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19 Nov 11 HMInnovations: How to make a DDR Pad

Welcome to HMInnovations -(Home Made Innovations)- where we will teach you simple tricks, hacks, and mods on everything, from simple home projects, debunking online myths, technology mods and many more! Please subscribe to see more future videos and projects! In this video we will show you how to make a DDR dancing pad at home. While the pad that comes with the game (the ugly very flimsy and frail pad) gets the job done, we want something that is more realistic to the arcade version. The provided pad has sluggish and unresponsive pad buttons that really just get on the way more than they actually help. You can go to   and find that their pads cost from 0 – 0 and we think thats too much, were going to build a solid very reliable pad for under 0. Tools and Equipment: Drill Box Cutter Scissors Sauder Gun ½ Screws x4 1 Washers x 4 Copper Wire Aluminum Foil Plexy Glass square 1/8 Inch thick, and 36x 40 DDR Pad Plywood Square 36×40 and Spray Paint
Video Rating: 4 / 5

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Reader's Comments

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    It’s really a smart idea, but are there any flaws or trouble that could occur during testing?! (4/5)

    -Ranger L.-

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    How do you solder the wires to the board? I can’t make a connection.

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    Does this actually work?

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    why cant you just put a ddr pad on wood the size of the dance pad and glue it or screw it on the wood how easy is that!!!

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    @shittyclothing56 you possibly can, but it will detect the touch all the way around.

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    Hi I bought this pad to play PIU… and then realized that it doesnt have central button! I want to “move” the SELECT and START buttons to the middle, but i dont know if conecting (knot) that black conductor (what is that??) with a copper wire would work,(there are 6 connections total 2 in one layer 4 in the other)….. What do you recommend???? Thanks :)

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    That’s great, but does it work?

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    @tanmanio01 it will still be a very functional pad, it is by no means crappy haha but i’m pretty sure responsiveness/sensitivity will be much better with a design that involves making a separate tile for each button and having contacts on the top of a bottom later, and on the bottom of the top layer, with foam/weather stripping in between. this allows the tile to sink ever so slightly when you step on it, making it much more responsive (or i would believe so.)

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    @zedd56 No, you can get the exact measure of plexiglass or sand down a bigger peice of plywood and paint the plywood. And that one BTW is just like the arcade version sooooooooooo much better though.

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    Homemade DDR pads are awesome, but this design just won’t work out so well. Having the entire top portion of the pad being one solid piece of plexiglass is not going to be entirely responsive. You’re relying on the tilt and bending of the glass for the buttons to make contact. Separate tiles for each button will provide for a much better design.

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    you should try to see if it works…………

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    im so gonna try this at some point, im only a teen girl tho so its probably gonna go so wrong for me xD

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    lol just kidding i dont want to try this D;

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    I cant play on had mats! Its too hard! :( Im pretty good, but I go to teh arcade to show meh freinds and I look stupid! DD:

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    hum…maybe you should have shown if it work out for real…

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    umm.. here , you only need one plexi glass? then you put the DDR graphics, when you painted it, didn’t the graphics destroyed or messed up ? on the wires , did you just taped it on there ? and you taped the end of the wires on the places where should the buttons should be ?

    sorry , im a noob and nice vid. 😀

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    This is actually a really good idea, these people are just being dumb asses

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    @booyabazooka the alluminum is to complete the circuit and you connect the wires to where the black lines are connected too. ultimately what you will be doing is replacing the black lines with a wire.

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    I’m disappointed that this video takes so much time to discuss aesthetics and almost completely glosses over the electronics. I have no sense of what all the aluminum is for, how the buttons work, what exactly the wires running from the control board are connected to…

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    Can you please list out the items needed for this project?

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    @claytkeefer to find the Ground you need to test it (trial and error) by touching what you believe is the ground wire and another wire together, you can use alligator clamps or just a piece of copper, usually most controlers for systems have the ground wire secluded by it self, on the bottom side, or in the middle.

    And no you can no solder directly to the black connector things, they have a small piece of metal on the inside that you can solder to, solder only attaches to the metal part only

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    @HMInnovations This might be a dumb question but if im using a different pad how do i find the ground connector? Also can you really solder directly to those black connector/wire things?

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    @sightlightx The second contact on the alluminum foil goes to the center contact. it completes a switch. The foil connects to the Ground of the mother board. So for example you have “X” which is your Positive, and your foil will be the negative. When the X button and the Foil come into contact it completes the circuit. So you need to find the Ground on the mother board. In our case it was the connection on the center of the board.

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    what suppoeses to be the second contact? on thw aluminun foil? and the cable? where it goes??? cmon please awnser :(

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    @Destro4thewin ps2