Symbolic Sound Kyma 5.0 (Mac/Win)We've watched Symbolic Sound's Kyma system develop into a powerful sound-design workstation over the years, but version 5.0 really puts it over the top. There are so many new and enhanced features that we wonder whether there's anything this system can't do! Using the new Timeline, for example, you can build complex sequences of single or multilayered sound-generating or processing functions. The system could transform from an FM synth into a sampler, then into an effects processor, either under your control or completely unattended. You can draw control values for any of the system's parameters directly in the Timeline and route the outputs of the Timeline's numerous tracks to any of up to eight discrete audio outputs.
Kyma is easy to navigate because the new Sound Browser displays all the sounds and patches you've saved, no matter where they are on your computer. You can preview sounds and processes from within the Sound Browser without even loading them into the system. If you're working with a sample and want to try out numerous transformations, assign the sample to the Default Sound and scroll through the list of different effects to hear how each one sounds.
No matter how you cut it, Kyma is still the most powerful sound-design workstation on the planet!