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Fxpansion BFD2

BFD2, Virtual Drum/Percussion from Fxpansion in the BFD series.

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Average Score:4.2( 4.2/5 based on 17 reviews )
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Value For Money : Excellent
sw8003/02/2013

sw80's review"It gives plenty of options all in a user friendly interface"

Fxpansion BFD2
FXpansion BFD2 Acoustic Drum Module does not use much CPU/RAM or hard disk space. It will work with a Windows system running XP, or Vista. It will also work great on a Mac computer as well if you have 10.4 OSX or higher. My laptop only has 1 GB of Ram and it worked just fine I just had to have a connection to the internet so it can be authorized (you will have to have an internet connection to authorize this product). There are a total of 32 outputs on this Module, that means that I was able to bring in plenty of external effects and plug ins from other sources.

SUITABILITY/PERFORMANCE

All of the sounds are very warm and real, they are all recorded in a professional studio with amazing quality and ambiance. The hi hats sound very good and so do the crashes, they are some of the most real live sounding samples that I have heard this far.
The interface is simple to work with because it is designed with the “new” user in mind. Though I have used many other products similar to this one it was still nice to know that they have a watered down interface that is easy to start with a learn from.
There are also some very good mixing options to work with like routing, dynamics and EQ. I hae even routed audio from 16 mono outputs to other VST hosts.


OVERALL OPINION

There are plenty of grooves in this software, I am pretty sure there are over 5 thousand of them and they can be changed to go with whichever style of music that I am working on at the time making this software very versatile for me.
There are so many options that you have with this VST, and so many different things that you can do with it. The interface does not seem like it because it is very basic compared to other interfaces. If you take the time to understand everything or refer to the manual you will really understand how to work with this plug in and get the best possible results out of it.
tarrtime12/01/2012

tarrtime's review"Most Versatile Drum Software"

Fxpansion BFD2
BFD2 is a drum-sample playback engine that can be used in stand-alone or as a plug-in in a DAW. I purchased BFD2 as an upgrade to BFD1. There were some decent drums sounds in BFD1 (vistalite, ayotte), and the interface was simple to understand. BFD2 was a huge improvement in every aspect of the software. The interface is pretty complicated, but after you play around with it for a couple sessions, you will get the hang of it.

Installation takes a while as the package comes on a bunch of DVDs. It is recommended to install the samples on a separate harddrive than the drive you use for tracking in your DAW. This is supposed to improve playback. I didn't follow this recommendation when I first bought the software and installed everything on the internal harddrive of my laptop. It wasn't the best idea, but it worked. Eventually, I got around to storing the samples on an external drive.

SUITABILITY/PERFORMANCE

Big F'ing Drums 2 lives up to its name. The samples can sound massive if you bring up the room mics and add some compression (the library comes with john bonham's drums, what would you expect). But, what I really like about this library compared to other libraries (SSD4, Superior Drum 2, etc.) is the versatility. The massive drum sound can easily be scaled down for a more intimate drum sound, if desired, by picking the right sampled instruments. I can't really say the same is true for SSD4 (to each his own). Fxpansion did a great job of picking different drums that complement each other in the library. I am also convinced that the drummer hit the drums a little bit differently to get different sounds depending on the style of music/playing that would typically be used for each kit piece. It seemed like some snares the drummer really pounded during record, while other snares don't really give me the same impression. This is actually a really good thing - it gives more variety to the stock library. Toontrack SDX's offer this same kind of playing variety, but then you have to make additional purchases to get the same thing as BFD2.

I really like the cymbals in particular in BFD2. Even if I am going to use the drums from a different software library (because they fit my song better), I almost always substitute the BFD2 cymbals. I definitely give the stock cymbals a strong recommendation, but the Zildjian Digital Vault cymbals that can be used inside BFD2 are also awesome.

BFD2 offers a pretty advanced mixer and internal effects. However, I also recommend with any drum library to utilize the 'multi-out' functionality, and use plug-ins in your DAW to process individual drums. This is probably the most important way to achieve realistic drum performances with sampler software. Never use internal effects! They simply can't compare to the EQs/Compressors from WAVES/UAD/etc.

