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Mechanical key noise

Postby daza1973 » 19:34, 1 April 2017

I know this might sound daft, but I've had my JD-XA for a few months now and as a rule I use it through my headphones.
Today though I was playing it through my system (without headphones) and I noticed for the first time how much of a mechanical click noise the keys give off when pressed - every key makes the same noise right through the keyboard. Is this just me being OCD or is this the same on all JD-XA's ?
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Re: Mechanical key noise

Postby Dsx707 » 06:45, 6 April 2017

I just purchased the JDXA and have noticed what might be the same issue.

Does this "click" only occur upon release of the keys? I believe it's the way the keyboard is designed possibly as part of the aftertouch mechanism?

I have not seen anyone post anything about this it's not a huge issue so maybe most are not concerned.

That said it's a known fact that the keybed is admittedly below the standard for such a synth.
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Re: Mechanical key noise

Postby runningman67 » 14:39, 9 April 2017

Dsx707 wrote:
That said it's a known fact that the keybed is admittedly below the standard for such a synth.


I like the keybed and have had no problems or mechanical noises. Maybe take it back to the shop and get a replacement.
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Re: Mechanical key noise

Postby daza1973 » 19:36, 9 April 2017

Dsx707 wrote:I just purchased the JDXA and have noticed what might be the same issue.

Does this "click" only occur upon release of the keys? I believe it's the way the keyboard is designed possibly as part of the aftertouch mechanism?

I have not seen anyone post anything about this it's not a huge issue so maybe most are not concerned.

That said it's a known fact that the keybed is admittedly below the standard for such a synth.


Yes, a slight click on release of a key is the issue I was referring to, but if it is just a characteristic of the keybed I can live with it.
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Re: Mechanical key noise

Postby Dsx707 » 19:50, 9 April 2017

runningman67 wrote:
Dsx707 wrote:
That said it's a known fact that the keybed is admittedly below the standard for such a synth.


I like the keybed and have had no problems or mechanical noises. Maybe take it back to the shop and get a replacement.


So you don't hear an audible click on release of the keys on your JD-XA?
Play it with no sound and listen closely.
You may not have any issues such as this. On mine the upper keys make this sound a little more obviously..

The System 8 has the same keyboard and I noticed this on it too but since I was playing it in a shop it was hard to tell how loud the click sound is.

So you don't hear a click on release at all?
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Re: Mechanical key noise

Postby runningman67 » 20:38, 9 April 2017

Non either on my S8 or XA. I think you need to check it out.
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Re: Mechanical key noise

Postby Dsx707 » 20:47, 9 April 2017

So this would mean it's not a common issue. However me and daza1973 notice it.
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Re: Mechanical key noise

Postby craigsebree » 20:01, 5 November 2017

Bought my JDXA in august 2017 and I just noticed the mechanical clicking on key release today. More noticable on upper register 24 keys. Don't like it
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Re: Mechanical key noise

Postby Duplobaustein » 08:33, 9 November 2017

Maybe you could post a video of those noises?
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Re: Mechanical key noise

Postby Dsx707 » 08:11, 7 December 2017

craigsebree wrote:Bought my JDXA in august 2017 and I just noticed the mechanical clicking on key release today. More noticable on upper register 24 keys. Don't like it


Thats basically an exact description of the issue with my JD XA apparently it's an issue to some people. I too noticed it on the System 8 also when playing on one in a store. So basically it's the way the cheap key action was designed and not a defect necessarily.
I find that gear these days quite often has these slight design issues I know this as I have and have had lots modern and vintage gear at my disposal.
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Re: Mechanical key noise

Postby Rodan » 02:49, 9 December 2017

I got my JD-XA about a year ago. It has the slight noise when the key is released for all keys. Interestingly, it gets louder going up the scale. So I typically only notice it in the upper registers. Didn't notice it at all until I moved it up above another keyboard. Now the keys are physically closer to my ear.
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