Fxpansion BFD
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Fxpansion BFD

BFD, Batteria/Percussione Virtuale from Fxpansion in the BFD series.

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Audiofanzine FR 10/12/2008

Fxpansion BFD : Recensione di Audiofanzine FR (content in English)

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(Originally written by S.y.s/translated from Audiofanzine FR)
No installation problems

No incompatibility problems

No problems with the overall setup

User's manual is ok.

SUITABILITY/PERFORMANCE

My PC:

Gigabyte DS2R

Intel Duel Core E8200

2048 MB RAM

BFD works perfectly with Cubase SX3. Super stable.

I use normally six VSTi for my projects (Halion, NI Elektric Piano or B4, Arturia Moog and various virtual synths), two or three Guitar Rig 3, four SIR 2 sessions, ten Waves Api and SSL, ten URS plug-ins, etc. and everything works perfectly.

OVERALL OPINION

I've been using BFD since 2005 with the XFL add-on.

Pro: lots of acoustic drum sounds. You have to process each BFD channel (EQ, compressor, reverb) during the mix otherwise they will sound poor and "out of the mix".

In other words, don't think you'll get an ultra authentic sound with BFD alone. You will have to adjust the velocity and process each BFD channel... It requires time, patience and some knowledge of drum playing.

Con: It would be great if BFD would sound good in every mix but it's impossible. Actually it's pretty much the same work as with real drums... But that's normal, I mean you won't be able play like a guitar god just because you bought a very expensive guitar! With a real instrument you have to learn how to play it and it's the same thing with a DAW. It's not enough to buy 500 GB of samples... You'll have to process all signals and to mix them.

Reasonable value for money.

Based on my experience I would buy it again 1000 times because if you can't get a good drummer with a good drum kit in a good studio, you can still get very good drum tracks with BFD if you spend some time editing and mixing.

As a summary, like every good VSTi with a large sound bank you'll have to edit and process the sound otherwise you won't get good results.