About a month ago I was contacted by Jean-Luc of HEPTODE electronics based out of France. I did an interview with him and we talked about electronics and the company (read full interview here – Interview with Jean-Luc of Heptode Effects). Jean-Luc also sent over a couple of pedals that he wanted to demo, and we got around to demo’ing one of those pedals. This is the HEPTODE Heavy Tone. The Heavy Tone is inspired by the Soldano SLO-100 overdrive channel. He wanted to create a hi-gain sound and developed his dynamic hi-gain preamp called the Heavy Tone.
Controls are broken down to the following: Gain, Level, Bass, Middle and Treble. Additionally there is a CabSim (cabinet simulator) toggle if you plan to use this direct to a console or to a computer interface.
For this demo, we have Jimmy Rolle taking the Heavy Tone out for a drive. He’s using his Gibson Custom Shop Les Paul Elegant into a Germino Lead55 Head through a Marshall 4×12 cabinet. There is nothing between the guitar and the amp except for the HEPTODE Heavy Tone. Audio was recorded with a Fathead Ribbon Mic and a Shure SM57, both close mic’d.
You can listen to the high quality MP3 clip via SoundCloud
For more information about the HEPTODE Heavy Tone, please check out their website. HEPTODE pedals can be purchased via the Mad Ape in the US. There are 34 dealers in France, UK and Belgium (please contact HEPTODE for listing of dealers near you).