No corners have been cut here! Each style consists of 3 intros, 3 endings, 2 breaks, 8 main variations/fill-ins, 8x2 OTSes. Intros and endings have both major and minor versions. Plus tons of other features (see below).
These are the most versatile, detailed, varied and features packed styles ever seen in the industry. Coupled with the functions of the arranger engine and the sound set, they form an exceptionally capable, realistically sounding band at your fingertips.
Each style is 16 parts wide:
- 8 automatic accompaniment parts. The pattern played by each part is changeable (within a given set preprogrammed for the style), even in real time, for each MAIN section.
- 4 lead parts. Freely assignable (independently for each OTS) to the left and/or right of the split point, in any proportion (from 3L-1R way up to 4R, by default they are set to 1L-3R).
- 4 aux parts. Programmable as split/layers and playable in up to 2 auxiliary keyboards/pedalboard.
All the mixer settings of each acmp part (volume, pan, sends, sound, DSPs, mute) can be easily customised for every section and with visual feedback right from the main mixer panel. For example the guitar part can be muted in INTRO 1 and MAIN 1, be switched on with a "1Coil Clean" and chorus effect on MAIN 2, have a more aggressive Amp Simulator on MAIN 3, be a totally different "Crunchy Guitar" on MAIN 4 (with a funky DSP to match) and raised volume, and so on ... you have got the idea!
On the Montage each part has its own complement of 2 Insert effects (DSPs), for a total of 16x2 = 32 simultaneous DSPs.
On the MODX you have up to 24 DSPs (you can use DSPs on 4 acmp parts + 4 lead + 4 aux).
You can additionally set 2 Inserts for the MIC/Line input, independently for each style. You also have Reverb and Chorus buses. A Master EQ and a Master IFX can be set at the performance level (and hence stay constant when you switch styles, but can be changed if you switch styles through Performances).
This is the most devastating DSP power, by far, ever seen in an arranger. And it does make a difference!
One Touch Settings (OTS)
To have immediate fun we provide 8 ready made OTSes to set up all the 4 lead parts to match the musical genre of the style. This is already twice as much as the typical HW arranger. But we did not stop here: each OTS comes in 2 freely programmable variations (you can toggle with a dedicated button) to further increase the variety you can impart to your performance.
You hence have, out of the box, 16 different lead parts sound combinations to match with 8 different MAIN acmp sections (in countless manners). You may link an OTS to a MAIN section, and you freely decide what section links what OTS, as you see fit (in any order and with possible repetitions). These preprogrammed links may be engaged/disengaged at will during a performance.
But an OTS is much more! You can program an Harmony Function for each part (= up to 4 independent harmony lines), to add to the lead note other notes related to the played chord (or at fixed intervals). You can program simple or extremely complex effects, including instruments quartets with each instrument playing different notes in harmony with the backing accompaniment, for super realistic strings or brass sections! Even when playing single finger lead lines!
To sum up
Each supplied style not only comes with a huge variety already preprogrammed (2 BREAKS, 8 MAIN/FILL sections, 8x2 OTSes, up to 4 simultaneous Harmony lines), but for those willing to experiment every detail, it is easily customisable with real time feedback (= while the style is playing). For example, being able to try out different drum or bass or guitar patterns while your style is playing is priceless.
You can also tie to your style preconfigured sounds (AUX parts) for up to 2 additional keyboards/pedalboard and the MIC/line-in (i.e.: singer). Groovyband Live! really becomes the hub of your whole setup!
Couple this with the huge (1800+ patches) optimized sound set, the extremely easy visual DSP editor, the editing with the sequencer running, and you see how the barrier for experimentation to come up with new interesting combinations is extremely low and painless.