Shreddage 3 Stratus FREE

The ultimate FREE electric guitar sample library for KONTAKT! Includes deep-sampled sustain, palm mute, and choke articulations with 3 octaves of playing range, up to 24 samples per note, and tons of performance options. Also features TACT 2.0 and the new CONSOLE mixer and modular FX rack!

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Audio Demos

  1. Mega Man 3 - "Passing of the Free Crown" Yasuaki Fujita (arr. Andrew Aversa) 1:31
  2. The Third Destiny Nabeel Ansari 1:32
  3. Donkey Kong Country - Aquatic Ambience David Wise (arr. Andrew Aversa) 1:44
  4. Funkoland Andrew Aversa 1:11
  5. Silent Memories Tremendouz 0:58
  6. Wash of Emotions Zack Parrish 1:15

Product Info


Pristine 24-bit recordings
Sustains, palm mutes, chokes
Pitched and unpitched release noises
Up to 3x dynamics / 4x round robins
Up and downstrokes
Over 30 new & custom cabinet IRs


SHRED window & offset for accurate shredding
Beautiful, expanded UI for easier editing
New POLY INPUT window for realistic chords
Multiple fret & string voicing algorithms
New STRUMMING tab for custom rhythm parts
CONSOLE: Modular rack & mixer with 30+ FX
Includes TACT 2.0 for articulation mapping


1GB disk space

7200 RPM hard drive or solid state drive recommended.

4GB of RAM

Higher amounts of memory let you load more instruments.

Kontakt 5.7+ Full Version

This library is NOT compatible with 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.



Our goal with this library is to give ALL Kontakt users an excellent, realistic, and FREE virtual guitar instrument with all our latest technology and no crippling limitations. Shreddage 3 Stratus FREE includes some of the most useful sounds from the full version, as well as tons of editing features, TACT 2.0, and the Console mixer (see below), giving you all the tools you need to write and produce electric guitar parts.

Just like the full version, you get our updated fretting & voicing engine with multiple algorithms and styles to choose from. You can create custom tones with 30+ included FX modules and cabinet IRs. With this instrument, you can create lead, rhythm, and strummed parts, all in a single Kontakt instance.

In short, if you own Kontakt, this is the most realistic and flexible electric guitar library you can possibly get for free. We know you’ll love it, too!

Comparison to FULL Version

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.

Plus, with Console, you can easily save and load FX chains or presets between projects or even different Shreddage 3 products.

Download the Console manual here to learn more!

Total Articulation Control Technology (TACT) 2.0

Shreddage 3 Stratus 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!


Shreddage 3 Stratus – HIFIMIDI

“…this is possibly the best Stratocaster sample library I’ve ever used…”

HIFIMIDI (08/2019)

Shreddage 3 Stratus – KeyboardKraze

“If you listen to the samples, you will find yourself actually thinking that your [sic] listening to some of your favorite classic metal bands…Shreddage 3 delivers a powerful punch with endless possibilities. If you’re a fan of metal guitars, give this plug-in a try.”

Chris Senner (KeyboardKraze)

Shreddage 3 Stratus –

“… what’s really impressive is that it does not only do rhythm guitar and arpeggios well: it actually can pull off amazing lead guitar sounds too, with vibrato, bends, hammer-ons, and all that so important expression! … With Shreddage 3 you can really do all styles of electric guitar performances. And if you spend some time adding expression and performance style variation, you can end up with a truly authentic sounding electric guitar performance in your music production.” (

Shreddage 3 Stratus – SoundBytes Magazine

“The effects work well and sound great, and you can easily get along without a separate guitar amp plugin. Right out of the box you’re able to get a convincing distortion and cabinet sound and many other effects. The strumming options are very useful and add to the versatility and realism that this product offers…. Stratus is a very powerful guitar sample library with several goodies under the hood. From its awesome clean tone to its many useful articulations and effects, I doubt you’ll be wishing for anything more.”

Rob Mitchell (SoundBytes Magazine)

Shreddage 3 Stratus – Beat Magazine

“For either lively rhythm performances or expressive solos, Shreddage 3 Stratus impressively captures the versatile and characteristic sound of the Fender Stratocaster. This instrument is excellent for a variety of genres such as rock, metal, funk, or soul. Though it already sounds good with the integrated effects, it becomes really authentic with a high-quality external amp sim. The appealing interface makes this powerful Kontakt instrument comfortable and intuitive to use.” (6/6 Stars)

BEAT Magazine (03 2019)

Shreddage 3 Stratus Free – Producer Hive

Once again, this boils down to Impact Soundworks’ impressive ability to capture the nuances of a live electric guitar performance…Having this much control over the sound of your guitar allows you to create an incredibly natural performance. If you’re looking for a way to incorporate electric guitars into your music inexpensively, this is a solid choice.”

Seth Huff (Producer Hive)