COOL GEAR ALERT: BeatBuddy

BeatBuddyWow, here’s one for the I Can’t Believe Nobody’s Done This Before files: BeatBuddy is the first guitar pedal drum machine, giving you hands-free control of your beat while you’re rocking out. There’s an IndieGoGo campaign underway to fund it and it reached $30,000 within the first 30 minutes, and as I type this it’s up at over $102,000. It will come pre-loaded with 10 unique drum sets, over 200 songs (verse/chorus beat progressions) in a variety of styles, tempo adjustment via a knob or tap tempo, MIDI sync so you can integrate with MIDI-based loopers and effects, headphone jack and full stereo sound. Imagine what you can do with this as a soloist, busker, teacher or clinician. And Singular Sound, the team behind BeatBuddy, have aligned with GoranGrooves Studio, a world-class drum recording service in Miami, to create content for the BeatBuddy. The sound samples are recorded and processed with meticulous care using top of the line equipment, drums and percussion. The MIDI beats are not quantized and each drum is multi-sampled at various dynamic levels for ultra-realistic natural sound. New beats and drum sets will be available for download on a regular basis, and they’ll be producing both free and premium content packages. And… and – the user forum on their site will allow all BeatBuddies to share their beats and drum sets! Here’s a video of it in action.

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