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Korg DS1H - Piano Half Damper Switch

You Pay: $46.21

This piano style, professional grade damper (Sustain) pedal offers half-damper action when used with keyboards that support half-damper control messages; those without half-damper support will receive standard, full Sustain from the pedal.

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KorgDS1H - Piano Half Damper Switch
 
4.7

(based on 13 reviews)

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  • Versatile (4)
  • Compact (3)

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    • Performances (11)
    • Professional recording (6)
    • Home studio (5)
    • Amateur recording (3)
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    5.0

    Excellent damper pedal-go beyond ON/OFF!

    By Jim Sexton

    from Ithaca, NY

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          Comments about Korg DS1H - Piano Half Damper Switch:

          If you have a Korg keyboard, you want this damper pedal. I have a Korg Triton Extreme, and it and any of the Triton line, and any Korg of a more recent vintage, up to and including the Kronos X, can use this "half" damper pedal. The pedal is heavy and well built and of just the right size. The bottom is covered with a thick layer of grippy rubber and pretty much stays put. If the floor is unlevel and only parts of the rubber are making contact, it can move a bit, but otherwise, I have had no issues with it moving about. The travel and height of the pedal is just right and it's a joy to use.

          And, more importantly, you definitely have more than ON and OFF states in programs where the damper pedal is set as an alternate modulation source (AMS). Any program with the piano body / damper effect in it (which digitally simulates the resonances from the piano strings when other notes are struck) will clearly exhibit a range of effect of the damper pedal. On the other hand, an organ or synth program will not--at least not by default. Despite the pedal sending back a range of values from 0 to 127, the sustain will turn on at 64 and turn off at 63. Period. There is nothing stopping you from editing a program or combi and putting the damper value in in some way or another in order to bring in more expression. In any case, don't expect to notice the half damper effect in any but piano or piano-like keyboard programs!

          The polarity of the damper pedal should be set to - (KORG standard), and it is important to calibrate the half damper pedal. In the Triton, this is a page menu command on the main Global page. You calibrate by choosing this command, pressing down fully on the pedal, releasing, and then saying "OK".

          Finally, I will say that my first DS-1H went bad--or really, was bad from the beginning. In hindsight, I should have been suspicious when the max value shown on the calibration bar was different from calibration to calibration, and that it would jump erratically even when I pressed slowly and smoothly on the pedal. Or more fundamentally I should have been suspicious when it required another calibration in the first place.

          So, if when you get your DS-1H and calibrate it you notice that it doesn't reliably and REPEATEDLY start sustaining notes at half way, then you should send it back while it is still under warrantee and get a new one. The warrantee is only three months long, not a year, so make sure yours is good right away. If you don't notice any half damper effect even on piano patches, then be suspicious. Granted the effect is subtle, but it's definitely there and you should notice it when you listen carefully to the sustain as you gradually press down (or release) the pedal.

          Anyway, bottom line, this is a very nice damper pedal and is highly recommended if you own a Korg keyboard. Double check your manual to be sure it will accept a DS-1H, but it's very likely it will unless it is very old.

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          4.0

          It works and does its thing!

          By DonSimon76

          from Jacksonville, FL

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          • Responsive

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            • Home Studio
            • Performances
            • Professional Recording

            Comments about Korg DS1H - Piano Half Damper Switch:

            I just bought this to use with my new Korg Krome 88. So far so good! It does what it is supposed to do, moves smoothly and seems to be a good weight.

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              5.0

              Great Service by B & H

              By Jimann

              from Orlando, Florida

              About Me Novice

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              Pros

              • Compact Design
              • Good Selection Of Effects
              • Responsive
              • Versatile

              Cons

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                • Performances

                Comments about Korg DS1H - Piano Half Damper Switch:

                The product I bought, a damper pedal for a keyboard, was extrememly hard to find. Working with B & H, I was able to easily order it and receive it in very short order, and exactly what I needed. I highly recommend them because they KNOW what they are doing

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                4.0

                got it fast

                By rockbradley

                from coos bay

                About Me Professional Musician

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                Pros

                • Compact Design
                • Excellent Sound Quality
                • Responsive
                • Well Built

                Cons

                • Limited Selection Of Effects
                • This pedal this keyboard

                Best Uses

                • Easy to use
                • Events
                • Home Studio
                • Performances

                Comments about Korg DS1H - Piano Half Damper Switch:

                well built easy to use like the look of the pedel

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                5.0

                DS1H Damper Switch - Great Deal!

                By mcm

                from Pleasant Hill, CA

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                • Responsive
                • Versatile

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                  • Performances
                  • Professional Recording

                  Comments about Korg DS1H - Piano Half Damper Switch:

                  I ordered this damper switch from B&H for my Korg Kronos and it works excellent. Works like a real piano damper pedal, gradual damping for variable sustain (as opposed to an 'off/on' switch). B&H shipped it quick, I got it within a couple of days. Best price I found online! Thanks B&H!

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                  5.0

                  One excellent pedal!!!

                  By Earl, music enthusiast.

                  from Rialto, Calif.