OVERALL OPINION

The best part of BFD2 is the fact that the stock libary is awesome. There are 'expansion packs' available, but my opinion is that the stock library is sufficient on its own. Superior Drummer 2 is good, but you really need to buy expansion packs to make it versatile.

I also recommend layering BFD2 samples with other drum libraries. There are a lot of drums in BFD2 that have a great sustain/ringing that I don't find in other libraries.

I can't wait for BFD3, I hope it is just around the corner.
BeyondR09/10/2012

BeyondR's review

Fxpansion BFD2
FXpansion BFD 2.0 virtual drum library is one of the biggest, greater and most expensive drum library.
FXpansion BFD 2.0 virtual drum library is compatible with Windows xp, Windows 7, Vista, MAC OS X, there wasn't any issues regarding compatibility.

The manual is quite clear and sufficient to get a better understanding of the drum sounds and library.

The general configuration and setup isn't very simple, and it requires some time because of the size of the library which is around 55 gb.

The typical functions are easily accessible and well structured on the chanels.

SUITABILITY/PERFORMANCE

The software work correctly in this configuration.

The software and gear is stable.

I'm getting good performances regarding drum grooves and velocity changes.

I've been using this product for just 2 months now, but I love it.

OVERALL OPINION

The greatest aspect of this product is the library, you get all those vintage type of drum sounds that are really unique, you get hundreds and hundreds of snare samples, and the kicks sound
great as well.

The price is pretty high, this expansion costs around 600$, however getting to know this library, it's pretty damn worthy, you have 55 gb of samples to mess around, you have plenty of features to humanize your groove, you can overlay many and many samples to create something that sounds unique.

I can say, if you can afford it, buy it.

The precision and quality of the sound is on a high-level, I like especially the snares and kicks, but the toms and hats sound decent also.

I"ve tried many and many drum expansions, this is one of the most expensive and one of the best, the only one I could think that is pretty similar regarding quality and features is Addictive Drums.

I would buy this product if I'm interested in drums library and I'm searching for something that sounds big and pro.
Audiofanzine FR03/10/2009

Audiofanzine FR's review

Fxpansion BFD2
(Originally written by Yvo2000/translated from Audiofanzine FR)
- Did you have any problems during installation?

No problems... But installing six DVDs does require some time. It's a pity that you have to decide the configuration in advance (light, medium or full). You have to choose one configuration and you can't change anymore after that.

SUITABILITY/PERFORMANCE

- What's your computer? (motherboard/CPU/RAM/HDD/sound card..)

I installed BFD on two powerful computers, a desktop PC (Intel Quad Core @ 3.0 GHz with 4 GB RAM) and a notebook (MacBook Pro 2.5 GHz with 4 GB RAM).

- Does the software work correctly with your setup?

Considering the high price of the product, I find this software doesn't work well. On my computers, it's the most instable and inefficient software I own (I mainly use Reason 4.0, Logic Pro and many VST and AU instruments). UPDATE: The stability problems with my MacBook Pro are gone ever since the last update, but I didn't notice any improvement with my PC (BFD2 is not reliable at all under Windows XP, it only works when it wants to). PC reliability is really frustrating.



- How is the performance? (if measurable)

Many bugs that I don't understand, it takes too long to load, noise... It's an expensive product with a complicated configuration and a poor performance. I'm not used to sample players with large sound banks, it's actually the first one I own, and after three months of use I'm quite frustrated and disappointed... It makes me angry and drains my creativity. The troubleshooting at the manufacturer's website is not very useful. UPDATE: Even though everything works better with MacOS now the software still generates very unpleasant digital noise.

- What about the hardware+software configuration stability?

Stable with MacOS 10.5, unstable with Windows XP for unknown reasons!

OVERALL OPINION

- How long have you been using it?

UPDATE: Six months

- Which feature do you like the most / the least?

Main advantage: Amazing sound quality. If you like loud drums in a mix, it's the best tool I've ever tested. The sample bank, the numerous articulations and the endless mixing possibilities are everything you need to create your own distinctive sound for your productions. You'll obviously need some time to master it and get the best out of it but the results will be absolutely professional! Don't record your drummer friends in an average quality studio anymore it's a waste of time and money. Choose BFD2 and you'll get a great drummer recorded in an professional studio for a ridiculous price! (smile). It might sound radical but for me the end does justify the means. And BFD2 gives me better results than a real drummer in an average quality studio. And I save a lot of time! Real drummers will argue that you won't ever get the sensitivity of a good hi-hats or cymbal played by a real drummer and they are probably right, but that won't change my mind as a producer. If you program, edit and balance them correctly BFD2 drum parts sound very professional.

