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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.No programming is necessary: Included are 10 hyper-realisti...  Click To Read More About This Product

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Overview

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
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Singular SoundBeatBuddy
 
4.6

(based on 30 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (21)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (15)
  • Good quality (15)
  • Functional (12)
  • Improves sound (9)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (15)
  • Back-up (11)
  • Concerts (8)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (12), Professional musician (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Where have you been all my life?

Great product! Stellar Customer Service! This baby is built sturdily. It gets a lot of hits from me and has never even hinted at missing a beat. I'm almost 62 and had just...Read complete review

Great product! Stellar Customer Service! This baby is built sturdily. It gets a lot of hits from me and has never even hinted at missing a beat. I'm almost 62 and had just about given up on my playing days. I bought this pedal as a curiosity item, and boy, has it renewed my interest in playing again. I even have built up callouses again like when I was 20! It's a tad spendy, but find a way to get one. One thing to note - To get a full range sound, don't try to play it through a regular amp. Find something with a good frequency range, like an old stereo...seriously. What I have done for this bad boy is to buy a Harbinger APS-15 15" powered PA speaker with an on-board mixer and 5-band eq. I got it online from GC for $149 and it mates perfectly with the BeatBuddy. I can't say enough about my BeatBuddy, so I'll shut up now and go play.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Awesome pedal with extensive features, but with QC issues

I bought this to play my guitar along with realistic sounding drum beats. I run this at the end of my pedal chain right before my looper pedal which runs into my Blackheart Handsome...Read complete review

I bought this to play my guitar along with realistic sounding drum beats. I run this at the end of my pedal chain right before my looper pedal which runs into my Blackheart Handsome Devil amp head. I originally purchased the Beat Buddy Mini, but the footswitch was defective so that gave me a reason to upgrade. The build quality of the Beat Buddy seems solid, however there seems to be issues with quality control. The Beat Buddy I ordered came with the packing beads ripped open inside the box and there were scratches all over the pedal like it had been used. The folks at Guitar Center ordered me another one, and it did not have that problem, however, when I got the pedal home the volume knob's inside sleeve had broke loose so the knob would spin around on the pot's shaft. It was not a deal breaker for me as I have this type of issue with MXR pedals in the past. It is easily fixed with a small amount of super glue or epoxy. Other than those issues, the pedal sounds great through my 1x12 Blackheart Cabinet equipped with a Jensen Electric Lightning speaker. I have not played it through a full range speaker system, but I would expect it sounds even better. There is more beats and things that can be done with the Beat Buddy vs the Mini, although they both sound great in my opinion. Basically the Mini is a drum machine in a pedal, but a great sounding one in my opinion. The Beat Buddy's beats are closer to real electronic drums and some real drum sets. I knocked off 2 stars for the poor quality control on my original purchase of the Mini and the scratched up Beat Buddy I received.

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(14 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Where have you been all my life?

By Kelly

from Gladstone, OR

Site Member

Comments about Singular Sound BeatBuddy:

Great product! Stellar Customer Service! This baby is built sturdily. It gets a lot of hits from me and has never even hinted at missing a beat. I'm almost 62 and had just about given up on my playing days. I bought this pedal as a curiosity item, and boy, has it renewed my interest in playing again. I even have built up callouses again like when I was 20! It's a tad spendy, but find a way to get one. One thing to note - To get a full range sound, don't try to play it through a regular amp. Find something with a good frequency range, like an old stereo...seriously. What I have done for this bad boy is to buy a Harbinger APS-15 15" powered PA speaker with an on-board mixer and 5-band eq. I got it online from GC for $149 and it mates perfectly with the BeatBuddy. I can't say enough about my BeatBuddy, so I'll shut up now and go play.

(12 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Easy to use.

By Terry

from Michigan

Comments about Singular Sound BeatBuddy:

Finally a drum machine that I can play along with good beats really great sounding beats I've been in contact with the company that built in design this product they have excellent customer service.

(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Where have you been all my life?

By Kelly

from Gladstone, OR

Site Member

Comments about Singular Sound BeatBuddy:

Great product! Stellar Customer Service! This baby is built sturdily. It gets a lot of hits from me and has never even hinted at missing a beat. I'm almost 62 and had just about given up on my playing days. I bought this pedal as a curiosity item, and boy, has it renewed my interest in playing again. I even have built up callouses again like when I was 20! It's a tad spendy, but find a way to get one. One thing to note - To get a full range sound, don't try to play it through a regular amp. Find something with a good frequency range, like an old stereo...seriously. What I have done for this bad boy is to buy a Harbinger APS-15 15"" powered PA speaker with an on-board mixer and 5-band eq. I got it online from GC for $149 and it mates perfectly with the BeatBuddy. I can't say enough about my BeatBuddy, so I'll shut up now and go play.

