Received a note from Jeff the other day with some helpful information regarding piano voices and the addition of a dedicated piano sustain pedal.
If you like to play the piano sounds on your OAS/X instrument, then you will be acquainted with the two ways in which we can add sustain to these sounds. The first would be to utilise the Release parameter located on the Sound Controls menu. Adjusting this parameter will set the length of the sustain. The second would be to program an expression pedal footswitch or toe piston with the sustain function. Neither of these two options is entirely satisfactory. Using the Release function will apply a fixed length of sustain to every note, which is not what the sustain pedal on a piano does. We use this pedal to sustain selected notes or phrases with varying amounts of sustain according to what the music requires. Using the footswitches or toe pistons gets us nearer to the actions of the piano sustain pedal, but the footswitches provide lateral not vertical movement, and the toe pistons have only a small amount of travel. A better solution therefore would be to install a dedicated sustain pedal that can operate in exactly the same way as the sustain pedal on an actual piano.
If you are interested in adding this pedal to your Wersi, you can find detailed information on how this can be done at the end of Chapter 8 of the HD Series Upgrade Manual – Further Enhancements. The installation is simple and straightforward and no additional electronics or programming is required. The procedure is identical for both OAS and OAX instruments. I’ve included it in the Upgrade Manual because all the virtual piano sample sets are designed to accurately replicate the real instrument, and so it’s assumed that there will be a sustain pedal attached to the midi keyboard. However, the pedal will work just as well with all your OAS/X piano sounds.
Give it a go, you’ll be amazed at the difference it can make!