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BKSOR Flaming speaker mod DIY


By ScottyC

27 days ago



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  • Latest reply 8 days ago by tktlwyr
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#1 27 days ago

First of all.. what is this mod? Well this video should be all you need to know.

BKSOR Flaming speaker mod DIY:
dugfreez has done all the ground work with his awesome speaklightkits! This DIY is based off of his Type-12 kit. Assume no warranty coverage when modifying one of his kits (picture the "I void warranties" slogan right now ). This was also not an original idea by me(wish I could take credit). I actually had no idea something like could be done until I saw it posted on Facebook and YouTube. thanx personx99

This is something I've done on my own and wanted to share with the community. All support or questions should be addressed here in this post.

Parts needed:

    1x: Speakerlightskit.com Spike 2 Type-12 kit
    - http://www.speakerlightkits.com/Type-12.html
    2x: 5VDC 144/m LED WS2812b LED strip (I tried the 60/m, 100/m, 144/m but the 144s are king IMO)
    1x: Arduino Nano (w/ USB cable if you do not have one)
    1x: 200 to 500 Ohm resistor
    Some spare small wire

    Optional things but may make things a bit easier.
    -Barrel power connectors (Type-12 kit comes with a barrel connector on the LED controller that you can use)
    -Couple extra JST SM 3 Pin Connectors for WS2812B (if you did not get a type-12 kit)

If you did not opt for the type 12 kit or are going to customize programming in a manner that will increase amperage you'll need to utilize your own power supply.
(Type 12 kit comes with a 6a power supply which is plenty to power the flame effect, but if you customize the programming your setup may require more)

    - Reccomended 5VDC 10amp.. e.g. YU0510
    - MOLEX 19-09-1029 (this hooks up to US stern spike 2 pinball machines.)
    - 2x MOLEX .093" female pins
    - If international version you'll need some spade crimp piggyback connectors for the power hookup (or another method of your choosing)

It takes 98 LEDs to go all the way around a single speaker frame (49 on each side). I only utilized 39 on each side in the programming (totaling 78 per speaker frame).

Wiring the Arduino and LED Strips(aka the fun part ):
I've put a notated gallery here for the entire process, to hopefully make this a part a bit easier.
https://photos.app.goo.gl/u9yzrVKP4v7eGjSo6

Program your Arduino Nano:
Beginner tutorial here:

You will need to install the FastLED 3.3 Library (this video below has 3 different methods on how to install a library):
https://github.com/FastLED/FastLED

This example in that library used as the code base for this DIY:
https://github.com/FastLED/FastLED/blob/master/examples/Fire2012WithPalette/Fire2012WithPalette.ino

There are many parameters in this program that you can tweak, but this is what I've landed on at the moment(still toying around as always).. Play around to your hearts content to figure out what you like.

    #define CHIPSET WS2812
    #define NUM_LEDS 39
    #define BRIGHTNESS 200
    #define FRAMES_PER_SECOND 40
    //gPal = HeatColors_p;
    gPal = CRGBPalette16( CRGB::Black, CRGB::Red, CRGB::Orange);
    #define COOLING 55
    #define SPARKING 100

Any questions feel free to ask. I'll help if I can.

#2 27 days ago

Nice work, thanks for posting. Thinking this will be my next project.

#3 27 days ago

What about adding another bit of LED at the bottom to get that 'burning embers' look?

#4 27 days ago

Awesome! I saw David's post on Facebook with his flames and messaged him about it. I think he's eventually planning to market a kit, but for the DIY, this is fantastic!!

#5 26 days ago
Quoted from pb456:

What about adding another bit of LED at the bottom to get that 'burning embers' look?

Yep. There are LEDs there as well.. only section not lit up are the LEDs at the top. couple vids in the google album show em pretty good.

#6 26 days ago
Quoted from ScottyC:

Yep. There are LEDs there as well.. only section not lit up are the LEDs at the top. couple vids in the google album show em pretty good.

I also added an IR receiver to my version so that I could adjust the settings for the flames after it is installed. These are a great addition to BK3.

#7 25 days ago

Well, this completely rules! wow.

#8 25 days ago

So what are you actually using from the speaker kit? Not the led's?

#9 25 days ago
Quoted from Cobra:

So what are you actually using from the speaker kit? Not the led's?

