Close encounters of the third kind – my experience with Kyma Pacarana

Hi Folks,

since 4 days I am working with the kyma pacarana system and yes I got some sleep. Its intense and special – in the way it sounds and the way you have to work with it. I know Reaktor quite well and a little max for live but there is not much to compare with kyma workflow-wise.
In my blog I will give you updates and insights of my experience with Kyma 7. Rather you are thinking of getting a Paca(rana) or just wanted to know what is possible with the system. Here my first thoughts:

As I always hear the learning curve for kyma is steep, I have to say the kyma 7 version makes it more intuitive to create sounds.
Basically by hiting the space bar or click the green play symbol… For instant gratification you have:

son du jour: everytime you start a new day, kyma presents you some new sounds. this could be the starting point for further investigations

open a audio file: if you hear the audio you have done by fieldrecordings or other equipment the kyma wave editor has a function called gallery
the gallery can create „patches“ (in Kyma called sounds) embeds your audio file and you can explore different modifications of it.

This is a fieldrecording of our broken horror radiator (just normalized)

This one is modified by kyma

So you can easily create interesting textures just by opening the wave editor and hear what you get from the gallery function…

Another easy option of working with own samples is by modifying the so called generic source (options here: from live,ram,disk)

This easy start already opens up a lot of opportunities for sound design

Next time I’ll explain you the different analysis formats, if you e.g. wanna do spectral processing (the supreme discipline of kyma)

Nextnext I’ll introduce the capytalk language, which you’ll have to learn if you wanna get serious with kyma.


Happy sounding