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Strum GS Tutorial

AAS Strum GS-2 Explained®

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14 Videos | Length: 1hr 21min 40sec
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Chapter 1 : Performance Controls

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    Understanding the Interface

    Learn how the different components of this plug-in are organized and how the three playing styles respond to incoming MIDI notes.

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    Keyboard Mode

    See how this mode enables you to play in chords manually without Strum GS attempting to voice the notes you play on the keyboard.

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    Automatic Chords & Auto Strum

    Discover how Guitar Mode works using the automatic chords function with Auto Strum enabled.

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    The Strumming Keys

    Hear how these notes are used to trigger various picking strokes and articulations guitarists play with their picking hand.

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    Chord Voicings

    Explore the way the moveable, open, drop, and power chord voicing settings react to incoming MIDI chords that incorporate inversions.

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    Loop Mode

    Learn how to use preset the MIDI loops that ship with Strum GS-2 to trigger strumming key patterns in a variety of styles.

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    Creating Your Own Loop Packs

    Learn how to create, export, and manage MIDI files so that they are mapped across the Loop Keys.

Chapter 2 : Controlling the Sound

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    The String Module

    Explore the controls used to model the vertical and horizontal vibrational motion of the individual guitar strings.

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    The Pick Module

    See how the stiffness, dampening, positioning, and timing of the pick striking the string are controlled.

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    Hammer Ons, Mutes, & Palm Mutes

    Hear how these Edit Page modules control the modelling of these specific articulations.

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    Body & Pickups

    Explore the modeling of acoustic guitar body and air cavity qualities, and electric guitar pickup settings.

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    The Effects View

    Discover the internal effects, amplifier, and signal flow controls available within Strum GS-2.

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    MIDI Control

    Learn how MIDI controllers are assigned and managed, and how to work with the stand alone version of Strum GS-2.

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    Managing Banks & Programs

    Learn how to save and manage custom banks and programs.

Product Overview


In this FREE series commissioned by Applied Acoustic Systems, Eli Krantzberg covers the expansive performance library of electric and acoustic guitar strumming inside and out, and shows you how to make Strum GS-2 your new favorite session guitarist!

Eli starts by explaining the performance controls. He shows you around the interface and then dives into Keyboard Mode, which plays in chords manually without Strum GS-2 attempting to voice the notes you play on the keyboard.

Next, he demonstrates how Guitar Mode works using automatic chords and the Auto Strum feature. After that, he explores the Strumming Keys, which trigger various picking strokes and articulations.

Eli now demonstrates the Chord Voicings, Loop Mode, how to use the preset MIDI loops that ship with Strum GS-2, and how to create your own Loop Packs.

Continuing on, you’ll learn about your options for controlling the sound. Eli reveals the String Module, which models the vertical and horizontal vibrational motion of the individual guitar strings, then moves to the Pick Module, which controls the stiffness, dampening, positioning, and timing of the pick striking the string.

The various Edit Page controls for hammer ons, mutes, and palm mutes, as well as models of the the guitar body, including air cavity qualities, and electric guitar pickup settings are then all explained.

Now Eli gives you a full description of the internal effects, amp models, and signal control parameters available within Strum GS-2, and wraps it up with an explanation on how MIDI controllers are assigned, how to work with the standalone version, and how to manage custom banks and programs.

If you have Strum GS-2, or you’re looking for a virtual solution to great sounding guitar tracks from your computer, watch “AAS Strum GS-2 Explained” today!


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Teunis
Submitted 6 months ago

Thought I knew Strum GS-2 but this shows much more

I thought I had a good understanding of Strum GS-2 but this showed so much more. I’ll need to revisit many parts as it is more powerful than I even imagined. The course was easy to follow and much more complete than I would have thought.


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bromineion
Submitted 6 months ago

Picked up a bunch of helpful tips

Have been using Strum GS-2 for a long while now & picked up a bunch of helpful tips for using this. Like how Eli has a summary screen. Which that summary screen wasn't WHITE background! : )

I am a: Hobbyist, Musician, Audio Engineer, Reason, Studio One


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patb
Submitted 1 year ago

Very helpful

Video gives you a good starting point for using AAS Strum GS-2.

I am a: Hobbyist, Producer, Cakewalk Sonar, Reason


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Lodube
Submitted 2 years ago

Great! Excellent!

From now, I will use Strum 2 efficiently. Very helpfull!

I am a: Hobbyist, Musician, Cubase, Reaper, Studio One


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Ray
Submitted 2 years ago

Excellent demonstrations!

These videos present a quick overview of each function on Strum GS-2. They certainly provide a short-cut to understanding how this fantastic plug-in works.


