Reviews

Curve 2

"This powerful wave-sculping synth returns with improved envelopes, double the oscillators and an extraordinary preset library. .. The addition of multistage envelopes makes a huge difference to the sort of sounds Curve 2 can make, and nudges it into the same league as instruments costing much more."
ComputerMusic, January 2013
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"Sonically, it's a spectacular synth: expansive, rich, full of life and movement, and always interesting. .. The oscillators are supremely versatile, generating anything from novel twists on the conventional analogue waveforms to crazy 'digital' tones and everything in between.. Curve 2 is an extremely powerful, flexible synth with a distinctive sound and a stunning, ever-expanding library of presets."
FutureMusic, January 2013

"Although Curve 2 looks a little clinical, it actually produces some amazing results. It's adept at everything from thunderous dubstep bass wobbles to shimmering pads, advanced, complex sequences and eerie effects."
MusicTech Magazine, November 2012

"Curve 2 is a programmer's dream. .. Yes, it takes a little getting used to and no, it doesn't feature any internal effects. But don't let either of these things put you off—Curve is well worth it anyway, as it genuinely rewards experimentation."
Resident Advisor, 11/2012

"Curve 2 überzeugt durch einen modernen, sauberen und transparenten Klang. Warme, satte Analogbässe, elektronische Drums, durchsetzungsfähige Solo-Instrumente sind ebenso möglich wie moderne und temposynchrone Dance-Rhythmen, E-Piano-Varianten, breite Flächen, Effekt-Texturen und Experimentalklänge."
KEYS, 02/2013

"In Version 2 hat sich Curve von einem Geheimtipp für Klangschrauber zu einem mächtigen Allrounder gemausert, der insbesondere bei atmosphärischen Sounds, komplexen Sequenzen und abgedrehten Effekten zu glänzen weiß." — English translation: "With version 2, Curve has evolved from one of the industry's best kept secrets for sound enthusiasts to a powerful prodigy, especially masterful when it comes to atmospheric sounds, complex sequences and crazy FX sounds."
Beat, 12/2012

"Der Synthesizer macht viel Spaß und ist mit ausreichenden Möglichkeiten ausgestattet. .. Der bis zu 16-stimmige Unisono-Modus des Curve lässt sehr satte Klänge zu, die auch sehr schön schweben."
Amazona.de, 11/2012

"Nach wie vor das Killerfeature ist der großzügig bemessene Bereich, in dem Du bis zu zehn Wellenformen zeichnen kannst, um diese Kurven den Oszillatoren, den LFOs oder den Hüllkurven zuzuweisen. .. So können alle denkbaren Klänge entstehen, von gepflegt wobbelnden Bässen für Dubstep et al. über FX-Sounds und sich langsam aufbauende Pads bis hin zu immer neuen Timbres auf der Grundlage sehr komplexer Oszillatorenwellen."
Delamar.de, 10/2012

"Since it rewards the user so highly for putting time and effort into sound design, it's great to see the inclusion of a built-in browser for accessing other users' patches directly from the plugin (synced via an internet connection)."
Attack Magazine, 12/2012

"It's a monster of a synth dressed up in very sedate clothing. The interface is clean and clear yet hides a vast amount of power and tweakability."
Wusik Sound Magazine, 12/2012

"Curve 2 is a GEM! It sounds awesome and there are many modulation possibilities. It's capable of producing anything from really fat leads and basses to wobbles to beautiful pads and all kinds of rhythmic sequences. And the immense and ever growing preset library will keep you busy for a very long time."
How To Make Electronic Music, 12/2014

"The extraordinary software synth Curve 2 with the huge preset library allows you now to draw step-sequences very exactly in the waveform to create rhythmical effects, like powerful wobbles or effect loops."
Noizefield.com, 11/2015

"Curve 2 is a sound designer's dream synth. It is a serious contender for creating sounds that run the gamut from blazing synths to complex evolving soundscapes. And there are already A LOT of presets, from users and renowned sound designers alike. The optional online libary is a great sign of a company that are really being creative in not only the architecture of soft synthesis, but in the connection of software to the wider community as well."
AudioNewsRoom, January 2013

Curve 1

"The many routing options and extensive waveform editor allow for easy programming of the most complex sequences. ... Curve's sound is perfectly rounded and high fidelity. But you can give the entire plugin a different sound character by switching the mode of Quality. If set to 'Rough', the instrument changes to a gritty variant of itself, reminiscent of the Casio CZ series."
Interface, November 2011

"Curve's main attraction lies in the flexible, comprehensive, yet easy to use waveform editor. From wobbly dubstep basslines to long evolving soundscapes, the extensive control over oscillator and LFO waveforms opens up a world of unique sounds. I personally love the preset sharing and it is great to know that your voice is heard when it comes to feature requests."
rekkerd.org, February 2011

