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BFD3 contains 2 additional features designed for the NFUZD Audio NSPIRE electronic drumkit. The Enable NFUZD Export features setting must be activated in the Data preferences for these functions to be available. Once this setting has been activated, the Export NFUZD Kit and Export NFUZD Loops functions are available in the Tools menu.

 

Export NFUZD Kit

The Export NFUZD Kit function in the Tools menu displays the Export kit to NFUZD panel which provides an export function for NFUZD Audio NSPIRE series electronic drum modules. This feature creates a mixed-down sample-bank file which can be loaded into any of 3 user soundbank 'slots' within the NSPIRE module.

Any 11 slots can be mixed down to create a kit - all sounds except those used for the NSPIRE cymbal triggers are mixed down to mono. All mixer and effects settings which are active are applied to the exported sounds.

 

Export kit to NFUZD panel

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Target Soundbank

The NSPIRE drum module (and any USB key used with it) contains 3 slots for custom user soundbanks - specify which slot should be used for the bank using this setting.

This setting is actually stored in the sample-bank filename – BFD Bank 1 is bfd01.bin, BFD Bank 2 is bfd02.bin and BFD Bank 3 is bfd03.bin. These bank numbers can be changed afterwards by simply renaming each file.

Please note that a maximum of 3 user soundbanks – bfd01.bin, bfd02.bin and bfd03.bin – can exist on a single USB stick, or in any single folder, at any one time. If the specified bank number already exists within the specified Export Folder, BFD3 warns that data will be overwritten.

To avoid this situation please delete existing soundbank .bin files as required or specify a new Export Folder. In the latter case, the file eventually needs to be copied to an NFUZD USB stick, renaming or deleting files as necessary, so that it can be loaded into the NSPIRE module.

Please also note that when using the Export NFUZD Loops function, the set of exported loops replaces the 3rd user soundbank

(bfd03.bin).

Map BFD Drums to NFUZD Triggers

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The NSPIRE drum module possesses 11 trigger inputs - . Since BFD3 is capable of creating kits with more than 11 kit-pieces, it is necessary to specify which BFD3 slots should be used for creating the exported NFUZD kit.

Each of the 11 NSPIRE module trigger inputs is represented by a selector - click the selector to display a drop-down menu listing all currently available Drum slots within BFD3. Click the desired slot in the menu to use it in the exported kit.

NFUZD Keyfile

BFD3 must have access to a USB stick which has been prepared in your NSPIRE drum module, or a file unique to your NSPIRE module which is created during this process called NFUZD.key. The exported soundbank can be used only on the NSPIRE module which originally prepared the USB stick (i.e. the module which created the NFUZD.key file).

This setting defaults to the USB key path if it is found. Use the Browse button to specify the USB key path if it is not found automatically or to specify any other folder on the system which contains the required NFUZD.key file.

Export Folder

The Export Folder setting specifies the location to which to export the soundbank. By default, this folder is set to the same location as the NFUZD Keyfile setting. However, using the Browse button it is possible to specify any folder on the system (any exported banks must be subsequently copied to the USB stick to load into your NSPIRE module).

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Export

Click the Export button to begin the export operation. Please be patient as the process may take a few minutes to be completed.

Cancel

Click the Cancel button to return to the main BFD3 interface without performing an export.

 

Export NFUZD Loops

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The Export NFUZD Loops function in the Tools menu opens the Export Loops to NFUZD panel, providing an additional feature for exporting backing-loop WAV samples to load into the NFUZD Audio NSPIRE drum module for practice purposes.

A set of up to 12 sample loops can be exported which is saved to the NSPIRE USB key as a file called loops.bin – this replaces the bfd03.bin file for the 3rd exported user soundbank. If copying files to the USB key manually, please ensure that bfd03.bin does not exist if loops.bin is required – if bfd03.bin exists on the USB key, then loops.bin is ignored.

 

Export Loops to NFUZD panel

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Loop playlist

The Loop Playlist represents 12 slots for loop samples which can be exported to a connected NFUZD NSPIRE drum module.

Loading a loop sample

It is possible to load a loop sample using any of the following 3 methods:

• Drag and drop a sample from any OS file browser window onto the desired slot within the Loop Playlist.

• Double-click on a Loop Playlist slot to display an OS Open file dialog box. Navigate to and select the desired sample, then click the Open button.

• Click a Loop Playlist slot to select it, then click the Choose button – this displays an OS Open file dialog box for navigating to and selecting the desired sample.

Play

Activate the Play button to play the currently selected loop in the playlist – the sample plays from the current cursor position and continuously repeats according to its Loop markers.

Waveform display

The Waveform display shows a representation of the currently selected sample in the Loop playlist.

Adjusting loop points

By default, Loop markers are placed at the start and end of each sample. However, their positions can be adjusted on the waveform display: click and drag the Loop Start and Loop End markers left/right as desired. It is recommended to activate the Play button during this process.

Up / Down

Select a sample slot and click the Up or Down buttons to move the sample up or down the Loop playlist. Note that if another sample already exists within the slot to which a sample is moved, the contents of the slots are swapped.

Clear / Clear All

Use the Clear button to remove the sample contents of the currently selected loop slot or use the Clear All button to remove the contents of all 12 slots.

Load Set / Save Set

The Save Set button can be used to save the Loop playlists' current contents for later use. This function does not create the exported loop bank for the NSPIRE module – it only saves the state of the playlist to edit further and export at a later stage.

The Load Set button is used to load a previously saved playlist or to add a sample to the playlist as described earlier.

NFUZD Key

BFD3 must have access to a USB stick which has been prepped in your NSPIRE drum module, or a file unique to your NSPIRE module which is created during this process called NFUZD.key. The exported loop samples can be used only on the NSPIRE module which originally prepared the USB stick (i.e. the module which created the NFUZD.key file).

This setting defaults to the USB key path if it is found. Use the Browse button to specify the USB key path if it is not found automatically or to specify any other folder on the system which contains the required NFUZD.key file.

Export Folder

This setting specifies the location to which to export the sample loops. By default, this folder is set to the same location as the NFUZD Key setting. However, using the Browse button it is possible to specify any folder on the system using this setting and subsequently copy exported banks to the USB stick to load into the NSPIRE module.

Total Memory

This readout displays the total amount of RAM which will be used in the NSPIRE module by the all currently loaded loop samples when they are exported.

Export

Click the Export button to begin the export operation. Please be patient as the process may take a few minutes to be completed.

Cancel

Click the Cancel button to return to the main BFD3 interface without performing an export.