I mainly use halion to layer my snares/kicks and hats up.
Not sure about battery but in halion, if you set up a program with around 50 snares on various keys.
Pick one which has good high (Bit of reverb maybe)
Pick one with a snappy mid
and finally pic one which has a nice medium low freq to give it some butt.
Then layer them up as you see fit.... Remember they dont all have to be the same length, you can use a 32 or a 16 (Length) on the mid range and a 4 on the other two. Makes it snappy and sharp at the beggining and a bit more treble towards the end...
Experiment with this till you get the sound you want, chage their volumes, pitches etc. What ever it takes..
Use your release wisely for some cool sudden jerky drums..
Oh and dont forget your swingbeats (out of time beats??! I dunno someone else best explain what they are!)!! try a 25% swing on a 16 with your ghost snares (lowered velocity snares). for some cool loop potential to put behind your main beat.
Sometimes best to use swing beats at a low tempo 90-110, gives you a good old skool hip hop sort of feel.
If you need help setting up a swingbeat in cubase SX give me a message, im at home now not the studio and i really really!!! cant remember how to do it!
If you feel your snares are to rigid and sound to clinical i recommend a bit of swing quatizing on some of them to give it a more "Real" Feel....
Just one more thing: A good VST distortion plugin was given away on future music mag around 2 months ago, its free so some of you out there wont even need to find a crack for it!!! i recommend trying to track it down, sounds great on softish sounding basslines (Watch your ears though!!)
I think i have given enough away now!!!!
i cant even make music.... Its all a lie.... Ignore all the above!