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Username: terryc

Post Number: 66
Registered: 11-2004
Posted on Saturday, July 08, 2006 - 12:48 am:   Edit Post

Okay question for you all and hopefully an answer.
I am in a four piece function band playing my trusty 1993 MK standard. We could advertise for a keyboard player but we want all the dosh for ourselves!!.
Now is there a single octave foot controller(as in a pedalboard on an organ) to give keyboard sounds. example..we play 'Steamy Windows'(clich'ed I know) and we want the big chord after the singer says the title.
So is there a 'foot keyboard' I can use to trigger a midi device or similar.
Trawling the web is a nightmare.
Lastly..I am from the UK so UK sources would be better but I am open to suggestions.
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Username: mpisanek

Post Number: 166
Registered: 1-2005
Posted on Saturday, July 08, 2006 - 12:55 am:   Edit Post

Roland used to make a pedal called something like a PK 5. It was a one octave pedalboard like that on an organ. I don't know if they are still available, but they would work well for what you want. They also made a programmable foot controller that would work called an FC 200. failing that there is a behringer unit that might work called an fc10. I've not used the behringer, but if it is programmable, it should do the business. All of these units were available in the UK and Ireland.
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Username: dnburgess

Post Number: 480
Registered: 1-2003
Posted on Saturday, July 08, 2006 - 2:04 am:   Edit Post

One word: Moog Taurus
Username: terryc

Post Number: 68
Registered: 11-2004
Posted on Saturday, July 08, 2006 - 4:03 am:   Edit Post

thank you for replies and I will look into all the suggestions
Oops forgot about the late Robert Moog's fine pedal board
Again many thanks
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Username: bigredbass

Post Number: 885
Registered: 9-2002
Posted on Saturday, July 08, 2006 - 6:21 pm:   Edit Post

Well, 'Steamy Windows' is one of my FAVORITE cliches! I'll take all the Tony Joe White cliches I can.

J o e y
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Username: 811952

Post Number: 769
Registered: 10-2003
Posted on Monday, July 10, 2006 - 10:46 am:   Edit Post

I've got a set of Fatar bass pedals and trigger a Vintage Keys module and/or a DX-7 with them. It is awesome, and lots more flexible IMHO than the Taurus pedals (I've got a set of those as well).

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Username: 2400wattman

Post Number: 193
Registered: 11-2005
Posted on Monday, July 10, 2006 - 7:31 pm:   Edit Post

Yes, the Fatar (a.k.a. Studio Logic) are great pedals, light in weight, although limited in they're midi operating functions compared to the Roland PK-5's but are cheaper by about $150.00-$200.00 and should suit your needs fine. Try this link as they carry both brands. you should find them under keyboard/midi controllers. Cheers!!
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Username: kenbass4

Post Number: 214
Registered: 10-2003
Posted on Tuesday, July 11, 2006 - 12:19 pm:   Edit Post

One more for the Studiologic Pedal...I have mine tied into either my Korg TR or my SL 2001, giving me a HUGE number of sound options.
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Username: rogertvr

Post Number: 411
Registered: 1-2003
Posted on Thursday, July 13, 2006 - 2:25 am:   Edit Post

I've got a set of Moog Taurus II interaced to a Moog Source. During the mid-80's when I first bought them both, the set-up was great! It's rather limited now by today's standards, but the Moog bass sounds are still to die for.

I also have a set of Roland PK-5 pedals MIDI-ed to a Roland D-110 rack module. That's much more in keeping with todays sounds but the D-110 isn't the best synth either. I set it all up on the cheap about three years ago, as an experiment to see if it was worth progressing. Lack of cash has prevented that path from happening. But the PK-5 are very versatile from the point of view of adjusting settings for a few parameters with your feet as you play. I'd recommend them - just think very carefully about the synth you interface them with.

Of course, there are still the original Moog Taurus pedals but they're not MIDI either, they'll cost you a fortune to buy (if you can find a set in decent condition) and they're all getting a little old and fragile now. Not something I would drag around to gigs these days, for their own welll-being!
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Username: 811952

Post Number: 785
Registered: 10-2003
Posted on Saturday, July 15, 2006 - 11:22 am:   Edit Post

If you're not offended by Indiana clay dirt, I took some pics of the setup I used last night for your viewing pleasure..



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