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Release Date: 15 December 1997

CONTACT: Carla Scaletti / +217-355-6273 / FAX: +217-355-6562

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Kyma Wins Electronic Musician Editors' Choice Award

Kyma 4.5 Named Best Sound Design Workstation of 1997

December 1997, Champaign, IL - Kyma was named the best sound design workstation of 1997 in Electronic Musician's annual Editors' Choice Award issue (the January 1998 issue is on US newstands by mid December 97). This same issue also contains an in-depth review of Kyma 4.5.

Each year in January, the editors of Electronic Musician meet to vote on what they consider the "finest, hippest, and most innovative" electronic music-related hardware and software released during the previous year. Kyma 4.5 was awarded this honor in the sound design workstation category for products released during 1997.

Kyma Background

Kyma is modular, software-based audio synthesis and processing accelerated by DSP hardware. Sound designers use a graphical signal flow editor on the screen of either a Macintosh or PC to specify how to synthesize and process the sound. The signal flow diagram is turned into a program for the multiple-DSP Capybara hardware (which connects to the host computer via PCI, NuBus, ISA, or, for laptops, a PC card).

In addition to its open-endedness and flexibility, Kyma provides sound designers with several unusual synthesis and processing possibilities including spectral morphing, granular synthesis, vocoding, cross-synthesis, analog-style synthesis and sequencing and a graphic spectrum editor where you can redraw components of the spectrum and hear the results in real time. Kyma version 4.5 was demonstrated in September at the Audio Engineering Society conference and trade show in New York.

Symbolic Sound

The Symbolic Sound Corporation designs, produces, and markets hardware and software for digital audio. The first Kyma system was delivered in January 1991, and since that time, there have been five major software upgrades, two hardware upgrades and ports from the original 680xx Macintosh platform to Windows machines and PowerMacs. The sixth major software upgrade, Kyma version 4.5, began shipping in August.

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