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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
 
4.5

(based on 20 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (14)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Responsive (7)
  • Compact (6)
  • Excellent sound quality (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Performances (9)
  • Home studio (8)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (8), 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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5.0

Smooth, nice long sweep.

By RJ

from Coloma, MI

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer

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.

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    5.0

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

    By seemore b

    from WV

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    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.

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      5.0

      I would buy this product again

      By Captain

      from PA

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      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.

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        5.0

        Perfect

        By Peter Ivory

        from Cedar City , UT

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        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.

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          (5 of 5 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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          Ask me a question

          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.

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              (7 of 7 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

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                (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Just what I needed

                By Squeaky

                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!

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                  (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  TOUGHEST PEDAL EVER !!!!!

                  By JAMMIN JAMES

                  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.

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                    (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    A Must-Have for Every Keyboardist

                    By jermusic

                    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 Bernard

                      from undisclosed

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                      Ask me a question

                      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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