Buttons

From Rhythm Cons Wiki

Buttons are the part that you push with your finger.

They comprise of 5 items:

  1. Clear plastic top
  2. Colored button stem
  3. Panel mounted casing
  4. Panel mount nuts
  5. Switch holder

Sanwa and Samducksa are two name-brand button manufacturers. Chinese clones also exist for all types.

Switch Holder

The switch holder varies per manufacturer. Sanwa (new style), Sanwa (old style), Samducksa, and generic Chinese buttons are incompatible with each other.

60x60 mm Square

These buttons are used for SDVX's BT buttons and Ongeki's main gameplay buttons.

Sanwa

These buttons come stock with 100g microswitches and 100g springs, unless noted.

Sanwa Denshi (Rakuten Ichiba)

Lamp Holder Lamp Switch Link Price (June 2021)
Old Style None None https://item.rakuten.co.jp/sanwadenshi/ilumb_5002/ 1,903 JPY
Old Style None 100g https://item.rakuten.co.jp/sanwadenshi/ilumb_080/ 1,958 JPY
Old Style Incandescent 100g https://item.rakuten.co.jp/sanwadenshi/ilumb_079/ 1,980 JPY
Old Style LED 100g https://item.rakuten.co.jp/sanwadenshi/ilumb_078/ 2,838 JPY
New Style None 100g https://item.rakuten.co.jp/sanwadenshi/ilumb_075/ 2,178 JPY
New Style Incandescent 100g https://item.rakuten.co.jp/sanwadenshi/ilumb_074/ 2,200 JPY
New Style LED 100g https://item.rakuten.co.jp/sanwadenshi/ilumb_073/ 3,058 JPY
New Style None 100g (Reed Switch) https://item.rakuten.co.jp/sanwadenshi/ilumb_077/ 3,113 JPY
New Style LED (5V, 12V, 24V Options) 100g (Reed Switch) https://item.rakuten.co.jp/sanwadenshi/ilumb_076/ 3,993 JPY

IST MALL

Lamp Holder Lamp Link Price (as of Dec. 2020)
Old Style None https://www.istmall.co.kr/us/goods/goods_view.php?goodsNo=1009992264 $23.50 USD

Tops Game

Lamp Holder Lamp Switch Link Price (July 2021)
Old Style Incandescent 100g https://www.tops-game.jp/products/detail.php?product_id=4687 1,980 JPY

Blue Spring Express

Lamp Holder Lamp Note Switch Link Price
Old Style None These are sold in a set of 4 OBSA-60UK and 2 OBSA-45UK buttons None https://bluespringexpress.net/products/sdvx-sanwa-set $150.00 AUD

Generic Chinese

IST MALL has their own branded Chinese buttons that are reportedly better than ones you may find on Aliexpress. They come with 65g microswitches.

IST MALL

Color Lamp Link Price (as of Apr. 2021)
White 12V LED https://www.istmall.co.kr/us/goods/goods_view.php?goodsNo=1009992342

https://www.ebay.com/itm/IST-60UK-Music-Game-button/383277616061

$6.00 USD

Aliexpress, Ebay, Amazon

You may find suitable results under any of the search terms:

  • 60mm square buttons
  • 60mm square game button
  • 60mm square arcade button

Typically, these buttons will come with extremely heavy springs and microswitches (upwards of 500-600g total) which makes them unsuitable for playing. It is recommended to buy new ones if you are going this route.

These buttons may come in colors besides white, and will usually have a 12V LED.

Uniana Buttons

These are the buttons that are installed in Sound Voltex cabinets that are distributed by Uniana

Partum

Color Lamp Link Price
White None https://smartstore.naver.com/partum/products/5882277767 7,500 원

50x33 mm Rectangle

These buttons are used for IIDX's main gameplay buttons and SDVX's FX buttons.

They are rarely listed by their size and are typically referred to as "beatmania buttons."

Sanwa

These buttons come stock with 100g microswitches and 100g springs.

