What we do
FXpansion is one of the world's leading developers of audio instruments and effects for software platforms, winning numerous awards and inspiring a devoted userbase. Its mission is to push the boundaries of audio software, introducing fresh and innovative new ideas that are musically useful.
All FXpansion major products are available for VST, AudioUnit and RTAS and AAX platforms with the company also expanding into Reason Rack Extension and iOS environments.
FXpansion's innovative products include:
- BFD3 and BFD Eco: production environments for acoustic drums
- BFD Expansions: a huge spectrum of add-on drum and room ambience sounds for your BFD software
- Geist2: a sampling drum machine with advanced ergonomics
- Strobe2: an analogue-modelled software polysynth
- Tremor: a futuristic drum synth and sequencer
- DCAM Dynamics: a compression plugin suite
- Bloom: a modelled delay effect with exciting sound design possibilities
- Etch: analogue-modelled filtering effect with additional distortion and compression
- Maul: a multi-algorithm distortion and tone shaping plugin
A brief history of FXpansion
Founded in 1999, FXpansion's first products included plugin format conversion utilities and DR-008, a powerful drum synthesis/sampling instrument years ahead of its 2001 release date. 2003 saw the release of BFD, a revolutionary acoustic drum sample instrument which brought studio-quality multi-channel drums within the reach of everyday musicians, composers and engineers. GURU was FXpansion's next major release in 2005, a sample-sequencer and loop-slicer with a creative workflow that spawned a slew of imitators.
BFD2, released in 2007, and its ever-increasing library of compatible expansion packs built on an already successful platform, making it the most flexible and feature-packed software drum solution on the market. 2009 saw the release of FXpansion's first full-scale synthesis product, DCAM: Synth Squad. In development for 6 years, its included instruments perfectly represent the ethos of the company: forward-thinking technology, cutting-edge sound quality and new sonic possibilities alongside innovative user interface ideas to make sound design easier and more intuitive.
More recent developments include Tremor, an analogue-modelled drum machine with a unique synthesis engine and inspirational sequencer, and a range of effect plugins - Bloom, Etch, Maul and DCAM Dynamics - which bring new ideas and superb sound quality to classic processing techniques. FXpansion's last major releases include BFD3, Strobe2 and Geist2: a streamlined environment for beat creation and sound sculpting that provides instant inspiration and new ideas for your productions.
2016: FXpansion & ROLI
We’re thrilled to announce that FXpansion has been acquired by ROLI, a fellow leader in music technology innovation — and the company behind the Seaboard, the multidimensionally expressive instrument acclaimed as “the future of the keyboard”.
Together with ROLI, we'll keep pushing the boundaries of innovation in audio software development. We're looking forward to integrating our technologies over the long term — while continuing to develop and support the FXpansion products that you know and love.
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2020: BFD Acquired by inMusic
We’re excited to announce that BFD has been acquired by inMusic, a global leader in music production hardware, software and consumer electronics.
Together with inMusic, the core BFD development team will continue to develop these flagship products. They’re looking forward to this next phase and the opportunities to make BFD even better.
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