Native Instruments Battery 3
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Native Instruments Battery 3

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

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07/14/2011

Native Instruments Battery 3 : Anonymous 's user review

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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.

SUITABILITY/PERFORMANCE

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.

OVERALL OPINION

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.