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    Recommendations on an Expression Pedal?

    Right now I do all my CC11 work with a slider, but I fgure I may as well get a pedal. Anyrecommendations on one with a good response?

    I'd like to keep it in the $30ish-or-below range if possible.

    Thanks,
    chris.

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    Re: Recommendations on an Expression Pedal?

    I use the Yamaha FC7. You can find them for around $40.00 US. Built like a tank and nice, smooth action.

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    Re: Recommendations on an Expression Pedal?

    I second the vote for the FC7. Much better than the boss expression pedals in terms of smoothness and construction, and a little cheaper. What is your keyboard? Different brands use different polarities. If you have a Kurzweil, for instance, you will need to either do some soldering or buy an adaptor like this: http://music.ashbysolutions.com/misc.html
    Eric Matlock
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    Re: Recommendations on an Expression Pedal?

    I bought the FC7 when I got my S90 but have since assigned CC:11 to a slider. It's easier 'for me' to do it with my fingers than my foot.

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    Re: Recommendations on an Expression Pedal?

    Just picked up an FC7 for 30 bucks at my local Guitar Center.

    The pedal's smooth, control is easy and feels very responsive.

    -Tom

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    Re: Recommendations on an Expression Pedal?

    Chris, er, Zoot,

    Make sure that your keyboard is compatible with whatever pedal you choose. My Kurzweil doesn't work with the FC-7. It expects a different resistance and curve - and a Kurzweil pedal.

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    Re: Recommendations on an Expression Pedal?

    I use an Alesis F2 Volume/Expression Pedal with my CME UF8 Keyboard. It's the first one I own, so I can't compare it with others, but in my opinion it's a durable design (aluminium) and it has a polarity switch so it's compatible with almost any keyboard (at least that's what they say) I don't know how much would it cost in dollars, but I don't think it's expensive.

    Hope it helps.
    -Dani-

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    Re: Recommendations on an Expression Pedal?

    Expression with one's feet. Kind of a contradiction in term - always thought
    Kid: When I become an adult I wanna be a musician.
    Parent: Son, you cannot become both.

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    Re: Recommendations on an Expression Pedal?

    I should have mentioned...there's a simple solder job to be done on the FC7's plug for use with some keyboards. You'll need to reverse the polarity. I had to have this done for it to work with my M-Audio controllers. Only takes a few minutes, though.

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    Re: Recommendations on an Expression Pedal?

    Quote Originally Posted by JonFairhurst
    Make sure that your keyboard is compatible with whatever pedal you choose. My Kurzweil doesn't work with the FC-7. It expects a different resistance and curve - and a Kurzweil pedal.
    Jon, if you still have that pedal, you can still use it. All you have to do is reverse the polarity. I have two of them and they work perfectly now. The ashby solutions adaptor is the easiest way to do it, but I actually opened up my pedals to rewire mine.
    Eric Matlock
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