Sanwa Denshi (Rakuten Ichiba)

Lamp Holder Lamp Switch Button Color Link Price (as of Dec. 2020)
Old Style None None White https://item.rakuten.co.jp/sanwadenshi/ilumb_5000/ 1,001 JPY
Old Style None 100g White https://item.rakuten.co.jp/sanwadenshi/ilumb_100/ 1,056 JPY
Old Style 12V LED (Red) 100g White https://item.rakuten.co.jp/sanwadenshi/ilumb_099/ 1,936 JPY
New Style None 100g White https://item.rakuten.co.jp/sanwadenshi/ilumb_104/ 1,276 JPY
New Style 12V LED (Red) 100g White https://item.rakuten.co.jp/sanwadenshi/ilumb_103/ 2,156 JPY
New Style None 100g (Reed Switch) White https://item.rakuten.co.jp/sanwadenshi/ilumb_108/ 2,211 JPY
New Style 12V LED (Red) 100g (Reed Switch) White https://item.rakuten.co.jp/sanwadenshi/ilumb_107/ 3,091 JPY
Old Style None 100g Black https://item.rakuten.co.jp/sanwadenshi/ilumb_098/ 1,430 JPY
Old Style None None Black https://item.rakuten.co.jp/sanwadenshi/ilumb_5001/ 1,375 JPY
Old Style 12V LED (Red) 100g Black https://item.rakuten.co.jp/sanwadenshi/ilumb_097/ 2,310 JPY
New Style None 100g Black https://item.rakuten.co.jp/sanwadenshi/ilumb_102/ 1,650 JPY
New Style 12V LED (Red) 100g Black https://item.rakuten.co.jp/sanwadenshi/ilumb_101/ 2,530 JPY
New Style None 100g (Reed Switch) Black https://item.rakuten.co.jp/sanwadenshi/ilumb_106/ 2,585 JPY
New Style 12V LED (Red) 100g (Reed Switch) Black https://item.rakuten.co.jp/sanwadenshi/ilumb_105/ 3,465 JPY

IST MALL

Lamp Holder Lamp Link Price (as of Dec. 2020)
Old Style None http://istmall.co.kr/us/goods/goods_view.php?goodsNo=1009992239 $14.00 USD

Tops Game

Lamp Holder Lamp Switch Link Price (July 2021)
Old Style Incandescent 100g https://www.tops-game.jp/products/detail.php?product_id=4684 1,078-1,408 JPY

Blue Spring Express

Lamp Holder Lamp Note Switch Link Price
Old Style None These are sold in a set of 7 OBSA-45UK buttons None https://bluespringexpress.net/products/iidx-sanwa-set $125.00 AUD

Samducksa

These buttons come stock with 65g microswitches and 20g springs.

IST MALL

Color Lamp Link Price (as of Apr. 2021)
Black, White, Red, Blue, Yellow, Green None* http://istmall.co.kr/us/goods/goods_view.php?goodsNo=1009992351 $3.10 USD

Notes:

  • As of July 2021, ISTMALL appears to be including 12V White LEDs with Samducksa orders, despite saying on the page they do not. It is unclear at this time if this is permanent.

Generic Chinese

Aliexpress, Ebay, Amazon

Almost always found under the search term:

  • beatmania buttons

Typically, these buttons will come with extremely heavy springs and microswitches (upwards of 200-400g total) which makes them unsuitable for playing. It is recommended to buy new ones if you are going this route.

33x33 mm Square

These buttons are used for IIDX's start / select / menu buttons and SDVX's start button.

Sanwa

These buttons come stock with 100g microswitches and 100g springs.

Sanwa Denshi (Rakuten Ichiba)

Lamp Holder Lamp Button Color Link Price (June 2021)
Old Style None Green, Blue, Red, Yellow, White Options https://item.rakuten.co.jp/sanwadenshi/ilumb_016/ 946 JPY
Old Style Incandescent Green, Blue, Red, Yellow, White Options https://item.rakuten.co.jp/sanwadenshi/ilumb_015/ 968 JPY
Old Style LED (5V, 12V, 24V Options) Green, Blue, Red, Yellow, White Options https://item.rakuten.co.jp/sanwadenshi/ilumb_014/ 1,826 JPY
New Style None Green, Blue, Red, Yellow, White Options https://item.rakuten.co.jp/sanwadenshi/ilumb_011/ 1,166 JPY
New Style Incandescent Green, Blue, Red, Yellow, White Options https://item.rakuten.co.jp/sanwadenshi/ilumb_010/ 1,188 JPY
New Style LED (5V, 12V, 24V Options) Green, Blue, Red, Yellow, White Options https://item.rakuten.co.jp/sanwadenshi/ilumb_009/ 2,046 JPY
New Style (Reed Switch) None Green, Blue, Red, Yellow, White Options https://item.rakuten.co.jp/sanwadenshi/ilumb_013/ 2,101 JPY
New Style (Reed Switch) LED (5V, 12V, 24V Options) Green, Blue, Red, Yellow, White Options https://item.rakuten.co.jp/sanwadenshi/ilumb_012/ 2,981 JPY

