sustain pedal in synthesia

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opulous
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Post by opulous » 03-14-15 9:44 am

Is there any way to mark the pedal in synthesia, so I know when to use the pedal and when not? If not, will this feature be added in future updates?
thanks

Nicholas
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Post by Nicholas » 03-14-15 1:19 pm

This isn't a very satisfying answer (at first), but: there isn't a single "correct" pedaling technique for a given song.

From this page: "Chopin himself declared that “The correct employment of the pedal remains a study for life.”"

This page says "A good ‘pedaling instinct’ is based on knowledge, a very good hearing and mindful practice. A poor one results from blind experiments and mechanical playing."

Another good page explains "Good pedalling should be almost impossible to notate. It often has more to do with subtle changes of pressure of the foot on the pedal in response to qualities of sound required by the player’s musical imagination — often just changing the weight of the dampers on the strings, rather than simply moving the pedal up and down at predetermined points."

Take a look at each of those pages. There is some solid advice there that explains why this is something Synthesia shouldn't attempt as a feature.

Xoco
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Post by Xoco » 12-03-15 5:38 am

Hi, I am newbie and I have this simple keyboard: http://www.m-audio.com/products/view/m-audio-keystudio

And I would buy a pedal, I'm undecided between these two: http://www.thomann.de/intl/maudio_sp1.htm and http://www.thomann.de/intl/maudio_sp2.htm

Which recommend me?

Thank you!

Nicholas
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Post by Nicholas » 12-04-15 9:30 am

For Synthesia's purposes, either of those should work exactly the same. It's just a matter of which shape/feel/price you prefer.

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