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Symbolic Sound | Capybara 320


Capybara-320 Sound Computation Engine is a multi-processor hardware accelerator for the award-winning Kyma software sound design environment. Based on the Motorola DSP-56309 chip running at 80 MHz, the Capybara 320 base unit provides a minimum of four DSPs (expandable to 28) with multi-channel I/O, synchronization to external clocks, and 96 MB of sample RAM (expandable to 672 Mb) in a low-noise, rack-mountable package connected to a desktop or laptop Macintosh or Windows PC.

This gives you 5 to 8 times more real time processing power than was previously possible. That translates into more polyphony, higher sampling rates, more I/O channels, denser textures, and more computationally intensive algorithms such as full-blown spectral analysis and additive resynthesis, all performed in real time.

Sound designers for music, games, film, and advertising have been using the Kyma software environment (commercially available since 1991) to design unique sound synthesis and processing algorithms that they can then fine-tune or perform in real time using the Capybara hardware accelerator (without having to rely upon the memory or processing resources of the host computer for sound generation.)

Hardware Specifications:

Basic Configuration

4 Motorola 56309 DSPs
96 MB sample RAM
12 expansion slots
I/O and external sync (see below)
External desktop or rackmount case (protects the DSPs and converters from the electrically noisy environment inside your personal computer, and leaves valuable slot-space free to use for other cards on your host computer) 

Expansion Card

2 Motorola 56309 DSPs
48 MB sample RAM (per card)
Up to 12 cards can be added 

Inputs and Outputs

4-8 channels
32-96 kHz sample rate
Balanced Analog & Digital (AES/EBU) 

External Synchronization

Word Clock input
House Sync input
VITC & LTC Timecode input and output 

Interface options

Requires only a single slot on your host computer (all 12 expansion slots are on the Capybara itself)

PC(MCIA) to laptop machines
ISA or NuBus for older machines 
A Firewire interface was later designed as an option
BrandSymbolic Sound
ModelCapybara 320
Engine TypeDigital
LFOAlmost unlimited; System dependent.
Engine DetailedAdditive, Distortion, Formant, Frequency Modulation, Granular, Karplus–Strong, Phase Distorion, Physical modelling, Resynthesis, Sampling, Subtractive, Vector synthesis, Wave Table. Additive, Pink Noise, Pulse, Saw Down, Saw Up, Sine, Square, Triangle, User Drawn, Wave Table, White Noise
Sampler24 bit, 32 kHz, 96 kHz. 96 Mb RAM, expandable to 672 Mb, 32-100 kHz sampling rate, 24 bit.
Filter (VCF)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. Many traditional and novel filters are provided. You can design your own modal filters from scratch.
Envelope (VCA)Modules or user definable Envelopes, scriptable by CapyTalk or function generators.
ArpeggiatorUser definable
RecordingDAW like environment
Key typeN/A
Audio8 I-O, SPDIF
Produced:1998 - 2009
Legend: Obvious Y: Yes, N: No, N/A: Not Applicable
VCO Voltage Controlled Oscillator DCO Digital Controlled Oscillator
LFO Low Frequency Oscillator Sub Sub Oscillator
VCF Voltage Controlled Filter VCA Voltage Controlled Amplifier
Velocity As with a piano, the harder you hit a key, the louder the sound, unlike most organs which always produce the same loudness no matter how hard you hit a key. Aftertouch Pressing a key after you activated it. Channel Aftertouch, no matter which key, it will send a Channel message. Poly Aftertouch, sends the pressure per key instead of the whole channel.
Values for OSC, LFO, Filter, Envelope are per voice unless stated otherwise.

Manuals, patches etc.


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