Conventions
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About the Documentation
The documentation is available online and can be downloaded in PDF format from steinberg.help
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
Buttons
Value Fields
Using Key Commands
Presets
Groove Agent SE 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 SE panel. VST presets contain all information necessary to restore the complete state of the plug-in.
Getting Started
These sections help you to get started with Groove Agent SE and introduce program functions and settings.
Window Overview
The Groove Agent SE window is divided into several sections.
Agents, Kits, Presets, and Content Files
Groove Agent SE 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 SE.
Pattern and Instrument Pads
In Groove Agent SE, 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.
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 SE 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 SE into your DAW project and edit them there.
Editing Patterns in the DAW
When you have created MIDI parts from your Groove Agent SE patterns, you can further edit the parts in the DAW.
Managing Your Sounds
The following sections describe how to load, save, and manage the different kinds of sound files in Groove Agent SE.
Loading Kits
You need to load a kit to produce a sound with Groove Agent SE.
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 kit and its agent, and allows you to perform some editing 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.
Working With Pads
Groove Agent SE 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 SE
Beat Agent SE 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 SE Sound Editing
On the Edit page for instrument pads, you set up the sound of the kits.
Importing and Exporting Files
Acoustic Agent SE
Acoustic Agent SE 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 SE Sound Editing
On the Edit page for instrument pads, you set up the sound of the kits.
Mixing and Effect Handling
You perform your mixing operations on the Mixer page.
Beat Agent SE Mixer
The Agent mixer of Beat Agent SE offers 16 busses.
Acoustic Agent SE Mixer
The Agent mixer for Acoustic Agent SE 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.
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
Automation
You can automate most of the Groove Agent SE 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 SE parameters to MIDI controllers.
Plug-in Functions Section
Plug-in Name and Steinberg Logo
Toolbar
Keyboard
You can use the keyboard to get a better overview of the mapping and to trigger MIDI notes.
Options Page
Mixer Routing Diagrams