(5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Fantastic Machine

By Jeremy

from Ohio

About Me Experienced

Pros

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

Cons

  • Poor Loop Variety
  • Significant Time To Learn

Best Uses

  • Click Track Substitute
  • Live Drummer Replacement

Comments about Singular Sound BeatBuddy:

I am a worship leader at a contemporary style church. I've been without a live drummer for almost a year now, and the BeatBuddy has been a life saver! It's incredibly realistic and consistent sounding.

It has a large library of drum loops, however I'd estimate that only about 50% of them are usable for regular songs. And many of the usable loops are so similar to each other that they're really not distinguishable. I wish it had less 'repeats' and a few more usable unique rhythms. Other than that, I have no complaints. It's a fantastic tool!

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Fun device, easy to use

By PE Music

from NY

About Me Professional Musician

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Good Quality

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Practicing

    Comments about Singular Sound BeatBuddy:

    Years ago I had an Italian made drum machine that allowed for foot pedal control of fills, turnarounds and endings. The sounds were a bit lame but they did the trick on small jobs.
    Since then, it's been difficult to find a good drum option with foot pedal control.
    I have been programming beats on a zoom pedal, but it's a little tedious.
    The Beatbuddy arrives ready-to-go. It's very "open source" in the sense that I can customize using my own midi patterns and rearrange patterns already present in the package.
    The Beatbuddy forum is populated by a lot of generous people who share their own patterns and songs.
    Some of these songs are gig-ready and include bass. (Nice!)
    The difficult I have is, when programming my own patterns using my DAW, the sounds I am hearing often do not match the Beatbuddy Kit. I was hoping that using a GM kit would solve the problem, but the mapping is not always a match.
    The basic kits are missing some favorite wav samples, like sk
    Shakers and Tamborine.
    It's something I'm sure I can get around but customizing my own kits, but I wish the Beatbuddy kits were a little more robust in the area of sound samples.
    Rearranging order of songs and beats is easy using the manager software.
    Creating my own set lists is also a breeze.
    Great pedal for gigging and practicing.
    I also bought the additional two step pedal to access the additional features. Worth the money.

    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    The BeatBuddy is inspirational!

    By Jim Blues Man

    from San Diego, CA

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

    • No Cons

    Best Uses

    • Backup
    • Practicing

    Comments about Singular Sound BeatBuddy:

    I use my BeatBuddy for jamming and composing the blues. The BeatBuddy has the sounds of live drummers that kick your creative juices into overdrive. The BeatBuddy inspires you to play better than ever before. Hook up to a home stereo or a P.A. and it sounds awesome.

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Nice drum machine.

    By maxwell

    from Harrisburg PA usa

    About Me Experienced

    See all my reviews

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Good Quality

    Cons

    • Difficult To Use

    Best Uses

    • Backup
    • Concerts
    • Practicing

    Comments about Singular Sound BeatBuddy:

    Like this allot but it will take a while to learn how to properly use it. Everything is well documented. Web user forums and manufacturer web sites are all very helpful. I emailed for technical assistance and got response same day. The company seems to be very customer service oriented. Construction is very good.

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    I love it!!!

    By Lsaic68

    from Albany Oregon

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    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Backup
      • Concerts
      • Practicing

      Comments about Singular Sound BeatBuddy:

      Love it!!! I just wish it had a better memory then a little card. Specially for the cost of it. But it is very fun right out of the box. It likes to move around a lot. I don't like using Velcro on my pedals. So I will have to figure something to help. The sound is very good and love the metal !!!!!!!!

      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Awesome Solo Performer Tool/Like a Real Drummer Is There

      By wofadmap

      from Nashville, TN

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Create Own Beats
      • Easy To Use
      • Foot Switch Good Edition
      • Functional
      • Good Quality
      • Improves Sound
      • One Man Band
      • Plethora Of Beats
      • Tempo Changes Nicely

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Backup
        • Concerts
        • Creating New Beats
        • Great Acompanying Drums
        • Practicing

        Comments about Singular Sound BeatBuddy:

        Great online instructions
        Lots of options to create the sound you want
        Worth every penny
        Teaches you to stay on tempo
        Great practice tool
        Great live tool for a solo performer
        Fun and easy to use

        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        My own live drummer!

