How do I get grooves to work?

I have downloaded the latest version of Live Lite for the Akai mpd26 but when I select any groove from the library I can see it play but it will not make a sound. I have no troubles playing samples. I have noticed that the icon before the grooves is two curved lines, one on top of the other and for the samples it is like a wave form and there is a tick in the bottom right corner of the icon. Do I need to buy Ableton Live before I can use the grooves?

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max.crimmins 2 years ago | 0 comments

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  • zumba
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    i think the old word for grooves was shuffle. shuffle is a way to mimic the "feel" of a live instrumentalist, finding space within a bar to great more rhythm and feel rather than locked blocky quantization.

    "Grooves" is Live's response to the shuffle engines of other software hardware.  It allows you to create your own grooves or use groove presets. these like the other folks have said, will augment your audio or midi to match that "shuffle" and create a less rigid and more fluid feel to your music.

    2 years ago | 0 comments
  • Near Earth Object
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    not sure if you need the full Live version to use grooves.

    But you have to load a sample or loop first and then open the groove-pool (the curved lines icon), select a groove and load it. After loading it into the pool, select the sample/audio. In the wave view/tab of the sample, go to the clip-section (bottom left of the screen) and use the hot swap button next to the word "groove" to select a groove, or simply select a loaded groove in the selection box underneath that.

    Now, if you listen to the sample, you will hear the groove you selected used on the sample. You can try different grooves until you find the one you want.

    If you want to give the sample that groove, push the "commit" button, and you will see Live add that groove to the selected sample (warp markers will change).

     

    By the way, this is all fully documented in the Live manual....

    2 years ago | 0 comments
  • Near Earth Object
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    Uhm, grooves are definitely not a "set of beats in a particular style"... Also, it is not necessary to play an instrument to use grooves. I think you might be confusing it with loops.

    Grooves in Live are just that; grooves! In other words; a combination of timing-info and in some cases velocity-information.
    Has nothing to do with having to use an instrument or beats....

    You can use them on both midi and audio clips, and can even extract grooves from other samples or tracks.

    2 years ago | 0 comments
  • arf_arf2k2
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    It took me a minute to figure out what they mean by grooves. So from what I understand the groove is just a preset pattern that an instrument will play (Different styles have different feels that give them their signature. You have to have an instrument that is activated for the groove to play. The groove itself is not an audio clip or an instrument. It is just a set of beats that is in a particular style. Hope that helps.

    2 years ago | 0 comments

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