Curve 2.0.5 out now, adding tons of great new sounds
February 20, 2013
Curve 2.0.5 is out now. The new version fixes a bug with hanging notes (which could occur when switching presets or toggling mono/legato modes while playing multiple notes), and can can load all presets of Curve 2 CM. Simply hit "Sync" from within Curve 2.0.5 (demo or full version), get a coffee, and a bit later Curve will contain more than 110 pages of presets!
This adds new quality patches by preset designers such as Michael Kastrup, Pluginguru, Xenos Soundworks and community designers Konrad, Earworm, EdT, to name a few.
PanCake 2 is here!
February 12, 2013
Just in time for PanCake day, PanCake 2 is out now!
"As you'd expect from Cableguys, PanCake is a wacky, customisable, over-the-top stereo panner—it's autopanning taken to loony extremes." — Computer Music Specials, August 2011
New in version 2: A precise display of channel left/right volume for helpful visual control, an option to trigger the LFO via MIDI notes, a dry/wet control, plus a redesigned interface.
Curve 2 CM is out now! It's a reduced version of our Curve 2 synth, featuring the same filter settings, 16-voice unisono mode, legato modes and unique waveform editor for broad oscillator timbres and sound manipulation.
It ships with Curve 2's online preset sharing system and author profiles, has 2 OSCs, 1 LFO, 2 envelopes and 3 macro controls. Powered by Curve's sound engine, it has the same excellent sound quality.
Make sure to check its preset library—tuned for its feature set and with a variety of sounds, created by skilled preset designers.
Get Curve 2 CM with Computer Music Magazine 188 or with any later issue of Computer Music. You can even purchase the issue online and start playing today!
For 3 OSCs with noise generation and waveform crossfade, for 4 LFOs, 3 EGs, 4 macro controls,
additional richness for the sounds, more depth for pads and more rhythmic options,
as well as for tons of additional presets (3000+ presets at the time of writing),
check the Curve 2 demo—it is fully functional and has no time limit.
David Guetta on VolumeShaper
January 24, 2013
David Guetta on cutting a kick to fit with the bassline: "Very very recently I've found a way to do it that is really amazing, I actually did it here.. the sidechain that I am using with the bass is something that is called VolumeShaper".
Btw. it's a great video with quite some tricks in there, definitely worth watching!
Curve 2 reviews hit the street
January 19, 2013
The press weighs in on Curve 2,
our "superb synth with slick customisable waveforms and a brilliant cloud-based preset library" (ComputerMusic).
Seems we've done something right.
"This powerful wave-sculping synth returns with improved envelopes, double the oscillators and an extraordinary preset library. ..
The addition of multistage envelopes makes a huge difference to the sort of sounds Curve 2 can make, and nudges it into the same league as instruments costing much more."
ComputerMusic, January 2013
— You can read most of the review online on
"Sonically, it's a spectacular synth: expansive, rich, full of life and movement, and always interesting. ..
The oscillators are supremely versatile, generating anything from novel twists on the conventional analogue waveforms to crazy 'digital' tones and everything in between..
Curve 2 is an extremely powerful, flexible synth with a distinctive sound and a stunning, ever-expanding library of presets."
FutureMusic, January 2013
"Although Curve 2 looks a little clinical, it actually produces some amazing results.
It's adept at everything from thunderous dubstep bass wobbles to shimmering pads, advanced, complex sequences and eerie effects."
MusicTech Magazine, November 2012
"Curve 2 is a programmer's dream. .. Yes, it takes a little getting used to and no, it doesn't feature any internal effects. But don't let either of these things put you off—Curve is well worth it anyway, as it genuinely rewards experimentation."
Resident Advisor, 11/2012 (Full article online)
"Curve 2 überzeugt durch einen modernen, sauberen und transparenten Klang.
Warme, satte Analogbässe, elektronische Drums, durchsetzungsfähige Solo-Instrumente sind ebenso möglich wie moderne und temposynchrone Dance-Rhythmen, E-Piano-Varianten, breite Flächen, Effekt-Texturen und Experimentalklänge."
"In Version 2 hat sich Curve von einem Geheimtipp für Klangschrauber zu einem mächtigen Allrounder gemausert, der insbesondere bei atmosphärischen Sounds, komplexen Sequenzen und abgedrehten Effekten zu glänzen weiß."
English translation: "With version 2, Curve has evolved from one of the industry's best kept secrets for sound enthusiasts to a powerful prodigy, especially masterful when it comes to atmospheric sounds, complex sequences and crazy FX sounds."
"Der Synthesizer macht viel Spaß und ist mit ausreichenden Möglichkeiten ausgestattet.
.. Der bis zu 16-stimmige Unisono-Modus des Curve lässt sehr satte Klänge zu, die auch sehr schön schweben."
