I did notice you haven't updated your blog on Kyma for some time now, so I thought maybe you have a hard time with it. Sorry to hear that.
Well, yes. I had been making progress, figuring little things out bit by bit, learning, watching the videos etc. but I hit a bit of a brick wall and there was nothing else to post on my blog. The trouble is not creating sounds, or using Kyma on a technical level, it's taming Kyma to the point where the sounds are musical and can fit in to a piece of music.
Sounds like you want someone to make the sounds for you.
You need to learn your tools, Kyma especially.
Wow. I guess you haven't spent any time reading my blog, or the multitude of lengthy posts that I've put on several forums, or watched the hours I've poured in to pulling Kyma sounds apart, reading the manual and watching videos then.
Just face it, you have no idea how to use the software youve just bought
Um... perhaps you didn't notice but that's kinda the point I've been making..
kyma takes time. you have to think in long term.
if you stick with it then along the way you'll many little "aha" moments and break throughs.
i'd say 90% of the people who use kyma or any complex thing like kyma.. have gone through frustrating times figuring things out.. same w/max/msp/reaktor etc...
Don't worry. I'm in this for the long haul. I anticipated a very steep learning curve from the beginning. I knew what I was getting myself in to before I forked out the cash. But, I'd certainly say that Reaktor was nowhere near as frustrating to figure out as Kyma.
your expectation should be that it will be a struggle.
It really depends on what you mean by should
If you mean that I should have expected that using Kyma would be like getting ravaged by an angry gorilla, then yes I agree. I expected to feel that way after using it. That's what everyone else says as well.
But, if you mean that a software package ought
to hurt, then I'd beg to differ. There are plenty of synths around such as Integra Live that are really simple to use and have really deep potential. I strongly disagree with people that say that Kyma is somehow superior because of the way that scripting is built in to the engine. Max also has a very powerful scripting engine that is easier to understand.
I think the one thing that makes Kyma superior is the sheer vastness of the array of synthsis modules that are there and the fact that there is a dedicated group of hardcore followers.
Meanwhile I'm getting the kinds of sounds that I wanted to get from Kyma in other synths. I've gotten some great sounds out of Reaktor, Ableton and Integra Live. Really good sounds!
I also just did a short sound design course. It gave me a lot of insight in to where Kyma comes from. The lecturer was a hardcore Kyma fiend and had been using it since the beginning. He was getting interesting granular sounds out of it, but again - he wasn't doing anything musical - just sound textures. All the sounds that I've downloaded from the Kyma wiki are non-musical. You know - sounds like violins morphing in cats screeching etc.
I know I'm eventually going to get over this hump but I can't really say when that's going to happen. I just have to keep bashing away at it.