BBMVC = BeatBuddy MIDI Volume Control. A massively over engineered solution to an almost non existent problem (But I just like making stuff!).
Here’s a demo:
This uses a standard keyboard style volume control pedal (A Yamaha FC7 in my case because I had one doing nothing) to set the volume of the main mix on my BeatBuddy drum pedal by converting the signal from the FC7 into the MIDI CC commands the BeatBuddy needs.
It also has a MIDI pass through function so that you can continue to use any existing MIDI setup with the BeatBuddy.
When no volume pedal is plugged into the unit it just acts as a MIDI pass though. When a pedal is plugged in you can enable the unit by pressing the switch at which point it will control the BeatBuddy volume via the volume pedal. When the unit is disabled (LED off), it just acts as a MIDI pass through so if you happen to knock the volume pedal it will not affect the BeatBudy volume.
There’s also a calibration mode which is entered by holding the switch down for five seconds that allows you to configure the unit to the minimum and maximum values the volume pedal sends out. The calibration settings are saved in the unit so you really only have to do that once.