Madeon says on the Cableguys website: "VolumeShaper is my most used plugin — I have an instance on practically every channel of every song I produce, for sidechaining using MIDI triggers. The curve system allows for quick, precise and smooth envelope creation. It's definitely the most powerful and versatile option I could find for sidechaining purposes." — Madeon on sidechaining his tracks (source [here](http://www.cableguys.com/volume-shaper.html))more
This is my go to sidechain plug. I use it on anything from synths to the kick drum (using an inverted envelope). It allows you to get the precise envelope you're looking for when shaping your sounds.
at 0:50 seconds of this video you can hear Panda Eyes talk about a sidechaining method using VolumeShaper 4 that he learned from a Barely Alive tutorial. Example at 0:50 "If you want to learn how to use VolumeShaper and how to Sidechain Barely Alive did a sick tutorial on it" In Panda Eyes streams you can also see him tweaking and using VolumeShaper.more
When adjusting character of my kicks, the Volume Shaper 4 proves to be the solution for me.
I can adjust the character in different bands. So if i want the lows to be more dynamic and i want the mids and highs to be intact, i can separate the kick in different bands and adjust the character from there.
Honestly it beats the c*** out of Nicky's "Kickstart" and also the "LFOTOOL"