Shreddage 3 Stratus

The next generation of virtual guitar instruments for KONTAKT PLAYER is here! More realistic and versatile than ever before, featuring an American classic sound, three pickups, tons of articulations and the new CONSOLE mixer and modular FX rack!


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Audio Demos

  1. Donkey Kong Country - Aquatic Ambience David Wise (arr. Andrew Aversa) 1:39
  2. Interlude Ian Dorsch 1:28
  3. The Third Destiny (Promo Song) Nabeel Ansari 1:25
  4. Funkoland Andrew Aversa 1:07
  5. Rock You Like a Hurricane (Opening Solo) Scorpions (Mock-up by Andrew Aversa) 0:36
  6. Chameleon Cure Henning Nugel 2:47
  7. Mega Man 3 - "Passing of the Blue Crown" Yasuaki Fujita (arr. Sixto Sounds & Andrew Aversa) 1:31
  8. Lunatic Strat Andrew Aversa 0:57
  9. Console Tone Showcase (Mixed) Shreddage 3 Stratus 0:43
  10. Console Tone Showcase Shreddage 3 Stratus 0:43

Product Info


Over 25,000 pristine 24-bit samples

Recorded through three separate pickup positions (neck, middle, bridge) DI, so you can make your own tone.

Classic 6 string guitar

All-around American sound heard on countless songs: great for rock, blues, pop, funk, and more.

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, 3 dynamic layers, and 3 palm mute layers.

40 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.


9GB 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 Stratus is the first chapter in a new universe of Impact Soundworks guitar and bass instruments. In creating this sample library, we’ve drawn from nearly a decade of experience and customer feedback on our previous guitars. We created a new engine – Shreddage 3 (or S3, for short) – entirely from scratch, incorporating the latest Kontakt technology and tools available in version 5.7.

Our new fretting and voicing algorithms give you more realistic performances and playback than ever, emulating how a real guitarist would play a part. Changing these is as simple as selecting from a menu or pressing a keyswitch. A much-requested Strumming engine has been added, great for both slow and fast rhythm parts alike. And with our new modular mixer Console, you now have over 30 effects at your fingertips, from EQs to pedals, compressors, amps, cabinets, modulators, and more.

To showcase all these incredible features, what better guitar to sample than a classic American tone used in countless rock, blues, metal, pop, soul, and funk tracks? Stratus includes three unique pickup positions with custom blending along with all the key articulations you’ve come to expect from the Shreddage series sampled in exquisite detail.

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 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 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 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 – 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)