Does the 8BK expansion have kit presets or is it just a selection of samples?

Title says it all.

Does the 8BK expansion have kit presets or is it just a selection of samples?

I can’t for the life of me find kit presets

There should be (3) Presets and (13) Kits…
They are BFD2 …in Windows check the BFD2 Folders C:\ProgramData\BFD Drums\BFD2\System.
Also check C:\Program Files (x86)\BFD Drums\BFD2\System

I helped a Studio friend update a year or so ago and I believe the 8BK kit installer was one that placed the Kits/Presets in the 32 Bit Programs.
I think also at the time if a Preset was loaded up with a Groove , BFD crashed

8BK Ghetto Jam
8BK NuTec Groove
8BK The Sprawl

8BK Classic 808 Kit 1
8BK Classic 808 Kit 2
8BK Classic 909 Kit 1
8BK Classic 909 Kit 2
8BK Kit 1
8BK Kit 2
8BK Kit 3
8BK Kit 4
8BK Kit 5
8BK LM-1 Kit 1
8BK LM-1 Kit 2
8BK Oberheim DX Kit

Here is an older Demo Video…the Presets etc are the same

BFD 8 Bit Kit - Demo/Review

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Not sure if the installer has been updated but if it hasn’t then it they may have installed into the default BFD2 folder. To remedy that scenario, go to the ‘BFD£ Content Locations’ tab and hit the ‘Add BFD2 Paths’ then rescan.


Thanks guys, I thought it should have. I had the samples loaded but no kits. Have finally resolved that with your help but then found that for some reason all of a sudden all my content was suddenly unlicensed (even though I ran the license manager yesterday and should have had 89 days) and lo and behold the server was not contactable.

This software is more trouble than its worth!

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Oh dear, I’m assuming you have the most up to date version of the licence manager,

Have you been able to licence them now though?


Yup, had to log out and back in and then restart BFD3 but now the program is not making any noise because it says theres no audio driver!!

I haven’t really had a chance to try this software out since I bought it and it just seems like it’s trying to fight against being used!.


What audio device are you using and does it have good ASIO drivers?

If you click o ‘options’ at the top right what do you see?

Best to get it set up in stand alone first.


I’ve got the steinberg yamaha UR44C. Its shown in the audio preferences along with an ASIO General driver.

I’ve tried selecting both drivers, tried different outputs, tried refreshing, tried everything.

If I close it and open a different synth standalone it works fine (Any Arturia/NI/Korg/ EZdrummer). I close them and open BFD and it says no audio driver.

I saw a post from Drew about how to completely uninstall and start again so ~I think I will give that a go.


So, I’ve done a complete de-authorise and uninstall. removed every reference to BFD drums in the registry. Followed Drews instructions on another post to remove files…

Delete - C:\ProgramData\BFD Drums\BFD3
Delete - C:\Program Files (x86)\BFD Drums\BFD3
Delete - C:\Program Files\BFD Drums\BFD3
Delete - C:\users\ USERNAME \appData\Roaming\BFD Drums\BFD3
Delete - C:\users\ USERNAME \appData\Local\inMusicBrands\SoftwareUnlock
Make sure you also delete **BFD3.dll ** from wherever you installed the VSTplugin (usually C:\Program Files\Steinberg\vstplugins or C:\Program Files\vstplugins).


Delete - C:\ProgramData\FXpansion\BFD3
Delete - C:\Program Files (x86)\FXpansion\BFD3
Delete - C:\Program Files\FXpansion\BFD3
Delete - C:\users\ USERNAME \appData\Roaming\FXpansion\BFD3
Make sure you also delete **BFD3.dll ** from wherever you installed the VSTplugin (usually C:\Program Files\Steinberg\vstplugins or C:\Program Files\vstplugins).

I’ve rebooted, re-installed and authorised everything. rescanned the bfd2 folders and it has added the 8BK kits but not the presets.

It still complains of no audio driver BUT it does play the grooves and responds to my midi keyboard.

Hmmm, what to do about those presets?

Ahh, I thought you actually had no audio.

That audio driver message has been happening for a while now and it’s fine to ignore it.
I get it on my laptop but I don’t think it’s high enough on their, ‘to do list’ to be fixed any time soon.

I’ve included both kits, and presets in this reply.
Just extract the kits to, C:\ProgramData\BFD Drums\BFD3\System\Kits
and the Presets to C:\ProgramData\BFD Drums\BFD3\System\Presets

Then scan user contents and they should be good to go.


8 bit (434.6 KB)
8-Bit (70.0 KB)

Thanks Steve

I now have the kits and presets showing.

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It’s an interesting kit that I love but haven’t used enough yet as it’s difficult to work with in the kind of stuff I write.

This little experiment uses mostly the 8BK 3



Thats really good. I’m trying to make housey stuff with my friends so we rely on the electronic sounds but I love the sound of natural drums too :slight_smile:

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Greetings, all

I am very interested in this thread because I am just now embroiled in configuring a new system using the “clean re-install” method, and my long-adored library for 8BK seems to be unavailable for me to re-download. I can see it in my list of registered expansions, but… can’t retrieve it.

If – as suggested – the installer hasn’t been updated, perhaps that’s a reason and maybe (just maybe) i can restore from backup.

But I’m going to be very, very sad if 8BK can’t join my little “deep bench of switch hitters.”

I use it a LOT, plus? well… what can I say, I just adore its attitude.

Do any of you have thoughts on this?

With much respect,

Replying to myself, having just gone back and looked at this:

Inmusic BFD DRUMS account shows “8 Bit Kit - No Available Downloads” (insert sad-face)
my FXpansion account shows “8 Bit Kit - Intel Mac only” (see, “sad-face,” above – but I’m trying it, what the heck.)

I think ALL downloads are now done through the licence manager so just open it up and you should see the 8 Bit Kit available in the left hand column, just select it and then hit the download button.

Make sure you follow the install path so you know where the kits and presets get installed.
If they don’t show up you’ll find that I have posted them with their (windows) locations above.



Yes – I think that might, indeed, be working – it’s D/L’ing now. And thanks for the tip on noting the path, that will certainly come in most useful.

Standing by for… 8-Bit joy?

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I think it’s a take! Thank you, Steve63, So… Very… Much.

Warm regards,


You’re welcome, have fun


Hello once again

In wrapping up this little 8-Bit escapade, one more question has come to mind:

On my new system, I want to consolidate VI libraries and other audio content in hopes of just generally being better organized this time around. I plan on getting an external Thunderbolt 3 NVMe for that purpose (I don’t have it yet, but it’ll be here eventually.)

Now that I have 8-bit installed, and BFD3 knows it’s there, dare I risk moving its audio data from the default location where it was installed over to the external when I move everything else?

I know that I can do a Re-scan Paths with BFD3 but I don’t want to “break” 8-Bit now that it’s working again.

And of course, if I can get most of the big stuff off of the internal drive… well, I reckon can live with an outlier or two if I have to (and probably? Yeah, I’m gonna have to.)