Question about loading speed

Hey Folks,

I'm really happy with my BeatBuddy, and want to congratulate you folks on your efforts.  I do have a question though.  I notice that I can change songs quickly, unless the change invokes a new drum set, in which case, it takes the green bar like 15-30 seconds to load up and become ready to play.  Is this normal behavior, or do I maybe have a slow SD card?  And to that point, would I be happier if I invested in a top-grade max performance SD card?



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30 seconds does not sound normal. Please double check the time as mine shipped SD card shows up to 10 seconds absolute maximum loading time when changing between songs with different drumsets.

@Jeff Mulliken If it really does take 15+ seconds to load a drum set (time it just to make sure, as Daefecator said), I would suggest replacing the content on the SD card, as it seems as if the drum sets did not load correctly. If after doing that the problem still persists, then follow the instructions below.

  1. Obtain a NEW and unused SD card. [this is important]

  2. Download the ‘SD Card Backup’ file from

  3. Unzip all the content, and put the extracted files onto the clean SD card. In the SD card you should now see 5 folders - DRUMSETS, EFFECTS, PARAMS, SONGS and MIDI loops - content 1.2. (If you do not have an unzipping program, you may download a free one here:

  4. Download the NEW firmware from

  5. Extract it onto an SD card together with the content. In the root of SD card you should now see 6 new files added.

  6. Insert the SD card into the BeatBuddy (make sure that it is the new card you put in, with all the content on it), and then connect the power supply to the unit so that it turns on. [IMPORTANT: While your BeatBuddy is updating its firmware, do NOT unplug the power supply from the unit.]

  7. At this point, the BeatBuddy will update its firmware, which should take a minute or less.

  8. The slow loading times should be gone! :slight_smile:

If you still experience issues even after these eight steps, please email (link this forum discussion in the email).

Thanks for the help, and sorry I didn’t search first. I appreciate the efforts to (re)post this answer. To make amends, I thought I would let folks know that I’ve been talking to the people at GrooveMonkee, and they’ve just released a “freebie” pak for the BeatBuddy community. It’s a collection of single bar fills that are properly GM mapped for the BeatBuddy.



Groove Monkee have a profile here now and have mentioned this in a number of posts trying to get the message out and get more business. Listening to the midi’s though is disappointing as you have to import them into the BB to get a sence of what they would sound like - the sooner full midi implementation is supported the better or the ability to get to the WAV samples and create a VST Drumkit from them.