Amazona.de, 11/2012 (Full article online)
"Nach wie vor das Killerfeature ist der großzügig bemessene Bereich, in dem Du bis zu zehn Wellenformen zeichnen kannst, um diese Kurven den Oszillatoren, den LFOs oder den Hüllkurven zuzuweisen. .. So können alle denkbaren Klänge entstehen, von gepflegt wobbelnden Bässen für Dubstep et al. über FX-Sounds und sich langsam aufbauende Pads bis hin zu immer neuen Timbres auf der Grundlage sehr komplexer Oszillatorenwellen."
Delamar.de, 10/2012 (Full article online)
"Since it rewards the user so highly for putting time and effort into sound design, it's great to see the inclusion of a built-in browser for accessing other users' patches directly from the plugin (synced via an internet connection)."
Attack Magazine, 12/2012 (Full article online)
These updates fix a crash bug in Curve and VolumeShaper for old versions of OS X
and a bug for Curve which could result in wrong sounds when switching presets while holding modwheel or aftertouch.
Curve 2.0.3 and VolumeShaper 3.1.1 out now
December 23, 2012
These updates fix a crash bug for Curve and VolumeShaper which could happen in Cubase (and maybe other hosts too).
VolumeShaper 3.1 out now
December 14, 2012
The new version adds a mix (dry/wet) control, so you can easily adjust your sidechain compression effect, your gated rhythm or tempo-synced stutter.
Curve 2.0.2—introducing profile images
October 19, 2012
Curve 2 is becoming an even more exciting place to share your sounds!
We'd like to invite you to download the latest version and add a short text on you, to add your web links (website, Soundcloud, Facebook and Twitter) and profile image. Others will learn more about you whenever they see a preset you did.
This update also fixes bugs with routing velocity to EG 1/2 and with modulation of LFO speed.
Curve 2 out now!
October 2, 2012
Curve is a software synthesizer with an irresistible waveform editor, huge sound library and slick interface. Ideal for both experimentation and detailed tweaking at an excellent sound quality.
Sascha Dikiciyan aka "Sonic Mayhem", one of today's most in-demand video game composers (Mass Effect 3, Borderlands, Tron:Evolution and Quake series), provided insight into his work in Computer Music's September issue.
As he pointed out, "this is an industry that moves really, really quickly, so you always need to be ahead of the game."
Check out what he said about his favorite software:
"My number one is Cableguys Curve. I used that for a lot of the low-end bass stuff on Mass Effect 3. The analogue sound is totally irresistible, but then you've also got the added advantage of being able to edit the waveforms in real time."
It took a bit to sight more than 500 submission for Curve 2's preset contest.
And the winner is... "Mystery Horizon" by Konrad! A wonderful atmospheric pad sound that makes clever use of Curve's LFOs and waveform crossfade. Konrad, congratulations for this great masterpiece and for winning a lifetime supply of Cableguys plugins!
Top 2: "Fizzoo" by EdT — a crazy synthline accompanied by some shaker rhythm, spinning Curve's rhythmic LFOs and getting our heads shaking instantly.
Top 3: "Stack 001" by Rics — a massive, to-the-point bass sound. Well, nothing you haven't heard before, but this one is just great. Highly appreciated.
The new version gives you more opportunities to integrate your devices:
It can receive MIDI not only directly from the host sequencer, but also via MIDI ports, allows you to define MIDI channels for input and output and to limit its LFO-triggering to a single note.
And we've added a snap-to-grid function to MidiShaper's waveform editor.
VolumeShaper 3 got 6 of 6 points in German Beat magazine.
"For tempo-synced stutter, ducking or gating, for distortion, bit-crushing and ring modulation or for complex rhythmic patterns: VolumeShaper 3 shows its strength in a multitude of applications."
VolumeShaper 3 review by MusicTech
April 18, 2012
"This is a godsend for anyone producing four-to-the-floor music.. the curves you can create are much more flexible and musical than what can be done with a sidechained gate or compressor alone."
MusicTech, April 2012
VolumeShaper 3 review by bedroomproducersblog
March 11, 2012
"... The thing which makes VolumeShaper so special is the amount of control you have over the modulation process. A great plugin which got even better..."
We should add that the review mentions a great idea on our new oscilloscope: "Having such control over the zoom settings means that VolumeShaper 3 can actually serve as a rather flexible oscilloscope plugin, if you leave all amplitude modulation settings at zero!"
VolumeShaper is a plugin for shaping and automating the levels of any audio signal. From signature pumping effects to extreme gating, from tempo-synced stutter to precise sample-shaping, VolumeShaper provides a wealth of creative musical effects with a visual approach to volume. For Mac and Windows, as VST, AU or RTAS plugin.
New in version 3: A precise oscilloscope for helpful visual control, plus an option to trigger the LFO via MIDI notes.