ShaperBox 2 by Cableguys is a 5 in 1 plugin bundle that was great fun to review. I’ve used plugins by Cableguys before and was very excited to try this updated version of their already successful ShaperBox.
Check out the video below to see it in action. The last part of the video will show you how to set up MiDi triggered effects in Ableton Live with ShaperBox 2. Or click here if you want the tutorial only.
Included in this bundle are 5 plugins, different types of ‘shaper’. Between them, you can create a number of effects and many of them can be used for mixing, or on your master bus.
You can make anything from build-up and break down effects to time-stretching retro-sounding scratches and wobbles. The multiband ‘sidechain compression’ effect you can achieve with VolumeShaper 6 is phenomenal too.
My highlights of ShaperBox 2 by Cableguys would be the intuitive design of the plugins. Anyone who has used their plugins will know what I mean. They are so easy to get to grips with, once you’ve used one plugin be Cableguys you feel comfortable using all of them.
The Multiband control you have with each shaper is fantastic and so helpful when you’re trying to keep your lows as tight as possible. The Haas effect in the PanShaper 3 sounds beautiful and so much more performance-friendly compared to trying to achieve the same in my DAW.
The Envelope followers add to the creativity and with the compressors and other features, there’s plenty to keep the advanced user busy too.
Being able to trigger different user ‘shapes’ with MiDi was great fun to play around with.
A good all-round and affordable plugin that gives you a fast and great sounding result with a great interface to work with.
And here’s more information about ShaperBox 2 by Cableguys themselves…
Five powerful Cableguys effects in one plugin.
For modern mixes and infinite inspiration.
With all-new versions of five powerful Cableguys effects – TimeShaper 2, VolumeShaper 6, FilterShaper Core 2, PanShaper 3, and WidthShaper 2 –ShaperBox 2 is the state-of-the-art effects plugin for modern mixes and infinite inspiration.
The plugin is already in use by David Guetta, Ferry Corsten, Showtek, Deniz Koyu, BT, AnonXmous (Timbaland, Beyoncé, Nicki Minaj), Mark Byrd (KanyeWest, 2 Chainz, Travis Scott), Hussein (808 Mafia), Mark Ralph (Clean Bandit, HotChip, Jax Jones), Wallis Lane (Drake, Post Malone, Travis Scott), Nard & B (Future,Migos, Lil Uzi Vert), Rik Simpson (Coldplay, Jay-Z, Kasabian), and many more.
ShaperBox 2 gives you control over filtering, volume, panning, stereo width – even the flow of time. Simply load any Shaper effect and draw the modulation shapes you need with Cableguys’ easily editable LFOs – now with three powerful Pens for drawing lines, arcs and S-curves at a stroke. Or, use the new envelope followers in Filter, Pan and
Get inspired: turn loops, beats, vocals, melodies and basslines into addictive hooks to kickstart your next track. Explore new curated Preset Packs filled with wild transformations, tension-building FX and studio staples. For mixing, perfect your sound with sample-accurate sidechain ducking, zero-delay feedback filters, stereo expansion, and more. All in multiband.Expand your sound design with new visual compression in VolumeShaper 6, eight lush phaser modes in FilterShaper Core 2, tape/vinyl ‘wow’ and custom flanger/chorus with TimeShaper 2’s Fine Mode, and psychoacoustic Haas panning in PanShaper 3.Work at the speed of inspiration with ShaperBox 2’s 1-click Quick Presets, Retina/HiDPIsupport, smoother graphics, redesigned interface with larger editing areas, improved editing tools, and many more workflow enhancements.
What producers are saying about ShaperBox 2
“ShaperBox 2 is a box of many must-have, well-organised tools for sound design and even for mixing. Multiband filter on basic effects makes them sound absolutely the new different way and inspirational.
“ShaperBox 2 is a masterpiece of
“Having the ability to bend, slow and manipulate a sound using a single plugin has been a HUGE asset, not just in the area of sound design, but also in conserving processing power. ShaperBox 2 is among our ‘Go-To’s’ for accomplishing this!” – Nard & B, Multi-Platinum Producers (Migos, Future, Lil Uzi Vert)
“An exciting update with plenty of new tools, including a great bus-style compressor, which will give an already well-used plugin even more use and functionality in my productions.” – Mark Ralph, Producer/Mixer/Songwriter (Clean Bandit, Hot Chip, Jax Jones)
“When it comes to sound designing, ShaperBox 2 is one of my must-haves
All new ShaperBox 2 features in detail
Designing your dream ShaperBox LFO has never been easier! Grab three powerful,easy-to-grasp Pens and draw crisp lines, smooth arcs and flowing S-curves directly into the LFO waveform editing area. Redraw transients in a click, rapidly build rhythmic
●Flexible envelope followers
Filter, Pan and Width Shapers can now react automatically to the dynamics of your beats, loops, melodies – anything. Make filters open with each snare hit. Widen synths as they grow louder. Pan percussion dynamically. Use internal filtering to focus the response, and trigger from other tracks using sidechain routing.
With a high-quality, British-inspired compressor now inside VolumeShaper 6, you can dial in perfect punch and multiband control for drums, basslines, vocals and more. Still not perfect? Grab a Pen and refine the gain curve till it is, with the compression shown on the same large graph as your volume edits.
Use 3 filters at once with multiband mode now in FilterShaper Core 2. Dive in deep with 8 lush Phaser modes, with up to 8 peaks/notches. And experience even more fluid, analogue-like response with zero-delay feedback (ZDF) designs for all resonant
●Mighty Fine Mode
Manipulate time on a microscopic level with TimeShaper 2’s new Fine Mode. Choose from 3 range settings: 2.5, 10 and 20ms. Create vintage vinyl pitch wobbles and subtle retro tape flutter. Mix in the dry signal to create huge flanger swooshes and
●The Haas effect
Blend regular and Haas panning right inside PanShaper 3. Using ultra-short delays, Haas panning creates a rich illusion of stereo placement while maintaining a full sound in both speakers. Create the perfect stereo balance – or go extreme for
Work faster than ever with 1-click Quick Presets right on ShaperBox 2’s
●Packs of Inspiration
Want that perfect creative stutter? Need a pro compressor setup for your drum bus?
○Redesigned interface with larger editing areas
○Retina/HiDPI support for crisper, clearer graphics
○Clearer oscilloscope waveforms
○Magnitude mode for easy Envelope Follower setup
○Smoother, more accurate spectrum view
○Dedicated selection tool for multi-node editing
○2x button – double up patterns with a click
○Trigger Smoothing to reduce clicks when MIDI Triggering
○Increased band-split range, now from 20Hz-20kHz
○External sidechaining and internal filters for Envelope Followers○Envelope Follower Threshold – exclude quiet signals from triggering the envelope
○Depth x2/x4/x8 for Envelope, to amplify modulation strength
○Steep 24dB multiband crossovers join the classic 6 and 12dB models, for
○Output Gain control in VolumeShaper 6 – ideal for transient boosting
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