Hi all! I’ve been using BeatBuddy for a few months at most of my gigs and I love it! Right now I’m looking to expand my setup to include a looper and guitar fx. I wanted the Aeros, but it’s a little out of $$ range right now, also I’m new to looping so I chose something simpler like RC5.
A few questions I have:
do they connect via midi cable? I’ve read everything I can find both here and elsewhere on the web about syncing them, but I’m still a bit confused about what hardware and software exactly is needed and how to make it all work together at a live gig.
Do I have to pre-program everything or can I wing it a little bit on stage? I often like to change things up and not be too locked down into how fast or slow or what rhythm I play songs, but that can take a minute, probably even longer when more elements are involved.
Can I connect a laptop to control tempo and select songs on stage, and what software is used for that?
In what order do I connect the pedals?
For context, what I have now is the simplest setup: just the Beatbuddy, guitar and mic. No frills.
If I add an FX pedal for the guitar, my best guess is that feeds into the looper, which goes to the mixer, while the beatbuddy (which I want no FX on) feeds the mixer separately (?) but then how do I sync the tempo? Basically; how do I arrange so that the Beatbuddy leads the tempo (master) and is not affected by FX?
I hope the questions are clear, and I’d love to get some insight from some more seasoned loopers & beatbuddy users