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Steinberg launches Groove Agent 4

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Steinberg has launched Groove Agent 4, the drum workstation that comprises different drum modules each specialized in certain acoustic and electronic drum styles.

Steinberg Groove Agent 4

Together with its additional capabilities to program patterns easily, mix drum tracks, add studio-grade effects and the perfect incorporation with Steinberg’s award-winning Cubase software, Groove Agent 4 is the ideal tool for composers, producers and musicians.

Groove Agent 4 features three drum modules, also known as Agents, which trigger a wealth of grooves and samples. Each Agent offers a set of specialized tools essential to the style of drum production in demand, but Agents can also be combined, giving Groove Agent 4 its unique multi-Agent architecture.

The Acoustic Agent consists of three drum kits: Studio Kit, Rock Kit and Vintage Kit. Each kit includes dedicated controls that adjust the mix of room and overhead microphones, bleeding signals as well as further kit tuning. Armed with a dedicated channel strip sporting EQ, compressor, tape saturation and envelope shaper, the acoustic drum mixer comes with up to 20 microphone channels, six group channels and four aux buses. The Style Player provides over 50 contemporary styles to choose from. Once selected, Groove Agent 4 offers a groove with intros, fills and endings and up to 16 variations of the main part that can seamlessly be blended by complexity and intensity.

The Beat Agent gets down to intricate beat production, boasting over 100 kits quickly accessible via the MediaBay and the Sample Browser as well as a broad scope of editing capabilities available through the Sample Editor. The Drum Classifier detects the different kit components in a loop and allows users to extract, replace and rearrange them. The Vintage and Turntable modes add the sound perceived in early 12-bit drum machines.

The Percussion Agent includes percussion instruments the likes of bongos, shakers, tambourine and congas. Its Style Player combines up to 8 substyles and adjusts the complexity and intensity of each instrument. With more than 20 styles the Percussion Agents covers grooves ranging from disco, funk, pop and R&B to classic percussive standards, such as bolero and bossa nova.

The entire library encompasses over 22,000 samples and more than 3,800 grooves. All drum kits have been recorded in 24-bit resolution while the Acoustic and Percussion Agents also offer 16-bit versions on top.

Additional features highlighted in Groove Agent 4 are the Pattern Editor for easy editing of grooves and the Jam mode that creates backing tracks on the fly. The overall kit mixer provides 29 quality effects and 16 stereo outputs that can be fed directly to any host mixer. In conjunction with Cubase, Groove Agent 4 takes integration to a new level, allowing users to drag and drop samples and MIDI patterns from Cubase onto Groove Agent 4 or drag patterns from Groove Agent 4 back into Cubase. Drum maps from Groove Agent kits are automatically created and pad names are copied to Cubase.

“The fourth iteration of Groove Agent gives us reason to cheer: we’ve been working hard on delivering a multi-role virtual drummer that is matchless,” said Matthias Quellmann, product marketing manager at Steinberg. “We are confident that Groove Agent will equally become a rich source of inspiration and creativity for musicians all over the globe.”

Groove Agent 4 features

  • Complete virtual drum workstation including three specialist Agents for drums, beats and percussion — combinable in four slots.
  • Huge library including over 22,000 samples and more than 3,800 grooves and patterns for any contemporary music style.
  • Acoustic Agent virtual drummer with stunningly detailed drum kits for unmatched realism.
  • Beat Agent drum sampler for electronic music production including advanced slice editing and automatic drum hit recognition.
  • Percussion Agent with more than 20 instruments to complete your virtual rhythm section.
  • Full pattern editor for groove editing on the fly.
  • Style Player plays in the desired complexity and intensity, generates auto fills and much more.
  • Jam mode creates immediate backing tracks, including intro, fills and ending.
  • Integrated mixing board with high-end audio effects for flexible control over all aspects of your drum sound.
  • Advanced Cubase integration with drag and drop, full automation and automatic drum map exchange.

Groove Agent 4 will be available for purchase from resellers from August 20th, 2014 for a suggested retail price of 179 EUR including German VAT. The Groove Agent 4 update from version 3 is now available as a download through the Steinberg Online Shop for 99.99 EUR, including German VAT.

More information: Steinberg / Groove Agent 4

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The Loop Loft releases Long Loops Vol 3 MIDI pack

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The Loop Loft Long Loops

The Loop Loft has announced the release of Long Loops Vol 3, a new MIDI pack featuring grooves designed to make your drum patterns sound as human as possible.

Are you tired of working with short, 1 to 2 bar loops? Do you find yourself altering loop patterns or manually programming fills for song transitions? Then Long Loops is the MIDI release you’ve been waiting for.

Recorded live by a top studio drummer, Long Loops features grooves ranging in length from 4 to 16 bars, with each loop containing slight “human” variations throughout the beat and appropriate fills in the last measure of each phrase. The result? You can now quickly build up entire verses, chorus, hooks and breakdowns by simply dragging and dropping a single loop into your arrangement.

