I just purchased an expression pedal (Fatar) to go with the Strad product. I am disappointed with it but am wondering if I am misunderstanding the purpose.
When I used hardware synths, I generally attempted to create a more realistic sound by swelling at the beginning and training off a bit at the end. That is how most instruments, particularly winds, sound.
With Strad I thought I would need to do something similar. But I found using an expression pedal to be rather clunky and hard to control. Some of that is a physical problem I have. But it certainly does not feel like a supple control device.
Then I thought that perhaps I was misunderstanding its function. Perhaps the way to use expression is simply to set a basic level for the phrase and not try to create subtle variations for each note. In this case, I would assume that the samples do not need this type of subtle volume adjustment.
Which is correct?
1. If I just use the expression pedal to set the basic level of the phrase then it seems like a slider would be easier to use.
2. If the expression pedal needs to be manipulated constantly, then would a higher end pedal work better?
Any insight would be most appreciated.