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Reviewed By hesnotthemessiah [read all by] on November 6th, 2007
Version reviewed: 1.1 on Windows.
Last edited by hesnotthemessiah on 6th November 2007.
I was looking at purchasing NI Battery3 as I wanted something that would allow me to load samples quickly and easily plus had good sample editing options (sample start/end, loop setting etc.) and sound effects/tools that would be useful for drums (distortion type effects and filters especially). Shortcircuit was another possibility, but being rather short of spare cash at the time, I left trying out demos until I knew I could afford either. Then I found out that the developer had decided to release Shortcircuit as freeware - yes it is now free!! And it is amazing!! Quick and easy to use. I use it for all my drum samples now. Features like "add empty zones (drumkit)" for quick drum mapping, "replace sample" to quickly run through and demo your samples, loads of fantastic sounding filters, EQ, gates, distortion types and even additional oscillators plus superb modulation options and a great help file all make for a well designed drum sample synth that has everything on a single page. Feature wise, as a sample player, there is nothing really missing. Of course, there is often something that a particular user might find useful to them that isn't included (I found one such feature that I would love to see added but can quite easily live without). As for presets - none are provided. This instrument is designed to be used as a way of creating your own unique sounds - I would never use any presets with this sampler. Value for money - I would have had a very big smile on my face if I had paid full price for it! This is THE plugin bargain at the moment. Donations are welcome though (and well deserved in my opinion). I used it over the last weekend and had no problems with it at all.

Surge is rather brilliant also!