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Groove Agent 4 Explained®

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  • Introduction 5:48


    Dive right into the Groove Agent 4 UI and discover where each tool is located and how parameters relate to one another.

  • Loading Kits 6:03

    Loading Kits

    Learn all about the available options for setting up a drum kit with different samples, and experience the different options available in the instrument and pattern editors.

  • Acoustic Agent Introduction 7:36

    Acoustic Agent Introduction

    Streamline your workflow and harness the power of Agents. See how these powerful components load different types of kits using presets to get your tracks set up faster

  • Editing Drum Sounds 6:55

    Editing Drum Sounds

    Use the overlay edit parameter to easily edit drum sounds once an individual drum is selected. With this tool, you’ll have more control over your sounds to make customized sonic creations.

  • Quick Agent Blending 3:03

    Quick Agent Blending

    Take individuality to the next level by blending different kits together. Learn how this powerful feature can give you the ability to design drum kits that can offer a unique edge to your tracks.

  • Adding & Adjusting Agents 5:09

    Adding & Adjusting Agents

    Find out how easy it is to use the Groove Agent 4 integrated mixer to get the perfect balance between blended drum kits.

  • Important Functions 4:24

    Important Functions

    Save time browsing kits and presets while modifying pattern tempos in the standalone version of Groove Agent 4 with these efficient and effective tips and tricks.

  • Mixer Settings 5:27

    Mixer Settings

    Get the lowdown on mixer pages and how they relate to one another to get the perfect balance between sounds.

  • Using Aux Effects 5:40

    Using Aux Effects

    Apply effects to individual drums to enhance your tracks, and learn how presets can increase the efficiency of your workflow.

  • More Mixer Options 5:28

    More Mixer Options

    Check out examples of how the four distinct mixer pages can be used to control separate levels between drum kits.

  • Jam Mode 8:42

    Jam Mode

    Take a detailed look at using Jam Mode, a special feature that allows you to play along to the different loops, intros, fills, and endings available in Groove Agent 4.

  • Integrating with Cubase 8:13

    Integrating with Cubase

    See how easy it is to place patterns in a Cubase track to allow individual midi trigger notes to play a full pattern.

  • Pattern & Performance 4:18

    Pattern & Performance

    Dive deeper into using midi trigger notes to play full patterns and fills and learn about the style player, library, and performance dial.

  • Complexity & Intensity 5:02

    Complexity & Intensity

    Use the intensity and complexity sliders to achieve different versions of style playback in the performance section for greater control over your sound.

  • Auto Complexity 6:18

    Auto Complexity

    Take advantage of the Auto Complexity option to allow Groove Agent 4 to inject extra movement and realism to pattern playback, and see how changing midi ports allows for correct playback of patterns.

  • AutoFill, Quantize & Swing 2:56

    AutoFill, Quantize & Swing

    Control how loose or rigid your groove is using the quantize feature, and discover how the automatic injection of fills into pattern playback can spice up your track.

  • Roundtrip Editing 7:53

    Roundtrip Editing

    Find out how easy it is to export a Groove Agent 4 pattern into Cubase, edit the midi file, and then import it back into Groove Agent 4.

  • Percussion Agent Editing 2:55

    Percussion Agent Editing

    Master the Percussion Agent performance section’s sub-style sliders and parameters to balance individual volume levels of Groove Agent 4’s instruments.

  • Drawing in Automation 4:08

    Drawing in Automation

    Create your own automation using the lanes in Cubase to experience greater control over pattern playback.

  • Beat Agent Editing 5:18

    Beat Agent Editing

    Discover the editing power of Beat Agent and see how its edit tab allows you to focus in on individual sounds to perfectly craft your track.

  • More Functions 13:58

    More Functions

    Walk step-by-step through the process of building a kit using samples, see how easy it is to duplicate a single pattern for modified playback when MIDI Mapped in Cubase, and find out how to import and slice audio loops to create unique sounds and effects.

Product Overview

Steinberg Groove Agent expert Mark Struthers returns with "Groove Agent 4 Explained", a series packed full of great information to help you get the most out of this exciting percussive tool.

Mark jumps right in and shows you all the Basics of the Groove Agent User Interface so you'll know how to Navigate and Access all of the innovative features of Groove Agent 4. Once you're familiar with the basics, Mark walks you through Loading Kits and Setting them Up with Samples so you can get started making music.

From there, you'll learn about Agents and Editing Drum Sounds to Make the Right Kit for Your Track. Then discover how Blending Drums Together can help you Create Unique Hybrid Kits to Personalize Your Style. Mark also reveals how the Integrated Mixer allows you to Balance Your Sound and Feel.

Once you're comfortable with the Mixer, dive deeper to realize its full potential by exploring the various Mixer Pages and Aux Effects. Jam Mode is then demonstrated showing you how easy it is to Play Along with Loops, Intros, Fills, and More. Mark then explains how to integrate Groove Agent 4 with Cubase for editing.

Getting even more detailed, Mark showcases the Style Player, Library, and Performance Dial and how they play an integral part in Groove Agent 4. Complexity, Intensity, and Auto-Complexity are also demonstrated to give you Complete Control Over the Patterns You Create.

When you're ready to spice up a pattern, Mark shows you How the Quantize, Auto-Fill, and Swing Parameters can be Edited to Add a More Realistic Feel to Your Drum Tracks. Once you've created a pattern you like, you'll see how to Export it to Cubase for Further Editing and then Import it Back into Groove Agent 4.

Wrapping up the series, Mark shows how Percussion Agent's Sub-Style Sliders and Parameters allow you to Balance Individual Drum Sounds, and Draw in Custom Automation through Cubase. You'll even see How to Slice Imported Loops to Create Unique Effects and more.

With all that this series has to offer, you'll be a Groove Agent expert in no time! Let Mark Struthers show you what you need to know... Watch "Groove Agent 4 Explained" today!

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