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Kyma X
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Kyma X is a product of the Symbolic Sound Corporation.

 

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Recently I have developed a new serie wind instruments. Most important, they have a much better breath control. This also means that the breath noise can start before the actual instrument sound starts. Second: overblowing is improved. I would like to thank Christiaan Gelauff for his help and saturator.

The Kyma Physical Modeling Toolkit

I have developed a Physical Modeling Toolkit based on Modal Synthesis (Modes of vibrations). What makes this toolkit very special, is, in fact, its integration with the Kyma environment itself. For instance: resonance and amplitude data can be obtained from the spectrum anaysis tool. Two other examples: you can use the CrossFilters for modeling the body of the instrument, and you have endless possibilities for creating excitation signals. Last but not least you can develop tables for non-linear string and bore behavior. Important: there is almost no restriction on the number of modes of vibration. All the demo's are made with a system which has two DSP cards (4 processors) above the basic system.

(Thanks to Kurt Hebel and Carla Scaletti for adding support for my algorithm and helping me optimize it for Kyma. Also thanks to Edmund Eagan for making some demo’s on the Continuum Fingerboard).

The toolkit comes with a huge library of instruments, ranging from guitars, Eastern plucked strings (like the Sitar) to a large number of wind instruments (Saxophone, Shakuhashi, etc.), Keyboard instruments (Clavichord, Clavinet, Hammond, etc.) and of course lots of percussion.

So take a close listen to the demo mp3’s (many of them are recorded without any reverb, because some details of instrument behavior are lost in space...).

The price of this toolkit is 189 US Dollars.

Click here to purchase the Kyma Toolkit.

Woodwind(Western)

BassClarinet 
Clarinet(Classical) 
Sax(Tenor) 
SideFlute 
Whistle 

Woodwind(Eastern)

Bansuri 
Bear Chi 
EasternWind Various 
Ney 
Shakuhachi 

Woodwind(Various)

BagPipes 
Calliope 
Flute(Ancient) 
Flute(Ancient2) 

Brass

Trumpet/Trombone 

PluckedString(Western)

Banjo 
Basses 
Classical Guitar 
ClassicalGuitar2 
Fender Stratocaster 
Guitar(Flagiolettes) 
Guitar(SteelStrings) 
Guitar12Strings(no Strum) 
Guitar12Strings(Strumming) 
Guitars(Hollow_Solid) 
Harp 
Harp(Celtic-Like) 
Harp2 
Lute 

PluckedString(Eastern)

BalalaikaOrch 
Pipa(ChineseLute) 
Sarod 
Sitar 

Strings(Special)

Guitar(TooLowAction) 
Scattering(Sitarish) 
Sympastrings 
SympaStrings(Harpish) 
WeirdStrings 

Bounce/Scrape/Roll

Bouncing 
Rolling/Scraping 
Shaking 
SoundScape 
What the hell is this? 

BowedStrings

Cello 
SlowBowing 
ViolinCello 

Dulcimers

Santoor 
Zheng 

Keyboard

Carillon 
ChurchOrgan 
Clavichord 
Clavinet 
Electric Piano 
Hammonds 
Harpsichord 
PipeOrgan(little) 

MalletInstruments

Marimba 
Vibraphone 

Percussion(Western)

ChurchBells 
FromMetalBarstoKettledrums 
Gongs(soft mallets) 
Percussion(Various) 
Plate/Bell(huge beatings) 
Plates 

Percussion(Eastern)

Africa 
Gamelan 
SteelDrums 
Tabla 
TibetanBells 
WindChimes(Bamboo) 

VeryVarious(OnePatch/Sound)

Accordion 
Bagpipes(medieval) 
BassSax-Like 
Cello 
Didgeridoo(SortOff) 
Harmonium 
Schalmei 
Serpent 
Shawm 
Sing Along With Us 
Something Unpleasants 
Violin 
WorkUnderConstruction 

Add-ons/Updates

Alto Flute 
BassClarinet(Multiphonics) 
BassFlute 
Clarinet(4 octaves) 
Clarinet(Classical2) 
Clarinet(Jazzy) 
Flute(Classical/Standard) 
Flute(Percussive Attack) 
Flutish Violin 
Shakuhachi2 
TenorSax2 
Trombone 
Trumpet(melancholy)