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Singular Sound BeatBuddy

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    A footpedal drum machine is now a reality. Brings a whole new meaning to toe-tapping rhythms.

    BeatBuddy is the first drum machine in a guitar pedal format that enables full hands-free, creative control of the beat. Musicians can effortlessly insert fills, transition from verse to chorus, add accent hits, throw in drum breaks, and more, to create an unprecedented live drummer effect.

    No programming is necessary: Included are 10 hyper-realistic drum sets and 200 songs in a wide variety of genres.

    For the advanced user, infinitely more songs and drum sets can be created with the included PC/Mac software, downloaded from BeatBuddy's ever-expanding online library, or discovered and shared on the BeatBuddy Community Forum.

    Featuring a first-of-its-kind visual display of the beat, BeatBuddy also makes it easy-to improve rhythm or learn new time signatures. It's the power of a drum machine with the simplicity of a pedal.

    FEATURES
    Compact pedal
    10 hyper-realistic drum sets
    200 songs covering many genres
    Color LCD display
    MIDI Sync
    TRS L/R Output
    TRS L/R Input
    Footswitch Input
    1.3mm Headphone Output with headphone volume wheel
    Volume and Tempo control knobs

    Put the beat at your feet. Order the Beatbuddy today!

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    Singular SoundBeatBuddy
     
    4.2

    (based on 30 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (17)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (8)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (2)

    89%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Functional (26)
    • Good quality (25)
    • Easy to use (22)
    • Improves sound (19)

    Cons

    • Difficult to use (3)

    Best Uses

    • Practicing (26)
    • Back-up (12)
    • Concerts (9)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (21), Professional musician (7)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Like it!

    Initially, I really like this. Consider this - out put needs to go directly to a clean place - they recommend a PA system. I'm running it into a clean Fender Reverb and...Read complete review

    Initially, I really like this. Consider this - out put needs to go directly to a clean place - they recommend a PA system. I'm running it into a clean Fender Reverb and it sounds just fine. Get the aux pedal at the same time, or you can't stop it without an outro.

    Instructions are simple & easy. However, using it in a loop is misleading. When looping this should be the LAST single to go out. Look at my pic: Signal begins at the Oxblood - lower right. So, I can use three pedals while building the 1st loop. That signal goes: out of the Beat buddy, into the tuner, straight to the Soul vibe, back to the Red Hall of fame, straight over to the big blue looper. Then, straight into the clean amp.

    Just remember - the instructions are confusing for looping. In my case, the looper is the LAST thing in the chain. But, I wanted the drum song in my loop.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Mac users beware!

    Worked on this item for a piano-playing friend who purchased the Beat Buddy. We spent 3+hours on this learning how to use the item, downloading the Beat Manager software, reading the manual,...Read complete review

    Worked on this item for a piano-playing friend who purchased the Beat Buddy. We spent 3+hours on this learning how to use the item, downloading the Beat Manager software, reading the manual, etc. Could not get the software to work on my Macbook, nor could we get the pedal to connect to the Mac via USB. Tried many times - no luck. This software should be named the "Not Ready For Primetime" Manager. We did enjoy the many varying beats on the pedal, and my friend has decided to keep the pedal and use it "as is" -meaning, only holding out dim hopes that the software manager will someday work with a Mac so we can organize the sounds and download new ones.

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    (15 of 17 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    My New Drummer is Always on Time!!!

    By Keysllave

    from Keystone Heights, FL

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    Pros

    • Compact
    • Easy To Use
    • Functional
    • Good Quality
    • Improves Sound
    • Rugged
    • Small

    Cons

    • None

    Best Uses

    • Backup
    • Concerts
    • Practicing

    Comments about Singular Sound BeatBuddy:

    I bought this Beat Buddy on the second wave of pre-orders in July of 2014. I was a bit skeptic at first after watching the videos from the maker. I thought....to good to be true. I was wrong!!! Is sounds absolutely amazing!!! I bought the pedal and the footswitch and I'm sure glad I did! You need them both to take full advantage of its features. It comes with 10 different drum sets and lots of different music styles. You can adjust the tempo and every time you hit the pedal while playing it performs a different fill for the verse and the chorus.A must to add to any rig! Plus and musician can use it whether playing an instrument or just singing. When I first plugged mine in at practice the lead singer thought the drummer was finally on time to practice. :-)

    (10 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Like it!

