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BFD 3 Explained

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Introduction

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    Tutorial 1

    Introduction

    1:37

    A brief summary of how this video series is laid out.

Working with the Browser and Kit Display

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    Tutorial 2

    Overview of the Interface

    6:26

    Become familiar with the broad layout of BFD3. Learn to navigate around the Browser, Kit Display, Drum Editor, Mixer, Effects Editor, Groove Editor, Key Map Panel, Global Controls, and Navigation Bar.

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    Tutorial 3

    Global Controls

    8:07

    Explore the controls that are used to control global aspects of the current BFD preset including, tuning, velocity offsets, randomization/humanization, transport, auto play modes, and various performance indicators.

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    Tutorial 4

    Setting Up Additional Content Locations

    4:20

    Learn how to have BFD3 scan and recognize file pathways and content locations containing BFD compatible libraries, presets, kits, or keymaps.

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    Tutorial 5

    Loading Presets and Kits

    4:17

    See how various elements are either restricted or enabled from being reloaded when switching presets and drum kits.

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    Tutorial 6

    Auditioning and Loading Drums Into Slots

    6:58

    See how to preview and load alternate or additional drums, in context as a groove is playing, or when the sequencer is stopped.

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    Tutorial 7

    Filtered Browsing

    5:16

    Learn how to use the filter panel, quick filters, favorites, and search functions to navigate through large libraries efficiently.

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    Tutorial 8

    Importing Samples

    4:32

    Learn how to create original multiple velocity layered instruments by importing samples using BFD3's Sample Import Panel.

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    Tutorial 9

    The File Menu

    4:29

    See how the File Menu is used to manage the saving and loading of drum kits and presets.

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    Tutorial 10

    The Kit Display

    6:28

    Explore the Kit Display functions in both Select and Link Modes. Learn to flip the drum kit micing perspective between audience and drummer positions, and how create, audition, load, copy, swap, move, link, and delete drum slots directly from the Kit Display.

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    Tutorial 11

    The MIDI Learn Wizard

    7:17

    Discover various ways of mapping drum articulations to various MIDI notes using BFD3's MIDI Learn Wizard.

The Drum Editor

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    Tutorial 12

    General and Tuning Controls

    5:07

    See how this section of the drum editor is used to adjust the level and panning for each drum's direct mics; how to use the tuning section to change a drum's pitch either in continuous values (cents) or in semitones, and how to tune the fundamental pitch of the toms to specific MIDI notes.

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    Tutorial 13

    Bleed and Spill

    5:47

    Bleed simulates the sound of other drums captured in the kik and snare mics. Spill is the simulated bleed picked up by the tom mics. Learn to adjust the level and routing of each drum's bleed signal.

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    Tutorial 14

    Loudness (Dynamics) Controls

    5:23

    See how the Velocity dynamics, curve, and range knobs are used to scale and adjust the volume of the velocity layers being triggered either by external MIDI notes or the internal groove engine.

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    Tutorial 15

    Ambient Mic Controls

    8:02

    Explore the ambient mic controls in both the drum editor and the Tweaks page of the mixer. See how to control stereo imaging and positioning of the stereo ambiance mics, and how to balance the various ambience channels in relation to the direct mic channels.

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    Tutorial 16

    Damping and Choke Controls

    5:58

    Learn how to use the damping controls to decrease the decay time of a drum in both the direct mic and ambient mic channels; and how to use the choke settings to control how a preceding event decays when a new event is triggered.

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    Tutorial 17

    Cymbal Swell Controls

    2:17

    Explore the various algorithms that influence the characteristics and behavior of cymbal hits played in rapid succession.

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    Tutorial 18

    Articulation Controls

    4:41

    Discover how velocity is used to effect the pitch and damping of any or all of a drum's individual articulations.

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    Tutorial 19

    Tom Resonance and Hi Hat Tightening

    4:17

    Discover the way BFD3 emulates the tom resonance generated with snare and kick drum hits and the spill picked up by the tom mics; and learn how to emulate the increased damping and pitch offset on closed hi hat articulations that result from clamping down tightly on a hi hat pedal.

The Mixer

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    Tutorial 20

    Mixer Overview

    5:17

    Learn to control the display and navigate through the various mixer views and menus.

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    Tutorial 21

    Faders Mode

    8:21

    Discover the control and functions available in this mode beyond making simple fader and pan adjustments.

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    Tutorial 22

    Other Mixer Modes

    8:30

    See how the Tweaks, Effects, and Sends modes interact with other areas of the interface.

