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Trash 2 Explained

Russ Hughes reveals the true power of the awesome iZotope Trash 2 plug-in, showing you all of it features and functions as well as some creative ways to apply it to your tracks. Get ready to talk Trash.

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Getting Started


Introduction 40m:35s

Learn what Trash 2 is and what it can do! Russ gives you the grand tour and shows you just what Trash 2 has for your sonic arsenal.


General Settings 7m:53s

Get Trash 2 looking just how you want without wasting valuable system resources.


Spectrum Settings 3m:29s

Find out how to optimize the spectrum analysis read out so it displays just what you need to see.


IO Settings 5m:34s

Learning to set the audio in and out at the right levels is essential to getting a great sound in Trash 2. Russ shows you how in this video.


Modules Settings 5m:03s

Discover the place to tweak the settings for Trash's Filter, Dynamics and Limiter.


Convolve Settings 1m:55s

Explore how to manage your IR library and make sure you get them loaded without any issues.

The Modules in Detail


The Filter Modules 18m:03s

This is where you can do anything from a simple bass boost, sparkle the top end or mangle the filters with modulators. Ffind out how to become a power filter user!


The Trash Module 12m:44s

This is the downright dirty section where you can do anything from a simple bit of saturation right through to sound obliteration. Learn how to talk dirty.


The Convolve Module 5m:33s

Ever wished you could have a room full of amps and cabs to play your guitar through? Ever wished you could play your drums though a washing machine? Well, whatever the space, the Convolve module gives you limitless options for putting your sound in different spaces, or even load your own. Russ shows you how!


The Dynamics Module 12m:01s

Get a full overview of the dynamics module with both the single and multi-band compressor / limiter as well as noise gates.


The Delay Module 7m:09s

Explore choosing from an array of different delays to add extra time-based effects to your sound.


Preset Management 2m:39s

Learn to find, save and organize your presets to increase your workflow with Trash 2.

Trash 2 in Action


Synths 12m:09s

Russ shows you how to take a synth and create an entirely new set of sounds just from one basic track. By the end of this session you'll be mangling your sounds into ways you never thought possible.


Beats 7m:09s

Discover how to take a tired old beat and morph it into something new using Trash 2.


Guitars 12m:04s

Find out how to take a basic guitar and make it into a killer guitar sound, or with some automation tricks, two sounds for the price of one!


Bass Guitar 5m:08s

One bass, but many sounds. See how to take a basic bass guitar and give it edge and rumble in this cool tutorial.


Vocals 5m:09s

Want to give your vocals some real edge? Or maybe get that cool radio sound? Russ shows you how to do both in this video.


Mix Buss 5m:55s

Take a basic dance mix and give it some real energy using these cool tricks. You'll never want a mix without this on it again.


Reverb Tricks 7m:20s

When is a distortion unit and full blown reverb effects plug-in? When you follow Russ' cool tricks for turning Trash 2 into a full featured convolution reverb!

Russ Hughes

1. When did you start dabbling in music?

I started young. My father was a Jazz piano player who would play Oscar Peterson on the piano, I would go in as a kid and sit and listen to him in wonder. When he left the room I would try and knock out tunes myself. When I was 15 I swapped my bike for a really bad electric guitar which I went home and plugged into my sister's hi-fi, she was not impressed. From there I started having bands in the garage and the rest, as they say, is history.

2. What training have you had?

As a musician, no formal training, I just picked things up by ear. Over the years I've been lucky to work and play with some of the best musicians around, that rubs off on you, playing with great people means you either get better or get a different job! As a trainer I've done a lot of public speaking, presentations and seminars to groups of anything from 10 to 3,000 people. Again, you either get good or get hungry.

3. When did you get into recording?

When I was 17 I bought myself a Tascam 244 Portastudio, that was a 4 track cassette based recording system that cost around $1800! In those days that was a miracle being able to record and mix on separate tracks. Once I got that then I was hooked, in fact I forgotten the stuff I've bought over the years, I just look music and technology and so recording ticks both of my passion boxes!

4. People you have worked with/for?

It's a long list and to name drop would sound like throwing pans down a stone staircase. I've worked with and for, in a technical and programming capacity UB40, T-Pau, Elton John, The Beat, New Order, Jools Holland, Frankie Goes To Hollywood, Duran Duran, and Japan to name some of those blasts from the past... I'm old!

5. Why are you so good at training people?

I didn't know I was, perhaps it's the combination of my passion for the music and the gear coupled with a genuine desire to help people to use their gear without any barriers. I read the manual as a last resort (often because they are so badly written) so I guess that other's may feel the same, so I try to find a way of making things as simple as possible, I try not to pretend to be an expert, more a guy who's just figured it out. I also have a terrible sense of humour, which means when I train live there are a lot of laughs.

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