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It fades away quite quickly so it's more like a reverb sound than a full sustain. Nothing like when I do the same thing with a Yamaha synthesiser on string settings with the sustain pedal.
There's just time to get my hands to the next chord before the sound dies away completely.
Anyone else get the same problem?
If it cuts off before you have time to change chord is strange but has happened to me when one or more of the following come into play:
> When recording or using a sequencer at the time;
> While layering two or more sounds;
> Playing too many notes over a sustained period can cause cut-off on some notes but that may not be relevant here.
Just out of interest, how long are the notes holding before they start to fade? Is it happening when you are holding the keys down, or only when using the sustain pedal and hands lifted from the keys?
If I hold the keys down without the sustain pedal pressed I get a full sustain, indefinitely, for as long as I hold the keys down.
If I take my hands off the keys without the sustain pedal pressed, the note dies immediately.
When I press the sustain pedal, I get the full sustain for a long as I am holding the keys down and as soon as I take my hands off the keys, the note decays quite rapidly and goes silent within about a second.
When I do the same thing on my Yamaha SY35 synth, the note sustains for as long as I hold the pedal down.
I think maybe the sustain pedal system on this keyboard is designed only with piano in mind, for which it works perfectly.
Anyway, it's not like Yamaha to stick a "gypie" strings sample on a keyboard when going to the bother or sporting their most authentic sounds yet. Obviously their prize possession is their grand piano sample but even so... The pad and supporting sounds are mostly generic for most of the P series come to think of it - the more advanced keyboards like the CP300 or MOTIF ES just add on more variations as far as I see. But generic pads and strings will usually last for as long as you need them. I take your point about strong samples being programmed to cut off after a time period, but normally holding them down or sustaining them will have the same effect of extending the notes.
I'd be tempted to ask them about it. It's not unheard of that a sample or voice will just "go off". I wondered the same about my last digital piano. Mind you, it was at least 15 years old! I would ask Yamaha directly about that - that just doesn't sound right - if you pardon the pun
I've just tried a Roland FC-5 (I think) one of those very small square shaped foot switches which behaves in exactly the same way.
I've had the piano for a while and I always just accepted it was a very strange "feature". I only just found this forum a week ago and I just thought I'd see if anyone else knew of this.
Where are all the P60 owners/users ?
I think it's designed to be like this.
Real pianos have sustain pedals, and the digital piano sustain pedal works like a real piano's.
Real organs don't, so when you release the keys the sounds stop. Your keyboard is doing that too - except that perhaps in that case you can use the pedal to change the reverb.