        By guitar Bob

        from Visalia, CA

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Backup
          • Concerts
          • Practicing

          Comments about Singular Sound BeatBuddy:

          I can do fills and turnarounds easily; plus it gives you slight variations in the fills.

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          I love it!

          By Lsaic68

          from Albany Oregon

          About Me Experienced

          See all my reviews

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Backup
            • Concerts
            • Practicing

            Comments about Singular Sound BeatBuddy:

            I use this in my little studio. Have not had it very long. I really love it. It's a little pricey. I know it's new ,but I worry a little that the memory card might go bad. They have a free download to fix it if your card is corrupt. I have had good cards from other things that I have losses everything and then in this case I would have to buy another card ,but maybe it lasts a long time. They make more drum beats for you to add but they want more money and more money. It already costs a lot, so I really don't want to spend more money even though they look like they have a good selection. But again after the pedal and they foot switch that's a lot of money and if you keep buying there updated drum beats it could end up costing a lot. I do love it.

            (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            met or exceeded expectations

            By frhek

            from PAC NW USA

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Practicing

              Comments about Singular Sound BeatBuddy:

              Wanted an easy to use, foot-controllable drum machine for jams while I play guitar through and amp and PA. Sounds quality is good through PA, and the device is fairly easy to operate (conceptually simple, the skill comes from you :) ) I was able to throw down an hour of guitar jams with dynamic drums controlled by my foot. It was fun and it was good.

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              This thing is a blast!

              By Matt

              from Warren Ohio

              About Me Experienced

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Backup
                • Practicing

                Comments about Singular Sound BeatBuddy:

                Definitely worth the money

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                BeatBuddy drum pedal

                By Robin

                from undisclosed

                Verified Buyer

                Comments about Singular Sound BeatBuddy:

                The BeatBuddy was a gift for my husbands ongoing collection of musical gear. He was so excited to add this pedal to the many pedals he has. This is the first drum pedal he has received so he will be having fun learning all the new sounds he will get out of his guitar

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Really sounds like a drummer playing real drums.

                By Robert

                from undisclosed

                Verified Buyer

                Comments about Singular Sound BeatBuddy:

                Sounds like real drums played by real drummers when at volume thru a good system. Easy to operate. Plenty of recognizable beats, actually useful. Studio quality sound makes it head and shoulder over the trio's, and the beats are much more useful. I can see using it in the studio, and maybe live, but either way, it is a good usable drum set-up that you can play with and if "filled" properly, doesnt sound like a drum machine. All who have heard it are impressed.
                Better than many of the drummers we get at the local jams, sadly.

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                This product is nice

                By Jason

                from undisclosed

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                Verified Buyer

                Comments about Singular Sound BeatBuddy:

                Basically it's awesome. Great quality built and sound. My only thing is it doesn't take batteries and with using a loop pedal, time has to be perfect each and every time or after a few progression it get off. I recommend this product.

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                YESSSSSS !!!

                By Bill

                from undisclosed

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                Verified Buyer

                Comments about Singular Sound BeatBuddy:

                OK, I did a ton of research before buying this guy, and the matching footswitch (a MUST btw). Only took a few minutes to figure the settings out, simple to use. This thing is an absolute must for anyone who does not have/need a drummer present. I also bought a Simmons DA200s which I plug this thing into. WOW, its like a drummer is in the room. The beat buddy is amazing! You can use it on the floor with one foot standing/sitting, or, on your desktop table and use your hand, but on the floor with the footswitch is heavily recommended. So many genres, change tempo, customize the footswitch, pause, do an into/outro, crash cymbals, just Wow!

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Best drum machine thats out there !

                By Tim

                from Georgetown KY

                About Me Experienced

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Good Quality
                • This thing is Great if you play guitar you need1

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Backup
                  • Concerts
                  • Practicing

                  Comments about Singular Sound BeatBuddy:

                  You can use the beats without any problem at all but you get much more out of it when you use the software that you download that comes with it and make up your song sets I would get the extra foot switch

                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  I love this pedal!

                  By The Doctor

                  from Miami, FL

                  About Me Professional Musician

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Good Quality

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Backup
                    • Practicing

                    Comments about Singular Sound BeatBuddy:

                    This pedal is such a great idea. It's impossible to make a mistake with it!

                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    This thing rocks.....really does

                    By Rick

                    from undisclosed

                    See all my reviews

                    Verified Buyer

                    Comments about Singular Sound BeatBuddy:

                    Amazing product, love it

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