Envelope Shaper VST

Top 8 Envelope Shaper VST plugins 2020

We have collected for you the top 8 VST plugins Envelope Shaper according to PluginBoutique.

VST list navigation:

  1. Evade
  2. Dodge Pro
  3. Duck
  4. Laser
  5. VolumeShaper 6
  6. Oxford Envolution Native
  7. MWaveShaperMB
  8. Kara

1. Evade

by SoundSpot

Evade

EVADE is a volume shaping FX plug-in for Mac OSX and Windows that grants the user surgical control over the audio signal by utilising frequency determined volume shaping.

The benefit of a frequency based volume shaping plug-in is that you can create space in the mix by volume ducking only problem frequencies as opposed to the entire audio signal. This result is a more controlled and natural sounding mix, which is preferred by most genres outside of electronic music. 

However this doesn’t mean the EVADE volume shaper can’t be useful for electronic music production tasks, as the plug-in can still deliver conventional volume shaping in just a few clicks and also comes with a nifty mid/side balance control and unlinked start and end points which is extremely useful for audio that needs to duck but still retain a transient snap to cut through the mix.

Features

  • Unlimited Node Envelope.
  • Time Syncing from 1/32 to 32 Bars with straight, dotted or triplets.
  • Switchable Main Display showing either frequency spectrum or moving wave.
  • Unlinked Envelope start and end points.
  • Envelope Playback Flip.
  • Multi-band Selection for surgical volume shaping.
  • Smoothing to reduce pops and clicks.
  • Phase shift to alter the start point of the envelope.
  • Pulse Width Modulation to create a more analogue feel.
  • Mid/Side balance for even greater control.
  • Pop-free plug-in bypass.

The SoundSpot® EVADE is a lightweight volume shaping plug-in that will help you achieve cleaner punchier mixes, without sucking the life out of your music.

System Requirements

Mac

  • 10.12 – 10.14 (Catalina not supported)

Formats:

  • VST
  • VST3
  • AU
  • AAX (Pro Tools 11.0.2 or higher)

Specification Requirements:

  • RAM: 8 GB RAM or more is recommended. Plus at least 8 GB hard disk space for installation.
  • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo, AMD Athlon 64 X2 or newer.
  • Licensing: Internet access for activating licence key. Please ensure any outgoing connection blockers are deactivated.
  • Sample Rates: Supported sample rates: 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4 and 192 kHz, in both mono and stereo.

Windows

  • Windows 7, 8 or 10 (32 & 64-bit)

Formats: 

  • VST
  • VST3
  • AAX (Pro Tools 11.0.2 or higher)

Specification Requirements:

  • RAM: 8 GB RAM or more is recommended. Plus at least 8 GB hard disk space for installation.
  • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo, AMD Athlon 64 X2 or newer.
  • Licensing: Internet access for activating licence key. Please ensure any outgoing connection blockers are deactivated.
  • Sample Rates: Supported sample rates: 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4 and 192 kHz, in both mono and stereo.

2. Dodge Pro

by W.A Production

Dodge Pro

Off The Chain

We’re all familiar with the concept of sidechain processing; ducking the amplitude of one audio signal when another is playing. This studio technique is the basis for modern dance music and creates an energetic rhythm that gets hearts beating and feet moving. Dodge Pro takes this simple concept and pushes it into the stratosphere with not just sidechain ducking functions, but also rhythmic motifs, gated rhythms and special fx. Choose from the many presets or draw your own amplitude shapes using point-and-drag nodes, surgical drawing tools and 3 independent frequency bands. Assign up to 12 scenes via MIDI and tweak to your hearts content, with multiple curve types and note divisions.

Dodge Pro is the flexible and creative tool you’ve been looking for to take control of your sidechain shapes and make volume automation as simple (or as complex) as you want it to be.

Presets

With many included presets, it’s easy to find the perfect starting point for your own volume shaping exploits. There are specific global presets dedicated to sidechain ducking, trance gates, arps and special FX. These are useful and broad settings, ripe for tweaking to your own liking. Each of the 3 EQ bands and the master volume automation have simple one-click solutions to quickly access the most common shapes, providing shortcuts to basic ducking, gating and rhythmic shapes.

