Yesterday I bought the Midi Controller. Like Ed said you need an additional app (MIDI Designer Pro cost $9.99 in the Apple Store) to open the Controller. So, it is a couple of more bucks. But worth it. And, if you ask me, you want to fully recover the investment of the BeatBuddy. And this is the app a lot of us were waiting for.
Loved the Controller. It actually does what I need it to do, so we don’t have to keep going to the floor while performing, specially at my age. And, it doesn’t look good going down to the machine to change settings during a performance in this era where everything is video recorded.
With the Controller you can do a lot of things, but for me, I specially like that you can adjust the DrumSet volume while playing. For example, I forget that I have to turn down the volume of “The Heat is On”, one of the best arrangement I’ve downloaded here, before hitting START.
The learning curve is about 30 minutes until you figure out the settings. Please read the 2 figures that Ed provides with the software.
I am using the software so I can quickly try the last songs I downloaded from the Forum to select which ones I’m going to perform live, because it is very easy to choose the song that you want to rehearse. And even save that preset for later.
Also, it can be used with other apps at the same time(I used it with OnSong).
At last but least, I liked the Song controls (Starts/Fills/Outro), specially the Outro, because sometimes I don’t get the Outro right with my feet in songs that OPB. So, with the app is easier.
Recommendation for the User: Take your time and Rename the DrumSets in the Midi Controller with your BeatBuddy settings.
There is a couple of suggestions, but I believe that Ed is going to take care of them soon; right now they don’t impair your playing. On the contrary, help your efficiency and effectiveness in your practice time.