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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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A real killer

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...;)
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Fxpansion BFD 3 tech. sheet

  • Manufacturer:Fxpansion
  • Model:BFD 3
  • Series:BFD
  • Category:Virtual Drums/Percussion
  • Added in our database on: 09/05/2013

BFD3: instant results with unlimited depth 
BFD3's interface lets you easily browse for entire presets or compile great-sounding kits while also providing the depth to truly sculpt any drum sound you desire. Presets can be moulded into new shapes by retuning, damping and changing the velocity response and many other aspects of the kit and also by processing the hyper-detailed multi-microphone sounds in BFD3's internal mixing engine. The built-in Groove section offers a versatile range of session drummer performances alongside pattern editing and Groove creation functions. Select from a wide range of musical drum rudiments and simply paint your own realistic parts. 


A newly-recorded varied library 
The new BFD3 library was recorded in 2 locations for varied room ambience and allowing as many diverse sounds as possible. Kits 1-4, recorded in LA's Ocean Studios, feature additional mono and hardware-compressed room channels in addition to stereo overhead and room mics, while kits 5-7 are stick, brush and mallet versions of a custom Mapleworks kit recorded in a clean and tight but vibrant room at Omega Studios in Rockville, Maryland. With detail levels of up to 80 velocity layers, rim-clicks and rim-shots for toms and bells and splashes for hihats, BFD3's sounds are more expressive than ever before. 

Efficient engine with intelligent modelling 
BFD3's new features reduce the impact of this high detail on your system resources. The library makes use of zero-loss compression for audio data stored on disk resulting in less strain on your hard disk, with decompression while streaming incurring minimal overhead. The new audio engine is more efficient and introduces modelled tom resonance and bleed for even more realism without using any memory-hungry audio data. The modelling augments and blends the kit together with a natural-sounding 'glue' which varies depending on the characteristics and tuning of any combination of drums, something that cannot be achieved only by using samples. 


Mix as deeply as you want to 
The internal mixing engine has DCAM-modelled compression, filtering and other effects alongside great-sounding EQ and algorithmic reverbs. External signals can be used as compression sidechains, ambient channels for individual drums can be isolated and processed separately. BFD3's new workflow enhancements even let you hide multiple drum and ambient mics for adopting simpler mixing approaches. 

Exporting audio and using external processing 
BFD3 makes it easy to route multiple channels to discrete outputs for processing with other plugins or outboard gear. It even provides multi-channel audio export direct to disk. Grooves can be exported using drag and drop - perfect for compiling loops. BFD3 is a complete workstation usable for any production styles that demand stunningly realistic mix-ready acoustic drums.

Source: http://www.fxpansion.com/

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