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"The sidechain that I am using with the bass is something that is called VolumeShaper".
. EDM Superstar.
"I'm working on my album and VolumeShaper is on half the channels of every song, no joke."
. American Electro House musician, record producer and music executive.
"The curves you can create are much more flexible and musical than what can be done with a sidechained gate or compressor alone."
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Multiband Sidechain • Compress • Gate • Envelope • Stutter

Shape audio signals in pinpoint detail with VolumeShaper 6’s unique level manipulation toolset. It's fast and easy to use but packed with power, with a drawable volume LFO and visual compressor on every band. Work at the speed of inspiration with intuitive editing, pro presets, 1-click sidechain and much more.

Running inside Cableguys' ShaperBox 2 effects plugin, use VolumeShaper 6 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.

Do all this with VolumeShaper 6

  • Sidechain kick and bass: Make space for your kick drum — gain punch, low-end clarity, and rhythmic "bounce"
  • Get loud, tight mixes: Sidechain just the bass frequencies for huge mixdowns that "go loud" effortlessly
  • Compress for flavour: Squeeze energy and attitude into flat drums, loops, vocals and more with punchy bus-style compression
  • Control dynamic details: Combine compression with gain curve editing for incredibly precise dynamic adjustments
  • Remove hi-hats in a loop: Adjust, remove or isolate elements in a mixed loop using frequency-targeted volume LFOs
  • Get perfect punch: Redraw transients at the stroke of a Pen. Tighten decay tails. Make basses, drums, and synths hit hard
  • Create pumping FX: Turn plain white noise and ambience loops into pumping rhythmic FX to energise your tracks

LFOs That You Design

At the heart of VolumeShaper 6 is an LFO unlike any other. From precision level edits to pulsing patterns, any wave shape you can imagine is just clicks away with Cableguys' easy editing tools. Lock LFOs to tempo with sample accuracy, or trigger in any non-4/4 rhythm with MIDI notes.

Designer Compression

New! With a high-quality compressor right inside VolumeShaper 6, you see compression and your volume edits all on the same large graph. Dial in perfect punch and control for drums, bass, vocals, buses and more. Still not perfect? Grab a Pen and refine the gain curve till it is.

Total Dynamic Control

New! Finesse transients with compressor attack as fast as 0.01ms. Reduce 'pumping' with Adaptive Release. Blend in the dry signal for parallel/New York compression. Under the hood, response curves inspired by a legendary British mixing console deliver all the snap, punch and mix 'glue' needed for a modern mix, with no added colouration.

Introducing Pens

New! Designing your dream LFO just got even easier with three powerful, easy-to-grasp Pens. Draw crisp lines, arcs and S-curves. Redraw transients in a click, rapidly build rhythmic patterns, and much more. Switch back to classic single-node editing anytime.

Frequency Conscious

New! VolumeShaper 6’s compressor can react to any frequency range you choose. Target specific sounds in a loop. ‘Ignore’ bass to reduce low-end pumping. De-ess vocals. Go further: trigger from other tracks in your project using sidechain routing. It all works in multiband too.

Multiband Made Easy

VolumeShaper 6 gives you a separate LFO and compressor for the lows, mids and highs. Sidechain duck just the bass for clean, powerful mixes, compress in multiband, and much more. New! Steep 24dB crossovers join the classic 6 and 12dB models, for even greater precision.

Runs in ShaperBox 2

VolumeShaper 6 runs in Cableguys' ShaperBox 2 effects plugin. Use it on its own, or combine it with Time, Filter, Pan and Width Shapers for elaborate, multilayered effects. Buy VolumeShaper 6 on its own — or save 42% and get all 5 Shapers in the ShaperBox 2 Bundle.



  • Redesigned interface with larger editing areas
  • Retina/HiDPI support for crisper, clearer graphics
  • 1-click Quick Presets for Sidechain, Compress and Trim
  • Magnitude oscilloscope graph for easy compressor setup
  • Smoother, more accurate spectrum view
  • Clearer oscilloscope waveforms and smoother LFO editing
  • Dedicated selection tool for multinode editing
  • 2x/3x button — double or triple patterns with a click
  • Trigger Smoothing to reduce clicks when MIDI Triggering
  • External sidechaining and internal filters for compressor
  • Compression curves based on classic British mixing console
  • Gain parameter for boosting output — ideal for transient enhancement
  • Increased band-split range, now from 20Hz-20kHz
  • Improved multiband crossover filters


  • 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
  • Large, precise oscilloscope view with Freeze option
  • Flip/resize/move/randomize wave or selection
  • Copy/paste waves between any Shapers
  • Unlimited undo/redo for LFO wave edits
  • 40 LFO Wave Presets, including professional sidechain curves
  • 9 slots to store User Waves, saved with the patch
  • Switch User Waves via MIDI
  • Dry/wet mix, for effect strength and parallel compression
  • Solo bands or sidechain input for easy setup

System Requirements


  • Mac OS X 10.8 or later (64-bit only)
  • VST, AU or AAX host sequencer.


  • Windows 7, 8 or 10 (32 & 64-bit)
  • VST or AAX host sequencer.

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