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BATTERY 4 Explained®

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    First Look

    Discover the main areas of Battery's interface, and how to manage file and editing options when Battery is used in stand-alone mode.

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    The Header Section

    Learn how the global settings and controls at the top of Battery's interface work and how they are used for file loading, tempo, sync, voice allocation, output volume and other display options.

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    The Library Browser

    See how the Library Tab in the Sidebar is used to search, categorize, and organize both kits and samples.

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    The File Browser

    Learn how to add locations on your hard drives to the Favorites Bar, navigate your computer's hierarchies using the Navigation Bar, create custom categories and tag newly imported samples, and assign custom colors and info in the properties window.

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    The Cell Matrix

    Discover how to select and work with multiple cells simultaneously, as well as how to load, replace, save, render, route, solo, and mute them.

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    The Quick Access Area

    Explore the three sections of the Quick Access Area, Waveform Control, Sample Picker, and Quick Access controls. Also explore how they are used to trim and manage multiple samples within a cell.

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    The Main Page

    Discover how volume and pitch envelopes are used to modulate the amplitude and pitch of a sample over time, how the various engine module algorithms applies the pitch shifting, and how simple filter, compressor, and send controls help develop the overall sound.

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    The Effects Page

    Learn all about Battery 4's built in effects, and how they are used on a per cell basis.

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    The Modulation Page

    See how characteristics of a sound are modulated over time using Battery 4's built in LFOs, the dedicated Modulation Envelope, and real-time MIDI continuous controller messages.

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    Setup Page Pt. 1

    See how various tools for drum playing and programming are used, including MIDI input control, using voice groups, and various cell activation modes.

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    Setup Page Pt. 2

    Hear how the Articulations, Echo and Humanize modules are used to add realism and nuance to individual elements within an overall groove.

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    Wave Editor & Loop Editor

    Learn how to modify samples in the Wave Editor, and how to create multiple independent loops within a sample in the Loop Editor.

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    The Mapping Editor

    See how the Mapping grid is used to edit multiple sample layers within a cell, define velocity trigger zones, and manage basic pitch, transposition, volume, and pan settings.

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    The Master Page

    Learn how to use this page for internal routing and effects processing, as well as for sidechain compression, and direct output routing.

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    See how both host automation and MIDI CC automation are set up and used within Logic Pro 9.

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    Explore how the various preferences are used to set default behaviors and overall Battery performance.

Product Overview

Supercharge your drums and beats with the insanely powerful virtual drum sampler Battery 4 by Native Instruments! Eli Krantzberg shows you all you need to know about the new Battery 4, covering all the features and functions so you can take advantage of Battery's full power.

Eli starts with a detailed look at the main areas of Battery 4, then shows you the Header Section where you learn how to make global settings with its controls. The potent File Browser is next, and Eli leaves nothing uncovered.

Eli then gets into the deeper aspects of Battery 4, teaching you the Cell Matrix, Quick Access Area, The Main Page, Effects Page and Modulation Page. He then reveals the Setup Page where you learn all about the various tools for drum playing and programming, MIDI input control, voice groups and more.

Editing in Battery 4 is also explored via its stellar Wave and Loop Editors. Eli then shows you the cool Mapping Editor so you can edit multiple-sample layers within a Cell, define velocity trigger zones, pitch, volume, pan and more.

Eli wraps up the series with an Automation tutorial, showing you how both host automation and MIDI CC automation are used to control Battery 4, and a in-depth Preferences tutorial exploring ways to set default behaviors and overall performance.

If Battery 4 is on your list of virtual samplers, take a moment to really learn it inside and out. These videos will spark your creativity as you'll know exactly how to get the sound that's beating in your head... Watch "Battery 4 Explained" today.

