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Alternative Essentials

Alternative Essentials for Groove Agent highly embraces some of the most influencing alt-rock songs that swept away the fading rock music establishment of the '80s.

Covering a wide range of impeccable rhythms and patterns, Alternative Essentials for Groove Agent reminisces the subculture of independent rock music from the 1990s and revives the authenticity of hand-made garage rock music. The included grooves elevate the musical diversity that great alternative rock bands drew from, combining heavy metal, hardcore, '70s blues rock and British punk to become the soundtrack for the masses. The 10 exclusively recorded Styles cover different tempi and rhythms that can instantly be played on the pattern pads. You can choose from many intros, main parts, fills and endings, and control
the complexity and intensity of each beat from within Groove Agent.

Experience the smashing energy of underground rock with Alternative Essentials for Groove Agent.

Key Features

  • 10 Alternative Rock Styles for the Acoustic Agent drum kits in Groove Agent 4 and Groove Agent SE 4
  • Each Style is featured in a VST preset and comes with a dedicated mixer setting
  • Grooves cover different tempi and time signatures
  • Each Style includes main parts, intros, endings and fills
  • An inexhaustible resource for creating backing tracks, inspiring new compositions and improvisation sessions

List of presets


Alternative Essentials is an expansion pack for Groove Agent 4 and Groove Agent SE 4 Acoustic Agent.

Groove Agent 4 is available for purchase as VST instrument for VST 3, VST 2 and AU compatible host applications. Groove Agent SE 4 is included in Cubase Pro 9, Cubase Artist 9, Cubase Elements 9, Cubase AI 9, Cubase Pro 8.5, Cubase Artist 8.5, Cubase Pro 8, Cubase Artist 8, Cubase Elements 8 and Nuendo 7 with NEK. Groove Agent SE 4 from previous Cubase versions is not compatible with Alternative Essentials.

Expansion packs for Groove Agent

Upgrade your Groove Agent library with Steinberg's VST Sound Instrument Sets for more loops and sounds in your favorite style.

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