Our Read Me File
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Select a tutorial using the menu in the upper left side of the video below.
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Garage Band SupportDo you sell Apple Loops?
We no longer sell Apple Loops. All of our loops are in midi format.
Can I use your midi loops in GarageBand?
Yes. You can import midi loops into Garage Band. However, at this time Garage Band does not support auditioning midi loops from the loop browser. You can only audition Apple loops from the loop browser window.
Which MIDI loop format?
Try our "gm mapped" loops with Garage Band or Logic.
Please try our Free loops BEFORE making a purchase
You can try our free midi loops with Garage Band or Logic. If you haven't worked with midi loops before, you should definitely try them and learn how to use them first.
Additional information from Apple
Apple describes how to import midi here.
Cubase MIDI PreviewCubase 5+ does support midi previewing (auditioning). Here's how to preview our midi drum loops in Cubase 5+:
1. Insert your drum sounds into a project (e.g. Groove Agent 1)
2. Click on Menu -> Media -> Loop Browser
3. Using the Cubase browser, browse to the folder with your midi loops
4. "Connect" your drum module (step 1) in the Cubase loop browser (lower right side)
5. Select a midi groove and press "play" button (left side)
6. Drag and drop loops into a Cubase track (set the output the drum module used for previewing).
Please contact sales or support at groovemonkee for additional assistance.
DownloadsThere are usually 3 folders inside each pack. The contents are briefly explained here. Please review the PDF "read me" for additional information and contact us if you need help!
1. Installers (Addictive Drums 1, BFD 1 &2, Eco, EZdrummer 1 and Superior Drummer ONLY).
Most users do NOT need to run the installer. It only installs loops for the products listed above.
2. Other Midi Mappings - all loops not included in our installer (including Abbey Road, Addictive Drums 2, EZdrummer 2, GM, Live, Steven Slate Drums, Studio Drummer, Cakewalk Session Drummer and more). The PDF read me file included in all midi downloads has additional information about the formats and mappings we support.
3. "Extras" - no loops but other items to make your life easier.
a. drum maps for Sonar, Cubase, Reaper, Acid, etc.
b. NI Battery Kits to use with our "GM Mapped" midi loops. Instructions are included in the Battery folder.
We accept Paypal, Visa, Mastercard, Discover, JCB, Apple Pay and American Express.Note: You don't need a Paypal account to use them to process your credit card. You will not pay any additional fees if you use Paypal.
Battery SupportNote: Battery 4 will import Battery 3 kits and sounds but does not have the same kits as Battery 3. Our loops do work with Battery 4. Please try the free midi pack because Battery 4 kits have a different layout than Battery 3.
1 Open the "Extras" folder.
2. Open the "Battery 3” folder.
3. Move or Copy the folder named “00 – Groove Monkee Kits” into your Battery Library folder.
Your Battery 3 Library folder contains the standard Battery kit folders and samples. After copying our kit folder to your Battery library folder, start Battery and you'll see the new kits along with your other Battery kits.
If Battery reports the kit samples as “missing”, please click on the button named “Search the File System”.
Groove Monkee Battery Kits
We’ve rearranged some of the standard Battery 3 kits to work with our MIDI loops. At this time, we’ve revised most of the acoustic kits, two Electronic kits (Ate Oh Wait and Nein Oh Nein) and the Dub Remix Kit. You can also use the acoustic “GM kit” that ships with Battery. Some of our kits have percussion mapped per the GM standard: Ate Oh Wait and Nein Oh Nein, Dub Remix (partial percussion included).
Please our GM Mapped loops with our Battery kits. You can also use the "GM Kit" included with Battery 3. Battery 4, while "GM compatible" is vastly different.
Mappings and FormatsWe currently offer over a dozen midi mappings and formats!
ALL available midi mappings and formats are included with each purchase. Here's the complete list of product mappings.
Groove Monkee Rock Packs
All our grooves have variations and multiple groove + fill at the end. This makes it super easy to create your drum tracks! We also provide extra fills arranged by tempo for your convenience.
A. Labeling or file naming:
1. Tempo is usually at the beginning of the file name.
2. We try to name our drum loops in a descriptive way. For snare, we use terms like "displaced", "half-time", "4 feel" (motown) and"stick" for side stick; Ride articulations: "ride" and bell; HiHat: Open, Shank, 8ths, 16ths or quarters.