From what I am understanding...

from the type 12 light kit this flaming mod would use:

the light frames
the mounting hardware
the power supply
the ac power cable (for whatever type of game you have....North America or International)
the Y-splitter
the JST connector ends of the light strips (from dissecting the light strips)
the magnet pieces from the back of the light strips (from dissecting the light strips)
the female barrel type power cable end of the RGB controller (from dissecting the RGB controller)
the 3 pinned JST connection from the RGB controller (from dissecting the RGB controller)

What you are NOT using from the type 12 light kit:

the light strips
the remote control with battery

What else you will need for the mod:

the light strips
the arduino
the resistor
some wire

I think that's it as far as what's used, unused and still needed.

Doug (SpeakerLightKits.com)

#10 25 days ago
Quoted from DugFreez:

From what I am understanding...
from the type 12 light kit this flaming mod would use:
the light frames
the mounting hardware
the power supply
the ac power cable (for whatever type of game you have....North America or International)
the Y-splitter
the JST connector ends of the light strips (from dissecting the light strips)
the magnet pieces from the back of the light strips (from dissecting the light strips)
the female barrel type power cable end of the RGB controller (from dissecting the RGB controller)
the 3 pinned JST connection from the RGB controller (from dissecting the RGB controller)
What you are NOT using from the type 12 light kit:
the light strips
the remote control with battery
What else you will need for the mod:
the light strips
the arduino
the resistor
some wire
I think that's it as far as what's used, unused and still needed.
Doug (SpeakerLightKits.com)

Doug, any chance of offering this as a turnkey product? I already have your deluxe-deluxe on my LE, but I could move that to another pin.

#11 25 days ago
Quoted from SeaLawyer:

Doug, any chance of offering this as a turnkey product? I already have your deluxe-deluxe on my LE, but I could move that to another pin.

I have been in contact with both people that have made and shown off this mod. I have offered my light frames (which they were both using), website, and any other parts that may be of help to them to make a ready to install product available. My level of involvement could vary depending on what the other party would like to do, but it seems neither are interested.

When it comes to the arduino, I don't have any know how on programming them, editing the programing or trouble shooting them. So I defiantly fall short in that aspect. I'm planning on getting some light strips and the other needed parts to make one of these mods, with my friend, for their BK:SoR. I will see how it goes. There is no way I could even attempt to do that without this DIY thread and the help and info scottyc has provided. I have been wanting to get some of the 144 leds / meter light strips to check out for a bit, but didn't have much of a reason to do that until now. Maybe after the project is done I will be more familiar with things and look into the arduino a bit more and try to learn more about it.

#12 25 days ago

I like the look. It seems all four LED strips are run by the same Arduino channel. I think it would look more realistic and add randomness to the flames if you had four separate channels it slightly different Frane rate, color palette, etc.
Will a single Arduino Nano run for separate LED channels/scripts?

#13 25 days ago
Quoted from Toucanf16:

I like the look. It seems all four LED strips are run by the same Arduino channel. I think it would look more realistic and add randomness to the flames if you had four separate channels it slightly different Frane rate, color palette, etc.
Will a single Arduino Nano run for separate LED channels/scripts?

hmmm.. I agree with ya and like where your head is at, but not sure how you could manage that with a single arduino. But... I'm no coding expert by any means as I'm just utilizing the example code, but I would assume it may be possible.

I was looking into pallet changes based on mode utilizing a RGB color sensor (during Deep Freeze the fire effect would be a blue pallet for example), but there's not just one decent LED indication for each mode.. Still trying to wrap my head around how to do that though.

#14 25 days ago
Quoted from Toucanf16:

I like the look. It seems all four LED strips are run by the same Arduino channel. I think it would look more realistic and add randomness to the flames if you had four separate channels it slightly different Frane rate, color palette, etc.
Will a single Arduino Nano run for separate LED channels/scripts?

this is a cool mod! I might grab some of the programming from the fast led library for lighting effects on other games ., no nano expert but I have messed around with them for a few pinball projects

you could use 4 separate addressable led strips( I have been using 5v 60/m ) using 4 of the output PWM pins on the nano with nano programming for each strip but will need to power the strips using either a 5v or 12 power supply as the nano power output is limited to say one led(40 ma) per pin. if you are not efficient with the coding you may exceed the memory capability of the nano so would need a device with more capacity such as an Arduino

if you use addressable rgb leds there is no need for the rgb controller from the speakerlights kit . you can control the effect straight from the nano. other than the speaker frames a speaker light kit is not needed but would be cool if this would be offered as a "plug an play " from speakerlights.

2 weeks later
#15 8 days ago

Looks great on Iron Maiden, too!

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