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Name/Version: Chain Shaper - Audio Triggered Sidechain Utility
Author: Technoir  
Description: FOR ABLETON 10 ONLY.
Demo Video:

Chain Shaper is an audio triggered single and multiband sidechain utility that precisely ducks audio out with extreme accuracy.Chain Shaper features the first of its kind automatic transient detection, so as soon as a trigger channel is set, ducking begins immediately. No more is it necessary to waste time with dummy clips and midi clips to trigger a sidechain. It's also quite musical in that it transparently "hugs" the input audio as if they're playing together. No more rhythmic grid restrictions. It also has a unique multi channel oscilloscope to view how the input signal interacts with the signal being ducked out. It works well with static elements and dynamic material alike.

It's by the far the cleanest and most intuitive sidechain utility on the market and I'm sure once you use it, you'll feel the same.

NOTE: Upon purchase please check your spam folder in email for receipt and download. Users have had issues with Gumroad emails being sent to spam so please mark Gumroad emails as not spam so any updates are shown in your email. For support please email Technoirco @ Thank you!

Change Log

v3 - Users who have purchased Chain Shaper, please download the new update from your Gumroad account for free.

- Introducing Transient Mode - automatically detects drum hits and ducks them out without needing to adjust a threshold. Set it to a channel and it will automatically detect and duck hits in realtime!

- Now uses only 2.8 ms of latency instead of 10ms!

- New and cleaner UI

- Oscilloscope now draws drum transients more clearly

- Input low-pass and high-pass added

- Input sample trim added to adjust release of trigger audio

- Solo input added

- A/B toggle to audition program changes added

- Undo and redo bug fix

- New grid modes for the oscilloscope view

- Link Mode added link curve drawing together in Multiband Mode

- Lower CPU and better render speed

- Graphical bug fixed for users with different Ableton themes

- General improvements and optimizations

- Device title updates dynamically with the trigger channel name so it’s much easier to see what the source channel is in the plugin view.

- Manual has been updated


Device Details

Tags utility
Live Version Used: 10.0.1
Max Version Used: 8
Date Added: Sep 13 2018 22:36:28
Date Last Updated: Dec 10 2018 17:03:35
Device Type: audio_device
Download URL (report link)
License (more info): Commercial


Very cool. I have been pulling my hair out trying to do some clean sidechaining that doesn't take forever. This is it. Thank you.

You and me both! There will be many more cool updates to come in the future as well. Also open to any and all suggestions (and any bugs that pop up for that matter)

Hey Technoir, how's the cpu hit on one instance of the chain shaper? On your machine, how many copies would it take for it to raise the processing bar by say, 1%?

One instance uses 1% CPU. That's pretty much the absolute minimum processing any Max patch that has a function uses in Ableton! Even the lightest max plugins use 1%.

Ha!, well among other reasons, that's why LineFO is among the most popular devices on this platform.
1% is nonetheless exceptional performance.
I would imagine this to move a bit once there's playback through that track, what with the oscilloscope included.

Definitely big selling point!

Thank you! I hope so. I worked really hard to make this lightweight and accurate! It's by far the most accurate out of any audio ducking or sidechaining plugin!

Wowwwww. I've been wanting LFOTool to do this since it came out. No more duplicating audio track to MIDI just to trigger LFOTool. Gold. Purchasing now :D

I purchased this device, very nice. I would like to see an adjustable release parameter, and as I try to use it, I feel that the threshold slider is not long enough to make fine tune changes. and also, Nice work!

The curve drawn in will determine the release parameter! That is the benefit of the drawing it it and the different modes make it easier to fine tune. They allow for an easier ability to dial in how you want the ducking to release. Unless I'm not understanding!

In regards to the threshold slider, do you mean physical length on the screen? One way to fine tune is to hold shift and drag, but I agree! I will implement that into the next update!

I get it now, about the drawing curve, thank you for explaining.

shift drag works perfectly too. thanks

At first I was skeptical about the sound quality of this plugin, and the first audio tests I made weren't really good as I noticed some noise BUT there is a way to avoid it and have an extremely clear and precise sidechain tool triggered by audio.

The "trick" is to draw an horizontal line at 0 at the start of the shaper. Otherwise, if you just use a log curve starting from the first point, you'll have a tiny gain that will introduce some noise.

Hope it helps people !

Btw, thank you for this really useful plugin !?

hey man, I'm having a big issue with this plugin, I am currently using Ableton 10 and whenever I close the application and reopen it, the setting for the chain shaper are not saved and return to default. this is a bit of deal breaker as everytime I close and reopen Ableton Live, all the settings have been changed.

Would highly appreciate it if you can get back to me on this one.

Hey there, unfortunately every time I try to change an input for the side chain, it completely crashes Ableton! Hope this get's fixed soon I really want to have a play with this thing, especially after purchasing it!

Brilliant concept by the way!


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