Native Instruments Battery 3
Native Instruments Battery 3

Battery 3, Virtual Drum/Percussion from Native Instruments in the Battery series.

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Average Score:4.5( 4.5/5 based on 15 reviews )
 9 reviews60 %
 6 reviews40 %
Value For Money : Poor

JeffTadashi's review"Huge library, most complete drum sampler!"

Native Instruments Battery 3
Native Instruments Battery 3 is their flagship drum sampler, and it contains all sounds and samples from synthetic to acoustic, from rock to rap. It combines simplicity with complexity, and it a complete drum solution for almost any needs. Armed with over 12GB of drum samples, 100 professional drum kits, and a wide range of effects and features.

The library contains electric kits as well as acoustic kits, and the acoustic kits sound very realistic. A snare sound, for example, is layers at different velocities with dozens of individual samples, and the sounds were recorded very professionally. I personal have used the Pop Kit's hi-hats, cymbals, kicks, toms, and snares numerous times, and the quality of the samples rivals those of Superior Drummer (a drum sampler made with realistic sounds in mind, only).

You can easily make your own drum set, by using the individual cell library, Battery 3 compiles a mini-set of the best drum sounds, well organized and easy to find. This way, you can quickly browse various analog snag sounds, for example, as opposed to switching the entire kit and picking out individual sounds from that. You can also simply browse the samples with the built-in file browser, and the samples are well organized in folders. Be careful that the preview volume is not too loud, I find myself nearly blowing my speakers, since the volumes and velocities of the actual drum hits are usually turned lower.


The samples are one thing, but the effects and other features are a whole other world. Battery 3 comes loaded with all the effects you could possibly need with drums, just short of amp distortion and cabinet emulation. It even comes with convolution reverb, alongside a regular algorithm reverb. This is nice, because the algorithm reverb is great for lightweight, low-cpu projects, where the convolution reverb has the better sound (with higher CPU usage). I find myself using the simple reverb most of the time, on snares and hi-hats.

Other effects and features include a saturator, an inverter (or panning switcher), decimator, filters and eq, compression, velocity curves, articulations, looping, LFO, modulation, and much more.


Overall, Battery 3 is a perfect product for a solution to almost all drum sampling needs. It has the depth and capability to work with just about any project!

yoTrakkz's review

Native Instruments Battery 3
Native Instruments Battery 3 is a high quality drumming program, there are just so many different options with this program you will never run out of ideas and drums. For any producer looking for kits this is where you get them, all the kits used in Native Instruments battery 3 are very high quality sounds that can sit perfectly right into your mix and give you that big drum sound that all of use producers love.


I run Native Instruments batter on my quad core pc and I have never had a single crash or freeze with it. I have used battery 3 in over 100 different projects and still use battery today its just the upgraded version of it that I use now. But some of the presets from that time I still have in my kits today, the kits that come in Battery 3 from native instruments are epic all the way from rock kits to jazz and hip hop kits. You will have any and every type of kit that you need to fit in genre of music you are into or producing.


Overall Battery 3 from Native Instruments might be the best drum program hands down. Especially with the sounds that comes with it . there are no other programs on the market that will give you drums and sounds/ efx like native instruments Battery 3, all of the kits are high quality and have kits for all taste and genre’s that are on the market. You can even manipulate the drums and make them sound the way you want with pitching reverb and a bunch of goodies that we all love. So make your investment in a program that you will use for a long time and go with this one. Don’t waste your time and money on other drums! Battery 3 has everything you need and a bunch of different options to edit the paramaters.

R-skillz's review"Great Drumsampler!!"

Native Instruments Battery 3
I once had trouble with battery 3 in cubase but that was an issue with my computer, other than that i never had trouble with it in protools.
And i never used the user manual because it was easy to get started with battery right away.


BATTERY 3 is a great plugin for drums and percussion, The latest version of the drum sampler fuses an extensive library with functionality and simplicity. A new engine and a host of sound shaping options deliver tight, punchy drums while the user-friendly interface guarantees instant access and complete control.

