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Symbolic Sound Corporation Capybara-66

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The Capybara-66 is the third incarnation of the hardware component of the Kyma System. Due to software optimizations and a doubling of the clock speed, this newer hardware provides more than twice the polyphony of the previous (Capybara-33) hardware. Additionally, the Capybara-66 comes with 3 megabytes of sample RAM per card standard. All Capybara-33's were upgradable, meaning that Kyma users could upgrade, rather than having to retire the old hardware.

The Capybara-66 is an external rack-mountable processor that has a motherboard and eight expansion slots. Each expansion card provides an additional Motorola 56002 DSP processor running at 66 Mhz plus an additional 3 megabytes of sample RAM. The Capybara has 16-bit oversampled stereo D/A and A/D converters standard with an optional AES/EBU and S/PDIF digital I/O. Internal arithmetic is done at 24-bits per sample, so it can take advantage of external, 20-bit converters.


PowerPC or 680xx-based machines with PCI, PCMCIA, or NuBus

80386/80486/Pentium computers running Windows95 with PCI, PCMCIA, or ISA

Technical Specifications
Type: Digital
Synthesis: Additive, Distortion, Formant, Frequency Modulation, Granular, Karplus–Strong, Resynthesis, Sampling, Subtractive, Vector synthesis, Wave Table
Oscillators: *
Waveforms: Additive, Pink Noise, Pulse, Saw Down, Saw Up, Sine, Square, Super Saw, Triangle, User Drawn, Wave Table, White Noise
Oscillator Notes:
Various sample based and spectral oscillators and oscillator banks.
Sampling: 16 bit, 11.025 kHz, 22.05 kHz, 32 kHz, 44.1 kHz, 48 kHz
Sampling Notes:
Real time sampling and key-mapped multi samples supported. Optional sample RAM expansion up to 96 Mb on a fully expanded system.
Envelopes: User definable
Evelope Paramerters: Attack, Decay, Sustain, Release, User Drawn
Envelope Notes::
Additional envelopes: AR, Chopper, Function Generator, Multi slope Function Generator, Scaled interpolating One Shot, Warped Time Index
Filters: User Definable
Types: 6dB Slope, 12dB Slope (2-pole), 18dB Slope, 24dB Slope (4-pole), 36dB Slope, 48dB Slope (8-pole), All Pass, High Pass, Low Pass, Resonance, Serial, Parallel
Filter Notes:
Additional Filters: Analysis Filter, Averaging Lowpass, Graphic EQ, Harmonic Resonator, Presence Filter, RE-Resonator, Two-Formant Element.
LFO: User Definable
LFO Parameters: Envelope, Noise, Sample & Hold, Saw Up, Saw Down, Sine, Square, Triangle, Key Sync
LFO Notes::
The Oscillator can be used as an LFO, as can the various function generators and envelopes.
Polyphony & Tuning
Polyphony: *
Tuning: Atonal, Micro, Standard
DelayWithFeedback, ReverbSection, Vocoder, IteratedWaveshaper, Waveshaper, MultiplyingWaveshaper, Compressor, Spectral modifiers.
Called Event Generators: Analog Sequencer module, SoundToEvent module.
Chips and Operating System
Kyma 4

The idea of Kyma is to put a modular synthesizer, sampler, and effects processor entirely into software where it can be easily integrated with other software such as sequencers, wave editors and digital audio workstations. Synthesis and processing algorithms are designed by hooking modules together graphically on the screen of your Macintosh or Windows personal computer. The graphical signal-flow diagrams are computed in real time by the DSPs in the Capybara-66.

In addition to providing standard synthesis and processing modules in an extremely flexible, modular form, Kyma also provides some unique, frequency-domain processing algorithms including spectral morphing and cross-synthesis.
Case: Desktop, Rack
Case Details: Optional rack mount kit
Rack Size: 19", 4U, Full
Dimensions (WxDxH): 17 x 16.5 x 5.5 inches
Weight: 6.8 kg (15 lbs)
Audio Output Connections: 1/4" Phone Jack, Stereo Main
Audio Output Count: 2 balanced 1/4" TRS
Audio Output Notes: Optional AES/EBU and S/PDIF digital audio interface
Inputs: 2 balanced 1/4” TRS
DAC Bits: 16
DAC Frequency Rate: 48 kHz
Power: 145 W at 100-120 or 200-240 VAC, 50-60 hz
Year Released: 1996
Year Discontinued: 1998
Design Notes:

November 96 Champaign, IL - Symbolic Sound Corporation's Kyma Sound Design Workstation will be 10 years old in November, 1996. Kyma is a graphical signal flow language that runs on Macintosh and Windows computers and does real-time synthesis and processing on a multi-DSP signal processor called the Capybara.

The first version of Kyma was written by Carla Scaletti in November 1986, and it used the Platypus digital audio signal processor built by Lippold Haken and Kurt Hebel of the CERL Sound Group. In August 1987, Scaletti gave a live demonstration of the system during her paper presentation at the International Computer Music Conference. This presentation was written up by Bob Moog in Keyboard as one of the technologies to watch in the future (Kyma shared this designation with three other technologies in that article: "physical modelling", "granular synthesis", and the Motorola 56000 DSP).

In 1989 Scaletti and Hebel left the CERL Sound Group to form Kymatics, later to become Symbolic Sound Corporation. In 1990, Kyma was ported to the Capybara, Hebel's multiple-56000 replacement for the single-board Platypus, and the first Kyma system was delivered in January, 1991.

Since that time, the hardware has been upgraded first to the Capybara-33, and then this year to the Capybara-66. There have been three major software releases, three minor releases, and the software has been ported from the original Macintosh platform to include Windows platforms, and with the introduction of the PCI card this year, Power Macintoshes as well.

Symbolic Sound would like to thank all Kyma owners for their foresight, vision, and support of the future of sound and music on computers!
MSRP List Price: $4400 - convert

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