"You'll find a treasure trove of inspirational features waiting within this plug-in. .. The fact that Cableguys are so open about the instrument's development is promising. .. What looks at first to be yet another subtractive synth is in reality a semi-modular hybrid powerhouse that can knock out typical analogue-esque tones just as easily as it generates thoroughly modern, digital tones full of motion and interest. Flexible custom waveforms. Excellent sound quality. Growing user library."
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Computer Music 163, April 2011

"Curve's a great synth for the somewhat adventurous; what amounts to a semi modular design and a learn as you play approach to waveform generation leads to unique sounds with a lot of depth. Its inadequecies when it comes to monophony let it down somewhat, but in general it's a great addition to the plugin world and a welcome change to the overcrowed analogue modelling market — and its community focused patch system means there're always new sounds to dip into."
ohdratdigital.com, May 2011

"Dank der komplex gestaltbaren Wellenformen liegen die Stärken des Curve neben klassischen FM-Klängen klar bei zeitlich variierenden Soundscapes, Wobble-Bässen, rhythmischen Effekt- und Leadsounds sowie Soundsequenzen, wobei er auf diesen Gebieten dank seines guten Grundklangs hervorragende Dienste leistet."
Sound & Recording, March 2011

"Es ist vor allem seine beeindruckende Flexibilität, die Curve zu einem besonderen Klangerzeuger macht, der gerade bei komplexen Sounds und Sequenzen glänzt. Der flexible Wellenformeditor sowie das leistungsfähige Modulationssystem des Plug-ins eröffnen fesselnde Kreativmöglichkeiten."
Beat, March 2011

"An satten Bässen fehlt es dem Curve nicht. Durch FM und schnelle LFO-Modulationen lassen sich auch leicht metallische und geräuschhafte Klänge erstellen. Insgesamt klingt Curve kraftvoll und transparent bis in die höchsten Lagen. ... Curve stellt schon in der Version 1.1 einen klanglich beeindruckenden, flexibel programmierbaren Synthesizer mit hohem Spaßfaktor dar."
KEYS, May 2011

"Im breit gefächerten Sortiment finden sich druckvolle Kicks, Abgedrehtes aus der FX-Abteilung, smarte und FM-typische Pads, saubere sowie noisy Leads und Bässe, Soundscapes, heftige Sequenzen u.a.m. ... Und Curve ist mehr Sein als Schein. Dem zurückhaltenden Erscheinungsbild, dem Fehlen jeglicher Effekte und sonst üblicher Gimmicks (z.B. Arpeggiator), wird mit purem Synth-Sound durch akustisch einwandfreies Basismaterial sowie durch kreative Gestaltungsmöglichkeiten entgegen gehalten."
PlugINdex, May 2011

FilterShaper 3

"FilterShaper 3 is a bonkers frequency-sculpting plugin that can achieve mind-bogglingly intricate modulation while managing to make all of this simple and approachable. We stumbled upon awesome sound after awesome sound playing around with percussion loops, shaping background atmospherics and working up evolving pads."
Computer Music 202, April 2014

"Die dritte Version von FilterShaper glänzt mit einem tollen Sound .. mit den umfangreichen Eingriffsmöglichkeiten lassen sich im Handumdrehen äußerst lebendige Stereo-Filterfahrten, angesagte Sidechain-Effekte oder experimentelle Frickel-Landschaften erzeugen."
Beat, April 2014

FilterShaper 3 gets the highest ratings for the sound of its filters and the versatile and precise modulations options in the German magazine Professional audio: "Das Arbeiten mit der großen Wellenformanzeige macht so viel Spass, dass selbst Modulationsmuffel davon infiziert werden. Noch nie hatten wir das Gefühl, Modulationen so punktgenau einstellen zu können."
Professional audio, August 2014

"FilterShaper 3 is one of the best sounding and most flexible filter and modulation plug-ins around."
Protootr, January 2014

"This is an absolute must-have on my part. I can't live without this plug-in anymore. FilterShaper 3 sports some very, very clean filters that can go from light and fluffy to straight up nasty, and has a modulation system in place that is a true love letter to those who get in to some serious rhythmic filters."
Ask Audio, January 2015

ReleaseTime praises the warm and musical sound of the filters, the massive modulation options and the clearly arranged interface: "Das Arbeiten mit FilterShaper 3 beginnt schon nach wenigen Minuten Spaß zu machen. Die vielen Möglichkeiten, die FilterShaper 3 bietet, verführen zu ausgedehnten Experimenten mit LFO-Kurvengestaltungen in Kombination mit Resonanz-, Cutoff-, Panorama- und Volumenreglern. FilterShaper 3 überzeugt mit warmen, organischen und musikalisch klingenden Filtern."
ReleaseTime, August 2014