    By Ken

    from Okalahoma

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    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Functional
    • Good Quality
    • Improves Sound

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Practicing

      Comments about Singular Sound BeatBuddy:

      Initially, I really like this. Consider this - out put needs to go directly to a clean place - they recommend a PA system. I'm running it into a clean Fender Reverb and it sounds just fine. Get the aux pedal at the same time, or you can't stop it without an outro.

      Instructions are simple & easy. However, using it in a loop is misleading. When looping this should be the LAST single to go out. Look at my pic: Signal begins at the Oxblood - lower right. So, I can use three pedals while building the 1st loop. That signal goes: out of the Beat buddy, into the tuner, straight to the Soul vibe, back to the Red Hall of fame, straight over to the big blue looper. Then, straight into the clean amp.

      Just remember - the instructions are confusing for looping. In my case, the looper is the LAST thing in the chain. But, I wanted the drum song in my loop.

      (8 of 21 customers found this review helpful)

       
      1.0

      nonexistant support

      By Beatbuddy Sucker

      from MA

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      Pros

      • Functional

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Practicing

        Comments about Singular Sound BeatBuddy:

        i can't tell you haow disappointed i am with the company itself. While the Beat Buddy is a pretty good product, all that is dimmed by the sorry infrastructure of the company. i ordered the BB while in pre-production. after MANY delays i finally received my unit. That was fine but at this point you'd think you could download the updates without jumping through so many hoops....JESUS! They don't even offer a Mac version of the Manager software that is usable, which is shocking because they even use a pic. of a Macbook in the promo! But who could blame them, hardly anyone uses Mac these days, oof! GET ON THE STICK!! Pure laziness. They've clearly rushed it into production to sell, sell, sell with no consideration for the end user. I'm frustrated beyond belief. Thanks for the expensive paperweight.

        (8 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Not just a Buddy ,but a friend!!!

        By Johnny Astor

        from Kentucky

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        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Functional
        • Good Quality
        • Improves Sound

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Backup
          • Concerts
          • Practicing

          Comments about Singular Sound BeatBuddy:

          Finally a drum machine that really sounds like a real drummer, so easy to use and sounds great, I love mine!!!!!!!! Great for recording, and live

          (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Glad I got one

          By Chas

          from Cedar City, Ut

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          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Functional
          • Good Quality

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Backup
            • Practicing
            • recording

            Comments about Singular Sound BeatBuddy:

            High quality construction and a good design, easy to use. I purchased the foot switch pedal and discovered that it doesn't work with the Beat Buddy unless I use the patch cable that came with it for some reason. The foot switch is handy for pausing and adding a cymbal crash and is programmable for other functions. The sound quality of the drumbeats is great. I found the best sound by running the two left and right cables out of the Beat Buddy each into their own channels in my mixer and playing through my stereo which I use as a monitor for recording with a digital eight track. The resulting recorded drums are clean and crisp and sound very close to the real thing in my opinion. You don't need to patch the guitar directly into the Beat Buddy for it to work. I'm using it mostly for practicing, songwriting and recording, and as a stand alone drum machine it serves the purpose well. I bought the Beat Buddy to augment my drum sounds for recording; I have an Alesis SR-16, which sounds flat in comparison, and a Boss DR-3 Dr. Rhythm, which has a quality sound comparable to the Beat Buddy but is less user friendly in a live situation, though comparably priced. There are enough variations to the existing preset drum sounds in the Beat Buddy to keep things fresh; you can change the drum kits to any genre of music, change tempo quickly and easily, and the foot pedal is smooth and silent and very responsive. If I had to choose only one unit to keep I would choose the Beat Buddy as you can download more sounds from the manufacturer's website so the thing won't be obsolete anytime soon. I think it's a great value, an awesome product and well worth the price. It doesn't come with much of a user's manual, which is offered online, but right out of the box with the minimal instructions card the thing is easy to use and understand. I recommend the Beat Buddy for anyone who needs a drummer for any situation, especially practicing and recording. The thing has definitely inspired me.

