Showing posts with label Kyma. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Kyma. Show all posts

Monday, October 30, 2023

Kyma - Bitwig: Making Wobbles and Beats

video upload by Frequency Manipulator

"Starting with my new Kyma sound, 'One Wave', it takes one wavetable, which drives the Oscillator shape, Amplitude Envelope Shape, Filter LFO Shape, and is also waveshaping the resonance loop. The results are varied. Despite the random shapes of the waves, all the modulation stretches to tempo.
Drop a comment if you want the sound."

Wednesday, June 07, 2023

Particle Rhythm Machine Techno Experiment Kyma

video upload by Frequency Manipulator

"Well this was a bit of fun, trying to constrain random Geigier pings to tempo in Kyma. Check out my chunky toggle switches. They Rock. Thanks Dan."

Tuesday, January 18, 2022

A DARK PLOT OF LAND Abstract 429 Haken Continuum And Kyma System

video upload by Outsider Sound Design

"This is a sound and video animation I made for mixed media artwork 429.

Through deconstruction and reconstruction the work continuously evolves and with every new permutation offers a new message.

The original artwork is available for purchase at

Sounds were performed with the Haken Continuum and Kyma system.

Experimental music available at

Please consider supporting this channel by purchasing a sample pack or music download from"

Monday, September 27, 2021

Understanding Granular Synthesis (Symbolic Sound Kyma GrainCloud & SampleCloud) | Simon Hutchinson

video upload by Simon Hutchinson

"Explaining granular synthesis and giving demonstrations with the Kyma GrainCloud and SampleCloud sound objects.

Granular synthesis is a synthesis technique where we can assemble new sounds from very short "grains" of sound. We can do this with wavetables or longer samples, breaking them down into these short grains before reconstituting them back together in unique ways. Because we can change all of these tiny parts that make up our new sounds, there are exciting opportunities for real time control and performance.

#Synthesis #GranularSynthesis #Kyma #SymbolicSoundKyma

0:00 Intro, Defining Granular Synthesis
0:30 Surf's Up
0:52 Example: Driving Game Tire Screech
1:25 Software & Hardware Choices
2:40 Kyma GrainCloud and SampleCloud
3:10 Talking through GrainCloud Parameters
4:07 Listening to the GrainCloud
5:22 Jitter
7:49 Changing the Waveform
9:25 SampleCloud
10:03 TimeIndex (Where Are You Getting Your Grains)
11:41 PanJitter with SampleCloud
12:22 Changing the Sample (Furby)
12:49 Change TimeIndex Algorithmically
14:33 Frequency Jittter in SampleCloud
15:52 Adding Reverb
16:35 Back to Maunal TimeIndex
16:56 Multiple Parameters and Interactivity
18:53 Closing Thoughts, So What?"

Saturday, August 07, 2021


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Friday, May 07, 2021

The History of The Cat Synthesizer | Exclusive Creator Interview | Performances | Cats | Slime

video by Fortress of Sound

Update: Moving this up for the interview with Carmine Bonanno, creator of The Cat, and it's pretty much the stand out video of the day. Silver Apples gets a mention, followed by Wendy Carlos, Moog, and of course ARP. So, the real queestion is, was Carmine the first synth cat?
P.S. Cool posters and shirt!

"A deep dive into one of my favorite monophonic synthesizers ever, The Cat by Octave Electronics. Featuring demos, performances, an exclusive interview with the inventor, Carmine Bonanno, and more!

00:00​ Introduction
00:30​ Multi-Track Song
01:20​ Feature Breakdown
02:42​ Slime
03:13​ Demo Dungeon
06:55​ The Cat is untamable
07:45​ Carmine Bonanno Interview & History
16:07​ This Cat can Purrr
17:05​ The Beards & The Bees featuring Spaceman
17:50​ The Bad & Key bushing/contact repair
19:20​ Behringer Copy Cat
19:41​ Does it Tuba?
20:30​ Outro
21:00​ Multi-Track Song Outro Jam

Thanks for watching, and comment below what you'd like to see next!

