Getting Started


Learn how to install and set up BATTERY for stand-alone or plug-in use.

Setting up BATTERY differs between the stand-alone application and the plug-in. The stand-alone application runs on its own and can be opened from the Native Instruments folder in your applications directory. The plug-in can be loaded in a compatible host software, most commonly a DAW.

Using the stand-alone application allows you to efficiently play BATTERY in the most straight-forward manner. If the computer is not used for recording, editing, and arranging the music, the stand-alone application turns it into a powerful, dedicated drum instrument. To setup the stand-alone application, you need to configure its Audio settings in the Preferences. For more information, refer to Setting up BATTERY as Stand-Alone Application.

Using the plug-in fully integrates BATTERY into your DAW, making it an integral part of recording, editing, and arranging your music. Synchronization and saving are handled by the DAW, and you benefit from your DAW's automation functionality. To setup the plug-in, you need to make it available to your DAW and load it into an instrument track. For more information, refer to Setting up BATTERY as Plug-in in a DAW.

Installing BATTERY

Before you can make music with BATTERY, you must install the necessary software using Native Access. If you are new to Native Instruments, you will first have to create your Native ID. To learn more about Native Access, visit our support page here.

  1. Download and install Native Access here.

  2. Create a Native ID, if you do not yet have one.

  3. Login to Native Access using your Native ID.

  4. Click the Not installed tab.

  5. Click INSTALL for the following products:


    The software is installed automatically.


If the software is already installed, click the Available updates tab and check for new updates before proceeding.

Setting up BATTERY as Stand-Alone Application

To setup the stand-alone application, you need to configure its audio settings in the Preferences:

  1. Click the Main menu in the Header and open Audio and MIDI Settings... in the Edit sub-menu.

  2. Go to the Audio tab and select the audio interface you want to use from the Device drop-down menu.

  3. Go to the Routing tab and select the outputs of your audio interface that are connected to your speaker system or headphones from the St 1/2 L and St 1/2 R drop-down menus.

  4. Go to the MIDI tab and change the Status for your MIDI controller to On using the drop-down menu.


    If you do not intend to play BATTERY via MIDI, you can omit this step.

  5. Close the Audio and MIDI Settings by clicking OK.

    The BATTERY stand-alone application is setup and ready to be played.

Setting up BATTERY as Plug-in in a DAW

BATTERY can be loaded in any DAW supporting the VST, AU, and AAX plug-in formats. All three formats are automatically included when installing BATTERY using Native Access.


On Windows computers, the correct path for VST plug-ins needs to be selected in Native Access prior to installation. Learn more in this support video on our website: VST Plug-in Administration on Windows Computers

To setup the plug-in for use in your DAW, you need to load it on an audio track and configure the track's routing:

  1. Open your DAW after installing BATTERY using Native Access.

  2. Create a new instrument or MIDI track, depending on how your DAW facilitates the use of plug-in instruments.

  3. Load the BATTERY plug-in in the instrument or MIDI track.

  4. Activate the record-ready or monitoring state of the track to enable playing the instrument via MIDI.

    The BATTERY plug-in is setup and ready to be played.