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mikeleon1551

VSTi Metalhead
I hear that about most EW/QL products. Not being a guitar player it seems fine for my demos, isn't worth the composer cloud subscription though.
So, I am trying to figure out my Shreddage 1. The demos on IS's website sound great, I just can't find a video or any documents to help.
Re: the other rabbit hole, What do you think about the IK Multimedia MESA BOOGIE triple rec amp sim? I want that sound, the re-valver sounds pretty bad.
It's been years since I toyed with the first Shreddage, I'm not very familiar with it anymore. I'll probably need to re-download the patch sometime and see what's up. Right now I'm working on doing a tutorial series for the Shreddage 2 guitars. I'm sure you'd be able to apply some of the concepts to the first one though.

I have no opinions on the boogie sim as I haven't used it as much as I use the other stuff in Amplitube 3. I don't recommend spending a single cent on any tonecrafting plugins until you have messed with a lot of the free stuff because a lot of the freeware stuff is very high quality. I will include tone in the video series I'm working on but I will be covering enough to get you started. So you can go experimenting on your own.
 

robdrmz

New Member
Right now I'm working on doing a tutorial series for the Shreddage 2 guitars.
Thanks for the motivation Mike, I put in the work, lots of try & fail, but using the Emissary amp sim, my sound is shaping up & as for Shreddage, I'm sticking with it. If they EVER offer another deal like this summer, I'm upgrading.
Still curious about the OTS chord engine.
 

mikeleon1551

VSTi Metalhead
Thanks for the motivation Mike, I put in the work, lots of try & fail, but using the Emissary amp sim, my sound is shaping up & as for Shreddage, I'm sticking with it. If they EVER offer another deal like this summer, I'm upgrading.
Still curious about the OTS chord engine.
Emissary is great.
Yeah, it was a deal of a lifetime. You may have some luck on Black Friday/Cyber Monday/December sales.
I currently have little experience with the OTS chord engine but I'll figure it out when I have some time to spare.

I'm sure this will be helpful for me too. Nice Shreddage tracks on your soundcloud.
I'll be covering a lot of material, from tone to technique. So I believe it will :)
And thanks!
 

Dex

Member
as for Shreddage, I'm sticking with it. If they EVER offer another deal like this summer, I'm upgrading.
If you're referring to the "All 4 Shreddage 2 guitars for < $100" deal, I've seen it twice so far, but always from resellers and never on Black Friday. It will probably come around again at some point but who knows when.
 

robdrmz

New Member
If you're referring to the "All 4 Shreddage 2 guitars for < $100" deal, I've seen it twice so far, but always from resellers and never on Black Friday. It will probably come around again at some point but who knows when.
Is the S2 Engine easier to work with? Loading patches & creating multiple tracks for effects has my head spinning. I do like the play ability, now need to get some guitar learning'
 

mikeleon1551

VSTi Metalhead
Is the S2 Engine easier to work with? Loading patches & creating multiple tracks for effects has my head spinning. I do like the play ability, now need to get some guitar learning'
Way easier. It's just one patch. You can doubletrack with one patch as well, but I like to use two so I can route them out easier for using third party plugins.

With Shreddage 2, a dropdown allows you to choose articulation trigger via Velocity, Keyswitch, or CC. Very customizable.
Example screenshot:

All S2 guitars run on the same engine so the functionality is mostly the same.
 

robdrmz

New Member
Mike,
Awesome thanks. I wonder if S2 IBZ & other expansions will work in the S3 engine, that would be my next purchase.
 

mikeleon1551

VSTi Metalhead
Mike,
Awesome thanks. I wonder if S2 IBZ & other expansions will work in the S3 engine, that would be my next purchase.
According to the ISW KVR forum, all Shreddage 2 guitars will be ported to the 3 engine. This will be a paid upgrade for each.

However
1. the upgrade will be relatively cheap.
2. the current engine is still very powerful and has been being updated for years so considering how long it's gotten treatment the paid upgrade is reasonable and optional if you own the current version.

Not sure if the port to 3 will already be included if you're a new buyer. I only know as much info as was posted on that forum.

Hope that helps.

Also, don't know if you use Reaper but if you do I have a useful video coming in a few days with some tips on using S2 a little more efficiently on Reaper. The video tutorial series will follow shortly after. This is more like a sample of what to expect.
 

robdrmz

New Member
I'm a StudioOne guy. Never used Reaper, heard good things though. I'm looking forward to the S2 upgrades, I'm still trying to get comfortable with the original engine. Shredding rhythm is coming ok, just adding articulations for bridges, choruses etc.
 

mikeleon1551

VSTi Metalhead
This thread is getting super long so if you or anyone else for that matter have any other questions about Shreddage 2 or other vsti metal guitars, feel free to PM me.
 
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