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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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    Automation

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

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    Preferences

    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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BigDaddy
Submitted 2 weeks ago

Very helpful. Thanks so much!

Great overview of all functions within Battery 4.


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Avail1234
Submitted 4 months ago

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.


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RickD
Submitted 5 months ago

Very elaborate

Very elaborate and in depth overview of the functions of Battery 4

I am a: Beginner, Hobbyist, Beat Maker, Studio One


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PaysonD
Submitted 10 months ago

Covered everything

He explained how to use all battery functions in a basic level, he was really patient.


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UrbanStudio
Submitted 1 year ago

Professional

very helpful and clear

I am a: Hobbyist, Musician, Producer, Ableton Live


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WadePhelps
Submitted 1 year ago

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

I am a: Semi-Pro, Musician, Producer, Audio Engineer, Sound Designer, Mastering Facility, Sound for Film/TV, Cakewalk Sonar


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benigno
Submitted 1 year ago

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.

I am a: Hobbyist, Musician, Sound for Film/TV, Logic Pro, Reaper


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BBOBBYB
Submitted 1 year ago

AAA

AAA

I am a: Hobbyist, Musician, Ableton Live, Cakewalk Sonar, Reason


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MHugs
Submitted 1 year ago

Excellent

Awesome, really helped me get to grips with Battary

I am a: Beginner, Producer, FL Studio, Logic Pro


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Lysandrix
Submitted 1 year ago

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.


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BigDaddy
Submitted 2 weeks ago

Very helpful. Thanks so much!

Great overview of all functions within Battery 4.

Ease of Use
 
 
 
 
 
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Value of Training
 
 
 
 
 
Access to Videos
 
 
 
 
 

Avail1234
Submitted 4 months ago

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.

Ease of Use
 
 
 
 
 
Quality of Videos
 
 
 
 
 
Value of Training
 
 
 
 
 
Access to Videos
 
 
 
 
 

RickD
Submitted 5 months ago

Very elaborate

Very elaborate and in depth overview of the functions of Battery 4

I am a: Beginner, Hobbyist, Beat Maker, Studio One

Ease of Use
 
 
 
 
 
Quality of Videos
 
 
 
 
 
Value of Training
 
 
 
 
 
Access to Videos
 
 
 
 
 

PaysonD
Submitted 10 months ago

Covered everything

He explained how to use all battery functions in a basic level, he was really patient.

Ease of Use
 
 
 
 
 
Quality of Videos
 
 
 
 
 
Value of Training
 
 
 
 
 
Access to Videos
 
 
 
 
 

UrbanStudio
Submitted 1 year ago

Professional

very helpful and clear

I am a: Hobbyist, Musician, Producer, Ableton Live

Ease of Use
 
 
 
 
 
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Value of Training
 
 
 
 
 
Access to Videos
 
 
 
 
 

WadePhelps
Submitted 1 year ago

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

I am a: Semi-Pro, Musician, Producer, Audio Engineer, Sound Designer, Mastering Facility, Sound for Film/TV, Cakewalk Sonar

Ease of Use
 
 
 
 
 
Quality of Videos
 
 
 
 
 
Value of Training
 
 
 
 
 
Access to Videos
 
 
 
 
 

benigno
Submitted 1 year ago

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.

I am a: Hobbyist, Musician, Sound for Film/TV, Logic Pro, Reaper

Ease of Use
 
 
 
 
 
Quality of Videos
 
 
 
 
 
Value of Training
 
 
 
 
 
Access to Videos
 
 
 
 
 

BBOBBYB
Submitted 1 year ago

AAA

AAA

I am a: Hobbyist, Musician, Ableton Live, Cakewalk Sonar, Reason

Ease of Use
 
 
 
 
 
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Value of Training
 
 
 
 
 
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MHugs
Submitted 1 year ago

Excellent

Awesome, really helped me get to grips with Battary

I am a: Beginner, Producer, FL Studio, Logic Pro

Ease of Use
 
 
 
 
 
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Value of Training
 
 
 
 
 
Access to Videos
 
 
 
 
 

Lysandrix
Submitted 1 year ago

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.

