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Yamaha FC7 Volume Pedal

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The FC7 Volume Pedal is a heavy-duty volume controller with fortissimo function which lets you accent certain parts of a performance. Adjustable pedal angle, spring point adjustment, and a metal connection plate for multiple-pedal ganging add unique capabilities for various playing styles and setups.

Heavy-duty construction Fortissimo function Adjustable pedal angle Spring point adjustment Metal connection plate for multiple-pedal ganging 5' cable

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This pedal is made of very strong rubber and should meet most needs for an expression pedal. The big problem is that most people find the pedal changes volume or MIDI values in the first 5 degrees of movement, making it almost useless for most generic applications. The reason the F7 expression pedal does this is the unit contains a single 50k ohm variable potentiometer (resistor). Yes, ALL expression pedals are about as complicated as a volume knob on your guitar. In fact that is exactly all they are.

Here is a simple fix to make your F7 volume expression pedal work for your keyboard or guitar effects unit.

We need to change the potentiometer from a 50k to a 10k ohm pot. However you don't have to replace the 50k ohm pot. Instead you can add a simple 12.5k ohm resistor in parallel with the pot. This will reduce the effective resistance to 10k ohm.

Why does this work?
When you put resistors in series, the resistance adds up. Imagine pumping water through one narrow opening, and then adding a second narrow opening in series. It will slow the water further. Same thing for electricity.

When you put resistors in parallel, you provide two parallel paths for electricity to flow.

Here's the math:
R2 = R1 × Rtotal/ (R1 − Rtotal)
Rtotal = 10k ohms – the desired value
R1 = 50k ohms - the F7 potentiometer
R2 = the resistor we want to put in parallel
Do the math, R2 = 12.5k ohm

The resistor should be connected from the shield (ground) to the top of the pot.

For more about expression pedal mods and compatibility see http://www.soundonsound.com/forum/showflat.php?Cat=&Number=1103758&Main=322584
Yamaha FC7 Volume Pedal
.If pedal works not the way you expect and volume jumps it is a compatibility issue between the pedal's potentiometer(A or B taper/law) and the keyboard circuitry. There are A(logarithmic)and B(linear)taper potentiometers. Letters A or B marked on pots, i.e 50kA or 50kB. If volume jumps replace the pot with the other letter on it.If you have a B-taper pot you can keep it and simulate the A-taper pot by soldering a simple resistor to the pot. Electrician can help you calculate the resistor value. If you have A replace it with B. If you have B replace with A.Or simply buy compatible keyboard for your pedal.
Yamaha FC7 Volume Pedal
.I have seen some conflicting stories when i tried to research this online, but I just wanted anyone with a Nord Electro 3 to know that this volume pedal will work fine with that keyboard. There is a fairly obvious configuration setting you need to make on the keyboard, (i.e. set the expression pedal type to "" in the system settings), and then it will work as expected. So it does exactly what I was looking for...can't complain. Also, if you read the manual that comes with the pedal, there are two ways to adjust the sweep of the pedal: one that adjusts the angle to be more comfortable depending on if you are sitting or standing, and the other adjustment which allows for a Nigel Tufnell-esque "more" function, (i.e. allow you to "go to 11" when you press harder at the end of the pedal's travel). So, some nice functionality here for those that care to delve beyond the surface.
Yamaha FC7 Volume Pedal
.This pedal is well built and has 30 degrees of travel which is great for organ. Please note that the people who have been complaining about the pedal going crazy for only a few degrees, and then nothing for the rest of the way are just using an incompatible keyboard. The wiring for volume pedals between keyboard manufacturers is not standardized. You can modify the pedal to be compatible if you know how to use a soldering iron, or you can buy an adapter. I had to do this so it would work with my Nord Electro.
Yamaha FC7 Volume Pedal
.Basic volume pedal, but greatly helpful in the studio, especially when recording orchestral sounds, organ, etc from the keyboard. It allows for real-time dynamics which has already saved me tons of time. I also use this live, regularly. Highly recommend for every keyboardist!
Yamaha FC7 Volume Pedal
.I use an FC7 on each of my two Mellotrons. They are pretty much the standard replacement expression pedal for most Mellotronists; much better than the originals. Action is smooth and volume increase/decrease is very even. For the price, it can't be beat.
Yamaha FC7 Volume Pedal
.I am not surprised to read the comments of others stating that this pedal has VERY little travel before going ballistic. This pedal has a 50K OHM potentiometer in it. Many pedals have a 10K OHM potentiometer, (like the Kurzweil model CC1). I own this pedal and it behaves normally on my Korg, but it behaves badly, just as others have stated, on my Kurzweil. It's a very good pedal, but you have to use it on a keyboard that uses a 50K OHM pedal. GASP! Read the owner's manual! Oh No!
Yamaha FC7 Volume Pedal
Yamaha FC7 Volume Pedal
.cutting thru the BS...the ratio at which this thing goes from 0 to 127 is absolutely ridiculous. you move it less that 1/4 inch and goes from 0-100 then the ENTIRE rest of the movement is from 100-127
Yamaha FC7 Volume Pedal
.This pedal is awesome. It is not only a volume pedal, but can also be used in place of your modulation wheel. This pedal is very heavy duty and is made of heavy duty plastic and metal. the feel is great and it has very smooth control. This pedal worked great on my yamaha synth and I hope it works great on your keyboard too!
Yamaha FC7 Volume Pedal

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