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Symbolic Sound | Capybara 66


The Capybara-66 is the third incarnation of the hardware component of the Kyma System. Due to software optimizations and a doubling of the clock speed, this newer hardware provides more than twice the polyphony of the previous (Capybara-33) hardware. Additionally, the Capybara-66 comes with 3 megabytes of sample RAM per card standard. All Capybara-33's were upgradable, meaning that Kyma users could upgrade, rather than having to retire the old hardware.

The Capybara-66 is an external rack-mountable processor that has a motherboard and eight expansion slots. Each expansion card provides an additional Motorola 56002 DSP processor running at 66 Mhz plus an additional 3 megabytes of sample RAM. The Capybara has 16-bit oversampled stereo D/A and A/D converters standard with an optional AES/EBU and S/PDIF digital I/O. Internal arithmetic is done at 24-bits per sample, so it can take advantage of external, 20-bit converters.


PowerPC or 680xx-based machines with PCI, PCMCIA, or NuBus 

80386/80486/Pentium computers running Windows95 with PCI, PCMCIA, or ISA
BrandSymbolic Sound
ModelCapybara 66
Engine TypeDigital
LFOEnvelope, Noise, Sample & Hold, Saw Up, Saw Down, Sine, Square, Triangle, Key Sync
Engine DetailedAdditive, Distortion, Formant, Frequency Modulation, Granular, Karplus–Strong, Resynthesis, Sampling, Subtractive, Vector synthesis, Wave Table. Additive, Pink Noise, Pulse, Saw Down, Saw Up, Sine, Square, Super Saw, Triangle, User Drawn, Wave Table, White Noise
Sampler16 bit, 11.025 kHz, 22.05 kHz, 32 kHz, 44.1 kHz, 48 kHz. Real time sampling and key-mapped multi samples supported. Optional sample RAM expansion up to 96 Mb on a fully expanded system.
Filter (VCF)6dB Slope, 12dB Slope (2-pole), 18dB Slope, 24dB Slope (4-pole), 36dB Slope , 48dB Slope (8-pole), All Pass, High Pass, Low Pass, Resonance, Serial, Parallel. Additional Filters: Analysis Filter, Averaging Lowpass, Graphic EQ, Harmonic Resonator, Presence Filter, RE-Resonator, Two-Formant Element.
Envelope (VCA)Attack, Decay, Sustain, Release, User Drawn, Additional envelopes: AR, Chopper, Function Generator, Multi slope Function Generator, Scaled interpolating One Shot, Warped Time Index
FXDelayWithFeedback, ReverbSection, Vocoder, IteratedWaveshaper, Waveshaper, MultiplyingWaveshaper, Compressor, Spectral modifiers.
SequencerCalled Event Generators: Analog Sequencer module, SoundToEvent module.
Key typeN/A
AudioStereo I-O. Optional AES/EBU and S/PDIF digital audio interface
Produced:1996 - 1998
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.

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