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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
  • Single 1/4" TRS plug
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YamahaFC7 Volume Pedal
 
4.4

(based on 23 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (16)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

92%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Responsive (9)
  • Compact (6)
  • Excellent sound quality (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Performances (11)
  • Home studio (9)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (10), Professional musician (4)

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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(12 of 13 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

    (10 of 19 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Pedal is o.k.- the pot been substituted

    By Anonymous

    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.

    (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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        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.

        (7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great volume pedal

        By quesoso

        from Berkeley, CA

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        Comments about Yamaha FC7 Volume Pedal:

        This pedal is well built and has 30 degrees of travel which is great for organ. Please note that the people who have been complaining about the pedal going crazy for only a few degrees, and then nothing for the rest of the way are just using an incompatible keyboard. The wiring for volume pedals between keyboard manufacturers is not standardized. You can modify the pedal to be compatible if you know how to use a soldering iron, or you can buy an adapter. I had to do this so it would work with my Nord Electro.

        (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        A Must-Have for Every Keyboardist

        By jermusic

        from Sequim, WA

        About Me Professional Musician

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        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!

          (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Nice pedal for the price

          By Bernard

          from undisclosed

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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.

          (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          TOUGHEST PEDAL EVER !!!!!

          By JAMMIN JAMES

          from LAKE CHARLES, LA.

          About Me Professional Musician

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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.

            (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Yamaha FC7 Pedal INFO

            By Barry Gillum

            from KY

            Comments about Yamaha FC7 Volume Pedal:

            I am not surprised to read the comments of others stating that this pedal has VERY little travel before going ballistic. This pedal has a 50K OHM potentiometer in it. Many pedals have a 10K OHM potentiometer, (like the Kurzweil model CC1). I own this pedal and it behaves normally on my Korg, but it behaves badly, just as others have stated, on my Kurzweil. It's a very good pedal, but you have to use it on a keyboard that uses a 50K OHM pedal. GASP! Read the owner's manual! Oh No!

            (2 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

             
            1.0

            not good for me

            By Shredhead-Oqwaa

            from houston

            Comments about Yamaha FC7 Volume Pedal:

            cutting thru the BS...the ratio at which this thing goes from 0 to 127 is absolutely ridiculous. you move it less that 1/4 inch and goes from 0-100 then the ENTIRE rest of the movement is from 100-127

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Awesome!

            By Anonymous

            from Undisclosed

            Comments about Yamaha FC7 Volume Pedal:

            This pedal is awesome. It is not only a volume pedal, but can also be used in place of your modulation wheel. This pedal is very heavy duty and is made of heavy duty plastic and metal. the feel is great and it has very smooth control. This pedal worked great on my yamaha synth and I hope it works great on your keyboard too!

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Yamaha dual control FC7

            By Gene Kear

            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.

            (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.

              (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.

                    (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Just what I needed

                    By Squeaky

                    from Port Neches, TX

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                    Pros

                    • Compact Design
                    • Responsive

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Home Studio
                      • Performances
                      • Use With Yamaha Tyros

                      Comments about Yamaha FC7 Volume Pedal:

                      Good Volume Pedal!

                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      a great pedal

                      By Ki_Image

                      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.

                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Very Good!

                      By Anonymous

                      from Undisclosed

                      Comments about Yamaha FC7 Volume Pedal:

                      So far it's pretty good. Parts are made of durable materials. This is definitely a better Expression/Volume pedal compared to my old Zoom FP02 and a lot cheaper. I also like the "fortissimo function".

                       
                      5.0

                      Excellent

                      By Danny

                      from Miami

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                      Pros

                      • Responsive

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Performances

                        Comments about Yamaha FC7 Volume Pedal:

                        I am using the FC7 in a Korg Keyboard. Is excellent to assign to a Volume Control, expression or efects in a live play. The construction is stronger than others.

                         
                        2.0

                        Nothing more than an on/off switch

                        By Cope

                        from West Monroe, 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.

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