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Steinberg Groove Agent 4 - Educational Edition

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Groove Agent 4 — All styles covered

Groove Agent 4 is the ultimate drum studio and virtual drumming instrument for producers and songwriters working in any modern musical style. This unique instrument combines three specialist rhythm modules in one: craft dazzlingly authentic drum tracks, produce dancefloor-filling beats and design slinky percussive grooves with a dedicated Agent for each task; combine up to four Agents for a new experience in rhythm creation. Groove Agent 4 includes a huge sound library of over 22,000 samples and more than 3,800 patterns, a vast array of specialist editing tools, Style Player, the handy Jam mode, full integrated mixing board and much, much more.


Key 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
  • 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

New features

Multi-Agent concept

Groove Agent 4 combines the creative power of three different rhythm modules: the Acoustic, Beat and Percussion Agents. Each of these specialist tools offers its own approach to drums and rhythms, with special ways of creating your own inspiring beats in a huge range of styles. And the creative potential of each Agent can be combined with any of the others.

Four Agent slots allow you to mix and match your ideal rhythm section. Or combine the Acoustic and Beat Agents to create ultra-modern hybrid beats. This unique feature unleashes myriad opportunities for creating imaginative, inspiring drums — whatever your genre.


The Acoustic Agent

The Acoustic Agent is a next-generation virtual acoustic drummer offering not only first-class drum sounds but an integrated player that creates the perfect accompaniment for your songs.

Three outstanding drum kits are included, ready to be played by the Style Player, who can conjure over 50 different grooves in a wealth of genres including blues, punk, hip hop and indie rock — perfect for any contemporary music style. And you retain full control, both over intensity and complexity of the Style Player’s drumming and over the sound, thanks to the full-on mixing board included.


The Beat Agent

Beat Agent is a full beat production instrument with all the tools and sounds to create insane beats for any type of electronic or urban music. 100 amazing-sounding drum kits are included, alongside all the advanced features you need to edit existing ones and create your own. Yet Beat Agent also excels in manipulating samples and loops, with features like automatic loop slicing, one-click drum hit replacement, an onboard FX rack and much, much more. Extras like the Vintage mode and the tightest possible integration with Cubase put Beat Agent at the frontline of modern beat creation and production.


The Percussion Agent

As the name suggests, Percussion Agent specializes in instruments, grooves and styles that feature percussive elements. Not only does this Agent play perfect accompaniments to many Acoustic Agent grooves, but offers an ideal way to create your own percussion tracks from scratch in just a few clicks using the integrated Style Player. Over 20 percussion instruments have been recorded in minute detail using multiple microphones such as bongos, congas, shakers, tambourines and many more. What’s more, Percussion Agent also offers the same integrated



Groove Agent 4 is perhaps the most comprehensive drum production solution that’s ever been available as a software instrument. Not only are three specialist Agents on hand to deliver authentic acoustic drums, massive electronic beats and percussive grooves but the unique architecture means you combine them to come up with astoundingly original, hybrid drum tracks that will keep you ahead of the competition, whatever genre or style you’re specialized in. Also included is a huge library of first-class samples, grooves and patterns as well as a full-on virtual mixer and FX suite for even more creative options.


Beat producers

Groove Agent 4 features an awesomely powerful beat production toolkit ready to help you create the best beats ever — regardless of what electronic, dance or urban genre you’re working in. Produce floor-shaking beats and dancefloor-filling grooves with an array of incredible sample manipulation tools and FX, slice editors and much more — all designed to make beat production easier and faster than ever. And there’s more: the included sample library has been created by top names in the industry, putting the latest sounds at your disposal.


Songwriters and composers

Groove Agent 4 offers an amazingly intuitive drum track creation solution guaranteed to inspire you when writing your next album. A vast array of styles and grooves await exploration, while features like the Style Player conjure a drum track in seconds, leaving you free to improvise melodies and chord progressions around wonderfully authentic acoustic drum tracks. Dial in the desired intensity and complexity, then let the Style Player play the ideal groove, replete with fills, intros and endings. Easy to use and playfully intuitive, Groove Agent 4 will help you create the best music you’ve ever written.


Groove Agent 4 — What you get

Steinberg’s easy-to-use yet powerful drum studio is the ultimate source for any kind of drum production style. Look beyond your standard workflows and get creative by combining electronic beats with warm acoustic drums to produce your individual sound.

