With over 40,000 samples recorded at 24-bit, lots of articulations and some great guitar hardware used for the recordings, the new Impact Works Shreddage 3 Hydra virtual 8-string guitar has a lot to offer. Could this become the new must-have djent package?
With Shreddage 3 Hydra, Impact Works wants to give you all the low, gut-wrenching metal tones you could hope for – without getting Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. This latest package gets about as low as you can go for down-and-dirty riffage.
One thing I like is that Impact Works has attempted to include as many different approaches to playing dynamics as possible. It includes things like sustain that can ring out for over 40 seconds, plus palm mutes recorded up to 40 times per individual fret and multiple types of legato transitions. There are even ‘tapping’ playing styles included for your to use as well, so it is a pretty comprehensive virtual guitar.
The developers used fan fret guitars and also had the foresight to use the already highly-regarded Fishman Fluence Tosin Abasi Signature pickup set on their 8-string guitars. This attention to detail should pay off, as these are aspects that many modern multi-scale players look for when choosing their instruments. Modern metal genres thrive on high-performance, well-tuned, dynamic instruments and to include this type of hardware is definitely the way to go for a virtual 8-string.
Shreddage 3 Hydra includes 55 production-ready snapshots with effects that can be easily edited in the included Console FX rack and mixer. You can get going straight away with one of these snapshots or if you prefer to build and tweak your own, then you can get to the nitty gritty and tweak to your hearts content.
The price is more than reasonable and existing Shreddage 3 instrument users qualify for discounted crossgrade pricing. Shreddage 3 Hydra runs via the Kontakt free player under VST, AU and AAX plugin formats for both PC and Mac.
RRP – USD 149