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Heat Up 2 (Affiliate Link) is an instrument for your DAW that comes with sounds and tone across different genres. Included in Heat Up 2 bundle is RnB Essentials Expansion Pack. INITIAL AUDIO did send a review copy with no strings attached. We did also do receive BLACKOUT (Affiliate Link), HIPHOP LEGENDS (Affiliate Link), and TRAP OR DIE (Affiliate Link)as additional expansion.



After purchase, you download and install the packages and use the plugin as an instrument in your daw. I used it mainly in FL Studio (MAC) that has become recently my DAW of choice for selected genres where Heat Up 2 fits perfectly.


I never touched nexus and come from the Kontakt and other synths world. To be honest I was not sure what to expect. Heat Up 2 two has changed my opinion on a ROMpler. I will continue to call Heat Up 2 a virtual instrument. A ROMpler for me is a sample player (like Falcon or Kontakt) which is based on samples. Same as other players with some unique differences. Heat Up 2 content is packaged differently, and the expansions are glued into the Heat Up 2 ecosystem.

With the base bundle you receive a very good variety of sounds and instruments to start your next track. All sounds are geared towards EDM, hip-hop, lo-fi and fusion productions.

Included in Heat Up 2 are 808´s, Arps, Bass, Bells, Brass, Choirs, Drums, Keys, Leads, Pads, Plucks, Hits, Strings, Synths, Guitars, and you can easily expand this further with the additional expansion packs. I did have a lot of fun with the included presets and the three expansions, they have a good vibe and are dope.

After starting it the first time, I was able to find great sounding samples to create quickly my first test track in FL Studio. I used FL Studio (Review is incoming) here as it an agile and IMHO best tool to produce these kinds of music, compared to my other “main” DAWs which are Cubase and logic for the more complex and cinematic score and pro tools for mixing and mastering. Credit for convincing me to use and review FL Studio goes to MG The Future.


The sound produced by HEAT UP 2 can be shaped and changed. For that, you can use one of the many included effects, arpeggiator, gate and other tools. Alternative you can assign 3rd party plugins after the instrument to take the sound further and become an unheard new sound.

Heat Up 2 Sequencer US Skin
Heat Up 2 Sequencer using the US Skin

While doing the review of Heat Up 2 I could also take a deep dive into the expansions  BLACKOUT, HIP-HOP LEGENDS, and TRAP OR DIE. I can only recommend all these expansions and plan to do a detailed review of the other available ones as well in the future. To cater for the need to have a new and fresh sound you can extend your talent across various music genres.

365 additional Instrument, 12 GB Content

HipHop Legends is a must have if you were producing hip-hop, Westcoast, Rap, Trap, and RnB. Just great sound some you will recognize “somehow”.

500 additional Instrument, 29 New Skins, 17 GB Content

Blackout hits with 808´s, Bass, Bells, Brass, Choirs, Leads, Drums, Effects, Hits, Keys, Pads, Plucks, Strings, Synths, Harps, and Guitars. Great if you are producing Dubstep, Trap, Electro, House, and hip-hop. Blackout comes also with 29 additional Skins for Heat Up 2.

350 Additional Trap Genre Instruments, 12 GB Content

If you into this genre it is a no-brainer. Included are Bass, 808´s, Bells, Brass, Choirs, DrumKits, Keys, Leads, Pads, Plucks, Stabs, Stringed Instruments, Strings, and Synths.

ExpansionPacks Heatup2 VST Trap HipHop RnB

Optional at a cost Expansion Packs for Heat Up2. The quality of the sounds included in the principal bundle and expansion I received is surpassing. If you work a lot with samples in your production to buy this package would give you a business advantage as you spend would be reduced, and you have a large combination that you can expand as needed.

User interface & Usability

After launching it did remind me of the nexus rompler which I did know remotely. The interface is quick to use and offers a great browser to run through the sounds on board or if purchased the expansion pack. The plugin is perfectly functional. The UI is resizable which is a plus.

