About Kyma 5
What sound do you start with?

The concept of your composition will determine the method you use for generating and developing sounds. You could create a synthesized sound (more on this on the next page). Or you could start with a performed/recorded real-world sound and create accompaniments for it. By accompaniment, I mean any kind of setting or transformation.

A performed sound means that it is played in a performance. A recorded sound may be, for example, a field recording.

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If your idea is to transform a sound that you'll perform in a concert (for example if you're a flutist and you want to transform your flute sound in real time), you may find it convenient to record some examples of what you plan to do so you can work with the transformations more easily as you build the composition.

You can use Kyma to record a sound with a microphone. Needless to say, be sure you have a microphone connected.

Then select tape recorder in the Tools menu. The recorder will appear.


Click on the Filename button. A window will appear. Select AIFF, monaural, 16 bit. Click ok. Create a title and choose a location for the sound on your drive.

The recording process: Click on the red button, set the left slider about one-third up (it will affect both channels in monaural operation) and watch the indicators on the left. Choose a reasonable level. Click on the yellow button to stop and start again. Click the black button on the left and the recording is over. Click on the arrow button and you'll hear what you recorded.

You'll end up with a sound in digital format. If you like, you could call it a 'sample'.

You can edit the sample (really it's a waveform) using the Kyma waveform editor. With Kyma software running, simply select open in the File menu and click on the sound/waveform that you'd like to edit.


This is what this particular waveform sounds like.

Once you're satisfied with the sound it's time to develop the composition.

In performance: Use the Generic Source to access live sounds coming through a microphone. Or to call up any pre-recorded sound. Select the appropriate source for the recording. Live means you're using a microphone. RAM means you're using a sound that is stored in Kyma memory. Disc means that you're using a sound that has been recorded.


And now, what's next? Have a look at what synthesis means and then create your composition.


Before beginning
Listen to lots of great sounds
click here

The idea
Sound objects in a signal flow
click here

The structure of a sound object
Signal flow & variables
click here

Controlling a variable
click here

Get some things going by themselves
click here

What sound do you start with?
Performance or found sounds
click here

Synthesized sounds
Make your sounds from scratch
click here

Mix or sequence
Bring it all together
click here