Shreddage 3 Archtop
Archtop: Hollowbody Electric Guitar is now Shreddage 3 Archtop! A supremely versatile hollowbody 6-string electric guitar, perfectly suited for clean & amped playing and great for jazz, blues, R&B, funk, pop + more. Now upgraded to the cutting-edge S3 Engine with better performances, editing, and FX!
- The King and His Blues Brad Jerkins 2:23
- Open Road Epilogue Ian Dorsch 2:11
- Salford Streets Henning Nugel 1:18
- Take Five Paul Desmond (arr. Andrew Aversa) 1:25
- Reflections Koke Núñez Gómez 4:00
- We Are All Moons Blake Ewing 1:02
- Mr. Sandman Pat Ballard (arr. Andrew Aversa) 1:30
- Nuages Study (with Acoustic Guitar backing) Gerard Montalat 1:35
- Watercolours Jason Cullimore 1:47
- Melancholia Dmitry Selipanov 3:34
- Air Andrew Aversa 1:13
- My Favorite Things Richard Rodgers (arr. Andrew Aversa) 0:37
- Wa Are All Moons (No Vox) Blake Ewing 1:02
- Open Road Epilogue (Naked) Ian Dorsch 2:11
Over 20,000 pristine 24-bit samples
Recorded through two separate pickup positions (neck and bridge) DI, so you can make your own tone.
6 string hollowbody guitar
Smooth, mellow sound ideal for jazz, blues, funk, and pop; great even with no amp at all!
All crucial lead and rhythm articulations
Sustains, powerchords, palm mutes, staccatos, harmonics, pinch harmonics, tapping, tremolo, slides, fingered vibrato, FX, hammer-on, pull-off, rakes, and chokes.
Realistic performances through meticulous sampling
Every string sampled from open up to the highest fret with up to 4x down/4x up strokes per note, 4 dynamic layers, and 4 palm mute layers.
31 production-ready tone snapshots
From hi-gain amped options to clean, ambient playing.
Cutting edge virtual guitarist engine
Performances accurately simulate hand position and reach, with multiple fret and string selection algorithms available.
Beautiful, wide UI
Easily adjust all key controls, or go deep to tweak and customize engine parameters.
Poly input feature for realistic chords
Optional lookahead analyzes notes to calculate the most realistic fingering and voicing.
Total articulation control technology
Map and trigger every articulation however you’d like: keyswitch, velocity, MIDI CC and more.
Console FX rack and mixer
Over 30 FX included: EQs, compressors, reverbs, pedals, custom cabinets, amps, and much more.
6GB disk space
7200 RPM hard drive or solid state drive recommended.
Higher amounts of memory let you load more instruments.
Apple M1, Intel i5 or equivalent CPU
A faster CPU with more cores will allow you to play more simultaneous voices.
Kontakt Player 5.7
This library will run in the FREE Kontakt Player.
Kontakt Requirements - Mac OSX
Intel Macs (i5 or higher): macOS 10.14, 10.15, 11 or 12 (latest update).
Apple Silicon Macs (via Rosetta 2 & natively on ARM in Standalone or in hosts that support it): macOS 11 or 12 (latest update)
Kontakt Requirements - Windows
Windows 7, Windows 8, or Windows 10 (latest Service Pack, 32/64-bit). Intel Core i5 or equivalent CPU. Graphics hardware support for OpenGL 2.1 or higher. Windows 10 strongly recommended.
Shreddage 3 Archtop takes our incredibly popular Archtop: Hollowbody Electric Guitar instrument and upgrades it to our cutting-edge S3 engine, adding brand-new samples along the way! The original instrument, featuring a six-string Sadowsky Jim Hall model with dual pickups, was favored by thousands of composers, producers, and bands for its playability and smooth tone. Now, you can enjoy these incredible samples with even better performance playback, strumming, articulation mapping, and tone options!
Shreddage 3 Archtop was performed by master session musician Josh Workman, who brought detail and nuance to every note. Each sample was cleanly recorded DI through a true analog signal chain for maximum warmth, making this guitar equally usable in both amped and clean contexts. While it is more than capable of hi-gain styles, Shreddage 3 Archtop truly excels with cleaner tones and genres like jazz, fusion, pop, alt rock, blues, funk, and R&B.
Now, with the S3 engine, you can use the included Console FX rack and mixer to process and amp the instrument with no external plugins needed. Just choose from our dozens of included presets and you’re ready to play! All the articulations from the original instruments are here, and can be mapped or triggered however you want using Total Articulation Control Technology 2.0 (TACT). There are more ways to tweak and play these articulations than ever: dynamic layer and mute level adjustments, per-articulation velocity to volume, Strum Mode, and much more.
Welcome to the next generation of virtual guitar instruments!
Console: Modular FX Rack and Mixer
Console is our new mixer, modular effects rack, and pedal board, designed to give you full control over your virtual guitar tone. Unlike our previous FX racks, which were limited to a small amount of preset modules, Console gives you 30 effects modules to choose from!
These include multiple EQs (digital and analog-style), compressors, spatial FX, modulation FX, amps, distortion pedals, reverbs, and a selection of over 30 custom cabinet IRs recorded just for Shreddage 3! These cabs cover all the most important sounds you would want, with both dynamic & condenser mics in multiple positions plus a ribbon mic for certain models.
Using Console, you can easily save and load FX chains or presets between projects or even different Shreddage 3 products. It also allows you to mix and blend between guitar pickups, with custom inserts on each if you’d like.
Download the Console manual here to learn more!
Total Articulation Control Technology (TACT) 2.0
Shreddage 3 Archtop includes an updated version of TACT, allowing you to customize how all articulations are mapped and triggered! Everyone has their own preferences for how to perform or write for virtual guitar, and with TACT you can create the perfect setup for your DAW.
Download the TACT 2.0 manual here to learn more!
Archtop – Computer Music
“The big sound of the hollowbody electric is at its best taking centre stage. Archtop captures this perfectly and is the sort of sampled guitar you could happily ‘feature’ in a track rather than hide in the mix. It’s beautifully presented, and its pristine DI sound serves as a fantastic foundation for a huge range of tones… A fabulous-sounding guitar captured to near-perfection with articulations and noises for supreme realism of performance.”
CM Reviews (Computer Music)
Archtop – Film and Game Composers
“Its lineage and pedigree aside, ISW simply know how to capture an electric guitar and in what manner it needs to translate for non guitar people, and those on a deadline not keen on hours of tuition. I mean seriously, for some libraries you spend so much time, it makes you wonder if it was more practical just learning the damn thing! Im [sic] not shocked that ISW pulled it off going by Shreddage.”
Russell Bell (Film and Game Composers)
Archtop – Sound On Sound
“Sound wise, Archtop is impressive too. Not only does it sound very real (thanks in part to its use of eight round‑robin variations per articulation), but it also has a lovely mellow tone which still retains enough presence to cut through in a mix […] With a little practice, [users] should be able to fabricate very convincing and impressive guitar solos and chord‑based riffs to suit a great number of their compositions.”
Tom Flint (Sound On Sound)