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The ultimate distortion toolkit. Dynamic, rhythmic and multiband.

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The Chainsmokers

Richard Devine

Jordan Rudess

Rik Simpson


Robert Babicz

Andrew Scheps

Deniz Koyu

Khaliq Glover


David Levy

Daaaaaamn!!! Super excited for this one!!! I love your plugins — so creative.

Christmas came early!

DriveShaper adds a whole new dimension for driving dynamics in fascinating new directions. I have been using it non-stop since it came out — it breathes new life into rhythmic sequences or synth lines. One of my favorite new tools of 2021!

So cool and fun. You guys are doing wonderful stuff.

ShaperBox is absolutely my go to for side chains and LFOs. The addition of time, filter and now distortion modulation with DriveShaper really takes it to a realm of its own.

Cableguys make the complex simple and fun. Amazing plugins I absolutely could not live without, and you shouldn’t either.

Really cool, as I make my basslines usually with sine waves and overdrive them to taste, this give the idea a new level <3 I will use it now on my next remix I am working on, and pretty sure on many many tracks to come, this fits my idea of working on basslines <3 Thank you for making a great tool amazing.

This is awesome!

There are a ton of distortion plugins out there, but DriveShaper opens up a door to new sonic possibilities and I can already think of so many ways how to use it in my productions. I’m very excited about this one!

I absolutely LOVE using DriveShaper on parallel tracks and then isolating the "crunch factor" in the midrange along with using PanShaper to put some motion in the highs. It's great for adding subtle or dramatic movement and dimension in a mix.

Wow, this looks like a real game-changer!

I distorted everything on Doom all the time, so I got very familiar with DriveShaper and CrushShaper. I love those a lot.

David Levy - read his Cableguys interview

What is DriveShaper?

From laser-focused harmonic warmth and sizzle, to massively modulated mayhem that reacts and breathes in synergy with your music, DriveShaper 2 does it all – and more.

Animate any of 12 exciting waveshaping algorithms using easy, drawable LFOs and simple 1-slider Envelope Followers. Create magical distorted rhythms, targeted analogue warmth and hard-edged drive patterns.

Running inside Cableguys' ShaperBox 3 effects plugin, use DriveShaper 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.

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Learn dynamic drum and guitar distortion with Dan Worrall

Mixing expert Dan Worrall shows you two dynamic distortion tricks for electric guitar and acoustic drums.

Keep watching the video to see more Shapers in action with the full ShaperBox 3.

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Do all this with DriveShaper

Make 808s punch harder

Make your treble sizzle

Enhance drum attack

Energise melodies

Design monster basslines

Distort hits in a loop

Rhythmise pads

All in, DriveShaper offers a vast amount of distorted tones — and that’s before you even get to the modulation. A superb effect and an essential addition to ShaperBox.

10/10 – Excellence Award – March 2021

The option to apply different amounts and types of Drive to different frequency bands means you have so much control. For example, with a bass or a bass synth, you can focus the drive on just the mids, to add bite that helps cut through a busy mix — yet allows the low end to remain clean, solid and powerful.

Sound On Sound, January 2023





Dynamic Distortion

12 Drive Styles


Choose from 12 diverse Styles of distortion:

Soft/Smooth/Hard Clip for classic analogue-style clipping.
Soft/Hard Square for fizzy, distorted zero crossings.
Soft/Hard Rectify for octave-up FX.
Skew/Sine/Triangle/Saw/Extreme Fold for wild wavefolding transformations.

Animate distortion over time with our easiest ever waveform-editing tools. Create throbbing, stepped, or ramped drive patterns in seconds. Any shape you can imagine, just clicks away.

Sync your waveforms to beats and bars so they're always locked to your track. Go from 1/4-note distorted pumping to multi-bar drive patterns and beyond, all with sample accuracy.

Trigger your waveforms in any pattern at all using MIDI. Or use powerful new audio triggering that resets LFOs with every transient, for precise targeting of attack and sustain on drums, loops, instruments – even full mixes.

Using one easy slider, get distortion that bounces with the dynamics of beats, loops, melodies – anything. A pop-out control panel gives full access to attack/release and more.

Split your audio into up to three frequency bands. Enhance the bass, mids and treble with a different Style, LFO and Envelope for each. Just drag in the Bands area to set up – it's fast, easy and powerful.

Take total control with four specialised distortion parameters. Grip prevents quiet elements like reverb ambience dominating the distortion. Push generates asymmetric drive. Accent and Tone level and EQ the distorted parts only, slotting them into the mix – or making them punch even harder.

A unique animated distortion transfer curve shows precisely how your audio signals are being shaped over time, and by how much.

DriveShaper runs in Cableguys' acclaimed ShaperBox 3 effects plugin. Use it on its own, or combine it with up to 9 more Shapers for elaborate, multilayered effects that'll make your productions stand out.

Buy DriveShaper on its own — or save 70% and get all 10 Shapers with ShaperBox 3 Bundle.

  • New! Redesigned interface with larger editing areas
  • Interface resizable from 75% to 200%
  • Retina/HiDPI support for crisp, clear graphics
  • Built-in help — hover over any control for description
  • Wave Presets covering all common uses
  • 9 slots to store Custom Waves, saved with the patch
  • Switch User Waves via MIDI
  • Dry/wet mix for each band
  • New! Master Mix with improved algorithm, for artifact-free creative blends
  • New! Smoothed Bypass for click-free switching to the dry signal
  • Solo bands for easy setup
  • Smooth, accurate spectrum view
  • Large, precise oscilloscope view with Magnitude mode and Freeze option
  • Trigger Smoothing to reduce clicks when switching/triggering Waves
  • Expandable LFO for detailed editing
  • Set LFO loop length in beats and bars, or Hertz/ms
  • LFO loop length from 1/128 to 32 bars, with sample-accurate sync
  • Audio-rate modulation up to 5.24kHz for extreme sound design
  • 2x/3x button — double or triple patterns with a click
  • Flip/resize/move/randomize wave or selection
  • Copy/paste waves between any Shapers
  • Unlimited undo/redo for LFO wave edits
  • Selection skewing, for easily increasing intensity over time
  • Input/Output Gain controls for gainstaging and manual leveling

System Requirements

Windows 7, 8, 10 or 11
VST 2, VST 3 or AAX host DAW
Mac OS X 10.13 or later
Intel or Apple Silicon processor
VST 2, VST 3, AU or AAX host DAW
Works with Ableton Live, Logic Pro, Pro Tools 12, Cubase, Bitwig Studio, FL Studio, REAPER, Studio One, and many other DAWs that support VST, AU or AAX.