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Symbolic Sound Kyma
General Specs
Years in use: 1999-2009
Website: http://www.symbolicsound.com/ 
Kyma is my computer system... you can basically program it to do whatever you want. - John Paul Jones, Symbolic Sound Website 

Kyma is a computer-based sound design/synthesis system developed by a team of electronic music graduates and enthusiasts in California who got together under the name Symbolic Sound in 1989. Running on Mac or PC, the computer acts as the front end for the sound shaping (by means of a user-friendly and mainly graphical drag-and-drop interface), while the DSP power required to do the number-crunching involved in the sound creation is supplied in a separate piece of hardware connected to the computer, the Capybara rack unit.

The system is very flexible, allowing for real-time synthesis in the computer in a number of styles from analogue-style subtractive, through FM and right up to modern-day resynthesis and granular techniques. Real-time sampling, hard disk recording, and audio processing are also possible.

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Symbolic Sound Kyma
Symbolic Sound Kyma
John Paul Jones with Manson Triple Neck Mandolin, October 29, 2005, Festival Mandolines de Lunel, Lunel, France
Symbolic Sound Kyma
John Paul Jones with Manson Triple Neck Mandolin, October 29, 2005, Festival Mandolines de Lunel, Lunel, France
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