Kurt Hebel and Carla Scaletti will be at Electronic Music Foundation’s midtown Manhattan studio on Monday the 20th of April to give demonstrations of Kyma and the new Pacarana hardware, fifth in a series of increasingly powerful sound computation engines designed and produced by Symbolic Sound to work in conjunction with the Kyma sound design environment.
The Pacarana is a powerful multiprocessor computer that runs alongside your Mac or PC. Like other computers, the function of the Pacarana is defined by its software. Unlike other computers, the Pacarana doesn’t have to run a huge general-purpose operating system with elaborate GUIs and multiple independent processes that can interrupt each other at any time. With the Pacarana, all compute cycles are dedicated to sound; you don’t have to share it with any other tasks.
The new hardware comes in two flavors. Flagship model Pacarana is 150% the power of a fully-loaded Capybara-320 for less than half the price. The entry-level Paca costs less than a Basic Capybara-320, but is 5 times more powerful.
On the back of the Pacarana—all the high-speed connectivity for digital audio production is built-in: two FireWire 800 ports, 2 USB ports, 100-base T Ethernet jack, and more. A DC power plug connects the Pacarana to an external power supply that auto-senses voltage and frequency of the AC power source no matter where in the world you travel.
The Pacarana communicates with the Kyma X software running under Mac OS or Windows via FireWire 800 (IEEE1394B) or an 800-to-400 adapter cable. Audio and MIDI input and output is handled via an external FireWire or USB converter or, for current Kyma owners, through a Capybara-320 with Flame FireWire I/O. Connect additional USB MIDI controllers like keyboards or fader boxes via the second USB port.
The warm and friendly orange OLED display is easy to read under any lighting conditions and from any angle. A light touch or flick of the finger is all it takes to quickly select or scroll through control and status display menus.
But the Pacarana is not just another pretty rack module. Every Pacarana comes with the Kyma sound design software with its thousands of patches, hundreds of plug-ins and an infinite variety of ways these can be combined together. Registered Kyma owners enjoy frequent free software updates, including new sound algorithms, editors, and features. The result? Your Pacarana actually improves with age.
You’ve already heard the sounds of Kyma in films like WALL•E, The Dark Knight, Finding Nemo and in games like Quake II, Mirror’s Edge, and Mage Knight. And you’ve heard the interactive musical sounds of Kyma both on albums and in live sets by legendary musicians and producers like John Paul Jones, A.R. Rahman, Rich Costey, BT, and many others.
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 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.
With the new entry-level model Paca, now even more people can gain full access to the same sound design environment used by top sound designers, musicians, and researchers all over the world. If you are serious about sound and sound design, you can’t afford not to get into Kyma.
The Pacarana and the Paca are available now, direct from Symbolic Sound, for $4402 and $2970 respectively. They ship worldwide. The Kyma X software requires Mac OS X 10.4 or newer.
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