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Adding an internal mic to a xbox 360 controller

This tutorial will show you how to install an internal microphone to your xbox 360 controller.  Doing this will make using a headset a thing of the past. 

WARNING!!!  THIS MOD WILL VOID YOUR WARRANTY AND YOUR CONTROLLER CAN BE DAMAGED IN THE PROCESS.  I TAKE NO RESPONSIBILITY  FOR EITHER OF THESE, NOR AM I RESPONSIBLE FOR YOUR PARENT'S COUCH CUSHIONS.  PROCEED AT YOUR OWN RISK.

Side Note:  You will have to enable voice to be played out of your tv's speakers.  This can be done through preferences in the xbox 360 dashboard. 

Tools need:
Dremel or drill with small drill bit
Soldering Iron
Desoldering tool
Solder
Small flat head screw driver
Hot glue gun
razor blade (optional)


Parts needed:
Xbox 360 controller (any type)
Cotton or soft foam (optional, I used toilet paper)
Small Microphone (I used one from an old laptop, but any small mic should work.)

If you can't recycle a microphone from old tech this mic should work fine.
 http://www.sparkfun.com/products/8635
 
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Step 1: Disasembly

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First use the small flat head screw driver the remove the seven screws from the controller.  One of them is hidden under the battery pack and a sticker.  Don't waste your time trying to remove the sticker, just stab your screw driver through it.

Once the screws are out pull the top half of the controller off while the buttons are facing the ground.  This will prevent the buttons from falling all over the floor.  You can tape the buttons down from the top of the controller, but we will be removing them temporarily anyway so I skipped this.

Pull the motherboard out and disconnect the tumble motors.
nerdtoob10 months ago
Im thinging the idea of replacing the port with mute is awesome I would also replace the vibration motors with small speakers. (If they even exist that small. That would be awesome!
kyleishie (author)  nerdtoob10 months ago
Radio shack may have something. If not I would check sparkfun. Just make sure that the combined power requirements of the speakers isn't more than the power requirements of a stock Microsoft headset speaker. You'll have to look that up though as I don't know it off the top of my head.
gluppinator11 months ago
This is great and innovative thinking! I think I'll be doing this, but instead of putting the keyboard port back on, installing a mute switch!
zkamauf1 year ago
You should make a video of how to do this
im sorry but i dont have an xbox 30 lol
kyleishie (author)  dragonsniper1 year ago
LAWL
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D34th 4n6el2 years ago
Two thumbs up!!
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