MIDI Control & Global Map

Although I’m really happy with the iPad and KymaControl when performing live I was seeking for a physical controller to provide some global controls. Therefore I purchased an AKAI MidiMix and hooked it up with Kyma today. I haven’t used any MIDI controllers with Kyma before so I wanted to share my experience with you.

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Spectral Lab is launched!







NeverEngine Labs™ presents

Kyma 7 Spectral Lab

Many would agree that spectral analysis and resynthesis has always been one of the most compelling reasons for using Kyma. As one of the earliest systems capable of realtime resynthesis from spectral data, the maturity and refinement of Kyma’s native spectral analysis capabilities cannot be under-estimated.

We are some of the few people outside of Symbolic Sound HQ ( alongside users such as Pete Johnston, Bruno Liberda and Jon Mantegna ) who have dedicated many hours of their time to exploring the full potential of what Kyma can do in this field. We are especially focussed on the following three stages of spectral resynthesis rather than spectral analysis (which is already incredibly well implemented in Kyma 7).

• the modification and modulation of audio rate Spectral Frame data streams

• the modification of time index functions for navigating those streams

• the modification of the banks used to resynthesise the Spectral Frame data back into the time domain.

The Spectral Lab presents our research in the form of Classes and Sound examples which you can listen to, be productive with and learn from as you work with Kyma 7. Our work is largely experimental, and is not intended to substitute the excellent Kyma spectral processing native prototypes. Rather, we hope to extend them into new territories for Sound Design in the 21st Century.

Our Mission Statement

The NeverEngine Labs is where Cristian Vogel and Gustav Scholda are developing a suite of libraries that extend Kyma in the spirit of the core values of Symbolic Sound . As Kyma is an incredibly precise and demanding development environment, we have created a business model to support us during our first year of sustained development. After that, the Libraries will be available for sale at a fixed price, with clearly written documentation for the future of Kyma (which we hope is a very long one!) . Our model is one which considers the participants as being both micro-funders and highly creative people. The experience is designed to feel both educational, deep and rewarding at the same time – like Kyma itself.


Rebuild: SoundMorph TimeFlux

Since my modules have been ported to the NeverEngine Labs there will be a little change in direction of my blog. Because the modules are not for free anymore I can’t share them here and I can’t do any tutorials on them. If you’re interested in that you might want to sign up for the upcoming Spectral Lab.

So I decided to do something different here and this will be a series called Rebuild where I deconstruct and rebuild commercial plugins in Kyma. Since Kyma is such a flexible programming environment you shouldn’t spend money on plugins, instead you should build them yourself. While this takes a little time to do it leaves you with the opportunity to modify and recombine them to your needs.

The first part will be a plugin you maybe already heard of: SoundMorph TimeFlux (if you haven’t click the link to check out the product page). Read more

SPC SR Volume One Out Now!


Check out my modules at the NeverEngineLabs!

It’s not just a visual improvement, the package contains a total of 33 modules for Kyma Seven!

For those of you who are already familiar with my modules you may be interested in the additions:

  • RealTimeStretch updated to use Interpolation so you don’t hear any frames at extreme timestretches
  • ExtractFormants: finally the long awaited algorithm to extract formants packed into a single module
  • SimulatedAnnealing Single/Dual: Mutant Morphing
  • ZeroCrossing Triggers up to 192 kHz
  • SR durationBetweenTriggers
  • Amps only, Freqs only and Join Amps & Freqs for improved visual feedback
  • Original Artworks by Cristian Vogel
  • Overall improved versions and bug fixes

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PitchShifting / Bending using the Product1 module

So yesterday I released the kymaguy Modules – but how do we use them properly? Well, let’s have a look at the Product1 module and how we can do some crazy PitchShifting / Detuning with it.

We’ll start with a basic setup for Spectral Processing: use an analysis module (LiveSpectralAnalysis here), split the channels, join them again, and use a resythesis module (OscillatorBank here) to bring it back into the time domain. We want to treat the frequencies for PitchShifting, so we’ll insert the Product1 into the right leg. The resulting Sound looks like this:


Now for basic PitchShifting we’ll use a Constant for the Multiplier Input of the Product1 and use a HotParameter to control it. Read more

Inspired by Buchla Spectral Processor

During some private coaching I was asked if it is possible to build something like the Buchla Spectral Processor in Kyma. Certainly the answer is yes Or as Pete once said to me: “Of course this is possible in Kyma, I just don’t know how it’s done yet.”

Anyway, we just started to build it and of course we ended up with something different than the original. I’m not going to do a tutorial on how that Sound was made, I just want to explain the basic operation and of course share the Sound. So let’s have a look at the VCS and I’ll walk you through:


The Sound has two mono inputs, namely A and B. Read more

2015 Update – Kyma Coaching & Workshops

Happy New Year everyone!

I hope you are looking forward to an inspiring and educational year! For this reason I’m offering private Kyma coaching now! Also there will be a Kyma Workshop at the FH Salzburg/ Media Art Program at January 16th (Students only), and I’m sure there are more workshops to come And of course there will be lots of tutorials including the long awaited one on Formant Extraction!

In addition I’m currently working on my first Sound Library which will be ready soon. Prepare for some mind-blowing kymaguy FX

I wish you all a successful year and I hope I see some of you at KISS 2015!