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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...Click To Read More About This Product

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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 22 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (15)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

91%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Responsive (8)
  • Compact (6)
  • Excellent sound quality (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Performances (10)
  • Home studio (9)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (10), 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.

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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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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Does the job! Very well-made unit

By Jerry

from Atlanta. GA

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Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Responsive
  • Versatile

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Home Studio
    • Performances

    Comments about Yamaha FC7 Volume Pedal:

    Use with my Yamaha MOXF keyboard. Excellent for volume control when adding or subtracting voices in a layer and for fadeins/fadeouts during a performance. Very well-built unit that should last for years.

     
    2.0

    Nothing more than an on/off switch

    By Cope

    from LA

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    Pros

    • Well Built

    Cons

    • Not Responsive
    • Poor Sound Quality

    Best Uses

      Comments about Yamaha FC7 Volume Pedal:

      This is NOT an expression pedal. It will mute your keyboard/organ if you roll it all way back; however, rolling forward on the pedal just slightly puts you at full volume, with no change the rest of the way up. I tried to see if there was any way to alter this, but nothing I did changed the sound. Other reviews have said that it has "a nice long sweep", but nothing could be further from the truth for me. Perhaps I got a dud, but I returned this and plan on spending a little more for a Moog or Roland pedal.

       
      5.0

      Smooth, nice long sweep.

      By RJ

      from Coloma, MI

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      Pros

      • Compact Design
      • Excellent Sound Quality
      • Responsive

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Events
        • Home Studio
        • Performances

        Comments about Yamaha FC7 Volume Pedal:

        No objections. Smooth, noiseless, nice long sweep so it's not too touchy.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        I own 3 of these so, yes, I might buy again...

        By seemore b

        from WV

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        Pros

        • Compact Design
        • Responsive

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Home Studio
          • Performances

          Comments about Yamaha FC7 Volume Pedal:

          I have used this pedal for years and rely on it in live performance. It has always worked well with my Yamaha keyboard and I also use it with my Nord Stage 2. If you're worried about Nord not being correct polarity, there is actually a setting in the Nord programming for this pedal. It stays put and feels great under my foot.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          I would buy this product again

          By Captain

          from PA

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          Pros

          • Compact Design
          • Responsive

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Home Studio
            • Performances

            Comments about Yamaha FC7 Volume Pedal:

            Worked right out of the box; good use instructions.

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Perfect

            By Peter Ivory

            from Cedar City , UT

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            Pros

            • Excellent Sound Quality
            • Responsive

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Home Studio
              • Performances

              Comments about Yamaha FC7 Volume Pedal:

              Awesome pedal for the money, and got a better deal because it was new but in a "Opened" box. The pedal is adjustable for angle which is important if you stand while playing, and the attack rate can be adjusted as well , which is awesome for my Hammond. Overall a GREAT purchase.

              (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Works fine with my Nord Electro 3...

              By Donny Danger

              from Austin, Tx Y'all!

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                Cons

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                  • 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.

                  (10 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  3.0

                  How to fix this pedal's too rapid change

                  By Robin

                  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

                    (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Just what I needed

                    By Squeaky

                    from Port Neches, TX

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                    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!

                      (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      TOUGHEST PEDAL EVER !!!!!

                      By JAMMIN JAMES

                      from LAKE CHARLES, LA.

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                      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.

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