|Top Previous Next|
The Grooves Browser is part of the main BFD3 Browser - it is accessed by clicking the Grooves tab button at the top of the Browser panel.
If the Palette is empty or no Groove is selected, a button is also shown in the middle of the screen which opens the Grooves Browser.
Selecting and previewing Palettes and Grooves
When Palettes are selected, playback steps through each of its constituent Grooves sequentially.
Previewed Grooves are looped and synchronized to your host tempo and transport.
Loading by drag & drop to the Palette
To load Palettes and Grooves into the Palette via drag & drop, the Palette panel at the right of the Groove Editor page must be visible. Click the Palette button at the top-right of the Groove Editor page to display it if it is currently hidden.
Using drag and drop to export Grooves directly from the Browser
This method can be used to export Grooves or a Palette as MIDI or audio directly to your host/DAW or to an operating system file window or desktop. This function is described later in this chapter.
Loading using double-click
Double-click any Palette to load it (replacing all currently loaded Grooves). Any previous contents within the destination are replaced.
Loading using drag & drop to the Drum Track
When dragging an entire Palette (or a multiple selection of Grooves) in this way, the Grooves within it are arranged sequentially in the Drum Track.
Loading multiple Grooves
To select multiple Grooves in the listing:
• CTRL-click on a Groove (Windows)
• COMMAND-click (Mac)
Adds the Groove to the current selection. If the Groove is already selected, it is de-selected.
Selects all Grooves between the currently selected Groove and the lowest or highest selected Groove (a contiguous selection).
With the desired Grooves selected, click and drag the selection to the required destination slot in the Palette. The Grooves are loaded into sequential slots starting from the destination slot, overwriting any previous contents of these slots.
A warning is displayed if the end of the Palette is reached and it is not possible to load all the selected Grooves.
Searching and filtering the Groove library
Using the Search, Filters and Favourites functions in the Grooves Browser involves exactly the same processes as the other Browser tabs - see the Browser Reference section for a guide to using these functions.
The following Filter categories are available in the Grooves Browser:
•Favourites: show only specific Favourites groups
•Library: show BFD1, BFD2, BFD3 or other libraries
•Genre: filter Grooves by musical genres
•BPM: filter Grooves by original tempo range
•Time signature: filter Grooves by specific time signatures
•Author: filter Grooves by specific authors
Other Groove Browser functions
Groove Browser context menu
Right-click on any Palette or Groove in the Browser listing to display the Groove Browser context menu.
In the Grooves Browser, the Filters sub-menu shows the Library, Genre, BPM, Time Sig and Author fields for the Palette or Groove.
The Change Library function is only usable with user-generated Grooves and Palettes.
Remove from database
This function removes the Groove/Palette from the listing. No files are deleted - instead, the item is hidden until the next time the content location which includes them is rescanned.
To remove items permanently, their files must be deleted from disk. The location of each file can be seen using the Info display panel (see below) or the Show in Finder / Show in Explorer functions.
Also load: Associated Track
Hold mouse button to preview
This setting changes the behaviour of preview buttons in the Grooves Browser and Palette. With the setting activated, Groove previews play while the mouse button is held down on its preview button. When the setting is deactivated, clicking a preview button starts playing the Groove, and clicking it again stops it.
Drag exports Audio not MIDI
This function relates to exporting Palettes and Grooves directly from the Browser and is identical to that in the Groove Editor's Tools menu - see the Saving and Exporting Grooves section for more details.
Loading Groove sets Tempo
When running BFD3 in standalone mode, activate this setting to set the current tempo to that of a Groove or Palette when it is loaded.
When the setting is disabled, Grooves are always auditioned and loaded at the current tempo.
Double-click loads Groove into free Slot
This setting is provided in order to make it easier to compile Palettes from individual Grooves. With the setting activated, double-clicking a Groove in the Browser listing results in loading it to the next free Slot in the Palette. With the setting deactivated, double-clicking a Groove loads it in to the currently selected Slot, overwriting the Slot's previous contents.
This sub-menu offers various sorting options for the Groove Browser display: items can be sorted by Name, Folder, BPM (tempo), Time Signature or Date Modified. The Folder setting is particularly useful if user Grooves are arranged within sub-folders in the user location or if factory or expansion pack Grooves have been manually rearranged into sub-folders in the factory location.
Additional Groove functions in the BFD3 File menu
Importing MIDI files and BFD 1.x Grooves
The Groove Browser displays BFD 1.x format Grooves in the Browser if they are found in the scanned content locations. There are several other ways of getting BFD 1.x format Grooves and other MIDI files into BFD3 such using the File menu while the Groove Browser is visible.
When they are imported, a Key Map needs to be consulted in order to determine which MIDI notes to assign to which BFD3 Drum articulations - this is specified using the Import MIDI Key Map setting in the Preferences (it can also be set in the MIDI Import panel which appears when using the File menu import functions).
See the Importing MIDI section later in this chapter for more detailed information on these functions.