MIDI Scenes

Program up to 12 completely different MIDI scenes and switch them on the fly using your own chosen MIDI triggers. This makes Dodge Pro essential as an all-in-one solution to your volume shaping automation, allowing scene switching throughout your tracks to bring variety to your audio. This plugin is also an inspiring tool for live performance with scene switching triggered by an external controller.

Advanced Line Editor

Simply click the automation line to add a node then drag it to define the shape and curve. Complex curve shapes can easily be selected including a variety of single and double types, pulse, wave, saw and step automation. Quickly copy/paste lines and scenes and select common transformations with the easy access buttons. For an extra layer of programming, each primary automation line has a second layer that can be independently drawn and these are summed together to create more complex shapes for really creative effects.

Independent & Adjustable 3 Band Automation

Whereas most volume shaping plugins process the entire signal, Dodge Pro can split the audio into 3 frequency band ranges and apply different volume shape automation to each band. Simply drag the multicoloured band graphic at the top right of the interface to define the low, mid and high-frequency crossover points. Then draw your automation lines for the 3 bands, all of which can have completely independent Volume, Shape, Sync, Length and Mix settings. Want to make just your low-end pump, apply a midrange trance gate, or add a high-frequency rhythmic effect? All of these configurations are quick and easy with Dodge Pro.

Randomisation

Choose to randomise the volume automation of entire scenes or a single band for some ducking and dodging effects that are truly off the chain. 

Visual Feedback

The processed audio can be seen as a waveform in the centre of the interface, either by full frequency or split into the 3 bands. The live ducking is also shown via the mini-meters. Other options for UI feedback include a scaleable interface and left / right monitoring.

Bypass & Master Mix

The bypass control is smoothed to be as click and pop free as possible for unhindered A/B testing. Choose to mix the dodged signal with your original raw audio via the central Master Mix ratio control, allowing you to dial down the volume shaping for more subtle effects.

W. A. Production are real-life producers making creative plugins to help you achieve studio quality processing quickly and easily. Enjoy!

Features

  • Comprehensive multiband volume shaping
  • Adjustable 3-band EQ volume automation
  • Smooth and glitch-free
  • Advanced line editor
  • Responsive & CPU friendly 
  • MIDI triggered scenes
  • Factory presets & randomisation
  • Full PDF Manual & Tutorial video

Version 1.0.2

  • Phase control feature

System Requirements

Mac

  • MacOS 10.11 or higher (64 bit).
  • VST2, AU, AAX
  • CPU: Multicore 2GHz or higher.
  • RAM: 2GB or higher.
  • UI size: 592 x 234 or 888 x 351 or 1184 x 468

Windows

  • Windows 7 or higher
  • VST2, AAX
  • CPU: Multicore 2GHz or higher.
  • RAM: 2GB or higher.
  • UI size: 592 x 234 or 888 x 351 or 1184 x 468

Note: ProTools 11 or higher is required in order to use the AAX version of this plugin.


3. Duck

by Devious Machines

Duck

Perfect Sidechain Ducking

Ducking, or sidechain compression, is one of the defining effects of modern music. From classic house to modern EDM, tracks by Daft Punk, Noisia and Eric Prydz ooze that pumping, ducking effect.

So, whether you’re producing pumping house or broken beats, Duck delivers in seconds.

Duck makes it easy to design a custom volume shape that repeats at a speed and depth of your choice, or use one of 58 presets to find new and inspiring effects. As well as sidechain compression Duck is capable of trance-gating, tremolo and any other volume effect you can think of. For more control, enable split band mode and adjust the separate low and high frequency controls. And Duck can be triggered with audio from a sidechain input or by MIDI notes, making it easier than ever for hip-hop and bass music producers.

