VolumeShaper 6


Shape audio signals in pinpoint detail with VolumeShaper 6’s unique level manipulation toolset. It's fast and easy to use but packed with power, with a drawable volume LFO and visual compressor on all 3 bands. Work at the speed of inspiration with intuitive editing, pro presets, 1-click sidechain and much more.

Running inside Cableguys' ShaperBox 2 effects plugin, use VolumeShaper 6 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 VolumeShaper 6 in your tracks today.

For sidechain, I use the Cableguys VolumeShaper, every day.


I have been using Cableguys plugins a ton. I used both VolumeShaper and TimeShaper on my new album.


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.


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


We use the ShaperBox a lot! Especially the VolumeShaper sidechain function with the 3 bands!


David Guetta

Richard Devine

Steve Aoki



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

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

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See how Jauz makes the bassline groove in "Goodiez" with VolumeShaper.

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Ducky shows how she makes space for the kick drum using VolumeShaper.

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Albert Neve explains why VolumeShaper is his sidechain plugin of choice.

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Black Octopus Sound create pulsing, modulated future bass chords with VolumeShaper.

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VolumeShaper demonstrated in 1 minute. The video shows VolumeShaper 4, but is fully relevant for v6 too.

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

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

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

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Videos show VolumeShaper 5 – all techniques work in VolumeShaper 6

Sidechain kick and bass

Make space for your kick drum — gain punch, low-end clarity, and rhythmic "bounce"

Get loud, tight mixes

Sidechain just the bass frequencies for huge mixdowns that "go loud" effortlessly

Compress for flavour

Squeeze energy and attitude into flat drums, loops, vocals and more with punchy bus-style compression

Control dynamic details

Combine compression with gain curve editing for incredibly precise dynamic adjustments

Remove hi-hats in a loop

Adjust, remove or isolate elements in a mixed loop using frequency-targeted volume LFOs

Get perfect punch

Redraw transients at the stroke of a Pen. Tighten decay tails. Make basses, drums, and synths hit hard

Create pumping FX

Turn plain white noise and ambience loops into pumping rhythmic FX to energise your tracks

Cableguys quality

Like all Cableguys plugins, VolumeShaper 6 uses top-quality DSP, for seriously good sound that professionals rely on. Sample-accurate LFOs with high-res interpolation shape audio with ultimate precision. Linkwitz-Riley multiband crossovers give a flat frequency response at zero latency. And MIDI Trigger smoothing means click-free sidechains.

LFOs that you design

At the heart of VolumeShaper 6 is an LFO unlike any other. From precision level edits to pulsing patterns, any wave shape you can imagine is just clicks away with Cableguys' easy editing tools. Lock LFOs to tempo with sample accuracy, or trigger in any non-4/4 rhythm with MIDI notes.

Designer compression

New! With a high-quality compressor right inside VolumeShaper 6, you see compression and your volume edits all on the same large graph. Dial in perfect punch and control for drums, bass, vocals, buses and more. Still not perfect? Grab a Pen and refine the gain curve till it is.

Total dynamic control

New! Finesse transients with compressor attack as fast as 0.01ms. Reduce 'pumping' with Adaptive Release. Blend in the dry signal for parallel/New York compression. Under the hood, response curves inspired by a legendary British mixing console deliver all the snap, punch and mix 'glue' needed for a modern mix, with no added coloration.

Introducing Pens

New! Designing your dream LFO just got even easier with three powerful, easy-to-grasp Pens. Draw crisp lines, arcs and S-curves. Redraw transients in a click, rapidly build rhythmic patterns, and much more. Switch back to classic single-node editing anytime.

Frequency conscious

New! VolumeShaper 6’s compressor can react to any frequency range you choose. Target specific sounds in a loop. ‘Ignore’ bass to reduce low-end pumping. De-ess vocals. Go further: trigger from other tracks in your project using sidechain routing. It all works in multiband too.

Multiband made easy

VolumeShaper 6 gives you a separate LFO and compressor for the lows, mids and highs. Sidechain duck just the bass for clean, powerful mixes, compress in multiband, and much more. New! Steep 24dB crossovers join the classic 6 and 12dB models, for even greater precision.

Runs in ShaperBox 2

VolumeShaper 6 runs in Cableguys' ShaperBox 2 effects plugin. Use it on its own, or combine it with Time, Filter, Pan and Width Shapers for elaborate, multilayered effects. Buy VolumeShaper 6 on its own — or save 69% and get all 8 Shapers in 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
  • New! 1-click Quick Presets for Sidechain, Compress and Trim
  • Built-in help — hover over any control for description
  • Expandable LFO for detailed editing
  • New! Draggable Volume parameter to shift the entire LFO wave up/down
  • 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
  • Large, precise oscilloscope view with Freeze option
  • New! Magnitude oscilloscope graph for easy compressor setup
  • New! Smoother, more accurate spectrum view
  • New! Clearer oscilloscope waveforms and smoother LFO editing
  • 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
  • 40 LFO Wave Presets, including professional sidechain curves
  • 9 slots to store User Waves, saved with the patch
  • Switch User Waves via MIDI
  • Dry/wet mix, for effect strength and parallel compression
  • Solo bands or sidechain input for easy setup
  • New! Trigger Smoothing to reduce clicks when switching/triggering Waves
  • New! MIDI Trigger activity LED to aid setup
  • New! External sidechaining and internal filters for compressor
  • New! Compression curves based on classic British mixing console
  • New! Easy 1-slider editing of Compressor
  • New! Gain parameter for boosting output — ideal for transient enhancement
  • New! Increased band-split range, now from 20Hz-20kHz
  • New! Improved multiband crossover filters

VolumeShaper is already a go-to in our plugins folder.

9/10, Computer Music magazine, November 2014


VolumeShaper is an incredibly useful plugin for controlled sidechain ducking and more.

MusicTech Magazine, December 2014


It's good-looking, there's no parameter bloat, no glitches or bugs. VolumeShaper just works well. If you're writing any kind of electronic music, this plugin is a must-have.

4/5 - audionewsroom, December 2014


With VolumeShaper, you can meticulously apply different sidechaining curves to all three frequency bands for getting the best sound out of a track that covers a large range.

DJ TechTools, May 2015

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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.