The quality of the integrated mixer's effect plug-ins is another advantage (it's a pity that you cannot use them as AU/VST plug-ins!): they sound really professional!

Another important asset is the internal sequencer, it's simply unbeatable! It provides everything you need to produce ultra authentic drums. I also like the groove and velocity humanization factors as well as the swing parameters. With these tools your beats sound incredibly authentic. Your musician friends will start wondering how the hell you could afford a studio session with such a great drummer (LOL)!

Cons: you need a lot of time to master this tool and be able to create your own sound. But once you've done that... you'll discover new possibilities! This ultra professional drums workstation is incredibly effective.

The biggest turnoff is the high CPU load. Without a state-of-the-art computer, a sound card and a Midi interface you won't be able to exploit its full capability... I have a very powerful PC but it doesn't like this software that much! With my Mac the program works almost perfectly... almost!



Did you try any other models before buying it?

I used drum machines (Roland R-5 and Akai MPC), then Reason and its additional Reason Drumkit pack and now BFD2 and EZdrummer with additional packs. I haven't tried Superior 2 yet. BFD2 is a professional production tool regarding pattern editing (humanize function, swing parameters, multiple articulations, etc.) and sound editing. I also use EZdrummer, which doesn't need as much computer resources and can easily fit in a mix. But BFD2 offers more possibilities and a better sound. I must say that in order to get a good sound out of BFD2 you need to have some experience.

- How would you rate its value for money?

Expensive considering the poor performance (I hate the awful digital clicks when pushed to the limits). UPDATE six months later: It works fine on my Mac ever since the last update, so I changed my mind about it and now I believe this software and its huge high-quality sample library are worth its price.



- Based on your experience, would you buy this product again?

I would buy it again with my eyes closed. Drums/bass rhythm parts are are my specialty so I'm thinking about upgrading my EZdrummer to Superior 2.

Overall mark after six months: 9/10 because I'm sure it's still possible to conceive a better tool.
Audiofanzine FR12/04/2008

Audiofanzine FR's review

Fxpansion BFD2
(Originally written by Yvo2000/translated from Audiofanzine FR)
- Did you have any problems during the installation?

No problems... But installing six DVDs does require some time. It's a pity that you have to decide the configuration in advance (light, medium or full). You have to choose one configuration and you can't change anymore after that.

SUITABILITY/PERFORMANCE

- What's your computer? (motherboard/CPU/RAM/HDD/sound card..)

I installed BFD on two powerful computers, a desktop PC (Intel Quad Core @ 3.0 GHz with 4 GB RAM) and a notebook (MacBook Pro 2.5 GHz with 4 GB RAM).

- Does the software work correctly with your setup?

Considering the high price of the product it doesn't really work that well. It's the most unstable and inefficient software I own (I use mainly Reason 4.0, Logic Pro and many VST and AU instruments).

- How is the performance? (if measurable)

Many bugs that I don't understand, it takes too long to load, noise... It's an expensive product with a complicated configuration and a poor performance. I'm not used to sample players with large sound banks, it's actually the first one I own, and after three months of use I'm quite frustrated and disappointed... It makes me angry and drains my creativity. The troubleshooting at the manufacturer's website is not very useful.

- What about the hardware+software configuration stability?

Even though my two computers are very powerful the software has a low performance and it is not reliable.

OVERALL OPINION

- How long have you been using it?

Three months

- Which feature do you like the most / the least?

Main advantage: the sound quality is really amazing, when it works. It's perfect even if the drums are very loud in the mix (like in most modern mixes).

Another advantage is that it's a comprehensive production tool allowing you to freely shape the sound.

Main disadvantage: complicated and time wasting, which ends up crushing your creativity and straining your nerves.

Did you try any of other models before buying it?

I often use Reason and its additional pack REASON DRUMKIT 2. This software is much more intuitive and easy to use. It doesn't sound as good as BFD, but it isn't bad at all and it allows you to produce your ideas quickly. I still use Reason for the preproduction of my drums and then I use BFD2 if necessary.

