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Impact Soundworks releases Shreddage 2: Absolute Electric Guitar

Impact Soundworks has released its next-generation virtual guitar instrument Shreddage 2: Absolute Electric Guitar.

Impact Soundworks Shreddage 2

Featuring a seven-string guitar sampled in extreme depth with a custom scripted interface, this rock & metal-focused sample library, powered by Native Instruments Kontakt Player, is the sequel to Impact Soundworks’ critically-acclaimed “Shreddage: Electric Rhythm Guitar” collection.

“Shreddage 2” is designed for maximum realism and playability, incorporating a huge range of guitar techniques: sustains, powerchords, staccatos, palm mutes, portamento slides, hammeron/pull-offs, multiple vibrato types, and neck slides, to name just a few. Combined with an intelligent scripting engine and advanced customization options, the library allows users to create virtually any rhythm or lead guitar part with ease.

Impact Soundworks, a joint venture between award-winning composers Andrew Aversa and Wilbert Roget, II, was founded in 2007 with the goal of creating innovative, affordable and unique sample libraries that are “designed with composers in mind.”

“Shreddage 2 is, without a doubt, our most advanced and powerful instrument yet. We listened to all of our users and incorporated as much of their feedback as possible,” said Aversa, lead developer of the library. “But just as exciting is the fact that it’s compatible with Native Instruments Kontakt Player. You don’t need any other samplers or plugins to use Shreddage 2 – it’s all in the box, so to speak!”

Along with support for Kontakt Player, “Shreddage 2” also includes a free virtual amp simulator by Peavey Electronics, “ReValver HPse.” This cross-platform plugin comes bundled with custom presets that make it incredibly easy to dial in anything from shimmering clean tones to thick hi-gain sounds. Customers can then upgrade to more fully-featured versions of ReValver at an exclusive low rate.

Shreddage 2: Absolute Electric Guitar is available to purchase for the introducotry price of $119 USD through the end of December. Owners of the original Shreddage library can purchase at a discounted price of $99 USD.

More information: Impact Soundworks / Shreddage 2

Cinematic Synthetic Drums – Free Kontakt sample pack by Impact Soundworks

Impact Soundworks Cinematic Synthetic Drums

Impact Soundworks has released Cinematic Synthetic Drums, a free sample library for Native Instruments Kontakt.

Cinematic Synthetic Drums (CSD) is a comprehensive library of original, synthesized drum sounds perfect for electronica, cinematic and hybrid scores. ALL sounds are 100% original, crafted from scratch using subtractive synthesis, FM, additive, wavetable, modular, and more, not to mention an arsenal of processing techniques and FX.

Included are 50+ individual drum sounds with 10x RR each, plus bonus drones, textures, reverses and bass drops. The library is programmed for Kontakt with a handy scripted interface featuring per-note and global volume/pitch, an ensemble-maker and FX. Types of drum hits include bass kicks, toms, slams, taikos, snares, splashes, hats, thips, crashes, and more. All sounds are unlocked WAVs so you can load them into your own sampler of choice!

Cinematic Synthetic Drums features

  • 100% custom sounds – no drum machines or pre-recorded samples.
  • Pre-processed and ready to drop into a mix.
  • Over 50+ individual sounds.
  • 10x RR layers per drum.
  • Bonus drones, textures, reverses and bass drops.
  • Custom scripted UI with FX, mixer and ensemble maker.

The sample library is a free download.

More information: Impact Soundworks / Cinematic Synthetic Drums

Impact Soundworks releases Plectra Series 2: Highland Harps for Kontakt

Impact Soundworks Highland Harps

Impact Soundworks has released Highland Harps, a new Plectra Series sample library featuring a collection of stringed instruments.

Continuing our Plectra Series of plucked, picked and strummed string instruments from around the world comes this collection of traditional folk harps!

Featuring the lyre, lap harp, and celtic harp, this KONTAKT 4 sample library evokes images of the Irish countryside, Appalachian splendor, tall tales and a heart mug of mead beside a crackling fire. The intimate, close-miced sound is ideal for traditional, folk, medieval and Renaissance music as well as modern scores in any number of styles.

Highland Harps features

  • Lyre, celtic harp and lap harp recorded across 14 ‘Natural’ patches.
  • 2.28gb of NCW-compressed samples.
  • Dry, intimate recordings suitable for a variety of styles.
  • Plucks, hammered playing, harmonics.
  • Traditional bow and ebowed, percussion and glissandi.
  • 10 ‘Designed’ patches with pads/ambiance and plucked-style sounds.
  • Scripted interface for easy tweaking, effects and humanization.
  • Kontakt 4+ format.

