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Pedal Compatibility

Question:
What pedals can I use with my Forte?

Answer:

Single Switch Pedals

The Forte ships with one KFP-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.


Dual-Switch Pedal

You can also connect a dual switch pedal with a single 1/4" stereo plug, such as the Kurzweil KFP-2S (sold separately), into any two of the Forte's three switch pedal inputs. You will need a "Y" adapter with a single stereo/female 1/4" jack on one end and two mono/male 1/4" plugs on the other ends to make the connection.

Plug the adapter's two male ends into the Forte's switch pedals inputs 1 and 2 (for ex.), then connect the dual switch pedal's plug to the "Y" adapter's female jack. If the pedal functions are swapped, simply swap the two mono plugs feeding the Forte inputs. Again remember to make all switch-pedal connections with the Forte powered off.


Half-Damper Pedals

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

There are several 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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