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ARe SUStain PeDals Specific to Synthesizers of the Same BRAND


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Hi there friends and family of this great resource site. I need your advice on this one.

I have a QS7.1 which comes with its own sustain pedal, however I also have a Roland DP6 pedal which I had bought for my previously owned RS5.

 

Here's what I need to know. The other keyboard player at my church uses a Roland JV90 synth but he broke his pedal so I have to lend him my DP6 pedal. However the one that comes with the Alesis synth looks and feels cheap and there is very little play between depressing and releasing the pedal. Can I switch around pedals and will they work properly on both synth.

 

Thanks very much for your advice..

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To answer part of the question (I think), the Roland sustain pedal will work with any Roland product. Sustain pedals work for any product of a manufacturer.

 

The difference between companies is the way the read the open/close circuit. There are two camps of companies and I do not remember how they allign. If the pedal does not work correctly, then it works backward. Taking your foot off of the pedal results in sustain. Pressing the pedal dampens the sustain. In any case, it will not hurt to plug the Rolan pedal into the Alesis and try.

 

Some keyboards also let you switch the polarity setting so you can switch brands/types.

 

Some pedals have a switch so you can change types.

 

Some keyboards read the pedal when you turn on the machine, then automatically set the type depending if the circuit is open or closed when the keyboard is turned on.

 

Hope this helps. I just cannot remember if Roland and Alesis are in the same camp.

 

Robert

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If the polarity is inverted, you may be able to reverse the reading in the synthesizer's systems setting.

 

I know that the Roland OS from the JV/XP series onward have this. Dunno about the JV90, but I think it likely. In the System menu, under controllers, find the sustain pedal page and see if it has a polarity toggle.

 

Cheers,

 

Jerry

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Originally posted by Rabid:

To answer part of the question (I think), the Roland sustain pedal will work with any Roland product. Sustain pedals work for any product of a manufacturer.

I don't think so.

 

I had a old yamaha sustain pedal hanging around. Tried it with my cs6x.. didn't work. Tried it with my kurz pc88mx. Works flawlessly.

 

Ended up using a kawai pedal for the yamaha.

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I think Roland keyboards need a pedal with a polarity that is specific to Roland. Also, I believe Roland and Yamaha are the same with Korg and Ensoniq being the opposite.

Alesis keyboards are rather clever when it comes to sustain pedals. Plug it in with the power off, then power up, and the Alesis keyboard will recognize the polarity automatically, so you can use ANY brand of sustain pedal with Alesis.

Fatar makes a switchable one in both the small square style and piano sustain pedal style.

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i'm using a yamaha pedal (fc4) for my triton le. only needed to toggle the polarity as described by rabid n tusker. i'm a beginner (raw!) in board-meddling n did everything within 2 minutes, so i guess everyone else should be better :D

 

btw i think my bro's using a yamaha pedal too for his xp-80.

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