Looking for a high-end virtual drum kit that sounds realistic and huge all at the same time? FXpansion’s BFD has long been a go-to, with the latest BFD 3 offering a revamped interface, a new sound library, and more. And, you can now get FXpansion BFD 3 for only $175 — which represents a discount of a hefty 50%. You can get it for yourself straight from Plugin Boutique.
FXpansion BFD 3 could help in a variety of situations. For starters, the software is built to offer deep-sounding kits, and allows you to quickly and easily dial in a preset, or do a deep dive into individual settings. You can control things like drum tuning, damping, and more — and you can even bring multiple mics into the mix with the software’s internal mixing engine.
The software goes a step further too. A big part of making a recording sound natural is ensuring that you get small details like bleed into other microphones — and BFD 3 offers a modeled tom resonance and bleed to help give the overall sound that detail.
BFD 3 also offers some incredible nuance to what you can do with it. You’ll get an impressive 80 velocity levels, along with rim-clicks and rom-shots on toms, and even bells on hi-hats. The library is absolutely huge — uncompressed, it’s a 160GB library, but BFD 3 offers lossless audio compression that ensures the library only takes up 55GB of space on your hard drive.
Out of the box, BFD 3 offers seven kits, including four kits that were recorded in LA’s Ocean Studios, and three kits that are a stick, brush, and mallet versions of custom Mapleworks kit recorded in Omega Studios in Maryland. Of course, you can also buy expansion packs to add to that library, making it even bigger.