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 crush specific hits and frequency ranges. Discover inspirational distortion patterns. Deploy tasteful mix tricks. Go 8-bit and beyond! It's the ultimate creative bitcrusher.

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.

Try it now — download the ShaperBox 2 demo and use CrushShaper in your tracks today.


CrushShaper gives you maximum control over your lo-fi crunch. We came up with a variety of useful effects, from glitched, crunchy drums and screaming, distorted basslines, to subtle noise sweeps and gated patterns on pads.

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10/10 – Excellence Award – February 2020

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

Realizing the crushing doesn’t have to be static is a game-changer! Like just crushing a snare or clap, or leaving those alone and crushing the hats a little crisper.


CrushShaper is so sick! Being able to build rhythmic effects with bitcrushing is just nuts! WOW!

John Nathaniel, Producer/Mixer/Songwriter (OneRepublic, Switchfoot, Kygo)



John Nathaniel

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.

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 save 55% and 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.

  • 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
  • Dry/wet mix for each band
  • Solo bands for easy setup
  • Large, precise oscilloscope view with Freeze option
  • Magnitude oscilloscope graph

Advanced 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

ShaperBox’s customisation tools make CrushShaper a more powerful and nuanced bitcrusher than any rival. Apply extreme distortion to certain beats in a drum loop, or have things fade in and out for a drifting, Boards Of Canada-like lo-fi effect.

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Hear rhythmic bitcrushing in action with the official CrushShaper video

ADSR take you on a tour of CrushShaper, with some great audio examples

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New! Punchy compression

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28 filter types

Warm sweeps & rich wobbles

Zero-delay feedback algorithms

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System Requirements

Windows 7, 8 or 10
VST host sequencer
32- or 64-bit
Mac OS X 10.8 or later
VST or AU host sequencer