Steinberg Groove Agent 4 Drum Studio Workstation
Steinberg Groove Agent 4 is the ultimate drum studio and virtual drumming instrument for producers and songwriters working in any modern musical style. This unique instrument combines three specialist rhythm modules in one: craft dazzlingly authentic drum tracks, produce dancefloor-filling beats and design slinky percussive grooves with a dedicated Agent for each task; combine up to four Agents for a new experience in rhythm creation. Groove Agent 4 includes a huge sound library of over 22,000 samples and more than 3,800 patterns, a vast array of specialist editing tools, Style Player, the handy Jam mode, full integrated mixing board and much, much more.
Groove Agent 4 combines the creative power of three different rhythm modules: the Acoustic, Beat and Percussion Agents. Each of these specialist tools offers its own approach to drums and rhythms, with special ways of creating your own inspiring beats in a huge range of styles. And the creative potential of each Agent can be combined with any of the others. Four Agent slots allow you to mix and match your ideal rhythm section. Or combine the Acoustic and Beat Agents to create ultra-modern hybrid beats. This unique feature unleashes myriad opportunities for creating imaginative, inspiring drums, whatever your genre.
The Acoustic Agent
Featuring three exceptional acoustic drum kits, a library of grooves across a wealth of genres and a range of specialist tools, the Acoustic Agent specializes in acoustic, 'hand-made' drum tracks. All three drum kits have been recorded with painstaking attention to detail in order to capture every sonic nuance. Each kit is offered in 16-bit and 24-bit versions, with controls for room and overhead level and bleed for each kit component as well as kit tuning — you can even set how far the hi-hat opens. An extra replacement kick and snare are also included to help configure your ideal kit.
- Mixer section
Acoustic Agent also offers a dedicated mixer section with everything you need for mixing acoustic drums, with up to 20 microphone and six group channels. Each of those channels is replete with an EQ, compressor, tape saturation and envelope shaper; the mixer also features four aux buses for send effects. And if you don't have time to delve into each available parameter, try out one of the included mixer presets for instant, great-sounding results.
- Style Player
An integral part of the Acoustic Agent is the Style Player feature. Select one of over 50 styles and Groove Agent 4 will offer you a groove in that style — including intros, fills and endings. You can also instruct the Acoustic Agent to vary its playing from simple to complex and from light to intense, and control these two settings simultaneously in an intuitive XY-control.
The Beat Agent
Beat Agent is a full beat production instrument with all the tools and sounds to create insane beats for any type of electronic or urban music. 100 amazing-sounding drum kits are included, alongside all the advanced features you need to edit existing ones and create your own. Beat Agent also excels at manipulating samples and loops with features like automatic loop slicing, one-click drum hit replacement, an onboard effects rack and much, much more. Extras like the Vintage mode and the tightest possible integration with Cubase put Beat Agent at the frontline of modern beat creation and production.
- Drum Classifier
And there's more: Beat Agent includes a very special feature called the Drum Classifier. This is a hit detection system that recognizes if the individual slices are, for example, kick, snare or hi-hat. This leaves you free to replace elements of your loop at will, extract grooves and rearrange them in the pattern editor or change the sound of the entire kit — the only limits here are those of your imagination.
- More tools for beat creation
Also on offer are a range of clever sonic tools, such as the Vintage and Turntable modes, which faithfully emulate the sound of 12-bit drum machines and give your sounds the gritty crunch of early hip hop samples. Combine this kind of intuitive music technology with the awe-inspiring library of over 100 kits and grooves for a full-on beat production system worthy of being a stand-alone application in its own right.
If you need to add extra flavor to drum tracks or beats created in the Acoustic or Beat Agents, or are composing music in genres which feature percussion as an integral part of their structure, look no further than the Percussion Agent. As its name suggests, this Agent is specialized in generating those percussive elements that can make a standard groove sound exceptional. Create your own percussion tracks from scratch in just a few clicks using the integrated Style Player. Over 20 percussion instruments have been recorded in minute detail using multiple microphones such as bongos, congas, shakers, tambourines and many more.
- First-class percussion content
Percussion Agent includes a range of first-class percussion content and grooves with an extensive library of percussion instruments such as bongos, shakers, tambourines and congas. The library was recorded in pristine quality that captures the finest detail of every instrument, regardless of how fine or subtle its sound. Each sound is available in 16-bit and 24-bit versions.
- Create your own percussion tracks in just a few clicks
Percussion Agent also features likewise versatile and intuitive tools for creating percussion tracks as the Acoustic Agent, such as the dedicated Style Player. Combine up to 8 substyles and adjust the complexity and intensity of each single pattern geared especially toward percussion, essential for genres in which percussion plays a vital role such as cha-cha-cha, latin rock and bossa nova.
Unique multi-Agent architecture
Groove Agent 4 redefines 'virtual drummer' instruments by allowing you to combine up to four of the included drum Agents — each a specialist in their own field — with each other, opening up completely new ways of creating drum and rhythm tracks. Each Agent draws on a massive new sound library created especially for this version, with over 22,000 samples and more than 3,800 grooves that cover almost any contemporary music genre. All included patterns and grooves can be altered on the fly using the integrated Pattern Editor for even more creative options.
A multi-role virtual drummer
Easy to use yet functionally deep and featuring many innovative approaches, Groove Agent 4 has been designed to excel in a number of roles, such as the studio, on stage, in the rehearsal room or as a creative inspiration for music production at home or on the road. Launch the stand-alone version of Groove Agent 4 in Jam mode to assist you during song-writing sessions, for example, when your drummer is not around. Groove Agent also supports all the most common e-drum hardware, allowing you to play the included kits on your setup.
In the mix
With 29 studio-grade effects and a dedicated mixer section, Groove Agent 4 allows you to both create your drum tracks and sculpt your ideal drum sound, all within the same application. And if you want to mix your drums within your host application, the routing architecture allows you to send up to 16 stereo outputs directly into the mixer. The integrated effects also add another way of working creatively with drums and beats, either as send effects on the dedicated aux buses or inserted anywhere at the level of each kit, Agent or pad.
Totally integrated workflow with Cubase
As you'd expect, Groove Agent 4 has been engineered to harmonize completely with Cubase to keep your workflow smooth and your creativity flowing. Drag and drop samples and MIDI patterns from Cubase onto Groove Agent 4 or drag patterns from the Groove Agent 4 pads into your project to build a Cubase arrangement in seconds. But the integration goes even further: drum maps are automatically created for you from your Groove Agent kits, and all pad names are copied to Cubase, meaning less hassle and more creative freedom.
- Windows: Win 7 and up Intel or AMD dual core CPU, 4 GB RAM
10 GB free hard disk space
- Mac: 10.8 and up, 4 GB RAM
10 GB free hard disk space
- VST 2.4, VST 3 or AU host required
|Included from Manufacturer|
|Software Type||Virtual Drums|
|Plug-In Formats||VST 2.4, VST 3 or AU host required|
|Operating System Compatibility||Windows: Win 7 and up Intel or AMD dual core CPU: 4 GB RAM 10 GB free hard disk space
Apple: 10.8 and up: 4 GB RAM 10 GB free hard disk space
|Licensing Method||Online Authorization|