Syncing with Mac

“Syncing” my beat buddy pedal.
Because I have a newish Mac I can’t sync BB manager with the SD card by simply selecting File then Synchronize Project. I have to use export instead. I find it works ok when I choose
File – Export – Project to SD Card, but that takes a long time. Export – Song or Export folder is much quicker, but I’m getting mixed results. I think this may be because I am being inconsistent about where I am exporting to. You don’t have any choice when you export the whole project but when you choose Export – Song or Export Folder you can choose to send it to the SD card itself (whatever name you have given it) in which case it will be saved outside the four usual folders DRUMS, EFFECTS, PARAMS or SONGS. So, should I be saving to the SONGS folder? I suspect not because in there the songs don’t have the normal song titles but instead there are folders with names like 64EF7675.

This is a long-standing and well known issue Mac Sierra users (don’t follow my suggested workaround in that thread—instead, follow what I’m suggesting below). This issue affects MacOS 10.11 and beyond.

If and when Singular Sound fixes the issue with a new release of the BeatBuddy Manager (BBM), the workaround is to use the BBM File - Export Project to SD card. The disadvantages are that depending on the size of your project, it will take a while for the process to complete and although as soon as it’s done, the Synchronize Project might again be active on the menu, as soon as you quit the BBM or restart your computer, the Synchronize Project will probably again be grayed out on the File menu. The other problem is that your pedal settings will be wiped out on your SD card. You can probably get around this by updating the settings on your pedal and then moving your SD card in your computer SD slot reader and copying the PARAMS folder from your card to your desktop. When you’ve completed the Export Project to SD card, you then copy the PARAMS folder back to the SD card. Some users report that it doesn’t work for them.

The other workaround is if you have utilities such as Carbon Copy Cloner or Super Duper. They can be set up to replicate the Synchronize Project to SD card. If you have those utilities on your Mac and would like to know how to set it up, reply to this thread.

You can search the forum for the answer to this and many other questions you might have.

The above is a workaround, but not a solution!

thank you for the replies. I think for now I am going to keep things simple by putting up with the time it takes to do a full sync-project on the mac and also stick to the default pedal settings.

Just to follow up everything Persist posted above—I’m using a 2020 Mac and currently running macOS 11. I followed Persist’s advice and I don’t close/quit BBM at all. Then sync’ing to my SD card works just fine. As he recommended, I made a copy of the PARAMS folder from the SD card and keep it on my desktop. Of course I have to quit BBM now and then—software updates or just because it’s a good idea to shut a computer down once in a while—and on those occasions, it’s necessary to choose Export > Project to SD card, which you’re doing currently Salty. Then I just drop the PARAMS folder onto the SD card so my personal preferences on the BB—foot switch prefs, etc.—remain how I like them.

I must admit, it’d be nice if the Singular Sound devs had fixed this issue by now—been a while folks! But it’s not the end of the world to follow Persist’s recommendations. :slightly_smiling_face:

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I don’t think I’m following this. What happens if you don’t close BBM? And what happens if you do?

Assuming your Mac BeatBuddy Manager (BBM) menu File - Synchronize Project is grayed out: if you don’t restart your Mac (which I hardly ever do since it’s a desktop computer) and you don’t close the BBM, after you export and/or synchronize your project to your SD card, the BBM File - Synchronize Project will remain active. However,

Then the BBM File - Synchronize Project will be grayed out when you launch the BBM again.