Lush and expressive
With this being a BFD expansion pack, everything is recorded with deep expressive detail: up to 46 velocity layers, multiple articulations and multiple mic channels. The room is small and intimate: tight and controlled but with a lush sense of space, something which is captured faithfully in the stereo ambient channels.
The recording chain was set up for maximum detail, precision and transparency: Royer ribbon mics and Neumann condensers, amongst others, were recorded into Digidesign HD converters through API, Focusrite Red and ISA115 preamps. The aim was to capture the diverse instruments as naturally and accurately as possible.
A diverse range of pieces
Amongst the highlights are congas, bongos, timbales, djembes, darbukas, udu, ashiko, bodhran, chimes, triangles, cowbells, jamblocks, woodblocks and temple blocks! A variety of shakers and tambourines are also included, along with esoteric effect sounds such as thundersheets, flexatones, waterphones and bowed gongs.
Additionally, a grotesquely beautiful assortment of junk percussion opens up new creative avenues: plastic and metal trashcans, saw blades, stiletto heels, buckets, spoons, saucepans, watercoolers and a plethora of other random household objects of sonic interest.
Brand new grooves
Finally, a library of Grooves provides ready-made inspiration and creative ideas for using the sounds in your music. A variety of world and general purpose Grooves are included, along with example kits and programs.
BFD Percussion was produced by John Emrich, a musician and engineer who lives and breathes drums and percussion. The paramount philosophy behind the collection was to make it as musically useful and inspirational as possible, and to remain true to the expressive possibilities and sheer beauty of these complex, organic instruments.