Symbolic Sound's Computers For Kyma
The Pacarana and Paca are two new multiprocessor computers optimized for capturing, processing and synthesizing sound for the Kyma Sound Design Environment.
Designed by Symbolic Sound Corporation to serve as a smaller, more affordable and more powerful replacement for the Capybara*320 sound computation engine, the new entry-level system is said to be 5 times more powerful and costs $500 less than the older entry-level configuration
With more sound designers going freelance, more musicians going on tour, and the airlines charging for each checked bag, Symbolic Sound designed the Pacarana and Paca to fit into a backpack, laptop case or in a small rolling rack. The Pacarana footprint is the same as that of a MacBook Pro 15" (the Paca is about 3 inches shorter) and is 1 rack unit in height.
On the back of the Paca(rana) are 2 USB ports, 2 FireWire 800 ports, and a DC power plug that connects to an external power supply brick (about the same size as the Mac Mini's power brick).
The Paca and Pacarana communicate with the Kyma X software running under Mac OS or Windows via FireWire 800 (IEEE 1394B) or FireWire 400 (IEEE 1394A) using an 800-to-400 adapter cable.
Audio and MIDI input and output is handled by an external FireWire or USB converter or, for current Kyma owners, through a Capybara-320 with Flame FireWire I/O.
Additional USB MIDI controllers like keyboards or fader boxes can be connected via the second USB port.
Pricing and Availability
Symbolic Sound is now shipping both the Paca and the Pacarana. The entry-level Paca is available for US $2970 and the professional studio model Pacarana is available for US $4402.
For more info: www.symbolicsound.com.
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