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JST Heat by Joey Sturgis Tones is a Virtual Effect Audio Plugin for macOS and Windows. It functions as an Audio Units Plugin, a VST 3 Plugin and an AAX Plugin.
Windows 7 or above
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MAC OS 10.14 or above
[Intel or M series 64-bit]
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Meet JST Heat

This product by Joey Sturgis Tones is a powerful and versatile mixing audio plugin. It's a Multiband Distortion and Saturation tool designed for any kind of music creator. With JST Heat, you're in control of distortion for enhancing, mixing, and creative sound design.

But it's not your average distortion plugin. It breathes life into your tracks. This is where analog warmth meets digital precision. JST Heat elevates your music production in ways you could never imagine. Ready to turn up the heat on your tracks? Let JST Heat ignite your musical creativity.

Features – Unleash the Full Potential of JST Heat

  • 18 Unique Processing Modes: Explore a range from gentle 'Vocal Warmth' to aggressive 'Hellraiser', each crafted for specific sound characters.

  • Analog Warmth & Clarity: High-resolution, analog-modeled saturation captures the essence of vintage gear for lush, detailed sound.

  • Harmonic Complexity Enhancement: Modes like 'Extra Spice' add depth with frequency-dependent saturation, enriching flat-sounding tracks.
  • Precise Multiband Control: Adjust individual band level, saturation, and crossover frequency for distinct band-level processing in each mode.
  • Global Heat Adjustment: Dial in the overall effect intensity with a master Heat knob, blending processed and unprocessed signals seamlessly.
  • Solo/Mute/Bypass per Band: Isolate or mute bands for focused tweaking, or bypass the heat processing while keeping band-specific volume levels separate.
  • Efficient & Low-Latency Performance: Designed for smooth integration into your workflow without heavy CPU usage, maintaining high-quality sound even in complex sessions. Up to 4x Oversampling for high quality and accurate saturation processing.
  • Detailed Visual Feedback: Integrated visual analyzer and real-time waveform display for monitoring the impact of your adjustments.
  • Versatile Application: From subtle mastering touches with 'Just A Touch' mode to full-blown creative sound design using 'Blow Torch' and 'Overload' modes.
  • Extensive Preset Library: Start instantly with a wide range of presets, each tailored for different instruments and mixing scenarios.
  • Accessible & User-Friendly Interface: A sleek, intuitive interface makes it easy to achieve the perfect sound quickly, without a steep learning curve, whether you're a seasoned pro or just starting out. With its scalable GUI, it is also compatible with major DAWs and screen reading software. This ensures seamless integration into various production workflows.
  • Contextual Hints & Tips: This feature provides contextual hints, tips, and intended uses for the mode you're currently using, ensuring you get the most out of it.

18 Insane Multi-Processing Modes

From subtle to extreme and everything in between – here is the heart of JST Heat and its core power: 18 Versatile Multi-Processing Modes that redefine the boundaries of sound shaping.

Each mode is like a gateway to a new sonic universe, ranging from the gentlest touch of warmth to the wildest extremes of audio manipulation. Whether you're polishing a delicate vocal, giving a guitar riff some gritty attitude, or transforming a drum beat into a powerhouse of rhythm, JST Heat has the perfect mode for every scenario. It's an endless playground for the adventurous producer, where the only limit is your imagination.

With JST Heat, you're not just processing sound; you're crafting a sonic masterpiece, piece by piece, mode by mode.


{See video at top of page}

4 Layers Of Distortion: Transform Your Mixes With Saturation


All processed with JST Heat.

Soundcloud Playlist



  • Blood Thirsty.

  • Blow Torch.
  • Electrify.
  • Extra Spice.
  • Infrared.
  • Just A Touch.
  • Pain.


  • Black Glass.
  • Hellraiser.
  • Xallarap.


  • Drum Power.


  • No Name.

Sound Design:

  • California Reaper.
  • Inferno.
  • Make It Hot.
  • Overload.
  • Reheat.


  • Vocal Warmth.

Vocal Warmth

  • A vocal processor designed to add warmth and lo-fi vibes.

  • Ideal for achieving a vintage, analog feel on vocals.

  • Use sparingly on lead vocals to enhance character without overwhelming clarity.
  • Great for use on guitars, adding subtle overdrive, ideal for blues and rock tones.
  • Try using it before a high-gain amp and use the individual bands to emphasize different frequencies.

