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Cableguys GmbH & Co. KG, Jakob Rang, Friedensallee 9, 22765 Hamburg, Germany

Founded in 2007, Cableguys create uniquely inspirational, deeply flexible audio plugins including ShaperBox, HalfTime, VolumeShaper, Curve and Nicky Romero Kickstart.

A fixture in the plugin folders of chart-breakers such as David Guetta, 808 Mafia and Armin van Buuren, Cableguys' creative tools are also the secret sauce of "producer's producers" including Mick Schultz (Rihanna, Jeremih), Nard & B (Migos, Future) and Khaliq Glover (Prince, Justin Timberlake).

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Reviewed By RobertSchulz [all]
September 4th, 2022
Version reviewed: 1.0 on Windows

Cool Autopan plugin.

I like the active visualizations and the editing options to shape the curve to one's own desire. Also the up to 10 shapes per plugin instance is great for testing which one is the most suited.

Now, the vertical design is unique but however feels a little incomfortable when editing to be honest (even if it actually gives a better immersion of how the sound is traveling between L and R). Having a metric to time or beats/bars on the x-axis is my preference. I wish there would be an option to swap PanCake to 'horizontal mode'.

Another thing: The text of the parameters and its values as well as some elements are extremely small and very hard to read on modern desktops. And on other location, many space is useless wasted at the interface.

The design in general could also be improved. The modulation to be stronger visible and beat divisions (maybe by numeric values) a little bit better to notice.

After more than 10 years, an update would be really appreciated.

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Reviewed By HGC [all]
December 11th, 2020
Version reviewed: 1.1 on Windows

This VST is great for trap melodies/getting counter melodies via the half speed effect. For $12, this is a great plugin to have in your back pocket.

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Reviewed By Ghettopanda [all]
June 11th, 2015
Version reviewed: 2.5 on Windows

Simple, effective and full of interesting/unique panning presets. Slick and clear GUI. Does exactly what you want it to do and more (if you want).

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Reviewed By Halma [all]
August 29th, 2014
Version reviewed: XPSP3 on Windows

Curve 2 is a very compact but also versatile and powerful sounding synthesizer. Compact because it comes with no additional FX. So you only get the Oscillators, Filters, Envelopes, LFOs and semimodular Routing Matrix. But that's a cool concept and works astonishingly well. The only drawback might be the lack of a manual. That's why I gave it only 9 Points.

The Name is program. It's all about curves. You can have up to 10 different curves at once. They are both: oscillators and LFO waveforms at once. All standard waveforms are on board and you can draw your own pretty easy and comfortable via dragging the mouse over the grid. With Rightclick you toggle between spline mode, edge mode and delete point mode. The grid is actually very helpful and awesome when designing rhythmic LFO patterns that can be further used on your Osc Volume for eg. gated pads. The LFOs can be synced or not synced to gate in, beat sync or free running up to audio (set it to note) so your LFO can now be used to modulate things via FM in the Routing Matrix. Great feature.

Curve2 has 3 Oscillator sections. There you can load two different waveforms from the Curves window which can be be mixed via LFO and Envelopes. Each section can be routed to the Filter section with the two Filters in different ways: 1 into 2, 1 and 2, only 1, only 2, 1 and 2 L and R, bypassed. The Filters are 6dB, 12dB and 24dB, all LP, then some BP, HP, NOTCH, PEAK (I love this one). 12dB and 24dB can selfoscillate - use keytrack in the matrix and have some fun. The Filters sound great and are per voice. Lovely resonance.

Last but not least the Envelopes. Instead of SUSTAIN you get a LOOP knob. Click the ZOOM TOOL in the corner and have some fun with Curve 2 own ENVELOPE DESGINER. :) Really great feature. So easy to come up with the perfect envelope. I wished all synths would have something like this.

The Matrix is semimodular and comes with lots of modulation and cross modulation possibilities. On top of it some features are only available only via Matrix (eg FM). Then you will get 4super controller hotkey thingies you can connect to mostly everything in Curve2 via drag & drop and control it via eg Modwheel, Aftertouch or something else.

Then you will get a pretty stunning and clean sounding Unison and Detune Feature with additional Spread parameter and a cool Damping option which balances out the sides vs the mids. And when you choose a odd voice number one voice will always be dead centre mono. Then some easy MIDI touch routing automation feature, some quality settings (oscillators are bandlimited or with aliasing, Eco mode etc), up to 32 polyphonic and an OUTGAIN dB option (pretty helpful if you press lots of keys and have lots of oscillator action going on so lower that to avoid clipping).

I surely missed something but the overall sound is pretty great and catchy: funky short arp basses are possible, lush stereo pads with lots of bass or even classic noisy supersaws. You don't need any fx because this can sound very fat on its own and gives you lots of control over the stereo field.

Awesome synth if you like to design your own waveforms or emulate classic stuff like 303 saw square waveforms or draw a MS10 50% square on your own. I dunno if it sounds like the real deal but it sounds great anyway.

Highly recommended. Lots of fun.



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Nicky Romero Kickstart

Reviewed By noiseprovesnothing [all]
February 19th, 2014
Version reviewed: 10.9.1 on Mac

Simple, cheap, and efficient. If you want to simulate the pump from sidechain compression effortlessly and with negligible CPU hit, this is your solution. 16 waveforms with the ability to adjust when in relation to the beat the waveform is triggered and a choice of whether to trigger as a one-shot or sync to your host at eighth. quarter, half or whole notes. Made by the guys at Cableguys. And yes, there's a demo. VST/AU 32/64-bit. Works in every DAW I have.

$15, uses almost no CPU, and gets the job done. It's a no-brainer. If you want or need the sidechain effect and don't want to part with a lot of cash, this is your solution.

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