Steinberg Groove Agent Virtual Drummer (Macintosh and Windows)

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Minimum System Requirements
The minimum system requirements state the minimal specification your computer must have to be able to use the software. A more powerful system may be required for certain tasks or larger projects. You can find more information about computer system specification and setup here.

Mac
* Supported operating system: Mac OS X 10.4 and 10.5
* Power Mac G5 2 GHz or Intel Core Solo 1.5 minimum (dual core processor recommended)
* 1 GB RAM (2 GB recommended)
* 4 GB free HD space DVD drive required for installation
* CoreAudio compatible audio hardware is required
* USB-eLicenser/Steinberg Key (copy protection device) and USB port required*
* Internet connection required for license activation
* For using as plug-in, a VST (VST 2.3 or higher) or AU compatible host is required (AU hosting is compatible with Logic 7.7.3). For using as ReWire slave device, a ReWire compatible host is required.

PC
* Supported operating systems: Windows XP (32-bit), Windows Vista (32-bit) and Windows 7
* Intel/AMD processor 2 GHz minimum (dual core processor recommended)
* 1 GB RAM (2 GB recommended)
* 4 GB free HD space
* DVD drive required for installation
* Windows MME compatible audio hardware is required (ASIO compatible audio hardware required for low-latency operation)
* USB-eLicenser/Steinberg Key (copy protection device) and USB port required*
* Internet connection required for license activation
* For using as plug-in, a VST (VST 2.3 or higher) or DXi2 compatible host is required. For using as ReWire slave device, a ReWire compatible host is required.

*The USB-eLicenser/Steinberg Key (copy protection device) required to run this product is not included. Customers who do not own a USB-eLicenser/Steinberg Key must purchase one separately. The same USB-eLicenser/Steinberg Key copy protection device is then used for all Steinberg products that require it.
(22 ratings)
Submitted November 19, 2007 by a customer from gmail.com
"Great for song writing; get a groove quickly and easily."
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I will probably invest in another drum VST in the future, just to give myself a few more options sound wise. Probably will get more of a sampled drum set like BFD that can be driven by the midi out of Groove Agent.

Sound
Can't fault the drum sounds for the price. Also, the ability to add your own drum samples is nice in this version.

Features
The additional 2 modules, Special Agent and Percussion Agent, I haven't found useful as yet, least of all the Special Agent. I would have preferred more drum patterns in the main Groove Agent. It's nice to be able to add your own sounds, and of course, having 12 stereo outputs makes tracking and mixing a lot easier. In earlier versions there were only 4 outputs, and that meant multiple instances (with various drums muted), and duplicate midi tracks, or multiple pass to audio track; a pain. Also, to really get a final drum track, I find it necessary to go in and edit the timing of the fill triggers, add accents, and sometimes add individual instruments, like extra snare hits or crashes. This is really easy to do though, and is worth the effort. Many people ask me who played the drums on my recordings. That's the best reason to use Groove Agent I can think of.

Ease of Use
Couldn't be any simpler. Choose a pattern, hit Run. Although, Groove Agent sometimes gets a bit happy with the fills, adding them where they shouldn't be, or read more doubling up a fill so it runs into the next measure. It's not all the time though, and it doesn't ever seem to happen when mixing the drums down to an audio file, but that's not real-time, so maybe that makes the difference.

Quality
This doesn't really apply, but comes with a printed manual! :)

Value
For the money, it has a lot of playability.

Manufacturer Support
I've only contacted support about Cubase, and that went well.

The Wow Factor
I'm used to it, it's easy and sounds good.

Musical Background:
Active Musician, Recording Engineer, Sound Engineer
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