To me pedals are an important part of playing keyboards Using both my hands, i often use pedals for various functions Now there are pedalboards like Yamaha MFC 10 that come a long way, but they do miss some piano pedals
So how would my perfect pedal setup look?
I came up with the above drawing (God did not bless me with any drawing skills)
There is 2 "green" expression/volume pedals There are 10 "red" switches 2 left, 2 right, 2 on each side of the expression pedals and 2 on top of the piano pedals There are the "blue" switches for bank up and bank down. So you have several banks of settings available
And then there is the 3 "yellow" pedals. These are all 3 half damper pedals sending midi 0-127, or on/off They can be used for many more things then just piano pedals Things like Wah-Wah, pitch, any parameters that are temporarily changed. Or just as On/Off switches like the red switches.
Coming from an arranger background, i think keyboard pedals are an underdeveloped part of commercial workstations A good example of a many pedal system is Vangelis his self developed instrument..
So how important are pedals for your performance? Having functions on the pedals gives my hands the time they need to concentrate on playing the notes..