AAS Strum GS-2 lets you create acoustic guitar parts in your DAW

Applied Acoustics Systems (AAS) has already had one shot at producing a plugin that emulates the sound and playing techniques of an acoustic guitar with Strum Acoustic GS-1. Now, seven years on, we have a sequel.

Strum GS-2 is designed for non-guitar players who want to create convincing six-string parts in their DAWs. Said to be completely redesigned, it offers a chord recognition and voicing module that automatically voices chords played on your keyboard as a guitar player would on their fretboard.

What's more, you can call on an auto-strum function and special strumming keys, while the supplied MIDI loops enable you to create "elaborate rhythm figures".

This version of Strum comes with a new synthesis engine, streamlined interface, equalizer and compressor module and multi-effect processor. It also adds 64-compatibility and a new factory library of nylon- and steel-string acoustic guitars.

You can find out more on the Applied Acoustics Systems website, where Strum GS-2 can currently be purchased for $149 (its price will rise to $199 after 28 April). Upgrades from Strum Acoustic GS-1, Strum Electric GS-1, and Strum Acoustic Session start at $39.

Strum GS-2 is compatible with PC and Mac and runs in VST, AU, RTAS and AAX plugin formats.

Ben Rogerson

I’m the Deputy Editor of MusicRadar, having worked on the site since its launch in 2007. I previously spent eight years working on our sister magazine, Computer Music. I’ve been playing the piano, gigging in bands and failing to finish tracks at home for more than 30 years, 24 of which I’ve also spent writing about music and the ever-changing technology used to make it.