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Casio HT-700

By roboctopus on March 1, 2020 10:07 pm

Had an aimless week. Worked overtime, started three tracks that didn't really go anywhere.

A few weeks ago I picked up a Casio HT-700 "Pulse Code Modulation" synth for $30. Sort of a weird thing. Digital waveforms, but an analog VCF. (Same filter as the Korg Poly 800 actually!) You can edit the parameters and the filter sounds pretty good! But you have to edit the parameters with an obnoxious jog wheel and my unit's internal battery seems to be dead, because I can't save patches. I can still sweep the filter at least.

This is just a test of this thing. I like its brass sounds. Weirdly, it seems to be paraphonic. I think there's just one envelope/amp because the envelope retriggers every time a note is pressed regardless of the state of the other notes. So this is one track of the HT-700 and the envelopes are just triggering all over the place haha.

Sequencing and drums via Octatrack.

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March 2, 2020 1:26 am

Congrats on getting something together despite the distractions! Interested to hear what you do with this synth.

March 3, 2020 9:47 pm

Good score for $30! Your track reminds me of some early Heaven 17 or Human League pulse synths. Definitely some some smooth synth brass.  I also remember the Korg Poly 800, which at the time I regarded as trash with thin sounds, but oof course now I'm nostalgic for one.  Nice melody and warm bass tones. I dig it!

March 4, 2020 10:11 pm

March 8, 2020 3:20 pm

The reverb is a bit much and the otherwise triumphant synth is getting lost in the mix, but otherwise this is a nice little tune. The filter sounds great.

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