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Berto1973

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I read that someone had been having trouble with the dumper pedal setup.
I tried to follow the instructions, but unfortunately without success.
At the moment I use Kontakt & Pianoteq.
I am trying to use the sustain pedal of the KAWAI ES-110, because it supports half pedaling, the one that comes with the Studiologic, I know it was only On-Off and I have not connected it.
Could it be that the Kawai pedal isn't compatible with the Sl88-Grand?
The procedures I followed are connected the Kawai pedal on port 3 and also on port 4 and set in the Setup of Sl88, Pedal (Damper).
For now, thank you all for the precious support.
 

MusicStudent

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I assume you mean the Kawai F-10H pedal. I will be surprised (and happy to hear) if you find a way to make this work. These darn pedal and not standardized. Even the "universal" ones can be hit and miss. But, double check that you are plugging the pedal jack into the right connection on the back of the SL88. You have both On/0ff and variable plugs.
 
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Berto1973

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Yes, I have the F10-H pedal which should also have the half pedal function. I tried to connect it all on port 3 and port 4 of the SL88, and set it as a damper within Sl88 software, but it doesn't work.
i read in the manual that these are ports for continuous control, i haven't tried port 1 and 2, and set it as a damper within Sl88 software, but it doesn't work.
You have a SL88 too. You say it's useless that I keep trying the 10-H pedal? Thank you for answering me
 

MusicStudent

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I had to get a flashlight to confirm what ports 3 and 4 were. I had never seen those numbers on the back. But ya, I am loving my SL88Studio. Yes, I think it useless but only based on my experience with other pedals, so I may be wrong in this case. Here is an idea, if you happened to have purchased from Sweetwater, they provide tech support and should have a answer.
 
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Berto1973

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Ok, thank you, however can you confirm that you too have used port 3 or 4 to connect the sustain pedal?
Unfortunately I bought SL from another seller.
I have seen that it is easier to find support from those who already have it than from those who sell them :).
 
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Berto1973

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Thanks for your help, I attached the pedal that came with the SL88 Grand (VFP1), but logically it's just a switch, it doesn't support half pedaling. Tomorrow I will try to connect the Kawai pedal on port 1 as you did and see if it works.
Thank you very much
 
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I have tried the Kawai pedal in all the port and there isn't any possibility to use this pedal for dumper in the SL88-Grand. I have readed about the compatibility with Roland DP-10 that support the half pedaling in the SL-88. I have decided to buy it .-).
 
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Berto1973

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Hi BassClef, thank you for your tip. Everything good with your SL88-Grand?
 

gohrev

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Can confirm @BassClef 's set up — I use a SL88 Studio + Roland DP-10 pedal. Works like a charm.
Also, that pedal is really beautiful, sturdy; and the rubber mat is a bonus.
 
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Berto1973

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Finally today I have received Roland DP-10, and work very well.
Thanks at all for the support.
 

Simeon

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@Berto1973 , I know you are enjoying the SL88 Grand, it is a really wonderful controller. I think you would really love the SLPD-3. I like the fact that you can use all three pedals (including half-pedaling for the sustain) and only occupy one of the pedal input jacks.
This frees up the others for expression and other controls. I have one of the switch controls act as a channel mute switch but it can be anything you want.

All the best,
Simeon
 
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Berto1973

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Hi @Simeon, thank you very much for the information, I had seen SLPD-3, and I think I will buy that, because in the end I can also use the other two pedals. I have seen your video a dozen times before buying the SL88-Grand, I was very undecided with the Kawai VPC1, I read many reviews on different forums that said that the SL88-Grand had a much heavier keyboard, instead I must say that it is absolutely delicious, it slips under your fingers.
 

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Hi @Simeon, thank you very much for the information, I had seen SLPD-3, and I think I will buy that, because in the end I can also use the other two pedals. I have seen your video a dozen times before buying the SL88-Grand, I was very undecided with the Kawai VPC1, I read many reviews on different forums that said that the SL88-Grand had a much heavier keyboard, instead I must say that it is absolutely delicious, it slips under your fingers.
Yes, you will find having those extra pedals are really nice at times, especially when libraries support them, especially the Una Corda layers.

Around Christmas 2020 I had the opportunity of playing a Kawai digital piano that seemed to have the same action as the VPC1. I can tell you that it felt amazing, especially with the addition of the escapement. That being said, however, I still think the SL88 Grand hits a very special sweet spot in the features, keybed, and overall build quality that would be hard to beat, at least for me.

There has been some discussion on the MAudio Hammer 88. I would like to experience that keyboard just to have a better reference point for how it compares with the SL88.

All the best,
 
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I'm sure the VPC1 is superior to the SL88-Grand. It's definitely on my list for a future update ... who knows ...
 

MusicStudent

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There has been some discussion on the MAudio Hammer 88. I would like to experience that keyboard just to have a better reference point for how it compares with the SL88.
Simeon, this keyboard has gotten some poor press on the web. Having owned two prior shorter MAudio keyboards I looked pretty close at it prior picking up the current SL-88 Studio. Would be interesting to get you opinion if you can get you hands on it.
 
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