            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            BeatBuddy (original)

            By Tim J.

            from Newark, NY

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            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Functional
            • Good Quality
            • Improves Sound

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Backup
              • Practicing

              Comments about Singular Sound BeatBuddy:

              The BeatBuddy is a high quality drum machine in the form of a foot pedal.
              It should be noted that despite it looking like a guitar stomp box you don't need to plug a guitar into it or run it through a guitar amp. In fact a different full range amp would be recommended. Most guitar amps are specifically designed for the range of sound of a guitar and will make this device sound not sound good even through a clean channel.
              Now that I got that important yet often missed peace of advice out of the way I will give my opinion.
              It is a great sounding drum machine. One of the best I have heard and with the free software you can create your own drum mix and they also sell collections of famous songs and of course all new sound types. It's a very useful and well built machine.

              (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

               
              2.0

              Mac users beware!

              By TEMO

              from Erie, PA

              About Me Professional Musician

              Comments about Singular Sound BeatBuddy:

              Worked on this item for a piano-playing friend who purchased the Beat Buddy. We spent 3+hours on this learning how to use the item, downloading the Beat Manager software, reading the manual, etc. Could not get the software to work on my Macbook, nor could we get the pedal to connect to the Mac via USB. Tried many times - no luck. This software should be named the "Not Ready For Primetime" Manager. We did enjoy the many varying beats on the pedal, and my friend has decided to keep the pedal and use it "as is" -meaning, only holding out dim hopes that the software manager will someday work with a Mac so we can organize the sounds and download new ones.

              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Perfect Infinity looper companion

              By Wink

              from Madison, WI

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              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Functional
              • Good Quality

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Singular Sound BeatBuddy:

                  I got the BeatBuddy as a timing unit for my Pigtronix Infinity looper. My intention is to only send its output to an in-ear monitor, so the audience cannot hear it, however I may change that thinking over time. The MIDI sync cable for the BeatBuddy is a must for this application. I've never had MIDI work so easily. I plugged a MIDI cable from the BeatBuddy into the Infinity and it just worked, right out of the box. You can even change the tempo on the BeatBuddy while playing back the loop, although it takes a while for the looper to catch up if you move it more than a few clicks.

                  The other thing I like about this unit is that you can set the tempo using either the tap tempo button, or a dial that displays the beats per minute. I personally do not like using tap tempo, so the ability to dial in the tempo is a big plus.

                  (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Outstanding, amazing product

                  By AmMacD

                  from Maine

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                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Functional
                  • Good Quality
                  • Improves Sound

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Concerts
                    • Practicing

                    Comments about Singular Sound BeatBuddy:

                    This is a truly revolutionary product - there is nothing like it on the market. The drum sounds are recording quality and it is easy to use right out of the box. There is a learning curve for the more sophisticated features and management software, but the effort is well worth the result. For anyone who wants to invoke the midi features, the possibilities are endless. This is a godsend for anyone who wants to practice or perform with a drummer, but remain a solo performer. Truly amazing.

                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    One of the Best non-instrument purchases I've ever made!!!

                    By RightSongs

                    from Baltimore, MD

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                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Functional
                    • Good Quality
                    • Improves Sound
                    • Sturdy

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Gigging
                      • Practicing
                      • Solo Performance

                      Comments about Singular Sound BeatBuddy:

                      I'm a gigging acoustic guitar musician and I use a simplified rig so I'm able to set up and pack up easily The only pedals I use are a Digitech Vocalizer and a Distortion pedal for when I use a Tele. I played around with other drum machines & backing tracks but found them cumbersome to use.
                      Enter the BeatBuddy.

