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Old 31st March 2009, 07:51 PM   #1
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Default midifying a pedalboard

I was thinking of midifying a pedalboard the easy way.... by buying a midi-usb keyboard (Beringer UMX) and cannibalising it and transferring the electronic bits to the pedalboard which I have set up with a reed switch for each key (pedal). However it transpires that the electronic keyboard I was going to use has 2 switches for each key. Would anyone know what each of the 2 switches would be for? One of the pair must be the one I need to connect to each reed switch. What about the other? Would anyone happen to know?
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Old 1st April 2009, 07:05 PM   #2
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The 2 switches give some touch sensitivity - the circuitry times the operation of the switches - if you press the key softly there is a longer time between each of the switches making.

When pressing hard and fast - the time difference is smaller.......
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Old 1st April 2009, 08:08 PM   #3
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How ingenious! So, can I use either of the pair for a virtual organ pedal keyboard where touch sensitivity is not important nor is it necessary? Would the notes play if only one switch is activated but not the other?
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Old 1st April 2009, 08:30 PM   #4
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You are going to have to 'try it and see'........!
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Old 1st April 2009, 08:54 PM   #5
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I guess so too! I thought there's no harm in asking though.
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Old 2nd April 2009, 01:08 AM   #6
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The sad truth turns out to be that BOTH switches need to be activated together with the first before the second (not vice-versa). Disconnecting the second will not stop the note from playing until the first is disconnected too.

That has created a problem as I cannot use the Beringer midi-usb setup unless I think of a way of redesigning the switch system I have already installed on the pedalboard. javascript:smilie('')

I wish I could find an easier, more straight forward solution like a simple 32 key midi-usb keyboard in which each note is activated by one simple switch. javascript:smilie('')
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