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Symbolic Sound Corporation Paca

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The Paca is the entry level engine for the Kyma system. It is essentially half a Pacarana with two processors and 1 GB of RAM (upgradable to 2 GB). Otherwise the two are identical and run the same software.


The most powerful sound design workstation on the planet — that’s what Electronic Musician magazine called the Kyma sound design environment. Future Music called it the Holy Grail of sound design. Kyma’s effectiveness arises from its unique set of algorithms, the ease with which you can create endless combinations of those algorithms, and the unprecedented degree of real-time responsive control over the sound parameters.

What is it that people love about Kyma? For some people it’s having an unbounded environment for creating sounds that have never been heard before. Others cite outstanding technical support and the super-stability and reliability of the Kyma hardware and software during live performances. Still others rave about the continuous stream of free software updates full of new features and synthesis/processing algorithms. And everyone loves the legendary Kyma sound.

Every Pacarana comes with the award-winning Kyma sound design software — software that provides sound design inspiration when you need it; live performance environments that are rock-solid-stable yet with an inspiring degree of choice, control and responsiveness; plus context-sensitive help and information displays to minimize interruptions in the creative flow. All with the meticulous, uncompromising obsession with sound quality that’s become synonymous with Kyma.

Kyma is easy to use — just point, click, and space: Point to the sound you want to hear, click to select it, and press the space bar to toggle between play and pause. To look inside, just double-click. That’s it. You’re well on your way to exploring the infinite sound multiverse of Kyma!

Technical Specifications
Type: Digital
Synthesis: Additive, Distortion, Formant, Frequency Modulation, Granular, Karplus–Strong, Linear Arithmetic, Phase Distorion, Physical modelling, Resynthesis, Sampling, Subtractive, SuperSaw, Vector synthesis, Virtual Analog, Wave Table
Oscillators: *
Waveforms: Additive, Pink Noise, Pulse, Pulse Variable, Saw Down, Saw Up, Sine, Square, Super Saw, Triangle, User Drawn, Wave Table, White Noise
Oscillator Notes:
Open ended platform; user defined.
Sampling: 16 bit, 24 bit, 32 kHz, 44.1 kHz, 48 kHz, 96 kHz
Sampling Notes:
Several sampling modules provided, fully scriptable.
Envelopes: Almost unlimited
Envelope Notes::
All types of envelopes and function generators are provided. Envelopes can also be scripted.
Filters: Resource dependent
Types: 6dB Slope, 12dB Slope (2-pole), 18dB Slope, 24dB Slope (4-pole), 36dB Slope, 48dB Slope (8-pole), All Pass, Band Limit, Band Pass, Band Reject, Band Stop, Comb, Formant, High Pass, Low Pass, Notch, Phase Warp, Resonance, Serial, Parallel, Parametric, Z-Plane
Filter Notes:
Just about any filter type is catered for. Users may also design their own modal filters from scratch.
LFO: Almost unlimited
LFO Notes::
User definable, some audio rate LFO's are provided.
Polyphony & Tuning
Polyphony: *
Tuning: Atonal, Micro, Standard
Fully user definable Arpeggiators.
Many types of experimental sequencers are included, you may define your own also. Kyma's Timeline is a DAW-like sequencer where you can set up and run a complete composition consisting of any combination of sounds.
Chips and Operating System
Kyma ("Wave" in Latin) is the user interface which allows you to take control of the Pacarana. It runs on a Mac or Windows computer.

The main part of the interface is graphical, but you can also use the CapyTalk scripting language in parameter fields. This is a Smalltalk based language which is specially adapted for control rate (1 khz) manipulation of sound parameters. This includes anything from a basic fader to full programs which contain step sequencers with unlimited steps, complex Stochastic processes and many, many other things.

Every aspect of Symbolic Sound’s new software release — Kyma 7 — was designed with inspiration in mind. In the new Multigrid, you can explore combinations of sources and effects with no interruption in the audio signal; in the Wave Editor Gallery, a single click automatically generates massive numbers of patches all based on your original sample; the new Parameter Assistant, Capytalk Reference, Inspiration tool, and web-based Questions and Answers make it easy to get up to speed quickly and get your questions answered when you need it. Derive even more inspiration from the Kyma Community Sound Library accessible from the Help menu in Kyma 7.

There’s nothing quite as daunting as a blank screen or silent speakers — it can be like the sound designer’s version of writer’s block. Once you have a starting point, though, it’s easier for inspiration to kick in. That’s when you can start tweaking and refining! Kyma 7 doesn’t do the sound design or composing for you; what it does do is to provide some initial material to help kick things off. Because once you get that initial inspiration, you’ll be off and running!
Case: Rack
Case Details: Rack mounting kits are optional extras
Rack Size: 19", 1U
Controls: Mod - Ribbon
Display Type: OLED
Dimensions (WxDxH): 10 x 11 x 1.77 inches
Weight: 1.7 kg
Audio Output Connections: Firewire, USB
Audio Output Count: Up to 8
Audio Output Notes: Dependent on connected interface
Inputs: Up to 8
Power: 100 - 220 VAC
Year Released: 2009
Used By
Ben Burtt, BT (Brian Transeau), John Paul Jones, A.R. Rahman, Amon Tobin, Stanley Cowell, Rich Costey, Cristian Vogel, Michael Johnson, Chris Carter and many more.
Design Notes:

In 1990, we started Symbolic Sound in a student apartment, building the first Capybaras at the kitchen table and working at desks made out of rejected doors from a lumber yard.

Like most artists/engineers/scientists and others who are passionate about their vocation, we’re driven by ideas and the desire to continuously (some might say obsessively) develop and refine our creations.

Kyma 7 represents three years of continuous development, creation, refinement, and close interaction with our alpha testers; this was followed by a grueling test period with our beta testers and preceded by 30 years of passion for sound (guided by graduate degrees in computer science, electrical engineering and music composition).

For us, it’s all about the sound, it’s about the ideas, and it’s about learning and developing our product and ourselves. Some companies sell whatever it takes to make money and please shareholders; we sell the results of our life’s work in order to make it possible for us to continue to refine and improve on that work and to share our results with others, so that they, in turn, can use it in their own creative or scientific work. Our biggest satisfaction comes from hearing how you’ve used Kyma in your own life’s work and learning even more from all of your experiences.

Thank you for caring about creativity, imagination, and high-quality sound!

Product Links
Company Product Sites:
[+] kyma.symbolicsound.com
Retail Street Price: $2970 - convert

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