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BFD2 is the most powerful acoustic drum production workstation ever. BFD2's easy to use interface is redesigned from the ground up to give you more power and control for shaping your drums than ever before. It's fast and easy to set up and integrate into your digital audio workstation of choice. Create expressive, complex drum parts using 55GB of rare, vintage, boutique and classic drumkits. Recorded at AIR Studios in London, BFD2's sound library combines extreme realism with stunning sound quality. Mix your drums with flexible routing, submixing and built-in EQ, compressors and other effects. Meanwhile, BFD2's Groove engine offers advanced editing, performance and humanization functions for creating realistic drum parts. You can even lay out a full song's drum track entirely within BFD2!

    •  10 full kits, extra snares, cymbals, and more
    •  Incredible detail: Multiple mic positions, expressive articulations, up to 96 velocity layers
    •  User stereo multi-velocity layer sample import
    •  EQ and FX suite containing everything from flanger, bitcrusher and delay effects to circuit-modelled dynamics, filtering and distortion
    •  Great-sounding presets let you concentrate on writing and playing instead of engineering
    •  5000+ Grooves ready to use in your projects
    •  Built-in multi-channel audio export
    •  Better management of kits, instruments, Grooves and other files
    •  Easy mapping for keyboard/pad controllers and automation
    •  Electronic drum triggering support including expressive hihats and snare positional sensing
    •  A huge range of powerful new features and workflow enhancements

Setting up your ultimate drumkit
Customized 10, 18 or 32 piece kits are at your fingertips, with full control over tuning, damping, ambience levels, velocity response and more. Layer parts of the kit for powerful hybrid sounds perfect for modern productions and flick through preset kit-piece profiles for quick access to dry, damped and other useful settings. BFD2 lets you configure your sounds like a real drum kit instead of pushing buttons on a sampler.

You can even import your own stereo sample-sets with multiple velocity layers so you can mix and layer your own sounds with BFD2's for experimental kits and 'drum-replacement' production tricks.

A universe of detail and sonic power
The hyper-detailed 55GB library features sounds with multiple articulations recorded with up to 96 velocity layers to open up new worlds of rhythmic expression. BFD2 makes it possible to program or play convincing nuances and ghost notes, intricately varied and dynamic hihat parts, elaborate cymbal workouts and visceral kick and snare lines.

The refined tone and definition of the space at London's legendary AIR Lyndhurst studios is captured with two pairs of room mics, including a mid/side set. Meanwhile, the kit is mic'd with stereo overheads and mono close directs. All audio is routed through the magic of a custom Neve desk with Air Montserrat preamps into Prism A/D converters, sealing the foundations of a killer drum sound.

BFD2 is compatible with the entire BFD library, so if you've already bought FXpansion or third-party expansion packs you'll be able to use them in BFD2 and take advantage of all the new sound shaping features to get even more out of your investment.

Mix, route and process
BFD2's flexible, comprehensive mixing console lets you blend, route, submix and process the mic channels just like a real-world drum recording. Tweak bleed levels, play with ambient mic width, create aux sends and patch sidechain effects to shape your drums into infinite variations that sound convincing and powerful. The built-in processors include circuit-modelled dynamics, filters and distortion to deliver fat and floor-shaking sounds, while the flanger, bitcrusher, ring mod, delay and other effects allow subtle to extreme timbral variety.

In fact, the depth and scope of BFD2's mixer rivals that of many fully-fledged sequencing hosts, meaning that you don't have to worry about setting up multiple outputs in your host for mixing your drums. If you want to take advantage of external reverbs and other plugins or outboard you can route channels freely to any of the 32 available outputs. However, if you're more of a musician than an engineer, you may prefer to browse through the supplied presets from experienced studio veterans, suitable for a variety of musical styles.

A versatile and full-featured Groove engine
BFD2's Groove engine provides the perfect environment for editing patterns, setting up performance modes and applying humanization effects for added realism. Although you can create and record your own Grooves, over 5000 stylistically diverse patterns are ready for you to slot straight into your productions or edit and combine with elements of each other to make new, customized parts. You can even lay out a sequence of Grooves to form a full drum track entirely within BFD2.

If you're a previous user of BFD, you'll love the new time-saving and powerful functional enhancements in the Groove engine like the advanced editor, synced audition previews, individual start and end actions for each Groove and improved sorting, searching and management of your Groove library.

And even more...
Further improvements in BFD2 include the new, intuitive keymapping editor, easier electronic drum setup, comprehensive management of kits and presets, a revamped internal engine, totally re-designed interface, and several ways of exporting multichannel audio directly from BFD2. For example, being able to quickly and effortlessly export individual Grooves as audio makes BFD2 the ultimate custom breakbeat factory.

Sound Library Highlights:

    •  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
    •  Versatile snare mic mixing: two top mics and a bottom mic
    •  Incredibly detailed hihats featuring 11 articulations, snares include hits at the centre and halfway towards the edge
    •  Lush, complex cymbals with bell and edge hits
    •  55GB of multi-channel, 24-bit 44.1 kHz audio

Other Highlights:

    •  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 5000 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
    •  A massive range of other new features and workflow enhancements improve on FXpansion's best-selling BFD software to make BFD2 the most advanced acoustic drum workstation yet

Minimum requirements:

    •  Windows XP SP1 or higher, Vista 32, P4 or better CPU (Windows)
    •  OSX 10.4, G5 or Intel CPU (Mac)1 GB of RAM
    •  60 gig HD, 7200 rpm
    •  DVD drive
    •  Internet connection for product authorization

Recommended requirements:

    •  2 GB of RAM or more
    •  Fast, multi-core modern Intel or AMD CPU
    •  Dedicated hard drive
    •  VST, RTAS or AU compatible plugin host
    •  Low latency audio interface

Things You Will Get:

  • Install Discs
  • User Guide
Series BFD
Model BFD2

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5.0

Best Music Software I've Ever Purchased

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from Bensalem, PA

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Pros

  • Easy To Install
  • Great Value
  • Powerful
  • Versatile

Cons

  • Learning curve

Best Uses

  • Home Use
  • Multimedia
  • Studio use

Comments about FXPANSION BFD2 Drum Workstation Virtual Instrument:

I found this product to be insanely powerful. It provides over 55 GB of a myriad of drum sounds — and it sounds like you recorded in an insanely expensive studio. 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 did take some time to get a good feel for how to move from concept to product. But once you're there it's unbelievable what you get! If you're looking for a product to replace a drummer (though you can't ever really replace a quality one), this is what I suggest.

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2.0

BFD 2 Performance

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from Chicago

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

  • Looks Good

Cons

  • Breaks Easily
  • Crashes itself
  • Limited Functions
  • Poor Sound Quality
  • Unreliable

Best Uses

  • Wasting money

Comments about FXPANSION BFD2 Drum Workstation Virtual Instrument:

You just can't do anything with it but play... This software doesn't do anything but crash... Just like I crashed [$]. It crashes Pro Tools 7.3, 7.4 whatever... It crashes itself. I don't know what the programmers thought, but they keep blaming it on Pro Tools or your computer. Goto Fxpansion forum there are tons of complaints on crashes that they blame other software for. Your computer was fine until you install BFD 1.5, 2.0 Nothing but pops and noise... You can't get a clear sound out of it... I'm scared to record with it because of its random noise and pops. On the other hand, it looks good, but you will end up wondering where the noise is coming from. It's not your computer or your recording software, it's BFD versions and the programmer

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