FXpansion has announced availability of BFD Horsepower, the latest addition to its library of expansion packs for its BFD3 evolved acoustic drum software. They say that this time the focus is on an authentic selection of mix-ready, Americana-style drum sounds suited to a variety of genres, ranging from blues and alt-country to garage rock and folk. Here's the full story in their own words...
As implied by name, BFD3 is the third generation of FXpansion's flagship software acoustic drum studio for Mac (OS X 10.6.8 or higher) and Windows (7 or higher) with 32- and 64-bit support for AAX, AU, RTAS, and VST plug-in formats, as well as a standalone version. As a 55 GB full installation, BFD3 brings about new levels of realism and groundbreaking features in an intuitive, redesigned engine to deliver uncompromising detail with stunning new kits, mix-ready presets, and modelling technology for tom resonance and cymbals. Containing a powerful, built-in environment for pattern creation and editing, BFD3 comes complete with a range of performances by distinguished drummers recorded in two locations by esteemed engineers for effortless production of drum tracks indistinguishable from the real thing!
As the latest addition to its ever-increasing library of expansion packs built on an already-successful platform, BFD Horsepower boosts BFD's breathtaking percussive palette still further as a 48 GB full installation -- thanks to an authentic selection of mix-ready, Americana-style drum sounds, helping to make it the most flexible and feature-packed drum solution available.
Delving deeper, BFD Horsepower's stick and brush kits are presented in two distinct processing styles alongside an unprocessed version. The result is a total of six kits, instantly usable and inspiring in varied production and songwriting settings, with high levels of detail for maximum playability with electronic drums.
The personality of those Americana-style sounds stem from drum treatment, mic and processing techniques. Warm ribbon mic room ambience is accompanied by several 'character' channels with saturated vintage tones, custom plate processing, and even a unique trash can mic for lo-fi dirt. Snares were damped with paper and tea towels with the rest of the kit left untreated and tuned to the room for an open and vibrant sound that effortlessly slots into the user's own music mixes.
Maintains Grammy-nominated recording engineer and BFD3 content producer Rail Jon Rogut: "When recording drums for BFD3 we hire a great studio, a great engineer, great drummer, and -- most importantly -- great drums, and a great drum tech. We have them tune the drums impeccably. We get really well-tracked drums, and they're compressed and EQ'd. You just have to load them up, and -- with maybe some minor changes to fit your particular track -- these will sound great right away."
And BFD Horsepower is no exception to this FXpansion recording rule with its Gretsch USA Custom kit with three toms, Gretsch snare (with snares on and off), Sabian hats, and Sildjian cymbals all getting great-sounding content production treatment to put users into instant Americana nirvana... now anyone can have great-sounding drums designed for alt- country, blues, garage rock, and more -- and all without having to go to great lengths of professionally recording them themselves at great expense. Expand your BFD3 percussive palette with BFD Horsepower here and now!
Pricing and Availability: BFD Horsepower is available to purchase as a 48 GB full install download directly from FXpansion for £95.00.
Note that BFD Horsepower requires a registered copy of BFD3, currently available to purchase as a download or boxed USB version for a 50%-discounted price of £115.00 GBP until April 15, 2016 (rising to £229.00 GBP thereafter).