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Sound Voltex Resources

It is undenyable that the SOUND VOLTEX series has grown in popularity throughout the years. As such, many players, maintainers, and other users have been making many contributious to the community, such as guides, messaging platforms, and even their own games simulating the SOUND VOLTEX gameplay experience along with custom charts. Through the years, many resources have accumulated in various places. As such, this webpage is an accumulation of those resources created by the community, official resources, and a parts list for controllers. This web page contains everything SOUND VOLTEX.

This webpage may not always be up to date with the newest resources available. An effort is made to update it somewhat regularly, however. I would greatly appreciate it if the reader would notify me of a new resource which would be useful to list here.

The #faq-guides channel in the SDVX Community Discord Server contains resources and useful information as well, such as guides on setting up SOUND VOLTEX EXCEED GEAR 銈炽儕銈广儐, a Buyers guide for controllers, Useful links, and other recommendations. It is therefore advised to read this as well since it can not be hot-linked from this webpage. However, an effort was made to collect publically available resources mentioned there.

Outdated resources and dead links are kept for a while for archival purposes.

WRITTEN BY AMY UPDATED 24 MARCH 2024

Table of Contents

Official Games

Main Pages

Chart & Song Info

Score Trackers & Volforce

Difficulty Tables

Tools

Other Stuff

Guides

General

Skill & Chart Practice

Konaste (銈炽儕銈广儐)

K-Shoot Mania & Unnamed SDVX Clone

See Simulators: Guides.

Controller

See Controller: Guides.

Other

Controllers

The simplest way to get started is to buy a controller. Please do your research before purchasing one. Make an educated decision by reading and/or watching reviews, or inquire community members and/or the vendors about the controller models available.

However, building a controller yourself might be cheaper, and perhaps more fun for those who like building things. In that case, the parts sections below may be useful.

Commercial Models

Arcade Style Controllers:

Older Models (Archival Purposes)

Guides

Which Buttons and Switches to Buy?

It is recommended to read other sources as well to make educated purchases! Do not use this as your sole source. If in doubt, ask around.

Before purchasing a controller, or the parts for a DIY controller, a choice has to be made on the button, microswitch and spring configuration. When buying a controller specifically, usually the user is prompted to select specific parts from drop-down lists. But, which ones to buy?

For those unfamiliar, the entire button configuration consists of the following 4 parts:

First and foremost: don鈥檛 buy Sanwa buttons unless you鈥檙e already a seasoned player and can not sleep without having a more arcade accurate setup. They are extremely expensive and really not worth it for a beginner or intermediate player to consider (even seasoned players don鈥檛 strictly need them). Even though they are used in actual arcade cabinets (see the parts section below), the difference in feel is mostly a luxury while the default button options (such as DJ DAO buttons) are usually sufficient and can be used to achieve great scores too!

When it comes to microswitches, it is often recommended to buy OMRON microswitches. The durability and feel are usually considered well worth the slight increase in price. Popular choices are:

Arcade accurate would be the 鈥渋ntegrated鈥 switch OBSA-LHS1F-LN, which can only be used with Sanwa buttons (more on arcade specs in the parts section) 1 2. However, not every vendor lists this as an option, and it might be considerably more expensive for those which do. The OMRON options listed above are just fine. Note that the OBSA-LHS1F-LN might feel slightly heavier compared to the OMRON V-10-1A4 100g switch 3.

Apart from the part manufacturer, the most important aspects to drastically change the feel of the button are the weights of the microswitch and spring. The weight combination between the spring and microswitch is often denoted as \(m_{\textup{microswitch}}/m_{\textup{spring}}\), with \(m\) the weight of the part in grams. For instance: 100/20 would be a configuration with 100g microswitches and 20g springs. Common configurations are:

Arcade accurate would be Sanwa buttons with OBSA-LHS1F-LN switches and 20g springs. For a more comprehensive rundown of parts, see the parts section.

My current personal setup, for what it鈥檚 worth, is 65/60 with Gersung/Geosung GSM-V0303A06 switches inside Taiwanese buttons for BT, and 65/30 inside Samducksa CWB 405 buttons for FX.

For more wisdom on microswitches, see Subjective Thoughts on Switch Choices for Controllers on Rhythm Cons Wiki.