Heat Up 2 FXs

If you are in the mood to change the skin of the instrument there are plenty available with the base product –  I changed mine already.

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Overall the tool loads the sounds fantastic fast. A beginner will experience a smooth start. Expansions can add skins to the list of new UI looks.

Heat Up 2 Skins
Heat Up 2 Skins (Cubase)

Rating:  Five out of five stars

Heat Up 2 (Affiliate Link) is a phenomenal Virtual Instrument. You may call it a ROMpler that comes with a high-quality sound library. Heat Up two is quick to use due to its low CPU usage and interface. There is a surpassing asset of inspiring and just fitting sound to get you started and can be tweaked within the tool.

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Slice 1.1.6 Available + 4 New Slice Expansion Packs



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Slice 1.1.6

Slice version 1.1.6 has been released. In order to update Slice, download the patch from my updates at my account.

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Slice Version 1.1.6

  • Fixed the drums not being able to be triggered from midi in some situations.
  • Fixed dragging a slice to the Bass sample or drum tracks display not working.
  • Fixed the black screen caused by systems with old openGL versions or certain onboard graphic chips.

4 New Slice Expansion Packs

  1. While Retro Lofi comes with vintage lofi loops, Chronicles brings you authentic west coast loops and drumkits inspired by dr. dre, the game, and many more.
  2. Hustle comes with epic-sounding melodic loops and drumkits inspired by Justice League, Rick Ross, Meek Mill, and the whole MMG movement.
  3. Medusa 2 comes with modern, minimalistic Trap loops and drumkits.
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Find out more about the expansion packs here.

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Initial Slice a Loop Slicer and Sampler



Initial Slice a Loop Slicer and Sampler

Loop Slicer and Sampler

Initial Slice is a loop slicer and beat making plugin. Load audio loops via drag and drop to slice, loop, reverse, pitch shift or even time stretch them. Initial Slice also comes with multiple built in piano rolls so you can create sequences right in the box. On top of this we have an advanced drum sequencer, bass sequencer, playlist editor, 4 effect racks (each with 11 built in effects) and lots of top quality content.

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  • Over 300 Unique Royalty Free Factory Samples
  • Over 300 Unique Factory Beatstarters
  • Over 160 Drum Sounds
  • 1.8 GB in size
  • Windows: 64 Bit VST
  • Mac: Audio Unit & VST (Big Sur and Apple Silicon compatible)
  • Standalone Version for Windows and Mac
  • Digital download after purchase incl. 3 Machine based Serial Keys
  • Lifetime free updates. Pay once get all future updates for free.

Includes 300 Loops

Initial Slice comes with over 300 loops and over 300 beat starters, as well as over 160 drum samples. We have prepared a demo beat for every loop in Slice, easily selected by clicking the “Beat” button that comes next to every preset in the Library window. This makes it a perfect plugin for producers looking for new content and ideas to inspire their next hit song.

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Create your own Libraries, drum patterns and beat starters and share them with others or even sell them online. Slice saves all samples and drum sounds you use into the project file, users don’t have to deal with files and folders but can simply load new content via drag and drop.

Pricing and Availability

Initial Slice is available now.


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Heatup3 Expansion Pack “Grind” by Initial Audio



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Initial Audio released a new HEATUP3 (Affiliate Link) expansion. Grind (Affiliate Link) comes with over 300 additional presets for Heatup3 inspired by modern Hip-hop and Trap genre artists such as Pop Smoke, Ufo361, Lil Pump, Travis Scott, Luciano, and many more. Expand your Heatup3 (Affiliate Link) library with new 808´s, vox presets, drums, basses, leads, pads, plucks, strings, synths, keys, and more.

All instruments in GRIND – HEATUP3 EXPANSION (Affiliate Link) has been captured in 24Bit / 44.1kHz stereo format. This expansion is ~3GB in size, Heatup3 in VST or Audio Unit format is needed to use this expansion pack.

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