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FXpansion Releases BFD Black Album Drums

New BFD pack inspired by the signature drum sound of Metallica’s Black Album.

LONDON, UK – Audio software developer FXpansion, now part of the leading music technology company ROLI,  are pleased to announce the availability of BFD Black Album Drums produced by Chocolate Audio. This new expansion pack for BFD3 is inspired by the drum sound featured on the 1991 “Black Album” by the band Metallica.

“We managed to track down the same exact kit, record in the same studio (the former One On One in CA), with the same mics and recording techniques as the original drums,” said Simone Coen from Chocolate Audio “We also enlisted the skills of renowned recording engineer Mike Tacci who was the assistant on the ‘Black Album’.”

The original 1980 Gretsch kit along with Zildjian Cymbals, a Ludwig 1970s vintage Black Beauty and a Tama Bell Brass snare were all lovingly recorded in meticulous detail by the same team as BFD Imperial and BFD Modern Retro. With 17 kit pieces in total,  sampled with up to 286 samples per articulation and captured by a vast array of vintage and sought after mics including high hanging Neumann U87s, AKG C12s and Telefunken ELAM 251E tube mics, this pack captures one of the signature sounds in the history of Rock music.

“Being in this room again brings back a lot of memories, but it feels like yesterday.” said Mike Tacci, engineer for the Black Album Drums. “The room hasn’t changed at all, the acoustics are the same and it’s an amazing sounding drum room. It’s an historic room for Rock records.”

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BFD3 is the third generation of FXpansion’s flagship software acoustic drum studio, delivering new levels of detail and realism with stunning new kits, mix-ready presets and modeling technology for tom resonance and cymbal swells. The revamped interface has a new mixer and sound browser for the easiest BFD experience yet.

Price and availability:

BFD Black Album Drums is available to purchase and download directly from FXpansion for USD $125.00 here: bfdblackalbumdrums

BFD Black Album Drums requires a registered copy of BFD3 which is available to purchase as a download or boxed USB version from FXpansion for USD $349.00 here: products/bfd3/

BFD Black Album Drums Images: id= 0B5m49CXow7Ynb0hNTmFyaUFqcDQ

About ROLI

ROLI is a London-based technology company that is creating a Connected Music ecosystem. The award-winning Seaboard RISE and Seaboard GRAND are revolutionary musical instruments that let music-makers express more on a soft, touch-responsive surface. NOISE, the free app, turns the iPhone into a fun and powerful handheld instrument. Equator, ROLI’s groundbreaking software synthesizer and sound engine, enables multidimensional musical expression on a range of compatible instruments. JUCE, the leading C++ framework for audio applications, is making music programs run faster in real time. Blend is building a community for music collaboration by letting artists share their projects on an open social platform. Through hardware, software, social, and audio-developer products, ROLI is creating a chain of music-making tools that lets people express more.

About FXpansion

FXpansion is one of the world’s leading developers of audio instruments and effects for software platforms. Its mission is to push the boundaries of audio software and provide professional-grade products that are also accessible to prosumers. Founded in 1999, FXpansion’s first products included DR-008, a powerful drum synthesis and sampling instrument. In 2003 it released BFD, a revolutionary acoustic drum sample instrument that has been continually updated, offering the world’s largest collection of studio-quality drum sounds to musicians, composers, and engineers. FXpansion’s industry-renowned synthesis products include Strobe2, which features accessible user interfaces that make sound design more intuitive. Geist2, its beat production system, released in April 2016. Other products include Tremor, Bloom, Etch, and Maul.