Before getting into the review of the M-Audio SP-2 Sustain Pedal, why not visit this Wikipedia page on Sustain Pedals if you don’t know what it is and what it does.
According to M-Audio, the SP-2 “is the perfect product for keyboard players who want the most realistic pedal action. The SP-2 model is used in the same manner as the sustain pedal on an acoustic piano.
This classic-style pedal works with any M-Audio keyboard. Designed to work and feel just like an acoustic piano’s sustain pedal, it has a specially designed rubber bottom that grips the floor and stays put while you play. The SP-2 is a high-quality switchable damper pedal.”
Alright, now that you know what a sustain pedal is, let’s explain to you why we recommend the one by M-Audio SP-2. While some digital pianos don’t come with their own pedals, most models available on the market already come with pedals.
Now, you may ask why get one separately when you’re already getting them. Unlike traditional acoustic pianos, there are few digital or electric pianos that come with cheap-quality pedals. These can be a disappointment.
The SP-2 by M-Audio is very affordable. So spending an extra $10-$20 on this accessory can do wonders and improve your experience.
- Classic-style look
- Compatible with any digital piano or electronic keyboard
- Rubber coated shell and bottom for better grip on the floor
- Sensitive half-pedal capabilities from the high-quality chrome pedals
- Design proving realistic acoustic piano-like feel
- Heavy-duty mechanism for durability
- Polarity switch for style of playing
- 6 ft. cable with 1/4-inch jack
As is goes for the sound, the pedal itself does not make any sound. That’s obviously a good thing or else it’d be a distraction. With its heavy weight and rubber non-slide bottoms, it won’t slide or slip away on the floor. It stays put and won’t make any marks or scratches on your floor. Since they are authentic full size pedals, you get the feel of a grand piano.
Just by looking at, you can tell this thing is of high-quality. The chrome pedal and rubber coated shell not only made the SP-2 attractive, but also add to the durability of it, especially thanks to the heavy-duty mechanism.
If you do get one of these M-Audio pedals, be sure to flip the switch underneath the pedal. If you do so, the pedal will start working perfectly, like it should. With the other setting, the function is reverse. Basically, it will sustain every note you play when the pedal isn’t pressed. When it is pressed, the sustaining stops.
The purpose of these settings is different electrical wiring purposes. If you find that the pedal is sustaining when it shouldn’t, flip the switch. Then the notes will sustain when the pedal is pressed down. It’s completely opposite and makes the pedal work like it should.
The M-Audio SP-2 is also very compact. Whether you use it at home for practice or take it to a concert hall for a performance, it works great anywhere. Everything about it works, looks, and feels right, as it should. No wonder it’s a best seller.
Last but not least, this accessory for you digital piano is very affordable and is worth every penny. We recommend it for those who don’t have a pedal or are disappointed with the cheap one they have.