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Yamaha FC7 Volume Pedal   

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The Yamaha FC7 Volume Pedal is a heavy-duty volume controller with fortissimo function which lets you accent certain parts of a performance. Adjustab...Read More

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      An essential add-on to your Yamaha keyboard or DG Series amp.

      The Yamaha 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.

      FEATURES
      • Heavy-duty construction
      • Fortissimo function
      • Adjustable pedal angle
      • Spring point adjustment
      • Metal connection plate for multiple-pedal ganging
      • 5' cable
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      YamahaFC7 Volume Pedal
       
      4.4

      (based on 16 reviews)

      Ratings Distribution

      • 5 Stars

         

        (10)

      • 4 Stars

         

        (4)

      • 3 Stars

         

        (1)

      • 2 Stars

         

        (0)

      • 1 Stars

         

        (1)

      100%

      of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

      Pros

      • Compact (3)
      • Responsive (3)

      Cons

      No Cons

      Best Uses

      • Performances (5)
      • Home studio (4)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Experienced (4), Professional musician (3)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Works fine with my Nord Electro 3...

      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...Read complete review

      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 "Yamaha" 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.

      VS

      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      How to fix this pedal's too rapid change

      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...Read complete review

      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)
      Where:
      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

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      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Works fine with my Nord Electro 3...

      By 

      from Austin, TX y'all

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      Pros

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Performances

          Comments about 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 "Yamaha" 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.

          Comment on this review

          (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

           
          3.0

          How to fix this pedal's too rapid change

          By 

          from Calgary AB

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          Pros

          • Has A
          • Tough

          Cons

          • Difficult To Use
          • Non Standard Potentiomtr
          • Wiring Revrsd 4 Some Kybd

          Best Uses

            Comments about Yamaha FC7 Volume Pedal:

            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)
            Where:
            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

            Comment on this review

            (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Just what I needed

            By 

            from Port Neches, TX

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Compact Design
            • Responsive

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Home Studio
              • Performances
              • Use With Yamaha Tyros

              Comments about Yamaha FC7 Volume Pedal:

              Good Volume Pedal!

              Comment on this review

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              TOUGHEST PEDAL EVER !!!!!

              By 

              from LAKE CHARLES, LA.

              About Me Professional Musician

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Compact Design
              • Excellent Sound Quality
              • I Now Own 4 Fc7 Pedals
              • Responsive
              • Versatile

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Events
                • Home Studio
                • Performances
                • Steel Guitar Effect

                Comments about Yamaha FC7 Volume Pedal:

                2 OF THE FOUR PEDALS I OWN ARE +17 YEARS OLD,AND STILL WORK GREAT. THE PRICE IS RIGHT AND THEY ARE VERY DURABLE.I HAVE TRIED OTHER PEDALS AND ENDED UP GIVING THEM AWAY.

                Comment on this review

                (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                A Must-Have for Every Keyboardist

                By 

                from Sequim, WA

                About Me Professional Musician

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Smooth Response

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Amateur Recording
                  • Home Studio
                  • Performances
                  • Professional Recording

                  Comments about 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!

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                  (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  4.0

                  Nice pedal for the price

                  By 

                  from Connecticut

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                  Pros

                  • Smooth And Even Action

                  Cons

                  • Poor Quality Cable

                  Best Uses

                  • Keyboard Expression Pedal

                  Comments about 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.

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                  (0 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Pedal pushing #1

                  By 

                  from Palo, MN

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                  Pros

                  • Comfortable To Use
                  • Compact Design
                  • Responsive

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Home Studio
                    • Performances

                    Comments about Yamaha FC7 Volume Pedal:

                    This pedal is just what I needed!

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                    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Yamaha dual control FC7

                    By 

                    from Colorado

                    Comments about Yamaha FC7 Volume Pedal:

                    Best I've found. Owned on for 15 years with no trouble. I just discovered they are still manufactured, I'm ordering another one for my rehearsal set up.

                    Comment on this review

                    (10 of 19 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Pedal is o.k.- the pot been substituted

                    By 

                    from Undisclosed

                    Comments about 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.

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                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    a great pedal

                    By 

                    from Republic of Panama (originally NJ)

                    Comments about Yamaha FC7 Volume Pedal:

                    This is a good solid pedal that works great with my Yamaha Motif. It is smooth and dependable, and is built to last. I have to admit, I didn't even know about the "fortissimo function" until I downloaded the manual and discovered this feature. Embarrassing since I am usually a 'read the manual' type of guy.

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