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Here is a list of questions that are commonly brought up by people inquiring about the Groove Guide.  

How does the Groove Guide compare to a "click track"?

What does the Groove Guide do?

How does it work?

How do the Gain and Sensitivity controls work?

How do I adjust the unit for maximum dynamic range?

When should I use the Groove Guide?

How do you mount the Groove Guide?

How big is it?

Why doesn't the product run on batteries?

How fast does the unit respond?

How does it work with e-drums?

Does the unit work outside the U.S.?

 


What does the Groove Guide do?

The Groove Guide reads the tempo (in beats per minute) from either your snare drum, bass drum,  or even electronic drums.  But what it does for you as a musician is more important.   ALL music is measured in beats per minute. The Groove Guide gives you a visual reference of your tempo as you are playing.  If the groove speeds up or slows down, you will know. If you are playing a song slower or faster than it should be, you will know.  Capture tempos from cover tunes and duplicate the groove and tempo correctly every time you play.  Recording sessions can be done without a rigid click track by following your Groove Guide. Improve your groove as you play! 

In addition, the Groove Guide is also great for the student and EVERY player looking to improve his or her technique.  Back to the Top

How does it work?

The Groove Guide is a high speed digital tachometer that displays tempo in beats per minute (BPM) . The PRO 600 model counts by 1 from 1 to 785 BPM.   A trigger or sensor attached to a snare drum or bass drum provides the signal. When you begin to play, the Groove Guide displays the tempo being played.  Gain and Sensitivity controls are available to adjust to each drummer, regardless of what style or type of music they play.  The Groove Guide also works on electronic sets from Yamaha and Roland and others. Back to the Top

 

Click the camera to view a video of the Groove Guide in Action 

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How does the Groove Guide compare to a "click track"?

We think one of our customers, Kyle D. Anastasio from San Diego CA, said it best.  "As a drummer for 27 years, I can honestly say that I have come across my share of new, "innovating" products designed to aid the musician in developing their quest for perfect time.  Drum machines, metronomes, click tracks, etc.  All types of devices that dictate what the tempo should be, not how accurately I am actually maintaining it. .... The whole point? While "Following" a click is good for tempo development, the DrumPerfect [Groove Guide] unit is great for tempo "awareness". Take the next step from following a click. After all, just because the click is not there doesn't mean steady tempo is not required. After using this little device you won't need a click! I don't know how I went so long without this gem. "

How do the Gain and Sensitivity controls work?

The Gain control acts as main control setting for monitoring the notes that are played at a loud dynamic.  The Sensitivity control works as a fine tuning control for determining which softer dynamics the unit will recognize.  These controls can be used to setup the unit to handle almost any conditions you will  encounter.  Additionally, the controls can be used to improve your dynamics and timing.  Back to the Top

How do I adjust the unit for maximum dynamic range?

The product is capable of handling a wide range of dynamics; the key is the initial settings and adjustments.  The procedure that follows was updated in our instructions on October 23, 2000.  

  1. Set both controls to the OFF position.
  2. Begin playing at a medium to loud level.
  3. Adjust the Gain control until the unit begins to register your tempo.
  4. Play at a softer level
  5. Adjust the Sensitivity control until the unit registers the tempo.  Back to the Top

 

Click the camera to view a video on setting the Gain and Sensitivity controls 

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When should I use the Groove Guide?

All the time:  performing live, practicing, rehearsing or recording.  It will become regular part of your set up. Back to the Top

How do you mount the Groove Guide?

The Groove Guide can be mounted using either the 8mm thread located on the bottom of the unit or the 6" long by 3/4" round mounting rod included with the system.  The mounting rod allows you to use a variety of multi-clamps from manufactures like Gibraltar, Tama or Pearl.   While the 8mm thread, (standard on most hardware from Gibraltar, Yamaha, Pearl, Tama and others,) allows mounting to a variety of cymbal stands and cymbal boom arms. Back to the Top

Click the camera to view a video on mounting the Groove Guide using the mounting rod. 

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Click the camera to view a video on mounting the Groove Guide using a cymbal stand

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How big is it?

The case is approximately 4 7/8 inches high, 4 1/4 inches wide and 1 3/8 inches deep. See the Feature Page for more information. Back to the Top

Why doesn't the product run on batteries?

The Groove Guide microprocessor requires too high of voltage for normal inexpensive batteries.  To make the system battery operated, it would have required expensive cellular phone type batteries and chargers. Back to the Top

How fast does the unit respond?

The Groove Guide is microprocessor driven and, using the computer speed, the Groove Guide appears to respond instantly.  Back to the Top

How does it work with e-drums?

In recent years e-drum pads have changed in the way they trigger.  The new pads produce a lower voltage signal.  While the Groove Guide will monitor that voltage, the "brain" of the e-drums  does not always recognize the signal once it has passed through the Groove Guide.  In these types of situation it is best to assign the snare drum pad to one of the outputs in the back of the brain.  Then run that output into the Groove Guide. 

On other models you can use a "Y" cord to supply the signal to both the Groove Guide and e-drum Brain.  Back to the Top

Does the unit work outside the U.S.?

Yes, Groove Guides have been sold for use in Australia, United Kingdom, Denmark, Finland and Canada.  For International orders, Contact Us for information on shipping and electricity conversion. We accept PayPal for all international orders. 

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