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. The author is open to suggestions for inclusions.
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 コナステ, 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.
Since the SOUND VOLTEX EXCEED GEAR コナステ, or EAC (E-Amusement Cloud) for short, has been inmensely popular recently, many community resources have been created for this game specifically. Therefore, this section only contains resources related to this game specifically.
The main web page contains news feeds, quickstart guides and player data options, all in Japanese of course. It may be useful to install a web page translation plugin for your web browser. The GRAVITY WARS release is included here if someone happens to need it. always check that the URL is correct and corresponds to p.eagate.573.jp for E-Amusement services and paseli.konami.net for PASELI related services.
A Beginner’s guide to K-Shoot Mania by grumpybutter & Ted_the_Red. Do not get the convert charts as listed there. If you are ademant about getting converts, you should be able to find the ones most players are using.
Nautica by Puddi. This chart repository is among the most popular for singular custom charts.
KSM os/us Difficulty tables. os/us Difficulty tables for custom charts mainly from the Japanese K-Shoot Mania community. The rightmost tab can be used to find chart packs. Packs such as the Shooters Festival, a charting competition similar to BMS of Fighters, can be found here.
Input Gate Pack. The Input Gate was a chart repository included with K-Shoot Mania.
ksh chart vault. Collection of various charts published in Niconico. A bunch of charts linked on this page were catalogued here by Rebcart.
Before buying a controller, please do your research. Some buyer-guides are included below. Make an educated decision by reading and/or watching reviews, or inquire community members and/or the vendors about the controller models available. In case one might want to create a controller of their own, a few guides have been included below. The parts list presented further below might be of use.
ORDERING A CONTROLLER FOR SDVX/KSM/USC GAMEPLAYOUTDATED. This is a buyers guide to buying a Sound Voltex controller. While it does not list the newest controllers, it remains useful in providing an understanding in the various parts involved when buying a controller.
Cons&Stuff by consandstuff. Compilation blog of controllers they made a few years ago. Their pages detail their build processes. Their Discord server has proven to be very useful for exchanging tips and tricks for DIY controller building.
$70 SDVX Controller by mon. Controller building article. While it is old, there is still useful wisdom to be obtained from this article.
LEONARDOjoy by ???. Controller building article. While it is old, there is still useful wisdom to be obtained from this article.
Rhythm.Market. Newly established second-hand marketplace for exchanging parts, controllers, and more.
Arcade Spec Parts Japanese & American Cabinets
The control parts used by the arcade cabinets in Japan and America 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
The Sanwa buttons listed below come with an Sanwa OBSA-SP 100g spring, an Sanwa OBSA-LHS1F-LN integrated lamp & switch holder housing a V-11-3D4-SD 100g microswitch, and a Sanwa SWA-LED-#-12V LED [1, 2, 3, 10, 12]. The LEDs operate at 12V in the arcade cabinets [Citation Needed]. The switch can not be replaced with these lamp holders.
See This table for a description of the button product codes [1, 2, 3].
Figure 1: Button schematics from Tops Game [1, 2, 3].
Sanwa OBSA-SP-20. Rakuten, Tops Game. 20g spring for the button. This is what the Valkyrie model cabinet uses [Citation Needed].
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 .
In Korea, Uniana is responsible for launching SOUND VOLTEX cabinets [13, 14]. A different button configuration is used in cabinets in Korea [Citation Needed].
The parts as listed below could be used with most (diy) controllers.
The Sanwa buttons listed below are analogous to arcade 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 [1, 2, 3].
The list below also includes other buttons, as Sanwa buttons can be rather expensive to obtain.
Sanwa OBSA-60UK; With 5V, 12V or 24V LED. Rakuten. (60 x 60)mm Square button.
IST 60UK. IST MALL. (60 x 60)mm square button. Comes with a 45g microswitch & a 60g spring. 
Samducksa CWB 405. IST MALL. (50 x 33)mm rectangle FX button. Comes with a 45g microswitch & a 20g spring . Does not include LED.
Samducksa CWB 406. IST MALL. (33 x 33)mm square start button. Comes with a ???g microswitch & a ???g spring. Does not include LED.
DJDAO PT-01-01-02. Gamo2. (50 x 33)mm rectangle FX button. Does not include microswitch. Comes with 40g spring.
DJDAO PT-01-01-03. Gamo2. (33 x 33)mm square button. Does not include microswitch. Comes with 40g spring.
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.
r/kshootmania. This subreddit is generally used for community driven SOUND VOLTEX-like gameplay. USC discussion is also included here.
K-Shoot MANIA (International). The OG KSM / SDVX community, along with the subreddit. This group was established early 2015. It’s most prominent members at the time can still be found in the various communities listed above. It is not active anymore and listing it here merely serves as a homage to what it once was. This also counts for the forum which was founded by some of the members of the Facebook group. It is suffice to say that this forum is now inactive as well.