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Peterson 403858 BBS-1 BodyBeat Wireless Synch Pulsating Metronome
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- Audio, Visual or Tactile delivery modes
- 10 to 280 BPM tempo range with tap tempo feature
- Store up to 99 presets
- USB rechargeable Lithium-Ion battery
- Load and play MIDI tempo maps
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Peterson Electro-Musical Products introduced the first new approach in metronome technology in decades with the original BB-1 Body Beat pulsating metronome. You can rehearse with it audibly or perform with it silently.BBS-1 Body Beat Wireless Synchronization Features: Wirelessly synchronize an unlimited number of performers Any Body Beat Sync can be a Master device or synchronized to a group of units Join an existing group of Syncs even after formation Multiple groups can perform in the same area with no interference from one group to another Wide wireless range does not rely on line of sight Use one Body Beat Sync to control another patched to the PA FCC approved ?transmits outside standard wireless audio range Synchronized units display the Master unit's settings Output for headphones or PA system Aux output switches other devices at tempo rate (Normally open contact) Attaches to mic or music stand with optional Peterson mounting clamp Backlit, high contrast LCD display Pocket-sized compact design BBS-1 Body Beat Metronome Features: Audio, Visual or Tactile delivery modes Feel the beat from the vibration clip 3 different audio choices Feel or hear a variety of subdivisions and accent patterns 10 to 280 BPM tempo range with tap tempo feature Independently selectable time signature components Wide variety of subdivisions displayed in notation format Meter-based accent patterns ( additive meters ) Store up to 99 presets Load and play MIDI tempo maps Sync to external DAW MIDI time-code Lockout panel to prevent accidental changes to settings Encoder dial for quick entry of values Built-in speaker with volume control USB rechargeable Lithium-Ion battery USB connection for MIDI and firmware updates BBS-1 Body Beat Audio Tuner Features: Full chromatic range 7 octave range Concert A pitch adjustable from 390Hz to 490Hz Built-in speaker & volume control.
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If you do decide to get it, it comes automatically set to join a group and the manual doesn't tell you how to fix this correctly. It tells you to press sync, when you need to be pressing mode.
Had a pair of these for 6 months. Have used during in a few band practices. Was great to sync the two during pracitce: one person feels the tactile tempo while the other unit feeds the PA with the click for all. We'd turn the click in the PA down after the song starts and only the drummer would have the tactile tempo.
Feeling the beat via the Tactile delivery mode (1st reason for buying this), takes some getting used to. During personal practices (wood-shedding), I have given up on it many times and gone to sound. I think this is due to over 30 years of working with an audible metronome. It takes time to retrain from audible to tactile, and I'm not giving up yet - I have high hopes that it is a better way. When using audible click, the click can become masked by one's playing. While using the Tactile mode, this doesn't appear to be a problem.
Setting all the base metronome settings is quite straight forward and doesn't require reading the manual, if you study the available buttons and dial and play around a little.
I did have to read the manual to figure out how to sync two of them (2nd main reason for buying this thing).
The recharable battery holds up very well when not in use. I can not use one of them for weeks. When I turn it on, the power is stull at full-charge. The rechargeable battery is a BL-4B 3.7V battery. It is easily removable, so one could keep a backup charged and ready to replace.
The screw-in belt clip works well. It locks in different rotation positions so that when you clip it to your belt, the display is for your eyes. The only downside, is that you can't angle the unit so that it is facing upwards. You must either crane your neck out to read the display to free a hand to angle the metronome towards your face (usually a little of both).
The screw-in belt clip also acts as a great table-top stand putting the metronome at 1 of 2-angles: at about 60 or 80 degrees.
The sync feature is cool and works like a charm. It's another piece of technology to keep track of on stage, however. We synced three during rehearsal, no problem. It remains to be seen whether being locked into an unvarying beat will be useful or maddening in an actual gig.
The vibrator intensity is user selectable from 'I can barely feel this' to 'i can't ignore this.'
The vibrator takes a lot of power, so don't expect a long battery life before recharging. I use mine plugged into a usb power supply, so I can leave the intensity as high as I want for as long as I want. I bought 6' charging cables, but I guarantee someone is going to walk away while still plugged in.
Edit: After several months of use, the battery life is actually much better than I thought initially. I can use the unit for several hours on a charge.
Next, I play in a rock band that sequences some of the songs it plays and needs to play along in lockstep with the MIDI clock running the sequencing program (DAW). Not only does this product make it possible for the drummer to follow along in perfect time, but it allows any other band member (who has a unit) to play to the precise beat, all wirelessly, with perfect correspondence. As it provides the musician with a tactile beat, it's unnecessary for anyone to wear headphones in order to know exactly what tempo he/she should be playing or singing.
My few criticisms of the product relate to the ports provided for cable connection to the USB port, which need to be secured with electrical or other tape to remain secure in the rough-and-tumble of live rock performance, but the engineering and software design of the product is absolutely flawless, and the product renders it possible for live and virtual musicians to play together seamlessly, the only practical limit being the ability of the live musicians.
If you know how to use a sequencing program, and are prepared to "write" the brass and/or string parts, now you've got those "musicians" playing at no cost, and their timing is flawless. Heck, you could have a symphony orchestra playing with you, if you'd like.
In this sense, this product is revolutionary.