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RE: locking sustain pedal

What I want is a "momentary foot switch" that is "momentary only" MOST of
the time, but which has some mechanism by which it can become, essentially,
a "latching foot switch" in ON position... e.g. a second switch on it or
attached to it that forces it to be "on / down," overriding the "momentary"
pedal's current state.

I appreciate all the feedback / help - thx!


-----Original Message-----
From: Rainer Thelonius Balthasar Straschill [mailto:rs@moinlabs.de] 
Sent: Saturday, September 10, 2005 9:42 AM
To: Looper's Delight Mailing List
Subject: locking sustain pedal

I might fail to grasp what you're exactly trying to do, so I summarize.

You want a pedal which works:
        Step on it and release: switched on (like a sustain pedal held
        step on it and relese a second time: switched off (like a sustain
pedal not held down)

The sustain pedal type ist called "momentary foot switch", among these are
the sustain pedals. The other type is called "latching foot switch"
or "on/off pedal".

Boss calls these e.g. FS-5U (for the momentary) or FS-5L (for the latching
one). You should be able to get those from about any company which makes
foot-operated thingies at all.

(Note that these latching switches don't have a polarity switch, because
it's either on the first time you step on it or the second one).


-----Ursprüngliche Nachricht-----
Von: Scott M2 [mailto:scott@dreamstate.to]
Gesendet: Samstag, 10. September 2005 18:05
An: Loopers-Delight@loopers-delight.com
Betreff: RE: locking sustain pedal

I use a Ableton Live + Electrix Repeeter setup.  Amidst the looping, I
often set my synth (a Roland XP-30) into midi-sync'd arpeggiations,
which I can use the sustain pedal to continue while I play something
else (piano, trumpet, voice, whatever).  

I'd like to be able to easily "lock" that sustain pedal to free up my
foot for other things.  I'm sure I can hot-wire my existing pedal
(standard square sustain pedal) w/a toggle switch -- which I still for
some reason havn't gotten around to -- but if I can buy one ready-made,
I'm inclined to do that.  Does anyone make such a beast?


I use an XP-60 and also like to lock-on the arpeggiator or various
ambient patches I create. I've never seen a locking sustain pedal for
sale and modified my Ensoniq double pedal with a small toggle which I
can nudge on and off with my foot. It works great and is worth the

Scott M2