Related MW threads
Kyma Sonic Cultures Lab. Mega of difference sonic examples. Also has other information but this thread is an attempt to refocus the LAB thread on output rather than Q&A. https://www.modwiggler.com//forum/viewt ... &start=775
Why did you sell your Kyma. https://www.modwiggler.com//forum/viewt ... 6&start=25
Kyma Pacarana Questions. https://www.modwiggler.com//forum/viewt ... hilit=kyma
Kyma softare opinions. Old thread but may be useful. https://www.modwiggler.com//forum/viewtopic.php?t=5983
SSC = Symbolic Sound Company aka Carla & Kurt. SSC is the company behind Kyma. Carla and Kurt do the development, support, documentation, etc. In the past, there was sometimes another person helping with admin tasks and the community is welcoming and active but ultimately SSC is a small 2 person shop.
Kyma = Most commonly this refers to the entire ecosystem that comprises of dedicated hardware and the software package. The software comprises of many different elements. The key components are:
- Sounds. Sometimes referred to by the extension type kym or .kym. This is the primary object to design a signal flow within through the use of connecting Prototypes together.
- Prototypes. Individual objects within a Sound. Prototypes can be a math operation, a mixer, filter, delay or more complex like GrainCloud or multidimensional spectral morphing. There are 250+ Prototypes within Kyma by default and you can also create your own custom Prototypes.
- Capytalk. Capytalk is a scripting and control language of Kyma. It is based on SmallTalk syntax and you can use SmallTalk within it but SmallTalk is evaluated at runtime while CapyTalk is evaluated at 1000 per second. This means CapyTalk can generate real-time control signals. Don’t let the phrase scripting turn you off. It is generally quite approachable and you do not need to be a “programmer” to use it to great effect. Capytalk expressions are used everywhere can be as simple as !KeyDown nextRandom which generates a random value with every midi key press or can create elaborate scripts.
- Multigrid. Multigrids can house multiple sounds in a column / row concept. Think something like a Ableton Live or Bitwig clip view but for Kyma Sounds. The Multigrid has additional features like sends / busses and higher level controls to mix between sounds. Very useful as a performance tool as well as an interactive sound design playground.
- Timeline. A Sound KYM layout song / composition. Take your Kyma sounds and organize them into a song. Includes automation functionally for the parameters within sounds.
- Sound Browser. A file manager type of browser for Kyma. What is unique here over your operating system file manager is the ability to quickly preview a Sound or how one sound would Sound through another and create “Galleries” which are like an auto-generated tool where you can explore variations on a theme.
- Notebook. This may seem like a markdown style text file editor but it has the special ability to reference kyma files and evaluate Capytalk expressions. Designed specifically a teaching aid but also useful for creating your own common expressions and personal notes.
- Audio editor. Basic audio editor with extra tools like creating audio files from csv files (data sonicification), generating wavetables, and more. Can do quick audio editing but you may find your general purpose audio editor better for those tasks.
- Speciality editors and tools for Tau and Spectral tools.
Kata or Kyma Kata = started by Alan Jackson the Kata is an open community of Kyma users. There is a slack channel and the group has scheduled weekly calls and ad hoc sessions as well. The purpose is simply to promote learning and sharing of ideas. The Kata has additionally jointly developed new prototypes including filters, wave folders, universal slope generators, tape delays, and compressors. Many people contribute within the Kata including Simon Smith, Andreas Frostholm, Jim O’Rourke, Rafe, and Ian Felton but a special call out goes to Alan and Pete Johnston who without their knowledge and insights many ideas would have never been fully realized.
About Kyma Documentation
People researching Kyma often ask about documentation and would like to see documentation beforehand and may be use to manuals and PDFs. This is understandable given that there Kyma is a bit different and people want to know what they are getting. Kyma’s approach to documentation involves a lots of in-app documentation. The in-app is more user friendly for those using the product with the trade-off of being less visible who may want to learn about Kyma. There is are quick start guides and there used to be a book called Kyma Revealed that could be ordered without buying the system, but the book is about 10 years old and no longer available via print. There is also book written by Professor Stolet called Kyma And The Sumofsines Disco Club that is still available
Other public resources
Very high level setup guide: https://kyma.symbolicsound.com/setting- ... into-kyma/
Video Tutorials by SSC: https://vimeopro.com/symbolicsound/kyma-7-tutorials
Lines threads on Kyma: https://llllllll.co/t/anyone-else-use-kyma/5836
Kyma Studies on Lines: https://llllllll.co/t/kyma-studies/38498
Never Engine Labs: https://www.cristianvogel.com/neverenginelabs/
Jon Bellona: https://www.jpbellona.com/writing/
Alan Jackson: Trying to find a link but Alan offers kyma lessons and a series of custom prototypes. Just the Kata as ping him.
Kyma Kata. If you are interested in join, PM me and I can send you an invite.