FXpansion BFD2 Acoustic Drum Module does not use much CPU/RAM or hard disk space. It will work with a Windows system running XP, or Vista. It will also work great on a Mac computer as well if you have 10.4 OSX or higher. My laptop only has 1 GB of Ram and it worked just fine I just had to have a connection to the internet so it can be authorized (you will have to have an internet connection to authorize this product). There are a total of 32 outputs on this Module, that means that I was able to bring in plenty of external effects and plug ins from other sources.
All of the sounds are very warm and real, they are all recorded in a professional studio with amazing quality and ambiance. The hi hats sound very good and so do the crashes, they are some of the most real live sounding samples that I have heard this far.
The interface is simple to work with because it is designed with the “new” user in mind. Though I have used many other products similar to this one it was still nice to know that they have a watered down interface that is easy to start with a learn from.
There are also some very good mixing options to work with like routing, dynamics and EQ. I hae even routed audio from 16 mono outputs to other VST hosts.
There are plenty of grooves in this software, I am pretty sure there are over 5 thousand of them and they can be changed to go with whichever style of music that I am working on at the time making this software very versatile for me.
There are so many options that you have with this VST, and so many different things that you can do with it. The interface does not seem like it because it is very basic compared to other interfaces. If you take the time to understand everything or refer to the manual you will really understand how to work with this plug in and get the best possible results out of it.
BFD2 is a drum-sample playback engine that can be used in stand-alone or as a plug-in in a DAW. I purchased BFD2 as an upgrade to BFD1. There were some decent drums sounds in BFD1 (vistalite, ayotte), and the interface was simple to understand. BFD2 was a huge improvement in every aspect of the software. The interface is pretty complicated, but after you play around with it for a couple sessions, you will get the hang of it.
Installation takes a while as the package comes on a bunch of DVDs. It is recommended to install the samples on a separate harddrive than the drive you use for tracking in your DAW. This is supposed to improve playback. I didn't follow this recommendation when I first bought the software and installed everything on the internal harddrive of my laptop. It wasn't the best idea, but it worked. Eventually, I got around to storing the samples on an external drive.
Big F'ing Drums 2 lives up to its name. The samples can sound massive if you bring up the room mics and add some compression (the library comes with john bonham's drums, what would you expect). But, what I really like about this library compared to other libraries (SSD4, Superior Drum 2, etc.) is the versatility. The massive drum sound can easily be scaled down for a more intimate drum sound, if desired, by picking the right sampled instruments. I can't really say the same is true for SSD4 (to each his own). Fxpansion did a great job of picking different drums that complement each other in the library. I am also convinced that the drummer hit the drums a little bit differently to get different sounds depending on the style of music/playing that would typically be used for each kit piece. It seemed like some snares the drummer really pounded during record, while other snares don't really give me the same impression. This is actually a really good thing - it gives more variety to the stock library. Toontrack SDX's offer this same kind of playing variety, but then you have to make additional purchases to get the same thing as BFD2.
I really like the cymbals in particular in BFD2. Even if I am going to use the drums from a different software library (because they fit my song better), I almost always substitute the BFD2 cymbals. I definitely give the stock cymbals a strong recommendation, but the Zildjian Digital Vault cymbals that can be used inside BFD2 are also awesome.
BFD2 offers a pretty advanced mixer and internal effects. However, I also recommend with any drum library to utilize the 'multi-out' functionality, and use plug-ins in your DAW to process individual drums. This is probably the most important way to achieve realistic drum performances with sampler software. Never use internal effects! They simply can't compare to the EQs/Compressors from WAVES/UAD/etc.
The best part of BFD2 is the fact that the stock libary is awesome. There are 'expansion packs' available, but my opinion is that the stock library is sufficient on its own. Superior Drummer 2 is good, but you really need to buy expansion packs to make it versatile.
I also recommend layering BFD2 samples with other drum libraries. There are a lot of drums in BFD2 that have a great sustain/ringing that I don't find in other libraries.
I can't wait for BFD3, I hope it is just around the corner.
FXpansion BFD 2.0 virtual drum library is one of the biggest, greater and most expensive drum library.
FXpansion BFD 2.0 virtual drum library is compatible with Windows xp, Windows 7, Vista, MAC OS X, there wasn't any issues regarding compatibility.
The manual is quite clear and sufficient to get a better understanding of the drum sounds and library.
The general configuration and setup isn't very simple, and it requires some time because of the size of the library which is around 55 gb.
The typical functions are easily accessible and well structured on the chanels.
The software work correctly in this configuration.
The software and gear is stable.
I'm getting good performances regarding drum grooves and velocity changes.
I've been using this product for just 2 months now, but I love it.
The greatest aspect of this product is the library, you get all those vintage type of drum sounds that are really unique, you get hundreds and hundreds of snare samples, and the kicks sound
great as well.
The price is pretty high, this expansion costs around 600$, however getting to know this library, it's pretty damn worthy, you have 55 gb of samples to mess around, you have plenty of features to humanize your groove, you can overlay many and many samples to create something that sounds unique.
I can say, if you can afford it, buy it.
The precision and quality of the sound is on a high-level, I like especially the snares and kicks, but the toms and hats sound decent also.
I"ve tried many and many drum expansions, this is one of the most expensive and one of the best, the only one I could think that is pretty similar regarding quality and features is Addictive Drums.
I would buy this product if I'm interested in drums library and I'm searching for something that sounds big and pro.
FXpansion BFD 2.0バーチャル·ドラム·ライブラリは、最大以上、最も高価なドラム·ライブラリのひとつです。
FXpansion BFD 2.0仮想ドラムライブラリは、Windows XP、Windows 7は、Vista、Mac OS Xと互換性があり、互換性に関するすべての問題がありませんでした。