Fxpansion BFD2
Fxpansion BFD2

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

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All user reviews of 2/5 for the Fxpansion BFD2

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Average Score:4.2( 4.2/5 based on 17 reviews )
 12 reviews71 %
 1 user review6 %
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 2 reviews12 %
 1 user review6 %
Value For Money : Excellent
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.


- 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.


- 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.

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

Fxpansion BFD2
Normal installation, no special except that incompatible software weighs three tons.


It sucks a lot of resource, but hey, it still runs well, stability is not the strongest point but it does not crash very often either.

Big flat, the grooves you spend 3 hours to create disappearing ...

Other flat and there is frankly the most important and keep you well:

The software is not intuitive at all, there are so many batteries, mic placement options, depending on the type of dynamic etc ... In short, so many things to manage the software becomes almost unusable.
To make it sound a battery in a mix, except having 10 years of experience as Inga-son, should hang freely.
In addition, the MIDI editor is not but then not at all easy, it's a mess quickly to find the right cymbal where you want to work, etc ...

In short, for the home studio is tight enough (except if you have no life at hand, the time to master the bazaar can be quite large). Also you always want to touch this or that thing so that eventually we end up completely drowned.

Basically, I hate this log. This is unfortunate because the sounds seem not so bad but hey, I'm not a guitarist and drummer ...


Okay. Too much wanking.

Software easier to use a little more ease for the parameters would be top because the sound bank is still excellent.