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.
It's not like stinky, offensive trash on a sidewalk in summer during a garbage strike. It's more like a slightly broken, speaker; a struggling radio. Staticky, fuzzy, loud, pretty, complex and confounding. You can go from lofi AM radio to ripping compressed fuzz. Play it all through a dying oscillating fan. There are no other pedals like this one.
This pedal was a gift (which I asked for by name), and each time I turn it on feels like a celebration.
The aesthetics first drew me in: primary colors, abstract knob labels. Simple, but delightfully playful inside and out (I’m talking about the lizard).
What I like most about this pedal is that it allows me to escape a world dominated by overburdened terms like “tone.” Instead of tweaking settings in search of some ideal, I turn knobs just to see what happens. It is a great equalizer: anyone, with any functioning guitar and amplifier, can plug this in and find something special.
The Mattoverse Air Trash creates a very unique noisy fuzz with oddly thin metallic shards of tremolo and static trying to interfere with your guitar sound, like when your amp picks up AM radio sound waves, only the radio waves are you playing guitar. Nothing sounds like it. It is awful-ly beautiful. It’s what your guitar would sound like if it ran away from home and went to live in the sewers.
It's hard to describe what this pedal does, but there's nothing else like it. great for leads, works well with guitars and bass.
I was surprised how customizable the noise was, the fuzz can be mangled, or even higher pitched and fizzy. Stacks really nicely too with other drives.