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<P><FONT SIZE=-1>This is part of the justification of&nbsp; KYMA&nbsp;
where you have a dedicated</FONT>
<BR><FONT SIZE=-1>external audio engine to execute your looping and signal
<BR><FONT SIZE=-1>programs.&nbsp; Systems like this and MARS have very
powerful programming</FONT>
<BR><FONT SIZE=-1>environments for the musician to design their own 
<BR><FONT SIZE=-1>More and more, development environments such as these
combine complete</FONT>
<BR><FONT SIZE=-1>flexibility in terms of your sound designs, and easy,
intuitive graphical</FONT>
<BR><FONT SIZE=-1>programming languages.&nbsp; (info on these systems can
be found at</FONT>

<P><FONT SIZE=-1>It's just a matter of time until most all of our gadgets
will offer some</FONT>
<BR><FONT SIZE=-1>level of this kind of interface.&nbsp; A significant
issue for me is, "what am I</FONT>
<BR><FONT SIZE=-1>gonna do with it once I have it."&nbsp; For that reason
alone, I spend a lot of</FONT>
<BR><FONT SIZE=-1>time on my powerbook hacking MAX/MSP.&nbsp; In 
I get more realistic</FONT>
<BR><FONT SIZE=-1>about stuff like looping and either cart a couple of
dedicated fast</FONT>
<BR><FONT SIZE=-1>computers along with me , or trim down the real-time
signal processing on</FONT>
<BR><FONT SIZE=-1>my notebook computer and farm it out to my Echoplex,
jam man, Boomerang or</FONT>

<P><FONT SIZE=-1>In some cases, like making rich ambient textures,&nbsp;
the latency just desn't</FONT>
<BR><FONT SIZE=-1>matter and it is a reasonable price to pay to be in 
of more aspects</FONT>
<BR><FONT SIZE=-1>of what your signal processing device is doing.&nbsp;
We're certainly in a</FONT>
<BR><FONT SIZE=-1>transition period between hardware and software based
models for our toys.</FONT>
<BR><FONT SIZE=-1>It's pretty exciting.&nbsp; Especially in performance
areas like looping (which</FONT>
<BR><FONT SIZE=-1>isn't that "expensive" in terms of computer processing
and won't incur as</FONT>
<BR><FONT SIZE=-1>much latency as more complicated signal processing) this
technology is</FONT>
<BR><FONT SIZE=-1>offering new creative, idiosyncratic opportunities for
musicians.&nbsp; It also</FONT>
<BR><FONT SIZE=-1>frees us from our traditional relationship to signal
processing device</FONT>
<BR><FONT SIZE=-1>makers where we can often grovel and beg for a simple
feature that would</FONT>
<BR><FONT SIZE=-1>make a world of difference to our music, but won't ever
be implemented</FONT>
<BR><FONT SIZE=-1>generally because it isn't important enough to the market
as a whole.</FONT>

<P><FONT SIZE=-1>cheers,</FONT>
<BR><FONT SIZE=-1>crb</FONT>

<BR><FONT SIZE=-1>Curtis Bahn</FONT>
<BR><FONT SIZE=-1>iEAR Studios, DCC 135</FONT>
<BR><FONT SIZE=-1>Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute</FONT>
<BR><FONT SIZE=-1>Troy, New York,</FONT>

<P>I would have to agree with the opinion that external dsp based audio
systems kick butt in a general and nonspecific way, and that we are moving
away from obsessive software/hardware based systems...&nbsp; I'd have to
say that I'd sell out immediately to the first company that created an
audio system that was built like a killer-computer (dedicated to audio
processing) but incorporated both the physical design features and the
functionality of the audio equipment that all this PC/Mac stuff is trying
to emulate...

<P>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; There are a number of systems out there that combine
ISA/PCI cards w/ external rackmountable interfaces.&nbsp; The most exciting
of these that I've been blessed to look at and drool at is the Layla 
I'm not certain whether or not this type of system fits in to the same
category as KYMA or MARS, I'm guessing its just a bit less powerful than
these systems.... then again, Layla isn't $4000.00, so whats to be 

<P>uh oh, my mind doth wander....me done fergot me point....... gotta go
to work.

<P>bye bye.