Impact Soundworks has launched the latest sample library in the acclaimed Shreddage 3 series of virtual electric guitars and basses. Shreddage 3 Fretless features a painstakingly-sampled Ibanez SRF705 fretless bass guitar.

The new instrument also features several firsts for the Shreddage series: the first time live-amped signals are included in addition to DI (direct input), and the debut of a new Shreddage 3.5 engine update, which streamlines the user experience while retaining the series’ customary power.

Shreddage 3 Fretless has been designed not just to suit customary bass lines but also to serve as a virtuosic solo instrument. To that end, new performance modes such as “Solo Virtuoso” automatically adjust the settings so users can get the sound they want without worrying about fret selection or hand logic ‘under-the-hood’ — opening up possibilities and convenience even for non-guitarists. A new Keyboard Mode option adds the responsiveness and consistency of a workstation keyboard. Additionally, the library includes DI as well as two amped channels for a greater range of tonal possibilities without the need of an external amp sim.

“We wanted to craft the perfect tone for this library, that iconic sound that truly sings in the high register,” said library producer Andrew Aversa. “It’s something that only a fretless can really pull off, and it makes this virtual instrument incredibly fun to play.”

The Shreddage 3.5 engine update improves the clarity and intuitiveness of the library’s user interface, and makes it easier than ever to customize how articulations are mapped and triggered. This new engine will be rolled out as a free update to all other Shreddage libraries over the next few months.

This launch is part of Impact Soundworks’ Summer Guitar Fest 2022; additional guitar-related releases will be announced throughout August and September.

Shreddage 3 Fretless for Kontakt and the free Kontakt Player is available for an introductory price of $109 USD for a limited time (MSRP $129 USD). Crossgrades are available for qualifying customers.

More information: Impact Soundworks