I'm an Over The Road truck driver who likes to practice guitar during my downtime. And because space is always at a premium, I have to be very picky as to what I take with me.
To that end, I’ve always kept an eye out for equipment that’ll let me play and have fun without taking up a lot of space or disturbing my co-driver.
I first saw the beat buddy of Guitar Center’s website and was intrigued by the idea of a drum machine built into a guitar pedal. A bit of research and mess of videos later, I was hooked. So I squirreled away some cash and kept an eye out for a Beat Buddy to buy; I found a used one with the footswitch for a good price and I bought it.
The way I normally use it is in conjunction with an iRig 2 and amplitube on my iPod Touch; the iRig 2 is set up to be plugged in between a guitar and amp so you can use the software. This works out pretty well as I can use the Beat buddy at the end of the chain to pull double duty as both a drum machine and an amp.
The one true downside I see with the pedal is that it requires an external power source instead of having the option of a 9V battery. It’s a shame, but considering the amount of guts in the pedal, it’s understandable that there was no room.