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Trash 3 in Bitwig Studio

Tutorial | Mar 15, 2024

In this video, I explain how to rebuild the Trash 3 plugin in Bitwig Studio. I demonstrate the process step by step, using various devices and macros to replicate the features and functionality of Trash 3. The video includes download links for the preset and encourages viewers to have fun experimenting and customizing the setup.

You can watch the Video on Youtube - support me on Patreon - download the preset on Patreon

In this video, the presenter demonstrates how to replicate the functionality of Trash 3 using Bitwig Studio. The focus is on recreating the core features without achieving an identical interface or sound but maintaining a similar workflow. Here's a summary:

The process involves:

  1. Using a Filter+ device (with filters turned off) as a starting point.
  2. Setting up an XY FX device to house and morph between different wave shapers.
  3. Grouping devices into a chain for macro control, enabling dynamic shaping of effects.
  4. Implementing convolution reverb with a selection of impulse responses for varied reverb effects.
  5. Adding dynamic control with an envelope follower to modulate effect parameters based on the audio signal.
  6. Creating a "Heat" effect to simulate saturation or compression by manipulating the decay time.
  7. Incorporating stereo widening effects and finalizing the setup with an auto level plugin to ensure consistent output levels.

The video concludes with the creator offering the Bitwig preset used in the tutorial for download, mentioning the necessity for users to source their own impulse responses due to copyright restrictions. This approach allows viewers to experiment and extend the setup based on their preferences, highlighting the flexibility and power of Bitwig Studio in emulating complex effects processors like Trash 3.

Questions & Answers

Maybe you dont watch the video, here are some important takeaways:

Can I replicate the Trash 3 interface and sound in Bitwig Studio?

Yes, you can replicate the functionality of Trash 3 inside Bitwig Studio by using different devices and techniques. While the interface may not be exactly the same and the sound may have slight differences, you can still achieve similar results and have control over the various modules like the wave shaper, convolution reverb, envelope follower, filter, and auto gain.

How can I rebuild Trash 3 in Bitwig Studio?

To rebuild Trash 3 in Bitwig Studio, you can start by using the filter plus device as the trash module and connecting it to an XY FX container. Inside the XY FX container, you can place different wave shapers in each box, and use macros to control the shape and convolution mix. Additionally, you can use a convolution reverb and impulse response samples, along with an XY modulator to morph between different convolution reverbs.

What other features can I incorporate into the Bitwig Studio version of Trash 3?

In addition to the core modules like the wave shapers and convolution reverb, you can also incorporate other features like an auto gain and a band splitter using different devices in Bitwig Studio. You can use macros to control parameters like shaper mix, convolution mix, and stereo width. Furthermore, you can introduce modulation using an envelope follower to modulate the position of the shape and convolution reverb.

The download link for the Bitwig Studio Trash 3 preset can be found in the video description. However, please note that the impulse response samples used in the preset may be copyright protected, so you would need to own a copy of Trash 3 or find alternative impulse responses from websites or create your own with noise samples. Feel free to modify or remove certain elements of the preset as desired.


