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Native Instruments Battery 4 review

Battery 4 With version 4 of its “drum sampler” included in both editions of Komplete 9 and available separately, what does Native Instruments propose to do ? Answers below. read more…

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Azuma's review (Native Instruments - Battery)

By Azuma, 26/02/2013
There weren't any kind of compatibility issues with the program , everything works very good on any platform available.

The manual that comes with this product has a lot of description and different techniques that can be applied to achieve a certain groove , a certain effect which consists from panning , velocity , playing on off beat , playing on the strong beat with accentuating the kick or the snare.
The general configuration and setup is very easy and simple , it doesn't require a vast level of musical wisdom.

SUITABILITY/PERFORMANCE


The software works good in this configuration , everything is well made, designed without any type of bad thinking or habits.

The gear and software is very stable and works very smooth and great in any circumstances.

OVERALL OPINION

What I like most about Battery from Native Instruments is that it's samples based , the library that comes with it is so huge , you have a huge amount of different type of snare to choose from , a huge amount of kicks , which you can layer them in different interesting ways , and of course you have a lot of editing windows that come to be very helpful.

What I also like about Battery is that you can't really distinguish a real set of drums from these , they sound actually as close as it can be to the real one , you have different panning positions which allow to create different room effects and grooves.

Another thing to mention is that this is one of the biggest drum libraries out there , and it's one of the most used as well in must studios in the world mainly because of the high quality of the pack.

Precision and quality of the sound I would rate 9/10.

Knowing what I know, I would get this huge pack of different styles of drums from Native Instruments.
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JoeW1's review (Native Instruments - Battery)

By JoeW1, 25/03/2013
This library works on MAC , Windows Xp and 7. No errors found while using it on both platforms , Xp and 7.

The manual provided by Native Instruments covers a lot of thematics , important information regarding the program is shared in a classy and easy to understand manner.

The general configuration is fairly easy but it requires some time doe to the high size of the product that is primarily 12 GB of samples.

The typical functions are easy to access , very good design , amateur friendly.


SUITABILITY/PERFORMANCE

The software works good in its configuration , the level of stability isn't a problem.

I'm getting great performances in emulating different groove patterns that sound as close it can be to real drums , powerful drum tool we have here.

I've been using it for a year now.

OVERALL OPINION

What I like most about it , is the library that consists from 12 GB of pure drum samples , the 100 presets kit , a very useful cell matrix that include up to 128 cells.

Another great feature of this product is the wave editor, cell-specific time stretching , the humanize functions is also a huge quality and groove booster.

You get a better bus effect , some new master effects and different editing features.

My opinion about the value for the price is good , very realistic sounding drum pack for a decent price.

Precision and quality of the sound is 10/10 , no doubts , one of the most realistic drum packs.

Knowing what I know, I would get this product again mainly of its features and sounds.
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A total mess ! (Native Instruments - Battery 4)

By Bernadette Michelle, 03/12/2015
This version 4 of Battery is a total mess. A lot of things have regressed compared with Battery 3, and finally only little evolution.

Compared with Battery 3, here is a list of what was lost:

- It is no longer possible to rename several cells at once.
- "Random" mode is now totally erratic, plus it lost some features.
- If no sample is affected to a certain cell, there no longer is any visual indicator to show the cell is being played by the host.
- Some cell colors are hard to distinguish from others.
- Cells are too small and hard to read.
- The envelope curve that used to be shown over the sample's curve is no longer there.
- The cells no longer indicate the audio outs they are affected to, nor the key that triggers them.
- linking cells to each other (for instance so that the kick and snare are triggered together whn pressing a single key) is now a pain, even if before it wasn't as easy as it should be.

And still the same lacks inherited from Battery 3 :

- No synthesis to emulate drum machines or create new sounds.
- EQ is ridiculous and not intuitive.
- No included flanger/chorus effect.
- No test cell (to test sounds without disorganizing the current active cells ans so as to gain space).

As for the good points:

- Filter, saturation and transient designer sections were added, as well as automation.
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