- How would you rate its value for money?

Expensive considering the poor performance (I hate the awful digital clicks when pushed to the limits).

- Based on your experience, would you buy this product again?

I would like to try SUPERIOR DRUMMER 2.0, which seems to be a more reasonable choice.
Panda Dub07/06/2011

Panda Dub's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" larger than life"

Fxpansion BFD2
No bp for installation.

SUITABILITY/PERFORMANCE

I have a Mac book pro compet '(quad-, eight gigabytes of ram ..) but it still eats a lot of CPU the animal.

OVERALL OPINION

The VST is just a small killing!
A truly amazing realism. on the other hand, he asks a lot of work to mix, unlike EZdrumer or sounds are already treated.

Since I have the VST, I spend much more time on my drum parts, for against, doggone it sounds! Do not hesitate to play a lot on the velocity of each element to make it groove and that ale feel like a real drummer in his computer.

Small downside: the gate provided (at the console mix) is pretty bad, and given the repisse and realistic side of the virtual drums, the noize gate are required (at least, to use that I ' in fact). Personally, I dispatches the elements of my battery on my cubase audio track, to incorporate several gins of my choice.


- Basically, it is a true war machine, the VST, but watch out for beginners, who may quite galleys. (Not that I consider myself a pro, but we still have some basic knowledge to ring the beast)
Flex le groove05/22/2011

Flex le groove's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" My (Excellent) mixer is a gas plant"

Fxpansion BFD2
Installation is no problem.
Expect the evening as well just in case.

SUITABILITY/PERFORMANCE

We must adhere strictly to the recommended configuration (see a bit more) by Fxpansion.

Apart from this (VERY IMPORTANT), no problem, everything works.

OVERALL OPINION

After 2 years of use, I still discover tips and tricks.

The number of possible settings and other settings can be confusing for novices.
I therefore recommend the beginner in BFD2 computer music or those looking for a plugin that gives a good sound right away (closer to an EZ Drummmer in this case, for example).

However, once we understand that (quickly) the operation of the tool is a real treat.
It shapes the drum sound of his dreams.
tontongaston04/24/2011

tontongaston's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Fxpansion BFD2
The installation went off without a hitch. Certainly long, but fifty gigabytes is not installed in 2 minutes flat.

SUITABILITY/PERFORMANCE

The software is certainly quite resource hungry, but used with a good machine, this is quickly erased, in my opinion. Used with a V-drum, it is pure pleasure.

OVERALL OPINION

I use a little more than two years, and even went to see what is happening elsewhere, I stayed on my dear BFD 2.
Some believe the mix settings in the software are not easily accessible, as this software is a gas plant. But it is precisely the freedom to do what we want, as it is rumored that I really enjoyed it. And most importantly, no effect machine gun!
The only one missing is the web extensions and presto, you no longer need anyone (except perhaps a good drummer behind a v-drum!).
difrocmyrock11/10/2009

difrocmyrock's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Fxpansion BFD2
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The installation is done it without problems?

No


Have you experienced any incompatibilities?

Not

The general configuration is easy?

Hacked a little buffer to avoid cracking.

The manual is clear and sufficient?

Probably ^ ^

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SUITABILITY/PERFORMANCE

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What is the configuration of your computer? (Motherboard / CPU / Ram / Disk / sound card ..)

Gigabyte / Dual core 2ghz/Dual channel 2 * 1ghz/7200trs 80ghz / M-audio 2496

The software works he correctly on this configuration?

I runs on seven, the software takes me at least 1g of my ram is short but it does.

What performance? (If quantifiable)

I play through a module roland td-9s and no latency

This software + hardware is stable?

Not in tip top seven (also eats ram) and you need a workhorse for not encountered any problem cracking style, the sound stops.

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OVERALL OPINION

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How long have you use it?

1 month

What is so special that you like most and least?

The pros:-Extremely complex (as if we had the same stuff in a studio pro)

- Excellent sound quality is like if you were there! (In the studio ^ ^)

The -:-For a beginner, you can not get good sound (I speak for studio-quality recording of course)

"I shall wish I had more choices at the drum set

Have you tried many other models before buying it?

yes, that much Addictiv drum oriented for those who want good sound on


How would you rate the quality / price?

