Quite some time ago I detailed how to configure OnSong to automate the BeatBuddy; in a nutshell, it means that when you change song in OnSong, Beat Buddy selects the correct drum part and BPM so you’re good to go. If you missed it, you can read here: http://forum.mybeatbuddy.com/index.php?threads/using-the-beat-buddy-live-1-76-beta-firmware-version.5326/. It also has some videos on my setup.
I’ve done quite a bit of gigging since that post, trying out what works and what doesn’t with the beat buddy. As such I’ve amassed quite a large OnSong catalog and made drum tracks for quite a lot of them.
I found that long drum parts or many different drum parts did not work well; it’s just too complicated when you’re trying to perform. It was often better to find a similar simple beat and just stick with that. Sure, if you’re at home jamming you can certainly do more trickier drum beats, but live it’s a recipe for disaster.
Eventually I ended up with 2 drum folders on my BeatBuddy; one for specific songs that had signature drum beats (which I simplified), and another folder which had pretty much every drum beat that is generally used in music. For this second folder, each drum beat has 2 parts; a simple hi hat count in, then the main beat. This made for easy count ins and if the song had a break, I’d transition back to the count in, then transition back to the main beat when needed.
Here’s some samples: https://soundcloud.com/ruairiau/sets/beatbuddy-samples. They’re a bit rough as I just recorded them before I wrote this, but you’ll get the idea.
You can see a list of songs I have here: https://www.dropbox.com/s/v3qr04rjdh0ggxi/All Songs.html?dl=0[/URL]. And you can download my entire OnSong catalog here (like any song book it’s a little rough in places): [URL=‘https://www.dropbox.com/s/3sav8o7q18lcqep/Exported%20Songs.zip?dl=0’]https://www.dropbox.com/s/3sav8o7q18lcqep/Exported Songs.zip?dl=0. Make sure to backup yours beforehand.
For the drums to work you’ll need to add this drum folder: https://www.dropbox.com/s/wmg596k1ow9b9gb/Setlist.pbf?dl=0 just after the Metronome folder on the Beatbuddy Manager (should show up in position 23 when you copy it to the beat buddy). Then add this folder: https://www.dropbox.com/s/dnh4sv3ru3czaol/Go_To_Beats_Count_In.pbf?dl=0
All you need is an iPad - I’d recommend an iPad Mini (The iPad Mini 2 is dirt cheap right now).
Some way of sending MIDI to the Beatbuddy - I use a PUC+ but you could simply use the iPad camera connection kit and any cheap USB-MIDI cable (get them on ebay for about $10)
Edit: Fixed link to download OnSong files.