PanShaper 3


PanShaper 3 takes stereo control to a new level. With a drawable panning LFO and envelope follower on every band, you can design evolving, fluid pan patterns and make precise stereo edits in seconds. Blend regular panning with psychoacoustic Haas panning and make your mixes fill the speakers like never before.

Running inside Cableguys' ShaperBox 2 effects plugin, use PanShaper 3 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 out — download the ShaperBox 2 demo and use PanShaper 3 in your tracks today.

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PanShaper has become my favorite plugin of all time!

Jake Morelli, producer/guitarist for Ed Sheeran, Queen Latifah, Bruno Mars & more.


We use PanShaper a lot with some rhythm parts like hi-hats when we want to open the stereo image of the track, leaving space for other elements in the centre of the mix.


I often use PanShaper to create rhythmic panning on tracks, it’s awesome!

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


We love the ShaperBox and use it quite often to get weird effects for our sounds and sidechaining / autopanning.


Jake Morelli

DJs From Mars

John Nathaniel


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Introduction to PanShaper 1 by Dan Worrall

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Discover how easy it is to draw your own PanShaper LFOs in ShaperBox 2

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Adding stereo energy to mono drum loops with PanShaper 2

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Ask.Audio demonstrate using audio-rate modulation for stereoisation

What separates PanShaper from many of its competitors is its multiband functionality. It's a must-have for anyone interested in wide and dynamic stereo sound shaping.

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9/10 - Future Music, April 2016

Videos show Panshaper 2 – all techniques work in Panshaper 3

Stereoise mono drums

Got a beat that's strictly mono? Bring stereo groove to just the top-end elements like hi-hats

Bring basslines to life

Keep those all-important low frequencies centred and solid while you pan the mids and tops

Fill the speakers

Go beyond regular panning with psychoacoustic Haas placement – the pros' secret stereo weapon

Surgically pan sounds

Want to pan just that one shaker hit in a loop? With drawable LFOs and multiband control, it's possible

Make percussion dance

Do the conga – bring the party to your tops! You simply have to try PanShaper on percs

Animate electric pianos

Easily create classic tremolo-style warbling pan effects – perfect for tines, vibes, and organs

Make synths groove

Add stunning left-to-right motion to melodies, pads and arps – and free up the centre of your stereo field

Cableguys quality

Like all Cableguys plugins, PanShaper 3 uses top-quality DSP, for seriously good sound that professionals rely on. Sample-accurate LFOs with high-res curve interpolation shape audio with ultimate precision. Multiband crossovers with Linkwitz-Riley filters give a flat frequency response at zero latency. Adjustable pan law lets you control stereo emphasis.

LFOs that you design

From classic autopanning to complex stereo rhythms, any panning motion you can imagine is only clicks away. Simply draw the exact LFO shape you need with Cableguys' easy editing tools. Lock LFOs to tempo with sample accuracy, or trigger any rhythm with MIDI notes.

Introducing Pens

New! Designing your dream panning LFO just got even easier with three powerful, easy-to-grasp Pens. Draw crisp lines, smooth arcs and flowing S-curves. Create gentle back-and-forth movement or wild rhythmic patterns. Switch back to classic single-node editing anytime.

The Haas effect

New! Using ultra-short delays, Haas panning creates a rich illusion of stereo placement while maintaining a full sound in both speakers. Blend it with regular panning for the perfect stereo balance. Or go extreme for pitchbending Doppler effects.

Flexible envelope followers

New! Create panning effects that react to the dynamics of your beats, loops, melodies – anything. Make percussion jump across the stereo field in sync with the loudest hits. Increase Haas separation as sounds grow louder. Trigger from other tracks in your project using sidechain routing.

Multiband panning

PanShaper 3 gives you a separate panning LFO and envelope follower for the lows, mids and highs. Keep the bass centred while the mids and highs dance across the stereo field. Pan specific frequency ranges with pinpoint accuracy. New! Steep 24dB crossovers join the classic 6 and 12dB models, for even greater precision.

Runs in ShaperBox 2

PanShaper 3 runs in Cableguys' ShaperBox 2 effects plugin. Use it on its own, or combine it with Time, Filter, Volume and Width Shapers for elaborate, multilayered effects that'll make your productions stand out. Buy Shapers individually — or save 69% and get all 8 Shapers with the ShaperBox 2 Bundle.

  • New! Interface resizable from 75% to 200%
  • New! Redesigned interface with larger editing areas
  • New! Retina/HiDPI support for crisper, clearer graphics
  • Built-in help — hover over any control for description
  • Expandable LFO for detailed editing
  • Set LFO loop length in beats and bars, or Hertz
  • New! Draggable Pan parameter to shift the entire LFO wave up/down
  • 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
  • New! Trigger Smoothing to reduce clicks when switching/triggering Waves
  • New! MIDI Trigger activity LED to aid setup
  • New! Dedicated selection tool for multinode editing
  • New! 2x/3x button — double or triple patterns with a click
  • New! Selection skewing, for easily increasing intensity over time
  • New! Snap a single point, a selection, or each point within a selection
  • Flip/resize/move/randomize wave or selection
  • Copy/paste waves between any Shapers
  • Unlimited undo/redo for LFO wave edits
  • New! 1-click Quick Presets for Basic, Haas and Build-up
  • 42 Wave Presets covering all common uses
  • 9 slots to store User Waves, saved with the patch
  • Switch User Waves via MIDI
  • New! Adjustable Haas range, from 0-40ms, from subtle to extreme
  • Multiple panning modes (Balance 0/3/4.5/6dB and Stereo Combined) for deep control.
  • Dry/wet mix for each band
  • Solo bands for easy setup
  • New! Smoother, more accurate spectrum view
  • Large, precise oscilloscope view with Freeze option
  • New! Magnitude oscilloscope graph
  • New! Clearer oscilloscope waveforms and smoother LFO editing
  • New! Easy 1-slider editing of Envelope Follower

Stereo modulation effects don't get any better than PanShaper.

96% - Bedroom Producers Blog, March 2016


We found PanShaper excellent for pinpointing and panning specific drum hits in a loop

9/10 - Choice Award - MusicTech, April 2016


For an effect that could potentially be quite intimidating and complex to use, I was immediately impressed by the visual feedback that PanShaper offers.

4.5 / 5 - Attack Magazine, March 2016


This thing is all about workflow! With PanShaper, it's all just so simple to do.

4.5 / 5 -, March 2016


PanShaper could very well be the new ultimate choice for all panning needs.

5/5 - ProducerSpot, March 2016


PanShaper is great for adding stereo interest to fully mixed or single elements in a mix, and the editing tools are incredibly easy to learn and use.

Ask.Audio, March 2016


Whether for subtle movement in the stereo field, flowing or rhythmic patterns, or precisely setting the panoramic position of individual beats in a loop, PanShaper inspires as a flexible precision tool for creative stereo modulations. Drawing and editing waveforms is extremely intuitive. In addition to the excellent audio quality and the high level of user convenience, the price is also extremely favorable. Class!

6/6 - Beat magazine, June 2016

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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.