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Re: Groove Agent SE4

It seems that I remember reading that there was a new Groove Agent coming out anyway. Is this it? Or is this the "light" version and we can expect the heavy version later (as would seemingly be indicated by the SE in its name).

Re: Groove Agent announcement / UPDATE / JUNE 2013

Postby Matthias Quellmann » 11 Jun 2013 11:51

It’s time for an update on the Groove Agent 4 development. In the last post I gave some insight on the creation of the acoustic drum samples that will be part of the content library. But as I mentioned before Groove Agent 4 will introduce a new concept comprising well-known workflows but also new approaches to virtual drummers. An idea that was already featured in Groove Agent 3 will be revised and turned into a new approach. In GA4 there will be again multiple agents that will play on their own or along with other agents in sync. The idea is to have a drum workstation that can be loaded with agents that are “specialists” for specific styles, sounds and genres. The advantage is that each agent’s feature set is as simple or as complex as it needs to be without having to add all parameters or features on every instrument.
Keeping it simple and intuitive is still on top of the list. The agent concept allows us to create instruments within Groove Agent with own personalities, including limits and strengths. Now think about what kind of agents you would like to see in Groove Agent!
Most of you know Groove Agent ONE that has been included in Cubase for several years. We received a lot of positive feedback on the easy and straightforward concept that this little beat machine has to offer, although there are also a lot of suggestions on how to improve the feature set and workflow. It just makes sense that something similar will also be part of Groove Agent 4: a dedicated agent for electronic sounds and beat productions that imports samples and comes with a fully loaded library for all kinds of styles. As with the recordings for the acoustic drum sounds, the content for the second agent is already in the making and is being taken care of by several producers from the US, UK and Germany.
One of the producers is Allen Morgan who has recently worked with Steinberg on several projects, including his own signature drums series for GA ONE and also mixing presets for Cubase 7’s new channel strip. Just yesterday Allen sent us a nice picture directly out of the recording studio in L.A. As you can see, the content library will have some surprises! (And Allen is serious about it!)


Just one last word: There have been a lot of questions about the release date of Groove Agent 4. As you can imagine it is a huge project to create a software application from scratch, even for Steinberg, and producing a new library with exclusive content is always a challenge. For all of you who are hoping for a release in the next couple of weeks this might come as a disappointment, but it won’t be possible to complete this project until the end of the year . We really want to make this right so we can offer our customers the best virtual drummer solution. This takes time, but it will definitely be worth the wait.

Best regards,

Matthias Quellmann - Product Marketing Manager VST Instruments / Sequel
Steinberg Media Technologies GmbH
Hamburg, Germany
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by G-string
Sun Dec 01, 2013 10:18 pm
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Re: Groove Agent SE4

There are two things about GA4's design could've stood a bit more refinement.

The first is the ability to drag and drop audio files onto the pads from anywhere outside of Cubase. You can already drag and drop audio files from outside Cubase onto a audio Track. So why not skip that extra step (drag audio to Cubase > Drag audio part from Cubase to GA pad) and simply drag any audio file, from anywhere, directly onto a GA pad? (GA's predecessor, the LM-4II, was able to do this).

The second is why the designers persisted with what I consider to be the limited MPC-like 16 pad paradigm. This is a design originally forced by the production cost/real estate restrictions of physical hardware. GA4 is a software GUI….something that could easily be be made to dynamically resize to accommodate up to 128 pads at once, unrestricted by the 80's synth "banking" mentality.

I'd take the convenience of monitoring and pad selection in one go, over nostalgia, any day.

That said, even without these additons, this is still an excellent improvement over its predecessor.
by Weasel
Sun Dec 01, 2013 10:43 pm
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OT: Yamaha buys Line 6

I don't know a single person that's had a line 6 interface and has managed to hook it up with Cubase first time with no hassle . just saying !

Oh this is so true!!! I had discovered last year or so that the proprietary ASIO drivers for devices do not co-exist well making it near impossible. I gave up, mine sits idle collecting dust
I have used a Pod XT with no problems whatsoever. I don't see what the fuzz is all about.

I use it as a backup on the go. By the way, I use Line 6 plugins in most of my mixes (professional). I would love to see some kind of integration and included plugs. It will be interesting to see what happens with Reason. Doesn't Line 6 own Propellerhead? The beat features of Reason included in Cubase would be amazing!
by Torbiz
Mon Dec 23, 2013 9:36 pm
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Re: VST Amp Rack Questions

I'm still running C7. Haven't upgraded to C7.5 yet but plan to before the end of he month. My questions are about the VST Amp Rack. I've watched some YouTube videos, and done a search here on the forums and can't find any answers. I have guitar parts recorded already. I add an insert effect and choose distortion, then choose VST Amp Rack. No problems up to that point. If I choose an amplifier, I can hear a difference in teh signal as I can also hear differences when I change cabinets. However, when I try to choose a pre or post effect, it only shows an empty pedal with No Effect written on it. No matter where I click I cannot get the arrow that turns into a plus sign that I see in the videos that allow me to choose an effect pedal. Am I doing something wrong here?
Click on the empty Pedal and load your first pre FX, after that you get the plus sign to add a second FX
by thinkingcap
Fri Jan 03, 2014 7:44 pm
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Re: Important info for all Windows 7 and 8 users with Cubase 7!

Thanks Bredo I never knew.

It seems from what Freddie H. has been saying that you can create a power profile, edit it and switch it on or off as necessary, so maybe it's a worthwhile feature.
For a DAW you should definitively make your own power plan (within windows - don't bother the Steinberg one).
Turn off every power saving option for your "DAW Power Plan" (I saved mine as DAW ;-)).
You should also look into turning off Core Parking (turn off C-states and Intel Speed-step in the BIOS).
You want all Cores "up and running" at all times when working with your DAW (green IT is for your company's system administrator ;-))
To turn off Core Parking I'm using a .reg file btw (but you better know what you're doing using this mehod ;-)).

+1 Agree

Here some guidelines / tips that I recently added. Anyone, feel free to check them out. :)

Best Regards
by Freddie H
Wed Aug 21, 2013 7:37 pm
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Re: VST Amp Rack Questions

Brad Mize wrote:I appreciate the response. I've tried that. I get nothing but a blank drop down menu.

Then there seems to be something wrong with your installation. Re-install?
by thinkingcap
Fri Jan 03, 2014 8:16 pm
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