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Cableguys FilterShaper Core 2 review at PartTimeProducer

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So what do they say about it?

Experience all the richness, warmth and intricacy of a high-quality analogue filter with FilterShaper Core 2. Choose from warm Sallen-Key filters based on classic hardware designs, and Clean zero-delay feedback (ZDF) modes. Create amazing modulations and wild patterns in seconds with a drawable LFO and dynamic envelope follower on every band.

Running inside Cableguys’ ShaperBox 2 effects plugin, use FilterShaper Core 2 on its own or with other Shapers — they all work in exactly the same way, stacking up to create elaborate, multilayered effects that’ll make your productions stand out.

What do I like?

I am a huge fan of LFO Tool by Xfer and this gives it a real run for the money. A totally useful utility which I find myself using on multiple tracks.

I must admit I am a preset junkie when it comes to plugins. I like to mess about but I also like to just have some settings all done for me in advance. This is a good way to see the product and what it can do.

Getting Started

Installation was really easy. It was just a case of using the Cableguys Shaperbox utility which is one installer. In one way it keeps things nice and simple for the next plugin, but I’m not a fan of having to install a full suite to use one plugin. But that’s how it works so I guess we have to roll with that.

Once my VST scan was complete in my Bitwig Studio DAW, it was just a case of uploading the license file and then I was set to go. This VST presents itself as an audio effect in Bitwig for the full Shaperbox bundle. This can be added on to a virtual instrument or audio file and placed in the signal chain.

Now we’re good to go, and first impressions are that it is quite intuitive. I am able to find presets quite easily.

It’s really easy to pick and choose from all tools within the Shaperbox array of plugins. For me, I’m only using Filtershaper so I picked that in the bottom right and this showed me all presets for just that.

Then cycling through the presets I found a great pumping effect for my bassline.

From here on in its a case of tweaking and dragging. The undo feature being particularly useful when you go too far with a change.

Is it worth it?

For the money, this little gadget is quite the tool. At the time of writing too, the Black Friday specials are on and I think I’m going to look at taking full advantage of that and upgrade to the Shaperbox Bundle.

A cheeky little piece of software which will perform well and add inspiration to boring riffs and bass lines. I am looking forward to testing this out on some piano riffs and string sections too. I think the possibilities are endless.

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