Getting the BeatBuddy to work with the Infinity looper

Many users have changed the settings on their BB pedal to MIDI Sync Disabled. There is more info here

Thanks, persist, for this answer, but i’ve already tried and It doesn’t work.
I’ve tried: While Playing and Disable and the Infinity won’t stop 'til I hit the stop switch on it…
And I haven’t found something very explicit in the Infinity manual.
Let’s say my english is really poor and it can be explained and I didn’t understood…

maousse you may need to work with the inifinity looper forum people as well.

Most of the answers here on the forum came from Pigtronix many moons ago.

Regrettably, Pigtronix is no longer as responsive as they once were. Their customer support started to slide when they lost two of their developers and when they started focusing their attention on production of the Magnatone amps and Supro guitars.


Hi persists,
I’m so frustrated!
I’ve been trying Beatbuddy and Infinity Looper for 2 days now. My only problem I can not solve is that the looper sometimes plays a loop correctly and sometimes faster or at a different pitch. As a test, I have repeatedly taken the same song on the Beatbuddy and also tried all settings that have been discussed here in the forum. It makes no difference if I start the loops by midi or manually.
Sometimes the recorded loop becomes faster or slower after Beatbuddy stops, even though the song has not been changed. Is there no setting in which you can specify that the recorded loops will play exactly as they were recorded?

It sounds like a Varispeed issue with the Infinity. Here’s some things to try:

  1. Have you installed the latest firmware version on both the BB and the Infinity? If not, that’s your starting point.
  2. Disconnect the Infinity from the BB and try playing back the same loop on the Infinity that has speed and pitch problems as when connected to the BB. Does the playback of your loop play to tempo? If the loop stays in tempo and pitch, reconnect the BB and the Infinity. Make sure that the MIDI sync cables are connected properly.
  3. Here’s a link that might help you with the settings: Getting the BeatBuddy to work with the Infinity looper

Although I experienced the Varispeed effect a long time ago, after I followed the instructions from the link above, my Infinity and BB have played in perfect sync.

  1. Yeas its 2.11 on the infinity and 2.0.4 RC-4 on Beatbuddy
  2. Yes without connection to the BB the loop is in tempo and the pitch okay!
  3. All this i tried before without any success

Sometimes the pitch is 1 semitone higher and sometimes 12 semitones deeper. There is no continuity when connected to the BB

maybe that’s important?

I found out that the loops are synchronized with the beatbuddy when I do the following:

  • Record the loop and immediately playback the loop

When I do this, the pitch and tempo are not right:

  • Record a loop, stop recording, play the loop recorded later

I tested it 3 times and it was always the same. Does that help a little further?

I’ll try to reproduce your problem using the same conditions on my rig this weekend.

What are the MIDI out settings on your BB?

  • output type: midi-merge
  • channel 4
  • sync: while playing
  • Start: disable
  • stop: disable
  • notes: disable
  • next part: disable
  • time signature: disable

I reproduced your issue by following your settings. The BB synchronizes to the looper MIDI after recording and immediately playing back the loop. After powering down the looper and BB and then trying to play, it went into the pitch-changing mode.

I am able to get it to stay in sync by changing the settings on the BB pedal to

- press Drum Set and Tempo to enter the settings menu
- scroll to and select Main Pedal 
- scroll to and select Midi Messages 
- select MIDI-OUT
- scroll to and select Sync
- change to Disable and back out of the settings

This may also resolve the problem you posted to Intro does not synchronize with looper

See if my post to your earlier question resolves your issue.

Also according to David Koltai from Pigtronix, sometimes you have to allow the looper about 3-4 seconds to “catch” the MIDI from your BB.

If none of this helps you can try attaching your song to this thread so that we can test it.

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Thank you,
today i set the looper to “stop mode, Fulll, Arm” (before it was Trail).
Now the looper is in sync and no pitch or speed is involved. I hope this will stay as it is then its perfect to me.

Thanks for sharing what you did to get it working.

