WA Production recently released Heat 2, the successor to their earlier ‘Heat’ plugin. We are taking a closer look at Heat 2 and giving away a free copy to one lucky BPB reader.
Heat 2 is a twin distortion plugin with extensive controls and an intuitive design. You can get it at an intro price of just $14.90 (retail $49.50). You can also upgrade to Heat 2 with a $5 fee if you already own the original Heat plugin.
Heat 2 is a handy distortion tool suitable for any genre of music, capable of generating anything from complete fuzz to light overdrive and subtle amplification. It includes two different distortion effects with individual controls allowing you to target independent frequency bands with different results.
The middle portion of the UI is divided into two equal halves with the same controls. Each half corresponds to one of the distortion effects. There are Drive, High-pass, and Low-Pass filters and Makeup settings for each of the two distortions. You can choose between ten different distortion types (named A to J) and keep distinct settings for each half.
The Blend button in the center controls the mix between the two distortions. At the bottom of the interface, you have options to control input, output, and mix between input signal and output. At the top of the UI, the distortion outputs are represented with waveforms, each side being color-coded for clarity.
There is a latency-adjusted bypass switch at the top left for convenience; you can also bypass each of the distortions individually. The plugin includes several factory presets to choose from and makes the workflow quicker. I particularly liked the ‘Lead Synth Power’ preset.
The interface is intuitive but straightforward – a calm black with neon red, orange, and yellow accents, with white text. Along with being resizable, the UI feels snappy to use. Heat 2 is available for macOS and Windows in the VST2, VST3, AU, and AAX formats.
WA Productions is also offering the Ultimate FX Bundle for FREE with every purchase so that you can get nearly 2200 samples for free when you buy Heat 2 on their website. The Ultimate FX Bundle includes one-shots, loops, vocal FX, orchestral loops, and an ear training course. The bundle is automatically added to your cart upon purchasing anything from WA’s website.
I tested Heat 2 on various tracks myself, and I found that it’s indeed versatile – from guitars and synths to drums and vocals, I could do a lot with it. Even if you’re not looking for full-blown distortion, a subtle saturation effect sounds good on just about anything.
More info: Heat 2 ($14.90 sale price, $49.50 full price)
We are giving away a FREE copy of WA Production Heat 2 to one lucky BPB reader.
To enter the giveaway, answer this question in the comments section: What is your favorite free distortion plugin?
We will pick the winners using a random comment picker on Monday, March 14th.
The winner is: Konstantin: email@example.com
Congratulations, Konstantin (check your email)!
Everyone else, better luck next time, and thanks for reading BPB! ❤️