A new standard of dynamic acoustic drums; new kits for electronic music; new MIDI grooves; live sampling; Decompose feature for your own signature drum sound; 32 velocity layers; updated and resizable user interface… plus much more!

New acoustic drums in The Kit

The Kit brings fantastic new acoustic drum sounds to Groove Agent, including Pearl kick and snare, four Yamaha Maple Custom toms, four cymbals from Zildjian, Istanbul ride and Paiste splash cymbals — all recorded with high-end Neumann microphones and outboard gear in Berlin’s Teldex Studios, including its classic reverb chamber. ‘The Kit’ comes with 47 articulations, five round robins and up to 20 velocities and, most importantly, a sound that is very versatile and can be pushed in any direction in your mix.

Instruments & articulations Mic setup

More than 30 new kits for EDM, Trap and other styles

All new kits have been created for Groove Agent 5 by top electronic artists including Rawtekk, Audeka, zKlang, Joe Ford and a number of other young and hungry producers. As well as beat patterns, Beat Agent kits also now include samples like basses, small melody parts, miscellaneous hits and other noises. Further great news is that you can now also use the Style Player for Beat Agent.

Exciting new styles for songwriters

Groove Agent 5 features 20 new MIDI Styles for songwriters, including intro, outro, fills and different complexities. They cover a range of genres, including rock, progressive rock, blues rock, alternative rock, indie, funk, soul, jazz, crossover and reggae, with every style played by a top drummer and exclusively mixed for The Kit.

Preset list

Sound design with Decompose

Decompose is a sound designer’s dream! With it you can load a sample and easily separate it into its tonal and noise components. Once you’ve done that, you can easily drag and drop each part onto Groove Agent pads to layer your drums, creating an endless array of possibilities. Just imagine combining a fat 808 kick tone with the noise of a 909 snare. Or an electronic snare with the noise of an acoustic hi-hat.

Change the pitch of samples

Create new exciting drum sounds with changing the pitch envelope of a sample. This is especially great for EDM music if you want to create drops and build ups or if you want to do pitch adjustments of pre-recorded drums. Combined with the new Decompose you can also modulate the pitch of tone and noise separately – a very unique approach in working with drum sounds.

Even more new features

Live sampling

Record any sound that you choose directly to Groove Agent and let your creativity bring genius to your drum tracks! You can sample old records, analog drum synthesizers, instrument loops, acoustic kits… indeed any sound that you can think of. With Groove Agent installed on a laptop, you can record whatever you like, wherever you like and create completely new, unique drum sounds.

Overview of every new feature in Groove Agent 5

  • 20 new MIDI Styles

    Played and mixed by top drummers and engineers

  • 32 plug-in outputs

    You can use more audio outputs than ever before

  • 32 velocity layers

    Groove Agent now handles up to 32 velocity layers

  • Decompose sounds

    Easily separate sounds into the tonal and noise components for an endless array of possibilities

  • Drag and drop samples on pads

    Build your own kits of single instruments, recorded or Decomposed samples

  • Drag and drop to Cubase

    Drag samples or MIDI grooves from Groove Agent to Cubase

  • Export mix to Cubase 10

    … including all inserts in each channel strip

  • Filter content by instrument

    New Beat Agent kits are also available as single instrument presets

  • Improved Style Player

    New auto complexity mode, with export options for complexities and fills

  • Live sampling

    Record your own samples directly to pads in Groove Agent

  • Load styles and MIDI

    … with a simple double click

  • More than 30 new Beat Agent kits

    For EDM, Trap, Future Bass, Drum ‘n’ Bass, Modern Funk and more

  • New Pitch modulation

    The perfect addition for Decompose: pitch only the tonal part and leave the noise unpitched

  • New auto complexity mode

    After inserting a drum fill, you can define the complexity of how it’s played

  • New modern user interface

    Resizable, undockable and ready for HiDPI

  • Pre-listening pads and Styles

    Even during playback you can switch instruments or grooves and hear if they fit in

  • Revised pitch envelope

    … with much better handling

  • Sample view in envelope editors

    Show samples in the background of envelope editors

  • Selectable auto fills

    In the Style Player, you can now select just the auto fills you want to use

  • Solo per layer

    Solo listening of samples on pads with more than one layer

  • Style Player for Beat Agent

    Acoustic MIDI styles now can be played by electronic kits

  • The Kit

    The finest acoustic drums, recorded at Teldex Studios, Berlin

Grace Period Update

Customers who have activated Groove Agent 4 since October 3, 2018, are eligible for a free, downloadable Grace Period update to Groove Agent 5.