I Have Halion 4, Toontrack Superior drummer and EZ drummer with add ons.
But for all my projects I use…Groove agent one!
I even sampled entire Toontrack libraries so I can use them in GA. I also sampled all my drumsounds from my Korg Triton for that matter. And I sampled the Halion drumsounds as well
Anyway,that for a bundled product, Groove agent is spot on. So I looked up Groove agent three but that is something completey different.
I really like the MPC style GUI. Drag/drop from the mediabay, layering, 16 outputs.
But I miss some editing features.
I went on looking for a similar third party product, but…There is none! I mean point me to a better looking, working GA one and I’ll buy it.
Point is, if Steinberg would make a payed version of this, and I don’t mean groove agent three, but a MPC style GUI with build in FX, one that contains it’s samples instead of pointing to them, in depth sample editor, playback flac and MP3, envelope generators, realtime key/pad assigner,etc etc, I would gladly pay for it!
Yeah GAO is nice, easy to work with and nice collection of included sample material. To me the samples sound a bit too processed for my liking, but they’re useful nonetheless.
The mentioned improvements I would certainly use too, so feel free to put some more hours into GAO Steinberg
I like using GA1 a lot too. The only thing I dislike is that, for a native instrument, it doesn’t automap its drum map. In understand needing to load up a drum map for other drum instruments, but since its in-house, it should automap. Otherwise it does quite well for me.
If you really are interested in similar products with more features, look at Motu’s BPM or FXansion’s Geist. But honestly, you’re probably fine with GA1 than needing to spend more money.
As I said - I’ll only experienced it with longer crashes and hats - there was definitely some phasing going on and I haven’t touched it for that again afterwards. I can live with a “loose” timing on kick and snares which gives more of a feeling. Maybe thats even a feature