The addition of Macro controls in BFD 3.3 allow you even more ways to creativity interact with your drums. In this article we'll show you how to use Macros with certain parameters to evolve the mix of your drums across your songs - effectively treating the BFD mixer as a performance tool.

As a quick introduction, choose the BFD 3.3 preset Big Rock and play a groove. Click on the new Macros button in the LCD and experiment with the controls to hear how effective Macros are: 


Creating Macros

To create Macros for your own songs, head to 'Tools > Show Macro Snapshots' to bring up the snapshots window. As we're still using the Big Rock preset, press Delete All to clear the settings. Let's also enable Macro 1 by pressing the button above the rotary control:

With Learn enabled you'll notice that certain Mixer functions, Effects parameters and controls in the Drum Tech and Modelling panels show with a red overlay - this overlay denotes they are usable. 

As a very basic example, right-click the first 4 level faders in the Mixer and choose "Add to Macro 1" on each. You'll see the faders turn blue (the colour of Macro 1) and 'Snapshot 1' appears. We've now added these faders (and their levels) as a Snapshot; we can press Learn again to turn it off:

Next, move each fader to another level and press New to add 'Snapshot 2'. The Macro rotary control will now blend from the first snapshot to the next: 

Using Effects Parameters

Let's use some more advanced parameters to see how effective Macros can be. 

Click on the AmbMix channel in the mixer and then the Effects tab. Add a 'DCAM EnvShaper' effect from the Dynamics menu:

Also, enable the LM, HM and H EQ bands here:

Next, click Learn and add the following controls to Macro 2 (highlighted in green):

Turn Learn mode off so we can adjust the parameters that we'd like to add as the second snapshot. 

Starting with the EQ, add a boost to the higher frequencies to add some presence and "air":

Lowering the threshold in the Comp Bus will mean that the compressor affects more of the signal. Quicker attack and longer release times in the DCAM EnvShaper will add some pump:


Once you're done,  click 'New' in the Snapshots window and you'll see 'Snapshot 2' appear. You can now adjust all of these controls at once using Macro 2.

Rename a Macro by clicking on the title and typing:


We also have an in-depth video tutorial which goes through Macro Snapshots below: