The BeatBuddy Pedal Drum Machine: Meet Your Groove Companion
Housed in a humble stompbox, Singular Sound's BeatBuddy pedal has the potential to do something few devices can -- make practice fun. With truly realistic drum samples and an easy-to-follow display, it's an excellent tool for teachers and students. And the BeatBuddy is also a powerful performance companion that can handle improvisations and the unpredictable nature of live music.
See how BeatBuddy works -- and hear how good it sounds -- in this video:
Choose a style, then add fills, accent hits, and transitions all with your feet through the BeatBuddy's intuitive functions. The LCD display shows each beat, and no matter when you press the pedal, your fills and transitions will always land right on rhythm.
Practice to the Beat -- No Drummer Required
Any guitarist who's ever started a band knows that a good drummer is hard to find. With a BeatBuddy in your arsenal, you get the benefits of practicing along with a drummer -- without the hassles, like having to help them load in all that gear. But perhaps most important of all, the BeatBuddy sounds like a drummer -- no sterile, generic-sounding samples here! That's because all of its drum samples were meticulously recorded, with a real drummer on an acoustic kit. When you turn down the volume, you get the sound of softer-hit drums, not the same hit rehashed with lower volume. And if variety is what you need, the BeatBuddy comes pre-loaded with 10 kit types and 200 songs in all sorts of genres, with more content for you to create via software or download from the online BeatBuddy community!
Any Time Signature, Any Style of Music
The BeatBuddy really is a tool for any level of musician -- its interface is easy to use, but its functionality makes it as advanced as you need it to be. For example, it's easy to keep track of a beat by following the moving bars on the LCD screen, but whether that beat is 4/4, 6/8, or 11/8 is up to you! Likewise, the screen will change colors to identify parts of a song. For example, green is a verse, red is an intro or outro fill, and yellow is a transition fill, for switching between verse styles.
See the BeatBuddy's reactive display in action in this video from Singular Sound:
Your BeatBuddy includes an SD card preloaded with 10 drum kits and 200 songs that run the gamut from Motown to metal. But what to do if your jazz fusion project calls for something a little more...complex? You can create your own songs with however many parts in however many time signatures, plus customize drum sets with the included BeatBuddy manager software! You can then share your creations or download patches from other BeatBuddy users.
Great for Teachers, Students, Solo Performers and More
Teaching your student rhythm or helping them hone a favorite riff? Take them from the lesson room to the stage with the BeatBuddy's realistic drum sounds. Control fills and drum parts with your feet to coach your student through an entire song.
As essential as metronomes are in the practice room, their sterile-sounding clicks just don't make for inspired practice sessions. The BeatBuddy's customizable, realistic drums will add life to your practice and may even inspire new ideas!
Need rhythm accompaniment onstage? The BeatBuddy is fully stage-ready, with a pedal design that's familiar to guitarists, bassists, and singers. It's compact enough to bring anywhere, and offers easier on-the-fly tweaks than any standard drum machine.
Add the Footswitch or MIDI Breakout Cable
The BeatBuddy footswitch further expands the BeatBuddy's functionality, letting you add accent hits, pause the track, set tap tempo with your foot, or scroll through songs without having to fiddle with knobs. Add a MIDI breakout cable, and the BeatBuddy can sync with other MIDI devices. We recommend trying the BeatBuddy with a MIDI-enabled looper to create layered parts driven by realistic percussion.
Headphone Output Built-in
Plan to rock with your BeatBuddy late into the night? The BeatBuddy has a 1/8" headphone output right on the side of it. Of course, it's also got L and R stereo 1/4" outputs, so you can connect it to your guitar amp, powered PA speaker or mixing board.
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- Includes: 9V Power supply (500mA, center negative), 4GB SD card, USB cable, Quick Start Guide.
- Dimensions: (L x W x H) 5 x 3.3 x 2.5"
- Weight: 1.1 lbs.
- Output Impedance: ~26 ohms
- Signal to Noise: 95 dB
- D/A: 24 bit, 44.1 kHz
- Frequency Response: 10Hz to 20 kHz
- Input Impedance: > 1Meg ohms (Max Input Level: 3.5 dBu)
- Weight, Dimensions, and Manufacturer Part Numbers
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