Bfd supplemental manual


• I have a pre-G5 Mac. Do you have any tips for optimizing OSX on my machine for



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• I have a pre-G5 Mac. Do you have any tips for optimizing OSX on my machine for
use with BFD?
• Have a simple picture as the desktop background, or none at all (saves RAM).
• Make sure Energy Saver is on maximum (turn furthest away from Automatic).
• Turn off hard drive Hibernation.
• Turn off File Vault.
• Turn off Fast User Switching.
• Use the scale effect instead of Genie on the dock - it’s less CPU-intensive.
• Remove iCal if you dont need it as it runs as a background process.
• Turn off Automatic Updates for OSX and things like QuickTime. These all take CPU cycles.
• Use Norton Speedisk. Macs are like all computers and need defragmenting for best disk performance.
• Make sure you’re not running any journalled disks. Although journalling performance has gotten better it still slows things down in audio applications where lots of writes take place. In Panther, this is on by default – select each hard drive in the Disk Utility and press Apple-J to turnoff journalling.
• Use something like Shadow Killer to turn of some of OSX’s graphical effects. This helps free up those valuable CPU cycles.
BFD supplemental manual Chapter 5: Troubleshooting



• Make sure you’re running BFD off and Drive, not from the system disk, or a drive which is already streaming audio tracks or samples. Firewire is preferable to USB as it has its own controller, reducing the load on the CPU.
• RAM is an important consideration, especially with applications like Protools. Whilst 1 gig is the minimum for best performance I would recommend at least 2 gig.
ProTools is a hungry beast, as is BFD. The same could also be said for other complex sequencers like Logic, DP and Cubase SX.
• Run BFD in stereo mode, at least while tracking, as it’s lighter on CPU usage. You can always mix the drums later, perhaps using the freeze function (if your sequencer has one) on other instruments, audio tracks with lots of FX etc. The same goes for
ReWire mode. only use it if or when you have to.
• If you’re seeing overloads in BFD try turning on 16 bit mode and reducing the amount of velocity layers. This is all done from the Options panel. You can also turnoff any hits you don’t need, such as snare flams and drags, fully open hihats, bell hits for rides if you don’t want them. Most kicks also have a normal and no snare hit, either of which you may not require. Turning off hits saves memory!
• Update your BFD to a newer version - we are constantly refining BFD for all platforms.


Bfd supplemental manual - contents
Using bfd in cakewalk sonar
Bfd user faq23installation and authorization problems
Additional features
Duplicate assignment highlighting in page 1 and page 2 tabs
Hihat auto pedal splash function (page 1 tab)
Bfd stereo, bfd groups
Usng bfd n stenberg cubase sx
Audio environment
Bfd groups and the overhead bus on bfd all
Usng bfd n dgdesgn pro tools
Bfd (stereo) from the multi-channel rtas plug-in/other
Bfd (rewire)
Usng bfd au n motu dgtal performer
Project/add track
New mono bundle/bfd (rewire):bfds #6 7
Project/add track/midi track
Usng bfd n cakewalk project 
Insert dxi synth preferences
Refresh then fast scan (recommended)
Damping (ref. manual 6:2)
Humanize velocity panel (ref. manual 8:10)
Transition mode
Kit-piece mixer area (ref. manual page 21)
A note about latency
E-drum features not supported by bfd
Important note about cross-talk
Mappng dfferent types of pads/trggers
Roland hihat notes midi note number mapping in bfd
Specfic nformaton for e-drum systems
Control panel/device manager


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