symbolic sound corporation — makers of kyma
Kyma X Sound Design Playground
The unique thing about Kyma, I find, is that it appeals to such a wide spectrum of people doing such an amazingly diverse set of things, but sharing a common language.
— Dustin Camilleri, Chicago-based sound designer and re-recording mixer
The wonderful thing about working with Kyma is that, like any good art form, the more you do it, the more ideas it generates.
—Hamilton Sterling, sound editor, Master and Commander
Kyma is my computer system... you can basically program it to do whatever you want.
—John Paul Jones, composer, performer, producer
Pour un compositeur, c’est comme être Dieu.
—Véronique Robert, "Des inventions qui vont changer nos vies", L'actualité, Montreal
This hardware-meets-software audio construction kit is, quite simply, the Holy Grail of sound design.
...the principle synthesizer I use is called the Kyma... I found ways of using it to specifically do WALL-E and EVE’S voices...
—Ben Burtt, sound designer, Wall-e
The secret of Minibus Pimps’ colossal sonic gas giants is their use of the Kyma computer system (created by Symbolic Sound). Instruments such as guitar, bass and violin are fed into the system and radically transformed by self-designed digital instruments and processors until their sources are barely recognisable.
— Luis Fernandez review of John Paul Jones & Helge Sten's album Cloud to Ground
...the sound industry's secret weapon...
...some may call it a sound supercomputer or a sound designer’s dream come true…The hardware component, called the Pacarana, combined with the powerful software makes Kyma a truly innovative approach to sound.
—Ron DiCesare, Post Magazine
It's unbelievably deep... and it sounds incredible.
—Rich Costey, producer, engineer, mixer
Kyma allowed me to modulate and morph my own voice into other sounds... It was in the ambience of the film itself, almost as if only the idea of Nemo was out there, tormenting his father.
—Gary Rydstrom, sound designer, Finding Nemo
Kyma X is a perfect example of how hardware-accelerated tools can still beat software by a wide margin. There is no software or bundle of soft tools that can come close to the power, expandability, and flexibility that Kyma offers.