                      Unboxed it, plugged it in and put on a set of headphones to listen to the different beats and to figure out how to use the pedal for start, stop, transitions and outros. I did not purchase the BeatBuddy auxiliary pedal but much to my surprise and old two button stomp box I had left from an old Crate Acoustic Amp worked perfectly with the BeatBuddy. While the current BeatBuddy auxiliary pedal is momentary, my Crate is latching. However, the BeatBuddy will set up for either type and works flawlessly with my latching switches.

                      After figuring out the basics, time to plug it in. I set it up to run independently from my Vocalizer so it is not part of the signal chain. I plugged it into the Aux input on my SA-220 P.A. which has the benefit of having a separate volume control so I can easily change the volume of the drum kit.
                      First off let me say that when it comes to pedal work, I'm a klutz (which is why I keep it simple) who's fat feet make pedal work difficult. NO PROBLEM with the BeatBuddy. I was able to control start, stop, fills, cymbal hits and transitions flawlessly on first attempt.

                      It comes loaded with an amazing number of beats and a good number of drum kits. You can load in a song (beats) and then change the drum set, tempo, change fills in or out, just incredibly flexible. You can add more drum kits and beats at very reasonable prices from Singular Sound.

                      For gigging, you can set up your playlist and using the Aux pedal move forward and backward in the list again, incredibly was to use even for a klutz like me. Did I mention it has MIDI too.

                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      4.0

                      A DRUMMER AT YOUR FEET

                      By Bass Man

                      from Cold North

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                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use
                      • Functional
                      • Good Quality
                      • Improves Sound

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Backup
                        • Concerts
                        • Practicing

                        Comments about Singular Sound BeatBuddy:

                        If you are in need of a drummer, this is the way to go. This pedal along with the software you use on your computer PC/MAC to make any changes, takes a Drum Machine to a whole new level. I have owned Roland, Alesis, and Yamaha, but this one is a whole step above, in sound and features. There is a learning curve, but you will not be disappointed at all.
                        Has fill on demand,which by the way is various fill types. Start/Stop, and intro, and these can all be changed to suit to taste. Plus many styles of drum sounds. Also with Software like OnSong and a Bluetooth devise like puc+ you can program the BeatBuddy with your IPAD, unreal. Switch to your song on OnSong and the Beatbuddy will go right to the beat you programmed in the BeatBuddy. No more looking for the patch you need to play. It is instant. Also you can control more then just one, add a looper and pass the MIDI commands unto a looper and never hold up a show again. You can also add another Pedal for MORE control. I am just barley scratching the surface here.
                        I love this thing, YOU WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED.

                        They have a great forum where you trade songs and learn all about the devise. Insane how good this thing sounds, not just it's feature rich, but it really sounds good. This thing is Brutal Good.

                        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Absolutely love it! Easy to operate and sounds great.

                        By Greg

                        from Georgia

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                        Pros

                        • Easy To Use
                        • Functional
                        • Good Quality

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Backup
                          • Practicing

                          Comments about Singular Sound BeatBuddy:

                          Currently use it for practice, but can also use it solo.

                          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          4.0

                          Great Product

                          By Thomas L.

                          from Texas

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                          Pros

                          • Functional
                          • Good Quality
                          • Improves Sound

                          Cons

                          • Difficult To Use

                          Best Uses

                          • Backup
                          • Concerts
                          • Practicing

                          Comments about Singular Sound BeatBuddy:

                          I use this as my drummer for the praise and worship at our church and have gotten many compliments on the sound. I love that everything is rigged for foot control and you can create setlist so that all you have to do is worship and not have to fool around with trying to get the next beat ready for the next song. It is kind of tricky when you first get started arranging the songs for the set list but the videos and instructions are really good and will help you till you get the hang of things.

                          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          Best pedal purchase ever!

                          By Bob

                          from Indiana

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                          Pros

                          • Easy To Use
                          • Functional
                          • Good Quality
                          • Great to improve your rhythm ability.
                          • Improves Sound

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Practicing

                            Comments about Singular Sound BeatBuddy:

                            This thing is a blast. Paired with a loop pedal you can be a one man band. If you don't have the money sell something and get this pedal lol !

                            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            4.0

                            Enjoying the beat buddy pedal.