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    Tutorial 23

    Navigating the Effects Editor

    4:54

    Learn to use the Effects Editor to load move and copy effects, save and load presets, scroll through the effects slots, use the common controls found on all effects, and assign sends.

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    Tutorial 24

    Using Effects

    7:10

    See and hear a few of the built in effects processors in action, including the DCAM compressor, EnvShaper, and Filter Mod processors.

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    Tutorial 25

    Using Sends

    4:16

    Watch as sends are set up on the snare and overhead channels, and routed to an aux used to add more space and dimension to the sound of the room.

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    Tutorial 26

    Sidechain Processing

    4:39

    Discover how side chain processing is used to allow an external signal to determine the behavior and response of selected effects processors within BFD3.

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    Tutorial 27

    Exporting from BFD3

    7:03

    Learn how to set export parameters including setting a destination export folder, arming individual channels for export, setting the bit depth, choosing a sync mode, and then importing the newly created files into the host DAW (Logic Pro X).

The Groove Engine

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    Tutorial 28

    Groove Engine Overview

    4:23

    An Introduction to the main elements and concepts pertaining to BFD3's groove engine.

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    Tutorial 29

    The Groove Browser

    6:04

    Learn how to audition grooves in sync with the host DAW directly from the groove browser, and how to load either palettes or individual grooves into the palette area and drum track.

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    Tutorial 30

    The Palette

    6:33

    Learn to set default and slot specific start and end actions that apply to the playback of grooves within the 128 available palette slots.

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    Tutorial 31

    Playing Grooves Via MIDI

    5:17

    Learn to 'play' the groove palette by assigning and triggering the individual groove slots with MIDI notes.

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    Tutorial 32

    Navigating the Groove Editor

    9:22

    Explore some of the various functions in the Groove Editor that are used to modify and edit existing groove events.

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    Tutorial 33

    Creating and Editing Grooves

    8:50

    See how the various tools are used to create and edit groove events, and how to use the Paint and Rudiment functions together to create inspiring patterns based on rudiment sticking patterns.

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    Tutorial 34

    Using Groove FX

    6:13

    Discover some interesting and creative non destructive velocity and timing based processes available in the groove FX section.

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    Tutorial 35

    The Drum Track

    7:01

    See how the drum track is used to create a complete performance by adding and editing patterns and grooves.

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    Tutorial 36

    Recording MIDI Into BFD3

    5:00

    Learn how to record patterns from your DAW into the groove palette; and how to use loop record to overdub in real time on each pass.

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    Tutorial 37

    Exporting MIDI and Audio

    4:29

    Learn how export grooves, palettes, and the drum track as audio or MIDI. using either the File menu commands or drag and drop functions.

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    Tutorial 38

    Importing MIDI Files

    2:29

    Learn how to bring single or multiple MIDI files into BFD3 using the File Menu or drag and drop functions; and how to use the MIDI Import Panel to split and rename MIDI files as they are being imported.

Mapping

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    Tutorial 39

    Key Mapping Window Overview

    3:43

    Introduction to the layout and main areas of the MIDI Key Mapping Window.

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    Tutorial 40

    Mapping Drum Articulations and Grooves

    5:04

    Explore several ways of creating assignments that map single or multiple articulations, or grooves from the groove palette, to keys for MIDI triggering.

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    Tutorial 41

    The Mapping Editor

    5:28

    Learn how to use the Assignments List and Mapping Response Panel to create velocity splits between.

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    Tutorial 42

    Automation

    5:03

    Learn how to assign and work with host automation, note automation, and MIDI CC automation in BFD3.

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    Tutorial 43

    Working with Program Changes

    3:26

    Learn how to set up program change messages within BFD3, so that presets can be changed remotely.

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    Tutorial 44

    Preferences Round Up Pt. 1

    6:26

    See how the preferences affect the behavior and response of various aspects of BFD3's interface.

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    Tutorial 45

    Preferences Round Up Pt. 2

    9:30

    Explore the remaining preferences, as you learn to tailor BFD3's look, feel, and response to best suit your personal work flow.

BFD3 by FXpansion is their next generation acoustic drum studio, ready to create realistic, studio quality drum tracks and grooves. Let BFD master Eli Krantzberg show you how to get the most out of this powerful software and make professional sounding, record ready drum tracks fast!

