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Peterson BBS1 BodyBeat Sync Wireless Pulsating Metronome

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Product Description

Create a Network of Pulsating Metronomes!
The BodyBeat Sync represents the ultimate in musical tempo reference devices. As a fully featured metronome, it is capable of transmitting the beat by visual, aural and tactile means. Wireless functionality allows two or more BodyBeat Syncs to work in synchronicity with one another, allowing the networking of multiple units on stage, in the recording studio, band room or anywhere the precise synchronization of a performance and its performers is required.

Peterson BBS1 BodyBeat Metronome Features

  • Audio, Visual or Tactile delivery modes 
  • Feel the beat from the vibration clip 
  • 3 different audio choices 
  • Feel or hear a variety of subdivisions and accent patterns 
  • 10 to 280 BPM tempo range with tap tempo feature 
  • Independently selectable time signature components 
  • Wide variety of subdivisions displayed in notation format 
  • Meter-based accent patterns ( additive meters ) 
  • Store up to 99 presets 
  • Load and play MIDI tempo maps 
  • Sync to external DAW MIDI time-code 
  • Lockout panel to prevent accidental changes to settings 
  • Encoder dial for quick entry of values 
  • Built-in speaker with volume control 
  • USB rechargeable Lithium-Ion battery 
  • USB connection for MIDI and firmware updates
Flexible Usage Options
The BodyBeat Sync can store up to 100 user presets consisting of tempo, meter, subdivision and accent pattern. All preset information is transmitted to each synchronized unit as well as the current bar count of the active preset. If the 100 user presets do not provide enough versatility, the “tempo map” from an entire musical score can be stored in the BodyBeat Sync via the mini USB cable. A standard MIDI file can be used or a custom “tempo map” can be designed via the free application on the BodyBeat Sync website. Additionally, the BodyBeat Sync can be driven by a DAW using MIDI Clock via the mini USB cable.

Metronome Engine
The BodyBeat Sync features a complex metronome engine capable of producing endless combinations of rhythmic patterns. Meter or Time Signature parameters are independently adjustable allowing 1 - 12 beats per measure over a beat value of 2, 4, 8 or 16.

Subdivision selections are based on the chosen beat value and will display correctly notated for 1 beat. Selectable Accent Patterns vary upon the number of beats per measure and allow for the division of longer beat counts into groups of 2 and 3 ( every possible combination included ). Tempo can be adjusted from 10 - 280 BPM.

Practice Patterns
There are 14 additional Presets beyond the initial 100 user definable memory locations in the BodyBeat Sync that are named rather than numbered. These additional presets are two bar patterns in which only the tempo setting is editable / storable. 2-3 and 3-2 presets of Son, Rumba and Bossa clave patterns are provided in 4/4 and 6/8. Common bell patterns such as Cascara and Agogo are also available in both clave directions.

Wireless Synchronization
The BodyBeat Sync has the ability to form synchronized, wireless groups of unlimited members. Any BodyBeat Sync can either function as a “Master” or leader of the group, or as a “Sync” unit or member.

Creating or joining a group is simple. Once a group is formed, each member or leader of the group will remember its group and its role within the group even when shut off and on.

Members of a group of BodyBeat Sync Metronomes will stay perfectly synchronized within a 75 yard radius of the master. If the maximum range is exceeded, group members will automatically re-sync once returning to a distance within the range. While changes to the master will not be transmitted when the range is exceeded, the group member will continue at the most recent metronome settings.

Individually formed groups of metronomes will not interfere with each other as they operate on wireless network protocol. For example, a group of 20 BodyBeat Sync metronomes or 5 unique groups of 4 can operate within the same room.