Why You Need Duck

  • Instant sidechain pumping as soon as you load the plugin
  • Cleaner, louder and more exciting mixes
  • Choose from 8 preset curves or 58 creative and useful Duck patches
  • Draw your own curves and rhythms to use now, or save them later
  • Set the overall pump, or apply to low and high bands with adjustable crossover
  • Run Duck in Repeat mode, or use sidechained audio or MIDI signals to trigger
  • Smoothing control to remove clicks: including super-accurate pre-smoothing algorithm when in LFO mode
  • Run on individual tracks, groups or your master bus for different pump effects
  • Low CPU usage means you can run Duck on loads of tracks
  • Mac and Windows: VST/AU/AAX plugin

System Requirements

Note: DAW with sidechain functionality required. 2GB of RAM recommended.

PC

  • Windows 7 or later (32/64-bit)

Mac

  • OSX 10.7 or later (64-bit)

Formats

  • VST2.4/VST3/AU/AAX

4. Laser

by Sweetsonics

Laser

Precise Sidechainer

Laser is a unique sidechainer tool with precise time domain controls, designed to make sidechaining more powerful and completely transparent. Laser will change the way you mix your music.

The Unique Laser Algorithm

Laser draws reduction envelopes for transient signals, but it also recognizes continuous signals. One-click action gives a good starting preset in seconds that can be tweaked easily afterwards. The algorithm is especially designed to recognize the transient signals.

Two Detection Modes

Transient and continuous detection modes work for different applications. The transient mode provides extremely fast and precise envelopes for reduction and boosting! It works perfectly with drum and percussion material.

Offset with Dynamic Latency

The offset control moves reduction and boost envelopes in the time domain. It can be used both ways – as pre-open (-) or as delay (+). Look-forward and latency is added automatically.

Filters with Dynamic Phase

Laser has a unique filter design combining several filters to work smoothly and musically.

System Requirements

Mac

  • VST3
  • Audio Unit
  • AAX
  • 64-bit only

Windows

  • VST3
  • AAX
  • 64-bit only

Important Note: This product is activated using the free iLok License Manager and an internet connection is required. A physical iLok USB dongle is NOT required in order to use this product.


5. VolumeShaper 6

by Cableguys

VolumeShaper 6

Multiband Sidechain • Compress • Gate • Envelope • Stutter

Shape audio signals in pinpoint detail with VolumeShaper 6’s unique level manipulation toolset. It’s fast and easy to use but packed with power, with a drawable volume LFO and visual compressor on every band. Work at the speed of inspiration with intuitive editing, pro presets, 1-click sidechain and much more.

Running inside Cableguys’ ShaperBox 2 effects plugin, use VolumeShaper 6 on its own or with other Shapers — they all work in exactly the same way, stacking up to create elaborate, multilayered effects that’ll make your productions stand out.

Do all this with VolumeShaper 6

  • Sidechain kick and bass: Make space for your kick drum — gain punch, low-end clarity, and rhythmic “bounce”
  • Get loud, tight mixes: Sidechain just the bass frequencies for huge mixdowns that “go loud” effortlessly
  • Compress for flavour: Squeeze energy and attitude into flat drums, loops, vocals and more with punchy bus-style compression
  • Control dynamic details: Combine compression with gain curve editing for incredibly precise dynamic adjustments
  • Remove hi-hats in a loop: Adjust, remove or isolate elements in a mixed loop using frequency-targeted volume LFOs
  • Get perfect punch: Redraw transients at the stroke of a Pen. Tighten decay tails. Make basses, drums, and synths hit hard
  • Create pumping FX: Turn plain white noise and ambience loops into pumping rhythmic FX to energise your tracks

LFOs That You Design

At the heart of VolumeShaper 6 is an LFO unlike any other. From precision level edits to pulsing patterns, any wave shape you can imagine is just clicks away with Cableguys’ easy editing tools. Lock LFOs to tempo with sample accuracy, or trigger in any non-4/4 rhythm with MIDI notes.

Designer Compression

New! With a high-quality compressor right inside VolumeShaper 6, you see compression and your volume edits all on the same large graph. Dial in perfect punch and control for drums, bass, vocals, buses and more. Still not perfect? Grab a Pen and refine the gain curve till it is.

