FXpansion BFD3 Upgrade from BFD2 (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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Sweetwater Savings: $50.00 MSRP: $249.00
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Most software is compatible with both Mac and Windows computers, but check to make sure.

If you're using Pro Tools, AAX plug-ins (or RTAS for older versions) are what you need. Most other Mac DAWs support AU plug-ins. VST is compatible with a number of Mac and Windows programs. Be sure you choose plug-ins that work with your DAW!

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FXpansion BFD3 Upgrade from BFD2 (boxed)
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Step into the Virtual Drum Room of Your Dreams

NOTE: This is an opportunity for owners of BFD 2 to upgrade to BFD 3 at a special price. Please call your Sweetwater Sales Engineer for more information.

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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A special-order product is one that we don't normally keep in stock. We order it from the manufacturer as soon as you order from us. We have great relationships with all the manufacturers we carry, so we can get your special order to you as fast as or faster than anyone else. Remember that special orders are non-returnable and non-cancelable, so make sure the item is right for you. A Sweetwater Sales Engineer can help you decide — call (800) 222-4700 for assistance!

Additional Media

Virtual Instrument Buying Guide

Tech Specs

Software Type Drums
Platform Mac, PC
Upgrade/Full Upgrade
Download/Boxed Boxed
Bit Depth 32-bit, 64-bit
Hardware Requirements - Mac 2.0GHz Core 2 Duo or higher, 2GB DDR3 RAM minimum
Hardware Requirements - PC 2.0GHz Core 2 Duo or higher, 2GB DDR3 RAM minimum
OS Requirements - Mac OS X 10.6.8 or later, BFD2
OS Requirements - PC Windows 7 or later, BFD2
Manufacturer Part Number FXBFDUPG03 BX

Customer Reviews

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I am not a professional, more of a hobbyist, so take this review with a grain of salt. I like the new setup, new GUI is fine. But the drums just don't sound as "alive" as BFD2. Maybe just a lack of experience. No bugs yet. I have been using BFD2 for 5 years now.
Music background: Hobbyist
See also: Drum Software, FXpansion, FXpansion Virtual Instruments: Drum & Rhythm