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Can I hook up a guitar effects pedal to my keyboard?
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PostPosted: Sun May 04, 2014 4:33 pm    Post subject: Can I hook up a guitar effects pedal to my keyboard? Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Hey, I have a keyboard (OPTIMUS MD-1600) hooked up to my mixer with one of the 3 pronged mic cords (the end in the piano is a 1/4 inch jack). If I get a Boss GT-6 will I be able to hook it up so that it effects the keyboards sound?
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PostPosted: Sun May 04, 2014 5:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

welcome

Sure the effect would affect the sound .. the effect being a guitar type thingie prolly means you would have to set the ingoing volume low to avoid distortion.

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PostPosted: Sun May 04, 2014 9:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

thanks

Thank you for the helpful reply
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PostPosted: Sun May 04, 2014 9:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

levels are a big deal, depending on the pedal synth levels of 10Vpp could fry something expecting much much less. There is a common solution:

http://www.cgs.synth.net/modules/cgs60_sba.html

It's easy to build on stripboard if you don't want to order from far far away. Smile
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PostPosted: Sun May 04, 2014 9:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

elmegil wrote:
levels are a big deal, depending on the pedal synth levels of 10Vpp could fry something expecting much much less. There is a common solution:

http://www.cgs.synth.net/modules/cgs60_sba.html

It's easy to build on stripboard if you don't want to order from far far away. Smile


the keyboard has a 1/4 inch jack labeled "effects pedal". Would that help with the pedal I am looking into using?
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PostPosted: Sun May 04, 2014 10:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Ok, I re-read your original post.

If you're going into a mixer, you are likely better off using the mixer's (presumed) send/return effects loop.

I was thinking in terms of having a synth going 1/4" out to pedal to mixer. Even then, the circuit I've linked to is necessary in the modular world where signals are usually 10Vpp more than it would be with a standalone keyboard like the MD-1600 which is likely only outputting line level signals (a couple volts peak to peak max).

Sorry to confuse things :/
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PostPosted: Thu May 08, 2014 3:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Dagrith wrote:
the keyboard has a 1/4 inch jack labeled "effects pedal". Would that help with the pedal I am looking into using?
Not necessarily, it could just be a way of using an external device to control an effect actually on the keyboard. What make and model is it?
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