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FXpansion BFD3 Review

The Kingdom Of Three FXpansion recently introduced BFD3, the third version of its comprehensive drums software. A simple revision or a true update deserving a new version number? And what is its place in a universe already overcrowded? Let's find out. read more…

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It gives plenty of options all in a user friendly interface (BFD2)

By sw80, 02/03/2013
FXpansion BFD2 Acoustic Drum Module does not use much CPU/RAM or hard disk space. It will work with a Windows system running XP, or Vista. It will also work great on a Mac computer as well if you have 10.4 OSX or higher. My laptop only has 1 GB of Ram and it worked just fine I just had to have a connection to the internet so it can be authorized (you will have to have an internet connection to authorize this product). There are a total of 32 outputs on this Module, that means that I was able to bring in plenty of external effects and plug ins from other sources.


All of the sounds are very warm and real, they are all recorded in a professional studio with amazing quality and ambiance. The hi hats sound very good and so do the crashes, they are some of the most real live sounding samples that I have heard this far.
The interface is simple to work with because it is designed with the “new” user in mind. Though I have used many other products similar to this one it was still nice to know that they have a watered down interface that is easy to start with a learn from.
There are also some very good mixing options to work with like routing, dynamics and EQ. I hae even routed audio from 16 mono outputs to other VST hosts.


There are plenty of grooves in this software, I am pretty sure there are over 5 thousand of them and they can be changed to go with whichever style of music that I am working on at the time making this software very versatile for me.
There are so many options that you have with this VST, and so many different things that you can do with it. The interface does not seem like it because it is very basic compared to other interfaces. If you take the time to understand everything or refer to the manual you will really understand how to work with this plug in and get the best possible results out of it.

A real killer (BFD 3)

By biosk, 16/12/2015
What configuration, software and musical style or context do you use with these virtual drums? Is its anti-piracy protection excessive or burdening? Is it CPU intensive?

I use bfd3 to write or produce French chanson, rock music or for stacking for electro-leaning music.
I use it with a 2011 iMac I5 2.6GHz with 12 GB RAM, not so recent but it works flawlessly for you can choose how much to load to avois any CPU problem.
So you're working light to produce heavy.
No problem with copy protection, very easy.

Is it easy to use? Are its parameters straightforward? Is its MIDI programming simple? Is the quality of the grooves provided satisfactory?

This is the problem... It's very hard to get used to it, even if efforts have been made since BFD2, it still is a very demanding software which requires at least a basic knowledge in both mixing and programming. It's both a sequencer and a drums mixer within your DAW...
But, once you start understanding how it works, it's party time! Try the internal groove editor, you'll love it, you can program everything through it and when you're not a good drummer it's very appreciable to see how to input right-hand left-hand movements with the right velocity, time a "fla" and so on...
All this is easy to acces thanks to the paintbrush tool, so you can take inspiration from and edit the (very professional-sounding) included grooves.

How would you judge the overall sound quality? How do the presets sound? Do the virtual drums sound realistic? Versatile?

A real killer (disclaimer: no one was harmed in the making of these grooves)! This is the most realistic and the better recorded virtual drums that I've ever heard, you can do anything you like with it and good luck to see the difference with a real drummer - provided you know how to program it. I have tried several other comparable softwares but all sound overproduced to me, leaning towards a sonic identity I don't like.
Here, I really have the feeling to hear the mics from home with none of the mistakes or lack of quality that are typical of a home studio.
This already was the case with bfd2 but it wbugges all the time and was unnecessarily complex.
Add the fact that you can get beautiful symbal swells, sympathetic resonance between the mics, choose the stereo fiels and the distance between the overheads, and the same with the five other ambiance mics, kick in, kick out, sub and so on...
That stuff is just awesome!
A drums production environement that also allows to work fast with the included presets.

What are the pros and cons of these virtual drums?

+ Sound
+ The soft's modular aspect
+ No serious competitor (mixosaurus perhaps? never had a chance to test it)
+ The possibility of playing, composing and producing
+ Great value for money

- Not very intuitive or user friendly
- Gain staging has to be taken care of all the time (GREAT JOB GUYS!)

Thanks for reading...;)

News Drums/percussion Fxpansion

BFD3 at half price for a month

Published on 03/16/16
Until April 15th, FXPansion's BFD3 is available at 50% off.

50% off Fxpansion expansion packs

Published on 01/05/16

50% off Fxpansion expansion packs

Published on 01/05/16

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