"FilterShaper 3 is a life-saver. You can simply tweak your loop in real-time making havoc out of just a few elements. It's an absolute stimulant for all those "I'm out of inspiration" moments."
SoundBytes Mag, January 2015

"Amazing dubstep wobbles, sidechain-effects or filtersweeps are no problem for this versatile tool. Complex effects can be created fast."
Noizefield.com, 11/2015

"Filtershaper3 has more under the hood than just plain old filters. I love the obvious thought put into the ergonomics of the plugin, and I think they've come up trumps with the balance of intuitive utility to potential sonic mayhem."
AudioNewsRoom, June 2014

FilterShaper 2

"With FilterShaper, Cableguys succeeded in building an exciting tool to manipulate sound. Be it soft and tender filter sweeps, vibrant sound variations, wobble basses or tremolo effects, the plugin has enormous creative potential and allows for experimentation thanks to its user-friendly interface. Also, the low price is praiseworthy."
Beat, November 2011

"Loading the waveforms into its four LFOs is FilterShaper's secret weapon. The complex filter movements you can achieve are endless and go way beyond the functionality of a normal filter."
Interface, November 2011

"In fact, it appears every criticism levelled at v1 has been addressed and resolved."
SoundOnSound

"FilterShaper's strength lies in bundling the filters, LFOs and envelopes into one intuitive and user-friendly package. It is the perfect tool for anyone who likes to create advanced modulations, whether subtle or wild, without breaking a sweat."
rekkerd.com, January 2010

"FilterShaper2's vast modulation capabilities and user-friendly workflow make it a great tool for adding movement to static sounds, but it can also be used as a glitch effect, capable of completely mangling the audio on the input."
Wusik Sound Magazine, March 2010

FilterShaper 1

FilterShaper has been included in a tutorial on envelope followers. Here is an excerpt: "..., but software processors can give us so much more. A case in point is Cableguys' fabulous FilterShaper, a filter that actually enables you to draw complex modulation shapes."
Computer Music Special 35: Guitar Studio, April 2009

"FilterShaper from German developers Cableguys has some unique tricks up its sleeve. ... the extra care Cableguys have taken with their envelope generator makes it unusually easy to get clean, smooth sweeps going on even at fast LFO speeds. FilterShaper also makes an excellent tremolo unit. ... FilterShaper is a neat effect with plenty to offer, at a bargain price."
SoundOnSound, November 2008

"Schluss mit dem langweiligen und stupiden Filter auf- und zudrehen. Das FilterShaper-Plug-in hebt Parameteränderungen auf ein neues Bedienungs-Level und realisiert auch komplizierteste Filterverläufe im Handumdrehen. Der Brüller allerdings ist der Preis. ... Im Praxistest weiß das Plug-in mit quirliger Lebendigkeit aufzutrumpfen und sein gesamtes Potenzial eindrucksvoll auszuspielen."
Professional audio Magazin, August 2008

"Die Möglichkeiten von FilterShaper gehen über klassische French-House-Sweeps weit hinaus. Mit den Wellenform-Werkzeugen können Sie punktgenau arbeiten und z.B. hervorragend einzelne Events eines Loops betonen, ausblenden, isolieren oder entfernen. ... Dieses unkomplizierte und praktische Tool ist sowas wie das Schweizer Messer bei sample- und loopbasierten Produktionsmethoden. Die Bedienung ist intuitiv und einfach, die Filter klingen super."
Sound & Recording, August 2008

VolumeShaper 4

"VolumeShaper 4 is already a go-to in our plugins folder. At this price, it's a winner. .. Beyond the obvious 'trancegate' and rhythmic chopping effects, one of its most useful and successful applications is the creation of sidechain compression-style effects, with far more detailed shaping being possible than you'd get from a triggered compressor."
Computer Music, November 2014

"VolumeShaper 4 can be used for much more than just rhythmic chopping effects and trance style gates, as the multiband function allows users to isolate certain frequencies and remove them if need be. .. The 4th instance of VolumeShaper feels vastly improved, mostly down to the inclusion of multiband functionality and a clean, redesigned GUI."
DJMag, February 2015

"An incredibly useful plugin for controlled sidechain ducking and more. The new multiband mode offers greater flexibility and the streamlined GUI makes it easier to use than ever."
MusicTech Magazine, December 2014

"Ob als klassischer Ducking-Effekt, Gate, flexible Hüllkurve, De-Esser, Slicer oder Modulations-LFO: Aufgrund der vielfältigen Möglichkeiten, insbesondere der frequenzabhängigen Bearbeitung, sind der Fantasie kaum Grenzen gesetzt. Die praxisnahe Umsetzung der Funktionen und hilfreiche Visualisierungen unterstützen den Nutzer, wo es nur geht."
Beat, February 2015