Total Dynamic Control

New! Finesse transients with compressor attack as fast as 0.01ms. Reduce ‘pumping’ with Adaptive Release. Blend in the dry signal for parallel/New York compression. Under the hood, response curves inspired by a legendary British mixing console deliver all the snap, punch and mix ‘glue’ needed for a modern mix, with no added colouration.

Introducing Pens

New! Designing your dream LFO just got even easier with three powerful, easy-to-grasp Pens. Draw crisp lines, arcs and S-curves. Redraw transients in a click, rapidly build rhythmic patterns, and much more. Switch back to classic single-node editing anytime.

Frequency Conscious

New! VolumeShaper 6’s compressor can react to any frequency range you choose. Target specific sounds in a loop. ‘Ignore’ bass to reduce low-end pumping. De-ess vocals. Go further: trigger from other tracks in your project using sidechain routing. It all works in multiband too.

Multiband Made Easy

VolumeShaper 6 gives you a separate LFO and compressor for the lows, mids and highs. Sidechain duck just the bass for clean, powerful mixes, compress in multiband, and much more. New! Steep 24dB crossovers join the classic 6 and 12dB models, for even greater precision.

Runs in ShaperBox 2

VolumeShaper 6 runs in Cableguys’ ShaperBox 2 effects plugin. Use it on its own, or combine it with Time, Filter, Pan and Width Shapers for elaborate, multilayered effects. Buy VolumeShaper 6 on its own — or save 42% and get all 5 Shapers in the ShaperBox 2 Bundle.

Features

New

  • Redesigned interface with larger editing areas
  • Retina/HiDPI support for crisper, clearer graphics
  • 1-click Quick Presets for Sidechain, Compress and Trim
  • Magnitude oscilloscope graph for easy compressor setup
  • Smoother, more accurate spectrum view
  • Clearer oscilloscope waveforms and smoother LFO editing
  • Dedicated selection tool for multinode editing
  • 2x/3x button — double or triple patterns with a click
  • Trigger Smoothing to reduce clicks when MIDI Triggering
  • External sidechaining and internal filters for compressor
  • Compression curves based on classic British mixing console
  • Gain parameter for boosting output — ideal for transient enhancement
  • Increased band-split range, now from 20Hz-20kHz
  • Improved multiband crossover filters

Additional

  • Built-in help — hover over any control for description
  • Expandable LFO for detailed editing
  • Set LFO loop length in beats and bars, or Hertz
  • LFO loop length from 1/128 to 32 bars, with sample-accurate sync
  • Audio-rate modulation up to 5.24kHz for extreme sound design
  • Trigger LFO in any rhythm via MIDI
  • Large, precise oscilloscope view with Freeze option
  • Flip/resize/move/randomize wave or selection
  • Copy/paste waves between any Shapers
  • Unlimited undo/redo for LFO wave edits
  • 40 LFO Wave Presets, including professional sidechain curves
  • 9 slots to store User Waves, saved with the patch
  • Switch User Waves via MIDI
  • Dry/wet mix, for effect strength and parallel compression
  • Solo bands or sidechain input for easy setup

System Requirements

Mac

  • Mac OS X 10.8 or later (64-bit only)
  • VST or AU host sequencer

Windows

  • Windows 7, 8 or 10 (32 & 64-bit)
  • VST host sequencer

6. Oxford Envolution Native

by Sonnox

Oxford Envolution Native

Envolution is a frequency-dependent envelope shaper with separate transient and sustain sections to radically re-shape the envelope of your instruments or audio.

Use a broader tilt mode or the more parametric-style focus mode to choose which frequencies are processed.

Insert on a track, bus or even master output to add presence/distance to drums, piano, guitar and any other percussive content. Boost sustain to make the ambience around a recording bloom, or cut it for quick and precise gating.

We love the more creative and extreme side of the plug-in too; like using the DIFF button to generate negative ratio compression effects.

