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inMusic Acquires Drum Software Brand BFD from FXpansion

inMusic has announced its acquisition of BFD from London-based tech company, FXpansion.

FXpansion, a subsidiary of ROLI from 2016, is renowned for BFD as well as the Strobe 2 and Cypher 2 sound engines. Established in 2003, BFD is recognized as a revolutionary acoustic drum software instrument, empowering musicians, composers and engineers with studio-quality, multi-channel drums. Under ROLI ownership, BFD continued to release a growing library of expansions packs, cementing this software instrument as one of the largest collections of acoustic drum samples and a flexible and feature-rich software drum solution.

inMusic is the parent company for a family of music technology and consumer electronic brands, including AIR Music Technology, Akai Professional, Alto Professional, Alesis, Denon DJ, Denon Professional, HeadRush, ION Audio, M-Audio, Marantz Professional, MARQ Lighting, MixMeister, Numark, Rane, SONiVOX, and SoundSwitch.

BFD and its entire engineering department will now become part of inMusic’s R&D team and will be supported by the resources and IP of the entire inMusic group.

“We recognize that today is a very difficult time for so many and we’re looking forward to a quick recovery for all. Our optimism for the future knows no bounds and we’re very excited to welcome the entire BFD team as part of our family of companies,” says Jack O’Donnell, CEO of inMusic.

Roland Lamb, founder and CEO of ROLI, adds: “It’s been an honour to be the steward of BFD since 2016, and see the team build on its already market-leading reputation. At ROLI we’ve seen the power of deep hardware-software integrations, and we believe inMusic will bring unique value to the BFD community through its extraordinary expertise in both drum software and hardware development.”

[Photo:  ROLI's Roland Lamb (third from left) with FXpansion Founders Angus Hewlett, Skot McDonald & Rhiannon Bankston-Thomas in 2016.]

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Michael Raine is the Senior Editor at Canadian Musician, Canadian Music Trade, Professional Sound, and Professional Lighting & Production magazines. He also co-hosts the Canadian Musician Podcast.
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