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M-Audio SP 2 | Universal Sustain Pedal with Piano Style Action For MIDI Keyboards, Digital Pianos & More
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- Universal sustain pedal with chrome foot pedal for a natural, realistic pedal action
- Classic design with a conveniently located polarity switch for compatibility with all electronic keyboards
- Premium build with a robust, heavy-duty mechanism for uncompromised reliability
- Lightweight, ultra-compact aesthetic provides classic piano style sustain in portable footprint
- Specially designed rubber pads located on the pedals underside grips the floor and stays put while you play
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For Keyboard Players Who Want the Most Realistic Pedal Action
The SP-2 is a universal sustain pedal with polarity switch for compatibility with all electronic keyboards. Its classic design with rubber-coated shell and chrome foot pedal make it as attractive to the eye as it is comfortable for the foot. The M-Audio SP-2 Sustain Pedal is built around a heavy-duty mechanism that makes it long lasting and durable—perfect for the studio and the road.
Featuring the kind of soft resistance, a full-sized piano pedal gives, the SP-2 feels just like playing an acoustic piano. The give and take playback allow the musician to be confident that when they press the sustain pedal, the note lingers like it should. As soon as the musician lifts their foot, the note is gone. The SP-2 is as responsive as it needs to be.
- Classic-style sustain pedal for use with any electronic keyboard
- Designed to work and feel just like acoustic piano’s sustain pedal
- Specially designed rubber bottom grips the floor while you play
- High-quality chrome foot pedal with expressive half-pedal capabilities
- Includes 6-foot cable with 1/4-inch jack
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Looking to add some piano style sustain to your keyboard or controller? The M Audio SP 2 is a traditionally styled, compact and sturdy sustain pedal specifically engineered with the modern musician and producer in mind. Featuring a conveniently located polarity switch, a heavy duty, natural feeling mechanism and an ultra portable robust design aesthetic, M Audio's SP 2 universal sustain pedal is the ultimate accompaniment to your electronic keyboard, synthesiser, MIDI controller or drum machine.
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I don't know why but I decided I needed to review this pedal after using it for a little over a year. I have been playing piano/keys for over 20 years - mostly in church - and whenever I do a gig, I travel with a sustain pedal just in case. I've learned the hard way why a pedal is so important. Even when I was in India for 10 months, I had to have my own sustain pedal just in case. The little dinky ones that usually come with keyboards are a joke and don't work consistently.
I always tend to spring for the universal sustain pedals that have the polarity switch on the bottom so they can be used with all keyboards. I personally use my pedal with my Casio Privia PX-300 but at church, I use the pedal with the Yamaha MO-8. I've also used the pedal with a Korg and Alesis (forget which models).
I'm a huge fan of the classic-style sustain pedal since I learned on an upright piano. The slip-resistant rubber bottom doesn't work well on carpet (in my opinion) - I tend to play more standing up and I constantly have to readjust the pedal mid-performance but I'm sure it would stay in place better when not on carpet.
The pedal definitely works like an acoustic piano's sustain pedal since it has half-pedal expressive capabilities, which can be extremely useful.
The 6-foot cable has a 1/4-inch jack to plug into your keyboard.
I tend to leave the plastic covering on the pedal to protect it and everything works fine.
I highly recommend this pedal.
Pros: It's cheap and good for its price. Sturdy make. Has a polarity switch at the bottom - fits any professional keyboard. Yamaha, Roland, Korg, Nord, Kurzweil, etc,... either the sustain works right away, or one flip and it works good. Feels solid on the foot. Has a decent grip on the floor. If you're buying this pedal at this price you are most likely not worried about half-damper/soft controls etc., and you shouldn't. It does what you paid for it to do. Excellent for all kinds of contemporary music on the keyboards for live use, or in the studio with your keyboards or midi controllers. Again - it will work with any keyboard.
Cons: DURABILITY. For such a sturdy-looking design, it's really surprising how quick it stops working good. Now this may not be a problem if you are a hobbyist or you just intend for your pedal to sit in a corner in a house. But for touring keyboardists, or session players needing their gear to function 24/7/365, do beware. I went through 5-6 of these in about 2 years. Various times on stage my pedal would suddenly stop sustaining in between songs or sets. Or the polarity would get switched up. I keep spares in my rig just in case, but this happened so often it became genuinely annoying. For something that you literally use with your foot, it's borderline unacceptable that this thing can't be kicked around (gently) without breaking. It has got to the point that now when I play concerts where the backline company supplies the gear, if I see them handing out those pedals during soundcheck, I demand they change it. No joke. Also the pedal squeaks after a while. The squeak is usually at "I can ignore it" levels for live shows, but if you're in the studio it's a no-no. One time I had it hooked to a Nord Stage 88 EX for a recording session, and this pedal just couldn't stop squeaking. It sure didn't affect my piano tracks since I was going DI, but it did irritate the hell out of the vocalist - not a good look for me that day.
All in all, it's good for it's price. You get what you pay for. But if you need a professional, dependable pedal that won't die on you without notice, spend $10 more and get the Yamaha FC4A.
Otherwise, the pedal feels solid, and has been working fine.
Update: The pedal stopped working. I took it apart and discovered the pedal operates by pressing down on rubberized pads that press onto a circuit board (like a garage door opener keypad). I've repaired those in the past and I have a bottle of Keypad Fix solution that has worked on other things. Well, that did not fix the problem, and the pedal is still dead. Disappointing since my previous Korg keyboard lasted for 25+ years and is still going.
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I would highly recommend this pedal, it is perfect, will not let you down and has quick delivery.
Reading the other reviews, perhaps I just got a faulty unit, but I've missed the return window so I might be 'stuck' with it, so to speak.
Some reviewers have said the spring is too tight, but I can only assume these people are playing without shoes on. The stiffness of the pedal is on a par with a real piano (the pedals of which you'd play with shoes on), so I'm not sure if you can count these people's opinions.
If you only play with bare feet or only with socks on, then you'll find this pedal just as stiff as a real piano pedal. If that's the case, you'll want to get one of those more 'square' pedals which only require the lightest of touches to push down. If instead you want a pedal that's almost identical to a piano pedal, then this is definitely one to consider.