Can I use a simple sustain pedal with my Roland D-20 in order to do overdubbing with Ableton Live Looper audio effect? In other words, use the pedal for controlling the Looper All-purpose button that starts/stops recording/playback/overdubbing, etc.

Thanks in advance for any help.

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Roland's D-20 is now a pretty old piece of kit. But MIDI Spec was solidly established and implemented by that time so that if you already have the D-20 set up as your main MIDI Controller for Live then Sustain Pedal performance info should be passed to the software along with Notes, Mod Wheel etc.

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    I just confirm that I have been using the Roland D20 for playing vst instruments setup in Live, having connected it's MiDI OUT port with the MIDI IN of a M-Audio Audiophile 2496 card that I use. So it surely passes notes and other MIDI data along Ableton.
    – vasilis
    Mar 5, 2018 at 22:32

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