Keyboard controlled Sounds in Kyma can be played using a standard MIDI keyboard (or other source of MIDI note events), using the eraser end of a Wacom pen and tablet, using the Keyboard or Tonnetz tabs within Kyma Control, or using a Soundplane, Continuum, LinnStrument, or Seaboard RISE, or a combination of several controllers.
Kyma automatically configures the Continuum when the Continuum is set in Kyma Mode. Once connected, any keyboard-controlled Sound on MIDI channel 1 in Kyma automatically sets the polyphony and responds to the Continuum.
Setting up the Continuum
When using the Continuum (or any MPE keyboard), please configure Kyma as follows:
- choose Configure MIDI from the DSP menu and set Continuum and MPE compatible to Yes
- choose Preferences from the Edit menu, click the Performance button and make sure that External MIDI Controller is not set to either MotorMix or BCF2000
You can connect the Continuum to the Pacamara in one of three ways:
- Direct USB connection to the USB 2.0 port on the back of the Pacamara
- Via KymaConnect, with the Continuum connected directly to the host computer’s USB port
- Via USB-C, with the Continuum connected directly to the host computer’s USB port
Direct USB connection
The Haken Editor is not available when the Continuum is directly connected to the Pacamara, so you should first connect the Continuum to your computer, and, using the Haken Editor, create a silent EaganMatrix sound with Kyma Mode selected and save it as a low-numbered preset. Later, when you have the Continuum directly connected to the Pacamara, you can select that preset to easily get into Kyma Mode (using the Continuum’s Control Panel or from the playing surface, depending on the Continuum model).
Use a USB cable to connect the Continuum’s USB port to one of the USB 2.0 ports on the back of the Pacamara. Power up the Continuum and select that preset before starting Kyma. Next, select the Continuum as the MIDI Input in the DSP Status window. To combine the Continuum with other MIDI devices, select the Continuum as the MIDI Output and then select the combination of the Continuum and the other device as the MIDI Input.
The Continuum can be connected to the Pacamara via KymaConnect in the same way that it can connect to a Paca(rana). Please see the Kyma-specific sections in the “Connecting to External Hardware and the Editor” chapter in the ContinuumUserGuide for instructions.
Please note that when using KymaConnect, you must connect both MIDI input and MIDI output in KymaConnect for Kyma Mode to work properly.
Via USB-C connection to host computer
If you have connected the Pacamara’s USB-C port to your computer, the HakenEditor can send MIDI directly to the Pacamara over USB by selecting pacamara-xxxx (where xxxx is the serial number of your Pacamara) as the Kyma input and output ports.
Next, select Host USB as the MIDI Input in the DSP Status window. To combine the Continuum with other MIDI devices, select the Host USB as the MIDI Output and then select the combination of Host USB and the other device as the MIDI Input.
Note that while the Continuum and other MPE controllers can be simultaneously connected to the Pacamara, only a single Continuum or MPE controller can be selected at any one time (but it can be combined with standard MIDI keyboards and other controllers). The Continuum/MPE controller can control Sounds that are on MIDI channel 1; other selected controllers can control Sounds on channels 2 and higher.