What pedals can I use with my PC4SE?
Single Switch Pedals
The PC4SE 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 PC4SE 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 PC4SE, 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 Inputs
The instrument supports connecting two switch pedals into each switch pedal input. You can connect a dual switch pedal with a single 1/4″ stereo plug (not sold by Kurzweil) or employ a “Y” adapter (stereo (M) to dual-mono (F)) to connect two standard/single pedals to each input jack.
Doing so would provide a total of four switch pedals. Again remember to make all switch-pedal connections with the instrument powered off.
The PC4SE also supports connecting a half-damper pedal (sold separately) to either of the 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 PC4SE.
ROLAND and YAMAHA pedals are not compatible.
Continuous Controller Pedals (CC Pedal)
The PC4SE 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