BATTERY 3 has a huge sample library of 12 gigabyte, over 100 drumkits cover the drums of a lot of music genres.

Battery 3 also offers several effects like eq and compression, you can apply it per cel (Drumsound) or for the whole kit.


Ive been working with battery 3 for a while now and im really happy with it because its so veritaile, sometimes i import my own drumsounds and sometimes i use the samples from battery's library.

I think its worth every buck!!

Anonymous 's review

Native Instruments Battery 3
Battery came with Komplete, so while it did take longer to install than if I had installed Battery separately, it was obviously worth it. After that, Battery 3 became a cinch to figure out.

The first thing I ever notice about any program is that program's presets. And goodness me, does Battery have presets. More presets than there are people in a small town. It took me hours upon hours of probably appearing to be a very unattractive individual due to my hunching over my MIDI controller messing with the sounds and presets that came, but eventually I came to and began tweaking. And even then, I didn't want to mess around too much.

That's because the sounds in Battery are so comprehensive. The one thing that has always blown me away in any Native Instruments software offering is the sheer breadth of the library. Most drum programs would scoff at the idea of also including war sounds, but not Native Instruments. It reaches a point where I find myself using Battery for things I have no idea I'd ever use them for.


I'll be honest; my computer isn't fantastic, so when I run Battery, I do get a bit paranoid. For some bizarre reason, it's not smooth on my computer, but I will certainly chalk that up to something I've done, because I know that people with worse computers than mine (Core 2 Duo, 4 GB RAM, 320 GB 7200 RPM) run Battery fine. However, it doesn't ever seem to crash on me. So that's a plus.


Battery 3 is the most comprehensive drum sampling tool on the market. The beauty of Battery 3 lies in the scope of its library; most drum programs wouldn't include some of the esoteric, but quite entertaining sounds that Battery has. And before I go, I must mention the unbelievable tweaking capabilities of Battery 3. There are several different tabs, and several different presets, and if you're feeling strange, you can do all sorts of strange to your sounds, but giving a kick more oomph is just as simple.

I wholeheartedly recommend Battery.

songboy's review"One stop Shop for recording/performing Drums"

Native Instruments Battery 3
I have had no problems with this software in either Logic 9, Ableton 8 and hosted in KORE 2. The manual is clear enough to help you get off the road, but I ended up getting a tutorial from macprovideo and that was really helpful. Battery 3 has a pretty robust interface so I would say no, it's not really that simple at first. However, like most virtual drum-machine type plugins, the interface and its multiple windows focus on individual samples, or what NI calls "cells." Once I got the hang of the interface, I realized that many of the functions are indeed very easily accessible. It's really about figuring out what the all do.


I run this is all the earlier mentioned programs and it works fine. It also runs great as a Standalone plugin. No crashes, or glitches. I give this software a solid 10. It comes packed with a bunch of samples and most of them are pretty solid sounds. Like most Native Instrument plugins you get what you expect, solid sound and very stable. I have been using this for over a month now and it's the only drum plugin I use now.


There are a lot of things I like about this plugin. For one, it combines most if not all of the power of Logic's Ultrabeat and Ableton's Impulse into one powerhouse. The really awesome part of that is I can now use the same drum plugin in both programs, which saves me a lot of time not having to move the files. On top of that, Battery 3 can run almost any file you throw at it, even REX Reason files!! The only thing I can complain about is I can't make the "Cell" grid exactly the way I want it, but...I might not have figured how to do that yet. I can't find any difference between this plugin and any other of the Drum plugins I use. These include Impulse, Ultrabeat, and Tattoo. I got Tattoo to be able to use only one drum machine in both programs, but in the end, I just didn't like it. Battery 3 is everything Tattoo was and so much more. For $99 you can't go wrong. I highly recommend!

moosers's review

Native Instruments Battery 3
Native Instruments' Battery 3 is a piece of drum programming software that comes as a part of Komplete 7. It's also available on an individual basis, but it's a good amount of savings if you buy Komplete. I've got Komplete, which you install all at once along with the other instruments. The process should be the same even if you are installing Battery on it's own. As far as learning to use Battery is concerned, there's definitely a lot that you can do with it, but at the same time it's got a really clean and easy to use interface. It's easy enough to build your pattern and change the sounds as you choose. It comes with a huge sample library, but of course is also compatible with outside sounds of your choosing. I like how much there is here to help you achieve the sound that you're after, and it's done in a way that nearly everyone should be able to adapt to. If you're just starting out with it, it might be a good thing to have the manual around, but it's definitely not completely necessary.


