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Heat Up 3

Synth / Sampler Plugin by Initial Audio
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Heat Up 3 by Initial Audio is a Virtual Instrument Audio Plugin and a Software Application for macOS and Windows. It functions as a VST Plugin, an Audio Units Plugin, a VST 3 Plugin, an AAX Plugin and a Standalone Application.
Windows 7 and above
64-bit DAW
4GB or more of RAM
13GB free Harddrive space
OS X 10.11 (El Capitan) or above
4GB or more of RAM
13GB free Harddrive space.
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Initial Audio proudly presents Heat Up 3. A major update to our hugely successful Heat Up 2 virtual instrument loved by music producers across the globe! The focus of Heat Up 3 is even better sound quality and much more expression to really bring out the best of each instrument. Heat Up 3 comes with over 860 instruments including a brand new expansion pack Studio Essentials.

Heat Up 3 comes as a VST plugin for Windows and a VST and Audio Unit for Mac. Also included is a standalone app for both Windows and Mac so HeatUp 3 can be played without a DAW (Digital Audio Workstation).


There are many choices out there today for music producers when it comes to audio plugins. We are sure you already have many plugins that you love so why buy Heat Up 3? The simple answer is quality, value and a massive range of sounds that every producer needs, all in one simple to use plugin.

The main advantage of Heat Up 3 is that it uses high quality multi samples recorded from many different sources, we have real recorded instruments such as pianos and brasses as well samples from a multitude of Analog and digital hardware. Heat Up 3 captures the unique sound of lots of different types of instruments, all rolled into one easy to use plugin.


Each instrument in Heat Up has been recorded to the highest quality possible. Every instrument is multi sampled across the entire keyboard range ensuring the best audio quality from the lowest to the highest key. Add to this our high quality effects, crystal clear limiter and expressive capabilities and the result is one of the best quality virtual instruments on the market today.

Buy Heatup3 now and get the RnB Essentials and Studio Essentials expansion pack for free ! With over 850 instruments in 18 categories such as 808's, Arps, Sequences, Bells, Brasses, Choirs, Drums, Keys, Guitars, Flutes, Synths and many more Heatup3 is the perfect virtual instrument for beginners and professional music producers looking for the state of the art sound.

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  • Over 850 multi sampled instruments in categories such as Keys, Brass, Bass, Hits, Pads, Leads, Organs, Arps and Sequences, Plucks, Strings, Synths, Drum Kits, Bells, Choirs and much more! Basically every sound you could possibly need to make your next song.
  • Expression page making each instrument more natural sounding and expressive.
  • 12 High Quality effects in a reorderable effect rack, such as Reverb, Chorus, Compressor, Vibrato, Tremolo, Reverse and more.
  • Powerful sequencer with lots of presets to inspire your next song. With a Humanize mode for extra realism.
  • 2 ADSR envelopes and 2 LFOs with waveform editor routable to any parameter.
  • Crystal clear limiting algorithm to limit the output of Heat Up. Even if the output goes above 0 decibels (clipping) there will be zero distortion.
  • Atmosphere layer, add extra atmosphere to your instruments with sounds like tape hiss, vinyl sounds, wind, rain and much more. Drag and drop your own samples to use as an atmosphere layer.
  • On Release Sample. Select a sample to play on release either always or randomly. Drag and drop to use your own release samples.

Recommended system requirements:

  • 4 Core CPU.
  • 8 GB RAM.
  • 64-bit VST or AU compatible Digital Audio Workstation (DAW).
  • Give the free demo a try to make sure the plugin performs well on your system before you purchase a license.

Expansion Packs:

We offer many expansions in many genres. Update your library with our ever growing range of new expansion packs created by our professional producers and sound designers.

With 15+ years experience, we aim to create the sounds of the industry and stay 2 steps ahead of your competition. Sound selection is everything, our constantly updated expansion packs will provide you with the most up to date sounds, or bring you back in time with sought after sounds from the past.

Latest User Reviews

Average user rating of 4.67 from 3 reviews
Heat Up 3

Reviewed By careuno [all]
November 1st, 2019
Version reviewed: 3 on Windows

Since I bought this VST I have used it in all my beats. I can load multiple instances and CPU is not affected. I can't say any negative thing about this rompler. Expansion are expensive but not more than other rompler expansions.

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Heat Up 3

Reviewed By PitchBender6 [all]
January 4th, 2016
Version reviewed: 10 on Windows

I have been using Heat up 2 for about 3 weeks now and it has become my go to plugin. The other reviews on here are very short and not very helpful when trying to make a decision whether to buy the plugin or not. I thought it would be helpful to write a much more in depth review (my first ever) so here goes.

