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Bring the drummer right into your home with the BeatBuddy Mini—effortlessly insert fills, transition from verse to chorus, add accent hits, throw in ...Click To Read More About This Product

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An even more compact version of the award-winning drum machine.

Bring the drummer right into your home with the BeatBuddy Mini—effortlessly insert fills, transition from verse to chorus, add accent hits, throw in drum breaks, and more, to create an unprecedented live drummer effect—all with the simple ease of a guitar pedal format. No programming is necessary. Just cue your drummer and start jamming.

Controlling the Beat
Start: Begin the song by tapping the pedal button. The song starts with an intro fill, just like a real drummer, and then goes to the first verse, which loops as long as you like.

Fills: If you want a fill, just tap the pedal button any time, and a fill will play, perfectly in time.

Transition: To transition to the chorus, hold the pedal button down for as long as you’d like the transition to last.

Chorus: When you’re ready to begin the chorus, let go of the pedal button. The chorus beat loops as long as you like. You can return to verse the same way you transitioned to chorus.

End: Whenever you want to end the song, double-tap the pedal button and the beat ends with an outro fill.

Selecting A Song
A green light indicates whether you are selecting Genre, Song, or Tempo, all of which you control with a single knob.

1. Choose one of BeatBuddy Mini’s 21 genres by rotating the knob. Select genre by pressing down on the knob like a button. The green light will advance from “Genre” to “Song”.

2. Twist the knob to scroll through the songs within that genre. Each song’s time signature and default tempo are displayed on the bottom row.

Changing Tempo: To change the tempo, press the knob again. The green light will advance from “Song” to “Tempo”. You can now adjust the tempo by rotating the knob.

Visual Metronome
BeatBuddy Mini plays time signatures ranging from ¾ to ⅞ and more. The Visual Metronome aids your timing by moving a bar to the beat. A 4/4 beat has a bar 1/4th the size of the screen, a 5/4 beat has a bar 1/5th the size of the screen and so on. This way, you know exactly where you are in the measure, when that fill will end, when that next song part will start, and so on, tightening your chops like never before.

Additional Control!
With the Official BeatBuddy Footswitch (our SKU# J18656), you can select genres and songs, hands-free, add accent hits and drop the beat anytime—creating a powerful, realistic live effect.

FEATURES
  • Sound Quality: High quality 16-bit sound
  • Audio channels: Mono
  • LCD Screen: Monochrome
  • Visual Metronome: LEDs
  • Included songs: 100

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Singular SoundBeatBuddy Mini
 
4.2

(based on 22 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (12)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

86%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (20)
  • Functional (19)
  • Good quality (19)
  • Improves sound (6)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (18)
  • Back-up (11)
  • Concerts (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (14), Professional musician (6)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

THE BEST drummer on a budget but this drummer is amazing.

This is what every musician should have. YES, even drummers. This little gem is a great tool for practice, for recording for doing a live show or jamming. Use it anytime you...Read complete review

This is what every musician should have. YES, even drummers. This little gem is a great tool for practice, for recording for doing a live show or jamming. Use it anytime you play and it will help you keep in time. This even has a built in metronome along with all those drum styles. VERY EASY to use right out of the box. This pedal comes with a quick start guide and it comes with a power supply. One thing I would highly recommend is getting the Beat Buddy auxiliary foot switch, there are a couple reasons or more for this. Number one reason, it opens up the door for hands free operation. Number two you can use the foot switch with the big Beat Buddy. These will be the best things you ever buy to help you make great music in time on a tight budget. less than 2 bills and you have a great drummer that plays for free. IF you are a drummer you can use this to help you practice timing. It is a great tool for any musician. You will have a lot of fun with this once you get familiar with all the features. It does have some limitations but nothing that would keep you from using it for playing a gig. If you are doing some straight up music with no arrangements with changing time signatures in the middle of the song then you are business. You will need a friend to play bass with you if you are going to play live but that's OK. Music is about bringing people together for fun. It is not a Digitech TRIO but it is an amazing pedal. I happen to like the both. But for a musician on a tight budget this is a great pedal. You do not NEED the auxiliary foot switch to use it but I would not be without it. You will get addicted to this pedal very quickly. it is for ALL musicians and I say get one and have a lot of fun with it.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

nice sounds but a little too fussy for me

The Beat Buddy Mini is a great idea, but it just didn't suit me...it has great sounding drum kits, and excellent patterns, but I found it hard to find patterns that...Read complete review

The Beat Buddy Mini is a great idea, but it just didn't suit me...it has great sounding drum kits, and excellent patterns, but I found it hard to find patterns that were useful to me...I wasn't especially fond of the intros, and I couldn't figure out how to change or delete the intros...I like that it is the size of a pedal and can be controlled by foot switches...but for my purposes it didn't seem to be able to do anything better than my drum machines (Zoom MRT-3b and Boss DR 808)...I sent the Beat Buddy Mini back...