You can support my channel by buying my music @

This video would not have been possible without these resources!,_Carmine"

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Saturday, December 05, 2020


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Wednesday, June 26, 2019

HMM Pattern Generator for Kyma 7.25

Published on Jun 26, 2019 SymbolicSound

"Discover the latent patterns lurking with MIDI files and generate continuously evolving sequences based on those patterns."

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

HMMPatternGenerator - New Pattern Generator for Kyma 7.25

HMMPatternGenerator from Symbolic Sound on Vimeo.

Generate sequences based on the patterns discovered in your MIDI files

CHAMPAIGN — June 12, 2019 — Symbolic Sound today released a new module that generates endlessly evolving sequences based on the patterns it discovers in a MIDI file. HMMPatternGenerator, the latest addition to the library of the world's most advanced sound design environment, is now available to sound designers, musicians, and researchers as part of a free software update: Kyma 7.25.

Composers and sound designers are masters of pattern generation — skilled at inventing, discovering, modifying, and combining patterns with just the right mix of repetition and variation to excite and engage the attention of a listener. HMMPatternGenerator is a tool to help you discover the previously unexplored patterns hidden within your own library of MIDI files and to generate endlessly varying event sequences, continuous controllers, and new combinations based on those patterns.

What can HMMPatternGenerator do for you?

Sunday, May 12, 2019

KISS2019 - Kyma International Sound Symposium in Busan, South Korea Announced

The press release follows:

Kimchi and Kyma — KISS2019: Resonance

Sound designers, electronic musicians and researchers to meet in Busan South Korea 29 August through 1 September 2019 for the KISS2019 international symposium and music festival

Busan, South Korea (12 May 2019) — Sound designers, musicians, researchers and students of sound will meet in the coastal city of Busan, South Korea from 29 August – 1 September 2019 for the 11th annual Kyma International Sound Symposium (KISS2019) — four days and nights of hands-on workshops, live electronic music performances, and research presentations on the theme: Resonance (공명).

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Kyma Drums: Step Sequencer & Synthesis Demonstration

Published on Feb 14, 2019 Frequency Manipulator

"Welcome to Kyma Drums:
7 Freshly Encapsulated Sounds for the Kyma Sound Design Platform. Kick, Snare, Hats/ Metal Work, Clap, Shaker, Wood Block, and a Cowbell. All synthesised from the basic Kyma Prototypes.

Inspired by the legends, this collection is flexible and punchy. These sounds are available on the Symbolic Sound Share.

I do have a sample set if you are interested in trying them out in your sampler of choice."

Sunday, January 13, 2019

Euclidean Techno Experiment for SSC Kyma and Sherman Filterbank.

Published on Jan 12, 2019 Frequency Manipulator

"This is a test of my synthesised Kyma percussion, which is being sequenced using Euclidean divisions. The results are processed through the Sherman Filterbank, the ADSR envelope on the Sherman is also being triggered by Euclidean Rhythms generated by the Kyma.

The signal is then heavily limited by an 1176 clone in nuke mode.

The wibbly noises are an FM patch on the Analogue Systems Modular which also makes use of a Turing Machine to modulate various elements. This is also clocked from the Kyma.


My first project using Davinci Resolve. A free alternative to Final Cut / Premier for OSX, Windows, and Linux.

The software is fantastic, it is a shame I am rubbish at it."

Monday, May 15, 2017

Symbolic Sound Kyma Hardware and Software

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"Dial as deeply as you'd care to with this hardware (Pacarana) and software (license for Kyma7) system. Studio kept, less than a year old. Carefully shipped in original shipping container.

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.