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                  Pros

                  • Excellent Sound Quality
                  • Responsive

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Amateur Recording
                    • Home Studio
                    • Performances

                    Comments about Korg DS1H - Piano Half Damper Switch:

                    I have a korg Kronos 88 weighted keyboard. I had a cheap 5 dollar pedal that was very unreliable. Sometimes it would work, sometimes not. Long story short, i decided to spend the money on this korg DS1H -Piano half damper switch. I absolutely love it. It is tough and sensitive. a great tool in molding the sounds i can get out of my Korg kronos. very reliable. It is a bit big, and i can move around a bit, but there are many ways to set it on the floor so it doesn't slide. Velcro comes to mind. Like i use to make my guitar pedal board. The pros out weigh the cons. If you are looking for a pedal you can rely on for consistency and accuracy, this pedal does it. I highly recommend it .

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                    4.0

                    Best pedal for Korgs

                    By Jay

                    from Montana

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                          Comments about Korg DS1H - Piano Half Damper Switch:

                          Very sturdy pedal, good weight for staying put, good feel, and has the half-damper capability that Korg can use. Worth the extra money over inexpensive pedals. One design improvement I would like to see is a jack for attaching the cable instead of a hard-wired cable. Then a simple cable replacement can be done when the original cable flexes to the point of going bad.

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                          5.0

                          great pedal!

                          By The MasterGatorBaiter

                          from orange, texas

                          About Me Professional Musician

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                          • Responsive
                          • Versatile

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                            • Performances
                            • Professional Recording

                            Comments about Korg DS1H - Piano Half Damper Switch:

                            this is my second ds1h. lost the first one. haha! soild feel, good length on the cord. what more could you ask for? maybe, a cheaper price? b& h was the cheapest i could find [...]

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                            4.0

                            Performs as advertised-Solid pedal.

                            By SynthBob

                            from SoCal

                            About Me Experienced

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Compact Design
                            • Responsive

                            Cons

                            • Shortthin cable

                            Best Uses

                            • Amateur Recording
                            • Home Studio
                            • Performances
                            • Professional Recording

                            Comments about Korg DS1H - Piano Half Damper Switch:

                            This pedal is well built with some heft to it. You can tell right out of the box that Korg didn't skimp on the construction. The action is good for me, though some may find it a bit springy compared to a real pianos damper or sustain pedals. The look is sleek-no problem there. The half dampering is a little touchy. I'm using it with a TR88 and the actual pedal area that affects the half damper function is a bit narrow. However, performing this trick on a real piano can prove to be similar. This function works,as far as I can tell, with piano patches only. If it's active with other sounds,I can't hear it. The half damper function only works with Korg keyboards that support it. Otherwise it functions as a regular sustain switch. Other manufacturers pedals (Roland,Yamaha),only work with their respective brands as well,so if you have a Korg, and want half dampering for your piano sounds-this is it. My only real beef (and it's minor), is that the cord is a bit short and kinda flimsy feeling. But no problems with it so far. All in all, this is a rock solid pedal that performs as advertised. I would purchase this again if needed.

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                            5.0

                            Does exactly what it's supposed to.

                            By DesertTunes

                            from Phoenix, AZ

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                            Pros

                            • Responsive

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                              • Home Studio
                              • Performances

                              Comments about Korg DS1H - Piano Half Damper Switch:

                              Since Korg keyboards like my Triton Extreme require a negative polarity pedal, I finally broke down and bought this one. What a difference! Not only no need to switch the polarity every time I plug in the damper, but this is much better quality than Yamaha's FC-4; heavier, smoother, and better non-skid on the base. Should have done it long ago!

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                              5.0

                              A must have

                              By Art

                              from Longview, TX

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                              Pros

                              • Good quality
                              • Responsive

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                                • Amateur Recording
                                • Events
                                • Music Videos
                                • Performances
                                • Professional Recording
                                • Soundtracks

                                Comments about Korg DS1H - Piano Half Damper Switch:

                                I bought it to connect to my new Korg M3-88. I does what is says it does... the quality is better than other brands and it's a Korg!

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                                5.0

                                Solid Pedal

                                By GM Cotten

                                from Texas

                                About Me Professional Musician

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                                • Responsive

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                                  • Performances
                                  • Professional Recording

                                  Comments about Korg DS1H - Piano Half Damper Switch:

                                  If you're looking for a replacement pedal, this is it. Solid feel that should last a long time. More expensive than some, but you'll notice the difference.

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                                  5.0

                                  A good pedal for Korg workstation

                                  By musicman

                                  from Frazier Park, CA

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                                  Pros

                                  • Versatile

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • I'm using it for a Korg
                                    • Performances

                                    Comments about Korg DS1H - Piano Half Damper Switch:

                                    The product is a potentiometer driven device which allows it to do half damper. I haven't had it long enough to know how long it will last. Seems to be well built, so I suspect it will last a long time. It has a nice long cord which makes it good for stacked equipment. Most other products have short cords, which means they don't reach. [...]If you don't like it they are quick to give an RMA - no questions asked.

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