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(10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

THE BEST drummer on a budget but this drummer is amazing.

By rljmusic13

from In a trailer park by a cornfield in Iowa

About Me Professional Musician

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Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Functional
  • Good Quality
  • Improves Sound
  • keeps you in perfect time

Cons

  • ZERO

Best Uses

  • Backup
  • Concerts
  • Practicing
  • When you need a free drummer

Comments about Singular Sound BeatBuddy Mini:

This is what every musician should have. YES, even drummers. This little gem is a great tool for practice, for recording for doing a live show or jamming. Use it anytime you play and it will help you keep in time. This even has a built in metronome along with all those drum styles. VERY EASY to use right out of the box. This pedal comes with a quick start guide and it comes with a power supply. One thing I would highly recommend is getting the Beat Buddy auxiliary foot switch, there are a couple reasons or more for this. Number one reason, it opens up the door for hands free operation. Number two you can use the foot switch with the big Beat Buddy. These will be the best things you ever buy to help you make great music in time on a tight budget. less than 2 bills and you have a great drummer that plays for free. IF you are a drummer you can use this to help you practice timing. It is a great tool for any musician. You will have a lot of fun with this once you get familiar with all the features. It does have some limitations but nothing that would keep you from using it for playing a gig. If you are doing some straight up music with no arrangements with changing time signatures in the middle of the song then you are business. You will need a friend to play bass with you if you are going to play live but that's OK. Music is about bringing people together for fun. It is not a Digitech TRIO but it is an amazing pedal. I happen to like the both. But for a musician on a tight budget this is a great pedal. You do not NEED the auxiliary foot switch to use it but I would not be without it. You will get addicted to this pedal very quickly. it is for ALL musicians and I say get one and have a lot of fun with it.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Had to tweak it a bit, works great!

By The Olde Rocker

from Virginia

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Functional
  • Good Quality

Cons

  • Not enough beats musicians actually use.

Best Uses

  • Backup
  • Concerts
  • Practicing

Comments about Singular Sound BeatBuddy Mini:

The sound is just excellent, but I'm wondering if the engineering was done by a real musician! Why would every song start with an intro roll?! Lots of good beats, but dozens of beats NOBODY would ever use. The foot pedal should do rolls and pauses, not a just cymbal crashes and pauses. It took me about 10 minutes to open the case and solder a wire between the start/stop/roll to the cymbal crash. Now I can begin a song and do rolls with the left side foot button. VAST improvement in functionality! That may be a bit complicated for some so I'll put a how-to video on YouTube next week.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

nice sounds but a little too fussy for me

By Guitar Rabbit

from Western New York

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Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Functional
  • Good Quality

Cons

  • hard to find patterns I would find useful

Best Uses

  • Backup
  • Practicing
  • solo act

Comments about Singular Sound BeatBuddy Mini:

The Beat Buddy Mini is a great idea, but it just didn't suit me...it has great sounding drum kits, and excellent patterns, but I found it hard to find patterns that were useful to me...I wasn't especially fond of the intros, and I couldn't figure out how to change or delete the intros...I like that it is the size of a pedal and can be controlled by foot switches...but for my purposes it didn't seem to be able to do anything better than my drum machines (Zoom MRT-3b and Boss DR 808)...I sent the Beat Buddy Mini back...

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great sound and VERY EASY to use

By Joe Weski

from Twin Mountain, NH

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Functional
  • Good Quality

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Backup
    • Practicing

    Comments about Singular Sound BeatBuddy Mini:

    Having started to play guitar back in the sixties, I have always preferred to tap my foot instead of using a metronome. Drummers are hard to come by for a guy just trying to practice. Recently I started looking for a drum machine. Many seemed too complex and difficult to use, as well as kind of pricey. After finding the Beat Buddy mini with the extra foot-switch, I knew that I had found exactly what I wanted. It arrived within a week, and I am very impressed with the quality*, sound, simplicity of operation. This is a very easy machine to use that even an old rocker like me can figure out.
    *The only complaint that I have had with it, is that after initially using it to test it out, I noticed a rattling inside the unit when I picked it up. Fortunately, I had the tools and technical ability to remove the back and the circuit board to find an extra circuit board screw bouncing around. This is not something I would recommend a novice to try. If you screw it up the warrenty is voided. I am very happy that the screw did not short anything out, and the reassembled unit plays perfectly without a rattle. I am a very happy dude now.

