, Hip hop
, instrument plugins
, samples and sound libraries
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on Sep 12, 2011
FXpansion has announced BFD Eco: Bang On!, an online competition all about BFD Eco, the acoustic drums plugin from music software gurus FXpansion.
We want you to Bang On about how you have been using BFD Eco, by sending in your BFD Eco audio tracks, videos or web / blog articles. If we like them, we’ll repost them on this blog and give you free stuff!
BFD Eco is available for the special price of $29 USD until December 31, 2011 (regular $149 USD).
FXpansion has also released Classic Hip Hop, a new Geist Expander featuring authentic old-skool 80s and 90s hip hop sounds.
Created by Mr Hoodie from The Groove Criminals, the samples include a comprehensive selection of drum hits, hats, percussion, stabs and noise alongside breakbeats and melodic instrument loops.
Classic Hip Hop features
- Geist Expander for classic vintage hip hop sounds.
- Over 1300 WAV samples.
- Over 190 breakbeat RX2 loops.
- Over 85 instrument RX2 loops.
- 5 full song presets.
- 8 engine presets.
- 11 kit presets.
- 4 pattern banks.
The Classic Hip Hop Geist Expander is available to purchase for £18 GBP / €21 EUR / $29 USD.
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Posted in news
on May 17, 2011
FXpansion has announced the Summer Half Price Sale, a limited time offer for its expansion packs.
Until the end of June, all FXpansion download expansion packs are available at half price for registered owners of BFD2, BFD Eco, DCAM: Synth Squad, GURU & Geist!
To take advantage of this offer head over to our online shop.
More information: FXpansion
FXpansion has released the BFD Dunnett Ti, a BFD2 & BFD Eco expansion kit featuring a full set of hand-made prototype Titanium drums from renowned master drum-builder Ronn Dunnett.
With shells made from solid titanium, the Dunnett Ti kit is one of the most advanced all-metal drumkits ever created, and is suitable for all styles of music that demand powerful, musical drums. As well as two kicks and five toms, the package features a Dunnett snare drum and a full set of cymbals.
In addition to detailed direct, overhead and room mic sets, BFD Dunnett Ti contains an amp channel when used in BFD2, which can be dialled in to provide a variety of aggressive but organic drum sounds. Provided in the Amb3 mic channel, it features the kit fed through a Sovtek Mig 60 amp and Marshall 4×12 cabinet, mic’d with Royer 122 ribbons in a Blumlein configuration.
BFD Dunnett Ti is recorded in the same room with the same studio conditions as the Jazz & Funk, B.O.M.B., JEX, Decatom, Sleishman and Yamaha expansion libraries. It has also been designed to sound great with BFD2′s built-in library as well as with BFD libraries recorded in other locations.
BFD Dunnett Ti features
- Low-cost, download-only expansion pack for BFD2 & BFD Eco.
- Complete titanium shell drum kit.
- Hihat and cymbals included.
- 2 kicks recorded with felt and wood beaters.
- 5 toms and full-velocity snare recorded with sticks.
- Amb3 ‘amp’ channel when used in BFD2.
BFD Dunnett Ti is available to purchase for the introductory price of £25 GBP / 35 EUR / $50 USD until May 18th, 2011 (regular £35 GBP / 49 EUR/ $70 USD).
More information: FXpansion / BFD Dunnett Ti
FXpansion has announced the release of JM Essentials Vol.1, a BFD Groove Pack produced by vastly experienced composer Jacques Mathias.
JM Essentials Vol.1 contains varied, expressive patterns that cover genres such as rock, hard rock, alt-rock, heavy metal, trash metal and pop-punk. Authentic and very musical, the Grooves are bursting with the human feel of a real drummer.
JM Essentials Vol.1 features
- 50 Groove and Fill variations in each palette.
- Over 1300 patterns in total.
- Stunningly realistic rock, metal and pop-punk Grooves.
- Palettes supplied in BFD2 and BFD Eco versions.
JM Essentials Vol.1 is available to purchase for £25 GBP/29 EUR/$39 USD.
More information: FXpansion / JM Essentials Vol.1
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, Cymbal Masters
, General Midi
, Peter Erskine
, Platinum Samples
Posted in news
on Mar 14, 2011
Cymbal Master has announced the release of Virtually Erskine – Peter Erskine Drum Sample Library, an expansion for BFD2 and BFD Eco featuring two of Peter’s personal drum kits.
The Virtually Erskine Sound Library features Peter playing two of his kits recorded and produced in high definition by John Emrich.
This collection features Peter Erskine playing every articulation. All recordings were done in Peter’s private studio and represent the same pristine sound featured on many of his most recent releases.
Virtually Erskine Drum Sample Library features
- Played by Peter Erskine (Weather Report, Steely Dan, Steps Ahead, Diana Krall, Jaco Pastorius).
- Formatted for FXpansion BFD2 and BFD Eco.
