My BeatBuddy and footswitch arrived on Tuesday, and had a couple days to rest before the weekend finally arrived, and I had a chance to give it a test. I took the L&R outs and ran them into two inputs on my Tascam DP-24, keeping the BB volume at 85, and the channel trims at about 70. Good, strong signal, no clipping.
I chose Rock 8, set the BPM to 96, and assembled a quick demo tune, then did a mix.
I am impressed…I’ve had drum machines to work with, including my current Alesis SR-18, but the BeatBuddy sounds so much more “real”, so much more “human” in the mix…it is remarkable! The icing on the cake was how simple it was to connect it, listen to a couple of the default songs, and come up with this. Had I tried to do the same track on the Alesis, I’d be down there for hours, manual in hand, trying to lay it all out.
Where my friends and I write originals, I don’t need to worry about “sounding like the record” at all, which GREATLY simplifies the process. This is every bit the effective writing tool I hoped it would be.
My only concern is convincing my drummer friend that this is just a tool, and he can use the drum tracks I cook up as a guideline for what he’ll eventually put down.
Here’s the quick sample - http://www.anitabob.com/BB%20Test/BB.html for those who’d like to hear how the BeatBuddy records. (Suggest you right click and open in new tab/window for ease in returning to the forum).
I’d say it easily lives up to its press…well done, David and Singular Sound!