iZotope Trash 2 Review


Trash 2 is a reinvention of iZotope’s Trash audio distortion processor. Its look and everything about it is newly redesigned with 20 new distortion algorithms, new filter modules, 50 new impulse response, multi-band wave shaping, 64-bit and AAX support, and better sound quality.

Better sound quality? Audio distortion has become a kind of personal statement—but with T2 I’ve found so many new ways to shape sound beyond just distorting an amplifier signal chain. I’m impressed.

Launching Trash 2 to develop whole galaxies of very distinctive sound treatments that nobody has ever heard before is possible with a long list of signal processing modules and over 20 different filters with envelope modulation.

Now with over 60 distortion shapes, I found T2 to be more adjustable anywhere from subtle coloration to “over-the-top” and hairy sounds ready for a “restraining order.” But “cage” them in unique spaces courtesy of the new Convolve module with its 100+ different impulse responses. I like the two redesigned filters for developing alternate tonalities: innocent, dulcet tones all the way to malevolent sonic personalities. All at once, pretty-sounding audio that speaks with vowel-like sweetness is transformed instantly to hateful, sonic scourges.

Trash 2 is available for $249 MSRP, џ195 EUR and the Trash 2 Edge Expansion Pack is well worth $29 for getting gnarly presets for guitars, synth basses, synth pads and drum sound twists. With 30 new impulse responses for further tone coloring and 70 new presets built directly for these impulses, the Edge Expansion Pack was born to be bad. Visit http://izotope.com/trash.


By Barry Rudolph

miniBIO: Barry Rudolph is a recording engineer/mixer with over 30 gold and platinum RIAA awards to his credit. He has recorded and/or mixed: Lynyrd Skynyrd, Hall & Oates, Pat Benatar, Rod Stewart, the Corrs and Robbie Nevil. Barry has his own futuristic music mixing facility and also teaches recording engineering at Musician’s Institute, Hollywood, CA.http://www.barryrudolph.com