Cableguys Bundle
Includes Curve 2, FilterShaper 3, VolumeShaper 3, MidiShaper

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We develop state-of-the-art virtual effects as well as the critically acclaimed software synth Curve 2 — "an extremely powerful, flexible synth with a distinctive sound and a stunning, ever-expanding library of presets." (Future Music Magazine, January 2013)

Featured News

Chris Shaw on VolumeShaper and FilterShaper
September 1, 2014
Grammy Award winner Chris Shaw, who engineered dozens of releases for Bob Dylan, Public Enemy, A Tribe Called Quest, Weezer, Cheap Trick and Lou Reed, on how he shapes drums with VolumeShaper:

"Just wanted to let you know how invaluable VolumeShaper is for getting drum sounds in my mixes. For my rock, alternative and indie mixes, I use the Massey DRT plugin in Pro Tools to generate MIDI notes from my kick and snare tracks and send them to VolumeShaper with its LFO set to 'Fixed 1-Shot'."

So VolumeShaper gets triggered when a kick or snare hits. "This allows me to use VolumeShaper as a precision noise gate with a programmable envelope. Finally I'm able to shape drums any way I want."

Chris Shaw adds: "And FilterShaper is one of the most versatile filter plugins I've ever used; two filters — series or parallel, with LFO and envelope follower modulations (and cross-modulation) for days. Way cool."
New reviews on FilterShaper 3
August 22, 2014
In its August issue, Professional audio magazine gives FilterShaper 3 the highest ratings for the sound of its filters and the versatile and precise modulations options : "Das Arbeiten mit der großen Wellenformanzeige macht so viel Spass, dass selbst Modulationsmuffel davon infiziert werden. Noch nie hatten wir das Gefühl, Modulationen so punktgenau einstellen zu können."

ReleaseTime praises the warm and musical sound of its filters, its massive modulation options and the clearly arranged interface: "Das Arbeiten mit FilterShaper 3 beginnt schon nach wenigen Minuten Spaß zu machen. Die vielen Möglichkeiten, die FilterShaper 3 bietet, verführen zu ausgedehnten Experimenten mit LFO-Kurvengestaltungen in Kombination mit Resonanz-, Cutoff-, Panorama- und Volumenreglern. FilterShaper 3 überzeugt mit warmen, organischen und musikalisch klingenden Filtern."
Qwertybob: Winner of the Curve 2 Sound Design Challenge
August 19, 2014
Complex, deep and huge creative possibilities — the Jury praises Underground Electronics, the winner preset of the Curve 2 Sound Design Challenge. Its creator Stephen Builta aka Qwertybob is a long-time Curve user, who continuously shares his presets with the community. We asked him how he came to work with Curve 2.

As with all of Curve's sounds, Qwertybob's sounds are free to all users.


Cableguys: Hi Stephen, when did you start making music and creating sounds?
Stephen Builta: My background is mainly in classical piano due to childhood piano lessons (thank you Mom and Dad!). During the same time I avidly enjoyed video games and the chippy electronic sounds stuck in my head like glue. I found out about VST instruments while exploring MIDI files on the computer and slowly worked my way to using them.

How did you come to work with Curve 2?
The idea of editable curves for use as oscillators grabbed my attention at first, but the integration with the "LFOs" (not really "low frequency" as they are tunable up to kHz!) is what I liked the most.
And I love to browse through the presets to see the unique ways other users utilize Curve 2. Seeing the secrets of a preset in Edit mode jogs my creativity and clues me in on useful techniques for working with the synthesizer.

Your preset "Undergrounds Electronic" is a very complex and deep sound. What was your idea behind it?
I really wanted to push Curve 2 to its limits and see what I could get — to make a preset where I could spend significant time playing with the macro knobs and still discover new sounds.

Do you have any suggestion to users of Curve 2?
Play with the curves. Apply liberal use of the modulation matrix and the macro knobs. Sometimes changing multiple things at a time can trigger new ideas. Stretch the limits of the synthesizer, your own imagination, and don't forget to have fun!




To get Qwertybob's sounds, just open Curve 2, hit the Sync button and you can check them out for yourself!

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New updates for Curve, FilterShaper and WaveShaper CM
August 2, 2014
Downloading sounds for Curve's, FilterShaper's and WaveShaper CM's libraries got rock-solid, and it's much faster, too — for example downloading Curve 2's 4000+ presets is only a matter of minutes now. If you ever experienced connection issues, check the new versions.

Of course you don't have to use the online feature — all plugins ship with an excerpt of their ever-growing sound libraries.

Download the new versions of Curve and FilterShaper right from our website.

You can get Curve 2 CM and WaveShaper CM for free with Computer Music Magazine and Curve 2 BE for free with the German Beat Magazine. If you already own them, simply click the "Check for updates" link within the plugins.

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And the winners are..
June 25, 2014
Curve 2 Sound Design Challenge

You have sent us over 400 entries — atmospheric pads, angry basses, melodic synthlines and more... wow! Read the jury's words and listen to the winners!



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FilterShaper 3 — Hands-on with Computer Music magazine
April 7, 2014


Watch Computer Music get hands-on with FilterShaper 3 in this in-depth new video!

"FilterShaper 3 is a bonkers frequency-sculpting plugin that can achieve mind-bogglingly intricate modulation while managing to make all of this simple and approachable. .. We stumbled upon awesome sound after awesome sound playing around with percussion loops, shaping background atmospherics and working up evolving pads."
(Computer Music Magazine, CM 202)

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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!

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Curve 2 Reviews
"A superb synth with slick customisable waveforms and a brilliant cloud-based preset library."
ComputerMusic
January 2013

"Curve 2 is adept at everything from thunderous dubstep bass wobbles to shimmering pads, advanced, complex sequences and eerie effects."
MusicTech Magazine,
November 2012
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