Eli starts with an introduction and then dives right in showing you how to work with the Browser and Kit Display. Global Controls are then demonstrated, followed by how to load presets and kits, audition individual sounds and import samples.

Next, Eli shows you how to edit the individual drum's panning and pitch, as well as bleed, spill, loudness and ambience. Damping, choke and cymbal swell controls are explained and demonstrated, and then tutorials on articulation and resonance tweaking are given.

The Mixer is then revealed and Eli covers every feature and function such as Faders Mode, Tweaks, Effects and Sends, as well as in-depth coverage of the Effects Editor and how to use them. Compression and Sidechaining are also shown, as well as how to export BFD files and audio into your host DAW.

Eli now introduces you to The Groove Engine, where the real BFD3 magic happens. You'll see how to browse, play, edit and create your own grooves and rudiments with realistic sticking patterns and more. Eli wraps up the series with detailed tutorials on mapping and automation within BFD3 to create ultra realistic drum parts with great feel, and how to set up BFD3's preferences for optimized workflow and more.

If you want the best acoustic drum parts for your songs and productions, look no further than BFD3... Watch "BFD3 Explained" today and get your groove on!

ianh
Submitted 1 month ago

Great insight to BFD3 for non-drummers

This is a great series and very informative of the scope and detail that BFD3 delivers. I knew it was a great package and have dabbled over the years since I got BFD Lite as a freebie, then ventured into BFD2 full product, but I had no idea of the level of detail, granularity, and nuance that it goes to. This video series really opens it up....and I'm only half way through! As a non-drummer, for me it has given me insight to the possibilities of making decent backing rhythm tracks to further develop production ideas that would otherwise remain as just ideas. Serious value for money!

I am a: Audio Engineer, Musician

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ZeroZero
Submitted 6 months ago

Excellent Higlhly recommended let''s have part 2!

This is Tuition at its best. Eli goes over the software diligently, clearly and musically. He understands this deep software very well and is able to explain the detail of how it is used to tease out various nuances. After going through the videos you will also know the interface. Eli is not only an excellent tutor but also a drummer. He has an additional tutorial called "Drumming Explained" where he uses a real kit and explains how a drummer approaches beat creation, did you know there are apparently 42 "sticking patterns'that can use various drum surfaces - great for the non drumming composer to get a grasp. I say this would be a good companion volume Let's hope he creates a video set called "BFD Advanced" where he can follow up by showing how beats are created in a daw artistically, rather than technically, perhaps using the material he presents in Drumming Explained.


cclarry
Submitted 8 months ago

Excellent!

Eli does a great job of keeping it simple and to the point! If you want to know the in's and out's of BFD 3, then look no further!

I am a: Semi-Pro, Professional, Audio Engineer, Musician

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pacific
Submitted 1 year ago

More DAW Emphasis

The approach is more focused on features and an assumption that you even know what the software will do and how you would use it with your DAW. I would appreciate more of a how to use the software with your DAW as a starting point and what it will and won't do for you. This is not covered here.

I am a: Semi-Pro

Response from Customer Service:

Hi, Thank you for your review. This will help us out a great deal. You are absolutely correct that this tutorial (and all of our 'Explained' titles) focus on the features of the software showing you the in's and out's of the program. I'm happy to add a request for a more detailed tutorial (like an Advanced title) that goes over how to creatively use the software with various DAW's. Due to the wealth of workstations and their different integration methods it can be good to watch an Explained or Advanced tutorial on your DAW of choice and use the combination of lessons learned to get the full picture. All the best
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1. When did you start dabbling in music?

I started playing drums in high school at age fourteen. Like most kids my age around then, I was into progressive rock. Genesis, Emerson Lake and Palmer, and Yes. They rocked my world. A few short years later though, my musical life changed. While studying music in college I discovered Charlie Parker, Milt Jackson, Sonny Stitt, and John Coltrane. Milt Jackson spoke to me in such a profound way that it left me no choice but to take up vibraphone.

These great players, along with  drummers like Philly Joe Jones, Max Roach, Art Blakey, and Elvin Jones changed not only the way I thought about drumming, but also music - and by extension, life - as a whole. I realized life was meant to be a creative endeavor. The idea of improvising based on a loose set of guidelines and rules permeated into my psyche even when I wasn't holding a pair of drumsticks or mallets. But if I am going to be perfectly truthful, I have to hold Henry Miller and Woody Allen equally responsible for shaping the way I view and experience the world around me. 

