It’s the beginning of 2018 and there are two letters on the tip of literally everyone’s tongue. No. Not Donald Trump. We’re talking about A.I. or Artificial Intelligence. Over the last 25 years many have paid little attention to the futurists – people like the extraordinary Ray Kurzweil, who have long predicted what is now commonly called ‘The Singularity’. This is accepted nomenclature for the specific date when computers become self aware. A binary coming of age, if you like. For some this is a terrifying prediction
that can only end in disaster and blood letting – but for now, there is nothing to worry about. The constant striving for A.I. has just resulted in better, more accurate algorithms in all things internet and software based and for working producers right now, that has resulted in a lot of positive things – not least of which is the remarkable drum deconstruction plugin from Greek nerds, Accusonus. The plugin claims to use a basic form of A.I. to unmix stereo drum loops into their component lanes.
“…The plugin claims to use a basic form of A.I. to unmix
stereo drum loops into their component lanes.”
So what exactly is Regroover? Well, it’s a few things but primarily, it’s main use to you as a producer or music creator is it’s unique ability to deconstruct drum loops “And how does it do that?” you may find yourself asking. Well, it analyses the audio that you have dragged and dropped onto it, splitting the loop into four basic tracks. Kick, Snare, Toms and hats for instance. You may then simply solo each
track and then drag what you want back into your DAW’s timeline. However, there’s more to Regroover than mere deconstructivism. You can drag say, the snare drums onto one of Regroover’s MPC style pads (4×4) and then edit and effect it with onboard processing, eventually building a complete kit from a gang of drums you never thought you could free from the confines of their original format.
When instantiating Regroover, it’s important to drag it onto a MIDI track – it’s classed as a VI and that’s what you do with Virtual Instruments! After clicking through the polite suggestion pages that obfuscate the GUI you are met with a clean but fun looking interface. It’s a little reminiscent of a file sharing site like Mediafire or a video conversion app with it’s bright colors and friendly looking Drop Zone. The processing begins as you drop the looped audio and takes only a couple of seconds. Your loop is now miraculously spread across four lanes.
Immediately noticeable with the latest incarnation (Rev. 1.7.5) are the plethora of options now populating the upper menu portion of the plugin. If impatience is an uncontrollable trait this processor will still delight you. The moment your audio had been split you can simply ‘SOLO’ the lane that holds the audio you desire and then navigate to the new ‘DRAG’ icon and scootch it overboard and into a waiting audio track in your DAW. That simple. The process is completed in exactly the same way as can be done in Native Instruments Maschine software and it is an extremely welcome addition to 1.7.5 as in previous versions you were required to use the export option that, whilst still acceptable, takes an absolute age and doesn’t really belong in the 21st century workflow.
“Immediately noticeable in Rev. 1.7.5 are the plethora of options now populating the upper menu portion of the plugin.”
Naturally if you have too many sounds going on you can expand the number of lanes and use the split functionality to re-process your loop and give you more accurate breakdowns of your instruments. Don’t worry about reprocessing already processed audio though, as Accusonus very cleverly have the process set up so that the loop is always being split from a first generation version.
Sounds like something you think you’re supposed to sniff when you’re a kid, but it’s not. It’s the miraculous tool that Accusonus let you delete extraneous audio information from a given lane – say the ghost of a snare or the high end imprint of a hat. When you highlight them green with the eraser and ‘RE-SPLIT’ the track, Regroover’s A.I. engine will assign them to a different, more appropriate lane.
“… Accusonus very cleverly have the process set up so that the loop is always being split from a first generation version.”
Build a Kit
Now, if you solo a lane and use the ‘DRAG AND DROP’ tool you can pull a sample onto one of Regroover’s 16 pads. After doing so, simply select the ‘EDITOR’ tab and you will find yourself in a different creative zone. This is where you build your ‘KITS’ – processing and using FX on them to make them just the way you like. There is a pretty simple but nicely laid out EQ and a very effective compressor amongst other things. Accusonus do just enough to keep you in the creative zone and not the tweaked out engineer one.
If you’re too busy, lazy or just not motivated to go digging for the perfect loop to cut up and create your own kits with then Accusonus still have you covered. They have created a collection of Regroover centric expansion packs for you to use with the plugin the way Accusonus intended. They’re a perfect compliment to Regroover and also an excellent way to work with (and learn) the plugin in a surgical, manufacturer endorsed environment.
“They’re a perfect compliment to Regroover and also an excellent way to work with (and learn) the plugin.”
The tabs and effects sections on Regroover are so beautifully thought out and implemented that they keep your creative flow moving forwards, uninterrupted. There is just enough tweak-a-bility to keep anyone on track though. The compressor is particularly impressive.
The sheer absurdity of what you’re actually able to do kind of hits you when you start dragging the lane markers hither tither whilst the plugin is locked in to your HOST tempo and the play head splits between lanes. The hats start looping from bar 3 to 4 whilst the kick can be simultaneously looped from say 1 to 4. Then the snares can be looped from 2 to 3. This is all happening with utter fluidity whilst the loop stays synced to your session. Wow. Ten years ago, this would have simply been classed as Witchcraft…
“Ten years ago, this would have simply been classed as Witchcraft…”
To be honest, Accusonus’ Regroover plugin is a neccessary purchase if creativity, speed and results are your game. It has literally become indispensable to my workflow, preventing me from having to locate specific one shots when I have already found the perfect percussion hit, buried in a Salsa loop from hell. Nothing more need be said about this remarkable plugin.
“Accusonus’ Regroover plugin is a neccessary purchase
if creativity, speed and results are your game.”
Compatible on Mac:
Versions 10.8.5 or later (64-bit)
AU (32/64-bit), VST (32/64-bit) and AAX (64-bit)
Compatible on Windows:
Versions 7 SP1 or later
VST (32/64-bit) and AAX (64-bit)
- Unique Feature Set
- Great Tutorial Videos on Website
- Now Drag And Drop Capable
- Mix-Friendly Multi-Outs
- No re-sizeable GUI
- Fiddly Workflow
- No Standalone Version