SHREDDAGE 3 STRATUS - Now available from Impact Soundworks!!!

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  1. zircon_st

    zircon_st Lead Developer

    May 31, 2005
    Columbia, MD
    Shreddage 3 Stratus - Available Now!

    Impact Soundworks' Shreddage 2 guitar has been our most popular virtual instrument since its release in 2012. Over the years, we've refreshed and updated it several times, and brought two other guitar models to the same engine. But now, it's time for the next generation!

    Introducing Shreddage 3

    We have created an entirely new virtual guitar engine, scripted from the ground up with cutting-edge tech. S3 harnesses the full range of Kontakt 5.7's features to deliver stunning playability, realism, and customization. Not to mention, it looks badass!


    The S3 engine will power newly-recorded guitars starting with Stratus, coming later this month. Older guitars on the S2 engine, as well as Archtop and Shreddage Bass 2, will also be ported to S3.

    Blog Post: Shreddage 3 Engine

    Key Features:

    • Vastly improved realism for fretting, string selection and voicing
    • Multiple fretting modes for differing types of playing (lead, poly rhythm, etc.)
    • Built-in multitracking and custom pickup blending
    • "Poly Input" mode for even more realistic playback of block chords
    • Extensive control over all parameters of the virtual guitarist
    • New fully-customizable Strumming mode
    • Random resonance, anti-repetition, DI noise, rakes and release triggering
    • A plethora of engine options from stroke timing to legato playback
    Introducing CONSOLE

    Debuting in Shreddage 3 Stratus is our new CONSOLE tab. This is, in our opinion, the most powerful FX mixer in the Kontakt world with unprecedented amounts of control and customization at your fingertips.

    While you can of course route the instrument to your host DAW for mixing, Console makes it incredibly easy to set up, save, and load tone presets for ANY S3 instrument. (You'll see this in other non-guitar libraries soon, too!)


    Console Features:
    • Independent mixing, purging, mute/solo and FX chains for all pickups
    • Instantiate up to 8 FX per pickup, plus master inserts and sends
    • Add FX in any order, including multiple of the same FX
    • Save and load FX chains for individual channels or the entire Console
    • 30 FX modules available in total, including...
    • Numerous pedals, amp models, and custom cabinet IRs
    • Multiple EQs, reverbs, distortion FX, spatial FX (rotator, phaser, flanger, etc)
    • FX chain presets are portable between instruments!
    Introducing TACT 2.0

    "Total Articulation Control Technology" (TACT) has appeared in a number of ISW releases, giving you - as the name suggests - complete flexibility over how articulations are mapped and triggered. Individual techniques could be mapped to velocity, key range, key switches, midi CCs or other methods, with the ability to create multiple 'rules' and mapping presets quickly and easily.

    Naturally, for S3, we have given TACT an upgrade as well!


    We've kept all the same great functionality from v1.0 but expanded the look to be far less cramped. Legato controls are more flexible as well, giving you extended tweaking capabilities for the origin, transition, and destination samples.

    Shreddage 3 Stratus

    All of these incredible features are nothing without a killer set of samples, and we're excited to announce the first guitar of the S3 engine is a classic American sound that has long been missing from the ISW lineup.

    Stratus is just as deep-sampled as earlier guitars, offering a full range of sustains, palm mutes (with multiple layers), powerchords, tremolo, harmonics, legato, chokes, rakes, and releases.

    We've also captured some brand new articulations such as Staccato Snaps and Tremolo Slides that are essential to this type of guitar, and simultaneously recorded three pickups (neck, middle, bridge) which give you three very distinct tones to work with.

    How does it sound? Well...

    Audio Demos

    Launch Trailer

    Instrument Walkthrough

    Availability / Pricing

    Shreddage 3 Stratus
    is available NOW for MSRP $149, compatible with Kontakt Player 5.7+ and NKS. Full version of Kontakt is NOT required!

    Owners of any Shreddage 2 series guitar will get a $20 coupon in their Deals area, plus heavily discounted upgrades on S3 versions of S2 guitars.

    We can't wait to hear what you do with S3 Stratus!
    Last edited: Nov 1, 2018
  2. Wolf68

    Wolf68 I should compose something.

    Jul 4, 2018
    the gui Looks delicious! and I'm sure, the sound will be that, too!
  3. chillbot

    chillbot Sock Muppet

    Feb 6, 2014
    La Canada Flintridge, CA
    I'm impressed with your thesaurus skills.

    Brand New.

    But not "Groundbreaking"? I only purchase Groundbreaking these days.

    I might make an exception for this.
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  4. lumcas

    lumcas Active Member

    Jul 20, 2008
    How about “game changer”, is it not? But I’m probably gonna buy it anyway:)
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  5. Fleer

    Fleer Feeding the Trolls

    Dec 12, 2014
    Looking fingerpicking good :dancedance:
  6. InLight-Tone

    InLight-Tone Senior Member

    Dec 31, 2013
    Looking forward to these updates and new guitars. Amplesound is great and all, but their keyswitch system sucks a$$...
  7. Mystic

    Mystic Senior Member

    Sep 29, 2013

    Looks really good. Will certainly be picking this one up!
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  8. benmrx

    benmrx Senior Member

    Jun 26, 2010
    Lovely GUI!! Looking forward to more info.
  9. Vastman

    Vastman we make the future

    Wow! Thanks for this, favorite guitar of the ages...and I look forward to exploring the new magic you apply to this baby!
  10. OP

    zircon_st Lead Developer

    May 31, 2005
    Columbia, MD
    I use superlatives only when I'm 100% confident they're deserved. ;)
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  11. Mystic

    Mystic Senior Member

    Sep 29, 2013
    I use superlaxatives too... errr... wait a moment.

    Uhm... this is awkward.

    Walkthrough? :D
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  12. Chris Wagner

    Chris Wagner New Member

    Oct 1, 2017
    It's awkward, indeed! :D
  13. EvilDragon

    EvilDragon KSP Wizard

    May 25, 2010
    It's still in beta and some other things are being handled (NKS, encoding, etc.)
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  14. Mystic

    Mystic Senior Member

    Sep 29, 2013
    That was a joke. :P
  15. bill45

    bill45 Active Member

    Jan 4, 2014
    Redo that amazing SG from Shreddage 1
    Not many sampled SG's
  16. EvilDragon

    EvilDragon KSP Wizard

    May 25, 2010
    All the guitars will be redone, AFAIK.
  17. amorphosynthesis

    amorphosynthesis Active Member

    Aug 26, 2012
    Congrats for S3 I hope we'll all hail 'shreddage is dead,long live shreddage' but
    I was wondering...while you are here,I have an
    almost totally irrelevant question;
    will there be any TACT implemantation to Bravura or the plucked ethnic instruments as well any time soon?
  18. EvilDragon

    EvilDragon KSP Wizard

    May 25, 2010
    AFAIK it's not anywhere in the pipeline, so not "any time soon" for sure. Also I feel that Bravura wouldn't gain that much by having TACT implemented, but I could be wrong. :)
  19. amorphosynthesis

    amorphosynthesis Active Member

    Aug 26, 2012
  20. bill45

    bill45 Active Member

    Jan 4, 2014
    Right. I would like to see them do a brand new sampling session with the sg used in Shreddage / Classic.

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