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  • Sustain pedal woes--- damn thing's backwards!

    My new YAMAHA piano came with a sustain pedal. All pianists like those, right?

    But guess what: the "polarity" (I guess you'd call it) of the pedal is bass-ackwards! When you depress the pedal you get curtailed notes (amplitude envelopes) and when you let up on it, you get sustained notes!

    What's going on with that? Can it be fixed, either on the YAMAHA piano or in SONAR 6? :arg:
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    The pedal should come with a polarity switch underneath(if it's similar to mine).
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    • #3
      That's really weird they would include the wrong polarity switch with a new keyboard?!
      Many aftermarket sustain pedals you can buy have a polarity switch but likely one that's included won't. I'm 99.9% certain that Sonar will not correct for that.
      If the keyboard is new your best bet is to contact Yamaha about it. It's possible that there may be a setting to change in the keyboards setup menu(s).
      Some keyboard controllers recognize the polarity of the pedal at startup but that's likely not the case with yours.
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      • #4
        There is another trick, it may work... or not...

        Turn the piano ON while having the pedal in its "ON" position (stepping on it).
        Release the pedal.
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        • #5
          Easy fix. 2 minute solder job.
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          • #6
            There is another trick, it may work... or not...

            Turn the piano ON while having the pedal in its "ON" position (stepping on it).
            Release the pedal.


            And -- on some units -- simply rebooting the host keyboard with the pedal plugged in is enough to get the keyboard to sense the correct on/off mode.

            (It's not a polarity thing. It's a normal/open or normal/closed thing.)
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