I’m going to weigh in here because I too have issues with the BB and VL3 syncing properly. First let me explain that I use Yamaha MD-BT01 wireless bluetooth devices for my set up because it’s faster, has low latency, and best thing…no wires!
Now what I have discovered is that the VL3 operates in two ways with regard to the presets in the VL3 when it comes to tempos.
The first is the “Global Tempo” setting. This setting should be set to OFF if you want the presets (which refers to the delays, etc.) to operate using the default tempos that are set in each preset. YES, those presets tempos can be changed to whatever BPM you want it to be, but it does become the preset’s DEFAULT tempo. (that’s a problem, because it won’t change to whatever the midi message says to change to). The second way is to have the Global Tempo set to ON. This will set ALL presets to whatever tempo you set…the same tempo! That one doesn’t make sense to me because every song is played at a different tempo, but whatever…there is still the problem of the tempo not changing to the tempo I need the VL3 to be when I use the looper.
That said folks, that is where the problem of syncing the BB and VL3 is…for me anyway. Because when I send midi messages via Onsong, messages are received, all of my devices change to what presets I want them to be, but the tempo change command that I send only changes in the BB. It doesn’t change the tempo in the VL3. But because of the default tempo in the presets in the VL3, it changes to whatever the preset tempo is.
(I have emailed TC Helicon on a few occasions regarding this in hopes that they will simply add a few things to the firmware so that one can use all the devices they want using either a midi cable, or wifi, or (my favorite) a bluetooth device.
Now I did have the BB and VL3 connected via the midi cable previously and it did work, but there was a delay in the tempos matching up…but they did eventually match up. That is one of the reasons I switched to using bluetooth. The changes are instant on both devices! The problem with using wifi or bluetooth when it comes to sending midi messages, is that you CANNOT have the midi clock on. If you have it on, you will see a constant change in the tempo on both devices. That’s because a midi clock is constantly sending thousands of pulses, so the devices will keep changing. Sure they stay near the tempo you want, but who wants to be playing at an unstable tempo? Fast then slow…Fast then slow!..by one or two ticks…sometimes 3 or 4!
If I can just get TC Helicon to update their firmware so that the VL3 and like kind products will (bypass) the default tempos, we’ll be golden!!
I suggested that they add another option selection under the “MIDI” tab where the “midi tempo” is. Presently it only shows “ON” or “OFF”
If they will add a window that has the options “Cable” and “Bluetooth” and “Wifi” to make it so the VL3 recognizes what a user is using to communicate with the VL3 and like kind devices, I think the “TEMPO” sync issues will be eliminated.