“You are hereby cordially invited to stomp the heck out of it!” – RM
One of the main challenges that comes to mind when building a machine like this is the dancepads. A bad pad can ruin not only your high score but also your playing-experience.
Of course for the time being a foldable softpad was considered, since it not only helps to focus on building the actual cabinet, but also makes a very portable solution for the times you don’t have a big van.
After some testing, it was found out that a foldable softmat makes the game quite hard to play when playing faster or more complicated songs. Not only did it shift everywhere (the weights helped only so much), but there was almost no physical feedback as to where you’re putting your feet down. Maybe I’m spoiled, playing on a proper machine, but to give the experience a low treshold, this did not seem like the way to go.
Because nailing this thing to a piece of wood would look really trashy (and defeat the portability perk) and hard pads are a – very expensive and b – hard to come by on this side of the ocean it was decided we would build our own pad.
There are many existing designs out there, some very expensive and complicated, others just not suitable for this goal (ie. not very portable, too breakable). So a custom design it will be. It will take some R&D to get it just right, so where else to begin than the switching mechanisms?
Some tinkering with copper tape and solder and a quick working prototype was made. The plastic edges were added to make it vertically mountable, because what better way to test the durability of the mechanism than to actively use it as a kickswitch?
Lets see how she holds up.. 🙂