                            By Dan

                            from Melbourne Florida

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                            Pros

                            • Easy To Use
                            • Functional
                            • Good Quality

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Backup
                              • Practicing

                              Comments about Singular Sound BeatBuddy:

                              I use the beat buddy right now just for practice. As I improve I will be using it in other settings but right now I am having fun learning to use it.

                               
                              5.0

                              BeatBuddy

                              By kbazis

                              from Mt. Pleasant

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                              Pros

                              • Easy To Use
                              • Functional
                              • Good Quality
                              • Home Studio
                              • Improves Sound
                              • Practicing

                              Cons

                              • No Power Switch On/Off

                              Best Uses

                              • Practicing
                              • Studio Recording

                              Comments about Singular Sound BeatBuddy:

                              I was wrong, sounds absolutely amazing, quality built and all you need for studio recording and practicing.

                               
                              2.0

                              Good Sound! Software and support SUCKS!

                              By nick

                              from New Orleans< LA

                              About Me Professional Musician

                              Pros

                              • Easy To Use
                              • Functional
                              • Good Quality
                              • Improves Sound

                              Cons

                              • Don't try to build your own song list

                              Best Uses

                              • Practicing

                              Comments about Singular Sound BeatBuddy:

                              Sounded good until I tried to build a song list! Can't identify drumsets using the beatbuddy manager. tried the drop box,,,,,,,,still waiting to load! Software is not user friendly at all. No software guide or book exist!

                               
                              3.0

                              Not easy to use in live setting

                              By Gasman

                              from Irvine, CA

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                              Pros

                                Cons

                                • Difficult To Use

                                Best Uses

                                • Practicing

                                Comments about Singular Sound BeatBuddy:

                                Have several things that I dislike. Default is to start with opening riff and stop with closing riff. Doesn't work if you want the drums to come it later. Also usually I want to end the drums immediately not with a closing riff. Default also is to start the beat when you release the pedal not when you press down. Who thought that was the way to go? Means you start after the downbeat. Really didn't like it at all.

                                 
                                4.0

                                Finally, a "drum machine" for guitarists!

                                By El Capitan

                                from Colorado

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                                Pros

                                • Easy To Use
                                • Functional
                                • Good Quality
                                • Improves Sound

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Backup
                                  • Practicing

                                  Comments about Singular Sound BeatBuddy:

                                  Has to be heard to be believed. I was quite impressed with the sound quality; very organic. I wish it were more pedalboard-friendly (straight TRS and power supply plugs), with a larger footprint than seems necessary, especially the remote, which is way too big. Overall, I highly recommend this pedal to anyone who, like me, can't stand the sound of even the highest-quality drum machines. This one is built for the guitarist, and every player should check it out.

                                   
                                  5.0

                                  Love it!!

                                  By Sam

                                  from Wilton, NH

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                                  Pros

                                  • Easy To Use
                                  • Functional
                                  • Good Quality
                                  • Improves Sound

                                  Cons

                                  • menu beat discriptions vague
                                  • On line updates for more patterns

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Backup
                                  • Concerts
                                  • Practicing

                                  Comments about Singular Sound BeatBuddy:

                                  I am very happy with this product. It has a usable initial included beat selection though several genres I would never use. Most of the common patterns are represented. The random drum fills are superb. And it does mimic a live drummer. I bought the foot switch that is an extra and its worth the expense. For a solo performer, I wanted drum patterns to enhance and augment my playing. A different drum fill each time you call for one is a nice feature. It makes it less tedious and synthetic to the ear as drum machines do and more organically closer to live. I'm not into devices like this that require online updates, so unless I have problems with the included SD card software, I don't know how much updating I'd do. I suppose a critical comment is maybe it could come with a bigger initial pattern library then the ruffly eight or so patterns each Genre. But the pedal is easy use and learn and it doesn't require too painful of a learning curve. For the money, a better instruction booklet would be nice without having to go on-line for a complete booklet. It just came with a quick start guide. But to sum up, it does what I wanted it to do and it sounds as good as any drum machine in my opinion and handy to be in stomp box form. It seems durable enough so far.

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