Help to decide! XLN XO VS. Battery 4

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barczabass
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8 posts since 24 May, 2020

Post Tue Nov 24, 2020 3:49 pm

Both are on sale on Black Friday, XO is only cheaper by 10€....

gondii
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530 posts since 8 Oct, 2019

Post Tue Nov 24, 2020 4:01 pm

They do completely different things. Personally I would just go get Geist2 - also on sale currently. It's superior to battery in terms of drum layering, automation and fx and has a vastly superior sequencer compared to XO plus a ton more. The only thing you won't have is the "cloud/AI" sample search algorithm so there is still an argument to be made for XO. Battery has neither the search feature, nor a sequencer. Atlas might be an alternative to XO - also currently on sale and about half the price.

I have Geist2, XO and Battery 4.

I use Geist2 constantly, I search my drum sampels with XO and I use Battery never.
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pdxindy
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17824 posts since 3 Feb, 2005 from in the wilds

Post Tue Nov 24, 2020 4:02 pm

+1 for Geist

mabian
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1994 posts since 10 Jan, 2005

Post Tue Nov 24, 2020 4:13 pm

XO is around 52 € @ ADSR Sounds, Battery 4 50€ @NI, Geist2 50€ @FXPansion.

GO GET'EM ALL :D

EDIT: Battery is 100€... I'm using it a lot, but it's twice the price of the others currently... so...

- Mario

barczabass
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8 posts since 24 May, 2020

Post Tue Nov 24, 2020 4:58 pm

Geist 2 and XO are €89 now, Buttery is €100....
I demoed Geist1, I felt is not my cup of tea...Seems a kind of DAW in the DAW, I don’t like that, I like to get more essential tool, and do the rest In the Pro Tools, but maybe the new version would be different.....I don’t like to collect several plugins of a same type if not necessarily....
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downSouthside
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108 posts since 6 Mar, 2009

Post Tue Nov 24, 2020 5:08 pm

XO...You won't be disappointed.

-e.B
downSouthside music - mixing / mastering / custom sounds / loops
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gondii
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530 posts since 8 Oct, 2019

Post Tue Nov 24, 2020 5:10 pm

Actually mabian was right. All XLN products are dirt cheap at ADSRSounds right now and XO cost something around $60. Like 70% off... lowest price ever.

As far as Geist2 being like a DAW - I suppose you can use it like that, but you certainly don't have to. I find it super fast and efficient. Drop samples, layer sounds, create sequence, add modulation, export. Done. Super fast. But you can go very deep.

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Jkist
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179 posts since 21 Jul, 2020

Post Tue Nov 24, 2020 6:00 pm

XO is very lightweight. For a lot of songs, I literally load an entire instance per piece of kit. So I have an XO for kick, one for snare, etc. On my computer, even with XO playing a full beat with a kit consisting of the full 8 pieces in one instance of XO, it only uses 0.15% of my CPU. So you can totally do this on pretty much any modern computer.

The sound space thing seems gimmicky, but its actually very powerful and brings a lot of utility. I say you should definitely go for XO at that price point.

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dionenoid
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907 posts since 3 Jan, 2019 from Holland

Post Tue Nov 24, 2020 6:04 pm

Don't forget Atlas. It's on sale for 49 bucks. https://www.algonaut.tech/
More BPM please

nirm123
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250 posts since 7 Sep, 2012

Post Tue Nov 24, 2020 6:32 pm

gondii wrote:
Tue Nov 24, 2020 5:10 pm
Actually mabian was right. All XLN products are dirt cheap at ADSRSounds right now and XO cost something around $60. Like 70% off... lowest price ever.

As far as Geist2 being like a DAW - I suppose you can use it like that, but you certainly don't have to. I find it super fast and efficient. Drop samples, layer sounds, create sequence, add modulation, export. Done. Super fast. But you can go very deep.
I see XLN for 90$ in ADSR, maybe it's the lite version which you are referring to ?

j0lt
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11 posts since 14 May, 2017

Post Tue Nov 24, 2020 7:39 pm

+1 for Atlas. Being able to push a button and get a random kit from all of my samples has been fun and productive. $50 is a good deal for it.

Pretty flexible plugin too, you can route MIDI in from a drum rack and then drag and drop samples back into the drum rack slots as you build your kit. Or you could just leave the drum rack triggering Atlas, or not even use a drum rack at all and just use clips on the Atlas track.

XO stores all samples in one big "map". From what I understand you can filter out directories but it's not as nice as Atlas. In Atlas you can create as many maps as you want with whatever list of sample directories per map. Then you can switch between the different maps. So you can make a map of only sample pack drums or only vocal hits (or a map of your whole HD) and then use whichever map you need.

A while back the Atlas dev was talking about adding a pattern sequencer and a few other things. Not sure where that landed but it's still a very usable plugin as-is (for me at least).

Just picked up XO so I'm not sure how it compares on all of those things but based on demos I've watched it seems to be a slightly different workflow. Where Atlas will pick a random unrelated kick each time it looks like you can tell XO to find similar kicks, which may be very useful. Either way it's great to see these new tools coming out to manage huge sample libraries.

Battery is cool btw (I've got that one too) but it's a slightly different focus than these kinds of plugins. Battery has lots of curated kits to choose from and advanced sampler stuff like layering, round robins etc. It's not going to help you find forgotten old dusty samples but it will put nice kits ready to use in front of you and has a good workflow.

Ultimately you'll need to figure out what problem you're solving and your answer should be clearer (do you want lots of pre-made kits, do you need to manage 1000's of samples, etc).

Now off to learn a bit more about Geist2...

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reusenoise
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943 posts since 23 Oct, 2009 from Italy

Post Tue Nov 24, 2020 9:54 pm

Did you consider Reason intro (on sale around 60 €) you got Kong drum designer, Redrum, Rytmik drum, Dr Octo rex, Nnxt, plus more stuff
12 years old PC running :Reaper;Reason;Dune;Zampler;Kontakr;Reaktor;and many others countless vst :D

gondii
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530 posts since 8 Oct, 2019

Post Tue Nov 24, 2020 10:44 pm

nirm123 wrote:
Tue Nov 24, 2020 6:32 pm
I see XLN for 90$ in ADSR, maybe it's the lite version which you are referring to ?
nah, they messed up and fixed it :)
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reusenoise
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943 posts since 23 Oct, 2009 from Italy

Post Tue Nov 24, 2020 11:01 pm

89USD @ Jrrshop, 10% discount with the code forum, in euro about 67
12 years old PC running :Reaper;Reason;Dune;Zampler;Kontakr;Reaktor;and many others countless vst :D

mabian
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1994 posts since 10 Jan, 2005

Post Wed Nov 25, 2020 12:03 am

gondii wrote:
Tue Nov 24, 2020 10:44 pm
nirm123 wrote:
Tue Nov 24, 2020 6:32 pm
I see XLN for 90$ in ADSR, maybe it's the lite version which you are referring to ?
nah, they messed up and fixed it :)
Yes, in the meanwhile I got XO (full) though :)
Anyway, now all are more or less around 90/100 €.
Battery is quite cool for me but doesn't have good loop slicing workflow (and compared to Geist2 less FX power), XO I don't know but I got it because it seems quite good, Geist2 is the most complete in my opinion but the GUI has always been a bit of a let down for me no matter the skin (I much preferred Geist 1 GUI though not resizable).

It all depends on your workflow and your preferences...

- Mario

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