The pack is available for purchase for $29 USD.

More information: The Loop Loft / Long Loops Vol 3

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ThaLoops releases Timbo Hip Hop Drumz

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ThaLoops Timbo Hip Hop Drumz

ThaLoops has released Timbo Hip Hop Drumz, a new pack that is bringing the raw, acoustic sound of true tape saturated kicks, snares, beat-box and percussion samples for modern music production.

The sound-set was designed to match the style of Timbaland, Danjahandz and Kanye West. Every drum sample is mastered to perfection to cut right through your beatz!

Packed with 191 (.WAV) blazing hip hop drum samples: 51 kicks, 58 layered snares/claps/sidesticks, 54 beat-box sounds and 27 percussion samples.

Kick and snare samples are organised into 3 kits: Timbo Diamond, Timbo Gold and Timbo Platinum. BeatBox and Percussion samples go under XTRA folder including formats for Battery, Kontakt, EXS24, Halion and Soundfont.

The pack is available for purchase for $17.99 USD.

More information: ThaLoops / Timbo Hip Hop Drumz

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Push Button Bang releases Live Dubstep & Trap Drum Stems

Push Button Bang has launched Live Dubstep & Trap Drum Stems, a collection of live acoustic drums and MIDI for Dubstep, Trap or 140 bpm break based productions.

Push Button Bang Live Dubstep & Trap Drum Stems

As with the original House drum stems, this huge collection of head nodding grooves features individual track drum stems – separate hi hats or cymbals to sit on top of your 808s, thumping tom or snare rolls and builds to add tension to the crescendo, Individual Kick and snare basic groove components and of course a complete selection of full kit loops which can be dropped into the track for immediate full drum backing stems in seconds!

You can use it to get immediate results with the full loops by simple drag and drop into a channel into your track, or combine multiple drum part stems with your programmed kick and snare to give your drums a professional, hypnotic human groove.

The sample pack is available from Loopmasters for £29.95 GBP. MIDI files and audio loops are also sold separately for £19.95 GBP each.

More information: Push Button Bang / Dubstep & Trap Drum Stems

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Beatmatch releases Digital free sample pack

Beatmatch Digital

Beatmatch.info has announced Digital, a free sample pack.

“Digital” is a must have collection of close to 300 high quality royalty-free synthetic drum sounds, effects and one shots.

Thanks to Maschine extension update you can now use “Digital” with Native Instruments groove production workstation. Maschine extension includes 4 drum kits and 16 music grooves optimised for use in minimal techno, electro & detroit techno music productions.

Digital features

  • 295 Sound Files.
  • 4 Drum Kits.
  • 16 Music Grooves.
  • WAV Format.
  • 100% Royalty Free.

The pack is a free download at Beatmatch.info.

More information: Beatmatch / Digital

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Plugin Boutique updates BigKick to v1.5

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Plugin Boutique BigKick

Plugin Boutique has released version 1.5.0 of BigKick, a kick drum instrument plug-in for Windows and Mac.

It’s got the same great kick drums, but with more creative options, bug fixes and better performance. And with a clearer GUI.

Changes in KickDrum v1.5.0

  • You can play the pitch of the kick drum with your MIDI keyboard.
  • Vastly extended hold and decay times and a great new envelope shape for those really long kicks and booms.
  • Drag and drop import for attack samples. Drag sounds straight from your track into onto the Load Sample button – it’s very quick and easy!
  • New (much warmer) distortion and waveforms for more creative and aggressive sounds.
  • Hyper-clean trance drum kicks with the new tough kick drum model.
  • Massively improved preset handling, including folder creation, renaming, easier preset browsing, preset-pack creation tools and much more.
  • Presets sit right in the mix more quickly with the new built in EQ. Or, if you want, leap out and smack you in the face with the punch control.

BigKick for Windows and Mac (VST/AU) is available for purchase for £39.95 GBP.

More information: Plugin Boutique / BigKick

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The Loop Loft releases Double Drums Vol. 1

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The Loop Loft Double Drums Vol 1

The Loop Loft has announced the release of its Double Drums Vol 1, a collection of over 260 double drums loops and samples.

There’s a reason Double Drums have played a crucial role in music for the past 40 years. With two different drummers playing at the same time, a certain magic and depth occurs from multiple rhythmic and sonic layers grooving together. With Double Drums Vol 1, we give you this same magic directly in your DAW, allowing you to easily layer and arrange songs with two different drummers playing at the same time.

Just drag and drop grooves from the multiple “kit” folders and begin exploring the possibilities of what Double Drums can do to your tracks. In addition to the hundred of loops provided in the collection, samples are provided from all six different drum kits used in the recording process, allowing you to create your own beats using the exacts same sounds in the audio loops.

The sample library costs $28 USD.

More information: The Loop Loft / Double Drums Vol 1

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