Described as “the ultimate distortion toolkit,” Cableguys’ new DriveShaper plugin looks like an excellent tool for adding rhythmic dirt to your music, and the great news is that you can currently download it for free.
Armed with 10 distortion algorithms, each with its own set of specialised parameters, the real fun begins when you start animating these using the drawable LFOs and single-slider envelope followers. You get a visual representation of how your waveform is being shaped, and because this is a multiband plugin, you can process the bass, mids and treble independently.
DriveShaper runs on PC and Mac in VST/AU formats, and is available free for anyone with a Cableguys account who bought one of its plugins before 16 December 2020 (just log in and it should be there). Alternatively, you can get it for free at Plugin Boutique using the code zn1v9. This offer applies until 31 December - DriveShaper's regular price is €39/$44.
Find out more on the Cableguys website.