My name is Glenn. I am part of a 3 piece band, one which has long-suffered lack of a beat. After some considerable deliberation, I decided to order BeatBuddy. My box arrived, and I found it to be well packed. Upon first glance I was impressed-it seems very ruggedly built. I went on with doing all the initial steps; before plugging it in, I had the book read, as well as the downloads…
Wait. That is Too wordy. I am very frustrated. This is where I’m at…I’ve loaded: (several X…)
- BB Beta Mac (W/ workspace on my Macbook Pro/ OS X Yosemite 10.10.2
- BB Firmware v129
- FINAL Content V120
- Accent hit sound content v120
- MIDI loops content 1.2
- Unzipped zip files using IZipUnarchiver
On the Hardware, (the two pedals) I have:
- Plugged unit in, and joined the enclosures with the provided 1/4 inch cable.
- Inserted 4g sd card
- Calibrated left and right switches.
- Tested unit in my studio on my Fender Passport PD250 using audio cable and the 1/4 out jacks. All good.
- Tightened the set screws on the knobs, as 2 out of 3 fell right off within 24 hours of unboxing. This unit must’ve skittered past quality control on a Friday.
On the bright side, I am happy with the sound it produces. The drums DO sound very real.
Here is the problem:
I followed the directions on the download page, and went into the app manager. From there, I was able to find the SD_CARD in projects, and low and behold, the manager sprang to life. Cool. But the kicker is, I am not able to put anything on this card, eject from my Mac, and load into the main box, and then find anything. Nada, Zilch, nothing. Specifically, there is a file I found called “Stu’s BeatBuddy MIDI” (and WAV’s to, if memory serves…) Anyway, I did everything I could think of to get “Gimme Shelter” onto the card, for use in the pedal. No joy. Not one thing I did came to where I could scroll and find something on the pedal. I’m not, nor ever will be a computer programmer, but I have been using Mac/Apple almost exclusively since 04; varies DAW’s and Garage Band…No expert am I, but I’m not a slouch, either. I have likely spent 12 hours with BB since Fri., and am not one iota closer to getting a setlist that can be used with the pedal.
I hope there is someone who might be able to lend me some guidance with this, before I totally “lose it”, and pack it all back up and get my $$$ back. Also, hopefully I’ve provided at least a good listing of what I have / have not done yet…It strikes me as strange, a huge portion of the “creative community” uses this Linux/Mac stuff, yet in this case my computer and BB can’t even chit chat with each other via USB cable.
OK, 'Nuff said; I have tried to write this in a cool headed, composed, manner, although I know I’m about at wits end.
Again, thanks in advance,