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Royarn
Submitted 2 years ago

Useful course

As usual Eli does a great job of explaining all the features of this software. So grateful for this.


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BBOBBYB
Submitted 2 years ago

SUPER ...

xxx

I am a: Hobbyist, Musician, Ableton Live, Cakewalk Sonar, Reason


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joegraphy
Submitted 2 years ago

Awesome tutorial!

I didn't even have to read any of the documentation and was able to customize the settings rather quickly.

I am a: Hobbyist, Musician, Producer, FL Studio, Logic Pro


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Baghira
Submitted 3 years ago

Sehr viele praxisnahe Videos aus vielen Bereichen

Dieses Sammelbecken von Informationen bringt alles, was ich brauche

I am a: Producer, Musician, Hobbyist


Ease of Use
 
 
 
 
 
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Ukbluesman
Submitted 3 years ago

Comprehensive tutorial

As always Eli explains and demonstrates with lots of examples every aspect of this brilliant plugin.

I am a: Hobbyist


Ease of Use
 
 
 
 
 
Quality of Videos
 
 
 
 
 
Value of Training
 
 
 
 
 
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Teunis
Submitted 6 months ago

Thought I knew Strum GS-2 but this shows much more

I thought I had a good understanding of Strum GS-2 but this showed so much more. I’ll need to revisit many parts as it is more powerful than I even imagined. The course was easy to follow and much more complete than I would have thought.

Ease of Use
 
 
 
 
 
Quality of Videos
 
 
 
 
 
Value of Training
 
 
 
 
 
Access to Videos
 
 
 
 
 

bromineion
Submitted 6 months ago

Picked up a bunch of helpful tips

Have been using Strum GS-2 for a long while now & picked up a bunch of helpful tips for using this. Like how Eli has a summary screen. Which that summary screen wasn't WHITE background! : )

I am a: Hobbyist, Musician, Audio Engineer, Reason, Studio One

Ease of Use
 
 
 
 
 
Quality of Videos
 
 
 
 
 
Value of Training
 
 
 
 
 
Access to Videos
 
 
 
 
 

patb
Submitted 1 year ago

Very helpful

Video gives you a good starting point for using AAS Strum GS-2.

I am a: Hobbyist, Producer, Cakewalk Sonar, Reason

Ease of Use
 
 
 
 
 
Quality of Videos
 
 
 
 
 
Value of Training
 
 
 
 
 
Access to Videos
 
 
 
 
 

Lodube
Submitted 2 years ago

Great! Excellent!

From now, I will use Strum 2 efficiently. Very helpfull!

I am a: Hobbyist, Musician, Cubase, Reaper, Studio One

Ease of Use
 
 
 
 
 
Quality of Videos
 
 
 
 
 
Value of Training
 
 
 
 
 
Access to Videos
 
 
 
 
 

Ray
Submitted 2 years ago

Excellent demonstrations!

These videos present a quick overview of each function on Strum GS-2. They certainly provide a short-cut to understanding how this fantastic plug-in works.

Ease of Use
 
 
 
 
 
Quality of Videos
 
 
 
 
 
Value of Training
 
 
 
 
 
Access to Videos
 
 
 
 
 

Royarn
Submitted 2 years ago

Useful course

As usual Eli does a great job of explaining all the features of this software. So grateful for this.

Ease of Use
 
 
 
 
 
Quality of Videos
 
 
 
 
 
Value of Training
 
 
 
 
 
Access to Videos
 
 
 
 
 

BBOBBYB
Submitted 2 years ago

SUPER ...

xxx

I am a: Hobbyist, Musician, Ableton Live, Cakewalk Sonar, Reason

Ease of Use
 
 
 
 
 
Quality of Videos
 
 
 
 
 
Value of Training
 
 
 
 
 
Access to Videos
 
 
 
 
 

joegraphy
Submitted 2 years ago

Awesome tutorial!

I didn't even have to read any of the documentation and was able to customize the settings rather quickly.

I am a: Hobbyist, Musician, Producer, FL Studio, Logic Pro

Ease of Use
 
 
 
 
 
Quality of Videos
 
 
 
 
 
Value of Training
 
 
 
 
 
Access to Videos
 
 
 
 
 

Baghira
Submitted 3 years ago

Sehr viele praxisnahe Videos aus vielen Bereichen

Dieses Sammelbecken von Informationen bringt alles, was ich brauche

I am a: Producer, Musician, Hobbyist

Ease of Use
 
 
 
 
 
Quality of Videos
 
 
 
 
 
Value of Training
 
 
 
 
 
Access to Videos
 
 
 
 
 

Ukbluesman
Submitted 3 years ago

Comprehensive tutorial

As always Eli explains and demonstrates with lots of examples every aspect of this brilliant plugin.

