Table of Contents
- Dance pad ownership
- StepMania questions
For arcade cabinet owners
- How do I install StepMania into my cab?
- What sort of LCD should I put inside my DDR cab?
- What sort of LCD should I put in front of my DDR cab?
- How do I mount an LCD in front of my DDR cab?
- Where do I get replacement parts for my pads?
- Where do I get custom arrow panels/stickers?
- Where do I get new stickers or marquee posters for my cab?
- What other improvements or customizations can I do to my cab?
Dance pad ownership
What sort of soft pad should I buy?
DDRGame foam pads are pretty much the only new option nowadays, although you’re rolling the dice as build quality isn’t the best. It’s been said that their Tough pads hold up better than their Energy pads, although the latter is cheaper. You can also attempt to mount slim pads without foam onto plywood. If you’re looking to play difficulties of DDR 14 or ITG 10 and above, you should consider hard pads.
What sort of hard pad should I buy?
Your choices are:
- L-Tek pads ($350+ with international shipping)
- StepManiaX pads (almost always sold out, ~$1,700 per pad)
- arcade pads (auctions or private sales)
If you are looking to play an L-Tek with PlayStation games, you might consider this control box.
You can also build a travel-size pad for less than $200 by following this guide.
What sort of bar should I get?
The L-Tek bar is known to wobble. Without resorting to using a chair, you can buy some 1” black steel pipe and attach it to some plywood sitting underneath the pad.
StepManiaX pads come with a bar, but it can be too high for shorter players. The adjustable bar is $200.
How do I increase sensitivity of my L-Tek?
How much should I pay for an arcade cabinet?
It depends on the model, but the average price in 2021 is about $2,500, give or take a couple thousand.
How do I insulate my pads for apartment play?
Try this guide.
If you’re looking to play 4-panel dance songs on your PC, StepMania is the de facto dance panel game simulator, available for Windows, Linux, and macOS.
What sort of PC do I need for StepMania?
Any PC will work for StepMania with Simply Love. Don’t worry about specs. You can get a cheap used $25 PC off eBay and you’ll be fine.
If you want to run fancy themes or play songs with a lot of effects, you should probably get at least 8GB of RAM. A SSD will also significantly improve load times, and a dedicated graphics card or AMD APU might improve frame rates.
What monitor should I get for StepMania?
Where do I find DDR simfiles?
Where do I find modern ITG simfiles?
The ITG Packs Release Spreadsheet. Try the ones on the Beginner Packs sheet.
What StepMania 5 theme should I use?
For arcade cabinet owners
Join the Private Dance Games Arcade Owner group if you haven’t.
How do I install StepMania into my cab?
Follow my guide.
What sort of LCD should I put inside my DDR cab?
LCD monitors are great for StepMania and newer versions of DDR. The biggest LCD that will fit in Generation 1 (SD) J-cabs is a Dell UltraSharp 30″ monitor. Specifically, 3007WFP is old but cheaply available. Newer models U3014 or UP3017 should fit as well.
What sort of LCD should I put in front of my DDR cab?
How do I mount an LCD in front of my DDR cab?
Use this mounting kit and protect the surface of your cab with some EVA foam between it and the LCD.
Where do I get replacement parts for my pads?
Where do I get custom arrow panels/stickers?
Where do I get new stickers or marquee posters for my cab?
Talk to Angelo Castellini (via his Terry Fox account).
What other improvements or customizations can I do to my cab?
Check out HackMyCab.