The ratio Q / P is correct


With experience, you do again this choice?

yes, can be downloaded expansion set.


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09/12/2009

Anonymous 's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Fxpansion BFD2
- But without long installation problem,
- No incompatibility report,
- Configuration pointed to a soft ... sharp
- Manual, however, clear that more MRIT go deeper in some areas.

=> The learning curve is important for those who want this app matriser trs labor. No more bugs and crashes untimely version 1.5, BFD2 trs is stable (when you have a good size machine!), But its power and flexibility made it a little more complex apprhender. Those who knew the previous version will find their account, others have a little more difficult to feel comfortable. I use a battery Technica electronic DD-502 combines a "Octapad" Roland SPD11 gre including hi-hat pedals, the sound quality and feel of the game are excellent.

SUITABILITY/PERFORMANCE

- Used on a PC with a quip Asus P5KR,
- Audiophile 24/96 sound card,
- 3 GB ram, Core 2 Duo processor.

=> The disk configuration and type are critical to this kind of soft fontion. I personally prconise the use of at least three medium-sized hard drives: one for Systm and applications, the deuxime for reading and the last samples Reserved the give recording audio and MIDI. The ultimate both have a hard quatrime ddi applications and ... Mount a fifth in Raid 0 Local Accommodations same one that the samples to boost their reading in real time. The discs must have a minimum speed of 7500 revolutions / minute or more, but certainly not below. To be avoided: the large disk capacity with little cache. Technically, it is the combination of the number of disk arms, the density of information read and the rate of fragmentation that makes the difference.
Moreover, and this is valid in all cases of del BFD, it is better to declare it the swap file "pagefile.sys" other than on the hard Systm, apps, d recording or samples in Reserved fastest of all drives that use.
However, it is always possible to work in 16 bits by reducing the number of percussion samples in order to load all in memory but it still uses the same 0.5 up sometimes more than one, 5 GB of RAM. At this level l 3 GB of memory is not a luxury!
Another solution is trs effective but coteuse Local Accommodations of the sample apps on a machine that can deuxime midi driver from the main machine dedicates the record ...
Concerning the stability that is still not the strong point of this app that pushes the Systm in these trenches, but fortunately does not cause crashes when ds we have the 3 GB of memory! The updates are rgulires and I never had the impression of being abandoned by Fxpansion: support rpond overnight to problem submitted to him what is more trs of Manir effective. The audio engine rglages ncessitent time and patience, it is wise to matriser two configurations: one for working in real time for the game, recording and mixing, the the other consisting of pushing back all custom settings to produce a version of "High Definition" in "offline". In your exact worth it ...

Note added Saturday, April 4, 2009: Unlike the Ides reues, the graphics card is very important even if it is not about playing video! Be aware that over the graphics card, the lower is the processor that will work its place and it will have less resources to devote to the rest, in this case the audio processing. BFD2 and I noticed that they did not like the shakes by clicking too quickly across its interface with a computer quip of a graphics card of the range. But After you install an ATI HD4670, the application has become everything is stable ... So I go down the note of a point because it is investment that is not really put in obviousness in the literature.

Note added Saturday, September 5, 2009: APRS pass two months ago in raid 0 drives the Local Accommodations samples and application load times have become transparent and not cause more delays. I also replaced the Intel Core 2 Duo for a Core 2 Quad 9650 which allows dsormais BFD2 to give itself two intgralement processesseurs hte application without interfering in its operation.

OVERALL OPINION

- BFD 1.5 used for three years,
- BFD 2 used for a year.

=> BFD J&#39;apprcie lot but uses mainly when the final mix and occasionally during the recording of a song. I would prfre Addictive Drum for its rapid implementation without embellishment when I want to play five minutes or when the ides coming and I do not want to be disturbed by the technique. So it&#39;s a work of finalizing the BFD s&#39;avre trs powerful - I just have to change instruments and Midi Drum Map - especially as the version 2 no longer suffers from incohrences problem and many of the 1.5 version which, I admit I lost patience more than once. Version 2 can even be used on scne in "stand-alone" condition of the well prparer or sets that you will use and certainly not with a laptop, single-disc 5400 rounds!

Note added Saturday, April 4, 2009: investing in a good graphics card amliore consdrablement stability of soft.