmania IIDX V5 Doubles IIDASC

Posted in Controller of the Week, [CotW] IIDASC on September 29th, 2011

This past summer I decided to experiment further with the joystick-type design I had already extended to some of the other controllers I make to create something epic. I wanted to build the most elegant, stylish, and screw-less Beatmania IIDX controller that had ever been built. Sure, I had already made quite the attractive, screw-less singles deck but a doubles deck is so large that I was excited at the possibilities.

I knew that I wanted to use a red tone stain and a dark walnut, because I love the way that both colors bring the grain out of wood, and I also knew that of the woods that I have easy access to buying, I wanted to use oak because I love the way oak with a good grain pops and gives contrast when stained properly. As you may have gathered from my mentioning that it be screw-less twice in this post (make that three!), another important guideline for this build was that there be no visible screws — The abuse of screws in controller designs from other manufacturers give the product a tacky, cheap look and I wanted to go in the completely opposite direction to show people what true elegance in Bemani controllers is. Luckily, I think this Desktop Arcade original design does all that and more, but I’ll let you guys be the judge:

Rome wasn’t built in a day, and neither was this controller. I built it over the course of about 5 days in between working on paid orders over the summer so that I could bring it to AnimeNEXT to debut it. Looking for the best IIDX controller that mimics the look and feel of the arcade, complete with the drab gray color and uncomfortable wrist rest? Well you won’t find it here; instead, you’ll find a beautifully handcrafted, stained wood body that would make most custom furniture carpenters jealous….All while still retaining that perfect arcade feeling you know and love. If Konami could do it all over again, perhaps they’d redesign the arcade deck to be this dignified and polished!

It’s also beautiful from every angle, even the rear!:

This whopper of a controller is 19 lbs, which is surprisingly light for a controller that’s this big with this much Lexan plexiglass (including on the entire top, obviously) and, it even lights up:

Want one?

Like most CotMs, this controller was sold before it ever hit the site! My good friend Mouse had an open order with me for a black doubles deck and after I showed him pictures of this controller completed, he asked me how much extra he’d have to pay to buy this guy instead. By Tuesday after AnimeNEXT (I needed 2 days to recover!) it was boxed up and shipped to him. If you see him on any Bemani forums, definitely ask him how he likes his V5 doubles IIDASC! Prices start at $600, and if you have a piece of art work or designs in mind, the large piece of plexiglass on the top allows for quite the large area for art work to be added! You could make your one-of-a-kind controller even more special with art work that’s completely protected by 1/8″ plexiglass. Just (email me) steve (at) desktoparcade (dot) com to inquire about having your very own V5 IIDASC doubles deck done!

Controller of the Week #10: O&A Party Rock!

Posted in Controller of the Week, [CotW] IIDASC on October 7th, 2010

This week’s controller is one from my personal collection, and it’s one that means a lot to me as you’ll see from the images. There used to be a trade show from Ziff Davis (A company known for their “great” planning skills!) called “Digital Life” that ran out of the Jacob Javits Center in New York City. In 2004 I had a comped booth with Pop’n Music 9 set up running on a DASC, obviously, and I caught wind that at the XM Satellite Radio booth Opie & Anthony were going to be doing an autograph signing during the show. Wanting to get something special autographed but having nothing on hand, I shut down my booth for 15 minutes and grabbed the Pop’n DASC I had and had them sign it. They were obviously confused as to what it was I was having them sign, but they joked about it and were very friendly. I didn’t want to be “that guy”, plus I had a booth to run so I split after talking to them for a minute or two, but I was very excited to have met them and had such a unique interaction!

The following year they started promoting (kind of) that they would be at Digital Life signing at the XM Radio booth again, so I asked Sarah to do some special artwork for me so I could get their signatures on yet another controller. I had just begun making IIDASCs, so I threw together an XM202 themed controller (black with golden yellow plexiglass, like their iconic black and yellow WOW stickers) and lugged it to NYC and all around the Javits center to bring it to the appearance.

Opie & Anthony themed IIDASC!

Opie & Anthony themed IIDASC!

Opie & Anthony themed IIDASC!

As you can see, it’s been signed by lots of people from the show. Of course besides O&A, Ron & Fez, Jim Norton and Lazlow these people aren’t exactly celebrities, but being a huge Opie & Anthony fan since 2000, this controller will always have a special place on the display shelf in my work shop!

Controller of the Week #8: More Lights Than a Rave and Better than Glowsticks!

Posted in Controller of the Week, [CotW] IIDASC, [CotW] Pop'n Music on September 15th, 2010

One day several years ago I was in my workshop working on orders when I caught a glimpse of my stock shelf (located in the back of my work shop) and saw the pile of large, 4 foot wide boxes I built up for IIDX doubles decks. I had built up way more than I had orders for, and I was in the mood to create so I grabbed one and did some measurements with my drill guides for the Pop’n and IIDX controllers. It was possible for me to squeeze the Pop’n Music buttons (with arcade spacing, of course) and a Beatmania IIDX controller on one of these 4 foot monsters. I didn’t create it intending to sell many (if any) of them, I just did it because I could. Just because one can create something, does that mean they should? I don’t know, you guys tell me…

God this thing is huge!
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Controller of the Week #6: Mega Man + IIDX = Challenge Mode

Posted in Controller of the Week, [CotW] IIDASC on September 2nd, 2010

What do you get when you cross Mega Man and Beatmania IIDX besides one hard game? Why, an awesome custom controller from Desktop Arcade and Sarah Moulder, of course!

This controller was commissioned long ago and comes to us via the archives. It features a flipable key panel (so that you can play “right side” and “left side”, “Mega Man blue” paint under the plexiglass (along with an awesome, hand drawn Mega Man logo) and “that blue guy” hand painted on the controller shell striking that iconic pose of his from the Mega Man 1 title screen. Thankfully the customer wanted his game appearance and not that awful box art version of Mega Man, which as we all know is quite a horrid depiction.

And now, the pictures!

Shot 1 of the Mega Man IIDX Controller.  Click to Enlarge
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Controller of the Week #5: Arcade Perfection

Posted in Controller of the Week, [CotW] IIDASC on August 26th, 2010

Here’s a style of controller I’m quite proud of, my IIDX arcade replicas (usually referred to as IIDASCs) featuring faux metal plexiglass underlays that’d make anyone do a double take as to whether or not it’s real aluminum or not, my closest approximation of the arcade deck color, and of course Sanwa buttons.

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Controller of the Week #3: Pink Before Pink IIDX Things Were Cool

Posted in Controller of the Week, [CotW] IIDASC on August 11th, 2010

Who says I don’t innovate? A few years ago a nice gentleman in Germany requested a IIDX doubles deck with a sakura pedal pattern on it. It took me a while to get him a final price because he was in Germany, and I at the time had no idea how much shipping would end up costing, or if it would even be small enough to meet the US Postal Service’s size limit for international packages. (For the record, doubles decks end up being a comfortable amount under the size restriction and are surprisingly inexpensive to ship internationally.) After some email back and forth, things got figured out (and paid for) and I think the customer was happy with the results, I sure know I was.

COTW #3: Sakura Leaf IIDASC

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