The Pacarana is a small but powerful multiprocessor computer that sits unobtrusively alongside your Mac or PC and does all the sound synthesis and processing. Like any computer, the function of the Pacarana is defined by its software. Unlike other computers, the Pacarana doesn’t have to run a huge general-purpose operating system with elaborate GUIs and multiple independent processes that can interrupt each other at any time. With the Pacarana, all compute cycles are dedicated to sound; you don’t have to share it with any other tasks.The Pacarana was designed specifically for doing sound computation. At Symbolic Sound, audio signal processing is our first priority and our only priority. When you have a computer dedicated entirely to capturing, processing, and synthesizing sound, you have the luxury of being able to do things right. We don’t cut corners, and you can hear the difference."

Sunday, January 08, 2017

KISS2016: A New Level of Interaction, Joel Chadabe

KISS2016: A New Level of Interaction, Joel Chadabe from Symbolic Sound on Vimeo.

"Kyma’s ability to play complex algorithms in real time creates new musical opportunities for realtime decision-making in improvisational processes, all of which results in the emergence of new musical formats."

Be sure to check out previous posts with Joel Chadabe, including a rare interview with Astronauta Pinguim.

Monday, November 14, 2016

Kyma 7.1 — Sound Design Inspiration

Kyma 7.1 — Sound Design Inspiration from Symbolic Sound on Vimeo.

"New features in the Kyma 7.1 sound design environment are designed to help you stay in the creative flow by extending automatic Gallery generation to analysis files and Sounds, keeping your sound interactions lively and dynamic with support for new, multidimensional physical controllers, while expanding your sonic universe to include new synthesis and control algorithms that can be combined with the extensive library of algorithms already in Kyma."

Press release:

"Kyma 7.1 Sound Design Software Release

More inspiration, more live interaction, more ways to generate sound

CHAMPAIGN — November 14, 2016 — Symbolic Sound today announced that Kyma 7.1, the latest major release of the world’s most advanced sound design environment, is now available as a free update for sound designers, musicians, and researchers currently using Kyma 7. In Kyma 7.1, you can automatically generate an extensive gallery of inspiring sound design ideas based on your own signal-flow patches, samples, or analysis files. From there, it’s easy to map any parameter to an external physical controller so you can perform live sound-to-picture and design new musical instruments. Quickly create unique, high-quality sounds by combining some of the newly-developed sound synthesis modules exclusive to Kyma 7.1 with the massive library of existing synthesis and processing modules already available in Kyma.

Friday, July 08, 2016

KISS 2016: EMERGENCE - Annual Kyma International Sound Symposium Set for September 7 - 10

"The annual Kyma International Sound Symposium includes papers, workshops, demos, and live performances presented by Kyma practitioners along with master classes presented by the creators of Kyma, all tied together by a unifying theme. You are invited to learn, to share, to meet, and to enjoy!

Kyma experts from Austria, China, Denmark, Germany, Greece, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, South Korea, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the USA will be in Leicester to share their expertise in workshops, demonstrations, talks, and live performances."

Details on the 2016 EMERGENCE Event:

Monday, February 23, 2015

Kyma 4 5 demo

Published on Feb 23, 2015 baward

"Commercial demo CD from 1998 of this high-end audio processing software."

Introducing Kyma 7 — The Cure For Blank-Screen Syndrome

Kyma 7 in Four Minutes from Symbolic Sound on Vimeo.

"Champaign, Illinois — February 23, 2015 — Whether you’re creating a sound universe for a new game or film, performing live in front thousands of eager ears, or alone in your studio creating the future of music, what’s the one thing you want most when you’re first getting started on a project? Inspiration!

Every aspect of Symbolic Sound’s new software release — Kyma 7 — has been designed with inspiration in mind. In the new Multigrid, you can explore combinations of sources and effects with no interruption in the audio signal; in the Wave Editor Gallery, a single click automatically generates massive numbers of patches all based on your original sample; the new Parameter Assistant, Capytalk Reference, Inspiration tool, and web-based Questions and Answers make it easy to get up to speed quickly and get your questions answered when you need it. Derive even more inspiration from the Kyma Community Sound Library accessible from the Help menu in Kyma 7.

