We’re constantly working to improve the BeatBuddy, and we’re excited to announce our next firmware update!
Thank you all for the great feedback and suggestions. We’ve listened carefully, and we’ve implemented many of the better suggestions and are working to implement more.
Here are the new improvements:
Count-in intro: This changes the intro to a single rim shot sound per beat. So if the song is in 4/4 time, it will play 4 rim shots to count you in before the main beat starts. This is very useful when playing with other musicians, so you can all start on time! Select:Settings > Main Pedal > Intro > Count in.
Disable default tempo: This will turn off the song’s default tempo, so when you are changing between songs, it will keep the tempo you set it at instead of changing to that song’s default tempo. This is very useful when you know the tempo of the song you want to play but are not sure which beat to use, so you can try many different beats quickly without having to adjust the tempo each time. Select: Settings > Main Pedal > Default Tempo > Disable.
Disable default drum set: This will turn off the song’s default drum set, so when you are changing between songs, it will keep the drum set you set it at instead of changing to that song’s default drum set. This is very useful when you know which drum set you would like to use (especially if you’re trying out a new drum set that you downloaded), but are not sure which beat to use, so you can try many different beats quickly without having to adjust the drum set each time. Select: Settings > Main Pedal > Default Drum Set > Disable.
Press Drum Set knob to set Default Drum Set: Now you can set the default drum set of a song by holding down the drum set knob, in the same way you can set the default tempo by holding down the tempo knob.
Added 0% and 100% in the cue fill period: At 0%, when the pedal is press the drumfill & transition always trigger immediately. At 100% the player always wait until the next bar before launching the drumfill & transition. Default is set to 0% so that fills and transitions are always triggered immediately. To change, select: Settings > Main Pedal > Cue Period
Support of External MIDI notes: Do you edit beats in other software and want to test it on the BeatBuddy without having to load it into a song? Do you have an Electronic drum set that you want to trigger better quality sound? Now if you stream MIDI notes into the BeatBuddy IN cable, the BeatBuddy will play those MIDI notes on the BeatBuddy’s ultra high quality drum sets!
When Cancelling a transition by pressing the main pedal, it was triggering an outro fill. It now cancels the transition.
It was necessary to wait a beat between triggering an outro with a double tap and cancelling the outro with another tap. Now it can be done immediately. As long as the triple tap stop option is disabled (it is by default). This allows much faster cancelling the outro when you double tap by mistake.
[*]Headphones volume screen was appearing at random times when the headphones volume was turned low. This is fixed.
So now you know that the new firmware is awesome. Read below carefully, how to install it on your BeatBuddy.
[B]Installing the New Firmware
- Download: [/B]Click Here
2. Open the file. If you can’t open the file, download free software from 7-zip.org[/URL] or [URL=‘http://www.rarlab.org/’]rarlab.org
It will look like this:
[NOTE: If you are having difficulty in installing the unzipping utility or unzipping the file with the recommended programs, here is a more comprehensive tutorial on that topic: http://mybeatbuddy.com/forum/index.php?threads/how-to-unzip-folders.1835/]
3. Connect your BeatBuddy to your computer. With the BeatBuddy powered on and the SD card inside it, connect your BeatBudy to your computer with the USB cable.
OR insert the BeatBuddy’s SD card into your computer’s SD card reader.
PLEASE NOTE: If you are using a Mac, it is better if you put the sd card in an sd card reader instead of plugging the usb cable.
4. Open the SD card folder. The computer should give you a pop-up to open the folder, or you can find the SD card drive on ‘My Computer’ (on Windows).
- Unplug the USB cable. Or remove the SD card from your computer and insert it into the BeatBuddy. [/B]Keep the BeatBuddy powered on. After a few moments, the screen will display ‘Updating Firmware’ and then the BeatBuddy will restart itself. DO NOT unplug the BeatBuddy’s power during this process!
After the BeatBuddy has restarted itself (shouldn’t take more than a minute), your firmware has been updated! You can confirm by going to Settings (press down both Tempo and Drum Set knobs at the same time). Then click on “About BeatBuddy”. You will see Version: FIRM-1.4.1
If for any reason you would like to load the previous version of the firmware, you can download here.
If you have any problems loading the firmware, see any glitches, or have ideas about how to improve the BeatBuddy, please comment below!
We are constantly improving the BeatBuddy and would love to hear from you.