When asked about his favorite gear, Skrillex talks about the iZotope Trash plugin: "...these days I really like iZotope's Trash, actually. It's pretty cool. I've been using it on random things. It's like, here's a sound and I don't really know what to do with it, and I throw it on and start fucking with it, and it becomes something else. It's one of those plug-ins that I'm not totally familiar with yet, but I like messing around with it because it can change an interesting sound into something more random... Trash is something I'd like to explore some more."more
Used for Jimin's lead vocals on "Fake Love", as stated by producer James Reynolds in this August 2018 *Sound on Sound* interview. An image of the settings can be found [here](https://dt7v1i9vyp3mf.cloudfront.net/styles/news_large/s3/imagelibrary/I/IT_08_18_09-7V8.83Y9.hWTN4mL9hkJBWmnT3QJwb9k.jpg). > **Jimin chorus lead vocal: iZotope Neutron, FabFilter Pro-MB, Empirical Labs Arousor, iZotope Trash 2 & FabFilter Pro-DS, plus sends to Slate VerbSuite Classics, FabFilter Pro-R, Soundtoys EchoBoy, Waves Factory Trackspacer & FabFilter Pro-DS.** > “Welcome to my vocal world! BTS like bright, punchy vocals. There is not a lot of room in the mix because there is a lot of stuff going on, so I am not boosting low end on the vocals, because you are not going to hear that. Instead I’m trying to give the vocals more presence. The first thing I have in the chain is Neutron, which is a great EQ, and I love its dynamic mode. I boost high end with the Neutron, and band three is set to 4-6000 Hz, with the dynamic mode pulling down any loud ‘ess’ sounds or anything else too sharp. The Neutron is also tidying up the bottom end. After that is the Pro-MB multiband compressor just reining in a couple of frequencies to control the vocal. > “Next is the Arousor, adding some distortion so the vocal is very spitty and present, with lots of attack. After that there’s another instance of Trash 2 set to multiband, which I am using to give the vocal drive and really making it sit solidly in the mix. You have to know how to use Trash 2, otherwise vocals can get too harsh, but in general it is a very good way of saturating and really thickening a vocal and giving it presence. It does depend on the song, I am not always so full on with a vocal! At the end I have the Pro-DS de-esser just controlling the sibilance. Sometimes I used two instances of it, one at the beginning and one at the end, but the Neutron is already kind of doing a de-essing job. > “There also are many sends on that lead vocal. The first send is going to one of my favourites, the Slate VerbSuite Classics. It’s set to a hall-type reverb with 1.75s decay, and because I set quite high pre-delays it is almost like a slap on the vocal, which puts the vocal in a nice space. The next send is to the Pro-R for a longer, bigger reverb, which works for a chorus. I have cut low end and high end as you don’t want that floating around. The Pro-R is really good for controlling those things. Next is an EchoBoy quarter-note delay, saturated by setting it to ‘Splattered’ under ‘Style’ and that send then goes into the Trackspacer. I have a send from the lead vocal going to Trackspacer, so that whenever the lead vocal is singing the Trackspacer ducks the quarter-note delay out of the way. The Trackspacer is frequency-dependent, so it will duck whatever frequencies are dominant in the vocal, which makes it great for moving stuff out of the way. Then there’s another half-time EchoBoy delay setting, which is being automated for delay shots, and finally another Pro-DS.”more
This thing is pretty crazy and difficult to get a handle on, but with the right experimentation it can add excitement to synths or drum patterns. It really requires a lot of playing around to get a grasp for what the different parameters do, but it can add some really weird and fun distortion to your tracks.
Many forms of distortion, 3 band distortion with corresponding compressors to keep the signal balanced, pre and post filters to make your sound more dynamic (responding to transients)- this is the best distortion plugin ever. Only problem is the annoying static-tails when the input signal stops (although sometimes that makes good effects).
This plugin comes with tons of presets and so many features that gives you control on all aspects of it's processing chain. What makes it a unique plugin is that it does not pretend to simulate cabinet & amp distortion sound intended for guitars. It's more like a plugin that can process any source through a chain of fully adjustable distortion, compression, delay and/or filter. I use it for any type of inputs like vocals, synths, basses, drumloops, drones... Anything, actually! Trash 2 is so versatile and powerful that it would be a shame to limit it's use as a guitar effect plugin. Try it and browse through the presets, you'll find out how diverse and versatile it can sound.
I've had this plug-in for years and I haven't even come close to fully utilizing it. The most important feature to milk from this product is the multi-band distortion capability. If done correctly, this means distorting instruments or tracks not just so it sounds like you ran it through a distortion pedal, but to hone in on certain frequencies you want to pull. I've gotten a lot of really unique, warm EQ from tweaking that feature.
The presets which are usually "out of the box" sounding are anything but typical even before you customize them. Just when you thought you've tweaked everything enough to find your favorite tone, one knob creates an entirely unique sound and favorite setting. Then, you can double up your preset with more than one filter bank.
You can make tones that sound like the auditory equivalent of a savage ass beating, or simply shape an already existing tone. I can't stress enough how important this plug-in is for anyone making any type of music.
looking to fuck up your sounds? Trash ahs got you in spades..... all the spades in the deck and then some! I dock it 2 stars for having too many options. You can waste so much time fucking with this thing without finding the effect you're looking for. Its just too powerful. I feel like that with a lot of isotope plugins. Great sound quality, so powerful but in the end the bury you with options and slow you down. I seldom have time for them. I just wanna make music. Its also a vicious CPU hit.
I love this, there is so much you can do with it if you know what you're doing. Honestly I am not the best in the area of sound design so when I went at this without knowing anything I made some of the most terrible effects I've ever heard but luckily the have a vast array of amazing presets and it's also been fun to learn on the go. Would definitely recommend. The sounds you can make are A1, it's relatively cheap and opens up a new meaning to distortion.
This product is great. At first I was a little shy with this but lately I seem to want to use this on everything. I love the distortion and convolution effects it offers. It's so diverse and easy to manipulate for most types of sound.
Although I don't use this often its always a fun journey when I do. It has a powerful and clean sound and it really gets the creative juices flowing when using it. You can really drastically reshape everything about your sound with this. Or you can just enhance it. Its really an amazing plugin
I've yet to find a more thoughtfully put together distortion plugin. The available palette of distortions is broad, and can make any sound work better in the mix, or give it some real attitude. Convolution settings on their own are useful for changing the space a sound inhabits, and when all the components of the plugin are thoughtfully used in series it can produce entirely new, exciting sounds with the most basic source material.
Trash 2 is perhaps the greatest production tool I've used. Most people see "distortion" and immediately put Trash into a box reserved for guitars and random drum or vocal effects. It isn't that simple, though, and this plugin really proves how versatile harmonic saturation can be. It's definitely possible to use too much and ruin a sound, but when used effectively, it can transform and give new excitement to otherwise bland or flat sounds.
Honestly, I could never figure out why people would pay so much for a distortion plugin. Until I tried it. Wow. I'm blown away by how much this little plugin has to offer. It has the best sounding WaveShaper distortion I've ever heard, the workflow is quick and easy to use, and the outcome is beautiful, I highly recommend trying it. Get the 10 day trial and play with it. DON'T PIRATE OR I WILL HUNT YOU DOWN AND EAT YOU.