BeatBuddy the Only Drum Machine That sounds Human and is Easy To Use
- The first drum machine in a pedal format, enabling full hands-free, creative control of the beat
- Included: Over 200 songs in 24 genres (that you control) and 10 ultra-realistic drum sets
- Holds 3.2 million songs / 300 drum sets. Download new content or create your own songs or drum sets
- Visual Metronome on LCD screen makes it easy to improve rhythm and play new time signatures
- Award-winning sound quality-the first drum machine that doesn't sound like a machine
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From the manufacturer
“We’ve never tested a product that is as innovative as the BeatBuddy.”
-American Blues Scene.
“A dream come true for one-man band singer-songwriters.”
“A genius idea.”
Not All Great Drummers Are Human
The BeatBuddy is a pedal that gives performers complete control over the beat while playing live.
So while you play your instrument, you also have control over the drums.
We live-sampled professional drummers at full dynamic range to make the beats in the BeatBuddy.
When you hear the drum patterns and start to control them live, it is truly like a human drummer playing along with you.
Play right out of the box:
- 10 drum sets
- 24 genres
- 220+ styles
A Drum Machine Designed For Musicians Not Technicians
The moving line shows which beat is currently playing in the measure. (A 3/4 beat will have three lines, a 4/4 beat will have four lines, etc.).
Choose Your Own Drum Set
Your thrash beats sound awesome on the metal kit, but you might want to play them with brushes or even on a hand drum.
Download up to 3 million songs from the online library. Create your own beats with the free software. Share your songs with the BeatBuddy community.
- Live hands-free control of the beat.
- No programming necessary.
- Visual Metronome.
- MIDI Sync.
- Use with guitar, piano, harmonica, or any electric or acoustic instrument.
- Award-winning realism.*
-Studio-grade 24-bit sound.
- Non-quantized (feels human, not mechanical).
- Beats are recordings of professional drummers.
- Use with any sound system, including headphones.
*Guitar World Magazine's Platinum Award and the Guitar Player Hall of Fame Award, among others, for having incredibly realistic drums, 2015.
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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 - all in award-winning, ultra-realistic 24-bit sound. The non-quantized beats, recordings of real drummers, makes BeatBuddy the first drum machine to not sound like a machine.
BeatBuddy is packed with features for musicians from all walks of life. A visual display of the beat makes it easy to improve rhythm or play with unfamiliar time signatures. MIDI Sync controls your loopers to make sure they're in time with the beat. Record directly from the BeatBuddy for professional-level drums on your upcoming album. Create gig lists and scroll through your songs, hands-free, during your next performance.
It's the power of a drum machine with the simplicity of a pedal.
• MIDI Sync
• Visual Metronome
• No programming necessary
• Live hands-free control of the beat
• Use with guitar, piano, harmonica, or any electric or acoustic instrument
• 24 genres
• 220+ styles
• 10 drum sets
• All time signatures
• Add up to 3 million songs
• Add up to 300 drum sets
• Create with the free software
• Download from the Premium Library
• Share on the our Forum
• True stereo
• Award-winning realism
• Studio-grade 24-bit sound
• Non-quantized (feels human, not mechanical)
• Beats are recordings of professional drummers
• Use with any sound system, including headphones
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I'm a singer/songwriter and play acoustic guitar. And when I write songs at home or perform solo in coffee houses, I need a beat to work with. Music without a beat is... weak. So I tried it all -- the Alesis SR16, Boss Dr. Rhythm, etc. but they were so complicated I just gave up after getting really frustrated. And they sounded mediocre if not terrible. But the BeatBuddy is FINALLY a drum machine done RIGHT!!!
This is what I like:
Super duper easy to use: Seriously my grandma can use this thing. And she has! I've never seen her jam so hard, she was having so much fun I was laughing so hard I cried. You just press the pedal and a fill gets thrown in perfectly in time, no matter where in the measure you press the pedal. Holding down does a transition which ends when you let go -- really intuitive!
Beautiful display: When have you seen a full color LCD screen on a stompbox? Never. The visual interface is really genius and is a large part of why the BeatBuddy is so easy to use. It changes color depending on what type beat is playing (red is intro/outro, green is main drum beat, yellow is fill, white transition, black is paused). So just by glancing down, you know what the beat is doing. But the real genius in the interface is the visual metronome. It's a dark bar that moves across the screen in time to the beat. So if the time signature is 4/4 it takes 4 bars to move across the screen, or if it's 5/4 it takes 5 bars, etc. So you know just by looking at the screen when the fill or transition is going to end and you can time yourself to the visual cue -- THIS. IS. HUGE.
It made me better at guitar: I have seriously gotten better at my timing within a day of getting the BeatBuddy. My guitar teacher even said he noticed a big difference since I started playing with my BeatBuddy. So now he's getting one too! He's really excited to use it to teach his students.
It inspired me to write awesome songs: It's so much easier to write music when you have a beat to work off - it gives you something to play to. And since the BeatBuddy comes with over 200 beats in over 22 different styles, I've started experimenting with playing to different styles of beats which has made me write very original tunes and different to what I usually do. It's making me grow as an artist.
