DC-Choppah wrote:The real piano, the sustain pedal is NOT a switch. I am gently damping and undamping. It's felt on metal.
I use a sustain pedal that I have had forever and plugged it into the MX88. It did not come with a pedal.
So I was wondering, are these modern snyths using a sustain pedal input that have a range, not just on/off. I mean do I need to update my old sustain pedal to get more feel?
The DS-1H sustain pedal on the Kronos does this. As they say: Korg users can enjoy half-damper control, which varies the lengths of your sustained notes depending on how far down you press the pedal.
It might be for this reason (I have one) that I like playing the Kronos a lot even though the piano sounds on it are quite imperfect (I'm going to redo this with Pianoteq using the Kronos as a controller soon).
The Yamaha Motif XS (and I assume XF) also supports half damping, which I used as well, though I've now given the XS8 to my wife who relocated it into her own space so I don't get to play it as much as I used to
However, you need a synth that supports this feature, it's not just a pedal technology.
Not sustain exactly, but on a related note a nice feature on the venerable Korg Trinity is the 'sympathetic resonance' effect that you can apply to piano sounds such that playing it introduces sympathetic resonance on adjacent 'strings' to the notes currently being struck (and that's going back to the 90s!)
Overall though, I think half-damper pedals are a good step towards 'real' feeling sustain.