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Cableguys release DriveShaper – Dynamic Rhythmic Multiband Distortion for ShaperBox 2.3


Cableguys have released DriveShaper, a distortion effect for their updated ShaperBox 2.3 effects plugin.

DriveShaper sets 10 waveshaping algorithms in motion, for living, breathing distortion that moves with your music.

Powered by Cableguys' signature drawable LFOs, Envelope Followers and multiband controls, DriveShaper is a creative modulation machine and laser-targeted mix tool all in one. It's already in use by Zedd, Andrew Scheps (Red Hot Chili Peppers, Jay-Z, Michael Jackson), The Chainsmokers, BT, Armin van Buuren, Richard Devine, CamelPhat, Hybrid Minds, Khaliq Glover (Prince, Justin Timberlake, Herbie Hancock), and more.


For Production & Sound Design
Use DriveShaper to animate any sound with pulsing distortion rhythms and hard-edged grooves. Create growling modulated basslines, energize melodies, rhythmize pads, and bring boring loops to life.

For Mixing
With DriveShaper, it's easy to focus distortion only where you need it. Target the lows, mids and highs with fast 3-way multiband control. Dynamically saturate with reactive drive. Distort a single transient inside a complex loop. Get punchier 808s and kicks, sizzling vocals, warm synths, bolder basslines, enhanced loops and more.



  • 10 distortion styles: Choose from 10 diverse Styles of distortion: Soft/Hard Clip for classic analogue-style clipping. Soft/Hard Square for fizzy, distorted zero crossings. Soft/Hard Rectify for octave-up FX. Skew/Sine/Triangle/Extreme Fold for wild wavefolding transformations.
  • Grip. Push. Accent. Tone: Four specialised distortion parameters for total control. Grip prevents quiet elements like reverb ambience dominating the distortion. Push generates asymmetric drive. Accent and Tone level and EQ the distorted parts only, slotting them into the mix – or making them punch even harder.
  • Clear visual feedback: You always see exactly what is happening in DriveShaper. The unique animated distortion transfer curve shows just how your waveforms are being shaped. And the built-in spectrum view, large oscilloscope, visual LFO and Envelope modulation trace give instant audio insights.
  • LFOs that you design: Animate distortion over time with Cableguys' famous LFO drawing system. Create throbbing, stepped, ramped drive patterns in seconds – use easy-to-grasp Pen tools or classic node-based editing. Shift patterns in time, double them up, even randomize them. Any shape you can imagine, just clicks away.
  • Flexible envelope followers: Wouldn't it be great if the distortion could also react to the flow of your music? That's where the Envelope Follower comes in. Using just one easy slider, create dynamic distortion that responds to beats, loops, melodies – anything. A pop-out control panel gives full access to Attack, Release and more.
  • Multiband distortion: Split your audio into up to three frequency bands. Enhance the bass, mids and treble with a different Style, LFO and Envelope for each. Just drag in the Bands area to set up – it's fast, easy and powerful.
  • Cableguys quality: Like all Cableguys plugins, DriveShaper uses top-quality DSP, for seriously good sound that professionals rely on. Oversampled algorithms reduce digital aliasing. Sample-accurate LFOs for precise timing. And carefully calibrated internal gain compensation keeps your levels under control.
  • Inspiring presets: Get inspired with dozens of LFO wave presets, and share patches with others via the syncable Cableguys Preset Cloud. Up your workflow with 1-click Quick Presets for production essentials like rhythmic drive patterns, dynamic distortion, and more. Just add the plugin, click and create.
  • Runs in ShaperBox 2: DriveShaper runs in Cableguys' ShaperBox 2 effects plugin. Use it on its own, or combine it with Time, Crush, Filter, Volume, Pan and Width Shapers for multilayered effects. Buy DriveShaper on its own — or save 62% and get all 7 Shapers with ShaperBox 2 Bundle.


  • Retina/HiDPI interface, resizable from 75% to 200%.
  • Built-in help — hover over any control for description.
  • Expandable LFO for detailed editing.
  • Set LFO loop length in beats and bars, or Hertz.
  • LFO loop length from 1/128 to 32 bars, with sample-accurate sync.
  • Audio-rate modulation up to 5.24kHz for extreme sound design.
  • Trigger LFO in any rhythm via MIDI.
  • MIDI Trigger activity LED to aid setup.
  • Trigger Smoothing to reduce clicks when switching/triggering Waves.
  • LFO Smoothing parameter to remove clicks/pops, or for creative effect.
  • 1-click Quick Presets.
  • Dedicated selection tool for multinode editing.
  • 2x/3x button — double or triple patterns with a click.
  • Selection skewing, for easily increasing intensity over time.
  • Snap a single point, a selection, or each point within a selection.
  • Flip/resize/move/randomize wave or selection.
  • Draggable parameters to shift the entire wave up/down.
  • Copy/paste waves between any Shapers.
  • Unlimited undo/redo for LFO wave edits.
  • Dozens of Wave Presets covering all common uses.
  • 9 slots to store User Waves, saved with the patch.
  • Switch User Waves via MIDI.
  • Dry/wet mix for each band.
  • Solo bands for easy setup.
  • Large, precise oscilloscope view with Freeze option.
  • Magnitude oscilloscope graph.
  • Easy 1-slider editing of Envelope Follower.
  • Input/Output Gain controls for gainstaging and manual leveling.

Pricing & Demo:

  • DriveShaper: €39 / $44 or free if you bought any Cableguys plugin before 16 December, 2020.
  • ShaperBox 2 Bundle: €89 / $99 (contains DriveShaper + 6 more Shapers, saves 62%).

Try it out: Download the DriveShaper demo and take it for a test drive.



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