Fxpansion BFD Premium Acoustic Drum Module Plug-In DVD  

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The new Fxpansion BFD Premium Acoustic Drum Module Plug-In DVD software gives you your own virtual drum studio, with complete control of 7 real drumkits plus additional hats, snares, and cymbals. Ever... Read More

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The new Fxpansion BFD Premium Acoustic Drum Module Plug-In DVD software gives you your own virtual drum studio, with complete control of 7 real drumkits plus additional hats, snares, and cymbals. Every drum is recorded from 11 different mics positioned around the kit and room so you can mix your drums by blending the mic sources just like in a real studio. BFD's high quality drum sample library has an unparalleled degree of realism. For each type of drum type in each kit, there are a number of different styles of hits. Each of these is sampled at up to 46 velocity layers, resulting in drum parts of superior detail and expressiveness.

BFD was recorded in the drum room at a top Californian recording studio by professional engineer Steve Duda (NIN, Pitchshifter, A Perfect Circle) using over $50,000 worth of microphones from Neumann, Sennheiser, AKG, and others. The drums used range from the 1920s to 2002, and include both classics and rarities.

Not only useful as a sound source for your own drum programming, BFD also incorporates a comprehensive library of ready-to-use MIDI grooves with different styles, feels, and time signatures. The library features both programmed grooves and MIDI recordings of real drummers, including top UK session drummer Chris Dagley (Jamiroquai, Lalo Schifrin, Ella Fitzgerald, Eric Clapton, Chaka Khan).

The advanced, integrated Groove Librarian allows you to drag and drop the included grooves or import your own MIDI grooves. You can then trigger them in realtime from a keyboard or let the BFD freestyle with the auto-shuffle and auto-fill features.

BFD's humanization functions inject that elusive "soul" into your drum parts. The integrated swing controls make it easy to tighten or relax the vibe as much as required. On top of this, the sound of the groove can be further humanized through the controlled randomization of velocity and timing.

BFD is perfectly suited to rock, jazz, funk, country, hip-hop, blues, drum-n-bass. In fact, anything that may require a real drum kit, from auto-accompaniment, traditional songwriting and recording, to newer techniques such as creating original drum breaks.
PC/Mac OSX
Note: Software comes on a DVD requiring an appropriate drive.

Features
  • Sounds from 7 real drum kits plus additional hats, snares, and cymbals
  • Every drum is recorded from 11 different mics positioned around the kit
  • Blend the mic sources just like in a real studio
  • High-quality drum sample library has an unparalleled degree of realism
  • Each type of drum type in each kit has different styles of hits, with each of these sampled at up to 46 velocity layers
  • Sampled drums include both classics and rarities
  • Comprehensive library of ready-to-use MIDI grooves
  • Both programmed grooves and MIDI recordings of real drummers
  • Groove Librarian allows you to drag and drop styles and import MIDI grooves
  • Grooves can be triggered in realtime from a keyboard or let the BFD freestyle
  • Humanization functions injects that elusive "soul"
  • Integrated swing controls make it easy to tighten or relax the vibe
  • Controlled randomization of velocity and timing
  • Perfectly suited to rock, jazz, funk, country, hip-hop, blues, and drum-n-bass
  • Great for auto-accompaniment, traditional songwriting and recording, to newer techniques
Specifications
  • 1 GHz Pentium III or Athlon (Windows)
  • Apple PowerMac G4 733 MHz (MacOSX)
  • 512MB of RAM (preferably 768MB or more)
  • DVD drive
  • Windows 2000 or XP or MacOSX
  • 9GB of free hard disk space
  • DVD format requires appropriate drive
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FxpansionBFD Premium Acoustic Drum Module Plug-In DVD
 
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5.0

Sounds Convincingly Real

By Smitty265

from North Yarmouth, ME

Comments about Fxpansion BFD Premium Acoustic Drum Module Plug-In DVD:

BFD connects a real drummer in a top-end drum room with multiple kits to your MIDI drum tracks. I use BFD as a plug-in in Sonar and, after you spend a little time learning how to manage the mic placements and other real world drum session controls, you can create a drum track that even most drummers won't be able to tell is sampled. BFD can be used in two modes of operation - as a plugin (VST / DXi) or as a stand-alone drum engine. The groove library it comes with is pretty decent but, as the other reviewer said, pretty limited also. The product really comes into its own when you purchase one of the large commercial MIDI drum libraries to use with it. Groove Monkee and others sell these sets specific to different styles. Also, the BFD expansion packs can be purchased to add even more detailed drum kits and other percussion pieces into the kit selections. One important feature is that you can mix and match pieces from different kits to tailor a custom kit perfect for your song. Once you have a midi drum track all set, you can experiment with swapping in different kit pieces. I use a Midi control pad to tap in some beats with BFD and this approach works well also. I also plan to, in the future, get a small electronic drum set so drummer friends can drop by and create custom drum tracks with these samples. BFD is very real sounding and very practical for the home and project studio owner. It is a mostly intuitive product, but is feature-rich so plan to spend a little time learning how to use BFD properly.

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5.0

If you want a drum kit that sounds real

By Working Man

from Seattle, WA

Comments about Fxpansion BFD Premium Acoustic Drum Module Plug-In DVD:

This software is great. It reminds me of when Alesis came out with their first drum machine, in that it was revolutionary at the time for how real it sounded. I imagine that this wouldn't be the kit for electronic music, but if you're trying to put together a demo that sounds like it has a real drummer, this is the way to go, especially with the included grooves. I just wish there was more variety in the grooves (there's not much). It is old fashioned in the way that you really have to program it like a keyboard (unless you are satisified with the limitied included grooves) using a sequencer, but this also makes it open ended because you are not limited to grooves, if you have the patience to program an entire tune for the drums.

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