With up to eight players and some very effective Groove Offset features for complex polyrhythms, Percussion Agent is an excellent addition to the team. Each groove offers five variations with increasing complexity, and you can fine-tune their sound with shuffle, tune, ambience, pan and volume controls. However, far more creative possibilities are offered by the Groove Offset controls, which let you shift the start time of individual instruments in eighth-note increments to create polyrhythms. Changing the groove offsets in real time creates all sorts of shifting rhythms, and the sounds are all well recorded. However, there are no accents or fills available (although sometimes these happened accidentally with the random buttons activated), and it would be handy to have an option to automatically mute the percussion parts when fills are triggered in the other Agents. I was also a little disappointed at the lack of more Classical percussion, such as timpani and orchestral drums, plus Eastern percussion such as Japanese Taiko drums, Chinese gongs, and so on, and since the Sample Import options only apply to Classic Agent there's no way to incorporate your own new percussion sounds.
Steinberg's Groove Agent 3 is an ambitious upgrade containing more styles than you can shake a stick at, plus an impressive new 'live' drummer and percussion grooves, but it does have a few teething troubles, and there are question marks over compatibility with some host applications.
Designed for both songwriters and beat producers, Groove Agent includes the very best of electronic and acoustic drums. One of the most detailed acoustic drum kits ever featured in Groove Agent sits alongside a wide variety of percussion, modern electronic drums and MIDI grooves, delivering an inspirational rhythmic composition tool for producers in every genre, from jazz, funk and rock to Trap and EDM. Support for VST, AU and AAX plug-in formats means Groove Agent 5 can be used with virtually any DAW.
For a quick and effortless start on Mac OSX, Linux, WSL2 or Cygwin, you can use SDKMAN!(The Software Development Kit Manager) to download and configure any Groovy version of your choice.Basic instructions can be found below.
If you wish to embed Groovy in your application, you may just prefer to point your buildto your favourite maven repository or the Groovy artifactory instance.Please see the download page for available modules for each Groovy version.
Nektarine 2.5 can be downloaded after a Nektar user account has been created and a compatible product has been registered in My Account on the Nektar website. The process of installation is straight forward:
In the Beats tab on the top right of the window you will find a variety of grooves where you can search stylized beats with their own set of variations. You can even place what drum part goes on what beat to get finely tuned results according to your composition. This is done in the grid search.
The Browser tab filters grooves into song structure formats, making it quick and easy to find grooves that are best suited for a verse, or for a chorus. The user is even able to create a folder and place their favorite grooves in there.
The sounds of the various drum kits are high-quality and can fit perfectly into your song, regardless of style. I find that the focus is on the grooves rather than building a custom kit sound, which works well for creating songs on the fly.
The Grooves tab has been enhanced for Super Drummer 3. It keeps all the features from EZdrummer 2 and improves the workflow by allowing multiple song tracks to audition several different grooves at once; combining the browser and search function in the same window; introducing a tempo and time signature editor within the song tracker; and also establishes the grid editor which works like a MIDI editor and allows you to move rhythms, quantize, adjust velocities, and edit CC data.
Native Instruments Studio Drummer features samples recorded on premium drum kits. The library focuses on incorporating an acoustic drum kit into your track along with mixing options and a large library of grooves with fills complementing styles including funk, rock, blues, indie and country.
The Stadium Kit brings the roomy sound of a premium recording room, the Studio Kit creates grooves with a smaller, dry studio sound and the Garage Kit boasts a dirtier, aggressive sound.
In the bottom of the interface window, you will see a tab called Grooves. Here you can sort and find the perfect groove for your session. The grooves are categorized in 11 different styles including pop, funk, jazz, hard rock, metal, blues & country, indie rock, and others. Selecting one of the styles will bring up a new window of grooves in various tempos and variations.
The swing parameter creates a simple and quick way of adding a jazzy or compound meter to your groove. The tempo parameter allows you to double and half the speed of your groove.
The drum samples were performed by professional drummer Derico Watson and produced by Grammy-winning producer, Kenny Barto. The library contains 5.26GB of content featuring 60 sound presets, 90 grooves with 10 variations each, with 58 acoustic samples and 80 electronic layering sounds.
It should be noted that grooves, beats and loops are terms used interchangeably within different drum libraries and refer to a pre-recorded drum groove that is usually editable in MIDI. The Groove Browser is where you can find and filter a drum groove that suits your music. You can audition the groove alongside your current recordings before easily dragging and dropping it into a MIDI file within your session.
In the Groove Browser window, you can select grooves that are categorized as smooth, tight, fat, dirty, special, or raw. You can select a tempo and double or half its speed, and also change the swing parameter if you need your beat to swing rather than be straight.
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