Today I still decided to send the device back because it is just too complicated for me to realize everything that I did with the dittox4 via midi. I also think that the device, if controlled by midi, does not work reliably enough. I will continue to work with my dittox4, hoping to find a stereo looper that is midi-friendly and just syncs cleanly.
Nevertheless many thanks for the competent help in this forum.

@persist As you have been so helpful helping folks with the Infinity Looper sync issues, I am gonna check and see if you or another BB expert are able to assist me with my issue. Just got my BB and Infinity about one week ago. Updated the firmware on both of them (BB = 3.8.0 / Infinity = 218). The looper by itself is fantastic and works with no issues, however when I connect it to the BB via MIDI, I get nothing but frustrating results. I have recorded a YouTube video (here BeatBuddy and Infinity Looper Sync Issues ) . Please let me know if you have any insight on this issue that you can think of or if you need any further information from me. Thank you very much!!

I checked out your video (thanks for sharing) and what I hear is that you record a loop at one pitch and when you play the loop back, it plays in a different pitch. Is this the problem you’re trying to address? If so, this is what has worked for me as well as other users:

  1. Pigtronix suggested trying any one of the options below to improve the functionality of these two devices:
  • Turn off MIDI clock out on Beat Buddy. If you don’t want pitch change but you do want to trigger the START and STOP for the looper, BeatBuddy needs to stop sending MIDI clock and should only send MIDI start/stop commands in order to avoid pitch change in the Infinity. If you need BeatBuddy to send midi clock, then this is not your options (try one of the other 2 options).
    On the BeatBuddy pedal:
    – press Drum Set and Tempo to enter the settings menu
    – scroll to and select Main Pedal
    – scroll to and select MIDI Messages
    – select MIDI-OUT
    – scroll to and select Sync
    – change to Disable and back out of the settings
  • Using the Infinity app, you can actually set the Infinity to ignore incoming MIDI clock. Similar to above but done from the Infinity looper side.
  • Using the Infinity app, tell the looper exactly how many bars long the loop is. This can be done after a loop is uploaded or recorded. This way, the looper knows whats going on and does not try to correct/compensate for the incoming MIDI clock.
    In the Infinity application, enter the number of measures in loop 1 for the affected loops. There is a list on the left hand side displaying all the presets on the looper, whether they be filled or empty. When selecting a preset from the list, the user is able to change any of the given settings for that preset. The option to write in the measures is right below Split mode, between Arm Mode and MIDI Time Signature. If that does not solve the pitch issue, there are probably incoming MIDI notes to the Infinity (which can be disabled from either device) triggering the Varispeed function of the looper, which will cause the change in pitch.

@persist thank you for the prompt reply. Before bugging anyone with my issue I made sure to read every single post on this threat, so I became familiar with your suggested solutions.

Option 1 and 2 are not ideal for me. The reason I bought the infinity was the Mind Sync as Pigtronix claim that they “worked with singular sound to seamlessly integrate the BB and ILlnfinity”. There are other affordable loopers out there that take start/stop.
I will try option 3 today just to rule it out. However, if I need to use a computer to connect the looper via USB and use the app to update the time signature every time I use the looper with a different tempo, it sure defeats the purpose of having a stomp box style looper. In which case I am better of returning the two units and using software for both drums and looping.

But seeing that so many others have successfully made it work. I really want to make pedals to work for me. Thank you again for your response. Are there any other suggestions that you or others on the forum have?

@persist , thanks again for your support here. I have been tweaking these two pedals for several hours a day still to try to get them to work and I found a way (not a setting) which though it does not work for live gigs, allows me to synchronize them.

If I let the BB go through all measures of a song part once and engage the recording of the infinity in the middle of the last measure, I am able to sync every time. Does this tell you something in terms of what setting I could change to make it sync after the intro as it is intended?

I recorded a few loops and was able to go back to them and it is all in sync! But unfortunately I can’t have the crowd waiting for the whole song part to finish before I start looping. Any guidance would be greatly appreciated.


Hmmm. I’ve found that the looper usually settles in to the tempo of the BeatBuddy within 3-4 seconds of loading a song or beat.

Right now I’m experimenting with the Aeros and have loaned my Infinity out. I’ll get it back later on this week and hook the Infinity back up to time it.