The latest promo (20200725) for the Premium BB Library teases this very exciting news:
Autopilot- COMING SOON
With a single press, the BeatBuddy will play a song in its entirety while still allowing you to interact with it as usual.
Our newest, highly-requested, and most significant feature is the AUTOPILOT. When enabled, it allows you to perform highly complex song arrangements with a single press of the pedal while still letting you interact with the pedal in the usual way.
Merely press the pedal once and focus on your instrument part. At the same time, the BeatBuddy takes care of all the drum parts automatically for the entirety of the song. Each main section plays for the set number of bars. If any drum fills were programmed, they also play on their own. The song will also automatically transition from one section to the next, playing any programmed transition fills along the way. It ends at a set place.
HOW TO USE AUTOPILOT
To take advantage of the autopilot, go to the pedal settings and make sure that the autopilot is switched ON. All songs that have been programmed to work with the autopilot utilize it when this switch is on.
To extend a section, press the main pedal to trigger a drum fill. Once drum fill has finished playing, the bar count for that section resets, and the count starts again, effectively extending the section. A section can be extended indefinitely in this manner. If there is no drum fill loaded into the song, the bar counter restarts at the end of the bar where the pedal is pressed.
To shorten a section, manually trigger a transition fill. You can still play the transition for as long as you want by holding the pedal down.
The song ends as programmed by the autopilot. Still, you can end it at any time by initiating the outro fill with a double press.
To avoid ending a song at a set point, either extend that section in the manner described earlier or transition to the beginning of the song.
So, can we have some idea of how soon is soon? (e.g. in 2020?)
And, as cool as that description is, could SS perhaps comments on how it might relate to the request for Bi-Directional Part Navigation ( Request for Bi-directional Part Navigation ) either initially, or perhaps in a follow-on release?
Thanks for whatever further preview can be provided!