FXpansion BFD3 (boxed)

Virtual Acoustic Drum Module with 55GB Library, Reverb/EnvShaper Effects, and Groove Construction Engine - Mac/PC AAX, RTAS, VST, AU
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Step into the Virtual Drum Room of Your Dreams

Load up FXpansion's BFD 3 virtual drum software, and it's as if you're standing inside an incredible-sounding room with every must-have drum component at your fingertips. This third-generation library gives you a huge array of sounds and presets, and an updated browser design makes working inside BFD 3 easier and faster than ever. BFD 3 gives you seven new kits (recorded in two locations), and its dedicated rock, metal, jazz, and brush kits provide the sounds you need to fit any project - regardless of genre. Want to make killer grooves? You're in luck. An improved groove engine and a groove-building rudiments tool make putting together great grooves with FXpansion BFD 3 a snap.

FXpansion BFD 3 Virtual Drum Software at a Glance:
  • More sounds but less disk space required, and easier to navigate too
  • Build your drum parts without switching between software programs
  • More realistic drum sounds with tom resonance and cymbal swell modeling
More sounds but less disk space required, and easier to navigate too

While BFD 3 packs more incredibly detailed drum sounds than its predecessors, new data compression methods means the BFD 3 library doesn't take up any more space than previous versions. There are many mix-ready presets ready for instant use in your projects, and the updated interface is so intuitive you won't have any problems creating your own custom kits too.

Build your drum parts without switching between software programs

The built-in groove construction tools in FXpansion BFD 3 let you create grooves without switching between BFD 3 and your sequencer. And with pre-played grooves by world-class drummers like Steve Ferrone, Brooks Wackerman, Peter Erskine, and more, you'll have no shortage of inspiring drum parts to work into your projects at any time.

More realistic drum sounds with tom resonance and cymbal swell modeling

BFD 3 from FXpansion sounds more realistic than ever thanks to new modeling technology. With control over tom resonance and cymbal swells you can create drum arrangements with more organic, lifelike character than ever before.

FXpansion BFD 3 Virtual Drum Software Features:
  • Virtual drums and groove creation software instrument
  • Pre-installed on 64GB flash drive
  • Includes seven new drum kits recorded in two different locations for a wide range of drum sounds
  • Kits were recorded with a variety of recording chains for a wide range of available sounds
  • Tom resonance and cymbal swell modeling add an extra layer of realism and natural sound
  • Streamlined interface and faster, more efficient audio engine let you work fast and reliably
  • Fully-editable groove engine makes it easy to construct your own patterns fast
Create amazingly lifelike drum arrangements with FXpansion BFD 3!

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Tech Specs

Software Type Virtual Drums
Platform Mac, PC
Upgrade/Full Full
Download/Boxed Boxed
Bit Depth 32-bit/64-bit
Hardware Requirements - Mac 2.0GHz Core 2 Duo, 2GB DDR3 RAM
Hardware Requirements - PC 2.0GHz Core 2 Duo, 2GB DDR3 RAM
OS Requirements - Mac OS X 10.6.8
OS Requirements - PC Windows 7
Manufacturer Part Number FXBFD003 BX

Customer Reviews

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Worth the Investment

Just buy it. Don't think too hard about the price, it is so worth it. Everything sounds soo good.. They tune well. The groove editor is super handy. Linking/stacking multiple snares and whatnot is quick and intuitive. The room sounds are great. The export options are great. Overall, well thought out and well executed.I use it for writing, sometimes keeping in final productions, and sometimes just for the drums sounds when i gotta layer on drum tracks.
Music background: Recording Engineer, Producer, Songwriter, guy who plays some concerts too kinda thing

best drum module yet

I have been recording drums with Paiste signature cymbals for years. This plugin makes me question whether I should ever spend the time to mike up the kit.
Music background: recording engineer, producer, Pro Musician

BFD3 is Fantastic!

Very intuitive. You have complete control, with no hassle of mics and cords!!! It's fun to dial in your own presets. I definitely recommend it to anyone with no room (or proper acoustics) for a drum set in their studio!I just wish 1. it was easier to learn...it was somewhat but it could always be easier and 2. you could choose different mics on the drums...lol


This software is amazingly full featured with a beautifully efficient user interface. I have around 35 channels of drums & room mics all within BFD3 that provide every imaginable tweak to get their beautifully recorded kits sounding & playing exactly how I want. I am using an Alternate Mode Trapkat as a midi drum controller & it's extensive feature set is a very good match for the immense control BFD3 provides. 7 sampled kits, 162GB of samples(efficiently condensed to 55GB on the system drive), recorded in exquisite detail with the best mics & recording hardware in 2 of the best studio drum rooms gives me the best sounding drums I've ever had. Using a Mac Pro (late 2013) 6 core with a buffer setting of 64 samples gives me realtime feel that is so fast that I feel like I'm playing a real acoustic kit. The Fxpansion team has done an unbelievably thorough job on providing the fine tuning necessary for a sampled kit to sound & react like a real kit. Drum bleed, detailed damping, volume balancing of multiple articulations within a single drum, cymbal or percussion piece, highly efficient & detailed midi mapping, velocity curves & ranges per articulation, great sounding effects, & so many more features that would take too much space to mention are mind blowing in their implementation. The only problem I've had was setting BFD3 preferences to "Load all samples to ram". This cause Pro Tools to crash after loading up several presets in sequence. For some reason it was loading 45-50GB of sound per kit. When I deselected this option it was loading a more reasonable kit size of 4-5GB & the problem went away. It still loads all those samples to ram & performs great but doesn't crash PT. I don't understand the internal workings of all this but that's my experience & the reason for the 4.5 rating instead of 5.An unbelievable package for a very reasonable price!!!
Music background: long time home studio owner

Works great, no bugs on my setup.

Pro Tools 11 HD native w/ a Mac Pro. No bugs at all and setup was easy. Slight learning curve to learn the layout and mixer but becomes intuitive fairly quick. There may be bugs with other setups but I had no problems.
Music background: Musician, Producer
See also: Drum Software, FXpansion, FXpansion Virtual Instruments: Drum & Rhythm