The sample library is available to purchase for $49 USD. A bundle of Plectra Series 1 (8-string Acoustic Bouzouki) and 2 costs $79 USD.

More information: Impact Soundworks / Highland Harps

Impact Soundworks launches Shreddage website + open-source SFZ format available

Impact Soundworks Shreddage

Impact Soundworks has launched its new Shreddage website, providing product information, video tutorials, audio demos, and user content for the Shreddage family of electric guitar and bass sample libraries.

The website was launched alongside new open-source, cross-platform versions of “Shreddage: Electric Rhythm Guitar” and “Shreddage Bass: Picked Edition” in the SFZ format.

Impact Soundworks, a joint venture between composers Andrew Aversa and Wilbert Roget, II, was founded in 2007 with the goal of creating innovative, affordable and unique sample libraries that are “designed with composers in mind.”

“We’ve received so much great feedback from users of Shreddage, from composers, producers, and even rock guitarists; however, requiring the Kontakt software made it inaccessible for many who would have loved to use it,” said Aversa, designer of the libraries. “We’re thrilled to finally be offering our Shreddage instruments to all musicians, on any computer or operating system, with no barrier of entry.”

“Shreddage” and its expansion “Shreddage X” were originally released for Native Instruments Kontakt and contain over 2,000 recordings of a 6-string electric guitar recorded direct-in. The libraries contain all crucial articulations for rhythm playing, including powerchords, single notes, multiple palm mute variations, up to 8x round robins, legato slides, tremolo picking, vibrato, pinch squeals and more. “Shreddage Bass” takes a similar approach to the picked electric bass.

The open-source SFZ format can be loaded into most any sampling software, such as LinuxSampler (www.LinuxSampler.org), which itself is open-source, 32/64 bit and compatible with Windows, Mac and Linux. Sample editor Baard Wolvik faithfully converted the Shreddage libraries to SFZ, maintaining virtually all features and functionality.

A copy of Peavey’s ReValver HPse virtual amp software is included with each copy of Shreddage, featuring custom presets and a discounted upgrade path to their flagship ReValver HP and ReValver MKIII.V products.

The sample libraries are available in the SFZ format at a discounted price of $49 USD. Existing users of the Kontakt version can crossgrade for free.

More information: Impact Soundworks / Shreddage

Impact Soundworks releases Plectra Series 1: 8-string Acoustic Bouzouki

Impact Soundworks has released Plectra Series 1: 8-string Acoustic Bouzouki, a bouzouki sample library for Native Instruments Kontakt (previously released by Handmade Sounds).

Designed, recorded and produced by Dimitris Plagiannis, our first entry into the Plectra Series of virtual instruments is a classic instrument of Greek music. Reminiscent of the European mandolin but with a deeper, richer tone, the bouzouki has its roots as one of the oldest musical instruments. No sample libraries existed that truly captured this beautiful instrument in great depth and detail, until now!

Our 8-string acoustic bouzouki has been thoroughly sampled and produced with all the love and care you would expect from a next-generation virtual instrument. Extensive, custom scripting by Dimitris has been created to simulate real playing as accurately as possible. From dynamic changes to up and down strokes, string selection, note speed, legato slides, hammer-ons, pull-offs and more, every facet of bouzouki performance has been painstakingly recreated.


Demonstration of the 8-string Acoustic Bouzouki.

8-string Acoustic Bouzouki features

  • Handcrafted, 8-string Greek bouzouki in Kontakt 4+ format.
  • Carefully tuned and recorded in 24/44.1.
  • Multiple dynamics and strokes.
  • Close and room mics.
  • Advanced intelligent scripting.
  • All 8 strings sampled.
  • Hammer-on, pull-off, legato slides.
  • Tremolo and pitchbends.
  • Sampled chord strums.
  • Easy to load and play.

The sample library is available to purchase for $59 USD. Handmade Sounds customers who purchased the original Bouzouki 8-string Acoustic library can get a $10 USD refund and a free download of the updated library.

More information: Impact Soundworks / Plectra Series 1: 8-string Acoustic Bouzouki

Impact Soundworks releases Resonance: Emotional Mallets for Kontakt

Impact Soundworks has announced the release of Resonance: Emotional Mallets, its newest sample library designed for film, TV and game composers.