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[00:00:00] Okay, so in this video, I want to rebuild trash 3.
[00:00:05] And I got a lot of emails or questions about this, what I think about it.
[00:00:11] And my answer was always, well, you can actually rebuild this inside of Bitwig Studio.
[00:00:16] Maybe you don't get the interface, maybe you don't get exactly the same sound, but you
[00:00:20] can kind of replicate how it works easily.
[00:00:25] So we have here, let's go to this page here.
[00:00:28] We have basically here a wave shaper.
[00:00:30] The wave shaper, you have an XY thing.
[00:00:34] You can drag this small dot here around, then you move or morph between different wave
[00:00:39] shapers.
[00:00:41] We have also here a convolution reverb, but also this dot so you can, I guess, I haven't
[00:00:46] used it.
[00:00:47] I guess you can also morph here between different convolution reverbs.
[00:00:53] Then we have here an envelope follower.
[00:00:55] We have a filter at the end and auto gain and we have a band splitter here.
[00:01:02] Okay.
[00:01:03] So let's actually do this.
[00:01:05] So first we start here with a trash module, I would say.
[00:01:08] And for that, we use just the filter plus device and we don't need the filters.
[00:01:12] We switch it off.
[00:01:14] And then we put this into an XY FX device or container here.
[00:01:22] And we put each of these filters here into each of these boxes.
[00:01:28] And I want to use different shapes here.
[00:01:32] So I go for a transfer thing and I reset the curve or maybe load something.
[00:01:37] Then I put this in here.
[00:01:39] I use a different shape here.
[00:01:42] I put this here.
[00:01:44] I load a different shape here.
[00:01:48] And there also load a different shape.
[00:01:54] Let's use something different.
[00:01:56] Let's use something like this.
[00:01:58] Okay.
[00:01:59] So we have four different wave shapers here.
[00:02:03] Then we put all of this into a chain device.
[00:02:07] So we can group it together and we can maybe define some macros.
[00:02:12] Maybe we call this here trash four, for instance.
[00:02:19] And we want to use an XY modulator here in front to actually change it to trash module
[00:02:26] or the shape module.
[00:02:30] And this one here, you can't put actually into a bipolar mode.
[00:02:33] So this is always positive, but it's not a problem.
[00:02:36] So we put this down and X and Y.
[00:02:43] And now we can this here.
[00:02:52] That's actually not a good shape here.
[00:02:54] Let's use something different.
[00:03:01] And here we use also something different.
[00:03:05] Actually some pinched stuff.
[00:03:08] No.
[00:03:11] Let's use soft clip here.
[00:03:13] Soft clip.
[00:03:14] This one.
[00:03:15] Nice.
[00:03:16] Okay.
[00:03:17] Okay.
[00:03:18] Nice.
[00:03:19] So after this shaper stage, we want to go into a convolution reverb and we have a convolution
[00:03:31] reverb in Bitwig and also already years ago, I extracted trash to impulse response samples.
[00:03:42] Actually it's down in some library folder for trash too.
[00:03:46] So we can just reuse this.
[00:03:49] So I use some overtones for the amplifier from amplifiers.
[00:03:55] And we also put this here into an XY container.
[00:04:02] One thing here.
[00:04:05] Then I move this in there.
[00:04:07] One there.
[00:04:09] And each of these boxes get a different, actually we use mix 100% here and we use a different
[00:04:18] sample for each box.
[00:04:21] Here we use body 100% something random.
[00:04:31] Okay.
[00:04:34] Nice.
[00:04:36] So now that we have this, we can also use an XY modulator in front and do the same thing.
[00:04:43] Put this down.
[00:04:48] And this one is called convolution.
[00:04:55] And the first one is called paper.
[00:04:59] So now we can morph between different shapers and different convolution reverbs.
[00:05:05] Oh, this is the shaper.
[00:05:12] Nice.
[00:05:14] Okay.
[00:05:17] So now that we have this, let me see.
[00:05:24] We have a convolution.
[00:05:26] We have also mix for both of them.
[00:05:28] Okay.
[00:05:29] So we use a macro here.
[00:05:34] Shaper mix.
[00:05:38] And use a macro for convolution mix.
[00:05:46] Okay.
[00:05:47] Nice.
[00:05:48] We can close this down.
[00:05:51] This is shaper.
[00:05:52] This is convolution.
[00:05:53] So maybe put this here on top.
[00:05:55] Nice.
[00:05:56] Okay.
[00:05:57] So we can mix this in.
[00:06:02] Easy.
[00:06:07] And then there is, at the end, maybe put this now in.
[00:06:12] There's an auto gain here, which I really like.
[00:06:14] I like that they use an auto gain there.
[00:06:17] And I would say I put an auto gain first before everything.
[00:06:22] So we have like a consistent volume.
[00:06:27] I use my fancy auto level plug-in.
[00:06:30] So this one increases the volume.
[00:06:37] .
[00:06:47] Okay.
[00:06:53] Okay.
[00:07:07] Did they actually have some kind of compression thing here?
[00:07:11] Maybe we can use this for heat.
[00:07:13] I think heat is just increasing or some kind of compression.
[00:07:17] I'm not sure.
[00:07:18] I haven't used this plug-in, but I guess heat is something like making something loud.
[00:07:23] So I would say we use what you later here called heat to decrease the fall time, which
[00:07:33] increases the compression.
[00:07:41] Okay.
[00:07:47] So you make this auto level here a bit smaller.
[00:07:50] Okay.
[00:07:51] So we have the auto level in front, and then we maybe clone this to the end of the chains.
[00:07:56] We have basically the same loudness level for the dry signal and the wet signal.
[00:08:02] So let's try this out.
[00:08:11] I don't like this shape.
[00:08:31] Okay.
[00:08:57] Then I saw here this width knob and a stereo dies.
[00:09:01] I guess the stereo eyes is something like a house effect where you delay the left and
[00:09:08] the right channel differently to make it more stereo.
[00:09:12] But I don't know.
[00:09:13] I guess that's it.
[00:09:14] So we can also do this with the plur device.
[00:09:23] And the plur device is just an all-pass, right?
[00:09:25] It delays the left and the right channel differently, a bit different amounts here.