Drum Power

  • An audio level destroyer with a vintage vibe, capable of massively transforming drum sounds.
  • Use on room mics to exaggerate room ambience and add a sense of power and depth.
  • Adjust the Heat knob to saturate vocals, adding a distinct, vintage character to the mix.

Blood Thirsty

  • An aggressive distortion mode that adds even and odd harmonics.
  • Great for adding bite to synth leads or bass lines in electronic music.

Make It Hot

  • A custom distortion circuit tailored for crushing the low end.
  • Push the low band's Heat to make 808s growl (automate it to create interesting effects).

Extra Spice

  • A custom circuit featuring analog spice and frequency-dependent saturation paths.
  • Perfect for adding harmonic complexity to flat-sounding tracks.


  • Distortion with built-in feedback.
  • Creates unique, self-oscillating effects, especially on sustained notes.
  • Ideal for sound design and creating atmospheric textures.

Just A Touch

  • Subtle saturation based on a custom transformer circuit.
  • Apply lightly to the master bus for a cohesive, polished feel.
  • Enhances overall mix warmth without drastic changes to the sound character.


  • A brutal-sounding bass amp.
  • Provides a fierce, aggressive tone to rock and metal bass lines.
  • Set the crossovers at 350 Hz and 3000 Hz, and adjust the mid band's Heat to achieve an aggressive bite.
  • Use all band's level controls as a tonestack.
  • Use the high cut control to simulate a basic bass cab.

Black Glass

  • A bass preamp for modern bass tones.
  • Delivers a clean, defined low end suitable for modern metal genres.
  • Try it on synthesized basses for added clarity and punch.
  • Use pre-distortion tone control to set the amount of low frequency / treble content to saturate.
  • Use the high cut control to simulate a basic bass cab.

No Name

  • A processor designed for modern metal guitar tones.
  • Use on rhythm guitars for a fuller, more present sound in the mix.

Blow Torch

  • Elevate your mix with tube magic using series and parallel circuits for a bigger, punchier sound.
  • Ideal for drums and percussive elements, adding a dynamic, energetic character.
  • Experiment with parallel processing on vocals for a unique, layered effect.


  • A fusion of aggressive saturation and hard compression.
  • Use on dynamic sources like vocals for a pronounced, upfront sound.
  • Great for adding intensity and focus to lead guitar parts.

California Reaper

  • Aggressive multiband upward compression and distortion.
  • Use each band's Heat knob to blend the compressed signal in parallel, pushing a specific frequency range into distortion and chaos.
  • Try it on full mixes as an effect to get a dense, impactful atmosphere.


  • A distortion with a distinctive electric character based on unique power-tube designs.
  • Enhance bass lines with a touch of this tube-inspired distortion, adding depth and character while maintaining clarity.
  • Experiment with this mode on synth leads to achieve a vintage, tube-driven sound that stands out in the mix - Try placing it after an amp and gently pushing the mid band's Heat to add a nice warmth to the tone (adjust mix to taste).


  • Add fatness with a blend of even and odd harmonics.
  • Use on thin-sounding tracks to add body and depth.
  • Particularly effective on acoustic instruments for a richer, fuller sound.


  • A multiband foldback distortion unit.
  • Use on synthesizers to create complex and interesting timbres.
  • Perfect for sound design tasks to achieve unique tones.
  • Ideal for experimental electronic music, adding unique textures.


  • A processor designed to sculpt and refine modern bass tones.
  • Distort the mids and highs while maintaining a solid low-end.
  • Especially effective on bass synths and electronic drum elements.


  • Raise some hell with a blend of aggressive wideband upward compression and distortion.
  • Use the main Heat knob to blend the compressed signal in parallel, pushing everything into distortion and chaos.
  • Achieve unique textures and ambients by automating the main Heat knob while using it on synths.


Joey Sturgis Tones, founded by the renowned music producer Joey Sturgis, has been a critical player and a seasoned boutique company in the audio industry since its inception 10 years ago.

JST fosters a unique commitment to artists, musicians, and audio professionals – viewing them as creative individuals rather than just customers. With a focus on combining technical innovation with practical application, JST continues to empower audio professionals and music creators to achieve their creative vision with clarity and efficiency.

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