- Load Groove Agent (GA) as a VST insturment (via F11).
- Load one of the acoustic drum sets in GA and use the “init” set that you will find in the GA browser. You will find the “init” set among the other strange names in the set browser. This “init” preset ensures that no styles/groves/loops are being loaded.
- Be sure that you have the “instrument” button switched on and not the “pattern”. If you now click the different numbers under the “instrument” button you can see what kind of drum sound that is located on which pad. The pad also corresponds to a key on the keyboard. You have now 4 options laying down your own track:
3.1. Play the drums on your MIDI keyboard (assuming you have one). The pads will give you a hint on where to find a specific drum. This is the recommended way. You may also connect an external MIDI drum pad if that is preferred.
3.2 Turn on the keyboard in GA and click the appropriate key. If you use this method I would recommend doing one drum at a time as moving the mouse to click is not a very precise operation.
3.3 Click the pads. (one drum at the time is recommended).
3.4 Draw the drums directly on a drum track inside Cubase.
3.1-3.3 You need to have enabled the “record” function of the track and record “live” as the cursor moves. You can do one drum at the time if that is preferred.
3.4 First you draw a MIDI range on your track with the pen tool, then you double click it to open the piano roll and you then draw in the drums in the piano roll according to the PAD names in GA. If you choose MIDI channel 10 for your track (default is 1), double clicking will give you to the drum editor instead of the piano roll. Personally I like to operate within the piano roll better, but the drum editor will give you the drum names, also called “map”.
If you are very happy with your groove you may save it as a pattern in Groove Agent and also allocate it to one of the PADs, for later re-use. You may develop many grooves and save them to different PADs. I recommend this only if you want to use GA in i live situation. If not, it is easier just to drag the MIDI groove from the folder you used for saved grooves directly into Cubase. If you go to Groove Monkee website they have a free groove set for GA4. With it comes a manual that I have written for them. It will give you some more information on how to save and operate GA in general. Groove 3 (Don’t get confused by the name similarity. They are two different companies) have a decent tutorial on GA that I recommend, but it does not give you much information on laying down your own track.
Hope this helped.
Cubase is only complicated in the beginning. Soon you will learn the logic of it and it is easy.