B. Rock Packs
1) Hard Rock- A collection of 8-bar loops for hard rock styles (including "alternative"). This pack is organized by feel such as half-time, displaced grooves, tom grooves, etc. Each groove is available with and without fills and extra fills are included. Note: This product was formerly named "Hard Rock 1"
2) Rock 2 - Played by a professional studio drummer. For softer rock in song format (intro, verse, chorus, bridge, outro). Not just for ballads, it also has "alternative" sounding grooves that are not super busy or progressive. A nice mix for modern rock!
3) Contemporary (Rock 3) - Played by a professional studio drummer. Contemporary rock grooves in song format (intro, verse, chorus, bridge, outro). These have louder dynamics than Rock 2 while being a bit more "straight forward". However, we throw some surprises in there too!
4) Rock Essentials 1 - Played by a professional studio drummer. These are the most common, everyday rock beats in 7 essential "feels": ballad feel with side stick, 4 on the floor, driving/quarter note, 8th note, 16th note, Floor Tom grooves and half-time. Fills arranged and labeled by tempo and type: rolls, toms, flams and builds!
5) Rock Essentials 2 - Played by a professional studio drummer. Rock and Pop midi drum loops with 7 essential feels: Shuffle, Half-Time Shuffle, Ballad - Straight (3/4, 6/8 and 12/8), Ballad - Shuffle (3/4 and 12/8), Straight 8ths, Straight and Shuffle 16ths and Driving Rock (3/4 and 6/8).
Both Rock Essentials are perfect for those users needing "straight forward" yet very useful midi drum loops.
6) Power Rock - Modern hard or alternative rock played by a professional studio drummer. MIDI loops arranged as song format with intro, verse, chorus, bridge and outro sections. Note: This is NOT "power ballads" or 1980s "hair band" rock.
C. Other Rock-oriented Groove Monkee packs include: Blues Rock, Led Head, Punk, Progressive and Metal.
Duplicate LoopsNo. We do NOT sell the same loop in more than one pack! Each pack includes its own unique loops and no duplicates. We DO NOT repackage the same loops in order to create more packs.
Exception: Combo Packs and "Producer Pack" are collections of some of our individual packs. They include ALL loops and all mappings and formats, not just a selection.
We now send download links in email. Please check your "spam" folder if you don't receive the email within 5 minutes of completing your purchase.
Previous Purchases (before May 2014): you may access previous purchases via our "legacy account" area using your previous email and password. (Support menu -> Legacy Accounts)
Note: New purchases are available in the legacy account area within one hour.
New users: use the password reset to access the legacy area.
Previous Purchases (before May 2014): may be downloaded from our "legacy account" area using your email and password from our previous web site. (Support menu -> Legacy Accounts)
Support: If you can't access your downloads, please contact us. We can reset your email address for you.
Previous Purchases (before May 2014): may be downloaded from our "legacy account" area. Please use the email and password from our previous web site. (Support menu -> Legacy Accounts)
New Site: You may now check out as a "guest". You can still download your purchases through the "legacy account" area (Support-> Legacy Accounts). This includes purchases made at the new website.
Password reset: The legacy area has a password reset function. If you have an account at our new site, we can reset your password for you.
Cakewalk Installation Instructions
We have midi "groove clips" in the folder named "other midi mappings". It's the folder with “Session Drummer” in the name. They are NOT in the installer.
You can preview our midi files inside Sonar if you add them to the Sonar browser using the steps below. You can also store our loops any place on your drive and save the location as a "location preset".
Copy this folder into your Sonar Session Drummer 3 Patterns\Groove Monkee folder. This folder is installed by Cakewalk's installer and contains some of our free grooves.
1. Open the Sonar browser (Views menu, Browser) and go to the media tab.
2. Select “Session Drummer 3 MIDI Drum Loops” from the drop down box. This displays the Groove Monkee folder.
3. Right Click on the "Groove Monkee" folder and select the "properties" tab.
4. Copy the "location" of the Groove Monkee folder.
5. Paste this location into Windows Explorer’s address bar and open the folder. Copy our folder inside.
Cakewalk Studio Instruments (SI-Drum Kit VST)
You can use the same loops and install procedure outlined above with the Studio Instruments drum kits.
Addictive Drums 1
Addictive Drums 1 is included with some versions of Sonar.
NOTE: our installer only works for the original version of Addictive Drums, NOT Addictive Drums 2. Addictive Drums 2 requires manual installation and a different set of midi loops as outlined in our "read me" PDF file.