It sounds amazing: When I was first jamming with it, one of my musician friends came over and he was like "how did you fit a drum set in your room?!!" he couldn't believe it was a drum machine, it sounded so real. Though word of warning: If you have it plugged into an electric guitar amp it will sound muffled - those amps cut the high frequencies. The best is to plug it into a PA. If you have a digital amp with the 'Aux in' jack, then it's ok. You just plug the BeatBuddy's 3.5mm heaphones jack into the amp's aux in jack. I personally have the BeatBuddy's headphones jack plugged into my home stereo's AUX IN jack and it sounds amazing, especially because it's in stereo!
It saved me (a lot) of money: I play lots of small coffee house type gigs. And they don't pay that much. So it really hurts when I have to split the money with a percussionist (have I mentioned that music without a beat is weak?). Now don't get me wrong - I love percussionists and drummers and I think they fully deserve getting paid like the rest of us musicians. But my particular percussionist tended to drink as the night went on and would start getting sloppy. And then he wouldn't show up to some gigs at all without bothering to cancel. Been looking for a replacement, but no luck... until I got my BeatBuddy! Now I have a drummer who keeps perfect time ALWAYS, and I keep all the gig money! I paid for my BeatBuddy within 4 gigs, and now I make double the money!
In short, this is best investment I've made in my musical career. Other than learning to play guitar in the first place, of course.
I love hooking it up stereo to my mixer and running it through 2 12" Alto PA speakers and a 112 sub - with this rig you could have a party with just the PA and the Beat Buddy. As mentioned before, this sounds really amazing in full stereo and with a setup that can truly articulate it's bass notes. It also sounds great through a regular speaker via the phones 1/8 jack into a bluetooth speaker or cabinet. However, I don't totally recommend this through a guitar amp. It sounds OK, but guitar amps were never designed for these kind of drum frequencies, and so cymbals and bass kicks are pretty muted and honestly I think could be doing harm to your precious guitar amp. I think if you are not going to run this through a mixer and speakers, the best, most user-friendly accessory to use this with would be any dedicated drum monitor, and if not that then I'd say an acoustic instrument amp or a keyboard amp.
Seriously though, this has re-invigorated my passion for guitar and piano, for several reasons. For one, the Beat Buddy user community is very impressive, and is comprised of some very intuitive, creative people who are willing to share their ideas. This makes it so I can envision a song I'd like to learn/ cover, and then usually if I go on the user forum, I can download the beat to the entire song, that someone has created! If the beat wasn't custom-created, then nearly as useful is the suggestion of the BPM, specific beat, and specific drum kit to use for the song in question. I absolutely love browsing the forums for new ideas.
All that said - I love it. Also, you really should get the optional footswitch - it opens up some really great possibilities to improvise by adding crashes or 'start/stop' beat pauses - I really enjoy experimenting with the footswitch, and find that its super intuitive and easy to jam right along with the guitar without much thought at all.
As the manufacturers state, this is NOT a backing track. This truly is a simulated drummer that responds live, and I think it does an awesome job at it. For anyone stuck in a rut on their guitar learning or piano learning (or drum learning for that matter!), this thing is simply amazing and I can't recommend it enough.
Top reviews from other countries
Fact: out of the box the unit powered up, showed that a beat was playing, but there was no drum sound
Fact: tried multiple headphones, aux ins, no sound from the unit
Fact: researched BeatBuddy forum (from a Google query) and saw a common problem is the manufacturer neglects to ship the "Drums" file: the folder that has the drum sounds, that should be on the card that you insert in the BeatBuddy, which contains all the software that essentially run the unit
Fact: took the memory card and put it in my computer, deleted all files, downloaded the software package
Fact: put the card in the unit, powered up, worked fine. Great sounds. Removed the power adaptor from the plug and put the unit aside.
Fact: plugged in the unit the next day to hear the beats available; worked fine. Unplugged, put away.
Fact: third time I plugged the unit in, it was dead. No display, no functionality. Tried different outlets, then measured the voltage at the adaptor assuming it had failed--no power issues. As an electronics technician I took the back off and traced the voltage through the circuit board; was definitely powering the board.
Fact: Didn't feel I should have to troubleshoot a new product so packed it up carefully in its original packaging and requested a return through the Amazon site. This was approved by the seller.
Fact: Shipped UPS/signature request from Victoria to an apartment in Miami. Paid for the $40 in shipping. Notified of product reception at 7:23 in the evening a week later.
Fact: waited 15 days for a refund---none processed.
Fact: Initiated an Amazon A-Z Refund Guarantee procedure and received the refund 9 days later after being asked twice for the shipping number.
Buy this, or the BeatBuddy Mini. You won't be sorry.
It's good they have a library now where you can download drumbeats and other cool stuff but again that costs an Arm and a leg too. Considering what you have already spent for the pedal I which they would throw that in free as well.