Ultimate drum workstation

Unique multi-Agent architecture

Groove Agent 4 redefines “virtual drummer” instruments by allowing you to combine up to four of the included drum Agents — each a specialist in their own field — with each other, opening up completely new ways of creating drum and rhythm tracks. Each Agent draws on a massive new sound library created especially for this version, with over 22,000 samples and more than 3,800 grooves that cover almost any contemporary music genre. All included patterns and grooves can be altered on the fly using the integrated Pattern Editor for even more creative options.

A multi-role virtual drummer

Easy to use yet functionally deep and featuring many innovative approaches, Groove Agent 4 has been designed to excel in a number of roles, such as the studio, on stage, in the rehearsal room or as a creative inspiration for music production at home or on the road. Launch the stand-alone version of Groove Agent 4 in Jam mode to assist you during song-writing sessions, for example, when your drummer is not around. Groove Agent also supports all the most common e-drum hardware, allowing you to play the included kits on your setup.

In the mix

With 29 studio-grade effects and a dedicated mixer section, Groove Agent 4 allows you to both create your drum tracks and sculpt your ideal drum sound, all within the same application. And if you want to mix your drums within your host application, the routing architecture allows you to send up to 16 stereo outputs directly into the mixer. The integrated effects also add another way of working creatively with drums and beats, either as send effects on the dedicated aux buses or inserted anywhere at the level of each kit, Agent or pad.

Totally integrated workflow with Cubase

As you’d expect, Groove Agent 4 has been engineered to harmonize completely with Cubase to keep your workflow smooth and your creativity flowing. Drag and drop samples and MIDI patterns from Cubase onto Groove Agent 4 or drag patterns from the Groove Agent 4 pads into your project to build a Cubase arrangement in seconds. But the integration goes even further: drum maps are automatically created for you from your Groove Agent kits, and all pad names are copied to Cubase, meaning less hassle and more creative freedom. 

The Acoustic Agent

Featuring three exceptional acoustic drum kits, a library of grooves across a wealth of genres and a range of specialist tools, the Acoustic Agent specializes in acoustic, “hand-made” drum tracks. All three drum kits have been recorded with painstaking attention to detail in order to capture every sonic nuance. Each kit is offered in 16-bit and 24-bit versions, with controls for room and overhead level, bleed for each kit component as well as kit tuning; you can even set how far the hi-hat opens. An extra replacement kick and snare are also included to help configure your ideal kit.

The Studio Kit is an excellent all-rounder
The Rock Kit offers plenty of punch
The Vintage Kit oozes warmth and character

Mixer section

Acoustic Agent also offers a dedicated mixer section with everything you need for mixing acoustic drums, with up to 20 microphone and six group channels. Each of those channels is replete with an EQ, compressor, tape saturation and envelope shaper; the mixer also features four aux buses for send effects. And if you don’t have time to delve into each available parameter, try out one of the included mixer presets for instant, great-sounding results.

Acoustic Agent Mixer Section

Style Player

An integral part of the Acoustic Agent is the Style Player feature. Select one of over 50 styles and Groove Agent 4 will offer you a groove in that style — including intros, fills and endings. You can also instruct the Acoustic Agent to vary its playing from simple to complex and from light to intense, and control these two settings simultaneously in an intuitive XY-control.

Acoustic Agent Style Player

Beat Agent

Beat Agent is your in-house beat production specialist with a plethora of dedicated tools, kits, samples and loops all geared toward creating the best beats and grooves.

Highly adept at working with samples, Beat Agent is designed to make common operations fast and simple. Load and replace samples using the integrated sample browser, create custom drum kits by stacking or layering samples on the pads or chromatically across the virtual keyboard, use the editor window to edit samples in almost any conceivable way. Beat Agent offers an outstanding array of sample editing tools. 

Beat Agent comes into its own when working with loops. Not only does the AudioWarp algorithm keep your loops in sync to the song tempo at all times, but Beat Agent also slices loops and maps the result automatically and ready to play onto the pads.

