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Yamaha FC5 Sustain Footswitch

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Perfect for any application that requires a nonlatching momentary switch - use it as a keyboard sustain pedal or as a punch-in switch for hard disk r...Click To Read More About This Product

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Perfect for any application that requires a nonlatching momentary switch - use it as a keyboard sustain pedal or as a punch-in switch for hard disk recorders and more. 5' cable gives you plenty of room to move.

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5' cable
1/4" phone plug
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YamahaFC5 Sustain Footswitch
 
4.2

(based on 21 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (11)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

78%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Compact (4)
  • Responsive (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Home studio (4)
  • Performances (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (6), Novice (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Very solid footswitch

First thing I noticed about this pedal is that the build quality was very solid and it was actually heavy for such a small pedal. Seems like it will hold up to some beating...Read complete review

First thing I noticed about this pedal is that the build quality was very solid and it was actually heavy for such a small pedal. Seems like it will hold up to some beating and stomping, the only thing I didn't like was the lack of a polarity switch but I believe you just hold down the pedal while you plug the cable in to invert polarity.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Really, pay attention to polarity issues

It's an ok basic pedal, but not all you'd hope for. I have two of these that I'm not using right now, but still have to go out and buy another pedal because...Read complete review

It's an ok basic pedal, but not all you'd hope for. I have two of these that I'm not using right now, but still have to go out and buy another pedal because I need one that has the opposite polarity. Some keyboards don't sense the polarity of the pedal, and expect you to use a pedal with specific polarity. So really, would it be so hard to give this pedal a polarity switch like you find on other pedals? Seriously annoying Yamaha.

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(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Very solid footswitch

By TYLR

from Chicago, IL

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Responsive
  • Robust
  • Solid Build Quality

Cons

  • Heavy
  • No Polarity Switch

Best Uses

  • Basic Kick Drum Pedal
  • Momentary Pedal
  • Sustain Pedal

Comments about Yamaha FC5 Sustain Footswitch:

First thing I noticed about this pedal is that the build quality was very solid and it was actually heavy for such a small pedal. Seems like it will hold up to some beating and stomping, the only thing I didn't like was the lack of a polarity switch but I believe you just hold down the pedal while you plug the cable in to invert polarity.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Does what its suppose to

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Comments about Yamaha FC5 Sustain Footswitch:

Barebones, but it gets the job done as a sustain footswitch and is inexpensive and sturdy. As stated in an other review you can change the polarity by holding down the switch before you power on.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Works Very Well

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Comments about Yamaha FC5 Sustain Footswitch:

Overall, this pedal works very good. This is actually the pedal that came with my keyboard, and so far it holds up pretty good. The only problem I have with it is that it slides a lot, which is bad when your performing and need to use the pedal. Other than that it is a well working cheap pedal that gets the job done.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Solid piece of equipment

By 602 keyboard1

from Peoria, AZ

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Comments about Yamaha FC5 Sustain Footswitch:

This is the exact footswitch I needed for the application.a solid "punch in -punch out" operation, with the AW 16G..it functions smootly and quietly...5 stars all the way.
I've tried other non-latching foot switches, but Yamaha beats them all. For build, and reliability, should've bought this one first. I use it as a "punch in -out" switch on a Yamaha AW 16-G..works great. Highly recommend.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Yamaha FC5 Sustain Footswitch

By Church player

from Sentinel, Oklahoma

About Me Novice

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Great Price
  • Well made
  • Works As Advertized

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Using With An Alesis Sr16

    Comments about Yamaha FC5 Sustain Footswitch:

    I use this with an Alesis SR16. I am the lone musician for contemporary Christian music in a small church. This allows me to control the drum machine to add depth to my guitar

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Reverse polarity requires soldering

    By nathan_main_man

    from cali

    See all my reviews

    Comments about Yamaha FC5 Sustain Footswitch:

    Do not buy this for a Casio or any other standard keyboard that wants a closed circuit for sustain. Contrary to the suggestions to hold it down while powering it on, Casio doesn't observe that convention for reversing polarity. To modify this pedal, you will need to physical modify the pedal circuit.

    (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    switchfoot

    By BOTTOM FEEDING GUITARIST

    from Arlington, VA

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    Comments about Yamaha FC5 Sustain Footswitch:

    Fc 4 & Fc 5, these are momentary switches.... there is no polarity at issue here. period. read the owners manual. try to buy a casio if that is what you have! the reversal is in the keyboard itself. Where the on/off switch is!!! Yamaha.... is synonymous with quality. All the pedals are cheap, If I were to break one, (I haven't) I'd go buy another.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    A Good Simple Footswitch

    By Alex Castel

    from Chicago, Illinois

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    Comments about Yamaha FC5 Sustain Footswitch:

