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FXpansion Releases BFD Metal Snares

Snares with impact & character

LONDON, UK: Audio software developer FXpansion, now part of the leading music technology company ROLI, are pleased to announce the availability of BFD Metal Snares –  a collection of premium metal-shell snare drums for BFD3.

“The snare drum is the center of the beat and it can make or break a song,” said FXpansion sound designers Drew Vernon and Mike Bugh. “The drums we chose are made by manufacturers like Sonor and Pearl that are renowned for metal snares that really stand out in a mix.”

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Each snare drum was recorded with 2 top mics, 1 bottom mic and 1 side mic, along with mono room, ribbon room, and far room ambience channels. Two additional stereo reverb channels were added to achieve a massive sound. The five hand-selected snare drums were recorded with wires on and off and are included in both natural and processed versions.

“We wanted to capture an array of excellent snares made from various metals like brass, bronze, steel, and aluminum that are full of character and offer huge sound. The end result is a collection of snares that punch and crack with clarity, cut through a mix, and are instantly usable.”

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.

BFD Metal Snares is available to purchase and download directly from FXpansion for USD $70.00 here:

BFD Metal Snares 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:

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.