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Bit Crusher by Cableguys

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Rhythmic Bitcrusher • Vintage Lo-Fi • Multiband Enhancer

Designed to inspire you in ways no ordinary bitcrusher can, CrushShaper is powered by Cableguys’ easy drawable LFOs and flexible envelope followers. Now you can create unique digital distortion patterns, per-note multiband crushing, and crunchy downsampled grooves in just a few clicks. Put simply, it’s the ultimate creative bitcrusher.

CrushShaper puts 3 distinct bitcrushing styles at your full control: ‘Crunch’ for fuzz, grind and grit. ‘Bits’ to reduce audio resolution, going 8-bit and beyond. ‘Resample’ for digital overtones and lo-fi retro sound. Animate each with its own custom LFO and envelope follower, then filter and layer with the dry signal using the handy ‘FX Mix’ section.

An essential creative weapon for production and sound design, use CrushShaper to craft crunchy lo-fi melodies and retro videogame FX. Create ‘talking’ robot synths, gnarly speaker-rattling bass growls and old-school downsampled drums. Transform even the plainest loops into inspirational track-starting rhythms to fuel your next track!

For mixing, deploy CrushShaper as a laser-targeted multiband tool: crush individual hits and frequency ranges in a loop, add treble sizzle and shine to vocals and hi-hats, rough up the lows in a bass, dynamically distort drum transients, and so much more.

Running inside Cableguys' ShaperBox 2 effects plugin, use CrushShaper 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 CrushShaper:

  • Get rhythmic inspiration: Turn even the plainest loops into track‑starting grooves using pro presets and drawable LFOs.
  • Make Melodies Lo-Fi: Take your tracks back in time! From dark and fuzzy vintage digital to bright and spiky videogame vibes.
  • Fatten Your Treble: Crush just the highs for modern, in‑your‑face sizzle. Try it on drums, loops, synths – anything.
  • Give Drums Attitude: From phat old‑school downsampling to cutting‑edge crunch and bite.
  • Design Gnarly Bass: Drop the sample rate down low for sub‑rumbling vowel movements and gritty bass textures.
  • Crush Hits in a Loop: Take aim! Target snares in a beat, notes in a riff, and more, with multiband LFOs and envelopes.
  • Make Vocals Pop: Add focused top‑end clarity for that modern, upfront vocal sound that pops through the mix.


Crunch. Bits. Resample

Combine 3 distinct bitcrushing styles: ‘Crunch’ for fuzz, grind and grit. ‘Bits’ to reduce audio resolution, going 8-bit and beyond. ‘Resample’ for digital overtones and lo-fi retro sound. Animate each with its own custom LFO and envelope follower, then filter and layer with the dry signal using the handy ‘FX Mix’ section, which is itself modulatable.

LFOs That You Design

From smoothly gliding sample rate reduction to intense stepped distortion patterns, any pattern or wave shape you can imagine is just clicks away with Cableguys’ famous wave-editing tools. Lock your LFOs to host tempo with sample accuracy, or trigger in any rhythm with MIDI notes.

Powerful Pens

Designing the perfect bitcrushing LFO is fast and simple with three powerful, easy-to-grasp Pens. Draw crisp lines, smooth arcs and flowing S-curves. Easily pick out single hits in a loop, and rapidly sketch wild rhythmic sequences. Switch back to classic single-node editing anytime.

Flexible Envelope Followers

Discover dynamic bitcrushing that reacts to your beats, loops, melodies – anything. Use CrushShaper’s flexible envelope followers to reduce the sample rate with the transient of each note. Lower the bit-depth as synths grow louder. Trigger from other tracks in your project using sidechain routing.

Multiband Bitcrushing

With up to three bands of highly targeted bitcrushing, CrushShaper becomes an incredible mix tool and an even crazier creative playground. Add sizzling top-end air for ultra-modern sounds that leap from the mix. Rhythmise midrange with percolating bit patterns. Grind the bass with gnarly resampling.

Runs in ShaperBox 2

CrushShaper runs in Cableguys’ ShaperBox 2 effects plugin. Use it on its own, or combine it with Time, Filter, Volume, Pan and Width Shapers for multilayered effects. Buy CrushShaper on its own or get all 6 Shapers with ShaperBox 2 Bundle.

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 snare enhancement, rhythmic stutters, and more. Just add the plugin, click and create.

Additional Features

  • 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.
  • Trigger Smoothing to reduce clicks when MIDI Triggering.
  • 1-click Quick Presets for Snare, Stutter and Air.
  • Dedicated selection tool for multinode editing.
  • 2x/3x button — double or triple patterns with a click.
  • 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.
  • Additional bitcrushing controls.
  • Push control for Crunch: create asymmetric distortion.
  • Push control for Bits: preserve low-level dynamics and reverb tails.
  • Dither for Bits: increase dynamic range and reduce quantisation distortion.
  • Jitter for Resample: mimic the random fluctuations of real hardware.
  • Filter for Resample: reduce aliasing for more harmonious results.
  • LP for FX Mix: low-pass filter the crushed signal to fit your mix.
  • Gain for FX Mix: Compensate for loudness changes.

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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