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Release Date: 24 October 1997

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

Symbolic Sound Corporation / PO Box 2530 / Champaign IL 61825-2530 / USA

Kyma on PowerBooks and PC Laptop Computers

New PC (PCMCIA) Card Interfaces Capybara to Laptops

October 1997, Champaign, IL - From now on, it will be easier for sound designers and musicians to take the Kyma Sound Design Workstation out on the road thanks to a new PC (formerly called PCMCIA)- style interface card newly available from Symbolic Sound Corporation. The Type-II PC card takes up only one slot in a laptop computer.

By putting the Capybara into a rack mount case and running the Kyma software on a PowerBook or PC laptop, musicians can now use Kyma for live processing on stage, sound designers can bring their Kyma systems along when they work at other studios or do live processing on a sound stage, researchers and educators can more easily bring Kyma into the classroom or lab, and all Kyma users can transport Kyma between home and work. Not having to transport or rent a desktop CPU and a bulky, fragile video monitor makes it much easier to travel with Kyma.

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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