Long awaited update - good drummers are always late though right? 24/01/05
Let the drummer out of the box
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Groove Agent 2, the virtual drummer has been keeping folks waiting. This long-awaited update arrives busting with dozens of styles and a battery of new drum sounds, Groove Agent 2 offers the latest drum grooves and styles within the comfortable confines of modern DAW environments supporting the VST, DXi, ReWire or AU plug-in formats.
"Groove Agent 2 is based on the same highly successful technology that
made Groove Agent such a popular product," comments Helge Vogt,
Steinberg's Product Manager for Virtual Instruments. "But GA2 offers a
huge new library of additional, hypermodern styles and sounds for those
productions that require the hippest drum grooves. And there are some
other great refinements that will help establish Groove Agent 2 as the
leading virtual drummer plug-in," adds Vogt.
The 27 new styles include an array of the latest grooves in diverse flavors
currently in demand such as ultra-slick RnB, Bristol Trip Hop, Old Skool
HipHop, Retro Rock, roof-raising Punk and grinding Grunge grooves.
Providing the kerosene for the 27 explosive new styles are the 9 new drum
kits. The all-new top-quality studio kit offers a highly polished, refined
sound while being widely usable for many modern pop and rock
productions. Other kit highlights include painstakingly recreated retro
drum synths, ultra-hip noisy lofi drums, a diamond-hard metal kit as well
as added percussive sounds.
Other feature refinements include added output busses, with up to 8 stereo
outputs now available within the virtual mixer of the host application such
as Steinberg's Cubase SX3. The highly convenient "No Internal Samples"
switch disables all internal GA2 samples with a single mouse click, to
ensure that no internal sound is triggered by, for example, a MIDI track of
GA2 grooves which is feeding another drum machine or virtual sampler.
Each group now also features its own Solo button, making it even quicker
to hone in on the drum sound that needs particular attention.
The GUI has also been overhauled, with added scales and easier access to
vital controls. Groove Agent 2 also offers a new "Save to MIDI file"
feature, which stores GA2's rhythm output to a MIDI file for detailed
editing, regardless of which DAW application hosting Groove Agent 2.
Price and availability
Groove Agent 2 will be available for €249.00* from February 2005. Existing
Groove Agent customers can update to the new Groove Agent 2 version for