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Impact Soundworks releases Shreddage 2X update + Sale

Impact Soundworks has announced Shreddage 2X, a major update to the popular Shreddage 2 virtual electric guitar library for Native Instruments Kontakt.

Impact Soundworks Shreddage 2

The “Shreddage 2X” update includes a total overhaul of the instrument’s UI and underlying engine, adding new features, refinements, options, and even new recordings like powerchord portamento & staccato samples.

Changes in Shreddage 2X

  • UI has been totally redone from the ground up in the style of Archtop. It looks way better, and it’s more intuitive. Check out the Info Bar along the bottom for help text with various controls.
  • The underlying engine has been completely rewritten, from string logic to portamento and double-tracking. Fewer bugs! Better string selection!
  • The entire instrument has been transposed up one octave to make room for new keyswitches.
  • New FX pedals have been added, along with more control over existing FX like the Skreamer pedal or BITE EQ depth.
  • New “Thrash Note” feature. When enabled, select a keyswitch. This key will trigger the LAST played note. Useful for live performance / fast parts.
  • New custom keyswitches. Articulations can now be assigned to keyswitches, instead of (or in addition to) velocities. Keyswitches can be “latched”, or not. Latching means when you press the keyswitch, that articulation will remain on until you press another keyswitch. Without latching, you have to HOLD the key for the articulation to stick.
  • New “Random Resonance” feature. This optional setting will allow for random string resonance, particularly on higher velocities. This can add a bit of extra dirt and sloppiness to your playing.. all in the name of realism!
  • New “Pick Offset” feature. Use this to cut into the sample start time of all notes. Great if you want a snappier response and LESS pick attack.
  • New Velocity -> Volume and Velocity Curve controls. With Velocity to Volume, you can allow the velocity of your keystrokes to affect volume. With a value of 100%, velocity makes a BIG difference on volume, while 0% is like the original S2 playing mode. Or use anything in between! Velocity Curve lets you smoothly adjust the response of the instrument.
  • Various tweaked + improved engine settings (i.e. more options for release noise / extra pick sound).
  • New MIDI CCs. You can now tweak portamento wait time, change the unison bend CC, and tune individual strings +/- 7 semitones.
  • New + tweaked keyswitches.

Shreddage 2 is currently on sale for $99 USD (regular $139 USD). It is compatible with the free Kontakt 5 Player and includes a free copy of Revalver HPse, the amp sim by Peavey.

More information: Impact Soundworks / Shreddage 2


Impact Soundworks releases Vocalisa: Slavic Women’s Choir for Kontakt

Impact Soundworks Vocalisa

Impact Soundworks has announced the release of Vocalisa: Slavic Women’s Choir, a virtual instrument library for Native Instruments Kontakt.

Vocalisa features the traditional vocal ensemble sound of Bulgaria and other Slavic regions, as popularized in albums such as “Le Mystere des Voix Bulgares” and soundtracks like “Xena: Warrior Princess”. The library is available for special introductory pricing through June 30, 2014.

The choir of Vocalisa is provided in multiple section sizes: full choir, altos, sopranos, mezzos, and soloist, with independent patches and controls for each. The library offers a selection of the most frequently-used syllables, ornaments, and vocal effects in this style of music, along with dynamics ranging from the quietest sotto voce pianissimo to the loud, brassy fortissimo that Slavic choirs are known for.

Impact Soundworks was founded in 2007 by award-winning composers Andrew Aversa and Wilbert Roget, II with the goal of creating innovative, affordable and unique sample libraries “designed with composers in mind.” Impact Soundworks instruments and libraries can be heard on countless blockbuster film, video game, and television scores.

“Ever since hearing ‘Le Mystere des Voix Bulgares’, I’ve fallen in love with Slavic music,” said Roget, lead designer of the library. “To properly capture that sound and present it in a virtual instrument has taken over three years, but the result has been well-worth it!”

