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Shaperbox 2: Getting Creative

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  • Fine Tuning the Kick Drum Pt. 1 10:28

    Fine Tuning the Kick Drum Pt. 1

    In this first video, we introduce the series and also use VolumeShaper to control the envelope of a sampled kick drum ensuring we create the correct amount of space in the low end for a bassline which will be added later.

  • Fine Tuning the Kick Drum Pt. 2 5:07

    Fine Tuning the Kick Drum Pt. 2

    We now repeat the same process, but this time MIDI Trigger is used to have the kick drum's LFO shape in VolumeShaper be triggered by MIDI. This ensures that kick drums don't conform to a strict 4/4 pattern or are off the grid.

  • Extracting Hits from Loops 9:50

    Extracting Hits from Loops

    See how to use VolumeShaper to extract hits from a drum loop, then take it a step further by using MIDI to switch between different grooves.

  • Volume Shaper as a Compressor/Expander 7:02

    Volume Shaper as a Compressor/Expander

    Next up we experiment with the concept of using VolumeShaper as a Compressor/Expander by compressing the low band of the drum loop, and using the LFO editor to "expand" certain elements of the drum break. Finally, gain and mix are fine tuned to blend between an unaffected and processed sound.

  • Using VolumeShaper to Layer Samples 5:57

    Using VolumeShaper to Layer Samples

    In this video, we again use VolumeShaper to control the envelopes of 2 different kicks taking the attack of one and the tail of another to create a new layered kick sample.

  • Using TimeShaper to Re-Program a Loop 7:54

    Using TimeShaper to Re-Program a Loop

    Next up we use TimeShaper to do a realtime re-programming of our vintage drum loop. We do this by shifting hits around in time to create drum variations that act as "ear candy" edits within the arrangement. We fine tune this again using VolumeShaper to further change up the feel.

  • Using TimeShaper for Tape Stop & Scratch FX 7:28

    Using TimeShaper for Tape Stop & Scratch FX

    Now its time to add some Vinyl style FX with TimeShaper in the form of a Vinyl slow down and DJ scratch effect.

  • Creating Half Time Effects with TimeShaper 8:32

    Creating Half Time Effects with TimeShaper

    Watch how to use TimeShaper to create a cool half-time drum sound which we can use to add rhythmic interest to our arrangement. This sound is pushed further when we enlist the help of FilterShaper, CrushShaper and WidthShaper to manipulate the drum loop further, creating rhythmic interest.

  • Basic Side-Chaining 10:25

    Basic Side-Chaining

    In this video, we look at a classic use for time based modulation effects, starting by side-chaining just the low end frequencies of the bass to the kick for extra headroom and clarity. We then continue to try out a side-chain setting for our musical elements for a groove based approach.

  • Lo-Fi Keys 11:29

    Lo-Fi Keys

    Now we enlist the help of TimeShaper to create a Lo-Fi wow and flutter effect, then we add PanShaper and Volume Shaper to create an interesting auto-pan and tremolo effect for the electric piano sound in the track.

  • FilterShaper to Create Interest in the Arrangement 8:20

    FilterShaper to Create Interest in the Arrangement

    In this next part, we look at using FliterShaper in different ways to filter our musical section to again create sonic variations and keep our simple looping idea interesting.

  • Managing the Stereo Image 4:59

    Managing the Stereo Image

    In this last video, see how to use PanShaper and WidthShaper to enhance the stereo image of our track by trying out different pan and width positions, along with some lo-fi crunch for character.

Product Overview


Studio wiz Larry Holcombe delivers creative Cableguys Shaperbox 2 video tutorials! Watch ways to use different modules and effects found in Shaperbox 2 creatively on your tracks and productions, making them both more exciting and interesting. You also get the audio files Larry uses in the videos so you can follow along on your system. These videos are for those familiar with Shaperbox 2. If you're new to Shaperbox, checkout Shaperbox 2 Explained® here.

Larry greets you and introduces the series and then starts off with showing you how to use VolumeShaper to control the envelope of a sampled kick drum, so you create the correct amount of space in the low end for the bassline. Then you'll see how to utilize MIDI Trigger to manipulate the kick drum’s LFO shape in VolumeShaper, which ensures that kick drums don’t conform to a strict 4/4 pattern or are off the grid.

Next, Larry gives you tons of other cool concepts, like how to use VolumeShaper to extract hits from a drum loop, use VolumeShaper as a Compressor/Expander for wild dynamic loops, creative loop layering tricks, do realtime re-programming of your drum loops on-the-fly, add vinyl slow down and DJ scratch effects with TimeShaper, and create an interesting half-time drum sound which can add rhythmic interest to your arrangement.

In the rest of the videos, you'll get tips and tricks like how to side-chain just the low end frequencies of the bass to the kick drum for extra headroom and clarity, use TimeShaper to make Lo-Fi wow and flutter effects, use FliterShaper to filter your musical sections for more sonic variation and keep your looping ideas interesting, and how to use PanShaper and WidthShaper to enhance the stereo image of your track, as well as add some lo-fi crunch for character.

To see what these creative Cableguys Shaperbox video tutorials show you, and how they'll get you making better effects and loops for your songs and productions, check out the individual Shaperbox 2 video descriptions on this page. See how to get the most from these plug-ins and watch them being used in-action with awesome results... Watch "Shaperbox 2: Getting Creative" today!


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