Patrick Desaulniers of Wolf Plugins released Wolf Shaper, a freeware waveshaper effect for Windows and macOS.
I’m so sorry, everyone, but I’m back again with another distortion plugin. 🤘
I can’t help it. I see another distortion/saturation effect and think, “Nice, I bet this one might be better than what I have 900 other copies of.”
With that in mind, today’s subject, Wolf Shaper, is quite a nice waveshaper.
Moving past the more mundane uses of a waveshaping effect, Wolf Shaper has a full spline-based editor. This effectively allows you to shape the transfer curve how you want to get the sound you’re after.
Distortion can be applied symmetrically or asymmetrically to the waveshaper as well, sort of like how Minimal Audio’s Rift works. You don’t get a wide range of modulation controls here, but that’s not a big deal for Bitwig and VCV Rack users.
The user interface for Wolf Shaper leaves nothing hidden behind secret panels or other tabs. What you see is what you get. You have knobs to control the pre and post-gain.
There are also controls for controlling the bend and skew, among other warping algorithms. You can make your distortion even more chaotic with just a little twist of a knob.
In addition, there is also a center button, which helps to eliminate any DC offsets introduced to the signal. You can trigger this on or leave it off, depending on what works best for the material.
Users also get access to oversampling to keep the aliasing police at bay. This ups the CPU demand a bit but is still perfectly manageable. All said, Wolf Shaper is a great little distortion plugin that will be sure to make bass heads, as well as trance and dance maniacs alike, very happy.
It is usable for nearly everyone with a computer as well since the project is available for Windows, Mac, and Linux. If you’re interested in snagging it for yourself, it is readily available in VST, LV2, and CLAP plugin formats.
I couldn’t find any information about Apple Silicon compatibility, so it is very much a case of having to try your own. That said, it is very much worth the download just for the inventive distortions you can coax out of it.
Download: Wolf Shaper