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The BeatBuddy is a drum machine in a stompbox, or a drummer pedal for short. Use this drum pedal for guitar and many other instruments. Further, we’ve meticulously recorded professional drummers and paired their samples with an algorithm that results in the best sounding drum machine you’ve ever heard.
In addition to being the most realistic drum machine on the market, it’s also the easiest guitar drum pedal to use. That is to say, there’s no fussing around with sequencers, and controlling the beat during a live performance is as easy as stomping on the pedal to add fills, transitions, and outros. Right now, get the Beatbuddy for sale at our special deal price!
Studio-quality 24-bit sound with true stereo audio.
220+ styles, 24 diverse genres, and 10 unique drum sets.
No programming necessary for live, hands-free control of the beat.
Works with any sound system and any instrument.
Unleash the full potential of the pedal with room for up to 300 drum sets and 3 million songs.
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The BeatBuddy and BeatBuddy MINI 2 are described with many different terms, including “drum machine pedal”, “beat pedal”, and “drumbeat pedal”, but here at Singular Sound we like to call them “drummer pedals”. We chose the term “drummer pedal” because the BeatBuddy and BeatBuddy MINI 2 are more than just drum machines with fills, they’re your own personal drummer in a pedal. 🙂
A lot of work went into ensuring that the BeatBuddy was the most realistic sounding drum machine on the market. The very first thing we made sure to do is go straight to the source. However, instead of relying on samples from 3rd parties, we recorded professional drummers for our own samples.
We did this because we’re able to utilize multiple velocity playback as a result. For example, most drum machines utilize just one sample for each sound, using volume to increase or decrease that single sample. But, drums are dynamic and the overtones and attack vary between hits at different velocities. So, in order to accurately recreate this we had to record samples ourselves. However, we took the time to record a multitude of velocities, which allows the BeatBuddy to not just play a sample turned down or up, but to play different samples depending on the volume.
But, multiple velocity playback isn’t the only factor. We also needed to ensure the BeatBuddy wouldn’t sound robotic, and this was accomplished through non-quantized playback. Quantization is the process of aligning notes perfectly on the beat, and by playing back without quantization, we’re able to more closely recreate the subtle nuances in a rhythm.
As a result, this drum machine that doesn’t just sound amazing, it plays amazing.
Both the BeatBuddy and BeatBuddy MINI 2 offer the same core functionality and default content. However, there are 3 key differences. First, the BeatBuddy MINI 2 can’t load any additional content like the BeatBuddy can.
Secondly, it also utilizes 16-bit sound vs the BeatBuddy’s 24-bit sound. Finally, there is no MIDI functionality in the BeatBuddy MINI 2.
If you want to perform live, create your own content, download additional content, and have an ear for studio-grade sound quality, there is no drum machine on the market as awesome as the BeatBuddy.
The term song refers to the multiple verses, transition beats, fills, etc. that you control. We chose this term because each song is made up of several individual beats. Sometimes you’ll hear other people (or us!) referring to songs as styles or beats, and most people know what you mean by that, but the official term is song.
Feel free to use the BeatBuddy in any which way you like! Use it for recording an album, use it live, use it to create music that you sell, anything you want. It is all royalty-free, you don’t have to pay us a dime. We would appreciate it though if you listed us as your drummer in your album credits, though. 🙂
From the date of delivery, you have a full 60 days to try out any of our products. If at any point within that time period you want to return them, email us and we will provide you instructions on where to send it. Once received, we will issue you a full refund on your purchase to the original payment source used.
The warranty is a full two year warranty. This covers any innate manufacturing defects and any other issue that seems to have been caused by a factor outside your control. If there is any issue, we will either repair or replace your unit (at our option) free of charge, as long as the issue being dealt with is within the terms of the warranty and the relevant time span. Technical issues that aren’t covered are ones that are due to obvious negligence, such as connecting the BeatBuddy to too high a voltage of a power supply, dropping it in water, etc. (basically anything that someone with common sense wouldn’t do).
Most definitely! And many users of the BeatBuddy do. Use it as a guitar drum pedal; it is your versatile drum machine pedal. You do not need an instrument to be plugged into the BeatBuddy for it to work. The BeatBuddy is incorporated with many performers’ setups, and we continuously receive amazing feedback from them on how much it adds to their performances.
The BeatBuddy and the MINI 2 are compatible with any adapter that meets these specs: 9 volt, center negative, and a minimum of 300 mA. Do NOT use an adapter with higher voltage, otherwise you will fry your BeatBuddy and the warranty does not cover that!
Yes, we do. The frequency varies, but it’s usually once every few months. Every update is in the form of a firmware upgrade which is simply a matter of just placing some files on your SD card and giving it 10 seconds to update. Every update will come with a changelog, and if you are subscribed to our newsletter, you should receive a notification by email once an update is ready.
We plan on making the firmware update process automatic via our free software, so the simple process will be even simpler! 🙂
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When comparing the BeatBuddy to the SDrum there’s only really one area where the SDrum has an edge: price. The SDrum retails for $199 while you get the BeatBuddy for sale for $299. But as you’ll see here, the extra costs is worth it.
The BeatBuddy is better than the SDrum in nearly every category. First and foremost, it enables more live control over the beat than the SDrum, which only allows for the switching of song parts.
The SDrum is also limited to guitar only, has no built in visual metronome, only 5 drum sets, and can only store 36 songs. The BeatBuddy by contrast comes with 200+ songs, 10 drum sets, and the ability to load up to 3.2 million more songs, and 300+ drum sets. We even provide the free companion software so that you can create your own custom content for your BeatBuddy!
Additionally, the BeatBuddy supports all time signatures while the SDrum only supports 3/4 and 4/4 time signatures. But, it doesn’t end there. The BeatBuddy has full standard MIDI support while the SDrum can only use JamSync to sync up with Digitech loopers only.
Both the BeatBuddy and BeatBuddy MINI 2 offer the same core functionality and default content. There are however 3 key differences. Firstly, the BeatBuddy MINI 2 can’t load any additional content like the BeatBuddy can.
Secondly, the MINI 2 utilizes 16-bit sound vs the BeatBuddy’s 24-bit sound. Finally, there is no MIDI functionality in the BeatBuddy MINI 2.
That is to say, if you want to perform live, create your own content, download additional content, and have an ear for studio-grade sound quality, there is no drum machine on the market as awesome as the BeatBuddy.
School of Rock, Taylor Robinson Guitar, and Frost School of Music (University of Miami) use the BeatBuddy instead of backing tracks and metronomes for its ability to help musicians both practice more efficiently and have more fun while doing so!
Practicing with the BeatBuddy feels less like practice and more like a jam session, which means you’ll want to practice more than you ever did with that annoying metronome. Additionally, since you can change song parts, add fills, and more you’ll be able to better practice improvising, something you can’t get from a backing track!