Kyma Control Turns iPad Into Wireless, Multi-Touch Sound Design Control Thang


Symbolic Sound’s new Kyma Control app for the iPad gives sound designers, musicians, and researchers a new wireless multi-touch controller for the Kyma/Paca(rana) sound design workstation.

Kyma Control bundles four of the most popular Kyma controller-types into one, wireless multi-touch package that includes:

  • An auto-mapped, labelled, bi-directional controller/display that mirrors Kyma’s Virtual Control Surface. All of the controls you see on the computer screen are also available on the iPad screen, including the Preset selection and Roll-the-dice options;
  • A multi-touch pen/tablet-style controller, tracking as many as 11 fingers with identifying color trails to help you keep track of where your fingers are touching the screen;
  • A standard piano-style keyboard with discrete or continuous pitches and an extra dimension for !KeyTimbre control in Kyma;
  • A Tonnetz pitch-space keyboard with configurable vertical and horizontal intervals for experimenting with different pitch layouts;
  • Plus accelerometer and compass-heading controls. Accelerometers supply both triggers and continuous controls based on acceleration in the X, Y, and Z directions, along with controls corresponding to Pitch, Roll and Yaw. A compass heading control corresponds to the current direction of the iPad and is useful for panning and other directional controls.

Kyma Control is available now from the app store for $14.99. Details below.

If you’ve used Kyma control, leave a comment with your thoughts on it! (That means you, BT!)


For use in the studio, on stage, in a theatre or performance venue, in an installation, in the lab, at home, or in classroom, Kyma Control frees you from having to sit in front of your computer. Put yourself in the middle of the audience, inside the sound field, and perform your Sounds in an expressive, intuitive manner using multi-touch. Performers can have access to sound controls from the stage or in the recording studio, and voice talent can have access to a silent controller in the voice-over booth. In perception and speech experiments, subjects can use a wireless, silent controller with no mechanical parts, perfect for sound-isolation booths.


  • Apple iPad
  • Symbolic Sound Kyma X.77 (or newer) running on Windows or Mac OS host computer
  • Symbolic Sound Paca(rana) Sound Computation Engine
  • WiFi connection to a network that is accessible to the Paca(rana) (OR contact Delora software ( for information on their PacaConnect application for creating an ad hoc network using the built-in Airport on a Macintosh)

2 thoughts on “Kyma Control Turns iPad Into Wireless, Multi-Touch Sound Design Control Thang

  1. KYMA control is beautiful. As I can’t get enough doubloons to afford a Continuum, using an ipad to perform live multi-touch glissando harmonisation with live vocalists has been amazing . I’ve hardly touched the Tonnetz but KYMAcontrol hs certainly made my little KYMA system more accessible for me, a non technical musician! :)!

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