The AirTrash is a pedal for guitar or bass that sounds like absolute garbage. I was breadboarding an idea and happened upon some absolutely sickening sounds, like really bad, but couldn’t stop playing it. I spent a lot of time trying to refine and improve it, make it less noisy, more controllable etc.. but these changes always ended up sucking the fun right out of it so decided let it be the simple disgusting beast that it is.
It “works well” with guitar or bass and usually sounds best with the guitar or bass plugged straight into it (first in the pedal chain), didn’t do much for me at all on synths or drum machines. It’s very sensitive to pick attack and input volume.
The blue knob controls the output level. I could not come up with words to properly describe what the red and yellow knobs do so I created those little icons in an attempt to illustrate what words could not describe.
I have an excess of fuzz and distortion effects but I have nothing that can sound anything like this. It can take you from warm lo-fi to completely trashy madness with only three knobs but somehow manages to stay musical (almost) all of the time. Completely unique and un-replaceable, essential for shoegazers.
The air trash pedal has been useful for harsh noises and textures.
It's not immediately accessible with synthesizers but when combined with other pedals it's really interesting. It's dirty, noisy and very unique. I'm really glad I decided to give it a try.
This pedal is definitely hard to classify, but that's what I love about it. Depending on the settings and how you push it with other pedals, it can sound like your amp is either about to explode from being overloaded or about to die from a failing power source. For me, the best uses have come when combining it with various time/modulation effects, which let things get really spaced out. I know what you're thinking -- this is a fun novelty but it can't possibly be usable in a musical context. That's just not true though, I've found this pedal is surprisingly usable as long as you work with it and don't try to force it to your will. I'm really, really into weird pedals that do something unique, and of all the ones I've played, I can pretty confidently say this is my favorite.
In 10 years the airtrash will just be one of those pedals everyone knows about and owns because it does something no other device can do. Perfectly trashy high frequency distortion that gates in such a cool way. Get one before the secret is out!