Working with the Browser and Kit Display
Overview of the Interface6:26
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.
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 Locations4:20
Learn how to have BFD3 scan and recognize file pathways and content locations containing BFD compatible libraries, presets, kits, or keymaps.
Loading Presets and Kits4:17
See how various elements are either restricted or enabled from being reloaded when switching presets and drum kits.
Auditioning and Loading Drums Into Slots6:58
See how to preview and load alternate or additional drums, in context as a groove is playing, or when the sequencer is stopped.
Learn how to use the filter panel, quick filters, favorites, and search functions to navigate through large libraries efficiently.
Learn how to create original multiple velocity layered instruments by importing samples using BFD3's Sample Import Panel.
The File Menu4:29
See how the File Menu is used to manage the saving and loading of drum kits and presets.
The Kit Display6:28
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.
The MIDI Learn Wizard7:17
Discover various ways of mapping drum articulations to various MIDI notes using BFD3's MIDI Learn Wizard.
The Drum Editor
General and Tuning Controls5:07
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.
Bleed and Spill5:47
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.
Loudness (Dynamics) Controls5:23
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.
Ambient Mic Controls8:02
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.
Damping and Choke Controls5:58
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.
Cymbal Swell Controls2:17
Explore the various algorithms that influence the characteristics and behavior of cymbal hits played in rapid succession.
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 Tightening4:17
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.
Learn to control the display and navigate through the various mixer views and menus.
Discover the control and functions available in this mode beyond making simple fader and pan adjustments.
Other Mixer Modes8:30
See how the Tweaks, Effects, and Sends modes interact with other areas of the interface.
Navigating the Effects Editor4:54
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.
See and hear a few of the built in effects processors in action, including the DCAM compressor, EnvShaper, and Filter Mod processors.
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.
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 BFD37:03
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
Groove Engine Overview4:23
An Introduction to the main elements and concepts pertaining to BFD3's groove engine.
The Groove Browser6:04
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.
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 MIDI5:17
Learn to 'play' the groove palette by assigning and triggering the individual groove slots with MIDI notes.
Navigating the Groove Editor9:22
Explore some of the various functions in the Groove Editor that are used to modify and edit existing groove events.
Creating and Editing Grooves8:50
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.
Using Groove FX6:13
Discover some interesting and creative non destructive velocity and timing based processes available in the groove FX section.
The Drum Track7:01
See how the drum track is used to create a complete performance by adding and editing patterns and grooves.
Recording MIDI Into BFD35:00
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.
Exporting MIDI and Audio4:29
Learn how export grooves, palettes, and the drum track as audio or MIDI. using either the File menu commands or drag and drop functions.
Importing MIDI Files2:29
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.
Key Mapping Window Overview3:43
Introduction to the layout and main areas of the MIDI Key Mapping Window.
Mapping Drum Articulations and Grooves5:04
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 Editor5:28
Learn how to use the Assignments List and Mapping Response Panel to create velocity splits between.
Learn how to assign and work with host automation, note automation, and MIDI CC automation in BFD3.
Working with Program Changes3:26
Learn how to set up program change messages within BFD3, so that presets can be changed remotely.
Preferences Round Up Pt. 16:26
See how the preferences affect the behavior and response of various aspects of BFD3's interface.
Preferences Round Up Pt. 29:30
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!
Submitted 2 months ago
Really a reference point for me!
After a few weeks I decided to extend my subscription to 1 year. Really a useful resource!
Submitted 6 months ago
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
I am a: Semi-Pro, Musician, Producer, Audio Engineer, Sound Designer, Mastering Facility, Sound for Film/TV, Pro Tools
Submitted 11 months ago
Very very Helpful
Perfect and in Depth
I am a: Beginner, Musician, Producer, Beat Maker, Audio Engineer, Sound Designer, Mastering Facility, Sound for Film/TV, Cubase
Submitted 1 year 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
Submitted 1 year 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.
Submitted 2 years ago
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
Submitted 2 years 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
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