Shreddage 3 Fretless

The perfect “mwah” sound of a fretless bass, recorded using three channels: DI, plus two mics on a real amp! An unmistakable, buttery-smooth tone that works as beautifully for lead writing as it does for conventional bass lines, without the millimeter precision a live fretless requires. Shreddage 3 Fretless shines across genres: jazz, fusion, new-age and more.


99 in stock


Audio Demos

  1. COSMIC ORB Jimsaku 0:52
  2. The Girl from Ipanema Antônio Carlos Jobim (arr. by Andrew Aversa) 2:28
  3. Until Next Time Steve Cravis 4:02
  4. The Market in Angera Beach Alessandro Ponti 2:32
  5. Lucid Dreams Michael Lee 1:37
  6. Sun Shower Sarah Mancuso 1:29
  7. Lucid Dreams (Naked) Michael Lee 1:36
  8. Sun Shower (Naked) Sarah Mancuso 1:29

Product Info


Over 20,000 pristine 24-bit samples

Make your own tone by blending up to three signals: DI (clean), SM57 and e902 (both amped).

5 string fretless bass

An iconic tone, carefully crafted and ideal for funk, jazz, fusion, ambient and more.

All crucial articulations

Sequence virtually any part with sustains, mutes, staccatos, harmonics, hammer-on / pull-off, slides, and release noises.

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, 3 dynamic layers, and 5 palm mute layers.

36 production-ready tone snapshots

From clean, wide basses to hi-gain distorted tones, singing leads, and ambient sounds.


Next-generation virtual bass engine

Write and perform both funky low riffs and singing melodic lines with multiple performance styles and options to choose from.

Beautiful, wide UI

Easily adjust all important 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, sculpt, 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.

6GB of RAM

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 6.7+

This instrument will run in the FREE Kontakt Player.

Kontakt Requirements - Mac OSX

Intel Macs (i5 or higher): macOS 10.14, 10.15, 11 or 12+.
Apple Silicon Macs (via Rosetta 2 & natively on ARM in Standalone or in hosts that support it): macOS 11 or 12+.

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.



The newest entry in our bass lineup, Shreddage 3 Fretless, perfectly captures the renowned “mwah” sound: an unmistakable mellow tone in which each note blooms and sings. The warm sound of an Ibanez SRF705 is at home in conventional bass lines but also steps up to virtuosic soloing and melodic parts. For this special project, we reached out to the multi-talented George “Norg” Nowik, who collaborated with us to find the perfect sound to shine across genres.

As is the case with all our Shreddage instruments, we meticulously sampled numerous articulations to make a highly playable and realistic instrument, but this time we’re offering some exciting new additions to the library. For the first time, two amped signals are included in addition to DI, so users can get a 100% authentic, pre-sculpted amp tone with no FX required. Tailor your sound by controlling the levels of each of the mics as well as the DI signal in the mix window. Quickly find the tone that fits your production by choosing one of the many presets, covering everything from ambient and reverberant to dirty and overdriven.

Shreddage 3 Fretless also marks the debut of our newly updated Shreddage 3.5 engine, which introduces features that both streamline your workflow and give you the flexibility you need. The GUI has been massively improved for clarity and intuitiveness. Articulations are much easier to adjust and remap with the new TACT 3.0 articulation system, and NKS is now supported for more parameters. The Performance Style drop-down menu provides presets that automatically tweak the instrument to best suit the chosen style. Finally, the brand-new Keyboard Mode lets you play the instrument with all the responsiveness and consistency of a premium workstation keyboard, without sacrificing the amazing tone.

If you’re looking to build a custom tone from the ground up, the Console section gives you everything you need. Create your own signal chain for each of the mics, the DI, and the master channel with a rich array of effects: dynamics, EQs, pedals, reverbs, phasing effects, and others.

Load, play and perform this instrument with ease. The gorgeous tone will inspire. The mix-ready sound and smooth workflow will meet the demands of tight production deadlines.

  • Iconic “mwah” sound
  • Multi-signal instrument: DI plus two real amped channels
  • Selectable performance styles
  • Production-ready tones that fit seamlessly into your tracks
  • Legato (hammer/pull and slides) as well as four additional articulations and a variety of articulation effects
  • Console FX rack and mixer

About the Performer

Multi-instrumentalist George Nowik’s work as a bassist and arranger can be heard on countless remixes and arrangements of video game music as a member of the video game tribute bands LONELYROLLINGSTARS and THE SMASH BROTHERS as well as in his role as OverClocked Remixer. In addition to his music work, he has developed a career as a voice actor, providing narration for video games as well as medical, corporate, and commercial projects.

Console: Modular FX Rack and Mixer

Console is our 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) 3.0

Shreddage 3 Fretless includes an updated version of TACT, as introduced in Tokyo Scoring Strings, 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.


Shreddage 3 Fretless – Synth & Software

“[Shreddage 3 Fretless] is among the few [fretless basses] that nails the appealing expressiveness of the fretless bass, while successfully avoiding the static, snapshot-like effect that often plagues these sounds…It’s particularly effective for ballads, but it’s fully capable of up-tempo notefests too…there’s plenty here to please just about any fretless bass fan…I recommend Impact Soundworks Shreddage 3 Fretless without reservation.”

Marty Cutler (Synth & Software)

Shreddage 3 Series – Sample Library Review

“Impact Soundworks have blown the lid off my DAW with Shreddage 3. This is the electric guitar library I have long been looking for. Whether you want a rocking rhythm guitarist, a wailing, screaming guitar soloist, or simply a tool for writing your own rhythm and solo guitar parts, Shreddage 3 fits the bill. You can easily write a full rock track with Shreddage 3 that sounds authentic and believable. It’s hard to ask for much more than that.”

Raborn Johnson (Sample Library Review)

Shreddage 3 Fretless – Whipped Cream Sounds

“…[Fretless] is a meticulously modelled [sic] fretless bass VST that does what is says on the tin. But with realistic fretless emulations come the responsibility of managing velocity curves as a real bassist would…If you want a dedicated fretless bass that you’re willing to learn well to use across your projects, there’s nothing quite like the Shreddage 3 Fretless.”

Sai (Whipped Cream Sounds)