Ease of Use
 
 
 
 
 
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1. When did you start dabbling in music?

I started playing drums in high school at age fourteen. Like most kids my age around then, I was into progressive rock. Genesis, Emerson Lake and Palmer, and Yes. They rocked my world. A few short years later though, my musical life changed. While studying music in college I discovered Charlie Parker, Milt Jackson, Sonny Stitt, and John Coltrane. Milt Jackson spoke to me in such a profound way that it left me no choice but to take up vibraphone.

These great players, along with  drummers like Philly Joe Jones, Max Roach, Art Blakey, and Elvin Jones changed not only the way I thought about drumming, but also music - and by extension, life - as a whole. I realized life was meant to be a creative endeavor. The idea of improvising based on a loose set of guidelines and rules permeated into my psyche even when I wasn't holding a pair of drumsticks or mallets. But if I am going to be perfectly truthful, I have to hold Henry Miller and Woody Allen equally responsible for shaping the way I view and experience the world around me. 

2. What training have you had?

I am currently an Apple certified Logic Pro. Young and cocky, and armed with only a partial University degree, I dropped out of school and  began playing steady commercial hotel engagements and jazz gigs when I could. This went on for many years until I decided it was time to complete my degree - which I ultimately did with a major in Political Science and a minor in music. 

It was at this point that I formed my current band Nightshift. We are going in to our twenty third year now - playing commercial one nighters like weddings, corporate events, etc. Don't turn your nose up at it though - it has allowed me a wonderful quality of life. It gave me the freedom to go back to school and complete a post graduate degree in Communications Studies - all the while supporting myself by playing weddings.

3. When did you get into recording?

It was in this graduate program - in the early nineties - that I found myself drawn to the fledgling emerging universe of hard disc recording and midi sequencing. Based on nothing more than the recommendation of one of my band mates who had an old Atari, I jumped in head first and bought a Mac LC ll, along with a version 1.1 of what was then Notator Logic. I had no idea what I was getting myself into. But, in hindsight, it was a decision of epic importance in my life - shaping my future as much as the music of Milt Jackson and Charlie Parker did fifteen years prior. 

I opened up my own commercial home studio in 1998 and began doing a variety of projects, working on radio jingles, artist CD projects, and whatever came my way. A couple of years later a colleague called me up - desperate. He was working at a post production house and one of the editors had just quit. They were doing audio post for a weekly TV series and needed a Pro Tools editor - and fast! And so, once again, I jumped in head first into what would ultimately open up my world even more - the world of Pro Tools. 

4. People you have worked with/for?

Focusing on Logic, I built up a small but loyal client base and my phone kept ringing for Logic tech support and instruction. Film composers and studio owners all over the city were calling me. Even the music stores were giving out my phone number at this point! This kind of stuff becomes a self fulfilling prophecy. The more of it you do, the more calls you get to keep doing it. At least that's the way it should be!

As my Logic chops kept growing, I was hired by an old buddy of mine, Len Sasso, who was then an associate editor at Electronic Musician magazine, and began writing some columns for them. I had a blast doing them - and really learned to focus and express my thoughts in a concise and clear manner. This lead to a collaboration with LA based composer Terry Michael Huud on the 2006 film called Civic Duty - which was certainly one of the highlights of my professional life as a composer. 

5. Why are you so good at training people?

I wake up every day excited to boot up, and create. Whether it's instructional videos, creating music, working with a studio client, performing with my band, or teaching at the schools - my days are filled with what I love doing. Enriched by the stimulation and creative freedom this modern music making software brings to my life. I bring that excitement and passion to each and every training product I create. My years of experience both using and teaching these programs has taught me the best way to make the user comfortable with these complex programs.

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BATTERY 4 Explained® is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 21 .
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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