[easyazon_image align=”left” height=”300″ identifier=”B00S0DG918″ locale=”US” src=”http://jtpedals.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/41S8idnC4oL.jpg” tag=”jtspedals-20″ width=”500″]As a guitar player, it can sometimes be frustrating to not have a drummer around for the piece you’re playing. This is where Singular Sound BeatBuddy comes into the picture. This standalone performance tool can be defined as a cross between a drum machine and a guitar pedal and it acts as your ‘drummer’. With a single press of the pedal you will be able to produce a variety of effects from drum breaks to fills to a catchy beat to trigger accents like cymbal crashes or hand claps. Thus, with this pedal in place, you will be able to control the beats conveniently in a hands-free manner while adding more pep and dimension to your music!
I love BeatBuddy, it is one of those indispensable tools that a musician has to have in their inventory. I love the fact that this tiny little device is compatible with a wide range of instruments. In terms of ease of use the pedal scores top points because it is a plug-and-play model, i.e. you simply plug it into the sound system and you’re ready to play! I also love the fact that BeatBuddy comes with an SD card that is preloaded with more than 200 song styles and 10 drum sets. The styles are very versatile in the sense that even though there is a whole lot of standard styles, one would still be able to find some less-common or quirky styles in there too!
You can unleash your creativity and have fun with this pedal because the sky’s the limit in this case. The player can combine the settings, drum sets and songs in any manner and store the compositions in the SD card, which can then be inserted into the pedal. If you want some help in getting started then you can opt for the pre-loaded content in the pedal. In addition to this, you can also download the content of your choice from Singular Sound’s online library. When you purchase this pedal you will also be given a software (BeatBuddy Manager) to go along with it, which you can use for creating your own content. Then, you can proudly share your creation with the users in the community forum and also discover other user-generated content available.
One of the most common misconceptions about BeatBuddy is that it is a traditional drum machine. This cannot be further from the truth. While you cannot create new beats in case of the pedal but you can always use another software for this purpose and then have your composition loaded onto the pedal in the form of a MIDI file via the SD card.
In this review I would also like to highlight the ‘Beat Indicator’ feature, which is basically the display screen of the unit. The screen is probably the coolest thing about the pedal, next to the effects it produces! It is very easy to read, even from a distance, thereby allowing the user to see which signature is currently being played. There is also a darkened bar that moves along the screen, this bar is in sync with the tempo and it shows the beat that is in the measure. What’s more, the background color of the screen is also coded with the music being played. For instance, the background color turns yellow in case of fills, white in case of transition beats and so on.
Another unique and highly impressive feature that I like in BeatBuddy is the headphone jack. This comes in handy when I want to have some silent practicing, which I engage in every now and then. Considering the wide array of music genres supported by this pedal, i.e. rock, blues, latin, metal, country, hip-hop, pop, techno, marching, oldies, Motown, Brazilian and so on, one would never get bored with this pedal. So go ahead, get this pedal on board with your performance devices and have fun playing around with it and the endless options that comes along with it to produce musical masterpieces!