Applied Acoustics Systems has upgraded Strum GS to version 2.0. Strum GS-2, the guitar track production plug-in for Mac and PC, now includes both acoustic and electric guitars, and is a complete redesign of its predecessor. Strum GS?2 claims to be able to synthetically reproduce the sound of not only electric and acoustic guitars, but also the playing technique of a player. To achieve this, Strum GS?2 uses modeling to reproduce the various parts of the guitar chain—strings, bridge, soundboard, pickups, amplifier, and speaker cabinet. Strum GS?2 also embeds a chord recognition and voicing module which automatically voices chords played on the keyboard as a guitar player would on the fretboard. Strumming and picking swings into action with an auto- strum function and special strumming keys. Elaborate rhythm figures available from a large collection of MIDI loops are on hand to supplement chord progressions.
In addition to the synthesis and strumming engines, Strum GS?2 ships with a new streamlined interface, a new equalizer and compressor module, a new multi-effect processor, brings native 64-bit operation on Mac OS X and Windows, and more. Strum GS?2 also features an all-new factory library comprising a number of acoustic and electric guitars, both in natural and production-ready configurations.
New Features & Enhancements:
» Acoustic and Electric: The acoustic and electric guitars are now included in a single plug-in.
» Guitar library: A completely refreshed factory library
» MIDI loop library: A set of strumming patterns in MIDI loop packs covering different techniques and musical styles.
» Modeling: A completely revised string module, finer pick/finger interaction, integrated coupling at the bridge, and precise body response for a rich and natural tone
» Keyboard mode: The new Keyboard mode lets you play lead lines and your own voicings.
» Loop mode: The new Loop mode gives you direct access to elaborate rhythm figures—which you can pick from a collection of MIDI loops covering many musical styles—to supplement your chord progressions.
» Strumming engine: Completely revised strumming engine for expressive and natural strumming.
» Compressor, Equalizer and Limiter
» Streamlined interface: Redesigned from the ground up, the new interface now divides Strum GS-2 into three panels: Play presents shortcuts to the performance and effect parameters including bypass switches for quick edits; Edit lets you tweak and create your sound; while FX supplies equalizer, compressor, multi-effect, and reverb processors for a final sheen.
» Bank and program manager
» Native 64-bit AU, VST, and AAX plug-ins: Strum GS-2 now runs in native 64-bit on Mac OS X and Windows making it compatible with the latest sequencers.
» Overhauled effects: Strum GS-2’s multi-effect processor features chorus, delay, phaser, flanger, distortion, notch filter, wah-wah, auto-wah, and reverb
Applied Acoustics Systems’ Strum GS?2 is available now for the special introductory price of $149 ($199 Regular Price). Upgrades are available for Strum Acoustic GS-1, Strum Electric GS-1, and Strum Acoustic Session users starting at $39. Strum GS?2 runs on both Mac OS X and Windows in 32- and 64-bit host sequencers supporting the VST, Audio Units, RTAS, and AAX Native plug-in flavors.