FX­pan­sion BFD Vin­tage Record­ing Tech­niques £79

Future Music - - SOUNDS & SAMPLES - Bruce Aisher

FX­pan­sion’s well-re­garded soft­ware-based drum in­stru­ment comes with its own set of highly de­tailed sam­pled kits. If you choose the full in­stall, then 55GB will be eaten-up in one gulp. Whilst you might think that this sort of level of disk real-es­tate use might take care of most even­tu­al­i­ties, sonic nerds know there’s al­ways room for ex­per­i­men­ta­tion.

Vin­tage Record­ing Tech­niques is one such case. Here a single (four tom) Lud­wig Clas­sic Maple kit (with match­ing Zild­jian six cym­bal set) is cap­tured us­ing a range of vin­tage record­ing tech­niques along­side a set of di­rect mics. Put all th­ese to­gether and you have a whop­ping 29 si­mul­ta­ne­ous mic chan­nels to play with.

This col­lec­tion does not em­ploy vin­tage mics, and there is no men­tion of the stu­dio/room, mic pres, or con­sole used dur­ing the cap­ture process. In fact, you’ll find a num­ber of mid-priced mics in the mix along­side a few of the more high-end Neu­mann and AKG sta­ples. How­ever, this doesn’t de­tract from the over­all qual­ity. There is im­mense flex­i­bil­ity on of­fer here, and there are bunch of pre­sets to get you started that in­clude the clas­sic ORTF, Glyn Johns, Blum­lein, Spaced Pair and Single Mic con­fig­u­ra­tions. Drum bleed is recorded across all mics and kit pieces (ex­cept cym­bals which only send bleed into other chan­nels).

If you’re af­ter a great-sound­ing, flex­i­ble kit, VRT could be for you. It is also a great way of learn­ing about how dif­fer­ent mic con­fig­u­ra­tions al­ter the sound of a de­cent drum setup.

www.fx­pan­sion.com

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