Avid recently announced that HEAT is now available to Pro Tools standard users, previously it was only available to Pro Tools Ultimate users. In this free video tutorial, Julian Rodgers looks at HEAT, how to use it and where in the signal chain it adds that warmth and grit.
With the release of Pro Tools 2019.6 Avid has made their analog saturation HEAT available to Pro Tools Standard users as well as Pro Tools Ultimate users, It’s still a paid for product but previously it would only run on Pro Tools Ultimate.
UPDATE: As of August 24th 2019 HEAT is now bundled with Pro Tools and Pro Tools Ultimate subscriptions and is available as a perpetual license for $199 down from $495.
The History Of Heat
In 2010 with the release of Pro Tools 8.1 came HEAT. HEAT (Harmonically Enhanced Algorithm Technology) software allowed customers to add the realism of vintage analogue sound to the Pro Tools mixer via a single global control, eliminating the time-consuming and complex task of managing plug-in changes across multiple tracks and allowing customers to remain focused on the craft of mixing.
Designed in collaboration with engineer Dave Hill of Crane Song, the HEAT software option for Pro Tools HD systems was an innovation for mixers who valued the warmth and sound qualities of tubes, tape machines and analog consoles, but wanted to eliminate the complications and expenses of using tape machines and vintage outboard processors, or managing plug-in changes across multiple tracks.