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INMUSIC® ACQUIRES RENOWNED DRUM SOFTWARE INSTRUMENT BFD

Tue, April 21, 2020


ROLI’s flagship software solution and associated sample libraries to join inMusic Brands.

Fort Lauderdale, FL USA (April 21, 2020) — inMusic, the global leader in music production hardware, software and consumer electronics, is proud to announce the 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 globally 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 an ever-increasing library of expansions packs, cementing this software instrument as the world’s largest collection of acoustic drum samples and the most flexible and feature-packed software drum solution on the market.

inMusic is the parent company for a family of leading 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.

inMusic’s world-famous, state of the art research and development team responds dynamically to its customers with advanced technology and software ecosystems. BFD and its entire engineering department will now become part of inMusic’s R&D family, bringing their specialized knowledge and expertise, which 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.”
- Jack O’Donnell, CEO of inMusic

Roland Lamb, founder and CEO of ROLI, said: “It’s been an honor 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.”

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About InMusic
InMusic (inMusic) is a family of 16 premier brands that includes AIR Music Technology®, Akai Professional®, Alesis®, Alto Professional®, Denon DJ®, Denon Professional®, HeadRush®, ION Audio®, MAudio®, Marantz Professional®, MARQ Lighting®, MixMeister®, Numark®, Rane®, SONiVOX® and SoundSwitch™.

 

About FXpansion

FXpansion, a subsidiary of ROLI from 2016, is one of the world's leading developers of audio instruments and effects for software platforms, winning numerous awards and inspiring a devoted userbase. Its mission is to push the boundaries of audio software, introducing fresh and innovative new ideas that are musically useful.

For the foreseeable future, customers can still purchase BFD software and sample libraries directly from the BFD website: https://www.fxpansion.com/products/bfd3/

About ROLI
ROLI is creating the future of musical instruments. The Seaboard, a reinvention of the piano keyboard, launched in 2014 to international acclaim. ROLI's ecosystem of next-generation music-making tools span hardware and software, from the Lightpad Block pad controller to the ROLI Studio production suite. LUMI, named a Best Invention of 2019 by Time magazine, realizes ROLI’s mission of empowering everyone to make music, regardless of age or stage.