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Loading options for Presets and Kits
Include when loading...
• Kit (Drums and Drum Editor settings)
• Mix (Mixer)
• Grv (Groove Palette, Drum Track and Groove Editor settings)
• Key (Key Map)
• Auto (Automation map – MIDI CC, note and host automation assignments)
• Glo - (Global settings, Session preferences)
By default, the Key and Auto buttons are deactivated, because typically it would not be desirable to keep changing these settings when trying different Presets.
Reset when loading... (Kits only)
If the Mixer button is activated, all mixer channels are reset when the kit is loaded - unused mixer channels including Aux channels are deleted and the Drum channels used by the Kit are set to factory defaults.
If the button is deactivated, the current mixer configuration and settings remain unchanged.
Processed (Drums only)
This button toggles visibility between regular Drums and Processed Drums in the Browser listing.
Processed Drums are regular Drums saved with additional Drum Editor and mixer channel settings for a more produced, mix-ready sound compared to that of a raw underlying Drum.
Processed Drums are shown separately to regular Drums to reinforce the fact that loading them changes the entire contents of the Drum channel including mixer settings, which is much more difficult to overcome than returning to the previous Drum if you decide you don't like the one you just loaded.
Filtering the browser listing
The Browser's filtering functions allow you to narrow down the Browser listing according to various criteria.
Click the Filters button to open the Filters panel - this panel allows you to see all available filtering criteria simultaneously.
Many filters are also available on the main Browser panel in the form of Quick-filter drop-down menus - see below.
Filters panel: Drums
The Filters panel shows all filtering criteria simultaneously. The numbers in brackets represent the number of items that would be available when specifying each of the filtering criteria.
The Library field refers to the original library to which the Drum belongs - for example, the BFD3 Core Library content represents a library, as does the BFD2 factory content, or any expansion pack.
The Class field represents the Drum class or type - whether it is a kick, snare, tom, cymbal, hihat or percussion instrument. Toms and cymbals also feature sub-classes.
By changing the Class that is shown by default for the currently selected slot, you can load any type of Drum into it - not just those intended for the particular slot type, but please note that certain caveats apply when doing so. See the 'Possible loading problems' section below for usage guidelines.
The Beater type varies according to various Drum classes.
This filter type lets you see all Drums by certain manufacturer(s).
•Filtering the listing to display only cymbals played with mallets
Filters panel: Kits, Presets
The Kits and Presets tabs of the Browser feature only 2 filtering criteria: Favourites and Library.
Setting filters according to Browser items
Quick-filters: Class filters (Drums only)
Quick-filters: Favourites and Library filters
The Presets, Kits and Drums Browsers all feature dedicated buttons which display drop-down menus for setting the Favourites and Library filters. The Favourites system is described below.
The Recent searches drop-down menu lists all recent searches for the Drum type. Use the Clear recent searches function to remove all entries from this menu.
Search/Filter status and removal
Target Slot indicator (Drums only)
Browser context menu
Right-click on any item in the Browser listing to display the Browser context menu.
This sub-menu provides a convenient way to set Filters according to the selected Preset/Kit/Drum. For Presets and Kits, the sub-menu shows the Library Filter settings. For Drums, the Library, Beater and Manufacturer Filter settings are shown. Click any of these items to filter the Browser listing according to the Filter setting.
Add to Favourite list
This function is used for the Favourites system - see above.
Show in Finder (Mac)
This function displays the selected file within a system file window (Finder on Mac, Explorer on Windows).
Get extra drums
This function opens the FXpansion website and displays available expansion libraries for BFD3.
Import samples (Drums only)
Clicking this button opens the Sample import panel with which you can create single-articulation mono or stereo Drums with multiple velocity layers from a set of one of more samples. These Drums can be loaded from the Browser into any BFD3 session after they are created.
Audition when clicking Drum (Drums only)
Enabling this setting results in the main articulation of each Drum being automatically previewed as it is selected in the Browser.
Preview drum on channel when selected (Drums only)
Activating this setting enables the preview-in-place functionality of the Browser.
Focus browser on selected channel (Drums only)
With this setting activated, selecting a Drum slot or Drum mixer channel results in the relevant Drum type being shown in the Browser listing. This means that with a kick slot selected, the Browser shows available kicks, when a snare slot is selected, the available snares are shown, and so on.
Presets and Kits can be sorted by Name, Folder or Date Modified (again, this is particularly useful for user Presets/Kits). The Folder setting is particularly useful if user presets are arranged within sub-folders in the user location or if factory or expansion pack Presets/Kits have been manually rearranged into sub-folders within the factory location.
Drums can be sorted alphabetically by Manufacturer name or by their Dimensions.
Confirm Preset loading (Presets only)
Deactivate this setting to disable the confirmation prompt when loading a new Preset.
Confirm Kit loading (Kits only)
Deactivate this setting to disable the confirmation prompt when loading a new Kit (or when using the Load random Kit function in the File menu).
Browser info display
Possible loading problems
Even though each Drum slot in BFD3 is intended for a certain type of Drum - be it a kick, snare, hihat, cymbal or percussion instrument - it also allows you to change the Drum Class filter to load any Drum into any slot. When building arbitrary kits in this way, you should be aware of the following potential issues:
1. Articulation mappings
Because different Drums have different numbers of articulations, the Key Map may not feature enough articulation mappings for the non-standard Drum.
If you load a Snare into a Tom slot, for instance, the slot holds 6 Snare articulations although only 3 are actually mapped. The extra snare articulations need to be mapped to MIDI notes before they can be triggered.
If, on the other hand, you load a Tom into a Snare slot, any mappings which exist for the Snare that do not have a logical equivalent for a Tom 'fall back' to a suitable available tom articulation.
It is not recommended to load different types of Drums into the Hihat slot. This slot is specially designed to load Hihats and there is no real reason to load any other type of Drum into this slot.
If you have an electronic drumkit, you should be aware that the Hihat slot is the only slot that supports variable hihat control. Likewise, only the Snare1 slot supports positional sensing control.
Even though Groove events do not rely on articulations being mapped, they are nevertheless usually intended for a certain type of kit-piece articulation. In the vast majority of cases, Grooves are designed for kits that follow suggested kit-piece slot uses.
Like articulation mappings, Groove events fall back intelligently to suitable articulations in the loaded kit-piece, so this can be good for experimentation. Please bear in mind, however, that a Groove simply may not make sense when played with a completely different type of kit configuration.