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BFD 3 Explained®

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Chapter 1 : Introduction

  • Introduction 1:37


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

Chapter 2 : Working with the Browser and Kit Display

  • Overview of the Interface 6:26

    Overview of the Interface

    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.

  • Global Controls 8:07

    Global Controls

    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.

  • Setting Up Additional Content Locations 4:20

    Setting Up Additional Content Locations

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

  • Loading Presets and Kits 4:17

    Loading Presets and Kits

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

  • Auditioning and Loading Drums Into Slots 6:58

    Auditioning and Loading Drums Into Slots

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

  • Filtered Browsing 5:16

    Filtered Browsing

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

  • Importing Samples 4:32

    Importing Samples

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

  • The File Menu 4:29

    The File Menu

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

  • The Kit Display 6:28

    The Kit Display

    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.

  • The MIDI Learn Wizard 7:17

    The MIDI Learn Wizard

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

Chapter 3 : The Drum Editor

  • General and Tuning Controls 5:07

    General and Tuning Controls

    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.

  • Bleed and Spill 5:47

    Bleed and Spill

    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.

  • Loudness (Dynamics) Controls 5:23

    Loudness (Dynamics) Controls

    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.

  • Ambient Mic Controls 8:02

    Ambient Mic Controls

    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.

  • Damping and Choke Controls 5:58

    Damping and Choke Controls

    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.

  • Cymbal Swell Controls 2:17

    Cymbal Swell Controls

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

  • Articulation Controls 4:41

    Articulation Controls

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

  • Tom Resonance and Hi Hat Tightening 4:17

    Tom Resonance and Hi Hat Tightening

    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.

Chapter 4 : The Mixer

  • Mixer Overview 5:17

    Mixer Overview

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

  • Faders Mode 8:21

    Faders Mode

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

  • Other Mixer Modes 8:30

    Other Mixer Modes

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

  • Navigating the Effects Editor 4:54

    Navigating the Effects Editor

    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.

  • Using Effects 7:10

    Using Effects

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

  • Using Sends 4:16

    Using Sends

    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.

  • Sidechain Processing 4:39

    Sidechain Processing

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

  • Exporting from BFD3 7:03

    Exporting from BFD3

    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).

Chapter 5 : The Groove Engine

  • Groove Engine Overview 4:23

    Groove Engine Overview

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

  • The Groove Browser 6:04

    The Groove Browser

    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.

  • The Palette 6:33

    The Palette

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

  • Playing Grooves Via MIDI 5:17

    Playing Grooves Via MIDI

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

  • Navigating the Groove Editor 9:22

    Navigating the Groove Editor

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

  • Creating and Editing Grooves 8:50

    Creating and Editing Grooves

    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.

  • Using Groove FX 6:13

    Using Groove FX

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

  • The Drum Track 7:01

    The Drum Track

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

  • Recording MIDI Into BFD3 5:00

    Recording MIDI Into BFD3

    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.

  • Exporting MIDI and Audio 4:29

    Exporting MIDI and Audio

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

  • Importing MIDI Files 2:29

    Importing MIDI Files

    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.

Chapter 6 : Mapping

  • Key Mapping Window Overview 3:43

    Key Mapping Window Overview

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

  • Mapping Drum Articulations and Grooves 5:04

    Mapping Drum Articulations and Grooves

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

  • The Mapping Editor 5:28

    The Mapping Editor

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

  • Automation 5:03


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

  • Working with Program Changes 3:26

    Working with Program Changes

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

  • Preferences Round Up Pt. 1 6:26

    Preferences Round Up Pt. 1

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

  • Preferences Round Up Pt. 2 9:30

    Preferences Round Up Pt. 2

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

Product Overview

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!

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BFD 3 Explained® is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 14 .
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Excellent Course on BFD 3 A really in depth course. Explained in great detail and easy to follow along with. I will watch this one a few times because it is packed with information.
Date published: 2021-07-09
Rated 3.5 out of 5 by from Quick Start It is very helpful to have a complete explanation about all the features of a plugin...every tutorial series should start with a quick start guide so you can use it right away IMO
Date published: 2021-06-24
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Excellent tutorial Magisterial tutorial on a fairly complicated piece of software. The instructor's voice and delivery is very easy to follow, and the course is both well laid out and written.
Date published: 2020-10-14
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from Saved! I'd used BFD2 before a few years ago, then upgraded to BFD3 and got stuck. Trying to navigate around BFD3 on my own and mapping to V-Drums was like going round in circles, and reading the manual is punishing (if you can stay awake). I was thinking of ditching BFD and trying Superior drummer, but then I went into Eli's course and the fog cleared. The speed of the course is spot on and when you look for more detail in the manual it all of a sudden makes sense. The course covers a lot of ground and I dip back into it from time to time when I'm stuck. Well recommended
Date published: 2020-05-16
Rated 4.0 out of 5 by from Good in depth explanation of the interface, perhaps a little dry without examples of application in real tracks? While this is a very good and essential dive into all the features of BFD3, I would still love to see a follow up, maybe 'BFD3 In Action' as I felt I still didn't know enough about using BFD3 in actual tracks. Eli is always great and I'm sure he could bring some excitement to the subject!
Date published: 2019-11-15
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Most Musical Virtual Drums Eli K. is a great teacher. I have listened to this BFD3 class numerous times. As we learn, we often realize how much more is there to discover. I hope BFD3 found a good home with now Roli as it is truly a very deep and sophisticated instrument.
Date published: 2018-10-27
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from This course solved the mystery! Ever since upgrading from BFD2 to BFD3 I felt completely lost. None of my previous kits seemed to work correctly, and everything was mapped to different notes. I had my BFD content all in different places, and after a year and a half, I was ready to give up on it. As a last ditch effort, I thought I would see if there were any online tutorials that could help me. I found the groove3 tutorial on BFD3 and they allowed me to take the first few lessons before I had to commit to purchasing the course. Once I was about 2 minutes into the first lesson, I knew that I would want to take the entire course. Everything became so clear and within the first day, I was using features I had never even known about in BFD3. All of the mysteries were solved, and I couldn't be happier. BFD3 is an AMAZING drum emulator, and BFD3 EXPLAINED is a great course.
Date published: 2018-03-31
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Really a reference point for me! After a few weeks I decided to extend my subscription to 1 year. Really a useful resource!
Date published: 2018-01-28
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Excellent - very clear and logical and complete This is teaching me so much about a really brilliant tool, love it. Just wish the top and bottom strips wouldn't pop up every time I move the mouse, obscuring the action
Date published: 2017-09-17
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Very very Helpful Perfect and in Depth
Date published: 2017-05-04
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
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