    (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    1.0

    Splash me a little! NO, too much!

    By DON'T ASK AGAIN IF U CAN"T HANDLE TRUTH!

    from DOESN"T REALLY MATTER WHERE I AM

    About Me Professional Musician

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    Pros

    • Easy To Use

    Cons

    • Not Functional

    Best Uses

    • Practicing

    Comments about Singular Sound BeatBuddy Mini:

    Ok, reviews for this pedal (Beatbuddy Mini) are outrageous! . And the available literature is a bit ambiguous too, so it's hard to tell what you're really buying until you get it home . That being said, I bought one, and much to my dismay, as I fell for the hype ... the fact of the matter is, this is an "EXTREMELY BASIC" drum machine . by this I mean "What it is, is what you get! " There are no editing options beyond tempo. And the programmed Intros and Endings . I'm talking about the "GIVE THE DRUMMER SOME! " Intros, and the GIANT CYMBAL Splash endings! occur on every groove! . that is, whether Ballads to Rock the GODS! . IMHO this is very unprofessional, and basically annoying . In fact, I'd fire a drummer if on a gig, they were doing this for every song . I I were in an audience and heard these endings, I would KRINGE! . yes, with a "K" . What ever happened to "stick click" intros? Don't waste your money . IF you really want a BeatBuddy, (maybe the top shelf version is happening) get the full blown version . This one (Beatbuddy Mini) is for amateurs.

    (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    Disappointed

    By luckybighead

    from North Tx.

    About Me Novice

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    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Functional
    • Good Quality

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Practicing

      Comments about Singular Sound BeatBuddy Mini:

      Not really sure what I expected, there seemed to be many glowing reviews, but I'm not impressed with this purchase. Now, to be fair, I just got it a couple days ago, and have messed with it a couple times. It has some useful tracks but many you'd never use. Sound is ok, maybe with more experimenting it'll get better. I honestly get better beats and sound out of the Casio keyboard I've got. If after some more use, I can come up with a better review, I'll re-post, otherwise, it'll just be another shot in the dark which missed.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Does the Job

      By Flashinpan

      from Santa Cruz, CA

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Functional
      • Good Quality

      Cons

      • Can't really create a custom beat.

      Best Uses

      • Backup
      • Practicing

      Comments about Singular Sound BeatBuddy Mini:

      I use this product just to liven up my practice sessions on guitar. It does have a lot of presets. The manual gives a web page you can go to to see what presets match what songs. I tried that link but the link is dead. You can find some matching songs in the forums, but its hit or miss so there isn't really any kind of definitive list. It will take some time so you are sort of on your own. You can't customize the beat aside from tempo and a few iterations of supplied sequences. There is a more expensive version of this device, so I assume custom beats is why you would buy that one.

      For the money, I think this is probably a good value. It is a bit limiting but at the same time, I think that makes it VERY simple to use. Sometimes simplicity makes all the difference. I don't want to become a computer programmer just to play a song.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great product!!

      By banddirectordc

      from Newbern, TN

      About Me Professional Musician

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      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Functional
      • Good Quality

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Backup
        • Concerts
        • Practicing

        Comments about Singular Sound BeatBuddy Mini:

        The BeatBuddy Mini works great!!! I am a band director and also a church musician (Praise and Worship Leader) and my primary instrument is percussion. Having said that, at church, I play and lead from guitar and whenever I'm in need of a drumset and don't have a regular drummer, the BeatBuddy Mini will work great. It does take some practice time to get used to using it. I've used it for practice at home, but haven't tried it out at church. I'm looking forward to doing that. I also teach class guitar and I'm planning on using it as a metronome in our class for building rhythm and chops. Thanks BeatBuddy for a great product!!!

        (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Where has this thing been, I Love It...

        By TC

        from Buffalo NY

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        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Functional
        • Good Quality

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Backup
          • Practicing

          Comments about Singular Sound BeatBuddy Mini:

          Nice unit. If you need something for writing, rehearsing or having a great session, I think you found it....

