Native Instruments Battery 3
Native Instruments Battery 3

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

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moosers 03/21/2011

Native Instruments Battery 3 : moosers's user review


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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...