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About the Documentation
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Setting Up
You can use Groove Agent as a plug-in in different host applications. Depending on the host application, you might have to make additional settings, or you might be restricted to a reduced parameter set, number of outputs, etc.
Dials and Sliders
Dials and sliders can be unidirectional or bidirectional. Unidirectional values, for example, level values, start at a minimum value and go up to the maximum. Bidirectional controls start from the middle position and go to the left for negative and to the right for positive values.
Multi Selection and Parameter Controls
Groove Agent contains two different types of buttons: On/Off buttons and push buttons.
Value Fields
You can enter or edit values in the available value fields using your keyboard or mouse. To enter key ranges or the root key, for example, you can use an external MIDI keyboard.
Using Key Commands
Groove Agent offers two types of presets: section/module presets and VST presets. Section and module presets store and recall the setup of a specific component on the Groove Agent panel. VST presets contain all information necessary to restore the complete state of the plug-in.
These sections help you to get started with Groove Agent and introduce program functions and settings.
Window Overview
The Groove Agent window is divided into several sections.
Agents, Kits, Multis, and Content Files
Groove Agent comes with a variety of content that can be loaded and edited. At the top of the hierarchy, you can load kits or multis. Further down the hierarchy, you can load and edit MIDI patterns, styles, drum samples, etc.
Loading a Kit
To be able to hear a sound, you need to load a kit into Groove Agent.
Pattern and Instrument Pads
In Groove Agent, you can edit both the sounds and the patterns that are used by your drum tracks. Instrument sounds can be accessed via the instrument pads. The pattern or style that is played can be edited via the pattern pads.
Browsing for MIDI Patterns and Styles
The Load panel allows you to browse for patterns and styles and assign them to the pattern pads.
Playing back Pattern Pads
You can play back pattern pads using the MIDI Player or the Style Player. The MIDI player allows you to play and modify one pattern. The style player offers a variety of patterns, suited to create the different sections of your drum tracks.
Converting Styles to MIDI Patterns
If you have found an acoustic or a percussion style that you want to use on your pad, but want to edit it further in the Pattern editor, you must convert it to a MIDI pattern first.
Modifying MIDI Patterns in the Pattern Editor
In the Pattern editor, you can modify patterns by adding or deleting notes, by replacing a drum sound with another, etc.
Creating the Different Sections of a Drum Track
To create the different sections of your drum track, for example, an intro, a fill, a main part, and an ending, it is useful to start by copying the current style to other pads. And then, to modify the style for those pads.
Recording Trigger Notes for Your Patterns
When you use Groove Agent in a DAW project, you can record trigger notes at the positions where you want to trigger the patterns. This allows you to create the drums for your project on the fly, in the project context.
Dragging Patterns into a Project
You can drag patterns from Groove Agent into your DAW project and edit them there.
Editing Patterns in the DAW
When you have created MIDI parts from your Groove Agent patterns, you can further edit the parts in the DAW.
Working with Multiple Agents
Using multiple agents allows you to add drums of different styles to your drum track, for example, to add percussion to your acoustic drums.
Recording the MIDI Output
If the host application supports MIDI output from plug-ins, you can record the MIDI output on a track in your DAW.
Note Repeat
Note Repeat allows you to repeat the notes of a particular drum sound.
If you are working with Beat Agent kits, you can use the Decompose function to split your samples into their noise and tonal components.
The following sections describe how to load, save, and manage the different kinds of sound files in Groove Agent.
Loading Kits
You need at least one kit to produce a sound with Groove Agent.
Kit Slot
This section shows the name of the loaded kit, allows you to load a different kit, and make basic settings such as specifying the polyphony for the kit, for example.
Kit Rack
The kit rack to the right of the kit slot section gives you an overview over the loaded kits and their corresponding agent, and allows you to perform some editing for the selected kit via the context menu.
Kit Context Menu
Managing and Loading Files
The Load panel allows you to manage, navigate to, load, and preview different file types.
Groove Agent features two different types of pads: instrument pads and pattern pads. Instrument pads are used to trigger samples. Pattern pads trigger MIDI drum patterns or styles.
Pad Section
The pad section is located on the left in the plug-in window. It contains the transport controls, the group buttons, and the pads.
Renaming Pads
Renaming pads is useful if the names of the samples or the MIDI files are either too long or not very intuitive. Furthermore, it allows you to indicate that more than one sample is mapped to a pad, for example.
Using Different MIDI Channels/Ports for Instrument Pads and Pattern Pads
By default, instrument and pattern pads share the same MIDI port. If instrument and pattern pads are both assigned and share the same trigger note, the pattern pad always gets priority, therefore, instrument pads that use the same trigger note as a pattern pad cannot be played via the same MIDI port. In this case, you have two options: You can set up a different MIDI port or a different MIDI channel for the pattern pads.
Instrument Pads
Instrument pads are used to trigger samples.
Pattern Pads
Pattern pads trigger MIDI drum patterns or styles.
Beat Agent is a full beat production instrument with all the tools and sounds to create amazing beats for any electronic or urban music genre.
Beat Agent Sound Editing
On the Edit page for instrument pads, you set up the sound of the kits.
Importing and Exporting Files
Acoustic Agent is a next-generation virtual acoustic drummer that offers first-class drum sounds and an integrated player that creates the perfect accompaniment for your songs.
Acoustic Agent Sound Editing
On the Edit page for instrument pads, you set up the sound of the kits.
Percussion Agent specializes in instruments, grooves, and styles that feature percussive elements.
Percussion Agent Sound Editing
On the Edit page for instrument pads, you set up the sound of the kits.
You perform your mixing operations on the Mixer page.
Beat Agent Mixer
The Agent mixer of Beat Agent offers 16 busses.
Acoustic Agent Mixer
The Agent mixer for Acoustic Agent kits allows you to perform the mixing of these kits. Different content sets feature different sets of drum instruments, therefore, the available channel strips in the mixer vary with the kits.
Percussion Agent Mixer
The Agent mixer contains a channel strip for each percussion instrument and its articulations.
AUX Mixer
The AUX mixer features 4 AUX busses that can be used to realize classic send effects.
Kits Mixer
Master Mixer
The Master mixer shows the channel for the Master stereo output bus. It can host up to four insert effects that can be used to add a global EQ or compressor to the signal chain, for example.
Effect Handling
You can automate most of the Groove Agent parameters from within your host application, whether these are kit parameters or global parameters such as AUX effects.
MIDI Controllers
You can assign Groove Agent parameters to MIDI controllers.
Plug-in Functions Section
The plug-in functions section at the top of the window gives you access to global functions that affect both the currently loaded programs, and the general working of the plug-in.
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You can use the keyboard to get a better overview of the mapping and to trigger MIDI notes.
Options Page
You can use Groove Agent independently from a host application.
Making Preferences Settings
You can configure the standalone version of Groove Agent in the Plug-in Preferences dialog.
Preferences Dialog
The Plug-in Preferences dialog has several pages on which you can make settings.
Selecting the MIDI Input and the Audio Output
Scratch Pad
The scratch pad allows you to record and play back MIDI files in Standard MIDI File format. You can load existing MIDI files and you can record your own files and save them.
Loading a MIDI File
You can load MIDI files in Standard MIDI File format (file name extension .mid).
Saving a MIDI File
Master Volume
Mixer Routing Diagrams