Free The Tone : HEAT BLASTER HB-2
Yuki Hayashi had a dream. Unlike most of us Yuki was able to manifest that dream into something tangible, audible and stompable the very next day. Enter the Heat Blaster, an unabashed distortion pedal which owes its inspiration to high gain amps and Yuki’s tenacity. It first saw the light of day during Yuki’s tenure at Providence but it has recently been upgraded somewhat and released once again under Yuki’s own Free The Tone brand. The pedal has all sorts of subtle EQ options and possibilities, designed specifically for the pro who will appreciate such versatility on stage. The Heat Blaster is a formidable and very musical distortion pedal. As we sometimes say in Australia, it’s a ripper!
Guitar : 2013 Smitty Custom Guitars “The Hog”. An all mahogany Telecaster featuring Brierley Vintage Modern Pickups and Eric Smid’s impeccable workmanship.
Amp: Fender Super-Sonic V-Custom LTD (right) and Laney L50H half-stack (left)
Cables : Providence and Montreux
Mic : Shure SM57 (Fender); Samson Airline77 (me); Violet Design The Amethyst (Laney).
Camera : Canon 60D (me) and Sony HDR CX150 (pedal)
Soundcard : AVID Mbox Pro 3
Computer : Apple iMac 27″ i7 3.4 GHz 16 GB RAM
Software : Pro Tools 10 LE, Waves CLA Guitars (slight comp over input track), Waves L3-16 Limiter (to keep levels in check at output), Apple Final Cut Pro X (video editing and Youtube compression).