VolumeShaper lets you shape the levels of any audio signal in pinpoint detail.
From multiband sidechain compression 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.
VolumeShaper features multiband waveform-based editing, a comprehensive selection of preset curves, a precise oscilloscope, a big spectrum view and an updated preset library.
It runs sample-accurate in sync with your DAW, in Hz mode up to the audible range or retriggered via MIDI.
Try it out — download the demo and let VolumeShaper 4 loose on your audio productions.
"VolumeShaper 4 is already a go-to in our plugins folder. At this price, it's a winner."
— Computer Music Magazine, in November 2014
Ducking AKA sidechain compression effect
Essential for a well-defined kick and bass, the well-known ducking effect of sidechain compression creates extra rhythmic drive and provides space and definition.
VolumeShaper gives you this same effect with absolute control — just draw the curve you want. Simpler, faster, and more precise than using a compressor.
You can also trigger the LFO via MIDI notes — choose one of the 'MIDI Triggered' LFO types, then route MIDI notes to the plugin via your DAW.
"The curves you can create are much more flexible and musical than what can be done with a sidechained gate or compressor alone."
— Music Tech Magazine, VolumeShaper 3 review, in April 2012
Use different curves for bass, mids and highs for added precision. The multiband split lets you duck out the bass when the kick hits, or duck the mids to provide space for the snare.
Or gate the kick in a drum loop by editing the low band and leaving the mids/highs untouched.
VolumeShaper makes it easy to apply this essential technique precisely, for accurate and dynamic mixes.
Define your audio loops
VolumeShaper's oscilloscope displays the incoming audio, helping you to precisely define audio levels.
In a drum loop, regulate levels for snare, hi-hat, or anything else with just a few clicks, or edit unwanted notes out of a loop. From smooth bezier curves to hard cuts, you decide.
Sync the effect to your DAW from 1/128 note up to 32 bars, sync to the frequency of the played note, or let it run freely at ranges from 0.02 Hz up to 5.24 kHz.
Go in deep and use VolumeShaper as a precise volume curve for your synth or drum sounds. Set it to trigger whenever a specific MIDI note is played, and simply draw the shape you need.
You can even shape different frequency ranges independently — shorten only the high frequencies of a kick, for example.
It's effectively a gate, but you have total control over the length and shape of the volume tail.
For punishing bit-crusher effects, run VolumeShaper's LFO fast — right up to the limits of the audible range (Tip: set the LFO to 'Hertz (Retrig.)').
For a less drastic effect, limit the modulation to specific frequencies — try a medium-width mid band — by moving the band sliders.
And for ring modulation effects, set the LFO to the frequency of the MIDI notes that you play.
Stutter and tremolo
Simple but effective — VolumeShaper breathes new life into this classic effect.
Detailed control options let you create stutter and tremolo with a twist — try applying envelopes to specific frequency ranges, or using a custom curve tailored to fit a specific loop or MIDI note.
How artists use VolumeShaper
David Guetta: Cutting a kick
"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."
— David Guetta on cutting a kick to fit with the bassline
Chris Shaw: Shaping drums
"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 send MIDI notes from my kick and snare tracks 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."
— Grammy Award winner Chris Shaw (engineer, Bob Dylan, Public Enemy, A Tribe Called Quest, Lou Reed) on how he shapes drums with VolumeShaper
"VolumeShaper is my most used plugin — I have an instance on practically every channel of every song I produce, for sidechaining using MIDI triggers.
The curve system allows for quick, precise and smooth envelope creation.
It's definitely the most powerful and versatile option I could find for sidechaining purposes."
— Madeon on sidechaining his tracks
Hands-on with Computer Music magazine
Watch this in-depth look at VolumeShaper 4.
All details: The manual
For all the details, see the VolumeShaper 4 online manual.
Also included in the Cableguys Bundle
VolumeShaper 4 is also included in the Cableguys Bundle, along with Curve 2.5, FilterShaper 3, and MidiShaper.
Saves almost 40% off the combined prices of the individual products!
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