General Information

What is BFD Virtually Erskine?

BFD Virtually Erskine is an expansion pack for FXpansion's BFD3, BFD Eco and BFD2 software drum instruments.

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What do I need in order to use BFD Virtually Erskine?

BFD Virtually Erskine 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Is BFD Virtually Erskine a download product or a boxed product?

BFD Virtually Erskine is available only as a downloadable product from the shop.

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How big is the download?

The download is approximately 4.8GB (3 files of approx. 1.6GB).

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Is BFD Virtually Erskine related to any previous product?

BFD Virtually Erskine was originally available from Platinum Samples as 'Virtually Erskine'. BFD Virtually Erskine is the same product, as Platinum Samples has ceased distribution for this product.

If you are an existing customer who purchased 'Virtually Erskine' from, please contact our support team with details of your original purchase and serial number.

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How much disk space is used by BFD Virtually Erskine when installed?

During the BFD Virtually Erskine installer, you are given the option of installing the data for BFD3 only or for BFD2/BFD Eco/BFD3.

  • BFD3: 6.5GB for a full installation (reduced detail options also available)
    You should install this version if you intend to use BFD Virtually Erskine in BFD3 only. The data in this version is compressed for use with BFD3 but it will not work in BFD2 or BFD Eco.
  • BFD2/BFD Eco/BFD3: 15GB for a full installation (reduced detail options also available)
    You should install this version if you intend to use BFD Virtually Erskine in BFD2 and BFD Eco. The data is uncompressed and will also work in BFD3.

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What is included?

DW Jazz Series [Jazz Kit] - played with sticks and brushes:

  • Kick 1: 14x18" Evans G1 Coated batters
  • Kick 2: 14x20" Evans G1 Coated batters
  • Rack Tom: 8x12" Evans G1 Coated batters
  • Floor Tom: 14x14" Evans G1 Coated batters

DW VLT [Rock Kit]:

  • Kick: 16x22" Evans EMAD coated
  • Hi Tom: 8x10" Evans G2
  • Mid Tom: 9x13" Evans G2
  • Floor Tom: 16x16" Evans G2

DW Snares:

  • Snare 1: 4.5x14" wood jazz series Evans G1 Coated batters
  • Snare 2: 6.5x14" stainless steel Evans G1 Coated batters


  • Crash 1: Zildjian A Series 14" Thin Crash
  • Crash 2: Zildjian K Series 18" Dark Crash
  • Ride 1: Zildjian 19" Armand Ride with rivets
  • Ride 2: Zildjian 20" Prototype
  • Ride 3: Zildjian 21" Armand Ride
  • Ride 4: Zildjian 20" Left Side Ride
  • Hihat: Zildjian 14" New Beat
  • Effects cymbal: Zildjian 22" Swish Knocker
  • Cowbell: LP Tito Puente cowbell

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Is BFD Virtually Erskine an FXpansion product?

No - BFD Virtually Erskine was recorded and produced by John Emrich for Cymbal Masters.

It is distributed in download form on the FXpansion site. Audio and Grooves must be purchased separately.

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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 authorised 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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