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Sustain Pedals & Synthesizers


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I was looking into buying a Juno-D in a few months to replace my dire casio board, Some of the stuff I'm learning requires a sustain pedal however.

 

Can I plug a digital one into a synth such as the Juno-D to simulate the effect it'd give on an acoustic or digital piano?

 

Thanks.

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It means that if the polarity is wrong the notes sustain without pressing the pedal and don't sustain when you do. Yamaha & Korg used to have opposite polarities on sustain (I think).

 

The good news is that some pedals have a polarity switch to enable you to use it on both versions. Look out for 'universal' pedals.

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Ok, thanks. Can you just go a little deeper into pedal polarity though? What exactly does this mean (is it just refering to the electric current?) and what should I look out for?

 

Cheers.

 

The Juno D will also likely have a toggle that allows you to switch it's interpretation of pedal polarity. In some other Roland synths it's in the system menu that deals with midi controllers.

 

Jerry

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Roland and Yamaha use the same polarity. Ensoniq and Alesis use the opposite polarity. Those are the brands I have experience with.

Some synths, if the pedal is plugged in when the board is powered on, will automatically detect the polarity of the pedal and set themselves accordingly.

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Interesting...yesterday I was wandering through a local outlet for a big national music store chain. A gentleman asked the a clerk how he could connect a foot switch to control the leslie fast/slow function for a patch on his Juno-D.

 

The clerk sold him a Roland Expression pedal and a sustain pedal!

 

I told the gentleman that the Roland D-Beam control works wonderfully for leslie-effect control.

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I told the gentleman that the Roland D-Beam control works wonderfully for leslie-effect control.

 

Ah, so people have finally found a practical use for it, hey ;) ?

 

There are a couple of good uses, but the Leslie speed function is great IMHO -- use it on a VR-760

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I use an expression pedal to control the Leslie swell.

Haven't found much of a use for the D-beam, unless I'm doing my tribute to Gandalf, and I want that "weeooweeooweeeooooo" sound he gets when he's blowing smoke rings.

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