I am a: Hobbyist

Ease of Use
 
 
 
 
 
Quality of Videos
 
 
 
 
 
Value of Training
 
 
 
 
 
Access to Videos
 
 
 
 
 

1. When did you start dabbling in music?

I started playing drums in high school at age fourteen. Like most kids my age around then, I was into progressive rock. Genesis, Emerson Lake and Palmer, and Yes. They rocked my world. A few short years later though, my musical life changed. While studying music in college I discovered Charlie Parker, Milt Jackson, Sonny Stitt, and John Coltrane. Milt Jackson spoke to me in such a profound way that it left me no choice but to take up vibraphone.

These great players, along with  drummers like Philly Joe Jones, Max Roach, Art Blakey, and Elvin Jones changed not only the way I thought about drumming, but also music - and by extension, life - as a whole. I realized life was meant to be a creative endeavor. The idea of improvising based on a loose set of guidelines and rules permeated into my psyche even when I wasn't holding a pair of drumsticks or mallets. But if I am going to be perfectly truthful, I have to hold Henry Miller and Woody Allen equally responsible for shaping the way I view and experience the world around me. 

2. What training have you had?

I am currently an Apple certified Logic Pro. Young and cocky, and armed with only a partial University degree, I dropped out of school and  began playing steady commercial hotel engagements and jazz gigs when I could. This went on for many years until I decided it was time to complete my degree - which I ultimately did with a major in Political Science and a minor in music. 

It was at this point that I formed my current band Nightshift. We are going in to our twenty third year now - playing commercial one nighters like weddings, corporate events, etc. Don't turn your nose up at it though - it has allowed me a wonderful quality of life. It gave me the freedom to go back to school and complete a post graduate degree in Communications Studies - all the while supporting myself by playing weddings.

3. When did you get into recording?

It was in this graduate program - in the early nineties - that I found myself drawn to the fledgling emerging universe of hard disc recording and midi sequencing. Based on nothing more than the recommendation of one of my band mates who had an old Atari, I jumped in head first and bought a Mac LC ll, along with a version 1.1 of what was then Notator Logic. I had no idea what I was getting myself into. But, in hindsight, it was a decision of epic importance in my life - shaping my future as much as the music of Milt Jackson and Charlie Parker did fifteen years prior. 

I opened up my own commercial home studio in 1998 and began doing a variety of projects, working on radio jingles, artist CD projects, and whatever came my way. A couple of years later a colleague called me up - desperate. He was working at a post production house and one of the editors had just quit. They were doing audio post for a weekly TV series and needed a Pro Tools editor - and fast! And so, once again, I jumped in head first into what would ultimately open up my world even more - the world of Pro Tools. 

4. People you have worked with/for?

Focusing on Logic, I built up a small but loyal client base and my phone kept ringing for Logic tech support and instruction. Film composers and studio owners all over the city were calling me. Even the music stores were giving out my phone number at this point! This kind of stuff becomes a self fulfilling prophecy. The more of it you do, the more calls you get to keep doing it. At least that's the way it should be!

As my Logic chops kept growing, I was hired by an old buddy of mine, Len Sasso, who was then an associate editor at Electronic Musician magazine, and began writing some columns for them. I had a blast doing them - and really learned to focus and express my thoughts in a concise and clear manner. This lead to a collaboration with LA based composer Terry Michael Huud on the 2006 film called Civic Duty - which was certainly one of the highlights of my professional life as a composer. 

5. Why are you so good at training people?

I wake up every day excited to boot up, and create. Whether it's instructional videos, creating music, working with a studio client, performing with my band, or teaching at the schools - my days are filled with what I love doing. Enriched by the stimulation and creative freedom this modern music making software brings to my life. I bring that excitement and passion to each and every training product I create. My years of experience both using and teaching these programs has taught me the best way to make the user comfortable with these complex programs.

