So I’ve turned the abomination from the OP into a fully fledged track, merging it with some elements of a track I made for the stranger things challenge last month.
It’s all performed live in one take, the Heat is the only processing/enhancement. It needs some compression on the drums to glue them together a bit more and I need to run it through my DAW to bring the volume up (I’m recording directly into a zoom H4n and it has fuck all headroom) but overall I like what the Heat is doing. I’ve got it set to clean boost, drive around 100, wet about 110 and fully wet in the mix. There’s a little bit of envelope following the kick to give just a tiny bit of ducking and I’ve used the EQ to beef up the bass and tame those highs a bit (prob still not enough but fuck it, I’m happy with it).