The Grooove Concept

Grooove is a unique virtual drum machine that enables the user to easily create vibrant and dynamic drum kits while making use of maximally two samples per drum sound.

Common drum plug-ins that rely on a multi-layer strategy, managing huge and often bulky and cumbersome libraries and kits, are a suitable tool for users that try to simulate real acoustic drums.

By contrast, Grooove is aimed at beat programmers and musicians who prefer a fast, inspiring and creative approach to drum sound design. If you want to compose individual responsive drum kits of a handful samples, Grooove might become your best friend.

Scroll your way down to learn about Grooove’s main components, features and particularities…

Download Grooove

Mac OS X and Windows
32 and 64 bit
Stand-alone, VST2, VST3, AU

Grooove can be used
with or without license key.

  • If you don't have a license key, you can run Grooove in trial mode, which means only a limited set of built-in drum kits is available and the export function is disabled. Grooove will also remind you of the trial state from time to time. Apart from that, Grooove is fully functional in trial mode.
  • If you have a license key, simply use it to activate the installation and enjoy Grooove's unimpaired performance.

GUI Overview 1: Sample Sources Inspector, Keyboard

GUI Overview 2: Sound Engine Inspector, MIDI Settings

Sample Sources

The Sample Sources inspector is where you do the ground work for each sound in Grooove. Up to two samples can be loaded, pre-adjusted and prelistened here.

The pre-adjustment parameters allow for equalising two different samples, for example by aligning their starting points or pitch in order to get a more consistent sound.

The restriction to two samples is part of Grooove's concept. The idea is to build a simple and static sound fundament which can be turned into a highly responsive and flexible drum instrument in the next stage, the Sound Engine.

Sound Engine

Let's take a look into the heart of Grooove. The Sound Engine inspector reveals the unique dualistic principle Grooove is pursuing: For each sound parameter two different 'velocity conditions' (Min and Max) can be set.

In this way, you can determine how the basic sound you have composed on the Sample Sources tab responds to the velocity of incoming MIDI events.

In other words, you set up two sound variations - one for the highest, one for the lowest velocity value - and Grooove will render the sounds for all conditions in between automatically.

The Keyboard

The Keyboard features 128 Keys that represent the 128 MIDI notes from C-2 to G8 vertically. 12 Keys (one octave) are always visible and accessible.

On each Key a specific sound can be created, composed of up to two samples. The highlighted Key (F#1) is currently connected to the inspectors on the left and right, which allow for changing all Key related settings, for example selecting samples, processing MIDI data or changing sound parameters.

The view of the Keyboard can be changed by the switches in the control panel at the top of the Keyboard.

MIDI Settings

The MIDI Settings inspector to the right is working as a multi-layered filter. It features various MIDI processors that allow for changing and filtering incoming MIDI events effectively.

The MIDI notes Grooove is receiving are starting at the top of the MIDI Settings in the MIDI Input. Depending on the settings, the MIDI notes will be progressively processed while crossing further sections on their way down.

The Velocity Monitor illustrates the impact of the Velocity Dynamic processor section.

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Videos can be seen on our youtube channel. Computer Music magazine made an excellent video tutorial on Grooove CM, a moderately stripped-down version of Grooove.

If you want to get into the details, please take a look at the feature list, read the operation manual or, better yet, download Grooove now and try it out for yourself.