(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.
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.
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.
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bENORMUS's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)
BFD nickel works fine under Cubase SX3. It's super stable.
In general my projects contain 6 VSTi (Halion, NI Elektric Piano, B4 Arturia Moog Synth and various), 2-3 Guitar Rig 3, 4 SIR 2, 10 and SSL Waves Api, 10 URS..etc plugs and everything stays fluid.
I use BFD since 2005 with the add-on XFL
The +: wide range of sounds of an acoustic drum. But to fully integrate into the mix it is of course well mixed each track BFD (EQ, compressor and reverb) if BFD sounds outside the mix and quite often this is a little battery box.
Basically not believe in Santa Claus, it does not start and hop BFD was sound super realistic battery. We must work velocities and mix each track BFD, so it takes time, patience and some knowledge of drumming.
The -: to take back what I said in the previous lines that would be great as BFD sounds live, but should not delude ourselves, the process is basically the same as with an instrument you buy, indeed it is not because you will buy a guitar to 2000 euros you will play as a god. You have to work the instrument and it's the same in computer music is because you have sound banks 500 gigas that this is not going to ask you to work sounds and mix.
Value for money: Reasonable
With experience, I do it again 1000 times this choice because if you do not have the ability to record a good drummer on a good battery in a good studio bah you spending time on programming and on the Mix BFD obtain a consistent battery and heartfelt.
In summary like any VSTi instrument that offers a wide sound bank, you still have to put in mind that it will work sounds anyway because if it sounds cheap.
No installation problems, have moved with the DVD included in the kit and rolling!
Count anyway (with a normal config), a good half-hour installation!
Bit of advice, have at least one external hard drive muscular enough!
No known incompatibility to date (at least not in XP)!
In the first instance, to use some of the manual to get used to it, but not too much just to focus on the machine and program, especially, Midi CCs!
Second piece of advice, have a type controller pads (it helps anyway)!
Who wants a drum and is characterized very easily!
A virtual drum quite a lot of attention at its output which made the sound cracked in more than one (like me for example)!
Very intuitive, easy to program because, as much as playing with a full automation and please!
Even with this first version, have yet come to show that the virtual drums can be distinguished from other competitors, without the slightest damage inflicting what effect!
The many features that have been dedicated from the outset of its creation, have not felt frustrating!
The integrated mixer makes it so the first virtual drums with which could have run all the elements to the individual outputs desired!
Other functions, such, room, overheads, positions of microphones, EQ curves, and I humanisations passes, assigning to each of the characters perfectly kits available in downloads on the publisher's site (in the FXPansion case)!
A very good point to make his debut on a battery "virtual" (dare I say), since once worked with an equalizer to clean his game and his expectations, then feel a mix is more as well and require him to your favorite music!
In addition, may have always enlarge his family kits, buying at As the many alternatives, which, even despite their "ages", keep their fire power and punch, so a real battery , could almost feel the same as its competitor virtual!
The config is the idea of this app. you can click on an element of the battery and seletiionner a model snare drum or other component among an infinite number.
Installation in two parts a bit stupid ...
Too hungry ram. J have had this app ds Budle a protools 4 years ago, and did a shot on mac bipro with 1GB RAM (the standard at the time) ... well it already rowed
on paper the concept is nice, but for me it is useless in session.
Installing a low concon d first one installer for the software, then restart your Mac, then you have to think of launching an installer for edeuxième RLES load sound banks of 1.31 GB
I've had in the one bundled with protools 4 years ago and have been turned on the MacBook at the time with 1G of ram bipro and it crashes all the time even with the buffer set despite the latency to arrange monsieeur bfd .
If it is to slam 1000 euros for a computer expression, I'd rather hire a drummer! lol
Seriously, noise, nothing new since the invention of the sample. It would be more practical than a sampler hard if it was not seeking both the host machine which can be other things to do (record / play tracks ...)
There is no more present in the filter samplers hard. it sounds duller.
I record my favorite patterns for hand models and call a drummer friend. This virtualization becomes tiresome (and inefficient ... finally)