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Open Sound Control (OSC) for Kyma

Bidirectional communication between Kyma, iPad, Lemur, and other OSC-enabled devices & software

CHAMPAIGN IL—March 2, 2010—Symbolic Sound Corporation has expanded the list of real-time controllers and software that can communicate with its Kyma sound design environment by adding support for Open Sound Control (OSC) to its Paca(rana) sound engine.


Back Panel of the Paca(rana), showing the Ethernet Port (Click for high resolution image)

By connecting a Paca or Pacarana to the Ethernet, sound designers, musicians, and researchers using Kyma on Windows or Macintosh computers can establish bi-directional communication with OSC-enabled devices and software on the network to control parameters of Kyma sound synthesis and processing algorithms. Open Sound Control ( is an open communications protocol that delivers higher speeds, greater resolution, and more flexibility than is afforded by the standard MIDI protocol. (For a partial list of software and hardware currently supporting the OSC protocol, please see

Doug Kraul, CEO of Harmony Systems, Inc. is enthusiastic about Kyma's new OSC technology. "OSC is a brilliant addition to the already stellar Kyma sound design workstation", said Kraul. "It immediately enables exciting new ways to use Kyma on stage or in the studio. But the true impact of this forward looking technology is the new, innovative controllers and applications that OSC makes possible for the Kyma platform".

Plus Bidirectional MIDI Streams Over OSC

Don't have any OSC-enabled devices or software yet? Not to worry! You, too, can benefit from the faster speeds, higher resolution, and reduced cable-count of OSC by using Symbolic Sound's protocol for sending bi-directional MIDI streams over OSC. Symbolic Sound is happy to announce that several third-party development partners are concurrently announcing new software that supports bi-directional communication with Kyma over OSC:

OSCulator: Known as the Rosetta Stone of music controllers, Camille Troillard's Mac OS X application OSCulator ( is already familiar to Kyma users who utilize it for sending individual MIDI controls, OSC, and HID control data over FireWire to Kyma. Now, in OSCulator 2.9.2, you can also send OSC messages directly to the Paca(rana) over the network. OSCulator 2.9.2 also implements Symbolic Sound's Bi-Directional-MIDI-streams-over-OSC protocol, enabling you to send streams of MIDI events from your software directly to Kyma without need for a MIDI interface on your computer and without having to map each controller individually in OSCulator.

vM2 and PacaMidi: Harmony Systems, Inc. is offering two new Mac OS X applications in its Delora product line, vM2 and PacaMidi, that incorporate Kyma's new "MIDI-over-OSC" technology to further enhance and facilitate real-time interaction with Kyma. vM2, a "virtual Motor Mix", enables Jazz Mutant Lemur owners to enjoy automatic, fully integrated tactile control over Kyma's Virtual Control Surface. Recently updated to include several exciting new features, vM2 2.0 employs "MIDI-over-OSC" to eliminate the complication of physical MIDI cables and interfaces. PacaMidi, Harmony's newest product, uses "MIDI-over-OSC" to create a "virtual MIDI interface and patchbay" that adds three merged MIDI inputs and one MIDI output to a Paca(rana). This expands Kyma's connectivity options, while saving you the expense and complexity of using physical MIDI interfaces, hardware mergers, and numerous cables. For more information see

Max & M4L: If you are one of the many artists using Kyma in conjunction with Ableton's Live and/or Cycling74's Max, you'll be happy to hear that Andrew Capon has written a Max external for bidirectional MIDI communication over OSC that works with both Max and Max For Live. For more details, please see:

For software and hardware developers

Starting from the Open Sound Control definition of a MIDI data type, Symbolic Sound has published additional details that make it possible to define a bidirectional stream of MIDI events sent as OSC messages over a network. Software and hardware developers planning to add MIDI-over-OSC capabilities to their applications or devices are invited to utilize this protocol to ensure compatibility with Kyma and Symbolic Sound's development partners:

For developers utilizing pure OSC who would like to ensure compatibility with Kyma, please see:

Who can use OSC with Kyma?

Anyone using Kyma on a Windows or Macintosh computer with either the Paca or Pacarana sound engine can utilize the new OSC features.

Sound artists will find this new feature of interest primarily due to the new opportunities it affords for controlling Kyma using OSC-enabled software running on devices such as the newly announced Apple iPad (and compatible iPhone and iPod Touch), the award-winning Jazz Mutant Lemur multi-touch surface, and numerous other OSC controllers and software.

This new feature may also be of particular interest to research labs and researchers developing data-driven virtual environments. Using the Open Sound Control protocol, researchers can write their own software for updating sound parameters while running experiments or for streaming data from networked computers to the Paca(rana) to update sound synthesis parameters in real time in response to external controllers, experimentally generated data, streams of data from remote sensors, or synthetically generated data based on computer models.

Pricing & Availability

OSC-enabled Kyma X.74 is a free software update for registered Kyma X owners. OSC communication requires the Paca or Pacarana sound engine. Kyma X.74 also comes with additional features, including an 11-times speedup in the Virtual Control Surface, support for the MOTU Ultra Lite Hybrid mk3, TC Electronic Impact Twin, and Prism Audio Orpheus converters, track-pad compatible menus, refinements to the Tau resynthesis, and more.

Symbolic Sound's innovative Kyma X environment features a unique set of sound synthesis and processing algorithms and a powerful way to easily re-combine these algorithms to create sounds that have never been heard before.

For more information: Symbolic Sound Corporation +1-217-355-6273 Email


Using Open Sound Control, you can interact with Symbolic Sound's award-winning Kyma sound design system using a variety of real-time controllers and software that offer higher resolution and faster update rates than can be achieved using traditional, standard MIDI controllers.


Symbolic Sound ignited the software synthesis and effects revolution in the 1990s with the Capybara and reinvented the portable sound computation engine earlier last year with the introduction of the Paca(rana). Symbolic Sound continues to lead the industry in innovation with its award-winning Kyma sound design environment, favored by sound designers for film, games, advertising, music production, and live performances.


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