Beatbuddy linked to Ableton Live

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Dirk C
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Beatbuddy linked to Ableton Live

Post by Dirk C » Thu Jun 07, 2018 3:00 pm

I use Ableton Live 10 and want to control the tempo of my BeatBuddy (BB) by changing the tempo in Live. To connect the USB-connector of my computer with the DIN-connector of the BB, I use a M-Audio 2x2 USB interface. So, I've installed the driver of it and within Live I've choosen M-audio out A as midi out.

On the BeatBuddy side, I didn't do anything at the settings. The idea is recording a guitar and the drums within the BB at the same time, but if I make an audio track in Live and change the tempo, nothing happens on the BB side.

What is wrong?

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Re: Beatbuddy linked to Ableton Live

Post by scheffkoch » Thu Jun 07, 2018 3:13 pm

...you have to select "sync" under "output" for your m-audio interface within ableton midi preferences...
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Re: Beatbuddy linked to Ableton Live

Post by Dirk C » Fri Jun 08, 2018 7:44 pm

I've done that! When I click on a transport button (play/stop/record) a led is burning on the USB-port, so Ableton is sending midi-information to it.

But further on the line, how is that information recognized by the Beatbuddy sent by the usb-port?

In Live at the Preference panel, I only can fill out under MIDI port, "M-audio + port" (the usb port that links an USB-conncetor to a DIN-midi connector) and set "Sync" active, but there is no Control surface filled out...

The BeatBuddy doesn't seem to react to all that midi information.

Any idea?

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Re: Beatbuddy linked to Ableton Live

Post by oratowsky » Fri Jun 08, 2018 7:49 pm

You may also have to set up the BeatBuddy to do this so it listens for incoming clock.

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Re: Beatbuddy linked to Ableton Live

Post by Dirk C » Sat Jun 09, 2018 9:42 am

I've done everything on the BeatBuddy side that the manual is telling me. Because the USB-port receives midi-information (LEDs are blinking), there is still the break out cable and the BeatBuddy itself to be checked, but it seems very strange to me: all youtube video's don't have the type of problem that I have...

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Re: Beatbuddy linked to Ableton Live

Post by Dirk C » Thu Feb 21, 2019 2:14 pm

Last update: I have sent the BB back to the supplier. Curious what they will say...

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Re: Beatbuddy linked to Ableton Live

Post by jmedendorp » Sat May 25, 2019 3:52 pm

Any news on this? I'm trying to set my BeatBuddy up as a Midi as well.

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Re: Beatbuddy linked to Ableton Live

Post by Dirk C » Wed Sep 18, 2019 7:54 am

The solution was a simple one: I've returned the BeatBuddy plus cable to the shop where I had bought it and they found out that the cable was not working properly... End of story! In the meantime I'm a happy midi-BeatBuddy musician!

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