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Pedal Compatibility

Question:
What pedals can I use with my Forte?

Answer:

Single Switch Pedals

The Forte ships with one KP-1 Switch Pedal however any standard foot switch pedal (with 1/4" mono connection) will be compatible. Polarity is a non-issue as the Forte checks the pedal polarity on power up and calibrates itself accordingly. For this to work, be sure to plug the switch pedal in before turning on the Forte, and do not step on the pedal during the boot up process. Doing otherwise can lead to the pedal working in reverse or not at all. If that occurs, simply power down, be sure the pedal is fully connected, then power back up without touching the pedal.


Half-Damper Pedals

The Forte also supports connecting half-damper pedals (sold separately) to any of the three switch pedal inputs.

The Kurzweil KP-1H half-damper pedal is the recommended pedal and is available via any Kurzweil dealer.

In addition, there are several other manufacturers of half-damper pedals on the market. Not all are compatible or interchangeable.
KORG pedals are compatible with the Forte.
ROLAND and YAMAHA pedals are not compatible.


Continuous Controller Pedals (CC Pedal)

The Forte requires a CC Pedal with a TRS 1/4" connector and 10k linear potentiometer, such as the Kurzweil CC-1 (sold separately). Most manufacturers EXCEPT Yamaha and Korg make pedals with the same specifications and should work. Yamaha and Korg pedals typically use an exponential potentiometer and therefore will not work correctly.

CC-1 Wiring Spec

The Control Pedal must be wired to a single stereo (TRS) 1/4" plug as follows:

  • Wiper to tip connection of 1/4" plug
  • Top end of resistance element to Ring connection
  • Bottom end of resistance to Sleeve connection

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