Shreddage 3 Hydra: the ultimate 8-string guitar for rock & metal

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zircon
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4526 posts since 16 Mar, 2004 from Columbia, MD

Post Wed Mar 11, 2020 10:21 am

Available Now!

Shreddage 3 Hydra is the culmination of everything we at Impact Soundworks have learned in 10 years of creating virtual guitars. This is our vision of what a no-compromises, maximum-quality 8-string guitar should be. Our internal bar of quality was so high that we recorded the entire sample set three times in our pursuit of the perfect performances and tone.

Now it's finally done, and you can enjoy the ultimate rock and metal virtual guitar in your music.

We selected an "Iron Label" RGIF8 drop-tuned to low E for our guitar, and equipped it with Fishman Fluence Tosin Abasi Signature pickups. These pickups put Shreddage 3 Hydra in its own class, even compared to our other instruments. They not only have distinct and useful tones (neck & bridge positions), but their clarity and low noise floor is unmatched. Some open-string sustain notes ring out for over 40 seconds!

Thanks to exhaustive sampling of all useful articulations, dynamics, RR variations, and layers, Hydra gives you all the tools you need to create absolutely incredible guitar tracks. With the right writing (see our 'Masterclass' series on YouTube, below) you can make rhythm parts, chords, and leads that will drop jaws with their sound and realism.

Naturally this is a killer guitar for rock and metal music, particularly heavy subgenres and progressive variations. But as you can hear in our walkthrough video and demos, the clean tone possibilities are just as impressive. The clarity and sustain in the pickups make Hydra a great choice for any kind of 'gaze' style music too.

Whatever style or genre of music you like to make, we know that Shreddage 3 Hydra will become an essential part of your production workflow. It certainly has for us!

Audio Demos

https://soundcloud.com/isworks/sets/shr ... ydra-demos

Video Walkthrough

In this video, lead producer Andrew Aversa demonstrates Hydra used in one of the demo tracks, and walks through a variety of included tones and key features.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P2h9AmL2BhI

Content
  • Over 40,000 24-bit samples
  • Two pickup positions (neck/bridge)
  • Sustains, palm mutes, staccatos (+ powerchord versions of all three)
  • Hammer-on/pull-off and portamento/slide legato (+ powerchord slides)
  • Harmonics, pinch harmonics, tremolo, tapping
  • Chokes, rakes, FX sounds, 3 types of release noises
  • 3x dynamic sustains, 2x up/2x down strokes
  • Up to 5x palm mute layers, 4x up/4x down strokes
  • 55 production-ready presets
S3 Engine Features
  • Effortlessly change your sound w/ easy tone + noise settings
  • Change playing style with multiple 'virtual guitarist' algorithms
  • Get more realistic chords/strums with Strumming Mode and Poly Input
  • Fit S3 to your workflow with total control over articulation mapping
  • Get killer tones out of the box w/ the Console FX rack & pedalboard
  • Perfect your performances with dozens of tweaking controls
Availability

You can purchase Shreddage 3 Hydra today for $149 MSRP. If you own any other Shreddage 3 instruments, you'll find a $20 crossgrade coupon in your Deals Area.

The library is fully Kontakt Player compatible (5.7+) and has NKS support!
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Stryves
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65 posts since 22 Jun, 2018 from CaNada

Re: Shreddage 3 Hydra: the ultimate 8-string guitar for rock & metal

Post Wed Mar 11, 2020 12:34 pm

Oh god, I need to buy another guitar... AHHHH

claw11
KVRist
47 posts since 22 Apr, 2008

Re: Shreddage 3 Hydra: the ultimate 8-string guitar for rock & metal

Post Wed Mar 11, 2020 1:02 pm

Ok, wow that sounds really really good.

zircon
KVRAF
4526 posts since 16 Mar, 2004 from Columbia, MD

Re: Shreddage 3 Hydra: the ultimate 8-string guitar for rock & metal

Post Thu Mar 12, 2020 10:07 am

Cheers folks :D

Today has two new demos for this guitar, including one by yours truly based on the classic "Holy Orders" theme from the Guilty Gear series of fighting games. This is one of my favorite over-the-top Japanese power metal tracks and I've finally been able to do it justice with Hydra.

https://soundcloud.com/isworks/shreddag ... ydra-demos
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bill45
KVRAF
2464 posts since 15 Jun, 2006

Re: Shreddage 3 Hydra: the ultimate 8-string guitar for rock & metal

Post Thu Mar 12, 2020 2:18 pm

zircon wrote:
Thu Mar 12, 2020 10:07 am
Cheers folks :D

Today has two new demos for this guitar, including one by yours truly based on the classic "Holy Orders" theme from the Guilty Gear series of fighting games. This is one of my favorite over-the-top Japanese power metal tracks and I've finally been able to do it justice with Hydra.

https://soundcloud.com/isworks/shreddag ... ydra-demos
Cool, What amp sims,bass and drums did you use.

