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FXpansion’s BFD drum VI has been a much loved part of the music production landscape for several years and so version 3 has been long awaited, if for no other reason for our community than that Pro Tools users now get AAX 64 bit to use with Pro Tools 11. Pro Tools Expert have been fortunate enough to have been given a pre-release copy of BFD3 to test and get fully up to speed with, so that once it hit the streets we could give you an extensive written and video review.
Apart from the obvious visual and format changes, now VST, RTAS, AU, AAX 64bit and standalone, there have been some changes to terminology and workflow. Here are the highlights plus a link to a full document on the changes.
- New audio data
BFD3’s new factory Core Library contains 5 new kits, one of which is recorded in a separate studio in 3 versions with sticks, brushes and mallets - 7 kits overall. In total, the library has 118 new kit-pieces.
- New articulations: Snare Rim Click Hi Hat Splash and Bell Tip Tom Rim Shot and Rim Click
- Lossless-compressed data
BFD3 features a built-in lossless audio decompression system - the BFD3 factory data is supplied as a special proprietary format, .BFDLAC (BFD3 Lossless Audio Compression). This means that the audio takes less space on disk and uses less resources when streaming from the disk. The compression results in files that are 3x smaller and are decompressed with minimal CPU load. Equivalent data/detail settings use a third of the RAM that would be used by BFD2 - the BFD3 audio data would be approximately 160GB in size without using any compression.
- Notable changes in terminology; Kit-pieces are now called Drums, the Kit-piece inspector is now the Drum editor
- Interface changes - Extendable interface
BFD3’s interface can be extended horizontally to achieve a larger working area. Note that the interface is not scaled to be larger - it simply offers a larger area of the mixer, FX slots and Groove Editor on-screen at once.
- Layout changes
BFD3 features a Browser on the left side of the interface, replacing the pop-up ‘modal’ chooser panels in BFD2. It is permanently visible except when using the Key Map or Automation panels, or it can be hidden when required.
- The Kit page and Mixer page are now consolidated into a single main page - the top is switchable between the Kit display and Effects Editor while the lower part features the mixer channels.
- The Drum Editor is shown at the right of the interface and can be hidden when required.
- The Key Map panel has a substantially different layout, allowing more flexible methods of making assignments.
Russ gives a full show and tell review of the new FXpansion BFD3 drum VI. See what he thinks and also check out his written review.
In association with Sweetwater Instrument and Pro Audio Store, Fxpansion have produced the Single Mault SE distortion and tone shaping plugin, Sadly not available in AAX format but who can complain about a free plugin ?
Single Mault SE is a powerful distortion and tone-shaping plugin by FXpansion. A streamlined version of theMaul 3-band distortion plugin, Single Mault SE features 7 modelled distortion algorithms with additional tone filtering, saturation, soft-limiting and transient-shaping circuits. Single Mault SE also includes a wet/dry mix control and full MIDI Learn functionality. It is provided in VST, AU and RTAS formats.
Availability & Pricing
Single Mault SE is available as a download-only product and is FREE for all FXpansion.com user account holders. Please note that it must be authorized with a valid serial before it can be used.
Your serial must be claimed before July 31, 2013.
To create a free Fxpansion account and get yourself a copy of Mault SE sign up here.
We have a load of great special offers at the moment over on our Deals page. The sunny weather seems to have brought out a raft of special offers including….
- Wave Rider is on special offer
- Flux are offering discounts on their Pure Analyser
- FXpansion are offering a great price on BFD Eco
- Sonnox have a great deal on their Enhance bundle
- UAD are having a Half Yearly Sale
- Softube have got a great Summer Sale
- iZotope are offering a discount on Trash 2
- Toontrack have a Superior Summer Saving offer
So do keep checking our Deals page as we are always adding deals and special offers that come to our attention which we think you would be interested in.
Our friends over at Fxpansion are offering the very cool lite version BFD with 59% off!
For those needed a real set of drums for use in their projects but who don’t have the resources to invest in a full blown drum VI then this is an excellent choice.
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