Groove Menus have been around for quite awhile and have appeared on many Spectrasonics products, even in our sample libraries before we released Stylus RMX.
A Groove Menu is essentially a single Patch or Part containing a collection of related grooves at the same tempo, with one groove assigned to a different MIDI note of the keyboard. There are a couple of advantages to this approach of working:
• It’s easy to layer and mix grooves together by playing multiple keys.
• You can also play different grooves at different times in the song, making the process of constructing a linear groove track on a single channel much easier than doing the same thing multitimbrally with several parts.
What’s different about the way SAGE handles Groove Menus is that we use a special Groove Menu MIDI mode, which makes every Groove element in a Suite play in a Groove Menu style layout.
There are a number of significant advantages of the “Groove Menu MIDI Mode” style approach.
• EVERY Suite works automatically as a Groove Menu just by switching the MIDI mode.
• Users can easily create their own Groove Menus by using the Favorites system.
• With SAGE technology, all the Grooves are always in sync with the host’s tempo.