Features

  • Frequency dependent control of Transients & Sustain
  • Tilt/parametric targeting of frequencies to process
  • DIFF button to solo the effect
  • Use in parallel without phase cancellation
  • Warmth control for – Harmonic saturation/tone shaping and prevention of excessive output levels 
  • Many great presets to get you started

Formats

  • AAX Native, Audio Units and VST

System Requirements

  • Pro Tools
  • Pro Tools 7, 8, 9 & 10 (RTAS) 10, 11 & 12 (AAX Native)
  • Approved Pro Tools CPU, OS and hardware configuration: avid.com
  • Mac OSX 10.4 or later 1 – Pro-Codec and Codec Toolbox compatible with Intel Mac only
  • Windows 7 & 8 (XP installers for RTAS)
  • RAM 1GB minimum
  • iLok USB device with latest drivers
  • iLok2 / iLok3 required for AAX plug-ins
  • SuprEsser DS compatible with Pro Tools 10/11/12. Go to AVID.COM to find more information.

Audio Units

  • Audio Units compatible application (Logic, Digital Performer etc)
  • Mac OSX 10.4 or later 1 – Pro-Codec and Codec Toolbox compatible with Intel Mac only
  • RAM 1GB minimum
  • iLok USB device with latest drivers OR active internet connection required
  • iLok2 / iLok3 OR active internet connection required for 64-bit plug-ins

VST

  • VST compatible application (Cubase, Nuendo, Wavelab, Sequoia etc.)
  • Mac OSX 10.4 or later 1 – Pro-Codec and Codec Toolbox compatible with Intel Mac only
  • Windows Windows 7 & 8 (XP installers for VST 32-bit)
  • RAM 1GB minimum
  • iLok USB device with latest drivers OR active internet connection required
  • iLok2 / iLok3 OR active internet connection required for 64-bit plug-ins

All Sonnox G5 plug-ins are compatible with Mac OSX 10.9 Mavericks and OSX 10.10 Yosemite, where host support has been confirmed by manufacturer.

Please Note: This product now supports iLok Cloud Authorisation. An iLok USB Dongle OR an active internet connection is required in order to activate and use this product.​


7. MWaveShaperMB

by MeldaProduction

MWaveShaperMB

MWaveShaperMB is a powerful multiband wave-shaping plugin that literally lets you draw your own signal graph. This makes it the perfect solution for creating various kinds of distortion and even complicated modulated effects that you haven’t even dreamed of…yet.

Features

  • Dual user interface – the plugin is not only extremely versatile, but also quick and easy-to-use thanks to 2 graphical user interfaces. First there is a simple default one with several predefined modes, but just a few controls, which lets you start quickly and easily without any knowledge. All you need to do is choose what you want and use a few knobs. And the plugins also has an advanced mode, which provides all the extreme features the plugin offers.
  • 1-6 fully configurable independent bands built on 3 perfectly transparent crossover algorithms (analog, linear-phase and hybrid) with fully adjustable limits and input gains. Includes peak meters for all bands and the master.
  • Continuously adjustable oscillator shape – every oscillator in our plugins is defined by a mix of predefined oscillator shapes, custom waveforms edited using our MeldaProduction Envelope System (MES), step-sequencer and several methods for algorithmic postprocessing. It is the most advanced approach for defining oscillator shapes.
  • 4 global modulators – in each instance you can have up to 4 fully-featured modulators that can modulate any set of parameters including other modulators! In this way you can make the sound move in time, be less static and more interesting. Each modulator works as LFO, follower, midi/audio triggered ADSR envelopes, a pitch detector or even a combination.
  • Up to 8 channels surround processing – our plugins can handle not only mono and stereo signals, but also up to 8 channels of surround audio, making them ideal for audio production for movies, games etc.
  • Adjustable up-sampling 1x-16x to minimize aliasing and get an even clearer sound.
  • Extremely advanced and easy-to-use user interface – our products are always designed to enhance the workflow. You can easily change all values, fine-tune each control in multiple ways. Easy orientation in a standardized GUI, textual editing and smooth visualization with almost unlimited zooming are standard in all of our plugins. Moreover our plugins are the world first (and still the only ones), which support resizable and stylable GUI’s.
  • Automatic synchronization to host tempo – every oscillator and modulator in the plugin can automatically synchronize to the host providing as natural a sound as possible while not offending other tracks.
    MIDI controllers with MIDI learn – you can map any parameter to any MIDI controller or MIDI keyboard and control it realtime or record and automate it.
  • Very fast, optimized for SSE and SSE2 processors.
  • Global preset management and online preset exchange – using a title button you can save your settings (which are shared on the computer) so you can easily access these in other songs. Moreover all plugins can automatically share your presets and download presets of other users from our servers (if this feature is enabled). We are building a community and you can be a part of it!

