Launch ambient sounds
Perhaps you want to create ambient sounds heard on Aphex Twin’s Selected Ambient Works Volume II. In that case, Trash 2 features a number of tonal possibilities that let you slightly tweak your synthesizers, or heavily affect your guitar or other ambient sound source.
When it comes to Trash 2’s distortion effects, try using them judiciously. On an ambient track, some distortion effects in the Trash button—particularly in the Heavy menu—can turn the tone into harsh noise. This might be cool if you’re exploring the darker, more industrial side of ambient, but no so if you want gentler, more pastoral soundscapes.
Others, like Iris Aliasing and Harmonic Control, add a little sparkle to the tone without making it blister. Consider adding a filter, such as Rez HP, along with the Flam (in Convolve’s Tails menu) to further augment your ambient sound.
Filter open in Trash 2
Garage setting in Trash 2
The three MechAnimals selections above would also work well in creating a sound reminiscent of Autechre’s track “Bladelores,” or some of the duo’s other tracks that feature cavernous reverb. Trash 2’s many-splendored features could also help you arrive at a sound a bit like Irish duo Bicep’s track “Orca,” with its metallic, reverb-drenched synthesizers.
The key is to just experiment with Trash 2. See what it does, and you will soon arrive at the darker side of dance music, but on your own terms.
Experiment with delay
Trash 2 offers several types of delay: Tape, Tape/Tube, Analog, Lo-fi Digital, Broken Bit, and Digital. While a little delay can be added to just about any synthesizer track, Trash 2’s Delay sounds great when set to Host Sync on an arpeggiated or sequenced monophonic synthesizer melody. Try using Analog (Host Sync engaged) along with Convolve’s Cheap Radio setting, and set Trash 2’s signal to about 60 percent Wet.
Analog mode in Trash 2
Experiment with shorter delay times to mess with the way an arpeggiated or sequenced melody unfolds. You can also degrade each delay algorithm with a dedicated Trash fader, which results in some interesting tones, especially on the Tabe/Tube delay. And though the Delay doesn’t have dedicated modulation algorithms, you can add complexity to your sounds with Trash 2’s two distinct filters, which can run be run in series or parallel, and then modulated with multiple LFOs.