I need help syncing my BeatBuddy and Boomerang III before starting the drums on the BeatBuddy. Because the Boomerang doesn’t recognize measures (it treats all midi clock clicks identically), I use the Boomerang’s Serial Sync mode and create a 1 bar silent loop. That approach, which seems fairly common among Boomerang users, allows me to control other loops by tapping at some point in the preceding measure instead of having to hit the 1 beat almost exactly.
The Boomerang and BeatBuddy usually sync perfectly when I start the drums before creating a silent loop in the Boomerang. But that doesn’t work well for gigging because the audience hears bars of drums while I sync the silent loop, and it also prevents me from using intros on the BeatBuddy.
It seems I should be able to avoid those problems by syncing the silent loop visually before starting the drums, using the BeatBuddy screen to find Beat 1. When I do that the Boomerang initially (before I start the drums) syncs properly to Beat 1. But after the drums start the Boomerang usually winds up synched to another beat (which beat seems to be random).
The Midi settings I’m using on the BeatBuddy are:
- Output is set to Ch.1 (default) or 16 (the Boomerang manual says to use Ch. 16 but it seems to pick up the clock from either channel).
- Midi Sync is set to always on.
- Start is set to Main Beat (default) or to Intro.
- Mute Pause is set to enabled or disabled.
I have tried every combination of these settings.
I’m hoping some of you BeatBuddy/Boomerang users been able to work around this problem and would appreciate any solutions you have found or other suggestions that might help solve it.