In addition to multiple section sizes and articulations, Vocalisa includes two intuitive playing modes: a “grid mode” allows for manual programming of syllables in patterns that can be saved or loaded as presets, while the “keyswitch mode” provides a method of playing and triggering any syllable or ornament in real-time. The inspiring user interface of Vocalisa also comprises built-in effects, individual syllable tweaking and offsets, and mixing tools.

“Our goal with Vocalisa was to create something both authentic and flexible. It’s equally well-suited to both traditional Slavic music, and hybrid cinematic cues with dense layering,” said Roget, “Or anything in-between. With all of the editing options available and both playback modes, you can customize the library to your tastes and personal style.”

Vocalisa: Slavic Women’s Choir is available for the introductory price of $99 USD until June 30th, 2014 (regular $129).

More information: Impact Soundworks / Vocalisa: Slavic Women’s Choir


VST Buzz launches limited-time offer on Plectra Series Bundle

VST Buzz has announced a limited time deal on the Plectra Series Bundle by Impact Soundworks, offering the sample library bundle at a 45% discount.

Impact Soundworks Plectra Series Bundle

Grab a HUGE 45% off the “Plectra Series Bundle” by Impact Soundworks – a bundle of unique, beautiful and deeply-sampled stringed instruments from Europe including the 8-string acoustic bouzouki, Kazakh dombra, Celtic harp, lyre, and lap harp.

The Plectra Series bundle brings you an ancient fretted lute from Kazakhstan with a bright, percussive tone, a Celtic harp, lyre and lap harp that evoke images of the Irish countryside, Appalachian splendor, tall tales and a heart mug of mead beside a crackling fire and an intimate, close-miced bouzouki that’s ideal for traditional, folk, medieval and Renaissance music as well as modern scores in any number of styles.

The Plectra Series Bundle is available from VST Buzz for $59 USD until April 8th, 2014 (regular $109 USD).

More information: VST Buzz


Impact Soundworks releases Celestia for Kontakt

Impact Soundworks has launched Celestia, a sound library for Native Instruments Kontakt.

Impact Soundworks Celestia

The ideal tool for atmospheric, ethereal, haunting, and evocative instruments! Over 550 hand-crafted sounds ranging from acoustic instruments and textures, to hybrid synths, morphs, pads and beyond. Includes a slick, modern synthesis engine with deep editing and infinite ways to customize your sound.

Celestia features

  • 550 tailor-made NKI presets.
  • Acoustic, Hybrid, FX, Texture, Synth Poly patches.
  • Warm, Glassy, Airy & Grainy, Motion Pads.
  • Gated, Arp & Seq, Leads & Basses.
  • Powerful synthesis engine with modern UI.
  • 200+ sound sources in 10 categories.
  • Acoustic, vocal, hybrid, and synthetic sources.
  • Dozens of internal arp, FX, layer and perform presets.
  • Dual layer preset system with unique filters, LFOs, envelopes.
  • Full FX rack including convolution reverb with custom impulses.
  • Preset randomizer with ‘locking’ feature for controlled chaos.

The sound library is available to purchase for the introductory price of $119 USD (regular $139 USD).

More information: Impact Soundworks / Celestia


Impact Soundworks releases Archtop: Hollowbody Electric Guitar

Archtop Hollowbody Electric Guitar

Impact Soundworks has announced the release of Archtop: Hollowbody Electric Guitar, its latest virtual instrument for Native Instruments Kontakt, featuring an exhaustively sampled Jim Hall model archtop guitar by Sadowsky, outfitted with custom electronics and performed by Josh Workman.

Archtop is designed to suit a wide variety of musical genres, from jazz, blues, and funk, to R&B, pop, and rock; as it was recorded completely clean with two blendable pickups, the instrument can be used in virtually any context. A range of vital articulations are included, such as thumbed octaves, picked sustains, hammer-on and pull-off legato, portamento (glissando), tremolo, harmonics, and more.

Impact Soundworks was founded in 2007 by composers Andrew Aversa and Will Roget, II with the goal of creating innovative, affordable and unique sample libraries “designed with composers in mind.”