2. What training have you had?

I am currently an Apple certified Logic Pro. Young and cocky, and armed with only a partial University degree, I dropped out of school and  began playing steady commercial hotel engagements and jazz gigs when I could. This went on for many years until I decided it was time to complete my degree - which I ultimately did with a major in Political Science and a minor in music. 

It was at this point that I formed my current band Nightshift. We are going in to our twenty third year now - playing commercial one nighters like weddings, corporate events, etc. Don't turn your nose up at it though - it has allowed me a wonderful quality of life. It gave me the freedom to go back to school and complete a post graduate degree in Communications Studies - all the while supporting myself by playing weddings.

3. When did you get into recording?

It was in this graduate program - in the early nineties - that I found myself drawn to the fledgling emerging universe of hard disc recording and midi sequencing. Based on nothing more than the recommendation of one of my band mates who had an old Atari, I jumped in head first and bought a Mac LC ll, along with a version 1.1 of what was then Notator Logic. I had no idea what I was getting myself into. But, in hindsight, it was a decision of epic importance in my life - shaping my future as much as the music of Milt Jackson and Charlie Parker did fifteen years prior. 

I opened up my own commercial home studio in 1998 and began doing a variety of projects, working on radio jingles, artist CD projects, and whatever came my way. A couple of years later a colleague called me up - desperate. He was working at a post production house and one of the editors had just quit. They were doing audio post for a weekly TV series and needed a Pro Tools editor - and fast! And so, once again, I jumped in head first into what would ultimately open up my world even more - the world of Pro Tools. 

4. People you have worked with/for?

Focusing on Logic, I built up a small but loyal client base and my phone kept ringing for Logic tech support and instruction. Film composers and studio owners all over the city were calling me. Even the music stores were giving out my phone number at this point! This kind of stuff becomes a self fulfilling prophecy. The more of it you do, the more calls you get to keep doing it. At least that's the way it should be!

As my Logic chops kept growing, I was hired by an old buddy of mine, Len Sasso, who was then an associate editor at Electronic Musician magazine, and began writing some columns for them. I had a blast doing them - and really learned to focus and express my thoughts in a concise and clear manner. This lead to a collaboration with LA based composer Terry Michael Huud on the 2006 film called Civic Duty - which was certainly one of the highlights of my professional life as a composer. 

5. Why are you so good at training people?

I wake up every day excited to boot up, and create. Whether it's instructional videos, creating music, working with a studio client, performing with my band, or teaching at the schools - my days are filled with what I love doing. Enriched by the stimulation and creative freedom this modern music making software brings to my life. I bring that excitement and passion to each and every training product I create. My years of experience both using and teaching these programs has taught me the best way to make the user comfortable with these complex programs.

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BFD 3 Explained is rated 4.3 out of 5 by 4.
Rated 4.0 out of 5 by from Great insight to BFD3 for non-drummers This is a great series and very informative of the scope and detail that BFD3 delivers. I knew it was a great package and have dabbled over the years since I got BFD Lite as a freebie, then ventured into BFD2 full product, but I had no idea of the level of detail, granularity, and nuance that it goes to. This video series really opens it up....and I'm only half way through! As a non-drummer, for me it has given me insight to the possibilities of making decent backing rhythm tracks to further develop production ideas that would otherwise remain as just ideas. Serious value for money!
Date published: 2017-02-22
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Excellent Higlhly recommended let''s have part 2! This is Tuition at its best. Eli goes over the software diligently, clearly and musically. He understands this deep software very well and is able to explain the detail of how it is used to tease out various nuances. After going through the videos you will also know the interface. Eli is not only an excellent tutor but also a drummer. He has an additional tutorial called "Drumming Explained" where he uses a real kit and explains how a drummer approaches beat creation, did you know there are apparently 42 "sticking patterns'that can use various drum surfaces - great for the non drumming composer to get a grasp. I say this would be a good companion volume Let's hope he creates a video set called "BFD Advanced" where he can follow up by showing how beats are created in a daw artistically, rather than technically, perhaps using the material he presents in Drumming Explained.
Date published: 2016-09-30
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Excellent! Eli does a great job of keeping it simple and to the point! If you want to know the in's and out's of BFD 3, then look no further!
Date published: 2016-07-25
Rated 3.0 out of 5 by from More DAW Emphasis The approach is more focused on features and an assumption that you even know what the software will do and how you would use it with your DAW. I would appreciate more of a how to use the software with your DAW as a starting point and what it will and won't do for you. This is not covered here.
Date published: 2016-03-11