[LAU] Midi Sustain Pedals

david gnome at hawaii.rr.com
Sat Aug 8 17:49:11 EDT 2009

Dominic Sacré wrote:
> Hi Julien,
> On Friday 07 of August 2009 08:26:26 Julien Claassen wrote:
>>    If you want that, you need an "expression pedal". The sustain
>> pedeals just do normal or sustain, no degrees. What should they
>> signify?
> The sustain pedal on an acoustic piano does not act as a simple on/off 
> switch. Pressing the pedal lifts the damper from the strings, but it's 
> also possible to let the damper just slightly touch the strings by not 
> pressing the pedal all the way down. For some piano pieces, this 
> technique is even essential to play them properly.

Yes, I miss that in my digital piano playing!

> There are sustain pedals which allow for this half pedal effect, but 
> they can't be used with all keyboards. I've only seen this feature in 
> digital pianos / stage pianos (88 keys with hammer action, etc.).
> I'm not sure if it's supported by any of the more simple MIDI controller 
> keyboards.

Perhaps an expression pedal could be mapped to function as a sustain 
more like a real piano's sustain pedal?

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