"I am very impressed with the balance between accessibility and depth of possibilities on this plugin. .. It's good looking, there's no parameter bloat, no glitches or bugs. It just works well. If you're writing any kind of electronic music, this plugin is a must-have."
AudioNewsRoom, December 2014

"The new features are adding quite a lot of value to the product and they fit perfectly with the brilliant custom waveform editor. .. Multi-band editing makes VolumeShaper 4 more powerful than ever and more versatile than any similar amplitude shaping tool on today's market."
bedroomproducersblog.com, November 2014

"Version 4 of VolumeShaper takes this plugin to another level. Multiband support gives you finer control over your effects, while the waveform presets speed up workflow. The interface is more streamlined and it is easy to see what is going on with the spectrum view and sample-precise oscilloscope. In short, VolumeShaper 4 is a most excellent tool for controlling the level of your audio, regardless of the DAW you use."
rekkerd.org, November 2014

"You can also meticulously apply different sidechaining curves to all three frequency bands for getting the best sound out of a track that covers a large frequency range, like a big, multi-layered synth chord progression. It's really liberating to experiment with the possibilities."
DJ TechTools, May 2015

"Der VolumeShaper 4 ist ein Must-Have für alle die im EDM-Bereich Musik produzieren. Er bietet nicht nur Trimming-, Ducking- oder Sidechain-Funktionen, sondern setzt mit dem neuen und sehr cool gemachten Multi-Band-Processing noch einen drauf."
PluginHunter Reloaded, November 2014

"This one becomes a secret weapon for taming kicks by fine-tuning ADSR envelopes for the low end and then setting different values for attack on higher frequencies. It is also an indispensable tool for improving or even removing some parts of a drum loop or for making crazy gated patterns from a pad, letting the low end be constant while adding mad patterns just on the high end."
SoundBytes Mag, January 2015

"VolumeShaper is a fantastic shaper for stutter and gating effects. It's an easy to use multiband modulation tool, that can be used for pumping ducking effects and allows you to create precise musical effects."
Noizefield.com, 11/2015

VolumeShaper 3

"Ob Tempo-synchrone Stotter-, Pump- und Gate-Effekte, Verzerrung, Bitcrushing und Ringmodulation oder komplexe Rhythmusmuster: VolumeShaper 3 spielt bei einer Vielzahl von Anwendungen seine Stärken aus." — English translation: "For tempo-synced stutter, ducking or gating, for distortion, bit-crushing and ring modulation or for complex rhythmic patterns: VolumeShaper 3 shows its strength in a multitude of applications."
Beat, 05/2012

"This is a godsend for anyone producing four-to-the-floor music.. the curves you can create are much more flexible and musical than what can be done with a sidechained gate or compressor alone."
MusicTech Magazine, April 2012

"The thing which makes VolumeShaper 3 so special is the amount of control you have over the modulation process. A great plugin which got even better."
bedroomproducersblog.com, March 2012

VolumeShaper 1

"Auch wenn die Optik des Plug-ins den spröden Charme eines wissenschaftlichen Werkzeugs besitzt, verbirgt sich hinter dem VolumeShaper ein wahres Modulationsmonster. ... Insbesondere Produzenten tanzbarer elektronischer Musik ist das flexible Plug-in wärmstens zu empfehlen."
Beat, 02/2009

MidiShaper

"With drag-and-drop ease, MidiShaper is ready to do the kind of modulation you wish your host already did. And it'll pop right before your favorite plug-in or hardware track."
CreateDigitalMusic.com, February 2013

"For creating more advanced effects, the waveform drawing features in MidiShaper are hard to beat. Much like all other Cableguys plugins I have used MidiShaper is easy to use, intuitive, and extremely flexible."
rekkerd.org, November 2011

"With MidiShaper you can change the simplest synthesizers to complex instruments."
Interface, November 2011

PanCake 2

"Typically, getting a 'free effect' from a plug-in vendor means some stripped-down tool or a hobby side project. Not here: this is about as intense as panning effects get."
CreateDigitalMusic.com, February 2013

"PanCake is quite possibly the most flexible auto-panning tool on the freeware market, sporting the Cableguys signature waveform drawing capabilities, a powerful LFO module and a helpful visual display of the input signal."
bedroomproducersblog.com, March 2015

PanCake 1

"As you'd expect from Cableguys, PanCake is a wacky, customisable, over-the-top stereo panner — it's autopanning taken to loony extremes."
Computer Music Specials, August 2011

"Man merkt, dass bei der Entwicklung von PanCake ein enormes Know-how eingeflossen ist: So überzeugt das Plug-in mit einer durchdachten, intuitiv bedienbaren Oberfläche, einer sehr guten Klangqualität sowie einer beeindruckenden Flexibilität."
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Beat, 02/2010