M-Audio - SP-1 - Sustain Pedal
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21 of 21 found the following review helpful:
Solid and sturdy but can be unreliable Aug 12, 2009
By Peter Ridge
The M-Audio SP-1 US65000 is a sturdy and solid pedal. The case is metal, not plastic, so it'll hold up well over time. The rubber pads on the top and bottom keep it from moving around, though the pads have a tendency to come loose.
The main reliability issue with the pedal is the low-cost construction inside. Instead of having the pedal actuate a switch inside, there's just a stiff bare wire that presses down against another bare wire to make contact. It works and is cheaper to manufacture than using a real switch. However, if the pedal goes unused for a few days, oxidation forms on the bare wire, which results in unreliable contact and flaky pedal response. Depressing the pedal a dozen or more times clears off the oxidation. If it doesn't, opening the pedal and cleaning the wire resolves any inconsistent/noisy pedal signals.
If you're handy with a soldering iron, replacing the pseudo-switch with a real momentary contact switch would yield a really great pedal.
8 of 8 found the following review helpful:
Good Enough for Me Dec 07, 2007
This pedal seems to work pretty well, especially considering the price. I couldn't find many pedals that had my keyboard (Casio CTK-650) listed for compatibility. This pedal's claim of any keyboard holds true for this one.
The only negative I've found is it seems like the physical click sound of the pedal button is a little louder than I would have liked.
All in all, this pedal seems good for the price.
6 of 6 found the following review helpful:
Descent for the Price Apr 11, 2009
By A. Castillo
I was torn between going for a more expensive realistic piano sustain pedal or this cheapie looking pedeal. I just needed a sustain pedal for some piano and synth work. For the time being I am happy with it. This is just a basic sustain pedal. It's either all on or all off. In other words, there is no control of how much sustain you can put on it, which I wish I had known before I bought it, but it works pretty well and it's pretty solid. You get what you pay for.
This thing hasn't seen a whole lot of abuse or misuse, or even use for that matter. So it was a mystery why the rubber gripping just came right off after a matter of weeks. Oh well, not a big deal to me. It has either sat in a box (most of the time actually) or been on the floor when I need it. It finally crapped out on me this week. It just won't work at all. Tried it on 3 different keyboards, 2 different programs (it had previously worked on everything) and now it just doesn't register. Disappointing cause I was in the middle of composing. I thought maybe it was a software thing. Nope. Did all I could think of. Nothing. It's a pretty simple little thing so I tried opening it up, everything looked fine (Cheaply constructed, I mean it's a damn little PIN that is the switch and not an actual SWITCH) Even went as far as to replace the cable and solder a new one in myself. Still didn't work! For as long as I've had it (about a year and half) it really hasn't seen a lot of use and only in my home studio. I'm a guitar player so I mainly stick to that, so I was upset when this thing just up and dies when I have a cheap $30 distortion pedal I've had since I was 13 that still works. I mean, I know it was cheap but, really?
4 of 4 found the following review helpful:
Great accesory Jul 04, 2007
By Al Garcia
I received a Keystation 61 as a gift and i was looking for a Sustain Pedal for a better performance. What can be better than one designed by the same company? Yes, M-Audio did a great job, is just like any Yamaha or Roland Sustain Pedal and due the universal plug you can use it on any other keyboard brand
3 of 3 found the following review helpful:
sustain pedal Jun 08, 2007
By B. A. Metz
I choose it for the price and features and it lives up to all i need it to do. The size of the pedal is just large enough without being in the way.
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