1. Close Sonar
2. Run our installer
3. Open Addictive Drums and "refresh" the Addictive Drums library as discussed in the Addictive Drums 1 section of our "read me" PDF file.
Studio One Usage Tips
Auditioning MIDI Loops
You can navigate to a folder of midi loops using the S1 (Studio One) browser and audition loops before dragging them in to S1.
Here's an example using S1's Presence Sampler for the drum sounds:
1. Add an instrument track to S1 (Track -> Add Instrument Track)
2. Go the the S1 browser tab and select "Instruments"
3. Drag Presence onto the instrument track you added in step 1
4. Load a drum kit into Presence
You can now go to the "files" section of the S1 browser and audition midi loops and drag them in to build a drum track for your song.
This procedure works with ANY software drum program - just substitute your favorite and it will work exactly the same (don't forget to load a kit). The only potential snag is that the mapping of the midi loop and your drum software has to match.
Tip: start with just one track (for drums) and make sure it is always selected if you want to audition loops in the browser. If you select another track, the browser will send the midi data to THAT track and not your drum track.
Tip: Try using our "gm mapped" loops with Presence. They are in the "other midi mappings" folder (NOT the installer).
Note: We offer 3 types of gm mapped loops: type 1 "single track", type 0 and type 1 multi-track . Our free midi includes only type 1 single track. Multi-track files have each drum on a separate track.
I hear piano not drums!
Midi files have no built-in sound. What you hear depends entirely on how you use them!
1. Playing a midi file with Windows media player or Quicktime. This may or not work. It really depends on the midi file's midi channel setting.
It's best to use music software such as Studio One when working with midi files. Other examples are Sonar, Cubase, Reaper, Acid, Live, FL Studio, Reason, GarageBand and Logic.
2. Using the wrong files for your particular drum sounds. Example: using our loops for Addictive Drums with GM (general midi) mapped drum sounds.
General Usage Tips
1. Since these are midi files, it best to import them into whatever music software you're using to record your music (GarageBand, Logic, Cubase, etc).
2. Once you have a midi file on a track inside your music software, you need to set the output of the midi file's track to drum sounds (hardware or software).
2A. If you're using a drum machine, route the track's output to the appropriate midi out port and turn on your drum machine and speakers. Just make sure all of the cables are connected, etc.
2B. If you're using software drum sounds, load your drum program and assign it to your drum track. Make sure you load a kit as well!
3. You need to choose the correct format for the drum sounds you're using. We recommend that you start with our "gm mapped" files in the "other midi mappings folder". Our PDF "read me" file has information about the various formats we support along with other important information.
4. Please understand that your music software may choose a piano (GarageBand is notorious for this) rather than drums after importing one of the loops. If it does, switch the output to drums!
5. Tutorials describing how to use midi files and "software instruments" should be available. YouTube is another great place to learn about using your particular software with midi files (as well as just about anything else).
Finally, please contact us if you need assistance and haven't found the answer in our Read Me file. We offer 7-day a week support for our both free midi users and for paying customers.
Groove Agent 4
Files for Groove Agent 4 were added on October 30th, 2014. They're stored in the "other midi mappings" folder of each download. The folder names have "GA4" at the end. You may download the latest version of your purchases from: Support->Legacy Accounts.
Click here to download our Groove Agent 4 Instructions. Special thanks to Terje Sandberg for supplying most of this information!
New Account Registration
To register a new account, please go to the Account Registration Page.Note: You will receive an account activation email. Please check your SPAM folder if you do not see it.
Abbey Road MIDI Installation
To install our midi loops into Abbey Road Drums, please follow these steps:
1. Find your Abbey Road MIDI folder(s). Each set has its own Content\MIDI folder and each MIDI folder has 2 kit folders
2. Close Abbey Road Drums
3. Copy our "Studio Drummer" folder into EACH Abbey Road KIT folder
4. Repeat for EACH Abbey Road set (1960s, 1970, etc.)
Note: you'll find our "Studio Drummer" loops in the "other midi mappings" folder of your download. They are NOT in the installer.
Tip: You can find your Abbey Road Drums content folder by clicking on the gear-shaped icon for Additional Library Options. It will probably be in a location like this:
F:\Programs\Native Instruments\Content\Abbey Road Modern Drummer\MIDI Files
Sets and Kits
Modern Drummer is a "set" and it has two kits. Each kit has a MIDI folder. Copy our folder into BOTH kit folders. Repeat for all other Abbey Road sets (1960s, 1970s, etc.) you have.