I'm running Native Instruments Battery 3 software on my home system but have also used it elsewhere. At home I've got Pro Tools 9 (LE) and a Mac Book Pro laptop with a 2.2 Ghz Intel Core 2 Duo processor and 4 GB of RAM. I've got a Digi 002 audio interface and a set of Adam A7 monitors. I've only had a need to run one or two instances of this software within Pro Tools at a time and my system has had no issues at all running it thus far.


Native Instruments Battery 3 is a must have for anyone making music inside the box. While there are a bunch of really good sounds built into the software, it's a good idea to have your own sounds as well. I've used both samples from my own library collection and those that come with Battery, both of which are equally useful. I've found that making my own patterns is easy enough and it's even easier to change out sounds here and there. Battery is pretty much the main software that I use for making drum patterns, but admittedly I'll usually use real drums when possible. Komplete is worth a serious look, but Battery on it's own is very useful to have if you don't need all of what Komplete has to offer...

pfelelep's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Native Instruments Battery 3
VERY tedious installation

The interface is a treat: all functions (and there are many) are clearly displayed. The pages are well thought out.


Very well optimized for the PC architecture. Consumes very little CPU even fully loaded.


It's almost the only software I use for my beats. The sound bank provided is fantastic and very complete. I created many custom programs, either with the original samples, my personal samples created for the occasion, or a mix of both.

ShowMeHowToLive's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Native Instruments Battery 3
No installation problem except that it is very long (20 min wait) and it seems that it crashes ... but no, the installer continues its merry way.

No inconsistency. Everything is easy and almost automatic.

The manual is quite complete even if the software is very intuitive and requires no learning.


IMac 24 ", Core2Duo 2.16 Ghz, 2 GB of RAM.

The software works fine, except for some sound banks that are a little long to load.

Otherwise, the CPU load is around 3 / 4%, slightly more if you use the settings humanizer type.

The configuration is very stable, no crash.


I use it for one week.

I like the possibility to transform the sound by adjusting various parameters that make it more natural.

I tried various software and Battery seemed the most intuitive and most real in terms of sound reproduction. In addition, the bank of sounds is complete and covers all styles.

The price / quality ratio is very good. No complaints. I recommend it;)
Dr Driller12/12/2006

Dr Driller's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Native Instruments Battery 3
>> The service center is now well NI rod installation, registration, update have done without pb.

the manual is in English for me but well done and complete.

Easy and effective.


>> It concerns Premire youth despite the update, it crashes but it's never super super long to load the ds seq, and sometimes when you change kit he will commend a wait trs EXAGRES.

by resource consumption level against it is not greedy.


>> Kits factory that specially made t for version 3 pete really good .. THE FIRST peus faith that I use a kick or a snare without adding layer comp or personal background ... the kit v1 & 2 of them remains unchanged and the mouth are a little cot ... otherwise the cell is bibliotque rank and practice.

>> The module humanize articulation is really good and makes me want to make DnB, it acts on the bearings, and "choke" fairly convincing.

>> I think by ds against the latest version of the fx on the battery cells in taient insert and are now send ... suddenly it's changing a little (especially the low-fi sounds more so like) and there's a small amount of volume as an fx add you .. must get used to and catch up with the output of the fx lvl .. not a bad thing overall it sounds better than the two previous version but this one really used as I needed a little time to adapt.

otherwise the new prsentation is not bad, the tabs and the browser is quite convenient.

- I made the choice for many battery ann and any version Premire, a happy marriage I told him at times but always made infidlit short fills me as beautiful. She returns in stunning revive our love and in addition it accepts the things she did not before ..... ... (Loops)