The Factory Library (Presets)

Heat up 2 comes with a large factory library nearly 20GB in size. The sounds cover pretty much everything you will ever need. Bass, Bells, Brass, Choirs, Pads, Organs, Plucks, Pianos, Drum kits, Synth sounds ect.

You can easily make a whole track using just the sounds from Heat up 2. It comes with many 'Bread and butter' sounds the type of sounds you will use in every track. This plugin is marketed for urban music but really these sounds are great for any style. The majority of the factory library is top notch. I really like the basses and brass sounds and the Arps and sequences show off some of the sounds really well. The piano sounds are also very usable but not the best around. But if you are just after piano sounds then I would just buy a dedicated plugin for that.

Some sounds can sound a bit similar to each other, like some of the Lead sounds. But I guess this will be the case in such a big library and anyway it can help to pick the 'perfect' sound for your mix without having to tweak the sound further.

For me the benefit of a plugin like this is plenty of great sounds that can be used straight out of the box without tweaking. Heat up 2 is certainly that plugin. I have also found it super easy to tweak the sound using the effects available.


Heat up 2 has some unique features. One of my Favourite is the "Stereo Shaker" what this does is it makes the sound jump from the left speaker to the right speaker on every key press. A bit like a ping pong delay but without the delay :). This can be controlled with the little knob in the centre of the GUI, making it more of a subtle effect. This adds nice movement to the sound and sounds really good when used with the sequencer playing arpeggiator type sounds.

The sequencer is also pretty unique and very simple to use. It is just like a piano roll where you paint in your steps, but the steps are relative to the note being played. When you hold more than one note at a time it becomes an arpeggiator. The arpeggiator seems to work on the order of the notes played, it would be nice to select how the arpeggiator works, up, down modes ect.

This is certainly one of the most easy to use sequencers I have use on any Synth so far. It has many pre-made sequencer presets to get you started, I usually just select one and modify it a bit. It is really quick to get a nice melody going.

The effects on Heat up 2 are really good, especially the Reverb, I think they should probably release the Reverb as its own plugin it is that good! The delay syncs to the host tempo and has a ping pong mode. The Chorus sounds good but is nothing special just your standard Chorus.

On the FX page you will find a deeper selection of effects. Such as overdrive, distortion, ring mod, stereo enhancer, phaser, tremolo and atmosphere layers.

The overdrive and distortion sound really great, I generally use a bit of overdrive on everything :) it adds a nice 'warmth' to the sound. The ring mod I have never found a use for and doesn't sound good at all. I know ring mod creates a metallic type of sound but I have never found a setting that works very well, I think that space could have been used for another more musical effect. The stereo enhancer makes your sound more wide or narrow in the stereo field. It can be subtle but sounds great on certain sounds. The phaser is very useful for adding a bit of variation to the sound, it can sound crazy when pushing it hard if that is your kind of thing! The tremolo sound cool too.

One of the coolest effects is the atmosphere layers. This plays sounds in the background while you are playing to create an atmosphere. For example the vinyl layer makes it sound like the sound is coming from a vinyl. There is also rain effects, tape, wind ect. You can buy plugins for this type of thing but in Heat up 2 it is built in and super easy to use.

One thing I use a lot in my beats is portamento, the portamento mode in Heat up 2 is top notch. Sounds great while gliding and most importantly works like I would expect. When holding a note (in mono mode) and pressing another while still holding the note I expect it to glide back to the held note when releasing the new note. Heat up 2 does this with style, some plugins don't even work like this! I recommend checking out some of Ignite VSTs beat making tutorials on Youtube for examples of this. Sounds amazing for basses.

Expansion Packs

Heat up 2 doesn't have that many expansion packs available at the moment there are 4 available as of writing this review, I have the Kush lab which sounds amazing but haven't tried the others.

I would like to see a bigger range of expansions in future, I am sure they will have some more in the works.


Heat up 2 is a great plugin. The factory library is really good and the one expansion pack that a bought was great too (Kush Lab) So I am confident more great sounds will come in the future.

The plugin itself is really simple to use, the effects sound great and the CPU usage is very low. I am on a very old CPU (AMD x64) and it can still handle many many instances.

This is a workstation plugin and it has a large range of sounds, it is a plugin you will definitely use in every track. For the price it is a steal. It is really simple to use and looks great too.

So if you are looking for a plugin with great usable sounds and low CPU usage and super easy to use without a million knobs on screen, Heat up 2 is definitely worth a try.

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Heat Up 3

Reviewed By exonerate [all]
December 4th, 2015
Version reviewed: 8.1 on Windows

Great sounds and very easy to use. It comes with a wide range of sounds and numerous drum kits, so has everything you need to make great beats. Low CPU use too! Best feature for me is the sequencer super easy to use and comes with many premade sequences that are really good. Well worth the price.

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