Standard shipping in the USA is free (delivery time is usually about one week). Standard international shipping for the BeatBuddy is $30 for the entire shipment, even if you add accessories. International shipping for the Official BeatBuddy Footswitch and/or MIDI Cable without a BeatBuddy is $15. Expidited shipping services are available during checkout.
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Yes! You have the option to make no payments for up to six months with Paypal Bill Me Later
The BeatBuddy comes with a power adapter, SD card, and USB cable. The computer software is a free download. We do not include the footswitch or MIDI cable as including these items would increase the price for everybody and not all users wish to use these features; also, many users already own dual footswitches and MIDI cables. For those who do not already own these accessories, you can find them in our store.
Yes. We accept returns within 30 days of delivery and will provide a full refund, no questions asked.
Funny you ask. Yes, we do.
Not at all. The included beats are non-quantized recordings of real drummers (not programmed) and the drum sets include the highest quality samples at up to 15 dynamic levels and polyphonic support, making the BeatBuddy sound natural and realistic.
The BeatBuddy also solves another reason drum machines often sound fake: in most drum machines, when one drum loop follows another, the end of the first loop might conflict with the beginning of the second, eliciting a jarring beat a real drummer would never play. This never happens with the BeatBuddy because it can detect when such conflicting beats would occur and adjusts the loop transition accordingly, so no matter what you decide to play, the BeatBuddy plays continuously and naturally.
Absolutely! The BeatBuddy does not need an instrument to be plugged into it for it to work.
The BeatBuddy can be plugged into an amp, PA system, home stereo, computer, headphones, or any system that can accept either 1/4" (6.35 mm) or 1/8" (3.5 mm) input cables. Some amplifiers do not produce full-range sound and clip the higher frequencies, which may make the BeatBuddy sound muffled; for best sound, be sure to plug the BeatBuddy into a full range system, ideally in stereo, such as a home stereo or PA system.
Where in my pedal chain should I place the BeatBuddy? Won't my other effects make the drums sound bad?
The BeatBuddy should be placed at the end of your effects chain so the effects do not change the BeatBuddy's sound. If you have effects on your amplifier, that will change the BeatBuddy's sound -- for the best sound, use a full-range neutral speaker.
Since the BeatBuddy does not need an instrument to be plugged into it for it to work, you can alternatively plug it into its own speaker system.
We will never put drummers out of business. You will never see Metallica replace Lars Ulrich with a BeatBuddy. The BeatBuddy just allows musicians to have realistic drums who would have never had it before -- solo artists doing small gigs, practice sessions when a drummer isn't available, late at night when drums would wake the neighbors, and it's a great songwriting partner that won't get tired of the song you're working on! Even drummers can make great use of the BeatBuddy to improve their timing -- it's a lot more fun to use than a metronome! We will be making a demo video of all the ways drummers can use the BeatBuddy.
The BeatBuddy comes pre-loaded with 200 songs in a wide variety of styles and 10 different drum kits that can play those songs -- so you can play in your style right out of the box.
In addition to the pre-loaded content, you can download more content from our online Library, create your own content with the included software, or share and discover user-generated content on our community forum.
The BeatBuddy can do any time signature (really!) and comes pre-loaded with many songs in 5/4, 6/8, 7/8 and many other less common time signatures. And yes, different parts of a song can be in different time signatures.
The Visual Metronome knows the time signature in which the BeatBuddy is playing, and displays a darkened bar moving across the screen in accordance with the tempo, indicating where the beat is in the measure. The background of the screen is also color-coded in accordance with what is playing: fills are yellow, a transition beat is white, and so on (you can see a full video demonstration in the Visual Feedback section of our homepage).
Being able to visualize the beat makes playing on time, improving your rhythm, and learning new time signatures both easy and fun.
The BeatBuddy supports both latching and momentary standard dual footswitches. The BeatBuddy is NOT compatible with ABY switches.
The Official BeatBuddy Footswitch is designed to reliably provide rock-solid performance while withstanding the heavy use we expect from BeatBuddy users. We're quite proud of it -- check it out.
Yes. Customization is possible through the BeatBuddy settings menu.
Do I have to press the pedal exactly at the beginning of a drum fill or release it exactly at the end of a transition beat?
No. The BeatBuddy always ends song parts at the end of the bar, keeping you in time. For example, if you trigger a fill too early, it will start at the right time. If you trigger it too late, the remainder of the fill plays and ends with the bar, keeping you in time. Likewise, transitions only need to be held for a moment before you can release and the transition will begin and end exactly on time, leaving you with plenty of time to press your other pedals.
Yes. Different songs have a different number of song parts. While most songs pre-loaded on the BeatBuddy will just consist of a single verse and chorus, some will have multiple parts. Users can add and rearrange unlimited song parts (verse, bridge, chorus) through the interface software. All these song parts would play in the order arranged and then loop back to the beginning again. Each song part has its own set of fills associated with it.
No. If no intro fill is present the main beat starts immediately. If no outro fill is present, the song ends at the end of the bar.
No. The BeatBuddy comes with 10+ drum sets and 200+ songs and more will be available for download. We have designed the BeatBuddy to be intuitive and easy to use right out of the box. However, if you do know how to program beats, you can easily load your beats onto the BeatBuddy as MIDI files.
Can I create a list to use for my gig? Will I have to kill the vibe and edit things before each song or bend down and tamper with the BeatBuddy?
The BeatBuddy was designed for hands-free use. You can easily create a list of songs with the BeatBuddy Manager -- you can call them things like, "Friday Show", "Coffee House Gig", etc. You can set the default drum set and the default tempo, and more, for each song with the BeatBuddy Manager software before your show; that way, everything is ready to go. With the Official BeatBuddy Footswitch, you can even navigate through your songs folder, hands-free, so you never need to bend down and touch the BeatBuddy once during your entire show!
We will do our best to provide everyone with a power adapter that works in your country. If we cannot, you can use any standard adapter that produces 9V 500mA, center negative power, like most Boss and Digitech pedal adapters.
There have been multiple definitions associated with the term 'true bypass', so we will tell you what the BeatBuddy does. The BeatBuddy uses an analog mixer to combine the guitar and drum audio. It does not digitize the guitar in order to preserve the quality of the guitar's analog sound. But since the sound passes through an electronic component, if the BeatBuddy is not powered up, the sound will not pass through.
The BeatBuddy uses standard General MIDI files for the beats and either 16 or 24 bit WAV files for the drum sets and footswitch accent hits.
As of now, this is not supported, but we plan to add this feature in the future.
It has both MIDI-In and MIDI-Out -- so it can both control other MIDI devices and be controlled by them. Tempo, start, stop -- all the major MIDI Sync functions are supported.
In order to fit both the MIDI-In and MIDI-Out ports while still keeping the BeatBuddy in a single pedal format, we use a PS/2 port on the BeatBuddy. To convert this port to full 5 pin MIDI-In and MIDI-Out ports a special MIDI adapter cable is required.
USA delivery is usually within five business days. International shipping varies, but is usually 7-10 business days in most cases. You can choose expidited shipping services during checkout.
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