From laser-focused harmonic warmth and sizzle, to massively modulated mayhem that reacts and breathes in synergy with your music, DriveShaper does it all – and more. Animate any of 10 exciting shaping algorithms using easy, drawable LFOs and simple 1-slider Envelope Followers.

Create magical distorted rhythms, pulsing analogue warmth and hard-edged patterns. And for mixing, target specific hits with the LFO and Envelope Follower, and home in on precise frequency ranges with multiband control. Quickly dial in reactive heat and subtle harmonic motion.

Running inside Cableguys' ShaperBox 2 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.

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

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


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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.

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How To Use DriveShaper in 5 Minutes

Drawing DriveShaper LFOs in ShaperBox

Techno sound design with Underdog

Jay Cactus on making unique 808s

Chris Punsalan reworks a Kanye vocal

DriveShaper: The Official Trailer

BroBeatz distorts and twists 808s

Andi Vax демонстрирует DriveShaper

VerySickBeats makes very sick bass!


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 2.

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10/10 – Excellence Award – March 2021

Make 808s punch harder

Make your treble sizzle

Enhance drum attack

Energise melodies

Design monster basslines

Distort hits in a loop

Rhythmise pads

10 distortion Styles

Choose from 10 diverse Styles of distortion: Soft/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/Extreme Fold for wild wavefolding transformations.

Grip. Push. Accent. Tone

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.

Amazing visual feedback

You always see exactly what is happening in DriveShaper. The unique animated distortion transfer curve shows just how your waveforms are being shaped. And the built-in spectrum view, large oscilloscope, visual LFO and Envelope modulation trace give instant audio insights.

LFOs that you design

Animate distortion over time with Cableguys' famous LFO drawing system. Create throbbing, stepped, ramped drive patterns in seconds – use easy-to-grasp Pen tools or classic node-based editing. Shift patterns in time, double them up, even randomize them. Any shape you can imagine, just clicks away.

Cableguys quality

Like all Cableguys plugins, DriveShaper uses top-quality DSP, for seriously good sound that professionals rely on. Oversampled algorithms reduce harsh digital aliasing. Sample-accurate LFOs give perfect timing. And carefully calibrated internal gain compensation keep your levels under control.

Flexible envelope followers

Wouldn't it be great if the distortion could also react to the flow of your music? That's where the Envelope Follower comes in. Using one easy slider, create dynamic distortion that responds to beats, loops, melodies – anything. A pop-out control panel gives full access to attack/release and more.

Multiband distortion

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.

Runs in ShaperBox 2

DriveShaper runs in Cableguys' ShaperBox 2 effects plugin. Use it on its own, or combine it with Time, Crush, Filter, Volume, Pan and Width Shapers for multilayered effects. Buy DriveShaper on its own — or save 69% and get all 8 Shapers with ShaperBox 2 Bundle.

  • 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
  • MIDI Trigger activity LED to aid setup
  • Trigger Smoothing to reduce clicks when switching/triggering Waves
  • LFO Smoothing parameter to remove clicks/pops, or for creative effect
  • 1-click Quick Presets
  • Dedicated selection tool for multinode editing
  • 2x/3x button — double or triple patterns with a click
  • Selection skewing, for easily increasing intensity over time
  • Snap a single point, a selection, or each point within a selection
  • 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
  • Easy 1-slider editing of Envelope Follower
  • Input/Output Gain controls for gainstaging and manual leveling
TimeShaper TimeShaper

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TimeShaper 2

Time-twisting tool

Half-time FX

Rhythmic glitches

Real-time reverse

New! Fine mode for vinyl FX

DriveShaper DriveShaper

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Dynamic Distortion

10 drive styles

Aggressive patterns

Multiband mix magic

Reactive heat

NoiseShaper NoiseShaper

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Reactive noise

Sounds by BT, Cyclick, InsideInfo

Lo-fi vinyl and tape

Modern hi-fi enhancement

Dynamic and alive

FilterShaper Core FilterShaper Core

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FilterShaper Core 2

Full-Fat Filter

28 filter types

Warm sweeps & rich wobbles

Zero-delay feedback algorithms

New! Multiband mode + 8 Phasers

CrushShaper CrushShaper

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Rhythmic Bitcrusher

Vintage lo-fi fx

Multiband enhancement

Sample rate reduction

8-bit and beyond

VolumeShaper VolumeShaper

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VolumeShaper 6

Precision Dynamics

Sample-accurate sidechain

Rhythmic stutter

MIDI triggering

New! Punchy compression

PanShaper PanShaper

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PanShaper 3

Deluxe autopanner

Stereo sweeps

Creative patterns

Psychoacoustic FX

New! Haas mode

WidthShaper WidthShaper

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WidthShaper 2

Stereo expander

Wider risers

Super-stereo tops

Tight mono bass

New! Envelope follower


Learn how to design LFO waveforms, set up the 10 distortion Styles, and more.

System Requirements

Windows 7, 8, 10 or 11
VST 2, VST 3 or AAX host sequencer
32- or 64-bit
Mac OS X 10.9 or later
Intel or M1 (Native/Rosetta) processor
VST 2, VST 3, AU or AAX host sequencer
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.