STR-X v1.1 Update

Download: VST3 (Windows) | VST (Windows) | Mac | GitHub

  • Mac OSX Catalina/Big Sur and M1 Mac Support
  • 4x oversampling with option for higher-quality, linear phase oversampling when rendering
  • “De-kinked” preamp distortion algorithm for more accurate asymmetrical distortion
  • Expanded range of tone controls
  • Allow option for using v1.0 tone controls
  • Fully resizable GUI (VST3 only)

WINDOWS USERS! — In order to prevent issues with overwriting the previous version of STR-X and scrapping any settings that may have been saved in your projects, the filename is STR-X.v1.1. Additionally, the plugin will now appear under the Arboreal Audio developer tag.

Re: Re-Branding

Owl sighting earlier today. Anyone know which kind it is?

You may notice, if you’ve ever been here before today, that the site has been renamed “Arboreal Audio”. I’ve decided on this renaming for a couple of reasons, namely that the previous name of Strix Audio was too similar to pre-existing names for me to justify keeping it.

If you do a search for the name, the primary results you get are for the Strix audio cards by ASUS. If you search “strix audio plugins”, you get Strix Instruments. Given that there is another company creating audio software and using the “Strix” name, I felt the minor distinction between “audio” and “instruments” was not enough. While it was a bummer to relinquish the old name, I’m excited for the new look of this company. I now own the domain arborealaudio.com, and I intend to take this branding further in the very near future.

Watch this space for many new things coming soon.

STR-X

Custom digital guitar amp head, featuring a one-knob pedal-style distortion, pre- and power-amplifier gain stages, and a custom tone stack.

Download: v1.1 VST3 (Windows) | v1.1 VST (Windows) | v1.1 Mac

v1.0: VST/VST3 (Windows) | GitHub

The STR-X was built to be a simple but powerful, digitally-oriented guitar amp, one which isn’t based off of any pre-existing analog models. Tonally, it is capable of high gain, modest crunch, and cleaner tones with some added heat.

Mode: The Mode control in the center of the amp changes the crossover point that feeds the pre-amp distortion (after the “X” pedal-style distortion). Normal will give you a solid low-end, with retained clarity in the mids and highs even when cranked. Thick drops the crossover point lower, resulting in greater intermodulation of the distorted signal, and a fuzzy tone ready for a sludge or doom sound. Finally, Open separates all of the low-end from the mids and highs for a tight and bright tone, perfect for fast palm-muted playing or any situation where the low-end of the other two modes might be excessive.

X: This mysterious knob works like a one-knob distortion pedal (inspired by the Ibanez Tube Screamer), with filters that focus the tone on the mid-range the further it’s driven—good for an extra bump before the amp, dialing in a lead tone that cuts through everything else, or for tightening the bass on Thick mode while still remaining truly Thick.

Gain: This is the pre-amp drive section, ranging from not-quite-clean to a heavy wall of distortion. At high gain, the texture varies significantly, depending on the Mode used. This stage generates asymmetric distortion and both even and odd harmonics.

Master: This knob provides the output gain of the amp, with added distortion as well. Although not claiming to emulate any particular type of tube, it does generate the symmetric, odd-harmonic distortion you’d expect from pentode tubes. With low pre-amp gain, you can use this knob to dial in fairly clean tones down low, and bright crunch up high.