BBS1 BodyBeat Wireless Synchronization Features:
  • Wirelessly synchronize an unlimited number of performers 
  • Any BodyBeat Sync can be a Master device or synchronized to a group of units 
  • Join an existing group of Syncs even after formation 
  • Multiple groups can perform in the same area with no interference from one group to another 
  • Wide wireless range does not rely on line of sight 
  • Use one BodyBeat Sync to control another patched to the PA 
  • FCC approved –transmits outside standard wireless audio range 
  • Synchronized units display the Master unit’s settings 
  • Output for headphones or PA system 
  • Aux output switches other devices at tempo rate (Normally open contact) 
  • Attaches to mic or music stand with optional Peterson mounting clamp 
  • Backlit, high contrast LCD display 
  • Pocket-sized compact design
USB Functions
Other than the hardware control interface, the BodyBeat Sync’s metronome can be driven by two additional methods with the help of the USB port located on the right side of the unit.

Connect the BodyBeat Sync to a computer using the provided mini USB cable. Select USB Audio Device as the MIDI output port to transmit a MIDI clock signal. When this signal is present, the tempo setting on your BodyBeat Sync is under the control of your MIDI capable software.

The BodyBeat Sync is capable of storing 9 MIDI Tempo Maps in its local memory. A MIDI Tempo Map is a MIDI file that has been imported into the BodyBeat Sync via the BodyBeat Sync USB software. Once imported, only the meter changes, tempo changes and number of bars are stored in the BodyBeat Sync memory. Up to 999 bars can be stored in each of nine memory locations.

MIDI Tempo Maps can also be created from scratch using a free online application on the BodyBeat Sync website. Create up to 999 bars of meter and tempo information with the intuitive ‘drag and drop’ interface. View your creation as a chart or list of tempo and meter events.

Product Specifications
Peterson BBS1 BodyBeat Metronome Specifications
  • Weight: .25 lbs
  • Accessories:
    • Vibe Clip
    • Belt Clip
    • USB Cable (4 foot)
    • USB Rechargable Battery


Helpful Info about the Manufacturer
Phone:  708-388-3311 Warranty:  1 Year
Brian Carabee from Mahopac, NY USA
Overall Rating
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Subject
Very poor Quality Control
Quality
Would you consider this product to be made well? How dependable?
Very poor QC from factory. First one I received was very badly scratched on the front. AMS was great about replacing it. Second one I received was badly scratched on the back, as if someone were truing to align the threaded brass insert with some kind of threaded rod to hold it. The plastic around the trhreaded insert is all scratched up. In both cases the box was not sealed in plastic wrap and I don't know if I received used units or new. I kept the second unit with the scratches on the back, but I probably should have returned it. Secondly, the buttons for forward/back are very inconsistent in feel. One you need to push farther than the other, and they don't feel smooth at all. Has a very chintzy feel to it (the buttons). With both units, once the audible metronome starts playing, the second measure drops out. That's right, the first measure plays, then the second measure drops out, then the third, fourth, etc. play ok. I had to go to the website to download a program,
Features
What do you consider to be the best features of this product? What features would you add to this product if you could?
(cont.) then download a patch, and only then did the audio stop dropping out. This purchase has caused me excessive time and effort, and I still have a scratched-up unit. Features: This is avery immature implementation. You cannot name your presets. You cannot have the audio playing when the tactile sensor is plugged in. The tactile device has a very soft, laggy feel to it because it's a vibrator, essentially. That means it takes time to spool up and spool down. It has a very soft, sloppy feel. Better would be a device that creates a sharp, instantaneous tap. Once the music is playing it can be hard to feel the virbration.
Ease of Use
How easy is this product to use? How easy is the product to use with other products? Did it take long for you to learn to use this product? Was the manual helpful? How playable do you consider this product to be?
It seems easy enough to use. Manual is ok and things are described reasonably well.
General
Your general opinion of this product.
Immature implementation, needs a patch to avoid sound dropout, doesn't come sealed and I received 2 scratched units, buttons feel imprecise to say the least and have a cheap feel to them, can't play audio and have vibrator on simultaneously.
Value
Was this item an overall good value?
No, it's expensive for what it does and the quality of construction just isn't there. If another company offered a similar device with better construction and QC I would go with them in a split second.
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