#1
One of the many things I know nothing about. Now, I know you can use them with pedals, but I don't really get how they work...

First, what all can you use as an expression pedal? Brands, don't matter, right?

What cords do you use to connect them?

What else can they be used for?

What's a normal price?

If there's anything else you'd like to tell me about them, then please feel free, as I'm curious about them.

#2
Do you mean like wah pedals and stuff?

If so, you have your wahs (Dunlop,Morley, Vox), Volume (Ernie Ball), Whammy (Digitech) and all that shiz (I'm sure there are more kinds but I don't know em)

To connect them you use your normal instrument cable

Wahs sound like this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=85zp1zVVDAQ
Volume is for changing the volume, swells, going from clean to dirty etc
And whammy can change the pitch, make crazy sounds and is pretty much just a whammy bar in pedal form.
#3
Ohhhh , I didn't know all those were called expression pedals... I meant specifically the ones that you would plug into another pedal, like to control the rate of something, or feedback, or amount of depth, etc. What can you say about them?

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#5
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Do you mean like wah pedals and stuff?

If so, you have your wahs (Dunlop,Morley, Vox), Volume (Ernie Ball), Whammy (Digitech) and all that shiz (I'm sure there are more kinds but I don't know em)

To connect them you use your normal instrument cable

Wahs sound like this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=85zp1zVVDAQ
Volume is for changing the volume, swells, going from clean to dirty etc
And whammy can change the pitch, make crazy sounds and is pretty much just a whammy bar in pedal form.



expression pedlas can be used for a multitude of things like the modulation rate on delay, chorus, reverb etc. they can only be used on pedals that have an expression pedal jack.
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#6
wow, once again. expression pedals are part of a family of devices known as control voltage (CV) devices. what an expression pedal [normally] does is give a continuous signal that varies between 0 volts and 5 volts. this continuous, but variable, signal is known as a 'control voltage'. this control voltage is normally delivered via a 1/4 jack that is either shielded or unshielded. there are other less popular methods to deliver a control voltage but 1/4 plug is most common by far.

the control voltage pedal works with no onboard power source, just some kinda potentiometer that is controlled by the foot controller.

that is what an expression pedal is, as far as what you can do with one is just about skies the limit. you do need control voltage devices, like a synth or particular pedals(like moogerfoogers or a boss dd-7 or malekko spring chicken, etc). a control voltage usually controls a parameter of a pedal or device. for example, the malekko spring chicken has a CV in that controls it's mix knob and has a 1/4 jack to facilitate this functionality), so you can plug in an expression pedal and control the mix with the expression pedal instead of the knob. convenient.

you don't need to stop at expression pedals though, there is some real hard core CV stuff out there, like the moog cp-251. imagine incorporating automated or random voltage signal into control voltages, or using envelope followers to track the intensity of the strummed note to trigger CV and gate effects....

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#7
So, could I use a volume pedal as a cv if I plugged it into the expression input?

Can you give me some links to the other CV's you talked about at the bottom of your post?

#8
volume pedal is quite different from an expression pedal, the volume pedal takes an input signal and trims it's output, while a CV volume controller would just use an expression pedal with 1 output and it would go into a pedal with a CV for volume.

links.

http://www.moogmusic.com/controllers/?section=product&product_id=21141

http://www.moogmusic.com/controllers/?section=product&product_id=21291

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B7VuwP3D9Js

just real quick.
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#10
Cheapest, most reliable expression pedal?
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#11
Or this: http://guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/Tone-in-Progress-Third-Hand-Expression-Pedal-?sku=150146

You could us it to make changes to a pedal while playing. An expression pedal is used to make adjustments to an effect while you are playing the guitar without having to use your hands to turn a nob.
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