Native Instruments Battery 3
Native Instruments Battery 3

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

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songboy 06/15/2011

Native Instruments Battery 3 : songboy's user review

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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!