WHY BUY A SUSTAIN PEDAL?
If you don’t own a sustain pedal, but you use a midi keyboard to play anything more than simple drums or bass lines, get one! That’s not me trying to sell you something, but I have just got one after over ten years without and it’s incredible the difference it makes in the flexibility of your playing.
If you’re a highly proficient player, you will need one (and probably have one already), but if you’re an average player (like me), I promise that you will not regret it. Many keys based plug-ins support sustain pedals fully with bespoke sustained samples. Not only that, but other plug-ins can use the pedal to hold a rhythm or preset pattern which can be very handy.
I went for the M-Audio SP2 Sustain Pedal and, despite a small amount of slippage when wearing shoes (doesn’t happen in socks or barefoot), it’s perfect for the job.
MIDI SETUP IN KOMPLETE KONTROL
The video shows you how to set up the sustain pedal but also goes into detail on what’s happening on the MIDI channel. MIDI technicalities might be interesting for some, but I’ve also included a screenshot of my MIDI settings below in case you would prefer to refer to that and skip the video altogether.