I’ve been using a BeatBuddy which is controlled through my Helix and it works absolutely seamlessly in the way it transparently integrates with my live performances when I change songs and within the structure of each song which is all controlled by the Helix. The next logical step would be to seamlessly integrate the Aeros in the same way for incorporating backtrack segments for any additional instruments I might need within a song. In investigating the integration of BeatBuddy and Aeros it looks so perfect in terms of having the BeatBuddy control and synchronize starting and ending and maybe even individual loop segments to match up with transitions within a song between verse and chorus for example. This would be perfect for me as I would MUCH prefer the BeatBuddy to handle all that integration than for the Helix to have to do it. But then…SCREEECH…massive roadblock.
There is no integration between the paradigm of song, intros, song segments, fills, or outros in BeatBuddy that maps to the capabilities in the Aeros. Now I realize the Aeros is considered a “looper” in a traditional sense, but realistically it’s far and away the best option for backtracks of any solution out there given it’s ability to integrate pre-recorded material. And I know for a FACT (being actively involved in the Line 6 and general modeling forums) I’m not alone in this. Even the MIDI Maestro isn’t capable of addressing this need because, apparently Singular Sound has a problem with deviating from the traditional paradigm of Aeros being a “looper” rather than what it could be.
I’ve followed the topics regarding the ability to add MIDI capabiities for selecting different pre-recorded tracks in Aeros and I’m very anxious to see where that goes and when it happens. My fear is that the Aeros product team may be stuck in the paradigm of traditional looping without recognizing it’s innate potential as a backtracking system that’s already 90% there and could be perfectly integrated with the BeatBuddy song paradigm.