Cableguys ShaperBox 3 is the best Multi-FX VST plugin!! ShaperBox 3 Review

In this VST review, we will take an in-depth look at the new VST plugin by Cableguys – The ShaperBox 3.

Cableguys ShaperBox 3 is a new update to ShaperBox 2. It comes with lots of new features, presets, and more.

We will look at the tons of new features, Prices, Updates, Free download options(Demo), What’s new in the update, User reviews, compatibility, and more.

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ShaperBox 3 is available on the official website of Cableguys. You can buy it for just €89 / $89 as a part of a special Black Friday Deal. The plugin is available in VST2, VST3, AU, and AAX formats. ShaperBox 3 works with FL Studio, Cubase, Ableton Live, Logic Pro, Pro Tools, Bitwig, Audacity, and other Digital Audio Workstations that support VST hosts.

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Introduction to Cableguys ShaperBox 3 – What’s New?

ShaperBox 3 is a multi-effect plugin, that is you can use many audio effects in a single plugin instead of loading 9 different VSTs. Furthermore, it can modulate the various parameters of these 9 effect units using advanced midi, volume, and envelope modulation. This type of assembly and workstation gives users the better creative freedom to manipulate the sound however they want, at an expense of less CPU and time. However, the best part of using this plugin is its low CPU requirements. Despite using many effects and modulations, ShaperBox 3 does not require high CPU processing unlike other VSTs of the same category. Even while using extreme settings, the CPU does not go past 20%.

ShaperBox 3 is an advanced multi-effect plugin with 9 active effects –

  1. Time
  2. Drive
  3. Noise
  4. Filter
  5. Liquid
  6. Crush
  7. Volume
  8. Pan
  9. Width

Users are free to arrange these effect modules however they want. Each module is a high-quality effect. You can change their parameters and modulate them however you want using flexible envelopes, midi triggers, or volume envelopes.

What’s new in ShaperBox 3?

  1. More flexible and easy editing of the envelopes and curves.
  2. A fresh new enhanced preset browser.
  3. The new audio trigger for control through irregular rhythms.
  4. External sidechain input.
  5. New Effect – Liquid shaper.

ShaperBox 3 Effects in detail

There are 9 effect units in ShaperBox 3 that give inspiration musical motion and mixing magic. Let us look at each of them one by one.

TIME

The time effect can control the time. It is a parallel effect to the Cableguys Halftime. You can use it to apply effects like scratch, stutter, pitch variations, reverse, tape, and vinyl effects, This effect includes a free time envelope shaper with various advanced editing functions such as step editing, premade envelope shapes, shape randomizer,  multi-band selection, Phase shift, Draw tools, and more.

Cableguys Shaperbox 3 - Time Effect
Cableguys ShaperBox 3 – Time Effect

You can apply different time shapes on 3 different bands. There is a time range, step mode, LFO sync, double speed, and more options.

DRIVE

Drive is one of the most impressive effects in ShaperBox 3. The reason behind this statement is the control of the effect unit over the dynamics and tone of the sound. While the multiband option of the effect gives the freedom to apply different drive settings to the multiband, the best thing about this effect is the Grip and Tone functions.

Cableguys Shaperbox Review - Drive effect

The envelope function of Drive is the same and Time. There are 11 drive styles –

  1. Clip
    1. Soft Clip
    2. Hard Clip
  2. Square
    1. Soft Square
    2. Hard Square
  3. Rectify
    1. Soft Rectify
    2. Hard Rectify
  4. Wavefolding
    1. Skew Fold
    2. Sine Fold
    3. Triangle Fold
    4. Saw Fold
    5. Extreme Fold

With these drive styles, it is possible to get a heavy or soft distortion effect easily. However, many of these effects are violent in nature. To control the violent nature, the effect has a grip function. This function helps the users retain the original dynamics of the sound. Apart from this, there is also an asymmetric function.

NOISE

Noise is another great feature of ShaperBox 3, especially for lo-fi and hip-hop producers. This effect, as the name suggests adds various noise types to the dry audio.

There are 81 types of noises divided into the following categories –

  1. Basic
  2. Modulated
  3. Rough
  4. Broken
  5. Fizzy
  6. Scrapping
  7. Outdoor
  8. Bubbling
  9. Weird
  10. Vinyl
  11. Tape
  12. Preamp and
  13. Hum

You can add various texture types using these noises. There is a basic audio filter, Noise level, and envelope settings.

Although there are lots of premade noises in ShaperBox 3, there is no option to add custom noises.

FILTER

ShaperBox 3 comes with a basic filter module. This filter is rather unique since you can apply different filter types for different bands. The filter has filter types, cut-off, resonance, panning, and mix options along with the standard envelope modulator.

The filter module of ShaperBox 3 has the following types-

  1. Low Pass
  2. High Pass
  3. Band Pass
  4. Notch
  5. Peak

LIQUID – New ShaperBox 3 effect

The liquid is the new added effect in ShaperBox 3. It is one of the best Jet Plane Flanging, Phasing, and Comb FX effect. You can get both, smooth phasing as well as a wild comb effect.

Shaperbox 3 - What's New - Liquid Effect

This effect module features Flanger and Phaser types, each with a + and – mode.

There are additional stereo, center, and feedback controls. You can apply the different or same effect for each band.

CRUSH

One of the most impressive effect modules of ShaperBox 3 aside from Drive is its Crush effect. Unlike other bit crushers VSTs, the Crush effect has multiple options to control the color and quality of the bit crush effect.

Cableguys Shaperbox 3 - Bit crush VST

You can control the Bits, Zitter, Resampling,  and Treble of the sound. The push function of the effect preserves the sustain and tail of the sound. This effect is great for Synths, vocals, drums, and creative sound design.

VOLUME, PAN, and WIDTH

ShaperBox 3 comes with 3 essential mixing units – Volume, Pan, and Width.

While Volume can control the dynamic range, volume levels, and sidechain operations; Pan and width units control the spatial properties of the sound.

The volume unit has the new External Sidechain View. This function allows you to take a better look at the sidechain input and make a better judgment for the mixing.

The Panning can be controlled using the envelope. At the same time, the Haas function allows users to create a realistic stereo panning effect.

Cableguys Shaperbox 3 – System Requirements

Windows

  • Windows 7, 8, 10 or 11
  • VST 2, VST 3, or AAX compatible Host
  • 64-bit Operating system
  • Minimum Installation size – 45 MB for setup, 190MB for noise samples.

Mac

  • Mac OS X 10.13 or later
  • Intel or Apple Silicon (Native/Rosetta) processor
  • VST 2, VST 3, AU, or AAX host sequencer

Important – An Internet connection is required for downloading NoiseShaper’s noise samples.

Cableguys Shaper Box 3 –  Price, Free Download, Demo, & Deals

You can buy Cableguys ShaperBox 3 for just €89/$89 for a limited amount of time. However, The original price of the VST is $301. This price is under the Black Friday sales of Cableguys. You can get more benefits by purchasing the plugin from the Plugin Boutique.

You can download the demo version of plugin for free from the official website of Cableguys.

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Final Thoughts

ShaperBox 3 is one of the best multi-FX VSTs in recent years. It gives music producers, mixing engineers, and sound designers a great way to manipulate sound in various ways and make it more interesting. The price of the plugin is very reasonable, system requirements are universal, and processing power requirements are minimum.

Any artists who want to take their music to the next level should definitely buy Cableguys ShaperBox 3.

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