The BB is an interesting concept, because it seems to be designed as a live instrument as opposed to glorified backing track module.
At least this is my impression, and the very reason i bought it.
When i read threads about people wanting the machine to play straight through an arrangement without user input (like pressing play on a CD player) it saddens me a little as a muso, and I also realise that I have a very different expectation of the machine (and indeed what being a muso is) to many others.
For much of the music I play, especially the rock stuff, arrangements are mostly fairly rigid, but for the swing/jazz/blues stuff arrangements can be very flexible based upon many factors such as who is on the gig, who feels like taking epic solos, how full the dance floor is, or even stupid reasons like the singer forgetting the lyrics or the arrangement.
One thing that i struggle with is the linear arrangement the software locks the user into… as in… you can only progress to the next section, regardless of whether the next section is the right section to go to in the heat of battle.
For example, If the singer were to make the song an epic and call “break it down” I really don’t have an option of doing that, short of pausing it and hoping there is a kick drum assigned to the pedal.
There is a solution, but it is a major deviation from the (software) structure that now exists and would require additional hardware to effect.
Hence I don’t really expect this to happen, but it worth a though, especially once the other manufacturers realise what a good idea BB is and start throwing money at their own versions of the device.
What Im talking about is rather than having relative control where you simply toggle to the next predefined section, have a system where you have absolute control. For example, four section slots in the arrangement and a pedal board with four switches corresponding with these 4 section slots.
I won’t pretend this is my idea, this is exactly the way Korg do it on their glorified ‘casio keyboards’ and it totally frees the user up from having to stick to any type of preset arrangement.
On these keyboards, you predefine your sections (or use theirs), but the order they are played in, or even if they are played at all, is totally flexible on the gig.
This would also make the concept of ‘One arrangement fits a dozen songs’ more realistic and allow musos in the band to call songs I’d never programmed an arrangement for, all without giving me a heart attack.
That is the thing that scares me a little about introducing the BB to the bands I play in. The guys won’t give a rats about the homework required to set up the device, nor the tap-dance skills, and will just call tunes and expect me to play them.