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Subject:Doubles with soft pads?
Time:10:56 pm
Hi all,

I've been playing for a little over two months now (yeah, I'm a latecomer to DDR) and to give you an idea of where I'm at, I'm able to do pretty much all 7, most 8, and a few 9 footers on Heavy / Expert modes in single mode. I've been mixing it up lately with double mode, and can do 7 footers or so, but my playing situation is far from ideal: right now I have a (cheap crappy) metal pad and a soft one, and I put the rightmost edge of the metal pad on top of the leftmost edge of the soft pad to prevent the soft one from moving (too much). The height difference, though, makes double mode really awkward.

I can't afford two good quality metal pads right now, and I want to get more seriously into doubles. Has anyone had much luck with two soft pads? Maybe stapling them to a piece of plywood to prevent slippage? Any ideas?
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jujukoo
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Time:2008-03-21 01:09 pm (UTC)
Modding would be your best bet, especially having them on the same level. I'd think that'd be pretty damn important.
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arguile
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Time:2008-03-21 01:24 pm (UTC)
From my own experience and the experience of anyone I've known, it's most important to do what you're comfortable with. I personally used two trashbag pads that I had stapled and nylon'd to particle board. But, when my friends tried it, they couldn't seem to get the right feel out of it.

Experiment with what you have, and see what it is that works best for you.
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x0ir
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Time:2008-03-21 07:06 pm (UTC)
i love the fact we're both in this community haha
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arguile
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Time:2008-03-22 02:01 am (UTC)
That's because we learned how to play in your room, dawg. haha
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amystosworld
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Time:2008-03-21 06:06 pm (UTC)
Get a Red Octane Ignition 3.0. Nothing else compares to it. It's the best soft pad out there, it's not too expensive, and it makes a huge difference. Better yet, it plugs directly into Playstation 2, Xbox, and USB so you can play it with Stepmania.
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spacedragon
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Time:2008-03-28 03:26 am (UTC)
I agree with amystosworld. Although they're more expensive, Ignition pads work especially well with hardwood floors and some material that keeps rugs in place. They last forever! Additionally, the foam padding reduces the impact you'll put on your joints (the knees suffer from all that jumping), making it possible to play more frequently.

Once you start modding any pad, you compromise the integrity of the material. I've tried a bunch of methods and ended up spending more time fixing the pads than enjoying the game. They eventually rip with staples, peel from the tape, or the inner layers pucker and bunch inside the mat itself, assuming cheap wires don't get give out first. Save yourself the trouble and invest in Ignition pads.
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vorpal
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Time:2008-03-28 04:45 am (UTC)
I located two of them at my local games store and just picked up one to see how I'd like it. It's fantastic! My old metal piece of crap pad was causing me to get wicked calluses and general foot soreness... The ignition is so much more comfortable, and today on day two of using it, I managed to get my first AA on a heavy song on single mode. I'm going to go get the other one tomorrow and go crazy on doubles with them.
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spacedragon
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Time:2008-04-01 04:22 pm (UTC)
Awesome! It may be radically different from actual arcade play, but it feels natural. Speaking of the arcade, how do you fair there?
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vorpal
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Time:2008-03-28 04:46 am (UTC)
Thanks for the tip! I bought one two days ago and I'm totally in love with it. The store had a second one which I'll be picking up tomorrow for doubles.
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shannas_place
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Time:2008-03-21 07:05 pm (UTC)
I haven't tried this personally, but maybe you could mod your pad like this

http://www.angelfire.com/pro2/softpadmod/#_Toc71480697
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mythicinsanity
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Time:2008-03-25 01:49 pm (UTC)
I did that.

Used a larger piece of plywood and set two pads up on it.

It worked extremely well.
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x0ir
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Time:2008-03-21 07:06 pm (UTC)
you can find 2 good mats on ebay for about 20 dollars for both, mine held up for over a year, never broke.. i just stopped playing
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abbajen
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Time:2008-03-23 11:21 am (UTC)
I had a narrow room so I just wedged the pads in between boxes stacked against the wall.
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rickorion
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Time:2008-03-23 03:05 pm (UTC)
I just bought 2 cheapy pads and duct taped them down to a piece of 3/4" plywood. On the bottom of that I used spray adhesive to attach one of those plastic pads you put on the carpet for a desk chair to roll around on. The spikes on the bottom stop it from moving at all.
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