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Symbolic Sound | Pacarana


Pacarana is a hardware engine containing up to 4 GB RAM and 4 powerful DSP chips specially tailored for audio. The engine needs a Mac or Windows computer for its graphical user interface, Kyma. It also requires a compatible audio interface for its audio and MIDI connections, via Firewire or USB 1.1 connectors. 


The most powerful sound design workstation on the planet — that’s what Electronic Musician magazine called the Kyma sound design environment. Future Music called it the Holy Grail of sound design. Kyma’s effectiveness arises from its unique set of algorithms, the ease with which you can create endless combinations of those algorithms, and the unprecedented degree of real-time responsive control over the sound parameters.

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 hardware and 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.

Every Pacarana comes with the award-winning Kyma sound design software — software that provides sound design inspiration when you need it; live performance environments that are rock-solid-stable yet with an inspiring degree of choice, control and responsiveness; plus context-sensitive help and information displays to minimize interruptions in the creative flow. All with the meticulous, uncompromising obsession with sound quality that’s become synonymous with Kyma.

Kyma is easy to use — just point, click, and space: Point to the sound you want to hear, click to select it, and press the space bar to toggle between play and pause. To look inside, just double-click. That’s it. You’re well on your way to exploring the infinite sound multiverse of Kyma!
BrandSymbolic Sound
Engine TypeDigital
LFOUser definable, some audio rate LFO's are provided.
Engine DetailedAdditive, Distortion, Formant, Frequency Modulation, Granular, Karplus–Strong, Linear Arithmetic, Phase Distorion, Physical modelling, Resynthesis, Sampling, Subtractive, SuperSaw, Vector synthesis, Virtual Analog, Wave Table. Additive, Pink Noise, Pulse, Pulse Variable, Saw Down, Saw Up, Sine, Square, Super Saw, Triangle, User Drawn, Wave Table, White Noise. 4 DSP, 1GB Ram (Expandable to 4 GB)
Sampler16 bit, 24 bit, 32 kHz, 44.1 kHz, 48 kHz, 96 kHz. Several sampling modules provided, fully scriptable.
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. Just about any filter type is catered for. Users may also design their own modal filters from scratch.
Envelope (VCA)All types of envelopes and function generators are provided. Envelopes can also be scripted.
ArpeggiatorFully user definable Arpeggiators.
RecordingMany types of experimental sequencers are included, you may define your own also. Kyma's Timeline is a DAW-like sequencer where you can set up and run a complete composition consisting of any combination of sounds.
Key typeN/A
AudioUp to 8 I-O USB, Firewire
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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