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Native Instruments Announces Battery 2

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Saturday October 2, 2004

Their next generation drum sampler, Native Instruments' Battery 2 offers a new sampling engine, enhanced sound shaping and modulation capabilities, sophisticated sample control and a revised user interface. Also included is a new sample library with more than 3.5 GB of drum and percussion samples.

Optimized for complex drum kits and large sample sizes, the new sampling engine of Battery 2 offers features like 256 voice polyphony and support for hard disk streaming. Creative possibilities for both studio and live use are enhanced through a host of new sampling features, including polyphonic voice groups with overlap, release trigger, advanced "cell activation" options and a new visual mapping editor.

The user interface of Battery 2 is now customizable and can accommodate anything between 9 and 72 cells, to adapt for drum kits of different sizes without wasting precious screen real estate. Sound shaping is also dramatically enhanced, with each cell now including both a compressor section as well as a multimode filter with 15 filter types, ranging from 6-pole resonant low pass to parametric equalizers as well as comb and vowel filters. There's also expanded looping and modulation features, including an additional envelope and LFO for each cell, these new features make Battery 2 the ultimate drum sample powerhouse.

Battery 2 now reads more sample formats than ever, including Kontakt, Gigasampler and Rex 1/2, and offers a dedicated import browser for convenient file import. The included sample library offers 23 drum kits ranging from acoustic drums and percussion to electronic drum sounds for all styles and genres. An updated and optimized version of the popular Battery 1 library is also included. With the sample content weighting in at more than 3.5 GB, Battery 2 is availableon DVD-ROM only.

Battery 2 will be available in November 2004 for a suggested retail price of $229 / 199 Euro from authorized dealers and in the NI Online Shop. An upgrade for owners of Battery 1 will be available for a $119 / 99 Euro.

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