FXpansion BFD3 (download)

Virtual Acoustic Drum Module with 55GB Library, Reverb/EnvShaper Effects, and Groove Construction Engine - Mac/PC AAX, RTAS, VST, AU
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FXpansion BFD3 (download)
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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

Take it from Sweetwater, FXpansion BFD 3 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!

Additional Media

Virtual Instrument Buying Guide

Tech Specs

Software Type Virtual drums
Platform Mac, PC
Upgrade/Full Full
Download/Boxed Download
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

Customer Reviews

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I don't write a lot of reviews, but this one deserves recommending.It's just ******* great. I'm a serious student of drumming and own a lot of nice acoustic drum gear. Still, recording acoustic drums is tricky, and I want a good in-the-box platform. BFD3 sounds to me like really great drum recording.I own a lot of computer sound software, and BDF3 is among the best of any program I've heard for sonics and engaging usability, so it's among my 'desert island computer audio' gear. I own the two other 'big name' drum sample libraries and drum playback engines -- those sound really good too, but they sound to me like great drum libraries with a noticeably computerized playback. Not so with BFD3, IMO they really nailed the groove engine and humanizing so that, if you want it to, it sounds like a great drummer recorded in a great room with a great engineer. Andrew Scheps did the mixing, so BFD3 was literally mixed by a Grammy winning engineer, and the sounds are mix-ready if you like them in their initial state. Where BFD3 really kills the other drum programs IMO is in its joy of use. FXpansion really made a large number of very thoughtful choices to make BFD3 feel like an instrument and be fast and pleasing to use. And if you want to go deep, man this thing is super deep, but never baffling.On the strength of BFD3 I checked out FXpansion Geist, the drum sampler / groovebox. That is also very good, but different from BFD3. All told, I think FXpansion has really cracked the code on fun, great sounding computer-based drum instruments. Very worth checking out, and on sale at a good discount in Spring 2016 at the time this is written.There are demo versions available, and good videos online for tutorials / previews.One thing I have not done yet is used BFD3 connected to my MIDI drums. I have no opinion on that, but there are a lot of forum posts around comparing which is the best platform for connecting to MIDI drums. I would demo things aggressively and compare what has the best sound and lowest latency on your rig if you're going that route.I put off checking out the FXpansion drum gear (as I already owned others) but glad I finally did. It's great!

Very Complicated Download

The Download instructions on the FXpansion website are 100% incorrect. You more than likely will need Sweetwater tech support to help you. FXpansion tech support is non existent; if they do reply to you it will be very vague and not helpful. Sweetwater's tech support is good. I've been dealing with the downloading this product for week now. Its still downloading. It has froze twice already. Even Sweetwater tech had very difficult time getting the downloads started; there seemed to be some sort of obstacle each step of the way; his most used words were "That's not good." FYI . . . my computer has plenty of gigs and my internet speed is fast. I'm hoping the patience I've been practicing for the last week are worth it. I still haven't used it. In reality the product gets One Star . . . until I KNOW that it is actually on my computer and I can really use it. FYI . . . I use a macbook pro with OS Sierra.
See also: Drum Software, FXpansion, FXpansion Virtual Instruments: Drum & Rhythm