In June 2002, Paul Kellett and I presented a couple of new ideas to Steinberg. Our drum machine draft was
received with great enthusiasm, and two months later Mats-Erik Björklund started recording the drum sounds.
A team of 13 drummers provided the 54 included styles, and at Frankfurt Musikmesse next year, this was
Steinbergs new tool:
Numerous drum kits and percussion instruments were recorded especially for Groove Agent, complete with dry and wet representations that you can mix between. Each style has 25 variations, each with their own fill and half tempo rendition. Plus the ability to exchange any drum sound with another sound on the fly!
With all the positive energy we spent on this drum tool, its very rewarding to see how users have taken the concept of an easy-to-use virtual drummer to their hearts. Groove Agent is become one of Steinberg's best selling VSTi-s ever.
At winter NAMM 2005, Groove Agent 2 was presented to the world. We had put our thinking hats on again and provided 27 more musical styles and a handful newly recorded drum kits, plus a bunch of vintage drum machines. GA2 contains everything the first version had, so its totally backwards compatible.
The latest addition to the Groove Agent series is Groove Agent 3. Now we've added another 27 "classic" Groove Agent drum styles plus an all new live recorded section called Special Agent featuring the incredible Rasmus Kihlberg on drums. Now the "live feel" is more present than ever. On top of that, there's an new Percussion Agent and a modified output section with 12 outputs and builtin effects, all housed in the new Dual Mode that enables two drum modules to be controlled simultaneously.
Groove Agent is sold, distributed and supported by Steinberg.