|iZotope Trash 2 Multiband Distortion Plug-In
Distortion sounds are a very personal
and characteristic element of any professional’s
sound, whether it be fullon
mayhem or simple harmonic enhancement.
Trash 2 promises to push
further past the obvious guitar and
bass applications into providing a toolbox
of distortion for almost anything.
Now in 32- and 64- bit versions for all
platforms, Trash 2 ($249) is ready to
smash any DAW around today.
The improved, more intuitive
GUI, offers control and allows users
to rearrange the order of the various
processing modules in a signal chain.
Large in and out stereo faders, signal
and a limiter built-in on the output
are always displayed.
The core Trash module provides
two ‘Stages’ of distortion algorithms,
each with a post filter to help control
harmonics, and each stage can be run
in either single band mode or up to
four user-definable frequency bands.
Two identical but independent Filter
modules are positioned pre and
post the Trash module by default, offering
six parametrics and more than
20 different filter types to choose from
per band, including vowel shapes.
Combine all this control with the builtin
modulation and you are able to create
a whole new set of effects.
The Convolve module is loaded
with impulse responses (IRs) of spaces
a user can place a sound inside. New
for Trash 2 are IRs ranging from anything
from the normal guitar cabinet
to many household items. IRs can be
added by an expansion pack or by user
The Dynamic module has compression
and gating from full bandwidth
up to four separate bands. Each
band has side-chaining and a detection
filter. I really like the graphical display
of gain reduction. Likewise, across other
modules, there is a very clear realtime
frequency spectrum, which is very
useful. To complete the plug-in, and
for creating even further crazy sounds,
there is an excellent ‘Delay’ module.
Sonically, Trash 2 is really exciting
and crunchy, and yet still rich
and powerful. One of my favorite
elements is the limiter on the final
output—I found myself driving the
input to the limiter without any other
The multi-band mode is key to
Trash 2 being able to offer such rich
sounds. For example, by giving your
low end a little bit of subtle grit and
your high end getting some excessive
saturation while your mid range is
smashed into nothing but noise, you
can find a distortion that is forward yet
doesn’t destroy everything in its path.
I also loved utilizing the stereo enhancement
within the trash module,
especially on a single band to provide
another separation method in the mix.
With so much scope for user editing
and the convolution module,
Trash 2 pulls away from other more
guitar-based distortion effects to offer
a whole lot more. It can turn uninspiring
audio into something exciting,
rich, and energetic. Alternatively, it
can lift small details and bring that
‘wow factor’ out of a busy mix.