Reason drums vs. BFD drums

Discussion in 'Mixing & Song Critique' started by lawnmowerdude6, Jul 12, 2007.

  1. im interested in getting either reason or BFD to make artificial drum tracks for my recordings.
    i am curious about the pros and cons of each if i am looking to make rock recordings.
    help please!
  2. Cucco

    Cucco Distinguished Member

    Mar 8, 2004
    Tacoma, WA
    I have not used BFD so I can't comment on their performance or sounds.

    However, I do have Reason 3.0 and have been quite pleased with the sounds of the drums (either stock or expansion kits).

    However, if I were to sample drums for use in a recording, there isn't a question in my mind that I would go with a VSTi over using Rewire. If that's the plan, I find VSTi's much easier to work with. However, if your intent is to sequence the drums and then take the final file into your recording software, then Reason would work just fine.

    Does this confuse at all???
  3. i understand except for the whole vsti and rewire thing.
    what is that?
  4. Crankitup

    Crankitup Guest

    vsti's are electronic instruments that are run through whatever recording software you use nd rewire is a way for you to run reason and your audio recording software simultaneously. rewire automatically syncs up the two files you are working with which is nice
  5. o i see.
    how much does rewire cost and does it come with reason?
  6. Cucco

    Cucco Distinguished Member

    Mar 8, 2004
    Tacoma, WA
    Rewire is free - it's a protocol and is included in most major DAW software.

    Yes, Reason includes Rewire. In fact, it's no coincidence that both Reason and Rewire start with "Re." The company behind Rewire was the company behind "Reason." Rewire is more or less, a byproduct of Reason which was widely adopted.

    Cheers -

  7. awesome, alrighty, i may be investing in that.
    is reason difficult to use or is it pretty easy once you get started?
  8. Cucco

    Cucco Distinguished Member

    Mar 8, 2004
    Tacoma, WA
    I think it's easy to use, except for rewire. Rewire can be a horrible pain. I almost always prefer using a vsti.
  9. Go Real

    I got sick of fighting loops and trying to make things sound real.
    Check out
    My tunes came alive as a result. Why spend all this time trying to make things sound real, just get a real player with great performance and sounds!
  10. Space

    Space Well-Known Member

    Jun 26, 2007
    Isn't that strike four for the ad man?
  11. bent

    bent No Bad Vibes! Well-Known Member

    Oct 26, 2007
    Cocoa, FL
    Home Page:
    4 spam strikes in 12 minutes.
    That's pretty good!
  12. Space

    Space Well-Known Member

    Jun 26, 2007
    I didn't do the math, just followed the trail of rotting spam;)
  13. hueseph

    hueseph Well-Known Member

    Oct 31, 2005
    Vancouver, BC, Canada
    BFD is RTAS only isn't it? At any rate, I PERSONALLY think BFD would be the way to go. It's far more intuitive and as far as I know is more versatile than Reason. BFD allows for alternate time signatures. I'm not sure that reason works with anything other than common time.
  14. mojamusic

    mojamusic Guest

    Check out Toon Tracks DFH Superior. The drums are very well recorded and ultra realistic, in my opinion. Listen to the demos and compare.

    The "2.0" versions of BFD and DFH both come with built in processing. I have checked out both and prefer DFH.

    Cheers :cool:
  15. Can I just mention to lawnmowerdude6 that if you are going to use the Rewire feature with Reason you will require a DAW to rewire it to.

    Rewire is the term used for linking up programs such as Reason to another program, it's not actually a program itself. Just to clarify this as it wasn't mentioned.

    i.e. You can use one program as your main workstation and insert Reason as a plug in. Reason will be in slave mode and synced to the sequencer on your master program.

    Can I just ask what program are you using to record at the moment?

    Reason being you may not need to Rewire anything if your only wanting drum loops.
  16. Bobbymacuen

    Bobbymacuen Guest

    I have reason 3.0 and BFD 1.5 on my home computer, and I have used a lot of the DFH stuff. If you are looking for the most realistic drums, BFD sounds great to my ears, and is quite versatile. I have looked into BFD 2 and have decided to order it as well. It looks even better than the original with even more options and processing than the first, not to mention 55 gigs of great drums. They have an EQ based upon an SSL desk, I'm not sure which, and compressor based upon an 1176. This program isn't going to be a five minute setup and go kind of thing though, you will be tweaking it just like you would tweak the drums in a mix. If you are interested in BFD 2, I will repost something in a few days once I have a chance to mess with it.
  • AT5047

    The New AT5047 Premier Studio Microphone Purity Transformed

Share This Page