Guitar pedal that's like a piano's sustain pedal

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  1. UrbanHymns

    UrbanHymns Supporting Member

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    Does anyone know if a pedal exists that functions like a piano's sustain pedal?

    (If you don't know what a piano's sustain pedal does, don't answer...)
     
  2. TheRealDeal

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    perhaps the ehx freeze? not exactly a 'sustain pedal' that will eventually let go of the sound but might work...
     
  3. danman

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    maybe a reverb set for momentary?
     
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    Pigtronix Philosopher's Tone
     
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    This or try a Superego.
     
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    A momentary reverb is the first thing that comes to mind. By the nature of guitar, it's hard to let a note ring while playing other notes over it, but reverb more or less accomplishes this.
     
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    Like a looper with decay?
     
  8. splatt

    splatt david torn / splattercell Gold Supporting Member

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    any infinite reverb.
    from another, potentially more "modern" sonic perspective: the hexe revolver.
    etc
     
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    if your goal is to have a note continue to sound after you've stopped fretting it, you could try a long reverb or a pedal with a freeze function (EHX freeze/superego, neunaber with hold program)

    you might also try a EHX ravish - turn up the "sympathetic" voice and set the sympathetic strings to the desired key. that will also mimic aspects of the sympathetic resonance that comes from pressing the sustain pedal.
     
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    This pedal would be amazing and I have yet see anything like this on the market.

    Press down to sustain and release to trail off. Two knobs, one for level and the other for decay. Maybe a knob for modulation and another for tone. Great idea, OP.
     
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    The infinite reverb switch on the EHX Cathedral Reverb does this very well.
     
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    Momentary compressor set for unity?
     
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    The Earthquaker Afterneath is a reverb pedal with a trail sound like a bunch of little delays working. You might look into it:

     
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    I do know what a piano's sustain pedal does, and also the sustenuto pedal. Do you?

    I'm guessing that you actually are looking for something which gives infinite sustain, as opposed to just *not damping." That's what the piano sustain pedal does. It stops a note from having the damper applied when you release it.

    In the case of guitar, the dampers are your hands and fingers. That's a technique issue or a fingering decision, deciding that you want to damp a previously sounding note (for whatever reason, including playing a different note on the same string). Of course, a guitar doesn't have as long a decay as a piano. I'd use a compressor for this approach.

    In case you're not actually looking for something which works like a piano sustain pedal, and instead are looking for long sustain of all notes, both sounding when you engage the pedal and those which follow, you want a reverb with a long decay tail.

    A sustenuto pedal removes the dampers from all sounding notes at the point it is depressed. If you want infinite sustain of whatever notes are sounding when you engage the pedal without adding notes played after the pedal is engaged, you want something with like the Freeze, Superego, or the various reverb pedals like the Cathedral which offer infinite hold.

    Or did you have a completely different understanding of what the piano's sustain pedal works? In that case, what does it do in your opinion?
     
  15. Enusire

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    check this out, I assume many have already seen that ↓

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qv9QWoHCFhQ

    a little bit off topic and of course an absolutely overkill for what you are searching for. Nevertheless I just wanted to post it because the quality is simply amazing.
     
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    splatt david torn / splattercell Gold Supporting Member

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    but, ermmm:
    y'all could just rig-up a little send to a delay pedal, triggered by a momentary switch, if you like.....
    or use any of the many already-existing infinite-hold pedals & devices that exist.....
    etc
     
  18. papersun

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    it would sure seem close. listen to the first part of this demo:

     
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    Theres a few different settings, and with it set to momentary mode you could def get something close to what you are looking for.
     
  20. UrbanHymns

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    I know, right?
     

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