StarBurst HT is a rather unique sound expansion set for the HT6000 sample library, produced by Rhythmic Robot Audio. What makes StarBurst HT so unique is that this sound set uses Rhythmic Robot’s Casio HT6000 sampled content, and transforms the basic HT sounds provided into a lush sounding ambient instrument using advanced Kontakt parameters, and impulse response based
There is a backstory that led me to this challenge; In 1988, I purchased the Casio HT700 brand new. Before that I had only used Yamaha FM based synthesizers, and wanted to learn how to program synthesizers using a more conventional subtractive method, unlike the FM Operator techniques I had previously used. My budget being tight at the time, the HT700 had both the subtractive synthesis architecture, and a price that fit my budget.
The Casio HT-700
The Casio HT series employed Digital Spectrum Dynamic Synthesis using PCM waveforms combined with a parpaphonic analog filter. It took a lot to create professional sounding patches, but it was indeed possible. If you are lucky enough to own one of these forgotten gems, I actually have a few of my custom patches available on sound sheets for everyone here.
So I was reading Sample Library Review, browsing the latest releases, and came across an article; “Rhythmic Robot release HT6000 – with Bastille Day Special“. Nostalgia filled my mind as I reminisced over the beginnings of my sound programming glory days. And as before, the price was right with an intro price of $4.12! I immediately purchased the PatchVault HT6000 sample library, and loaded it up. PatchVault HT6000 comes with all 20 of the Upper Register factory presets from Casio’s HT6000. And as I played each and every preset one after the other, I can truly attest that it sounds exactly like it’s younger brother, the Casio HT700.
The Casio HT-6000
As my sound programming skills have advanced quite a bit since that fine day roughly 30 years ago, my nostalgic mood quickly turned into a self challenge …What if I could transform the HT into a more advanced sounding modern ambient instrument using my skills, and modern technology? Challenge accepted! And after 2 days I present to you …StarBurst HT!
StarBurst HT Interface
StarBurst HT is a sound expansion pack for Rhythmic Robot Audio’s PatchVault HT6000. To experience this expansion, you will need both PatchVault HT6000, and Kontakt version 5.6.8. This expansion pack includes 10 single patches and 10 multi patches, a GUI that resembles the color and look of HT series synthesizers, and impulse response WAV files. I used 8 of the 20 PatchVault HT6000 samples to create the 10 single patches as follows:
- Ambient Pad I (Hi ) = String Ensemble
- Ambient Pad II (Low) = String Ensemble
- Astral Ambience = Cathedral
- Celestial Harp = Harp
- Cosmic Brass = Brass Ensemble
- Event Horizon = Synth Ensemble
- Spirit Cave = Cosmic Dance
- StarBurst = Synth Bells
- Solina = Synth Ensemble 2
- Vocodian = Synth Ensemble 2
The 10 Multi patches combine single patches, but sound nothing like their single counterparts, as I did a lot of re-programming of the initial singles within the multipatches to create an entirely different result. The 10 multi patches and their counterparts are as follows:
- Astral Traveller = StarBurst, Astral Ambience
- Cosmic Ensemble = Ambient Pad I, Cosmic Brass
- Enchanted = Celestial Harp, Ambient Pad I, Solina
- Ethereal = Vocodian x2, Solina, Ambient Pad I, Celestial Harp
- Fantasynth = Ambient Pad II, Spirit Cave
- Galactic Pad = Astral Ambience x2, Solina, Ambient Pad I
- Multiverse = Event Horizon, StarBurst, Ambient Pad II
- Requiem = Solina, Vocodian
- Solid-State Symphony = Cosmic Brass, Solina
- String Machine = Solina X2
8/15/2017: Although the expansion set is complete, I still have to create documentation, a listening preview, and a download area before release, but thought I would let everyone know what to expect within the next few days, so if you already havent had the chance to purchase Rhythmic Robot’s PatchVault HT6000 collection, now is a great time to add this nostalgic sample library to your instrument collection! Expect a release within the week
8/18/2017 UPDATE: StarBurst HT Released – Click here to try this Sound Expansion Set for Fee!