Can Native Instruments Battery 3 Replace My MPC?


It’s time for another Native Experience and today we are looking at Battery 3 the flagship drum sampler they sent over for review.

For me, it’s important to find similar or better functionality in software, compared to what I am used to with my mpc.

That’s how I work, so, I’m always looking at things from a hardware prespective.

Let’s get into it!

Inside Native Instruments Battery  3

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First off, battery 3 is a crazy advanced yet easy to use drum sampler.

One that many people swear by for drums, percussion and other short bits of audio.

You can layer, add fx, modulation, humanize, and all that goodness, and I must say I am loving it!

Don’t I look excited in the picture? hahahaha.

Easy to use

One of the main reasons for the popularity of the akai mpc and other hardware drum samplers is the ease of use, and battery 3 doesn’t lose a step there.

I got into it and was doing what I needed without cracking the manual, and I have no experience with it at all.  That says a lot for guys like me coming from hardware to software that just want to get into it!

It even has a “retrigger” mode that allows you to do mpc style note repeat even if your midi controller doesn’t have a note repeat function…

say whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!!! Gimme dat!

Supports all my akai mpc files!

A huge plus for me is the fact that it can load up all my kits from my mpc.  Not just the .pgm format, but the .akp…

The difference is that the akai mpc 4000 is the only one with a full rack sampler engine, so I have actual keygroups and instruments in it, not just drum kits and phrases, battery loads these up with no problems at all.

The fx baby!

4_3-Master-Effects_800pxAdding fx to your drums to tweak and creat is one of the things producers love to do most, problem is, we don’t always want to become engineers to do it!

Inside battery 3, adding fx or manipulating your sounds is very easy and it’s all right there in the interface.

Oh yeah, the interface…


The interface itself is very easy to get used to. It uses a familar grid that many hardware drum machine users will find easy to get around in, however you’re not limeted to a 4×4 grid, you can get as complex as you wish.

Add groups, make one group cutoff another, change colors, whatever you want to do is right there, and it’s sexy baby!

It makes it really easy to build up kits, add layers, whatever you would normally do.

The sounds man the sounds!

02_drummers_delightEven if you’re not like me, with tons of kits and sounds already to load up, battery 3 comes with some top notch drum kits ready to go.

Everything from acoustic to electric to straight up smack ya momma in da face then run outside naked crazy type sounds lol.

I think it’s something like 12gb of drums, so i’m sure you’ll find something in there!

Anyway, you saw the video, you know what I think about it, I love it!

Can it replace my mpc as a drum sampler?

Yes…I feel comfortable moving over to software with this drum sampler by my side.

Can it replace my mpc as a sequencer?

Heck naaaaaaaaaaaaaaaw!!! That’s because it’s not a sequencer…we’ll wait for the review of Native Instruments Maschine to see what that can do!

Go get it, or at least try the demo man!

go over to native instruments and try the demo

or you can get Native Instruments BATTERY 3 Drum Sampling Software from musicians friend, or American Musical Supply I think they got it for 99 bux

If you use it, let me know what  you think, if you don’t and have questions ask away!



    • Dope man! Yeah, that joint is ssoooooooooooooo sick dude. I didn’t even cover everything man, just the stuff that was most important to me at first. I haven’t even opened the manual dude!

      It’s a crazy drum/phrase sampler man.


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