- Includes 2 of Peter Erskine’s complete drum kits: a DW Jazz Series kit and DW Collectors VLT kit (for fusion, rock & pop) recorded in his own personal studio to capture his signature “sound”.
- The Jazz kit is played with both sticks and brushes.
- Every drum hit, sample & articulation played by Peter Erskine himself.
Cymbal Masters has also released the Virtually Erskine MIDI Grooves Library, featuring over 400 MIDI grooves of Peter playing 12 unique styles in 3/4 and 4/4, including Jazz, Swing, Rock, Funk and Afro-Cuban styles. The files are formatted for BFD2, BFD Eco as well as General MIDI which can be used with any GM compatible drum software or hardware.
The Peter Erskine Sample Library for BFD is available to purchase from Platinum Samples for $80 USD. The MIDI Grooves Library is $40 USD.
More information: Virtually Erskine
FXpansion has released BFD Remix, the first Geist Expander sound library.
BFD Remix provides high-quality acoustic drum samples, kits, engines and patterns ready to use in Geist. BFD Remix combines pristine acoustic sounds with fat-sounding FX treatments within Geist to provide a versatile set of drum sounds that range from subtle kits to cutting edge, aggressive sounds that tear through a mix.
The samples in BFD Remix can also be used in any software that supports WAV and REX2 format samples.
BFD Remix features
- 26 layered drum pad presets (with 200 individual WAV samples).
- 166 RX2 loops (pre-sliced and classified).
- 6 full preset files.
- 15 engine files.
- 4 kits.
- 11 pattern banks.
- 10 swing templates.
BFD Remix is is available to purchase as a download-only product for £18 GBP/21 EUR/$29 USD. A free copy of BFD Remix is included with a purchase of Geist that is registered on or before February 28, 2011.
More information: FXpansion / BFD Remix
Platinum Samples has released Bobby Jarzombek Metal MIDI Groove Library, a collection of drum grooves.
This multi-format collection includes grooves formatted for BFD2®, BFD Eco®, EZDrummer®, Superior Drummer®, Addictive Drums®, Cakewalk® Session Drummer™ as well as General MIDI Standard MIDI Files which can be used with any GM compatible drum software or hardware — this includes drum machines and synthesizers which have drum sounds.
Platinum Samples are one of the foremost producers of drum samples in the world, with over 50 years of experience in the professional music industry. The Bobby Jarzombek Metal MIDI Groove Library was recorded over a two-day session by Bobby Jarzombek on a Yamaha DTXtremeIII Special electronic drum set.
Bobby Jarzombek Metal MIDI Groove Library features
- Played by Bobby Jarzombek (Halford, Spastic Ink).
- Over 1,670 MIDI files (over 3,430 bars of unquantized grooves).
- Formatted for BFD2®, EZdrummer®, Superior Drummer®, Addictive Drums®, Cakewalk® Session Drummer™ & *General MIDI Standard MIDI Files (all included).
- Includes 24 complete Metal & Rock performances performed by Bobby Jarzombek.
- Includes stadium endings.
- Played in 4/4 with straight, triplet & swing feels in tempos ranging from 92 to 298 BPM.
The Bobby Jarzombek Metal MIDI Groove Library is available to purchase for $40 USD.
More information: Platinum Samples / Bobby Jarzombek Metal MIDI Groove Library
*Works with all VST, Core Audio & GM compatible drum software and hardware .
Slam Tracks has announced the release of Punk MIDI Drum Loops and Fills Pack 1, a collection of over 500 slamming punk grooves and fills for classic and modern punk styles.
Punk MIDI Drum Loops and Fill Pack 1 showcases the ferocity, attitude, and speed your music needs to create the hardest-hitting punk tracks around. The fills and fill variations alone are worth adding to your collection, but we’ve included many of the staple grooves that will drive any punk style project.
Push your next punk or power pop project to the max with the new Punk MIDI Drum Loops and Fills Pack 1 release. If you need slamming punk drum tracks in your music, then Slam Tracks Punk MIDI Drum Groove and Fill Pack 1 is the one to have in your studio.
Punk MIDI Drum Loops and Fills Pack 1 features
- 500+ MIDI royalty free MIDI drum loops for modern and classic punk styles.
- Fast, loud and aggressive two, four and eight measure MIDI loops.
- Tempos from 130 to 200+ BPM.
- 1, 2, 4 and 8 measure fills.
- Variety of fill types – Intro, stops, breaks, and transition fills.
- Straight and triplet-based fill patterns.
- Outstanding feel and realism.
- All loops recorded and played live – not quantized.
- Standard MIDI format – General MIDI for use in: Addictive Drums, BFD, BFD2, Battery, EZdrummer, Superior and Superior 2, and more.
is available now as an instant download for $19.95 USD.
More information: Slam Tracks / Punk MIDI Drum Loops and Fills Pack 1