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Peterson BodyBeat BB-1 Pulsing Metronome  

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The Peterson BodyBeat works like a standard metronome with audio speaker and headphone output, but it also allows you to quickly internalize the tempo through feel using the included Vibe Clip.
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The Peterson BodyBeat works like a standard metronome with audio speaker and headphone output, but it also allows you to quickly internalize the tempo through feel using the included Vibe Clip.

The Peterson BB-1 Metronome is suitable for every musician, student or professional, from percussionist to flute player and all points between. Even choral students can use this pulsing beat keeper!

The BodyBeat offers an alternate approach to typical metronome use by producing a pulsing vibration so that musicians can easily internalize the beat. The BodyBeat clips onto the belt line and a small separate Vibe Clip transmits the beat, in the form of a pulse (including subdivisions and accents) directly to you.

Research has shown that separate neural pathways to the brain exist for tactile impulses and visible/audible information which is why musicians find that tactile pulses are quickly internalized, allowing them to concentrate on reading and listening to the music without the constant distraction of an audio or visual metronome. Feeling the beat, not having to listen to clicks or look at blinking LEDs makes it much easier to focus on the music and playing in correct time.

The BodyBeat provides drummers and percussionists with a rhythmic pulse they can feel rather than hear, avoiding the fatigue and potential harm caused by prolonged exposure to monotonous clicks and cowbell sounds. This patented technology represents a significant advance in the metronome field. The BodyBeat can also be used like an ordinary metronome with audible and visual modes.

Features
  • Feel the beat from the vibration clip.
  • Internalize the accent and subdivisions.
  • Suitable for all musicians.
  • Audible and visual modes included.
Specifications
  • Dimensions: 3.78" (96mm) x 2.84" (72mm) x 1.21" (30.6mm)
    Weight: 0.3lbs / 136g
    Power: Single 9V Battery
    Limited Warranty: 1 Year From Date Of Purchase
    US Patent #'s 7,268,290, 7,285,101
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PetersonBodyBeat BB-1 Pulsing Metronome
 
4.3

(based on 10 reviews)

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Click Track Who???

Been playing drums for a long time. No problems with my time, but I like to monitor while playing for consistance. I have the TAMA Rhythm watch, and I truly love my...Read complete review

Been playing drums for a long time. No problems with my time, but I like to monitor while playing for consistance. I have the TAMA Rhythm watch, and I truly love my "Groove Guide". For a gigging player the guide is one of the best. Now this BodyBeat comes along!! Bought this knowing I could return it. Keeping it!!!! This is so cool! You don't have to follow lights or have a click in your ear. You feel it and it is well worth trying. You need to get used to it because this is a whole other way of time keeping. You could say it is a distant cousin of the "Butt Kicker" you would mount to your throne. Make a list of your tempos and keep it close. Set the tempo on the BodyBeat and off you go. I try to group songs with tempos together so having not to change it much. Longer cord would be nice to maybe set next to you but overall a great product!!

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Vibration too light

It's a good idea, but when you're playing drums, it's easy to lose the feeling of the vibration from the "vibe" clip thing. If you could set the vibration to be...Read complete review

It's a good idea, but when you're playing drums, it's easy to lose the feeling of the vibration from the "vibe" clip thing. If you could set the vibration to be stronger it would be much better. I'll just be using it with the headphones mostly, and listen to the beat. It would work great for guitarists and brass players, but for drummers, the vibrations become less and less detectable as you play.

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3.0

Vibration too light

By Ben-3eSXm

from WI

Comments about Peterson BodyBeat BB-1 Pulsing Metronome:

It's a good idea, but when you're playing drums, it's easy to lose the feeling of the vibration from the "vibe" clip thing. If you could set the vibration to be stronger it would be much better. I'll just be using it with the headphones mostly, and listen to the beat. It would work great for guitarists and brass players, but for drummers, the vibrations become less and less detectable as you play.

(23 of 24 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Click Track Who???

By Jeff

from Treasure Coast, FL

Comments about Peterson BodyBeat BB-1 Pulsing Metronome:

Been playing drums for a long time. No problems with my time, but I like to monitor while playing for consistance. I have the TAMA Rhythm watch, and I truly love my "Groove Guide". For a gigging player the guide is one of the best. Now this BodyBeat comes along!! Bought this knowing I could return it. Keeping it!!!! This is so cool! You don't have to follow lights or have a click in your ear. You feel it and it is well worth trying. You need to get used to it because this is a whole other way of time keeping. You could say it is a distant cousin of the "Butt Kicker" you would mount to your throne. Make a list of your tempos and keep it close. Set the tempo on the BodyBeat and off you go. I try to group songs with tempos together so having not to change it much. Longer cord would be nice to maybe set next to you but overall a great product!!

 
5.0

Just What the Doctor Ordered

By Bill Christy

from Clayton, NM

Comments about Peterson BodyBeat BB-1 Pulsing Metronome:

I play mostly semi-professional country, country gospel, and bluegrass. The Body Beat metronome is a must for every single musician and band drummer playing on stage. We all know how hard it is to maintain a steady beat when your really into the music. Initially, the price is a little high for the product, but that is to be expected with new technology. So far, it has held up well on stage. The pulsating is like a cell phone turned to silent vibrate, so don't place it in a ticklish spot. Using the instructions included, it is easy to use and get use to. Undeniably, the most uniquely outstanding feature of this product is the silent pulsating. It solves a great many problems for performers. Just like when the cell phone changed the telephone industry, I'm looking forward to the changes in the metronome industry because of this pulsating feature. Until something better comes along,I would buy this metronome again without even thinking about it.

