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BFD 3 Explained®

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Chapter 1: Introduction

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    Introduction (1:37)


Chapter 2: Working with the Browser and Kit Display

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    Overview of the Interface (6:26)


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    Global Controls (8:07)


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    Setting Up Additional Content Locations (4:20)


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    Loading Presets and Kits (4:17)


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    Auditioning and Loading Drums Into Slots (6:58)


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    Filtered Browsing (5:16)


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    Importing Samples (4:32)


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    The File Menu (4:29)


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    The Kit Display (6:28)


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    The MIDI Learn Wizard (7:17)


Chapter 3: The Drum Editor

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    General and Tuning Controls (5:07)


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    Bleed and Spill (5:47)


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    Loudness (Dynamics) Controls (5:23)


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    Ambient Mic Controls (8:02)


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    Damping and Choke Controls (5:58)


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    Cymbal Swell Controls (2:17)


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    Articulation Controls (4:41)


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    Tom Resonance and Hi Hat Tightening (4:17)


Chapter 4: The Mixer

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    Mixer Overview (5:17)


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    Faders Mode (8:21)


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    Other Mixer Modes (8:30)


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    Navigating the Effects Editor (4:54)


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    Using Effects (7:10)


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    Using Sends (4:16)


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    Sidechain Processing (4:39)


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    Exporting from BFD3 (7:03)


Chapter 5: The Groove Engine

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    Groove Engine Overview (4:23)


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    The Groove Browser (6:04)


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    The Palette (6:33)


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    Playing Grooves Via MIDI (5:17)


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    Navigating the Groove Editor (9:22)


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    Creating and Editing Grooves (8:50)


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    Using Groove FX (6:13)


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    The Drum Track (7:01)


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    Recording MIDI Into BFD3 (5:00)


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    Exporting MIDI and Audio (4:29)


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    Importing MIDI Files (2:29)


Chapter 6: Mapping

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    Key Mapping Window Overview (3:43)


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    Mapping Drum Articulations and Grooves (5:04)


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    The Mapping Editor (5:28)


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    Automation (5:03)


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    Working with Program Changes (3:26)


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    Preferences Round Up Pt. 1 (6:26)


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    Preferences Round Up Pt. 2 (9:30)


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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wrrswing@aol.com
Submitted 4 months ago

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.

I am a: Professional, Musician, Producer, Audio Engineer, Pro Tools

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Giovanni
Submitted 6 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!

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Nyj
Submitted 10 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

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Screen Name
Submitted 1 year 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

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ianh
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

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ZeroZero
Submitted 2 years 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 2 years 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 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

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 4.6 out of 5 by 8.
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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