This is my review on the DAOK portable triple pedal unit that’s available on Amazon. Now do be careful when you’re looking at these on Amazon, because while MOST of them DO appear to be the version that IS compatible with Yamaha digital pianos like the P-515, the DGX-670, the P-125 or the new P-225 as a portable alternative to Yamaha’s LP-1 triple pedal unit (that requires buying a Yamaha stand):
there ARE other versions of this pedal that say they are compatible with Kawaii pianos (and I have no idea if these are the same pedals or not), and there are also versions that have a ¼” TR connector instead of the Yamaha triple pedal port style connector. So the one I bought and am reviewing in this review IS the one that is meant for Yamaha digital pianos, so it has the same type of connector as Yamaha’s LP-1 triple pedal.
Testing The DAOK With My DGX-670
I tested the DAOK triple pedal unit with my Yamaha DGX-670 digital piano, and . . . it works really well (but there is some strange behaviour I will get to in a bit – but that behaviour is not a big issue in my opinion). The DAOK is very comfortable to play, and doesn’t slide around at ALL on my hardwood floor (like EVERY OTHER portable pedal I have ever used does). On the DGX-670, you can choose from a list of 50 functions that EACH pedal can do, and since you can connect a generic pedal (like my M-Audio SP2 pedal) to the auxiliary port at the same time as having a triple pedal connected to to the triple pedal port, you have up to 4 pedal functions you can have active at once. What each pedal does by default will change depending on the voice you have selected.
As you would expect, for piano voices, the following pedal assignments are the default:
- Right pedal (damper/sustain)
- Middle pedal (sostenudo)
- Left pedal (soft)
- Aux pedal (the other port-also damper/sustain)
All of these 3 functions work perfectly, and good news: the right pedal DOES support half pedaling! I demo the piano pedal functions in this video:
So What’s The “Strange” Behaviour?
I should mention that this behaviour MAY not be the DAOK triple pedal, and may instead be an issue with how the DGX works with ANY triple pedal unit (including the Yamaha LP-1); but it is PROBABLY just an issue with the DAOK. But that being said, I don’t think this is a huge issue (it definitely is NOT an issue for me; I just wanted to let you all know about it).
With the right pedal only, it seems that if you start editing what you want the right pedal to do, it will do that . . . BUT it will ALSO do whatever it was last set to do, or what it was set to do by default. For example, if I switch the right pedal from sustain to starting and stopping the rhythm style and then press the pedal: it does start and stop the style, BUT it ALSO will sustain notes. I do an in-depth demo of this in the main video version of this review (and that video really isn’t very long, so if you want to see what I mean, just follow the link to the YouTube review at the bottom of this page).
So why do I think this isn’t a big deal?
- I never tend to change what the right pedal does (from the default) for any voice I use
- For any pedal customization I DO use (and I have more than a few of those), I typically start with the auxiliary pedal, and then the left, and then if needed . . . the middle (but never the right)
DAOK Triple Pedal – THE VERDICT
I really like this pedal! I actually owned a Yamaha LP-1 triple pedal unit and returned it after a month or so, because I found the pedals to be too stiff to press, and a bit high off the ground for my taste. The DAOK pedal is super comfortable to play, it doesn’t slide around on my hardwood floor at ALL, and all of the functions work great (including half-pedaling!), it doesn’t REQUIRE buying a wooden Yamaha stand, and . . . it is super portable! And as I mentioned earlier, that strange behaviour when customizing the right pedal is a complete non-issue (for me).
The only alternative I am aware of is the Yamaha LP-1 pedal which requires the wooden stand from Yamaha. You might like this pedal more than I, but as I mentioned I returned mine because the pedals were too stiff.
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Video Version Of This Review:
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