Drum Classifier

And there’s more: Beat Agent includes a very special feature called the Drum Classifier. This is a hit detection system that recognizes if the individual slices are, for example, kick, snare or hi-hat. This leaves you free to replace elements of your loop at will, extract grooves and rearrange them in the pattern editor or change the sound of the entire kit — the only limits here are those of your imagination.

More tools for beat creation

Also on offer are a range of clever sonic tools, such as the Vintage and Turntable modes, which faithfully emulate the sound of 12-bit drum machines and give your sounds the gritty crunch of early hip hop samples. Combine this kind of intuitive music technology with the awe-inspiring library of over 100 kits and grooves for a full-on beat production system worthy of being a stand-alone application in its own right.

Beat Agent - Browser
Beat Agent - Drum Classifier
Beat Agent - Pattern Editor

Percussion Agent

If you need to add extra flavor to drum tracks or beats created in the Acoustic or Beat Agents, or are composing music in genres which feature percussion as an integral part of their structure, look no further than the Percussion Agent. As its name suggests, this Agent is specialized in generating those percussive elements that can make a standard groove sound exceptional.


First-class percussion content

Percussion Agent includes a range of first-class percussion content and grooves with an extensive library of percussion instruments such as bongos, shakers, tambourines and congas. The library was recorded in pristine quality that captures the finest detail of every instrument, regardless of how fine or subtle its sound. Each sound is available in 16-bit and 24-bit versions.


Create your own percussion tracks in just a few clicks

Percussion Agent also features likewise versatile and intuitive tools for creating percussion tracks as the Acoustic Agent, such as the dedicated Style Player. Combine up to 8 substyles and adjust the complexity and intensity of each single pattern geared especially toward percussion, essential for genres in which percussion plays a vital role such as cha-cha-cha, latin rock and bossa nova. 

Percussion Agent Style Player

Specs & Downloads

Mac OS X


Supported operating systems
Mac OS X Version 10.8 / 10.9Windows 7 / Windows 8.x
Minimum system requirements
Intel or AMD dual core CPU 
10 GB free HD space
VST 2.4, VST 3 or AU host required
DVD-ROM dual-layer drive
USB-eLicenser (not included)

Internet connection required for activation, account setup and personal / product registration. Additional downloads may be required for the installation.


The USB-eLicenser required to run this product is not included. Customers who do not own an USB-eLicenser must purchase one separately. The same USB-eLicenser copy protection device is then used for all Steinberg products that require it.


List of drum sets used for the recordings

The following kit pieces have been recorded for the Acoustic Agent content library:


Vintage Drum Kit

  • Ludwig Fab Four Kick 22”x16”
  • Ludwig Fab Four Tom 13”
  • Ludwig Fab Four Floor Tom 16”
  • Ludwig Fab Four Floor Tom 18”
  • Ludwig Fab Four Snare 14”x6.5” Maple
  • Premier Snare 14”x4.5” Maple
  • Zildjian A-CIE Series Vintage 14” Hihat
  • Zildijian K Costantinopole 22” Ride Hi Bell Dry
  • Zildjian K 18” CrashRide
  • Zildjian K 17” Dark Crash
  • Zildjian K 12” Brilliant Splash
  • Zildjian Trash 14” China Oriental

Studio Drum Kit

  • Yamaha Oak Custom Toms: Damped 10”x10”, 12”x12”, 14”x14”, 16”x16”
  • Yamaha Oak Custom Kick: 22”x18”
  • Yamaha Snare Maple 14"x4.5"
  • Ludwig Snare Metal 14"x5"
  • Zildjian A Custom 14” Hihat
  • Zildjian A Custom 22” Ride
  • Zildjian A Custom 18” Crash
  • Zildjian A Custom 14” Crash
  • Zildjian Avedis 6” Splash
  • Ufip Rough 18” China

Rock Drum Kit

  • Pearl Masterworks 22”x18” Kick
  • Pearl Masterworks Toms: 8”x7”, 10”x8”, 12”x8”, 14”x10”,
  • 16”x13”
  • Ufip Class 13”Class High HiHat
  • Ufip Natural 10”Splash
  • Ufip Natural 16”Crash
  • Ufip Natural 18”Crash
  • Wuhan 18”China “handmade”
  • Ufip Natural 20”Ride
  • Yamaha Snare 14”x4.5” Maple Chromed Metal Hoop
  • Pearl Snare 14”x6.5” Maple
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