Further Reading

Controller Code & References

Pocket Voltex

Parts

SECTION IS WORK IN PROGRESS.
ISTMALL LINKS ARE CURRENTLY BROKEN. WILL BE FIXED EVENTUALLY.
VOLUME ASSEMBLY ISN鈥橳 DETAILED ENOUGH.

Arcade Spec Parts: Japanese Cabinets

The control parts used by the arcade cabinets in Japan are listed below. Other regions (may) use other configurations. This is only really useful for cabinet owners, users who want to create an exact replica controller, or for use as a reference. See section Controller Parts for general home arcade style controller parts.

Buttons, Microswitches & Springs

See This table for a description of the button product codes 6 7 8.

Figure 1: Button schematics from Tops Game 6 7 8.

The Sanwa buttons listed above come with a Sanwa OBSA-SP 100g spring, a Sanwa OBSA-LHS1F-LN integrated lamp & switch holder housing a V-11-3D4-SD 100g microswitch, and a Sanwa SWA-LED-#-12V LED.

Other useful parts:

Knob Assembly

See Sound Voltex Volume Assembly on gamerepair.info for a detailed breakdown of the volume assembly, and maintenance tips. Information below is taken from this webpage. Epi recorded footage of the knob reassembly, which can be found here.

Figure 2: Knob assembly schematic from Gamerepair.info 11.

Other / Aftermarket Parts

Arcade Spec Parts: Korean Cabinets

In Korea, Uniana is responsible for launching SOUND VOLTEX cabinets 14 15. The following buttons are used in cabinets in Korea:

Controller Parts

The parts as listed below could be used with most (diy) controllers.

Buttons

The Sanwa buttons listed below are analogous to Japanese arcade cabinet spec. These buttons ship with the old lamp holder type. This is more convenient for home use since the microswitch can be replaced easily, and the Sanwa OBSA-LHS1F-LN switch wiring is less convenient for home controller use. They can ship with an Sanwa OBSA-SP 100g spring, an MS-O-3 (Omron V-10-1A4) 100g microswitch, and either a LED, or a Wedge Bulb Lamp (See Rakuten & Tops Game product pages). One can choose to buy the button only, without a switch or lamp as well.

Of course, the Sanwa OBSA-LHS1F-LN switch could still be used with Sanwa buttons if wired properly. This listing on Blue Spring Express includes wires such that the switches can be used with Gamo2 and Yuancon controllers. It goes without saying that this switch is only compatible with Sanwa buttons.

See This table for a description of the button product codes 6 7 8.

The list below also includes other buttons, as Sanwa buttons can be rather expensive to obtain.

Sanwa button set for controllers: Blue Spring Express.

The buttons listed below are (analogous to) Korean arcade cabinet spec.

Other buttons:

A search on Aliexpress will also find relevantly sized buttons.

Microswitches

Always check the datasheets if supplied for the details and operating forces. Some switches have different terminal types which may be useful to some users. Certain users have documented their experiences with, and opinions about, some of these switches, which can be found here. It may be useful to consult this article when choosing a switch. There are more stores which sell these switches which may not be listed here. As such it is recommended to perform research.

The Sanwa OBSA-LHS1F-LN switch used in Valkyrie cabinets could still be used with Sanwa buttons if wired properly. This listing on Blue Spring Express includes wires such that the switches can be used with Gamo2 and Yuancon controllers. It goes without saying that this switch is only compatible with Sanwa buttons.

Springs

The Sanwa springs below are only to be used with Sanwa buttons.

LEDS

Encoders, Potentiometers & Knobs

Other Parts Lists

Reference

Simulators

K-Shoot Mania

K-Shoot Mania, or KSM for short. is a game made by Masaka, based on the gameplay of the SOUND VOLTEX series, which has been around for years.

Unnamed SDVX Clone

Unnamed SDVX Clone, or USC for short, is a game distributed by Drewol, but developed by many more contributors. It seeks to clone the gameplay of the SOUND VOLTEX series.

Custom Chart Repositories & Packs

Skins

Tools

Guides

General

Charting

Other

Generally Useful Rhythm-Game Resources

Useful Discord Servers & Communities

Discord Servers

Other

Bibliography

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