Help with sustain?

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Help with sustain?

Post by russt17 » Wed Jan 11, 2012 6:28 pm

Hi there,

I'm trying to run the 160C on my Windows 7 machine and I'm having some trouble with the sustain pedal. When I press my footswitch, the sustain pedal on the organ presses down, but it just doesn't sustain the accompany notes.

Under the Expression tab in the settings, the sustain line says:
Sustain Acc 64 - -

Any idea what the problem is?

Thanks!!

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Re: Help with sustain?

Post by Jim Henry » Wed Jan 11, 2012 7:10 pm

The sustain only affects the piano. Is it failing to do that?

The sustain works this way because the piano console instruments added an organ console to a real piano. The standard piano controls like the sustain pedal work as the would on a plain piano but they don't affect the organ. The piano "stop" is nothing more than a mechanism that prevents the piano hammers from striking the piano strings when off. When the piano stop is on, the organist is playing an acoustic piano directly unlike the larger horseshoe console organs where the piano stop played a remote player piano. Thus the organist had expressive control of the Style 160C piano that was lacking in the larger instruments. In modern jargon, the 160C is velocity sensitive and the larger organ pianos are not. The Miditzer does emulate that behavior by the way.
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