 
5.0

The best thing for metronome's since electricity

By Jaik Willis

from Chicago IL

Comments about Peterson BodyBeat BB-1 Pulsing Metronome:

I don't normally buy trinkets and gadgets, but I had always hoped someone would make something like the Peterson BodyBeat, its amazing. It is much easier to follow a tactile metronome rather than a repetitive tone that can vanish in the sound when you are 100% accurate, or grate on your nerves. This is so much more pleasant to work with. Its easy to use, you'll "get it" instantly. It may seem pricey because its a new gadget, but it is well worth the price (& I am a starving full-time artist). I now use a metronome in practice for more hours a day than I have for years. I am hoping they'll sell enough of these to make a BB2 that has tap tempo, and with some small refinements with the mode/tempo buttons. But in the meantime, I would buy this again if it were lost. it seems sturdy enough, and I do take it out of the house often. You won?t regret buying this one. I don?t work for any company involved with this thing, I just love mine.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Indispensable for live looping

By Jazzmaker

from Louisville, KY

Comments about Peterson BodyBeat BB-1 Pulsing Metronome:

I use a looper for live performance, and before I got turned on to this unit I would record a verse, end my record and play the chorus live. Then when I'd go back to play my original verse to solo over it, the tempo would be way off. Now, when I hit play, I know the tempo will be the same. The only reason for the deduction on points for features is that it really needs a few presets. 10 presets would do it for me. It took me five minutes to learn everything I needed to know about the unit, and another five to figure out that for me, the best placement of the clicker attachment when I'm playing is on the back of my right calf.

 
4.0

Worth while and too expensive

By Zippy-9IfRS

from Rockford, IL

Comments about Peterson BodyBeat BB-1 Pulsing Metronome:

The idea is great but it took me a few days to figure out how to make it worth while for performing. The instructions dont give you any clue how to make it viable for performing in front of a quiet.It is set using a mode button that jogs through the Tempo, Beats, and Division fields--similar to a digital clock--and the adjustment is done with up/down buttons. I discovered that the unit will works at any jog point. I orginally thought it had to jogged back to home--turns out not to be so. When changing the tempo, you have to hit the Mode button once and you can up/down the tempo while it is beating. The vibrator buzzes too loudly on the accent beat and is Audible in a quiet room. However, if the Beats are set to "0" there is no accent and the normal vib is just quiet enough. The instructions say nothing about these two things which were gonna be deal killers for me. I almost sent it back an hour after I got it.My wish list:1) I wish it had presets, or a tap tempo.2) I wish the display was on the top, or the belt clip was reversable so that the display could be seen easily while in use on your belt. As it is you need to take it off or tilt it out to see the display. It will be obvious that you are doing something but it can be done in about 5 second with practice.The unit looks good and is very very light--like maybe the weight of a DVD case with a disc in it and is very "plastic" to the senses.All in all, if it does not break, it will end up being my favorite metronome. Playing to a pulse is way better than playing to a click!MY biggest complaint...the price is WAY out of line! I still like it.

 
2.0

peterson bodybeat bb-1 pulsing metronome

By daktari

from houston

Comments about Peterson BodyBeat BB-1 Pulsing Metronome:

I am currently studying guitar and have been using an old Franz metronome. I was intrigured by the concept of a vibrating metronome "to internalize the beat" as the marketing suggests.Although device works as advertized, it is made of plastic and rather cheaply at that. It didn't look like a $100 item.Also the vibrating beats were annoying and distracting. I returned the product the next day.

 
5.0

Groovin' with the vibe clip

By Gordo-WQe9u

from NYC

Comments about Peterson BodyBeat BB-1 Pulsing Metronome:

My Qwiktime metronome was realling starting to get on my nerves. no memory for bpm prior to turning it off and no volume control. so i picked up the BodyBeat(mem & volume ctrl as well as setting beats and mode) thinking it might b cool with the vibe clip. I've had it for a week and have been using the vibe clip exclusively. i have seen a tremendous improvement in my timing and sight reading. i can not recommend this metronome enough, it really works wonders. Now if only it could get me to play like Jaco.

 
4.0

Getting used to it

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Comments about Peterson BodyBeat BB-1 Pulsing Metronome:

Pretty cheap, light plastic. Fine though. You can select dotted 16th as a pulse but no shuffle, triplet type feel. 3/8 but no 2/8 + 1/8 feel. Buttons work well and have a rubbery feel to them.As far as the pulse beat...it takes some getting used to. The vibration is a bit vague when it comes to feeling exactly where the tempo/click is. Maybe I am so used to the click of a metronome. Instead of using your hearing you feel the vibration. Like I said, it is a bit odd. Takes more concentration to stay "right with it". Maybe that's just me. Good though if you don't want your metronome to bother others when you play. Recommend it but it may not be for everyone. Cool idea though.

 
5.0

I haven't used one, but...

By Dave Muscato

from USA

Comments about Peterson BodyBeat BB-1 Pulsing Metronome:

What a great idea!I'm a bassist and I use a Buttkicker Concert (with Buttkicker Platform) for recording for exactly this purpose. Basically how it works is: it's a platform and you stand on it, and it has a tactile transducer attached to it (kind of like a subwoofer speaker, but silent). You hook up the transducer to a power amp with a source from the drummer's kick drum mic and it "thumps" your feet/body every time the kick drum hits. It's spooky how well you can lock in with the drummer when using one of these - it's like you're sharing a brain! It is definitely true that your brain processes and internalizes rhythm by tactile feel better than it does by aural-only sound or flashing lights. If you want to try this yourself, take off your shoe at your next band practice and place your toes against the outer head of your drummer's kick drum. You will *feel* everything the drummer is doing and it will be much easier for you to lock in with him. The same principle applies with the tactile metronome. I can't comment on the build quality or features, but it's a Peterson, so I'm sure it's fine. Definitely on my GAS list!

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