'There’s nothing quite as daunting as a blank screen or silent speakers,' according to composer and Kyma co-developer Carla Scaletti, referring to the sound designer’s equivalent to writer’s block, 'but once you have a starting point, it’s easier for inspiration to kick in. That’s when it starts to get fun, when you can start tweaking and refining! What we do in Kyma 7 is automatic-patch-generation based on the sound designer’s original files in order to create a vast number of starting points or springboards. We don’t do the sound design or composing for you; we just provide some initial material to help kick things off. Because we know that once you get that initial inspiration, you’ll be off and running and nothing will be able to lure you out of the studio.'

Response from beta testers has been enthusiastic: “I’m beginning to realize how mindbogglingly awesome this new upgrade is. It’s an order of magnitude more advanced and effective than Kyma X,” according to Barton McLean, composer/performer with The McLean Mix.

New Features

Inspiration for sound design

Wave Editor Gallery — A single click yields vast quantities of audio assets! Kyma automatically creates hundreds of signal flow graphs — with the controller you want and with all the parameter controls set up so you can start tweaking immediately.

Wave Editor Multigrid — Use the MultiGrid to explore limitless combinations of sources and effects. When you hear something you like, click the signal flow icon and Kyma extracts the current path through the MultiGrid as a fully formed Kyma Sound—it even preserves the presets! Now that you’ve got a starting point, it’s way easier for inspiration to kick in.

Wave Editor — In the new Wave Editor, you can edit multichannel files using the automatic splice-finder or generate your own wavetable for the new AntialiasedOscillator. Click the Gallery button to generate a myriad of ready-to-play keyboard instruments based on your custom waveform.

Sons du jour — Ready to start each day with a little inspiration? Every morning, Kyma selects some Sounds just for you and places them in the Sons du jour folder of the Sound Browser. So you can start each session with some fresh new Sounds!

Roll the dice in the Sound Browser — Kyma generates so many possibilities that the sheer quantity of choices can seem overwhelming at times, but don’t worry. Now you can roll the dice in the Sound Browser (as well as in the Virtual Control Surface) to hear what fate and a pseudorandom number generator will pick out just for you!

Sound search in the Browser — Looking for something in particular? In Kyma 7, you can search for Sounds and files by name, by algorithm, by controller type, by a parameter name, by star-rating, even by the contents of a parameter field.

New to Kyma 7? — Let the friendly inspiration tool brief you on the highlights and lead you to tutorial videos and PDF documentation.

Kyma 7 Video Tutorials—If a picture is worth a thousand words, then a video must be worth at least a million pictures—especially when it comes to working with an interactive graphical interface. The new Kyma 7 tutorials are inspirational and instructive.

Inspiration on stage — Interactive, responsive, and live

With the new Multigrid you can switch instantly between sources, effects, and combinations with no interruption in the audio signal. Perform live, inspired in the moment, with infinite combinatorial possibilities.
In the Kyma 7 Timeline you can slow down or stop the progression of time to synchronize with other performers. If you’re working to picture, you can link a QuickTime video to the Timeline and, whenever you receive an edited video, you can insert or delete time; the Timeline will automatically shift all affected Sounds and control functions left or right to accommodate the change.

Kyma 7 minimizes interruptions so you can stay in the flow

Speedups — Sounds and Timelines compile faster in Kyma 7 — some by as much as 1000 times faster! That couldn’t hurt.
X-ray vision — Curious about what’s inside a Sound? Just hover over the name or icon to take peek inside without interrupting the flow.

New Oscilloscope & Spectrum Analyzers — For listening with your eyes, there’s a new Oscilloscope or Spectrum Analyzer that you can switch on at any time, even while a Sound is already playing.

