Dutch dance music production trio Noisia have been very busy since their debut release back in 2003, appearing on a variety of high profile record labels including DeadMau5’s ‘mau5trap’ imprint. Martin, Nik and Thijs have remixed artists such as Robbie Williams, Moby and The Prodigy and they also own 3 record labels – Vision, Division and Invisible.
There’s a great interview with Noisia over on the iZotope website which covers a variety of topics but perhaps the most interesting is their use of Trash. No, we’re not talking about them recording the things they throw away, we are of course talking about iZotope’s Trash Distortion Plug-in. Heres an excerpt from the article…
Using Cubase as a workspace, Noisia relies heavily on creative distortion effects to give them that characteristic grittiness without going overboard. When shaping synth or bass sounds, Noisia leans on Trash for its diversity, control and consistency. “We use it in every project,” Martijn says. “It’s almost every bass sound. The great thing about Trash is that it doesn’t fuck with the stereo image. We always use multiband, especially with the Clip Control [algorithm]. Doing that really adds some sub to it.” Using Trash has its benefits in the low end, providing drier distortions on bass tracks for transparency and allowing for wet/dry mix control.
Trash’s convolution and box modeling is used on Noisia synths and bass sounds as well in certain cases to hone in on preferred characteristic sounds. “Most people will be interested in our stuff for the bass. There, Trash is essential to our sound—the dirtiness, but also the subtle dirtiness,” Martijn explains. Using a mix of homegrown samples and effects, Noisia adds layers of drum tracks and distortion as if painting a canvas of percussive suggestion. “A real good trick is if we’re doing drum tracks, we’ll put the kick, snare, hihat, and tom each in a group. Then there’s our overhead mics. You can really distort them and make them loud so you get a feeling of the room. It’s really cool and if you want something to be a bit wider, but not coarse, you can just use the band separator a bit.”