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FXpansion intros Kabuki & Noh Percussion for BFD2, BFD Eco & BFD DV

Sonica Kabuki & Noh Percussion

FXpansion and Sonica have announced the release of Kabuki & Noh Percussion, a fascinating collection of authentically played Japanese percussion instruments and noisemakers.

Evoking the emotions and grandeur of the Kabuki stage, the mysteriously profound aesthetic world of Noh theater, and the reverberations of tapped hand drums, Kabuki & Noh Percussion features 56 percussion instruments used in Kabuki and Noh performances. The collection includes a variety of traditional hand drums, pitched drums, bells, gongs and music boxes alongside Noh flute and authentic vocal motifs. Also included are the ashibyoshi foot beats and tsukeuchi sound-effect clappers crucial to Kabuki performance.

Played by master traditional Japanese percussionist Takinojo Mochizuki with alternating left/right hits at up to 99 velocity layers, Kabuki & Noh Percussion’s stunning detail was captured using well-preserved vintage mics and Neve preamps. The recording sessions were conducted in an anechoic room similar to the bamboo-curtained orchestra room in a Kabuki theater. Reverb can be added as needed – the recordings preserve the true character of the instruments’ sound. Kabuki & Noh Percussion comes complete with 156 grooves that give you instant access to real nagauta and Noh performance rhythm patterns.

Kabuki & Noh Percussion for BFD2, BFD Eco and BFD Eco DV is available to purchase for $149 USD / 109 EUR / £95 GBP inc VAT.

More information: FXpansion / Kabuki & Noh Percussion

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FXpansion BFD Eldorado—Classic drum sounds now for BFD2, BFD Eco & BFD Eco DV

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FXpansion BFD Eldorado

FXpansion has announced the release of its BFD Eldorado expansion pack for BFD2, BFD Eco and BFD Eco DV, featuring all the sounds from the original BFD library recorded at Eldorado Studios in Burbank, California.

Featuring a suite of 7 vintage and modern kits and additional snares, kicks and cymbals, the sound of BFD Eldorado is perfect for rock and other genres that benefit from an authentic, organic, ‘live’ drum sound.

BFD Eldorado is also a perfect accompaniment to BFD XFL which is recorded with the same equipment and room at Eldorado Studios.

BFD Eldorado features

  • Download-only expansion pack for BFD2, BFD Eco & BFD Eco DV.
  • The original BFD sounds that started it all!
  • 7 premium vintage and modern drumkits: 9 GB of 24 bit, 44.1 kHz audio recorded with $150,000 worth of microphones, preamps and converters.

The expansion pack is available to purchase for $149 USD/109 EUR/£95 GBP inc VAT for all registered BFD2, BFD Eco & BFD Eco DV owners.

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FXpansion launches BFD2 Sale – 50% off virtual drum instrument

FXpansion has announced the BFD2 BFDeal, a limited time promotion for the award-winning premium acoustic drum workstation for Windows and Mac.

FXpansion BFD2 BFDeal

BFD2 is FXpansion’s flagship production workstation for acoustic drums: extreme realism and stunning sound quality, fast and easy setup and total plug-in integration in your DAW.

Assemble and tweak up to 32-piece kits, create and edit professional drum arrangements, work with mics like you’re truly mixing drums in a studio with free routing and sidechaining, custom sub-mixes and high quality built-in processing. If you’re more of a musician than an engineer, you can use the supplied drum mix presets and concentrate on your arrangements instead!

BFD2 features

  • 55GB of rare, vintage boutique and classic drums, 10 full kits, extra snares and cymbals.
  • Multiple expressive articulations, each with up to 96 velocity layers.
  • Built-in effects suite includes EQ, flanger, chorus, delay, bit crusher, gate, DCAM circuit-modelled filter, compressors, distortion; Overloud Breverb and much more.
  • Multi-channel audio export directly within BFD2.
  • Full-featured Groove creation, editing and arrangement.

BFD2 is available now from participating dealers or the FXpansion web shop for $149 USD/119 EUR/£99 GBP until 31 March, 2012 (regular $299 USD/199 EUR/£175 inc VAT).

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FXpansion Holiday Sale: 40% off Geist + 50% off Geist Expanders

FXpansion has announced that its award-winning beat production software Geist is on sale for $149 USD until 31st December.

FXpansion Geist Sale

Geist is FXpansion’s next-generation sampling drum machine, designed to create evolved, custom beats and grooves, freeing you from the limits of pre-packaged loops and over-complicated DAWs.

Its filters and built-in FX feature the same DSP technology found in DCAM: Synth Squad so your beats and samples can sound just as good as your synth parts.

Geist is available from participating dealers or the FXpansion web shop for $149 USD (40% off regular $249 USD) until December 31st, 2011.

Geist Expanders are now 50% off, also until the end of December.

Enhance your Geist experience with the growing range of Geist Expanders! These sound-packs feature premium samples complete with Geist-format presets for quick injection into your productions.

Geist Expanders

  • Goldbaby Synthetic lovingly crafted from an extensive collection of analogue and digital hardware.
  • Classic Hip Hop featuring authentic old-skool 80s and 90s hip hop sounds.
  • Analogue Mayhem featuring edgy, organic electronic sounds generated almost exclusively with a large analogue synthesizer.
  • Ski Rize Dubstep designed specifically for making hard-hitting, heavy urban beats.
  • Best of GURU brings together the highlights of the GURU factory content library.
  • BFD Remix combines pristine acoustic sounds with fat-sounding FX treatments.

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FXpansion BFD Eco: Bang On! + Sale, Geist Expander: Classic Hip Hop released

FXpansion BFD Eco Bang On!

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 Geist Expander Classic Hip Hop

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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FXpansion launches Summer Half Price Sale, expansions 50% off

FXpansion has announced the Summer Half Price Sale, a limited time offer for its expansion packs.

FXpansion Summer Half Price Sale

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.

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FXpansion releases BFD Dunnett Ti Expansion Kit

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.

FXpansion BFD Dunnett Ti

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

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