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BATTERY 4 Explained® is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 29 .
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Great introduction I was too lazy to read the manual! ;-) This is exactly what I was looking for, an introduction to get an impression of what is possible within Battery 4.
Date published: 2021-06-03
Rated 4.0 out of 5 by from Very good but... Enerving to spend hearing 2 hours of talk, talk, talk.. Covering all the details in almost two hours !!!! And finish the two hours and do not understand the most basic thing of this tool: How do you do or program the patterns to play those battery kids?.. How do you make music with that?.. In a real-life world, I would have stopped him to ask. On a video, you can´t.
Date published: 2021-04-08
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Very straightforward and great explanation I've been learning all the plugins that come with NI komplete bundle and this one covered battery perfectly. Teacher is also very thorough
Date published: 2020-10-07
Rated 0.5 out of 5 by from not helpful very complicated and not practical in real life
Date published: 2020-03-30
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Very Informative I really learned a lot about Battery 4 that would've taken me a long time to learn on my own. Thank You
Date published: 2020-03-23
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Grand stuff As ever Eli taught me things I did realise I would get to learn. I've used Battery for years but having watched other many other video's here I've learned to watch things all the way through even if I think I know it all. Yet again I learned new tricks. Worth the time spent, thanks Groove3
Date published: 2019-05-05
Rated 1.0 out of 5 by from Less informative than usual... While I usually find Visual training tutorials a great way to get to know the in’s and out’s of complex audio software, I would have to say this was a waist of both time and money. To be fair I purchased this to expand my already intermediate knowledge of Battery 4 but found it below even my own level. It is full of half complete and often painfully sloppy examples of Battery 4’s features that left me with more questions than answers and I had to force myself to even finish it. After watching Battery 4 Explained I went back to the PDF Manual and found it a much more clear, through and easier to grasp than the videos. I would say it may be useful for someone who is a complete novice to Battery 4. Anyone else just read the free Manual and save yourself twenty bucks.
Date published: 2019-02-23
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from battery 4 cell effects study effects on individual cells
Date published: 2019-01-23
Rated 4.0 out of 5 by from Very helpful. Thanks so much! Great overview of all functions within Battery 4.
Date published: 2019-01-06
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Very thorough tutorial I've been using Battery for several years and still learned a ton through this tutorial series. The content is presented in an easy to understand way, and yet goes quite deep into various topics.
Date published: 2018-09-05
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from Very elaborate Very elaborate and in depth overview of the functions of Battery 4
Date published: 2018-08-09
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from Covered everything He explained how to use all battery functions in a basic level, he was really patient.
Date published: 2018-04-04
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Professional very helpful and clear
Date published: 2018-01-15
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Detailed yet efficient I liked how it covered all of the features without having to repeat himself many times. Mark the ones you like so you can come back. or you will find yourself wondering where u learned what you need. since this is so detailed of a training series
Date published: 2017-10-10
Rated 4.0 out of 5 by from Nice overview It is good to get to know the product, although a bit lacking on how to use its capabilities to its best use.
Date published: 2017-10-05
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from AAA AAA
Date published: 2017-08-20
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Excellent Awesome, really helped me get to grips with Battary
Date published: 2017-07-26
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Thanks for putti this out Eli I've been a battery user since version 3. This course is a great refresher and primer for new students. The best parts were the routings, the preferences, the layering, and modulations. Practice modulations and routings until you dislike it and you will realize the power of battery 4. once you follow the preferences and have your default start up in battery 4 with your preferred controller settings start this tutorial again. What's also good to practice in battery 4 is practice making your own default kits per genre and see how many possibilities there are. Add only 5 of your own short sample chops and you've got some good grooves.
Date published: 2017-07-23
Rated 3.5 out of 5 by from very helpful good view of workings
Date published: 2017-07-19
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Happy Days! No nonsense immediate access to carefully graded product info. Highly recommended.
Date published: 2017-06-07
Rated 3.5 out of 5 by from very helpful wanted to see a beat built
Date published: 2017-05-27
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Awesome tutorial This really helped me with the fundamentals of Battery. Plus Eli is one of my favorite instructors.
Date published: 2017-05-22
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Great teaching I have learn a lot of the regular use and hidden functions of a great module. Any of the functions is explained in detail. So I can use it now better then before.
Date published: 2017-05-10
Rated 4.0 out of 5 by from Some good starting points It was reasonably helpful but not what I thought. I needed more information on loops with Battery perhaps the best how to construct one for example.
Date published: 2017-02-20
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Eli Krantzberg for president Another great tutorial. I can't recommend enough to all my friends and other producers.
Date published: 2016-12-29
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Great Instructor I relax and get ready to enjoy when Eli is teaching. Great instructor with a wonderful delivery.
Date published: 2016-11-23
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Great Product, Great Instructor Eli is the most clear, concise instructor I've learned from on Groove3. He does a great job of running you through the amazing Battery 4 step by step, in a way that never goes over your head, yet fleshes out every detail of the software.
Date published: 2016-10-12
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Very Informative I was looking for which virtual instrument to use instead of Apple's Drummer, because in Drummer I can't put every instrument on its own discrete channel strip. I learned so very much more than how to do that with Battery 4, including how to round robin samples as well as how to layer samples on a single cell/key so that velocity triggers different samples. Very grateful for this and all of Eli's videos, which always are thorough and not scripted in that he does not sound like he's reading off a piece of paper. Awesome!
Date published: 2016-08-10
Rated 4.0 out of 5 by from Good video A little outdated needs to be updated to the latest version
Date published: 2016-04-16
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