Impact Soundworks has launched Shreddage 3 Stratus FREE, a completely free edition of the virtual electric guitar instrument for Kontakt that features the authentic sound of an American classic guitar.

Shreddage 3 Stratus FREE offers the majority of the full version’s engine and script features and includes one pickup (instead of three), 12 out of 24 frets, and the core sustain, palm mute, choke, and release noise articulations. Otherwise, there are no additional limitations. The FREE edition has the same amount of dynamic levels and round robins, the same performance algorithms, fret and string control, 30+ FX modules, and flexible mapping as the full version.

“We can’t wait to give all KONTAKT users a truly versatile, powerful, and free guitar library for their music,” said library producer Andrew Aversa. “There are many hobbyists, students, and aspiring professionals with limited budgets. Shreddage 3 Stratus FREE is the perfect first step into the Shreddage 3 ecosystem, and it doesn’t sacrifice any sample fidelity or depth.”

Shreddage 3 is a new family of electric guitar and bass sample libraries that succeeds Impact Soundworks’ groundbreaking Shreddage 2 series of virtual guitars. Beginning with Shreddage 3 Stratus, all instruments under this new brand will include the same realistic performance behavior, editing controls, modular mixer and FX rack, and other key features.

Ideal for both lead and rhythm playing, and just like the full version, Shreddage 3 Stratus FREE has multiple algorithms for MIDI playback covering different playing and voicing styles. This allows users to easily change how a riff or phrase sounds with just a single click. Custom chord strumming is also now available, adding the ability to write completely custom parts with any rhythm or chord imaginable.

Impact Soundworks Shreddage 3 Stratus FREE

Shreddage 3 Stratus FREE features

  • One pickup (neck) out of three.
  • All dynamics, round robins, and up/down strokes.
  • Sustains, palm mutes, chokes, and release noises.
  • Fingered vibrato included.
  • Three octaves (12 frets) of playable range across 6 strings.
  • All other editing and tweaking controls from the full version.
  • TACT 2.0: Map and trigger every articulation any way you want.
  • CONSOLE: Modular FX rack & mixer with 30 modules.

The free download is available now for Native Instruments Kontakt 5.7 or higher (full version).

The full Shreddage 3 Stratus has been updated to version 1.1, which includes a variety of helpful features.

Changes in Shreddage 3 Stratus v1.1

  • SHRED window and offset for more realistic fast playing.
  • Per-articulation velocity-to-volume scaling.
  • Per-articulation dynamic weighting and palm mute weighting (where applicable).
  • Tremolo speed control.
  • Palm mute tightness control and velocity-to-tightness control.
  • Various bug fixes.

The update is available now to registered users from their account area. New users can purchase Shreddage 3 Stratus for $149 USD.

Future releases in the Shreddage 3 family will include updates of previous Impact Soundworks releases such as Shreddage 2 IBZ and SRP, Archtop, and Shreddage Bass 2, along with newly-sampled guitars like an 8-string perfect for modern metal. Previous customers will also receive discounted upgrades and crossgrades to Shreddage 3 products.

More information: Impact Soundworks