           
          5.0

          Great Bang for the buck, but be forwarned

          By noshadow

          from Colfax, WI

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Functional
          • Good Quality

          Cons

          • Poor sound quality with certain amps

          Best Uses

          • Practicing
          • Recording

          Comments about Singular Sound BeatBuddy Mini:

          I basically wanted something that would knock out a 4/4 beat with programmable tempo, and actually sounded like drums (metronomes absolutely drive me up the wall). My problem was I record 3 tracks of guitar, email the demo to my drummer (miles away), who then lays down the drum track. This works pretty well until you get to a song where the lead and rhythm rest, a few bars later the rhythm kicks in for half a bar, then the lead, then everybody rests for a drum fill; you get the picture. Keeping time with just a foot tap as you record each track was extremely difficult, as you might come in on lead a quarter step off, and have to redo the whole take multiple times. Thought I'd give Beat Buddy a try. Well, I got the thing yesterday and, having no idea how these infernal machines worked, I read the instructions, found them to be fairly simple, plugged her in and let her rip. Total disappointment! The best that could be said for the sound was someone banging on pie tins with tree branches, with a whack on an empty cardboard box every fourth beat. Spent half an hour fiddling with amp settings (Fender Mustang) to no avail. Remembering the instruction manual, recommending an acoustic guitar amp, I tried plugging it in to my bass amp (Fender Rumble 25), and eureka! real drums! A couple minutes of fiddling with it and I found the perfect beat and programmed the tempo (simple twirl of the dial). Erased every track I had recorded up til then and, following the song chart, recorded the Beat Buddy complete with intro and outro. Less than an hour later I had recorded bass, rhythm, and lead tracks on a song I'd been struggling with for a week. BB saved me a whole lotta time recording, plus it is outstanding as a practice drummer. There are 2 dozen different genres of songs to choose from (rock, R&B, hip hop, country, metal, punk, etc.), and I haven't even begun to explore all there is. Having said that, beware if you don't have the proper amp to use with it.

           
          3.0

          Good sound but hard to control with footswitch

          By BobR

          from Ohio

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Functional
          • Good Quality

          Cons

          • Difficult To Use

          Best Uses

            Comments about Singular Sound BeatBuddy Mini:

            A single footswitch to control start, fill , transition and stop is not so reliable. Double click to stop sometimes restarts and other odd things happening.

             
            5.0

            Looking forward to using this more & more.

            By KC

            from Bridgewater, NJ

            About Me Novice

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Practicing

              Comments about Singular Sound BeatBuddy Mini:

              Still getting used to it......but I'm enjoying

               
              4.0

              nice (drumroll) bang for the buck

              By goldfox

              from pa

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              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Functional
              • Good Quality

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Backup

                Comments about Singular Sound BeatBuddy Mini:

                nicer with foot switch and wish when it gets unpluged it would save settings

                 
                5.0

                Great beats

                By snowmanhunter1

                from NY

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                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Functional
                • Good Quality

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Practicing

                  Comments about Singular Sound BeatBuddy Mini:

                  Great little beater

                   
                  5.0

                  Beat Buddy Mini

                  By Diamond Jim

                  from Diamondhead MS

                  About Me Professional Musician

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Backup
                    • Practicing

                    Comments about Singular Sound BeatBuddy Mini:

                    Awesome

                    Service and delivery comments:

                    Excellent

                     
                    4.0

                    This is a great item. It just won't work for what I need.

                    By jack

                    from Florida

                    About Me Professional Musician

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Singular Sound BeatBuddy Mini:

                        I have been a Professional for almost 60 years, having my own band for many years. I am getting ready to retire, but want to play some around my home with friends, but this just won't work for what I need. It has great sounds and easy to use. some of the kick offs don't work for me. Still a good product.

                        (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        excellent and easy to use!!!!!!!!!!!!!

                        By Guitarstuff

                        from Arizona

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                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Backup
                          • Practicing

                          Comments about Singular Sound BeatBuddy Mini:

                          It is so good I ordered the full size Beat Buddy

                          (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          Very easy to use and sounds like a real drummer!

                          By N/a

                          from Monticello ny

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                          Pros

                          • Easy To Use
                          • Good Quality

                          Cons

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                              Comments about Singular Sound BeatBuddy Mini:

                              Pretty much hands free!

                               
                              5.0

                              Easy to operate and great sound

                              By Woodturner

                              from Texas

                              About Me Experienced

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

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

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Practicing

                                Comments about Singular Sound BeatBuddy Mini:

                                I use this at home while learning new songs, it helps me keep in time.

                                (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                3.0

                                while it worked fine i prefer my xisting drum machine

                                By wildman

                                from ill.

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                                Pros

                                • Easy To Use
                                • Functional

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Practicing

                                  Comments about Singular Sound BeatBuddy Mini:

                                  sent it back

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