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AAS Strum Electric GS1

Virtual Guitar Instrument
By Nick Magnus

AAS put their physical modelling skills to the test once again, with an electric follow‑up to Strum Acoustic GS1.

Strum Electric GS1 is a physically modelled guitar instrument based around the same concepts and techniques as AAS's 'acoustic' GS1 plug‑in, the aim this time being to emulate, unsurprisingly, electric guitars of various flavours. As its name implies, Strum Electric (or SE) majors in strumming duties, but can also be used to perform arpeggios, power chords, solo lines and duophonic parts. The technique for playing SE is the same as its predecessor: essentially, the desired chord shapes are played on a MIDI keyboard with the left hand, while the right hand 'strums' them using a range of trigger keys.

Strum Electric is both Mac and PC compatible and runs in either VST, Audio Units, RTAS or stand‑alone modes. Since the over-arching principles and functions of SE are almost identical to those of Strum Acoustic, I recommend referring to my review of SA in the September 2008 SOS /sos/sep08/articles/aasstrumacousticgs1.htm).

The Front End

Another view shows Strum Electric's detailed individual string editing parameters.

Despite the similarities to Strum Acoustic, Strum Electric nevertheless features a number of differences appropriate to the electric guitar genre, the most obvious of which concern the Effects section, situated above the mahogany‑coloured guitar body graphic. Here we find an integrated amp simulator with two channels; one optimised for clean sounds, the other for higher gain, overdriven tones. This provides drive amount; level; a three‑band, fixed‑frequency equaliser; a spring reverb; and a choice of open or closed speaker cabinet types. Following this are two effects slots, each on their own tab. The first tab is for preamp effects and the second applies the effects post‑amp. There are nine (mono) pre‑amp effects: chorus, flanger, digital delay, tape delay,...

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Published September 2009