For dynamic mixes and pinpoint sound


VolumeShaper lets you shape the levels of any audio signal in pinpoint detail.

From multiband sidechain compression effects to extreme gating, from tempo-synced stutter to precise sample-shaping — VolumeShaper provides a wealth of creative musical effects with a visual approach to volume.

VolumeShaper features multiband waveform-based editing, a comprehensive selection of preset curves, a precise oscilloscope, a big spectrum view and an updated preset library. It runs sample-accurate in sync with your DAW, in Hz mode up to the audible range or retriggered via MIDI.

New for version 5, VolumeShaper now runs inside Cableguys' exclusive ShaperBox creative effects rack. Use VolumeShaper on its own, or stack it up with other Cableguys Shapers to create elaborate, multilayered effects for your productions. Take advantage of the new MIDI Trigger system to switch curves on the fly with the press of a MIDI key. And enjoy improved CPU and RAM efficiency along with even better-sounding interpolation.

Try it out — download the demo and let VolumeShaper 5 loose on your audio productions.

The curves you can create are much more flexible and musical than what can be done with a sidechained gate or compressor alone.

Music Tech Magazine, VolumeShaper 3 review, April 2012 — Read all reviews

Ducking AKA sidechain compression effect

Essential for a well-defined kick and bass, the well-known ducking effect of sidechain compression creates extra rhythmic drive and provides space and definition. VolumeShaper gives you this same effect with absolute control — just draw the curve you want. Simpler, faster, and more precise than using a compressor. You can also trigger the LFO via MIDI notes — choose one of the 'MIDI Triggered' LFO types, then route MIDI notes to the plugin via your DAW.

Multiband shaping

Use different curves for bass, mids and highs for added precision. The multiband split lets you duck out the bass when the kick hits, or duck the mids to provide space for the snare. Or gate the kick in a drum loop by editing the low band and leaving the mids/highs untouched. VolumeShaper makes it easy to apply this essential technique precisely, for accurate and dynamic mixes.

Define your audio loops

VolumeShaper's oscilloscope displays the incoming audio, helping you to precisely define audio levels. In a drum loop, regulate levels for snare, hi-hat, or anything else with just a few clicks, or edit unwanted notes out of a loop. From smooth bezier curves to hard cuts, you decide. Sync the effect to your DAW from 1/128 note up to 32 bars, sync to the frequency of the played note, or let it run freely at ranges from 0.02 Hz up to 5.24 kHz.

Shape drums

Go in deep and use VolumeShaper as a precise volume curve for your synth or drum sounds. Set it to trigger whenever a specific MIDI note is played, and simply draw the shape you need. You can even shape different frequency ranges independently — shorten only the high frequencies of a kick, for example. It's effectively a gate, but you have total control over the length and shape of the volume tail.

Audio destruction

For punishing bit-crusher effects, run VolumeShaper's LFO fast — right up to the limits of the audible range (Tip: set the LFO to 'Hertz (Retrig.)'). For a less drastic effect, limit the modulation to specific frequencies — try a medium-width mid band — by moving the band sliders. And for ring modulation effects, set the LFO to the frequency of the MIDI notes that you play.

Stutter and tremolo

Simple but effective — VolumeShaper breathes new life into this classic effect. Detailed control options let you create stutter and tremolo with a twist — try applying envelopes to specific frequency ranges, or using a custom curve tailored to fit a specific loop or MIDI note.


Get LOUD yet clear mixes with this "invisible" sidechaining technique – it locks kick and bass together with no audible artifacts.

David Guetta explains how he tightens his kick and bass using VolumeShaper.

Jauz talks producing "Goodiez" — see how he makes the bassline groove with VolumeShaper.

Sometimes you find a drum loop that's perfect... except for the hi-hat! Here's how to remove off-beat hats using VolumeShaper 5.

VolumeShaper demonstrated in 1 minute. The video shows VolumeShaper 4, but is fully relevant for v5 too.

Computer Music magazine explain every VolumeShaper feature in this deep hands-on video.

Learn how to add groove and make drums more realistic in this tutorial from Reid Stefan.

How artists use VolumeShaper

Steve Aoki: Sidechain compression effects

I'm working on my album and VolumeShaper is on half the channels of every song, no joke.

I use it for a variety of sidechain compression effects on mainly synths and drum loops, and it's easy to experiment with different rhythms of the compression.

Steve Aoki

Rik Simpson: Dynamics and punch

VolumeShaper is an exciting tool in my arsenal; acting as an envelope designer to really hone in on the dynamics and punch of a song. It's also the perfect sidechainer, I've always ended up taking ages to get my compressor attack and release times right when sidechaining. VolumeShaper gets the perfect result pretty much immediately. Then there's also the more creative uses, triggering the gate with syncopated MIDI, drawing a mad wave for glitchy modulation... glorious.

Grammy Award winner Rik Simpson (Coldplay, Jay Z, Kasabian)

David Guetta: Cutting a kick

Very very recently I've found a way to do it that is really amazing, I actually did it here... the sidechain that I am using with the bass is something that is called VolumeShaper.

David Guetta on cutting a kick to fit with the bassline

Chris Shaw: Shaping drums

VolumeShaper is invaluable for getting drum sounds in my mixes. For my rock, alternative and indie mixes, I send MIDI notes from my kick and snare tracks to VolumeShaper with its LFO set to 'Fixed 1-Shot'. So VolumeShaper gets triggered when a kick or snare hits. This allows me to use it as a precision noise gate with a programmable envelope. Finally I'm able to shape drums any way I want.

Grammy Award winner Chris Shaw (Bob Dylan, Public Enemy, A Tribe Called Quest, Lou Reed)

Madeon: Multiband sidechaining

VolumeShaper is my most used plugin — I have an instance on practically every channel of every song I produce, for sidechaining using MIDI triggers. It's great to have multiband sidechaining available in a clear non-bloated interface, with an amazing envelope workflow. The curve system allows for quick, precise and smooth envelope creation. It's definitely the most powerful and versatile option I could find for sidechaining purposes.

Madeon on sidechaining his tracks

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System Requirements

2 GHz CPU with SSE2 support
Windows 7, 8 or 10
VST host sequencer
32- or 64-bit
2 GHz Intel CPU
Mac OS X 10.8 or later
VST or AU host sequencer
32- or 64-bit