General Information

What is BFD Vintage Recording Techniques?

BFD Vintage Recording Techniques is an expansion pack for BFD3 that captures a beautiful Ludwig Classic Maple drum kit using multiple vintage microphone techniques, resulting in a detailed image of the drums with numerous mixing possibilities.

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What do I need in order to use this expansion pack?

BFD Vintage Recording Techniques requires a registered copy of BFD3 with the latest version installed. It is not compatible with BFD1.x, BFD2 or BFD Eco. We also recommend using an SSD with this product.

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What version of BFD3 is required?

BFD Vintage Recording Techniques uses functionality that is only available in BFD3.2.x.x and as such the library is only supported with BFD3.2 and above.

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Why does it have these requirements?

Only BFD3 is equipped to handle the data format and custom channel layout featured in this expansion; previous versions of BFD2 and BFD 1.x cannot.

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What is included?

The following are played with sticks and captured with wires on and off.

  • Ludwig 22" x 14" Bass Drum
  • Ludwig 18" x 16" Floor Tom
  • Ludwig 16" x 16" Floor Tom
  • Ludwig 13" x 9" Rack Tom
  • Ludwig 12" x 8" Rack Tom
  • Ludwig 14" x 5" 400 Snare
  • Ludwig 14" x 5.5" Jazz Festival
  • Zildjian 14" Quick Beat Hi-Hats
  • Zildjian 12" K Splash
  • Zildjian 19" K China Boy
  • Zildjian 16" A Custom Crash
  • Zildjian 19" A Custom Crash
  • Zildjian 22" A Custom Ride

The drums were skinned with Remo coated Ambassadors.

What articulations are included?

  • Kick: Hit
  • Snares: Hit, Rimshot, Rim Click, Side Stick, Half Edge, Drag
  • Toms: Hit, Rim Click, Rimshot
  • Hihat: Pedal, Closed Shank, Closed Tip, Quarter Shank, Quarter Tip, Half Open Shank, Half Open Tip, Three Quarter - Shank, Three Quarter Tip, Open Shank, Open Tip
  • Cymbals: Hit, Bell, Edge

3 mono room mics were recorded:

  • Mono 1 side kit: Oktava MK-220
  • Mono 2 far room: Oktava MK-220
  • Mono 3 front kit: Neumann U87 Fet

Direct mics included:

  • Kick in: AKG D112
  • Kick out: Shure Beta52
  • Snare dynamic: SM57
  • Snare condenser: SE3A
  • Snare bottom: SE3A
  • Toms: Sennheiser MD421
  • Hihat: Neumann KM 184
  • Cymbals: SE3A
  • Amb3: AKG C414s
  • Room: SE1A

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Full bleed, what’s that all about then?

Full bleed means that the sound of each drum is heard in the mic channel of every other drum. This is true for all kit pieces in VRT with the exception of the cymbals, which receive no bleed, but do bleed on to the other mic channels. Bleed can be reduced in the KPI panel by reducing the Return or Send controls. When mixing VRT with other BFD3 packs, please be aware that bleed will not be present.

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Who is BFD Vintage Recording Techniques recorded by?

BFD Vintage Recording Techniques was recorded and produced in-house by FXpansion engineers Drew Vernon and Michael Bugh.

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How much disk space is used by BFD Vintage Recording Techniques when installed?

The download size is approximately 16.7GB

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Do you allow license transfers?

Yes, however:

  • If you're the seller, you must contact us in advance of the sale. If you're the prospective second-hand buyer, you must check that the seller is cleared to sell. If in doubt, contact us.
  • There is a flat $50 fee per product for a license transfer, which can be purchased from our online shop.
  • Review copies, NFRs (Not For Resale copies, sometimes used for in-store demos), etc., cannot be transferred under any circumstances.
  • We reserve the right to refuse a license transfer request.

Once a transfer is authorised and the fee has been paid, the new owner is entitled to exactly the same upgrade paths and technical support resources as if they had bought the product new.

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