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Shaperbox 2 is a great value and surprisingly powerful. It definitely makes some things I used to automate now take only seconds to set up. Highly recommended. I was able to upgrade from v1 to v2 for something around $30 I think - they’re a good small company, too!

I love slowing a melody to halftime and mixing it to the original to taste. Then automating a few subtle filters and other effects. Can really spice up a melody and get ideas flowing.
 

c t

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I have their half-time plugin and it's cool. Is that a stripped down version of one their shaper plugs? That bundle looks pretty sweet.
 

wst3

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I have become a fan of all the Cableguys plugins. I started with ShaperBox, and of the collection that is probably the one I turn to most often. It is very musically useful, at least for me.

I will concede that I don't use it on every project, the collection does collect dust from time to time, but when I need something "like that" they never disappoint.

The company is also very good about support, fielding even my dumbest questions with grace.
 

MorphineNoir

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For the sake of completeness here are a couple more options to modulate volume and other effects.







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Oh and also Multipass. It doesn't have drawable envelopes but it can be modulated with midi notes and audio input.

Do you know if you can add 3rd party effect plugins to Effectrix?

If not, do you know of anything similar to Effectrix that allows for the use of 3rd party effects plugins?

Thank you.
 

Pier

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Do you know if you can add 3rd party effect plugins to Effectrix?

If not, do you know of anything similar to Effectrix that allows for the use of 3rd party effects plugins?

Thank you.
Sorry, I'm not aware of any effects host with sequencing that allows you to load third party effects.

Maybe Unify by plugin guru? Not sure if it can work as an effect and definitely doesn't have the sequencing capabilities of Effectrix.

Not sure what you'd like to do, but Ableton and Bitwig offer many ways to use vsts in racks. Maybe that's another option if you use those DAWs.
 

MorphineNoir

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Sorry, I'm not aware of any effects host with sequencing that allows you to load third party effects.

Maybe Unify by plugin guru? Not sure if it can work as an effect and definitely doesn't have the sequencing capabilities of Effectrix.

Not sure what you'd like to do, but Ableton and Bitwig offer many ways to use vsts in racks. Maybe that's another option if you use those DAWs.
I use Logic

Basically looking for a way to add effects without having to put an entire plugin on a track and automate it just for one or two notes
 

el-bo

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MorphineNoir

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Have you looked into selection-based processing?



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However, does that apply to audio regions only or MIDI as well?
 

pitchdrifter

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Here's another vote for Zebrify.
Of course it doesn't offer the time based effects Shaperbox 2 comes with, it lets you use better sounding filters (not Diva ones as yet though) with the MSEGs.

I'd recommend giving it a try if you own Zebra anyway. You might prefer the sonic character in some use cases.
 

go_fig

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Effectrix was mentioned. For a FREE option in the same general direction (self-contained multi-FX modulated by a step sequencer) I can recommend Brandulator. Instant robo-funky goodness.
 
There is also this relatively new Infiltrator from Devious Machines ( Duck, Pitch Monster )
I do not have it, current price is a bit too high in my opinion - but it seems they are aware of the competition and bring some new options to the table. 10 LFOs can be hooked to a number of filters and 16 effects from the usual to formant, ring mod, fm... midi control, macros, etc. If the actual sound quality is good, may be worthwhile.

But this, like Stutter Edit and some others, is just a different category altogether. You add a specific LFO from ShaperBox when you need a specific effect, the amount of decisions you will make while using it is way less diverse. That is what I think makes ShaperBox so great, it is "just" a floating LFO tool with a very specific effect.

Infected Mushroom Gatekeeper from Polyverse Music does work like this too though and could be thought as directly superior to Volume Shaper depending on your needs, some features are just different. It can also pan, allows for midi control, cc send and apparently has cv output to modular - never tested this though.

 
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Pier

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There is also this relatively new Infiltrator from Devious Machines ( Duck, Pitch Monster )
I do not have it, current price is a bit too high in my opinion - but it seems they are aware of the competition and bring some new options to the table. 10 LFOs can be hooked to a number of filters and 16 effects from the usual to formant, ring mod, fm... midi control, macros, etc. If the actual sound quality is good, may be worthwhile.

But this, like Stutter Edit and some others, is just a different category altogether. You add a specific LFO from ShaperBox when you need a specific effect, the amount of decisions you will make while using it is way less diverse. That is what I think makes ShaperBox so great, it is "just" a floating LFO tool with a very specific effect.

Infected Mushroom Gatekeeper from Polyverse Music does work like this too though and could be thought as directly superior to Volume Shaper depending on your needs, some features are just different. It can also pan, allows for midi control, cc send and apparently has cv output to modular - never tested this though.

I kept having glitches with the Shaperbox UI on a 4K monitor.

Gatekeeper works perfectly for me. In Bitwig it's even possible to route audio as a modulator so I can use it to modulate pretty much anything I want.

 
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