BFD 3 -Drum Software (Download)
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BFD , the first of its kin. It included lots of sounds recorded in four different ways Direct, Overhead, Room ans PZM , numerous options to process the different elements of a kit, separate outputs, and a rhythm library, all within a very neat interface for the standards at the time. So, what are the changes and virtues of this new version?
FXpansion BFD3 Review
BFD , the first of its kin. It included lots of sounds recorded in four different ways Direct, Overhead, Room ans PZM , numerous options to process the different elements of a kit, separate outputs, and a rhythm library, all within a very neat interface for the standards at the time. So, what are the changes and virtues of this new version? In case we opt for the USB key, we also get the links to download the software so that we don’t have to wait for the key to arrive, thank you FXpansion.
For this review we chose the download, which is done in two stages: The download was pretty slow, maybe due to the number of clients, but certainly not to our Internet connection. The software authorization brought out a couple of problems: The bug was apparently solved in version 3. Once that has been solved we are finally ready to go.
Graphic overhaul The first thing you’ll notice is a complete change of look in a way that brings BFD closer to the recent products of the publisher.
In the screenshot you can see the software’s graphic evolution, which offers this time a perhaps clearer navigation and a more logical and fast access to the different options.
First good news: Second good news: You may have to import some manually, but fortunately there is a Content Locations window with all the necessary tools. The first time you load an old kit or instrument it will go through an update process indicated by an Upgrading animation on the instrument , but afterwards it will load right away.
You should take your time to adjust the preferences because they allow a very effective and precise management of the host computer’s possibilities, MIDI responses, shortcuts, diagnostics, etc.
If you have BFD2 , don’t forget to choose this format or you risk experiencing some weird behavior when importing old groove libraries.
In the upper toolbar we have the menus, a new, more easily readable and practical main display, the transport functions and the metronome, as well as a second display with information like the tempo, the position in the song called Track by FXpansion and more, plus the Master volume.
The main screen offers a nice feature when we click on the Dashboard button: There are also two small boxes to enlarge or shrink BFD3’s interface, giving us an almost complete overview of the mixer on big screens, bravo!
The browser allows us to access the Presets, Kits, Drums, Groove and Auto “pages,” without the need of closing the main interface, which is very practical. Presets are somewhat different than on previous versions since they now offer the possibility to group all options. Thus, we can choose to include or not the kit, the mix, the selected grooves, the mapping of sounds and patterns on the piano, the automation assignations depending on the chosen host , as well as the global options. In short, we can load with one simple click all conditions to play a complete song which might come in very handy in live situations, for example.
Kits work in the exact same way as in previous versions. But we now have the possibility of displaying only those of a given library, plus there are three elements that can be reset when loading a kit sound design – Tweaks, channel allocation – Slots and Mixer. Drums allows us to load separate sounds, with filter per type kick, snare, etc.
The Processed button allows us to display only the sounds that have been processed, modified both with the Tech and Model options to which we’ll come to later and the effects. When it comes to Grooves, if importing rhythms from previous versions is not done automatically, we have to go to the Set Up Content Locations window, point to them and convert them using the Convert Selected Paths button.
Most of the correspondences are respected. However, it might be that some kits and grooves don’t quite match, with channels remaining empty, plus you’ll also find some graphic problems here or there Finally, Auto allows us to match BFD3 parameters to controllers of the host. We can also use a Learn mode with nice tricks, like the Map To Next Free function, that might gain us a lot of time.
Export allows us to export one, several or all current channels as audio to any location we determine similarly to the Drag exports Audio Not Midi function, allowing us to drag and drop an audio file directly from a groove, which is very practical in standalone mode, for example. We can then toggle between different views: Faders the mixer itself , Effects displaying the six effect slots available per channel, with bypass button , Sends depicting all four effect sends, which can be pre or post-FX and pre or post-Fader and Tweaks that gives us quick access to several functions: Trim, Tune and Damp, plus Mute and Solo.
In terms of effects, there’s a really good algorithm reverb, FXverb, complementing Overloud’s BReverb , as well as a new external Sidechain for certain effects, to use those that are trendy right now, in other words, those that won’t be hip tomorrow Editor’s note: The Tech and Model pages conceal several new features. While we can find almost straight away most of the functions, parameters and settings to which we are used to, like Trim, Tuning, Bleed the mic spill from one kit element to the other , activation, volume and ambient mics, there’s a new Loudness section.
It allows us to adapt the velocity response of the selected instrument with an action rate, a more-or-less linear curve and a restriction for the velocity range. Not really, because we prefer to keep control over the instrument’s response to the playing, unless we want to play everything at full gas. Between the overcompression and the messing with the velocity of virtual instruments, it’s about time we leave the dynamics to the musician, being in theory the best judge.
In the Model page, apart from improving the way the damping of elements is handled, as well as the choking of sounds be it manually or by another instrument, due to group management: The first one is Cymbal Swell, which gives us the possibility to smooth out the response of a cymbal when we do a fast dynamic roll. To that end, it features a rate control, a needle level indicator and presets, if needed. At least much more than without, especially since this type of figure sounds much better played with mallets than with drumsticks.
The other tool using modeling is Tom Resonance. It simulates two physical phenomena not necessarily captured during the recording of the sound samples and which take place predominantly element per element, most of the time when the unused mics are closed..
So, Res Trim allows us to reproduce the nice resonance of the toms in relation to other instruments, while Spill Trim manages the amount of mic bleed. The fact that it is done with modeling allows us to use the effect with the older libraries which were recorded without considering this phenomenon with quite convincing results within a virtual context we must add It would be hard to make a recount of all new features in this article like the new effects using the DCAM technique: EnvShaper and Distortion, for instance.
So, to wrap up this review here are some grooves stemming from BFD3’s new offering rich in signature grooves by Peter Erskine, Steve Ferrone, etc. The new kits are very relevant in the history of BFD, which means that they integrate perfectly with the previous models, without making the old libraries absolutely necessary having them is obviously a plus , but making up for some flagrant deficiencies brushes, mallets, etc. The same applies to grooves developed by Jacques Mathias and Platinum Samples that extend the software’s possibilities, without reinventing the wheel.
The Groove Editor is a real production machine, sometimes more comprehensive than a DAW’s piano roll. The programming shortcuts flams, rolls and company are quite amazing. The new reverb is pretty good, even if the algorithms of the BReverb set the bar high enough. And the mixer’s improvements and routings are very welcome especially the idea of tracks being equivalent to sub-groups.
The work put into the overall usability and design is also very impressive, making the user experience even more pleasant, without hindering creation with sometimes intricate procedures.
We do however regret some instability in standalone mode. It is by no means the most intuitive, true even if it has made great progress in that direction , but it is unmatched in its richness.
Well done, mister FXpansion!
Introducing FXpansion BFD3
Supplied with a selection of the best BFD2 sounds, it can be expanded with the wide range of FXpansion and 3rd-party add-ons. The integrated Groove player delivers diverse, ready-made drum patterns full of flavour and realism. The included sounds are full of dramatic levels of detail and mojo Anything but sterile, their musical character that sets them apart from the homogenized, flat sounds found elsewhere.
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