Stryves
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65 posts since 22 Jun, 2018 from CaNada

Re: Shreddage 3 Hydra: the ultimate 8-string guitar for rock & metal

Post Thu Mar 12, 2020 2:32 pm

bill45 wrote:
Thu Mar 12, 2020 2:18 pm
zircon wrote:
Thu Mar 12, 2020 10:07 am
Cheers folks :D

Today has two new demos for this guitar, including one by yours truly based on the classic "Holy Orders" theme from the Guilty Gear series of fighting games. This is one of my favorite over-the-top Japanese power metal tracks and I've finally been able to do it justice with Hydra.

https://soundcloud.com/isworks/shreddag ... ydra-demos
Cool, What amp sims,bass and drums did you use.
Curious as well. I know Shreddage 3 packs their own Amps now... I just want honest answers if third party amp sims are involved.

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EvilDragon
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19667 posts since 7 Jan, 2009 from Croatia

Re: Shreddage 3 Hydra: the ultimate 8-string guitar for rock & metal

Post Thu Mar 12, 2020 3:10 pm

IIRC Andrew used one of Neural DSP ampsims here.

zircon
KVRAF
4526 posts since 16 Mar, 2004 from Columbia, MD

Re: Shreddage 3 Hydra: the ultimate 8-string guitar for rock & metal

Post Thu Mar 12, 2020 4:30 pm

The lead guitar uses the "Ready to Djent!" preset snapshot. The 'arp' guitar at 0:29 uses the preset "Modern Metal 1". The rhythm guitars use Archetype Nolly (there are two Kontakt instances for rhythms, each double tracked, with a different amp preset on each.) I could make a version using built-in amps for the rhythms too at some point. Then I'm using S3 Precision (clean) underneath for bass.
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Stryves
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65 posts since 22 Jun, 2018 from CaNada

Re: Shreddage 3 Hydra: the ultimate 8-string guitar for rock & metal

Post Thu Mar 12, 2020 4:59 pm

zircon wrote:
Thu Mar 12, 2020 4:30 pm
The lead guitar uses the "Ready to Djent!" preset snapshot. The 'arp' guitar at 0:29 uses the preset "Modern Metal 1". The rhythm guitars use Archetype Nolly (there are two Kontakt instances for rhythms, each double tracked, with a different amp preset on each.) I could make a version using built-in amps for the rhythms too at some point. Then I'm using S3 Precision (clean) underneath for bass.
I've bought your awesome tools before, I just want to buy what I hear I'm buying. Full disclosure is always best. Sounds great!

zircon
KVRAF
4526 posts since 16 Mar, 2004 from Columbia, MD

Re: Shreddage 3 Hydra: the ultimate 8-string guitar for rock & metal

Post Thu Mar 12, 2020 7:07 pm

Here's a version using just default Hydra presets (Modern Metal 3 & 4 for the rhythms.) Plus some extra EQ of course to fit it in the mix. Also I was wrong, the original version I posted uses Guitar Rig 5 (w/ a Rammfire preset) for one of the guitars and Nolly for the other.

https://impactsoundworks.com/audio/Holy ... xtAmps.mp3
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Stryves
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65 posts since 22 Jun, 2018 from CaNada

Re: Shreddage 3 Hydra: the ultimate 8-string guitar for rock & metal

Post Fri Mar 13, 2020 5:05 am

Yup, totally buying that. That's again for letting us know what was used to make those songs, very appreciated.

bill45
KVRAF
2464 posts since 15 Jun, 2006

Re: Shreddage 3 Hydra: the ultimate 8-string guitar for rock & metal

Post Fri Mar 13, 2020 12:19 pm

Thanks is Nolly the Neural DSP amp sim

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EvilDragon
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19667 posts since 7 Jan, 2009 from Croatia

Re: Shreddage 3 Hydra: the ultimate 8-string guitar for rock & metal

Post Fri Mar 13, 2020 10:31 pm

Yes.

zircon
KVRAF
4526 posts since 16 Mar, 2004 from Columbia, MD

Re: Shreddage 3 Hydra: the ultimate 8-string guitar for rock & metal

Post Fri Mar 20, 2020 12:42 pm

Has anyone here used Hydra yet? Tell us your thoughts! :-)
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bill45
KVRAF
2464 posts since 15 Jun, 2006

Re: Shreddage 3 Hydra: the ultimate 8-string guitar for rock & metal

Post Sun Mar 22, 2020 11:15 am

What is the tuning? Is the highest string an open E?

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