Impact Soundworks Resonance Emotional Mallets

This is a collection of custom-made and found instruments constructed from metal, glass, wood and stone, played with mallets, fingers, hands, bows and sampled in great depth. Instruments include a glass marimba, a ‘metal ensemble’ of percussive instruments, bowed stones, a glass gong, chromatic pot lids, and many more, comprising 33 total patches for Kontakt 4.

In addition to these natural instruments and patches, we’ve also created a wealth of “Designed” patches in such categories as Impacts & FX, Tonal Pads and Textures & Ambience. These 49 patches take the original recorded audio in a totally new direction using both internal Kontakt and external processing. From deep metal strikes to warm bell keys, swelling pads and alien textures, these sounds are sure to be useful in many compositions.

The library was recorded mostly dry with a slight amount of room air, making the sounds very flexible and well-suited for the included convolution reverb, or external reverb/processing. Every patch includes a variety of round robins and velocity layers, plus a custom scripted interface that gives the user quick access to important sound sculpting controls: treble/bass, attack/damping, transposition, reverb and spatial width.

Resonance: Emotional Mallets is available to purchase as an instant download for the introductory price of $79 USD (regular $99 USD).

More information: Impact Soundworks / Resonance: Emotional Mallets

Impact Soundworks releases Shreddage Bass: Picked Edition

Impact Soundworks has announced the release of Shreddage Bass: Picked Edition, a sample library for Native Instruments Kontakt.

Impact Soundworks Shreddage Bass: Picked Edition

Following the success of our Shreddage and Shreddage X guitar libraries, we’ve received countless requests for a rock & metal bass library. Rather than settle for a simple instrument limited in genre, we decided to go further and create a deep-sampled, versatile bass sample library with intuitive mapping and easy-to-mix tone. Shreddage Bass: Picked Edition is the culmination of our efforts and the suggestions of our customers.

The DI tone of this library is thick and full, but sits well in any mix. The built-in scripted interface has a three-band EQ customized for sweet spots, allowing the user to customize the tone further combined with the built-in compression, amp and limiter. These features enable Shreddage Bass: PE to be used for not just rock & metal, but dance, pop, jazz, funk, disco and everything in between. We covered all the vital articulations in our usual depth: open notes, mutes, staccatos, hammer-ons, pull-offs and slides were recorded with up to 8x round robins (up and down strokes) plus three dynamic layers.

Despite having over 2,000 samples and a wealth of possible playing styles, Shreddage Bass: PE is easy to use with a left hand/right hand mapping style that does not require keyswitches, MIDI CCs or pedal control. Plus, the scripting engine, which supports things like customizable legato, anti-repetition, automatic octaves and a downstrokes-only mode, is not CPU-intensive making this instrument light on resources but not on tone!

Shreddage Bass: Picked Edition for Kontakt 4+ is available to purchase for $59 USD. Through December 2011, existing Shreddage users can crossgrade for $39 USD.

New users can purchase the library as part of a bundle that includes both original Shreddage libraries plus our Acoustic Revolutions volume 1 acoustic guitar collection for $99 USD until December 31, 2011.

More information: Impact Soundworks / Shreddage Bass: Picked Edition

Impact Soundworks partners with Peavey, ReValver HPse now included with Shreddage

Impact Soundworks has announced a partnership with Peavey Electronics to bundle a custom version of Peavey’s award-winning ReValver amp sim plugin with the critically-acclaimed Shreddage sample library.

Impact Soundworks Shreddage

Ever since we first designed and released Shreddage, the goal was to make it as easy as possible for people to amp the DI samples and get a great, thick rock/metal tone right out of the box. But while we previously included presets for popular amp sims, it was still a little tricky to get a killer sound without some tweaking. Now, we’ve made the process as easy as possible with ReValver HPse, which includes two popular Peavey amps and poweramps plus an assortment of stompboxes, effects and other tools.

The plugin, which is available as a free update to all Shreddage users and will come with all new purchases of the library, also includes presets designed JUST for our library. To see how simple it is to get an amazing double-tracked tone with Shreddage X and ReValver HPse, just check out this YouTube video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=03fbxV8X-As

ReValver HPse is available as a free download for registered users Shreddage. Upgrades from ReValver HPse are available to Shreddage users for ReValver HP ($30 USD), and ReValver MKIII.V ($199 USD).

More information: Impact Soundworks / Shreddage