Native Instruments has announced Battery 2 (Mac/Win; $ 229), which includes a new sampling engine, enhanced sound shaping and modulation capabilities, a revised user interface, and over 3.5 GB of samples. The sampling engine offers 256-voice polyphony, support for hard-disk streaming, polyphonic voice groups with overlap, release triggering, advanced cell-activation options, and a visual mapping editor.
The Battery 2 user interface is customizable and can accommodate from 9 to 72 cells. This allows you to adapt for drum kits of different sizes without wasting screen real estate. Each cell now includes a compressor section and a multimode filter with 15 filter types, including a 6-pole resonant lowpass filter, parametric equalizers, and comb and vowel filters. In addition, the looping and modulation features have been expanded, and an envelope and LFO has been added to each cell.
Battery 2 reads more sample formats than before, including Kontakt, Gigasampler, and REX 1 and 2 files. The drum machine also offers a dedicated import browser. The included sample library offers 23 drum kits ranging from acoustic drums and percussion to electronic drum sounds. An updated and optimized version of the Battery 1 library is also included. For more information, as well as MP3 audio demos, visit