Strum GS-2 is a plug-in for the production of guitar tracks. It includes a huge collection of acoustic and electric guitars, automatic chord recognition, sophisticated chord voicing, integrated strumming and picking action, MIDI riff library, amplifier and effects.
New from Strum Acoustic/Electric:
Compressor and equalizer—These are perfect to add punch and definition to your sound, letting you cut through any dense mix or stage.
Limiter—The output limiter protects your ears and monitors during experimentation with the synth's parameters while providing a maximum of distortion-free dynamics.
Streamlined interface that 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—Strum GS-2's manager allows simple and efficient organization, backup, and sharing of your sounds.
Strum GS-2 runs in native 64-bit on Mac OS X and Windows making it compatible with the latest sequencers.
Absolutely great guitar plug-in... I use it on just about every project. The many, many preset strumming patterns cover all styles I'm ever going to want to use - and the MIDI drag and drop feature really works great when it comes to constructing my MIDI guitar rhythm parts (especially for a non-keyboardist such as myself!!). The AAS Support folks have been quick to answer any and all of my questions.Read Review
A good product, versatile. Has a weird sound though that emulates a hummed string, very hard to mix out. Use notches and hope for the best.Read Review
Absolutely gorgeous sound for Unobtanium guitar with Mithril strings, played by Cyborg from Alpha-Centauri. It has strings, it can be strummed, amplified but it does not sound like something you hear on stage, or near campfire.
Background for my opinion: I'm not a guitar player - only keys. My main music interests: electronic/edm/experimental/hybrid.
I tried to choose my first guitar VI to buy. Of course I wanted to find "most of the most" guitar: realistic, simple and powerful...and inexpensive :) I trialed couple of them: MusicLab, Amplesound...Absolute fantastic edge of technology, but all of them seemed to me like sample archive with several knobs - you can build a music with it, but it is not VI for playing with keys. Okay, okay - it is not rocket science - I got some results with keyboard, but just did not like workflow. Then, I tried AAS Strum GS-2: "Oh, that is not guitar...and this is guitar..and..woah! i'm playing guitar!". One, two... and I just got music sketch and experiment with a result. Tons of sound presets and built-in rhythmic patterns, but you can just strum with keyboard. Or tweak sound in a way you never thought it was tweakable. "Do I really need 100% authentic super guitar sound?"
Pros: Playable fantastic strumming engine, Playground for guitar sound experiments, Built in patterns and FX, Quite realistic as electric rhythm guitar (and fast).
Cons: Not so easy, fast and plausible as acoustic guitar or lead guitar, No scratches/squeaks/slaps.
Forget about cons if you can consider this VI not as guitar, but "guitar-like synth", or "sketching/experimental instrument"Read Review