Alicia’s Keys

Gtr Player 70
Gtr Player 70 Member Posts: 1 Newcomer

Anybody had issues with the sustain pedal connecting? On one song the sustain pedal works just fine. On a second song, the sustain pedal does not work at all. What am I missing?


  • Sunborn
    Sunborn Member Posts: 2,105 Expert

    I suspect that is happening because some presets are meant to have sustain pedal while some others don't. There is an option however, that you can activate/deactivate pedal on purpose.

    First, keep in mind this:

    • Press the Performance View button (PV) in the lower right of the Instrument Header to show/hide the Performance View.

    ALICIA'S KEYS will not work properly if you transpose it using KONTAKT's Instrument option MIDI Transpose (Instrument Options > Instrument > MIDI Transpose): pedal noises will not sound, and 'pedal down' samples will not be released, but play until end.

    Then, check the pedal option:

    The Pedal Tab

    The settings in the Pedal tab let you adjust how the piano pedals will respond to pedal action. Alicia’s piano has the Sustain (Damper) and Sustenuto pedals. The Sustain Pedal causes the dampers to be lifted off all strings of the piano, allowing them to ring out while the pedal is depressed. The Sustenuto Pedal has the same effect, but only on the notes that are played before the pedal is depressed, and afterwards are released. These notes will continue to ring out after they have been released.

    • Half Pedaling: Click the button labeled Simulate Half Pedaling with Impulse Response to enable half pedaling simulation (based upon impulse responses). When this is enabled, you can gradually press the Sustain Pedal and the more you press it the more resonance emerges. In this way you can go continuously from a pedal-up sound to a pedal-down sound. This assumes that you have a Sustain Pedal that is capable of sending continuous values.

    If you play a note with the pedal up and then press the pedal afterwards, the triggered pedal-up sample will gradually change into a more pedal-down like one This is simulated using the Impulse Response. However, if you play a note while the pedal is down, releasing the pedal afterwards will not cause a gradual change of the sound.

    • Pedal Controllers: Drag the sliders to change the amount of sustain achieved when the Sustain and Sustenuto pedals are depressed.

    Finally, it is an excellent idea to take a look at all basic controls here:

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