NI Battery 3: Quickly Create Custom Convolution Reverbs

Check out how to quickly and imaginatively create your own custom convolution reverbs in Native Instruments' Battery with Ruari Galbraith!  

So, you have watched through the excellent Art of Drum Programming tutorial by Bill Burgess and now you want to get started using Battery right away making the most of the powerful effects section with your kits? I don't blame you, Battery is great after all.

In this article you will learn how to personalise things a bit further by creating your own custom convolution reverbs using Battery's own drum samples as well as your own files, as with most things Native Instruments, it's really straightforward to do when you know how.

Argon Kit

Argon Kit has been included since the very beginning with Battery 1, percussive and classic electronic sounds make up the majority of this kit.

The kit I'm using for this example is the Argon Kit, which you can find in the Electronic Kits menu and I'm going to send the 909 Kick to the Reverb for the audio examples.

Here's the dry 909 Kick:

Custom Reverb using Battery samples

This is really easy to do, first of all identify a nice sounding cell you want to use - for this example I'm going to use Toback Snare as it's got a nice tail to it which should result in a really nice effect. Once you know which cell you are going to use, head to the Edit Pane and select the Master tab, go to the Reverb section and turn it on if you need to then click the Impulse tab. Now all you need to do is simply drag the Toback Snare cell into the convolution display, you will know you have done it correctly as the display will now be showing the name of the sample.

Convolution display

Convolution display showing Toback Snare cell has been loaded correctly.

It really is as easy as that! Here's what the 909 Kick sounds like with the Toback Convolution (I've added a bit of saturation to the kick as well):

Saturation settings

Saturation settings.

That sounds great!

Is it possible to use other files as convolution? You bet it is, read on to find out how…

Custom Reverb Using Your Own Files

I've been looking through my Sound FX Sample Library and I've found this Air Pressure Blast which I think would make a great reverb

To add your own .wav files to Battery all you have to do is navigate to the chosen file using Finder then simply drag it into the convolution display of Battery, just like we did with the Toback Snare cell earlier. 

Convolution display

Convolution display showing Air Pressure Blast has been loaded correctly.

Let's hear our 909 kick now

That sounds brilliant! Not only does it sound great on the kick but we can now send any or all of the other cells to our custom convolution and what do you know, they all sound great too!

Saving reverb settings

Don't forget to save your new reverb settings so you can use them with other kits.

That's all there is to it, play around and try out different files, you can create some really interesting reverbs using this technique.


Ruari Galbraith - Ruari lives in the North East of England & started his electronic journey with a small set up consisting of an Akai S1100 & Logic 5 on a pc. He has since gained over a decade of experience working with synthesizers, music software & recording technology. Throughout his diverse career he has been lucky enough to work w... Read More


Actually this brings to light one of the major problems I have with Battery and the reason I end up using drum racks in Ableton in preference (Even though I prefer the sound of Battery) Namely that the reverb and delay are only available as send effects so the impulse you use for the kick is going to be the impulse that you use for the rest of the kit. Of course you can route the cells to individual tracks in ur DAW, but drum racks are already structured to allow access to the individual sounds and the process is just quicker and simpler when the ideas are pumpin.

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