System Requirements

Windows

  • Windows Vista / 7 / 8 / 10 (32-bit or 64-bit)
  • VST / VST3 / AAX compatible host (32-bit or 64-bit)
  • Intel/AMD processor with SSE2 support

Always use 32-bit plugins in 32-bit hosts, or 64-bit plugins in 64-bit hosts!
 
64-bit plugins can’t work in 32-bit hosts even if the operating system is 64-bit. Do NOT use 32-bit plugins in 64-bit hosts. They would have to be bridged and can become slow and unstable.
 
Mac OS X

  • Mac OS X (10.7 and newer, 32-bit or 64-bit)
  • VST / VST3 / AU / AAX compatible host (32-bit or 64-bit)
  • Intel/AMD processor with SSE2 support

Note: Please check your product PDF documentation for more information and installation instructions.


8. Kara

by SoundSpot

Kara

Introducing KARA – A bus processor designed to process multiple signals, into one cohesive sound…

We love pluck sounds…who doesn’t, but often when you start layering different sounds, you find yourself at the bottom of the rabbit hole with the laborious task of going into each synth and tweaking the envelopes to make each sound cohesive.

This is a personal bugbear for the team at SoundSpot during the production process, and we all wished that there was a plugin that could control the cutoff envelope on the group as a whole, so we decided to start work on a plugin that would do just that.

As the KARA is an audio processor and receives no midi information, the first task was to find a way to trigger the cutoff envelope in a stable way. We achieved this by creating an RMS trigger that works much like a compressor, so when the signal hits the user-definable threshold, which is set using the Sens parameter, the envelope and filter are triggered creating the pluck sound.

We’ve also added a delay to the end of the signal chain within the plugin, so there’s no need to have an additional delay unit after the KARA and using up any more of your precious CPU. 

We also suggest using Kara on individual sounds, as whilst the plugin was designed to be used as a group processor, it can also yield fantastic results on single pluck sounds to add a more analog sound, so why not download the 14 day trial version today and see how it can take your pluck sounds to the next level.

Please note that whilst the preset manager is present in the Kara, we have not provided any factory presets. As the results achieved by the plugin hugely depend on the source signal, we decided that making presets wouldn’t yield consistent results, and therefore factory presets would not add any value to the user, and the inclusion of the preset manager was intended to allow users to save their own presets.

As Kara is so dependant on the source signal, we have decided to release an artist series synth preset bank which will include Kara presets that are designed to sound great specifically using Kara alongside them.

System Requirements

Mac

  • 10.12 – 10.14 (Catalina not supported)

Formats:

  • VST
  • VST3
  • AU
  • AAX (Pro Tools 11.0.2 or higher)

Specification Requirements:

  • RAM: 8 GB RAM or more is recommended. Plus at least 8 GB hard disk space for installation.
  • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo, AMD Athlon 64 X2 or newer.
  • Licensing: Internet access for activating licence key. Please ensure any outgoing connection blockers are deactivated.
  • Sample Rates: Supported sample rates: 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4 and 192 kHz, in both mono and stereo.

Windows

  • Windows 7, 8 or 10 (32 & 64-bit)

Formats: 

  • VST
  • VST3
  • AAX (Pro Tools 11.0.2 or higher)

Specification Requirements:

  • RAM: 8 GB RAM or more is recommended. Plus at least 8 GB hard disk space for installation.
  • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo, AMD Athlon 64 X2 or newer.
  • Licensing: Internet access for activating licence key. Please ensure any outgoing connection blockers are deactivated.
  • Sample Rates: Supported sample rates: 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4 and 192 kHz, in both mono and stereo.
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