Strum GS-2 goes electric

12 June, 2015 in Gear, News

AAS Strum GS-2 screenshot electric play

AAS Strum GS-2 screenshot electric play

A new version of software developers Applied Acoustic Systems’ guitar track production plug-in now includes both acoustic and electric guitars

pplied Acoustics Systems has announced that Strum GS‐2, the new version of its guitar track production plug-in, now includes both acoustic and electric guitars. 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 an elaborate 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.

Strum GS‐2 is a complete redesign of its predecessor. In addition to reviewing 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 and brings native 64-bit operation on Mac OS X and Windows. Strum GS‐2 also features a new factory library comprising an impressive number of acoustic and electric guitars, both in natural and production-ready configurations.

“We have completely reviewed the modeling of the complete chain behind Strum—including the strings, bridge, body, pickups, amplifier, speaker cabinet, and effects—and reconsidered how the different elements interact with each other. We have also re-examined how strumming is performed, now giving us a whole new level of realism, tone control, and expressivity,” explains Marc-Pierre Verge, CEO of AAS. “With its extensive collection of acoustic and electric guitars in a single package and the ability to tweak them as required, Strum GS‐2 represents exceptional value. Strum more than ever allows you to experience the genuine feel of playing guitar on a keyboard!”

Strum GS‐2 is available now at a suggested retail price of $199 (approx. £125), but until 30 June 2015 it is offered at the introductory price of $149 (approx. £95) and upgrades are available for Strum Acoustic GS-1, Strum Electric GS-1, and Strum Acoustic Session users starting at $39 (approx. £25). 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 formats. For more details, visit: www.applied-acoustics.com/strum-gs-2/