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FXpansion BFD2 Jex expansion review

Wazzup Dawfreaks.
I’m back again with another little Expansion Review.
Today we will have a look at the BFD2 JEX expansion from Fxpansion.


The Fxpansion JEX is based on a custom hand-made kit from XDrum’s Xotica line.

The Kit features.
Custom XDrum 18×22 inch kick
Custom XDrum 8×8 inch tom
Custom XDrum 8×10 inch tom
Custom XDrum 8×12 inch tom
Custom XDrum 14×14 inch tom

The kit has been recorded with hits played with sticks, brushes, mallets and rods.
The kick drum has been hit with both a felt and wood beater.

Now this is not all, The expansion also comes with bonus download of a detail-reduced Ludwig Super Sensitive snare from the Jazz & Funk expansion pack.

There are no HI hats or Cymbals included in this expansion but the presets have been set up to add this.

Equipment used for the recordings
Kick In – Shure Beta 52 / API 3124 preamp
Kick Out – Neumann FET 47 / API 3124 preamp
Kick Resonant – Yamaha Sub Kick / Neve VR console channel preamp
Snare Top – Shure Beta 57A / API 3124 preamp
Snare Bottom – EV N/D457 / API 3124 preamp
Snare Side – Violet Design Flamingo Jr. / ATI 8MX2 preamp
Toms – Violet Design Globe / ATI 8MX2 preamp
Overhead – Matched pairs of Nuemann KM184s or Violet Design Black Knight mics / ATI 8MX2 preamps
Room – Violet Design Globe with protoype omni capsules / Focusrite Red preamps
Amb3 – Nevaton MC404 stereo mic placed in the center of the room / Metric Halo ULN2 preamps

Source for this info comes from the Fxpansion Kit page.


As always FXpansion has a great page for listening to each drum..
Head over and have a listen http://www.fxpansion.com/index.php?page=69&tab=198.


The JEX kit inside BFD2



This kit has a classy deep over all sound!
The Kick is round with a kind of plastic feel to it, there is allot of bottom in the kick that is nice. The snares is snappy with a fair amount of rattle, The Hi tom felt a bit of compared to the rest of the kit when using sticks, rods or mallets, I can not rely put a finger on what it is but in my ears it just did not balance out with the rest of the toms.
This changes when using brushes the sound feels more in place, and the kit sounds rely nice with brushes.
The kit is well recorded and will allow you to work nicely with Velocity’s to get a realistic sounding kit. The kit has a nice amount of tweaking headroom and the Room and Ambient channels brings a nice amount of air to the over all sound.

A small video
Here follows a little video showing the FXpansion BFD2 JEX Kit in action.

FXpansion BFD2 JEX expansion Recorded and edited with camtasia Studio.

The FXpansion BFD2 JEX expansion is not on my Top list of expansions.
Don’t get me wrong this expansion sounds great and would be a great bonus to your BFD2 library if your into Jazz, Funk and even modern POP. As we all know everything is personal so even though I don’t love the kit its not BAD!! 
But if you are looking for a more flexible sounding kit there is better choices.
Now If you have extra cash and like some elements in the JEX expansion the price tag is ONLY 39 Euro a rely nice price.


I would like to thank FXpansion for letting me do this review.

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