Questions and Answers — Stymied by a question? Go to the Help menu and pose a question…or discover the most up-voted answer to the questions posed by others.

Organize your signal flow graphs — Use the merge and split functions to keep your signal flows clean, logical and easy to read.

Parameters sidebar — New side-bar parameter fields are more uniform and easier to organize; open a parameter field to show more detail and hide it when you’re finished. And if you don’t like the ordering of the parameters, you can rearrange them.

Parameter Assistant — When you need inspiration for what to put into a parameter field, the Parameter Assistant searches the Sound Library and finds all the values ever used for that particular parameter in that type of Sound and shows you the most commonly used values at the top of the list. All you have to do is drag and drop.
Hover help — Hover over any element of a Capytalk expression for a hint as to its function.

Capytalk parameter language help — Or dive deeper by opening the Capytalk reference where you can search by typing part of a message or browse the messages by category. Not only does the Capytalk Reference provide a full description, it also provides examples that you can copy and paste into parameter fields and Sound examples so you can see the message used in context.

Embedded Virtual Control Surfaces — When you combine Sounds in a Timeline or MultiGrid in Kyma 7, each Virtual Control Surface layout is preserved in its own embedded layout. Quickly navigate down into embedded layouts and pop back out again.

An inspiring community
Kyma tends to attract independent-minded, creative, dedicated individuals with wide-ranging interests; Kyma 7 makes it easy to tap into their collective expertise for even more inspiration.

Share — Sharing your results with a community of like-minded individuals is both satisfying and inspiring. Just select Share from the File menu to contribute your Sound to the community Sound library in the cloud.
Community Sound Library — Looking for some fresh ideas? Check out one of the Sounds uploaded by your fellow Kyma users.
Educational opportunities — Find yourself a 5-star Kyma coach or consultant from among the list of private tutors, discover where you can sign up for a course at a degree-granting institution, find a book about Kyma or discover an Artist’s Pack full of inspiring new Sounds, waveforms, Multigrids and beautifully-crafted Virtual Control Surfaces.
Third-party support links — Discover some of the third-party software written by Kyma users to facilitate Kyma interactions, like Delora Software’s connectivity solutions or Camille Troillard’s OSCulator.
KISS — And don’t forget the yearly conclave of Kyma adepts; this year the Kyma International Sound Symposium will meet in Bozeman Montana (the city of First Contact) on the theme Picturing Sound.
System Requirements
Symbolic Sound Paca or Pacarana
Computer requirements
Operating Systems:
Mac OS 10.5 or newer or
Windows 8.1, 8, 7 (SP1), Vista (SP2), XP (SP3)
Storage: ~1.7 GB
Memory: 1 GB or larger is recommended
Internet access is required
Kyma 7 is available today. The price is USD 249 and there is a discount for Symbolic Sound customers who upgrade a registered copy of Kyma X.

More information
More detailed information, screen shots, and videos are available on the Symbolic Sound web site:"

Monday, June 30, 2014

KISS2014: ORGANIC SOUND - Kyma International Sound Symposium

"Lübeck Germany, 25-28 September 2014
Workshops, Talks, and Live Performances on Kyma and 'Organic Sound'

Champaign, June 19, 2014 — From organs (biological) to organs (musical), this year’s Kyma International Sound Symposium (KISS2014), to be held in Lübeck Germany from 25-28 September 2014, will explore multiple meanings of the phrase “organic sound” through technical talks, live performances, and hands-on workshops. Sound designers, composers, and live performers are invited to participate in a wide range of thought-provoking activities including:

• An examination of how to emulate the organic sound of the analog recording studio using Kyma, presented by composer/sound engineer Greg Hunter of Dub Sahara

• A special evening of “pipe organs like you’ve never heard them before” in the experimental, virtuosic hands of master organist/composer Franz Danksagmüller and his students

• Intensive afternoons in The Collaboratory creating and rehearsing several world premieres including a live sound track for a new film by experimental filmmaker Theo Lipfert performed by faculty and students of the Musikhochschule Lübeck processed through Kyma