[00:09:29] So maybe put this in the positive X of the convolution reverb because it's attached here
[00:09:34] to this convoluted or convolved module.
[00:09:39] So we bring this in and out also with the macro.
[00:09:45] This one is called stereo eyes.
[00:09:51] Bam.
[00:09:52] Pull up.
[00:09:53] Okay.
[00:09:54] Maybe we can make it a bit more special in terms of also scaling here the timings, not
[00:10:09] only the mix.
[00:10:11] So the mix goes up exponential or maybe logarithmic.
[00:10:17] So we are pretty fast into the mix here.
[00:10:21] Right?
[00:10:22] I just need to pull this up just a little bit and we are already above 50%.
[00:10:29] And then I scale this here more linearly.
[00:10:36] Maybe not too much.
[00:10:37] Not too much above 10 milliseconds here.
[00:10:47] Okay.
[00:10:57] Okay.
[00:11:17] Nice.
[00:11:27] Kind of like it.
[00:11:38] We could also try instead of using this outer level at the end, we could try and put this
[00:11:42] here in the post effects of each of these stages.
[00:11:46] We have the same volume everywhere.
[00:11:49] I don't know if this makes sense.
[00:11:50] I just try it out here.
[00:11:52] Maybe put this here and here.
[00:11:53] Let's see.
[00:11:58] Okay.
[00:12:12] Nice.
[00:12:16] I think there's also then a width knob here.
[00:12:27] We can also do this.
[00:12:29] So we just use a tool device here.
[00:12:33] There you see tool.
[00:12:39] And then use a macro and call this width.
[00:12:50] Yeah, let's use your bipolar thing for that.
[00:13:03] So we can leave this at 100%, which is just untouched.
[00:13:06] Then we can make it mono or we can increase the side channel.
[00:13:13] Okay.
[00:13:22] That's that.
[00:13:24] But then we have here modulation, which is, I saw it in the video.
[00:13:30] It's a kind of an envelope follower with an attack and decay setting.
[00:13:36] We also have a follower envelope for lower here in a bit week with an attack and decay
[00:13:41] setting.
[00:13:42] So we can then use this for all kinds of different targets.
[00:13:48] I don't know how they solve this in here.
[00:13:51] If you actually can define where this goes, I have no idea.
[00:13:57] So inside of Bitwig, you can modulate different things.
[00:13:59] We can just use this here and then say we want to change maybe at the position of the
[00:14:07] shape and maybe also the position here of the convolution reverb in certain ways.
[00:14:37] Okay.
[00:14:38] Then we have a filter heat.
[00:14:40] We have already heat scream.
[00:14:42] I guess that's just an resonant filter.
[00:14:46] And then we have here frequency knob.
[00:14:51] Okay.
[00:14:52] So we go at the end here and we just implement a filter and we don't need another thing here.
[00:15:04] We can use a howl.
[00:15:08] Maybe this could be interesting.
[00:15:19] Howl.
[00:15:28] So we go up at this and we also have here a new macro to change the frequency.
[00:15:42] And as a filter here, we use a ripple, hyper resonant circuit for playful feedback, maybe
[00:15:55] something like this.
[00:15:58] And then we want to use again an out tool level at the end because we probably change
[00:16:03] here the volume.
[00:16:06] But the ripple has a lot of options here.
[00:16:08] I don't want to put this all of this in here.
[00:16:11] So maybe we can just make one macro knob and define or design something.
[00:16:17] Or let's call it, what's the name in here?
[00:16:23] Frequency scream.
[00:16:25] Let's call this a scream.
[00:16:30] Push this up.
[00:16:42] And we use another, or not a macro, we just use a button here and call this the last
[00:17:08] stage, the filter stage.
[00:17:11] So we can switch this stage completely off.
[00:17:38] Or maybe instead of switching this off, use a mix.
[00:17:52] What's then, is there some name here?
[00:17:55] It's just called filter.
[00:18:02] And we change this one here.
[00:18:04] This is always on.
[00:18:26] Okay cool.
[00:18:28] Then, I don't think, maybe we don't need the out tool level in here.
[00:18:33] I have no idea.
[00:18:39] Let's switch this off for a moment here.
[00:18:42] Also this one.
[00:18:43] Maybe it's too much.
[00:18:47] Or we just ease here the heat control.
[00:18:55] It's this one, right?
[00:18:59] Yeah, that's the heat control.
[00:19:03] Holy shit.
[00:19:09] You can see because of the auto level, we never exceed the zero dB.
[00:19:16] So we don't even need a filter at the end.
[00:19:23] So that's how I would do it.
[00:19:25] Maybe we can also here introduce an FX3 frequency splitter.
[00:19:32] So we have to put all of this into different boxes here.
[00:19:39] I don't know if this makes sense.
[00:19:43] And then also a convolution also on each of these bands here.
[00:19:50] I mean we can do it.
[00:19:51] That's not a big problem.
[00:20:02] Then we can go into each of these boxes and then also define for each of these four things
[00:20:08] a different shaper and also a different convolution reverb.
[00:20:15] If this makes sense to you.
[00:20:19] I guess.
[00:20:41] Okay so I put this preset here in the description down below so you can download this if you
[00:20:46] want to.
[00:20:49] You have to extract here these impulse responses for yourself.
[00:20:53] I can't actually give you this.
[00:20:56] It's probably copyright protected so you need to own a trash too for this.
[00:21:01] But you can use something different.
[00:21:03] There are a lot of websites on the internet where you can just download some tones or
[00:21:07] some impulse responses or just create something for yourself with some noise samples.
[00:21:13] It's also easy to do.
[00:21:17] So like I said I put this in the description below so you can download it, have some fun
[00:21:20] with it and maybe extend it or create it differently or just remove here this FX thing.
[00:21:27] I probably would remove just this FX3 here.
[00:21:31] I don't think you need a frequency splitter.
[00:21:37] But anyway yeah that's it.
[00:21:39] So link is in the description below.
[00:21:40] Leave a like if you like the video.
[00:21:41] Subscribe to the channel.
[00:21:43] Thanks for watching and I'll see you in the next one.
[00:21:45] Bye.