Frequently Asked Questions:

What is BFD Signature Snares Vol.2?

BFD Signature Snares Vol.2 is a download-only expansion pack for BFD3, BFD Eco and BFD2.


What do I need in order to use BFD Signature Snares Vol.2?

BFD Signature Snares Vol.2 requires a registered copy of BFD3, BFD Eco or BFD2 (versions 2.1 and later only) and a suitable system on which to run it.


Can I use this product with BFD 1.x?

No - this expansion can only be used with BFD3, BFD Eco or BFD2 (versions 2.1 or later only). BFD 2.1 is a free update to all registered BFD2 users.


Why does it have these requirements?

BFD3, BFD Eco and BFD2.1 (and later versions) are equipped to handle the data format and custom channel layout featured in this expansion; previous versions of BFD2 and BFD 1.x cannot.


What kind of limitations exist when using this product with BFD Eco?

When using this expansion in BFD Eco, limitations apply in terms of the audio channels and articulations that are available (this is one of BFD Eco's limitations, as opposed to the fully-featured BFD3 or BFD2).

BFD Eco is a streamlined instrument based on the BFD2 engine.


What is included?

Gadd Signature Snare Drum (5.5" x 14") This brass-shell snare is a crucial component of Steve Gadd's signature snare sound. - Sticks (strainer on and off) - Brushes (strainer on)

Chamberlin Snare Drum (5.5" x 14") With a steel shell that provides great 'crack' and punch, this snare's satin chrome finish gives it the warmth for any musical situation. - Sticks (strainer on and off) - Mallets (strainer on and off)

Robinson Signature Snare Drum (5" x 15") Co-designed by one of the most recorded drummers in history, this birch snare provides the versatility for everything from slamming backbeats to soft ballads. Sticks (strainer on)

Leim Signature Model (6.5" x 14") The Paul Leim signature chrome-over-brass snare offers a rich, well-balanced tone and is played with hands, rods, and sticks! - Hands (strainer on) - Rods (strainer on) - Sticks (strainer on)

Garibaldi Signature Model (3.5" x 14") This brass snare features a sound full of richness, color, and balanced definition throughout its wide dynamic range. - Sticks (strainer on and off)


Where were the snares recorded?

The snares in this collection were tracked at Omega Studios. The room is the same as that used for the BFD Jazz & Funk, BFD Percussion, BFD B.O.M.B expansion packs as well as the BFD JEX and previous Yamaha-based expansion kits (BFD Oak Custom and BFD Maple Custom Absolute).

The snares are perfect for mixing with other expansions in the BFD library as they sound great and have a versatile tone that sits well in any mix.


How big is the download?

BFD Signature Snares Vol.2 is available in separate downloads for BFD3/BFD2 and BFD Eco (purchasing gives you access to both sets of downloads):

  • BFD Eco: 182MB
    You should install this version if you intend to use BFD Signature Snares Vol.2 in BFD Eco only. This version features all data pre-reduced for BFD Eco limitations (16-bit audio with a maximum of 24 velocity layers).
  • BFD3/BFD2: approx 2.6GB in 5 files
    You should install this version if you intend to use BFD Signature Snares Vol.2 in BFD2 and BFD Eco.

This expansion pack does not include any kits as it consists of a set of snare kit-pieces only.


Is there a discount for owners of the previous Yamaha-based expansion kits?

Yes - if you have purchased either of the following expansion kits, BFD Signature Snares Vol.2 is available for USD $50 / EUR €35 / GB £25 :

  • BFD Maple Custom Absolute Expansion Kit
  • BFD Oak Custom Expansion Kit
  • BFD Cocktail
  • BFD Heavy
  • BFD Signature Snares Vol.1


Is BFD Signature Snares Vol.2 an FXpansion product?

Yes - This expansion pack was produced by John Emrich for FXpansion and is distributed in download form on the FXpansion site.


Do you allow license transfers?

Yes, however:

  • If you're the seller, you must contact us in advance of the sale. If you're the prospective second-hand buyer, you must check that the seller is cleared to sell. If in doubt, contact us.
  • There is a flat $50 fee per product for a license transfer, which can be purchased from our online shop.
  • Review copies, NFRs (Not For Resale copies, sometimes used for in-store demos), etc., cannot be transferred under any circumstances.
  • We reserve the right to refuse a license transfer request.

Once a transfer is authorized and the fee has been paid, the new owner is entitled to exactly the same upgrade paths and technical support resources as if they had bought the product new.

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