• A hands-on “plantification” workshop where you’ll learn from Rudi Giot and his graduate engineering students how to control Kyma sounds through the growth of living plants

Events will kick off on Thursday with the unveiling of a major new release of the Kyma software and will culminate on Sunday with an evening of dancing to Kyma beats at club Parkhaus. The full program is online at:

[PHOTO: Franz Danksagmüller and friends performing a live sound track to a silent film in the MHL Concert Hall]

About the Symposium
Hosted this year by Franz Danksagmüller and the Musikhochschule Lübeck, each morning of KISS2014: “Organic Sound” features technical/philosophical sessions on topics ranging from voice processing, to sonification of organic chemicals and the Internet, to organic growth and decay, to how to build your own performance controller and use it to control Kyma via OSC, to presentations by individual composer/performers detailing how they utilize Kyma in their live performances and installations.

[PHOTO: Technical/philosophical talks will take place in the MHL Kammermusiksaal]

Afternoons are dedicated to interaction and hands-on activities including open rehearsals of collaborations-in-progress in The Collaboratory, a workshop on Conduction ensemble improvisation techniques presented by London Improvisers Orchestra trombonist and Kymaist Robert Jarvis, and the Kyma Open Lab where Kyma experts (Jeffrey Stolet, Cristian Vogel, Bruno Liberda, Scott Miller, Kurt Hebel, Carla Scaletti and others) will be on hand to answer your questions and consult with you on your current projects.

[PHOTO: Afternoons are dedicated to hands-on workshops and musical collaborations in The Collaboratory]

This year’s KISS features more live performances than ever before, with concerts every evening showcasing some of the best work created in Kyma this year, presented in the acoustically perfect MHL Große Saal and the Jakobikirche Lübeck with its three historically important pipe organs, famously decorated with faces on every pipe.

[PHOTO: The famous organ pipes with faces in Jakobikirche Lübeck have become a symbol for KISS2014 “Organic Sound"]

Check out the exciting lineup of presenters, composers, performers and Kyma experts here.

Who should attend
Anyone who lives for sound — whether you are a novice looking to kickstart your career, an expert seeking a fresh jolt of inspiration, or simply someone who is curious about sound and Kyma — you will find in KISS2014 a chance to meet kindred spirits and immerse yourself in sound and ideas for four intense and inspiring days and nights of non-stop discussions, interactions, music and sound design.

Here’s how Chicago-based sound designer and re-recording mixer, Dustin Camilleri ( describes his experience at a previous KISS:

“…The unique thing about Kyma, I find, is that it appeals to such a wide spectrum of people doing such an amazingly diverse set of things, but sharing a common language. The conversations I had were so incredibly inspiring; the performances I saw were just over the top, and the community at large was just some of the nicest most genuine people I’ve ever had the pleasure of spending some time with.”

Registration and travel
Registration is now open: Discounts are available for students and for anyone registering before 1 August 2014.

For travel and lodging information, please visit:

More information
Stay apprised of the latest KISS2014 news:

KISS2014 Site:

Contact the organizers:"

Monday, December 23, 2013

The Coil - Remnants Free Sample Library

"Remnants is a free sample pack of 40 hi-tech sci-fi sounds processed through DSP algorithms and rendered in 24bit/48khz WAV format. As imprints of a machine apocalypse, residue ofcyber machines in disrepair, these sounds range from glitchy machine bits to ghostly vocal traces and evolving rhythmic artifacts intended for complex sound and music projects requiring a dark futuristic aesthetic."

The sample set features sounds from Kyma, Analog Solutions Leipzig and various studio recordings tweaked through DSP. You can find it here:

Patch n Tweak
Switched On Make Synthesizer Evolution Vintage Synthesizers Creating Sound Fundlementals of Synthesizer Programming Kraftwerk

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