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Fxpansion BFD2 Acoustic Drums Module  

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    Outrageously powerful virtual drum production.

    Fxpansion BFD2 Acoustic Drum Module is not just a rehash of the same ol', same ol' with a little added flavor. The FXpansion team really took a from-the-ground-up rebuild approach, taking the best features of the previous module and offering it to you with a brand new, simplified GUI and a heaping help of new features.

    Using two pairs of room mics, including a mid/side set, the engineers captured the special essence of the legendary AIR Lyndhurst Studios in London. The drumkits were miked with stereo overheads and mono close directs. Every sonic nuance was routed through a custom Neve desk with Air Montserrat preamps and into PrismSound A/D converters, giving you a 55GB library full of hyper-realistic sounds with multiple articulations recorded at up to 96 velocity layers. There's plenty of high-quality instruments and sounds to choose from to create your perfect 10-,18-, or 32-piece kit, from Zildjian and Sabian cymbals to Ludwig and Gretsch kicks and toms, Pearl and DW snares to an Oberheim DX Drum Machine and human group claps.

    The ingenious BFD2 interface gives you absolute freedom over tuning, damping, ambience levels, velocity response, and more. You can layer parts of your kit for modern-sounding hybrid productions or easily choose preset kit-piece profiles of dry, damped and other useful settings. More than just pushing buttons on a sampler, BFD2 gives you the flexibility to configure your drum kit like a real drummer. Do you have stereo sample-sets with multiple velocity layers that you'd like to mix? Or previous BFD and 3rd party expansion packs you'd like to keep in your DAW's bag of tricks? Not a problem. BFD2 makes it easy to integrate and import while still letting you utilize its new sound-shaping features.

    The accommodating mixing console makes it possible to play realistic cymbal flourishes, powerful kicks and snare lines, convoluted hi-hat parts, ghost notes. If you can think it up, you can blend, route, submix, and process the mic channels as you would in a real-world recording studio with a professional drummer and BFD2 will bring your ideas to life. You can also manipulate bleed levels, change the ambient mic width, and shape your drums into infinite variations through aux sends and patch sidechain effects. The built-in processors have circuit-modelled dynamics, filters, and distortion for creating your punchier sounds, while the effects like Flanger, Bitcrusher, Ring Mod, and Delay showcase the more subtle timbral varieties of this great software.

    With 32 outputs, there's plenty of room for bringing in external reverbs and plug-ins you love, but there's also an ample amount of presets created by professional studio veterans to browse through that cover diverse genres. The Groove engine simplifies editing patterns, setting up performance modes, and applying humanization effects to "keep it real" soundwise. More than 5,000 stylistically diverse patterns are ready to add into your productions or you can have even more fun slicing, dicing, and mixing certain elements to make new, customized parts. With BFD2, it's possible to form a full drum track entirely out of a sequence of Grooves.

    Some of the new features that previous owners of BFD will find the most beneficial are the powerful, efficient functional enhancements in the Groove engine, like the advanced editor, synced audition previews, and the individual start and end actions for each Groove. There's also improved sorting, searching, and management in the Groove library. Other improvements include a more intuitive keymapping editor, smoother electronic drum setup, universal management of kits and presets, the souped-up internal engine, completely reinvented interface, and new ways of exporting multichannel audio directly from your module.

    So whether you want to make breakbeats or backbeats, BFD2 is the answer when rhythm is a dancer.

    Features

    • Recorded with premium mics and a warm, refined signal path in a room with stunning clarity and definition of ambience
    • Mid/Side room mic set for anything from true mono to incredible sounding expanded stereo room sounds
    • Thunderous, punchy kicks featuring inside and outside mics
    • Snare mic mixing has two top mics and a bottom mic
    • Detailed hi-hats featuring 11 articulations, snares include hits at the center and halfway towards the edge
    • Lush, complex cymbals with bell and edge hits
    • 55GB of multi-channel, 24-bit 44.1 kHz audio
    • Totally redesigned intuitive interface
    • Quick-and-easy configuration
    • Improved kit and preset management
    • Reworked engine resulting in better performance and startup speed
    • User import of stereo multi-velocity layer samples
    • Built-in studio-grade mixing, routing, EQ, dynamics, and effects processing
    • Diverse range of mix and kit presets tweaked for you by experienced engineers
    • Route audio from 8 stereo and 16 mono outputs into VST, RTAS, and AU hosts
    • Advanced Groove authoring, editing, and performance environment for realistic drum parts
    • Over 5,000 Grooves: a huge library of instant drum patterns covering many styles
    • Synced Groove previews
    • Comprehensive keymapping and automation support
    • Easy setup for electronic drum trigger systems, including support for snare positional sensing
    • Built-in multi-channel audio export

    Pick up the latest version of BFD and expand your rhythm selection today.

     

    BFD2 Acoustic Drums Module Specifications:

    • System Requirements
    • PC: Windows XP SP1 or higher, Vista 32, P4 or better
    • Mac: OSX 10.4, G5 or Intel
    • Both: 1 GB of RAM, 60 gig HD, 7200 RPM DVD drive, internet connection for product authorization
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    FxpansionBFD2 Acoustic Drums Module
     
    3.7

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    3.0

    Ur Kidding?

