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.


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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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!

Transmogrify a TomBak

For the next concert we will not use solely the Viola da Gamba but a TomBak as well.  We are planning to loop some rhythms and I’m currently exploring ways to transmogrify them. Today I stumbled across this weird thing with PitchShifting and soloing individual partials in a kind of random process. It’s quite complicated, I do not understand it myself

Enjoy this view inside “the lab”!

KISS 2014 is over…

…and I had a great time!


Thanks to Franz for organisation and hosting, and Marion of course you did an excellent job! Thanks to Carla and Kurt for making Kyma and thanks to all those wonderful people who use it! Especially Pete, thanks for all the great conversations we had about Sound, it’s so inspiring to talk to you!

For all the people who couldn’t make it: Yes, you did miss something But I will share everything I learned in Lübeck and of course there will be tutorials about the Sounds of my talk “Voice controlling Voice”. So stay tuned!


Kyma da Gamba


Recently I’ve been working on a live improvisational music project with Willibald Rosner playing Viola da Gamba and me processing his input with Kyma (real-time controlled by Wacom and iPad KymaControl). Read more