    Just got mine and it works great for my Zoom MRT-3 drum machine as a start/stop pedal. (the actual pedal my drum machine uses sells for double the cost of this model) Low score on the features as there is not much more to it than what you see, that said, the quality is very good. Metal casing, rubber pad to keep it from slipping. I plan on using it for my "one man band" live gigs.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    I had to modify it

    By Jake-xYPjn

    from Iowa

    Comments about Yamaha FC5 Sustain Footswitch:

    This pedal is working nicely now, but be warned, if your keyboard or whatever you are using doesn't work in a reverse polarity mode, it may work opposite, where it sustains when the pedal is not pressed down, and when it is pressed down, it will stop. Inside the pedal I noticed that the two ends are always touching, and they are separated when the pedal is pressed. I had to switch these ends around so that the ends would touch when the pedal was pressed down. I have a Casio WK-3000 and I'm guessing many other models will have this same problem.

    (1 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    2.0

    Does the job

    By GerryG

    from East Hampton, NY

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    Pros

    • Compact Design

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Home Studio
      • Performances

      Comments about Yamaha FC5 Sustain Footswitch:

      Inexpensive but works well.

      (1 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      3.0

      Really, pay attention to polarity issues

      By Steve-X.7ny

      from Omaha, NE

      See all my reviews

      Comments about Yamaha FC5 Sustain Footswitch:

      It's an ok basic pedal, but not all you'd hope for. I have two of these that I'm not using right now, but still have to go out and buy another pedal because I need one that has the opposite polarity. Some keyboards don't sense the polarity of the pedal, and expect you to use a pedal with specific polarity. So really, would it be so hard to give this pedal a polarity switch like you find on other pedals? Seriously annoying Yamaha.

       
      5.0

      I would do it again

      By Longbow

      from Folsom CA

      About Me Novice

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Compact Design

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Home Studio

        Comments about Yamaha FC5 Sustain Footswitch:

        Product is as advertised. Shipping was as scheduled I would do it again!

         
        5.0

        a simple pedal works good

        By Kuni

        from New York, NY

        About Me Professional Musician

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Compact Design

        Cons

        • Not Responsive

        Best Uses

        • Performances

        Comments about Yamaha FC5 Sustain Footswitch:

        easy to carry and works good

         
        5.0

        Love this Footswitch

        By Jacky

        from Florida

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Responsive
        • Sturdy

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Events
          • Home Studio
          • Mobile DJ
          • Performances
          • Professional Recording

          Comments about Yamaha FC5 Sustain Footswitch:

          I've had this same footswitch for many years and never had a problem with it, so I ordered an other one to replace a less sturdy one that I have. This one has weight to it, and is of a much sturdier construction.

           
          3.0

          backwards effect

          By R Beckholt

          from Ohio

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          Pros

            Cons

            • Difficult To Use

            Best Uses

              Comments about Yamaha FC5 Sustain Footswitch:

              Have not figured out a way to use this in my recordings.

               
              5.0

              I highly recommend this foot pedal

              By Spur Cross

              from Phoenix, AZ

              About Me Experienced

              Pros

              • Heavy Duty
              • Responsive

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Amateur Recording
                • Events
                • Home Studio
                • Performances
                • Professional Recording

                Comments about Yamaha FC5 Sustain Footswitch:

                Much better quality than the foot pedal that came with my keyboard.

                 
                4.0

                Foot Pedal

                By none

                from Norman, OK

                About Me Novice

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Compact Design
                • Responsive

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Yamaha FC5 Sustain Footswitch:

                    I am a novice at the keyboard but have extensive musical training.
                    Your service is excellent!

                    (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    1.0

                    mine was garbage

                    By Dankey Kang

                    from Michigan

                    About Me Experienced

                    Pros

                      Cons

                      • Breaks Easily

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Yamaha FC5 Sustain Footswitch:

                        i feel like for not being much cheaper than other sustain pedals this thing is not worth how shotty the quility is

                         
                        5.0

                        Pleasantly surprised

                        By MC

                        from Texas

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                        Comments about Yamaha FC5 Sustain Footswitch:

                        I've used the classic-style Yamaha FC4 type pedal in the past for a Roland I used to have. Those hands-down are the best quality pedals, but I've got a low-cost personal Yamaha PSR-262 keyboard now.This pedal is perfect for it. I was pleasantly surprised how rugged it was for the price. It has great sound to it, smooth action, and a good rubbery grip.I may be wrong, but it seems like that last pedal I had only sustained when you pressed it. This one is just the opposite...it sustains as a default (non-latching too) and stops sustaining when you press it.If that's not what you like, then don't get this pedal. I actually like the sustain sound better, so I'm fine with this design.

                         
                        5.0

                        UH... its a foot switch

                        By BuzzT

                        from New Bern, NC

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                        Comments about Yamaha FC5 Sustain Footswitch:

                        The features on this pedal are awesome... you step on it and it switches. It is rugged. It is not expensive. What more do you want in a non-latching pedal.

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