Battery fans had to wait a long time for version 4 - indeed, they might have been forgiven for wondering if NI was set to abandon it in light of the success of Maschine - but when it arrived last year, it became clear that the company's original drum sampler could still come up with the goods.
The familiar cell matrix is still here, but the interface as a whole has been redesigned to be more approachable and speed up your workflow. There are new kits - it's also far easier than it was to create your own - editing options aplenty and drag 'n' drop effects routing.
Battery may still look a bit more 'techy' than some of its rivals, but rest assured that if you want great drum sounds and plenty of tone-shaping flexibility, it won't disappoint.45 Stars
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