Got my MM today. Started by resetting BB (fw 3.8.0) to Defaults. Connected MM MIDI OUT to BB MIDI IN and left the other MIDI cable not connected at this point.
I later checked BB’s MIDI-OUT config, and found it was set to ‘MIDI-OUT’, not merge or thru. So I’m wondering if the following is some kind of bug. Admittedly, I don’t know a lot about MIDI.
With that said, I did connect the other MIDI cable later and immediately had an issue whereby MM was sending tempo that seemed to be in the sub-20 BPM range. Hard to say for sure because BB’s tempo readout was still showing the song’s default. I did, however, see what looked like a syncing icon/symbol to the left of BB tempo readout on the Main display. The icon kept showing up, then disappearing. So, I did the BB settings reset thing again, powered both units off, alternated which one I powered on first, one or two other troubleshooting iso tricks - nothing changed until I disconnected the MIDI cable. Immediately upon doing that, BB jumped to the correct tempo and MM default template resumed working with BB.
So, putting that aside, what was my first impression? For me, MM buttons are loud. Plenty has been written on the topic of loud buttons. Charts of dB tests have been uploaded, audio recordings of button presses have been uploaded. Apparently, button loudness is a subjective thing, a matter of what you notice or are willing to tolerate. Moving on…
Since the companion app is not yet available, there is no way to modify MM’s button settings. (Where the heck is the manual?) So I tested MM’s default BB config. Here’s some of what I found.
- If you pause a song and then decide you want to stop it, pressing MM’s STOP does not do anything. BB remains in pause mode and you need to hold the Main Pedal as usual to actually stop it. More an observation than a hard complaint, but I was disappointed that MM’s STOP command did not work as expected. Seems logical that STOP means stop and that BB would receive the command and go to a fully stopped state; not in this scenario.
- While MM does remember the last folder you were in, when you want to select another song in that folder, you need to press again to re-enter that folder. I’d prefer MM remember last state, i.e., that I was looking at some song inside of some folder and take me back to that song so I can go from there. Can MM be configured to do this?
- Scroll buttons actually do not scroll, at all. They advance one song per press. Scroll buttons should either auto-scroll while held, or advance some amount - 5 songs, 10 songs, a user-defined amount - per press. Can MM buttons be configured to do this?
- When in Folder/Song Select screen, there is no way to get back to BeatBuddy’s main screen other than wait until MM times out which is longer than I want to wait.
- Song start w/ intro bypassed: no button configured by default to bypass an intro at the start of a song. BB supports this globally if done in the pedal’s menu, and per song when you use an app such as SLM or OnSong to send MIDI messages. Can MM buttons be configured to do this?
- Can’t choose to jump into a part right at the start of a song: same comments as above – BB supports, MIDI messages can make this happen. Can MM be configured to do this?
- That said, Part Select works nicely while the song is running and just as nicely coming out of pause, almost. Coming out of pause, you get the transition. I’d rather bypass transitions coming out of pause. That’s going to work better for me most times.
Since there is no documentation/manual to speak of and no config app yet, I don’t really know that I’ve got here. Fingers crossed that I will be blown away by MM’s capabilities. Truthfully, I’m quite interested in what can be done with custom mode.