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    AAS Strum GS-2 Explained

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AAS Strum GS-2 Explained® is rated 5.0 out of 5 by 18 .
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Thought I knew Strum GS-2 but this shows much more I thought I had a good understanding of Strum GS-2 but this showed so much more. I’ll need to revisit many parts as it is more powerful than I even imagined. The course was easy to follow and much more complete than I would have thought.
Date published: 2019-03-03
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from Picked up a bunch of helpful tips Have been using Strum GS-2 for a long while now & picked up a bunch of helpful tips for using this. Like how Eli has a summary screen. Which that summary screen wasn't WHITE background! : )
Date published: 2019-03-01
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Very helpful Video gives you a good starting point for using AAS Strum GS-2.
Date published: 2018-04-02
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Great! Excellent! From now, I will use Strum 2 efficiently. Very helpfull!
Date published: 2018-02-02
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from Excellent demonstrations! These videos present a quick overview of each function on Strum GS-2. They certainly provide a short-cut to understanding how this fantastic plug-in works.
Date published: 2017-12-23
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Useful course As usual Eli does a great job of explaining all the features of this software. So grateful for this.
Date published: 2017-11-17
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from SUPER ... xxx
Date published: 2017-06-20
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Awesome tutorial! I didn't even have to read any of the documentation and was able to customize the settings rather quickly.
Date published: 2017-04-05
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Sehr viele praxisnahe Videos aus vielen Bereichen Dieses Sammelbecken von Informationen bringt alles, was ich brauche
Date published: 2017-01-05
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Comprehensive tutorial As always Eli explains and demonstrates with lots of examples every aspect of this brilliant plugin.
Date published: 2016-08-28
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Eli does it agian! There are mainly two ways of making a tutorial. One is "I go through and explain the manaul for you so you don't have to read it yourself" and "This is how you can apply this instrument/plugin creatively". The tut for Strum 2 are more on the "go through the manual" side, but also has a few nice tips on how to apply the instrument in a composition. If I have understood right mr. Krantzberg is a drummer. His approach to the guitar virtual instrument is somewhat influenced by that. Which is fine as a guitar can act as a percussive instrument. Most of the video is within the percussive/rythm genre, while thing like soloing and power chords are not heavily focused. I guess the video aims at non guitar players. More advanced guitar players, that for some reason want to use a guitar VI, will perhaps miss some more advanced use of the VI. Thus making Strum 2 sound like real guitar playing is a little bit missed. There is however something about Eli Krantzbergs way of making a tutorial. After watching dozens of his videos I am still surprised by the quality of the pedagogical structure in his videos. The voiceover is also, as always, excellent. All in all I think you will get much more out of Strum 2 if you watch this tut, or it will at least save you several hours trying things out for yourself. If you are an owner of Strum 2 I strongly recommened it. If you do not own Strum and considder buying it, I would also have a look at Ample Sound if I were you. Strum is more "many things in the same box" while Ample Sound is IMHO closer to the sound and style of a real guitar.
Date published: 2016-08-26
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Stellar Instruction of Strum GS-2 I feel it's long overdue, to say that Eli Krantzberg rules! I own several tutorials taught by Eli, and he is my favorite instructor at Groove 3. For me, Strum was complex. But Eli guides the user from the basics to uncovering all the layers and goodies of untapped potential with this guitar plug-in. And in the usual Eli style, the tutorial is well-organized and easy to understand. Also, Eli's vocal delivery is spot on, with just the right rhythm,cadence and enunciation. Some instructors speak far too rapidly and swallow or garble their words, which thoroughly annoys and frustrates me. Eli's laser focus is not to be taken for granted either. He guides your eye to where it needs to be to learn the function or feature he speaking of. I highly recommend, not only this tutorial, but any tutorial taught by Eli Krantzberg.
Date published: 2016-08-22
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from AAS - STRUM I have used STRUM since it was available - from time to time. I was not aware of the sophistication and depth of capabilities were available, as I used it as a sound source for certain compositions from time to time only. This really has opened my eyes of what we have here and I will spend some times to use and explore those extraordinary options and facilities. I am a fan of Eli Krantzberg and his crisp extensive presentations. Great understanding and fabulous pace of not only the software but the musical applications that are possible.
Date published: 2016-08-21
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Very Helpful As I don't play guitar, guitar simulations can be a bit confusing. Eli shows that it isn't too difficult and that Strum is a very useful product. As always, Eli explains things incredibly well. Possibly the best at this sort of thing (that I've heard)
Date published: 2016-08-19
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from real guitars exellent vsti,you can bring realistic sounding guitars into your daw and because it doesnt use samples,you can use it on a not so powerfull machine good structurised GUI, and lots of articulations to play with ideal for al sorts of acoustic and electric guitars
Date published: 2016-08-17
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Wonderful and informative! I had no idea that this product could do as much as it does. Eli covered every feature in easy to understand ideas and then recapped everything at the end of each chapter. Well done!
Date published: 2016-08-16
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Thorough and informative! Eli Is always very thorough and touches on all the pertinent features! A timesaver for sure!
Date published: 2016-08-16
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Strum GS-2 Eli does it again. This app is pretty interesting, hope to own it soon. Seems much more flexible than another brand that I currently own.
Date published: 2016-08-15
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