It’s a fiery little effects box, always has been, both an enhancer and destroyer of audio. It’s the sort of box that people who know what they are doing have sitting on their desktops. Now Elektron has announced the Analog Heat MkII is it going to give your music a full roasting or is more of a microwave dinner?
Analog Heat MkII
First of all it’s packed full of distortion. There are eight different stereo analog distortion circuits, each one adding a flavour of crushing possibility. There’s boosting and tape saturation, tube power, overdrive, crunch, distortion, fuzz and a bit of high gain. Take your pick and overpower your sound. Then run it all through a stereo, 7-type multi-mode analog filter, shape it with some EQ, modulate it with an LFO and you’ll wonder what you ever did without it.
It’s simply a stereo in/out box. Conveniently Elektron has included a 2/2 USB audio interface so it can be the audio engine of your whole rig. Process the audio from your DAW and recording directly in. You can control parameters with MIDI or with CV that also double up as expression pedal sockets.
The physicality hasn’t changed much from the original. A couple of button and encoder upgrades and of course that lovely screen from the other recent Elektron boxes. There have been tweaks and enhancements to the overall circuitry but really it’s only the screen that gives a real contrast to the original. Oh and Overbridge support but no one believes that seriously exists anymore.
Probably not an essential upgrade for existing users but rather the slightly upgraded continuation of an awesome desktop box of distortion. The Analog Heat MkII is available now for £781.25.