“We were thrilled to collaborate with Josh to create this instrument,” said Aversa, lead designer of the library. “Thanks to his extensive experience as a session player and performer, we were able to capture and include all the essential techniques and nuances that make the end result great.”

The sound content of Archtop includes nearly 9,000 24-bit stereo samples, with up to 4 dynamic layers and 8 round robins per note. It also features a detailed, custom user interface allowing total control over instrument mapping, fretting, effects, and engine settings.

“The goal for Archtop was for it to sound great out of the box with a very gentle learning curve. Keyswitches and MIDI CCs are not required, and any articulation can be toggled or remapped with just a few clicks. Adding effects or changing presets is a snap, and advanced users will find the engine settings to be quite detailed!” explained Aversa.

Archtop: Hollowbody Electric Guitar features

  • Extensive 24bit CLEAN recordings.
  • Sadowsky Jim Hall model archtop guitar.
  • Beautiful user interface with easy editing, presets, and FX pedals.
  • Custom blend between bridge and neck pickups.
  • Sustain, palm mutes, vibrato, tremolo.
  • Thumbed octaves, portamento (glissando).
  • Staccato notes, hammer-on, pull-off playing.
  • Harmonics – artificial & real – neck slides, pick FX and noises.
  • Wide range of release noises.
  • Every fret sampled on every string.
  • Adjustable mapping and playing style.

Archtop: Hollowbody Electric Guitar for Kontakt (Kontakt Player compatible) is available to purchase for the introductory price of $139 USD (regular $159 USD). Owners of the Shreddage 2 library can crossgrade for an intro price of $119 USD. This deal expires January 15, 2014.

More information: Impact Soundworks / Archtop


Impact Soundworks launches Winter Sale – 30% off + Everything Bundle

Impact Soundworks Everything Bundle

Impact Soundworks has announced the launch of its 2013 Winter Sale, offering a 30% discount on all its instruments and bundles.

Through December 18th, our entire catalog is discounted 30% using the coupon code “ISWHOLIDAY2013″. This is available worldwide and valid for ALL instruments and bundles.

Additionally, we’ve created a new collection called “Impact: Everything”, a bundle that includes every one of our Kontakt libraries to date.

The Impact: Everything bundle includes:

  • Acoustic Revolutions Volume 1.
  • Curio: Cinematic Toy Piano.
  • Forest Frame Drums.
  • Groove Bias: Vintage Drum Sounds.
  • Impact Steel: Cinematic Metallic Percussion.
  • Juggernaut: Cinematic Electronic Scoring Tools.
  • Koto Nation: Classical Instruments of Japan.
  • Plectra Series 1: 8-string Acoustic Bouzouki.
  • Plectra Series 2: Highland Harps.
  • Plectra Series 3: Kazakh Dombra.
  • Resonance: Emotional Mallets.
  • Shreddage 1 Complete Edition.
  • Shreddage 2: Absolute Electric Guitar.
  • Shreddage Bass: Picked Edition.
  • Sitar Nation: Classical Instruments of India.

The bundle is available to purchase for $399 USD (60% off combined list price).

More information: Impact Soundworks


Time+Space announces Black Friday Sale – Up to 70% off

Time+Space has its Black Friday Sale, offering discounts on a host of virtual instrument, effect plug-ins and samples deals from top manufacturers.

Time+Space Black Friday Sale

Toontrack, iZotope, Soundiron, Heavyocity, Impact Soundworks and more all feature amongst the line-up with savings of up to 70%!

Deals include…

  • 50% off iZotope Alloy Mixing Tools
  • 70% off Toontrack EZkeys Upright Piano
  • Up to 30% off Heavyocity’s AEON line
  • Over 70% off huge Impact Soundworks Reason Refill Bundle
  • iZotope T-Pain Production Page – now only £19

and many more!

The promotions end December 2nd/9th, 2013.

More information: Time+Space / Black Friday Sale