I just got a copy of BFD2, which is a virtual drum instrument. I’m using it as a plug-in in Pro Tools, mainly to demo out drums and get a decent idea of how a song could sound.
I’ve got some songs that are written with very specific drum parts in mind – the kind of thing where I want all of the rhythm instruments to be locked together. At a recent studio night, my friend and drunkdude69 collaborator Mike suggested that for those songs we just use the BFD2 drums as the permanent tracks rather than doing a session with a live drummer and “making the drummer play like a drum machine”.
He’s definitely got a point. I think in those cases it makes sense (financially and production-wise) to get exactly what I’m after without putting my drumming friends through an irritating studio session.
Now I just have to learn how to use BFD2. Lots of parameters and control, which is awesome, but which also translates to a steep learning curve.