Singular Sound has announced the release of firmware update version 1.85 for its BeatBuddy drum machine pedal.


BeatBuddy is the perfect accessory for guitarists, bassists and keyboard players, or anyone who wants live control of a beat with the hands-free ease of a pedal. Unlike traditional drum machines, BeatBuddy is a small, single pedal that offers real-time creative control, making it ideal for solo players, singer/songwriters and music educators.

Changes in BeatBuddy firmware v1.85

  • Sobriety Function: Control How Drunk Your BeatBuddy Is! One of the things BeatBuddy fans always tell us is that, unlike a real drummer, they love how their BeatBuddy never gets drunk…but sometimes it’s kinda fun to jam with a drunk drummer! So we’ve included a Sobriety setting. When Sober, BeatBuddy plays perfectly, as always. When Tipsy, BeatBuddy’s had a few beers and starts drifting on the tempo a bit, etc…the more you increase the dial, the more “off-beat” the BeatBuddy gets! Luckily, unlike your human drummer, BeatBuddy sobers up instantly. Just change his setting :-)
  • Sleep Mode: We created a sleep mode that puts the BeatBuddy in a low power state—just press the Drum Set and Tempo Knobs at the same time to enter Settings and select Sleep Mode. This will put your BeatBuddy to sleep until you’re ready to jam with him again.
  • Visual Metronome while Stopped: Many players have told us that they begin some songs by playing alone and then bring in the drums after an intro —we created a setting where the visual metronome is active while in stopped mode so you have visual tempo cue of the drums until you bring them in.
  • Complete MIDI Control: One of the most common requests we have gotten is for full MIDI support so that the BeatBuddy can be integrated with other systems, programs and devices. We have worked extensively to map (with MIDI CC Controls) every function of the BeatBuddy to MIDI so that you guys can have the most powerful possible tool and use it in creative ways.
  • And more improvements and fixes.

BeatBuddy is available for purchase for $299 USD. The firmware update is now available for download.