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  • Expression Pedal Roundup?

    So I'm looking at expression pedals for my Kurzweil. I've been using a Roland EV-5, but am looking into other options. It's not well-built and is starting to come apart, despite being well taken care of and only light use.

    There are quite a few on eBay, including some I haven't heard of before.

    There are models by Korg, Lowrey, Moog, Line 6, among others. The price range is pretty big. Thoughts or recommendations?

    Specifically, does anyone have any experience with the Moog EP-2?

    Any comments/thoughts about build quality, which ones to avoid, etc. would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks!

  • #2
    Yamaha FC7 - don't forget that one.

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    • #3
      2nd the yamaha FC-7! solidly built, good travel, easily found.
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      • #4
        I have an M-audio expression pedal; probably not what you're looking for. It's inexpensive but seems to do all I need.
        Gear: Alchemy - Yamaha Mox6 - Roland Gaia - Plugiator - GSI Burn

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        • #5
          I have a Kurzweil expression pedal, which I got cheap on ebay. I thought the K name would imply quality, but ... Well, it does work, and it's light, but the travel is fairly short and the resistance is too light and it's not particularly smooth. Plus I've had to resolder the cable (but that happens to most of my sustain pedals, too). And lately, when I have it all the way up, if I rock back on my heel a bit it goes to full on, so I have to be a bit careful. That's after 5 years of weekly use, though, and it was used when I got it.

          It's this one: http://www.musiciansfriend.com/accessories/kurzweil-cc-1-continuous-control-pedal,
          and I think it's the same as this Fatar pedal.

          I would call this "good enough" and with the virtue of being light, but at the bottom end of acceptable. I definitely got my money's worth ($25 IIRC).

          I'm looking for a replacement since I think it might be near end-of-life. Plus it's good to have a backup anyway (and the Kurz would make a great backup). I want one that feels smooth and has a fair amount of resistance to foot pressure (ideally, feels like Ernie Ball guitar volume pedals), but is fairly small and light because I've already got a lot of schtuff in my kit bag:
          learjeff.net

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          • #6
            Thanks!

            I've read that the Yamaha has an exponential potentiometer (as do Korg's pedals), while the Kurzweil needs a pedal with a 10k potentiometer. In other words, not every pedal will work equally well with every keyboard.

            Anyone know anything about that Moog pedal? It caught my eye, and the price seems reasonable.

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            • #7
              At least check out the Behringer FCV 100. Maybe not the cream of the crop, but decent for the price, and has the added benefit of working as a true stereo volume controller when wired in-line on audio outputs, in addition to being an expression pedal. They work either way, There's a switch on the side to choose. I've got about about eight of them, and at the price they go for, one can easily afford to bring a spare to gigs. And probably should, as it's Behringer.

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              • #8
                more here
                Hi Mom!

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                • #9
                  I've got 2 EV-5's and I like them a lot. However, I recently bought a Moog EP2. It is considerably heavier than the Roland and seems very solidly built. I haven't gigged with it much yet - mostly studio use, but it feels very sturdy.

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                  • #10
                    I've heard only good things about the FC-7. Can anyone tell me how the adjustable spring point and angle work? Does the FC-7 have a linear or audio taper pot? (Not sure which Kurz/Fatar uses.)

                    It looks like it's hinged at the back of the heel ... can it be adjusted to hinge closer to the front of the heel (or am I trying to read too much from the pictures)?

                    Has anyone tried using a guitar volume pedal, this way? [url=http://www.strymon.net/2011/10/10/strymon-tech-corner-3-volume-pedal-as-an-expression-pedal/[/url]
                    learjeff.net

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                    • #11
                      Thanks!

                      I've read that the Yamaha has an exponential potentiometer (as do Korg's pedals), while the Kurzweil needs a pedal with a 10k potentiometer. In other words, not every pedal will work equally well with every keyboard.

                      Anyone know anything about that Moog pedal? It caught my eye, and the price seems reasonable.
                      It's a voltage divider, so it shouldn't matter one bit whether it's a 50K or 10K pot. However, it does matter whether it's linear or audio taper.
                      learjeff.net

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                      • #12
                        I'm using a Boss FV-500L with my PC3X. Build quality is great, all metal. And sometimes I like to stand on the pedal with my other foot in the air. No problems. It can take a beating. Works as a stereo volume pedal as well.

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                        • #13
                          I had an FC9 -- the stereo version of an FC7 -- and found that, when I used it as a volume pedal (not as an expression pedal) it added audible noise to my signal. Didn't like that.
                          Hi Mom!

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                          • #14
                            I use an FC7 with my PC3. No issues at all. For the money I don't know if there is a better pedal.
                            '57 Hammond B3; '69 Hammond Porta-B; Hammond XM2/XMc2; '68 Leslie 122; Motion Sound Low Pro/Pro 3T; Neo Vent; Kurzweil PC3; Generalmusic Equinox 88 Pro and 76; Voce V5+; EV ELX112P; '67 Howard Combo Organ; http://www.dyinbreedband.webs.com

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                            • #15
                              I just noticed that the FC7 has its jacks on the side. That's a deal-killer for me. Too bad -- and you'd think Yamaha would know better.
                              learjeff.net

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