Tops Game

Lamp Holder Lamp Switch Link Price (July 2021)
Old Style Incandescent 100g https://www.tops-game.jp/products/detail.php?product_id=4679 968 JPY

Samducksa

These buttons come stock with 65g microswitches and 20g springs.

IST MALL

Color Lamp Link Price (as of July 2021)
Red, Blue, Yellow, Green, White None* https://istmall.co.kr/us/goods/goods_view.php?goodsNo=1009992352 $2.90 USD

Notes:

  • As of July 2021, ISTMALL appears to be including 12V White LEDs with Samducksa orders, despite saying on the page they do not. It is unclear at this time if this is permanent.

100 mm Circular Dome

These buttons are used for Pop'n Music's main gameplay buttons. Unless you want to spend hundreds of dollars extra on making your controller feel like an arcade machine, it's recommended you get Samducksa buttons.

Manufacturers:

Sanwa

Where to buy:

Notes:

  • Comes with (200g springs)
  • There are a few options for lamp holders:
    • Old style: Easy to replace microswitches (this switch in this shell)
    • New style: Microswitch in plastic shell, more difficult to replace (lamp holder)
      • Uses 4 pin JST NH connector instead of quick disconnect spades
      • Will need H4P-SHF-AA connectors (pre-crimped wires)
    • New style reed switch: New style lamp holder with a reed switch instead of a normal microswitch (this lamp holder)
      • Overkill for a home setup but still really cool
  • There are also a few options for included lamps:
    • None: Provide your own or go without lights in your buttons
    • Incandescent: Incandescent bulb like in SD cabs. You'll need 12V to drive these.
    • LED: LED bulbs with a choice of 5V, 12V or 24V (red, yellow, blue, green, white)
Lamp Holder Lamp Link Price (as of Oct. 2020)
Old Style None https://item.rakuten.co.jp/sanwadenshi/ilumb_135/ 4,158 yen
Old Style Incandescent https://item.rakuten.co.jp/sanwadenshi/ilumb_134/ 4,180 yen
Old Style LED https://item.rakuten.co.jp/sanwadenshi/ilumb_133/ 5,038 yen
New Style None https://item.rakuten.co.jp/sanwadenshi/ilumb_138/ 4,378 yen
New Style Incandescent https://item.rakuten.co.jp/sanwadenshi/ilumb_137/ 4,400 yen
New Style LED https://item.rakuten.co.jp/sanwadenshi/ilumb_136/ 5,258 yen
New Style (reed switch) None https://item.rakuten.co.jp/sanwadenshi/ilumb_140/ 5,313 yen
New Style (reed switch) LED https://item.rakuten.co.jp/sanwadenshi/ilumb_139/ 6,193 yen

Samducksa

These buttons come stock with 65g microswitches and 200g springs.

IST MALL

Color Lamp Link Price (as of Jun. 2022)
Red, Blue, Yellow, Green, White None* http://istmall.co.kr/us/goods/goods_view.php?goodsNo=1009992353 $9.00 USD

Notes:

  • As of July 2021, ISTMALL appears to be including 12V White LEDs with Samducksa orders, despite saying on the page they do not. It is unclear at this time if this is permanent.

Generic Chinese

Aliexpress, Ebay, Amazon

Typically found under the search term:

  • 100mm buttons

Typically, these buttons will come with extremely heavy springs and microswitches (upwards of 400-600g total) which makes them unsuitable for playing. It is recommended to buy new ones if you are going this route.