    By JROCK!

    from Texas

    Comments about Fxpansion BFD2 Acoustic Drums Module:

    Ok So I needed to chime in on this. I bought this product and woah I wish I would have listened to the negative reviews. According to one reviewer the sound quality is horrible and he is right. It sounds like they recorded these in my living room, but I think I could do a better job than this. Almost sounds 60s 70s era with open mics and electrical hums. The midi maps are terrible... they had crash cymbal edges mapped for bell sounds. Also, you have to tweak your sensitivity on your edrums, but then again you have to do this with all the vst drum softwares. My recommendation would be ssd or ad. Steven slate is by far the best sounding, but requires a pretty good system with 2gb of ram. steven slate does require program tweaking, but overall is plug and play. Plus steven slate has signature kits and they are pretty much spot on. Addictive is really really good for the price and playability. 2gb worth of samples make it less of a memory hog and playback is more stable then steven slate. Addictive is less controlled than steven slate, but still worthy enough for your recording tracks. Hope this helps!

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    1.0

    Ouch!

    By Søren

    from Hollywood most of the time

    Comments about Fxpansion BFD2 Acoustic Drums Module:

    Don't buy this product buy Superior or Discreet drums. I'm a long time user and the upgrades alone are killing me let alone the horrible interface. The company does not care about supporting customers who aren't using a trigger kit whatsoever! Do yourself a favor and pass this software for something else.

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    5.0

    best out there

    By imac-ulate

    from U.S.

    Comments about Fxpansion BFD2 Acoustic Drums Module:

    Now this is great drum software! I've been stuck in the past using old 'drum machine' hardware and cheap or free software...until I heard this. Every drum sound is amazing! Sort of pricey, but worth it for this quality.THEY ARE REAL DRUMS! They are real kits recorded in a real studio. The sound quality is fantastic.

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Best drum software out there

    By dwilk

    from San Jose, CA

    Comments about Fxpansion BFD2 Acoustic Drums Module:

    This product is insanely powerful. It has 55 GB of a myriad of drum sounds ? and it sounds like you recorded in that expensive studio you'll never be able to afford. Because I'm kind of a beginner when it comes to music software in general ? I only began using Pro Tools a few months ago ? it took some time to get a feel for the product. The layouts pretty easy, but there's so much you can do that it was a little overwhelming at first. But once you're there it's unbelievable what you get! If you're looking for some software to fill in for a quality drummer this is for you.

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    5.0

    Excellent Product

    By BFD2

    from L.A.

    Comments about Fxpansion BFD2 Acoustic Drums Module:

    This product was well designed is is loaded with features that make your drumming possibilities almost endless. I noticed some other users mentioning that BFD2 was confusing - well, that's why you take the time to learn how to use it! I have had BFD2 for a while now and it is very user-friendly and intuitive. I also read that some people were frustrated that BFD2 was resource hungry. Sorry to say folks, that's music production. If you are trying to produce music an a machine running less than 3 GB RAM and a single processor, that is your problem, not BFD's. Music production is CPU intensive, so get a better computer and BFD will do wonders for you. If you have a good machine and understand the basics of mixing/mastering/producing drums then BFD2 is an incredible piece of software that offers alot!

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    1.0

    A huge let down

    Comments about Fxpansion BFD2 Acoustic Drums Module:

    I've used this, Drums From Hell (Superior, easy drummer, etc from toontrack) and XNL Audio Addictive drums. This was less real sounding than some cheap keyboard GM kits. Stay away from this. The sound quality is absolutely horrible. The other two are equal in comparison in my opinion and well worth the money.

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    5.0

    Wonderful Samples, a bit expensive

    By staticghosts

    from boston, ma

    Comments about Fxpansion BFD2 Acoustic Drums Module:

    Really awesome samples if you know how to calibrate them. very life like. a bit difficult to midi map and when you first open the program it can be a little difficult to figure out. it on the expensive side, but if you can afford it, it's worth it!! if you don't already have an e-kit i would recommend buying one because it adds so much more depth to the program, there is only so much you can do with a midi keyboard or a drum pad. happy playing!!

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    3.0

    Logic 7 & BFD2=Not Comptible

    By Carlos-K6Va4

    from Detroit

    Comments about Fxpansion BFD2 Acoustic Drums Module:

    No Stability working inside Logic 7, No Drag & Drop into Host-(Logic 7.2.3), Extremely CPU Hungry Does Not work well on Single Core Computers unless you have a lot of Ram (more than 2.5) and best to have an External Hard-Drive with Firewire running at (7200 RPM) and has a (Continuous Scanning Process) at least 3 minutes upon selecting as a Plug-in & will knock your audio interface off-line (internal or External) other issues as well but They Say" It works well with Logic 8" overall BFD2 has a lot to offer & sounds great if you have the right system for it to work proper but not for Logic 7 users with 512 Mg. - 2.5 Gigs. of Ram you must have more but "They don't Tell You That" Beware !

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    5.0

    stellar

    By KrazyKali69

    from Shelton, CT

    Comments about Fxpansion BFD2 Acoustic Drums Module:

    I bought this for my home project studio and it's just what I needed to cut demos with real sounding drums. The drum sounds from this program are simply amazing! With the volume up, the right monitors and Subwoofer, you would think there was a drummer in the same room with you. It is a bit complicated to learn at first, but once you get the hang of it you will have a vast amount of drum sounds at your disposal!

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