On Thu, 15 Jan 2004 00:18:19 +0000, Laurence Payne
Touch matters a lot, expecially for piano playing. Best advice, try
to actually touch one if you can, to find out how it feels to play it.
The single on/off pedal enforces excessive sustain -- on some
synths, you can tweak the value of that sustain a bit. A nicer
option is to have a variable pedal, but most synths won't readily
support that (and of course it isn't going to work well for GM
compatibility, because even though GM doesn't rule out that, most
synths only do on/off for it).
Release is a defined controller, continuous (that is, not just
on/off), but not supported on all synths. I've found it more flexible
for doing smoother sustain effects, allowing you to vary the sustain
with more control. But it isn't exactly like a piano's response.
However, coupled with the pedal, it can let you get a less
overwhelmingly "wall of notes" sound, by shortening the sustain some.
Most keyboards don't come with piano pedals, just a single sustain
on/off pedal. If you want more control, you may find a set of
customizable pedals (and a synth which can respond to them) more
flexible for expressive playing, for piano and everything else.
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