Elektron Analog Heat anyone? Announced as summer draws to its inevitable close and the slippers and dressing-gown are looked out for those chillier mornings, the Elektron Analog Heat seems to have come at the right time.
But what is the Elektron Analog Heat? And what does it do? Let’s find out in the next thrilling section of this blog post…
The Elektron Analog Heat – what is it and what does it do?
At first glance, the Elektron Analog Heat is a dark grey box with some knobs and buttons on it, but then they’ve done that before, and they sounded pretty impressive, so what’s this one all about?
At its heart, the Elektron Analog Heat is a distortion box – a stereo distortion box at that. Put your signals through it and warm them and crunch them to your heart’s desire.
Of course, if you’re of a UK persuasion you may, through force of habit, search for Elektron Analogue Heat. I have no problem with that.
It’s not just one distortion though: the Elektron Analog Heat gives you a choice of 8 different types of distortion:
- Rough Crunch
- Classic Dist
- Round Fuzz
- High Gain
- Mid Drive
- Clean Boost
If you fancy having slightly greater understanding of what those types of distortion actually sound like, head on over to the Elektron Analog Heat interactive sounds online device machine thing and check out what difference some of these distortions can make on a select choice of sounds.
So, enough different characters in there to get started with, but when you add to that the two-band equaliser and the analogue multi-mode filter (7 filter types!), it very quickly becomes clear that the Elektron Analog Heat isn’t your average guitar stompbox…
The Elektron Analog Heat – review of the features
Okay, we’ve got a stereo processor with a plethora of distortion models, an eq and an analogue filter, that’s a handy set of things to have sitting on your desktop ready for knob tweaking, but how do we get those signals there?
Well, you’ve got your analogue ins and outs, of course, but let’s not forget about Overbridge… With Overbridge, you can connect your Analog Heat with USB and ‘hey presto!’ you’ve got yourself a hands-on tweakable VST/AU plugin that offers the best bits of hardware and software!
The Analog Heat can also be your soundcard. With a pair of stereo ins and outs, combined with that cunning USB port, the Analog Heat is a fully-functional 2 in/2 out CoreAudio/ASIO/WDM audio interface. And all that while still being able to process a pair of tracks from your DAW.
So, when you bring all of that together then, the Elektron Analog Heat is a pretty serious piece of kit. At it’s price, it’s certainly not an impulse purchase, but when you consider what you get, it’s actually reasonably competitive. I’m quite looking forward to getting my hands on one of these: pop it on the desktop and get some modular patches through it…
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