Symbolic Sound Corporation
was founded by Carla Scaletti
and Kurt J. Hebel
in 1989 as a spinoff of the CERL Sound Group at the Computer-based Education Research Laboratory
of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
. Originally named Kymatics
, the company was incorporated as Symbolic Sound Corporation in March 1990. Symbolic Sound's products are being used in sound design
for music, film, advertising, television, speech and hearing research, computer games
, and other virtual environments
Kyma, Symbolic Sound's main product, was one of the earliest commercially available examples of a graphical signal flow language for real time digital audio signal processing.
The company has developed and commercialized several audio processing and synthesis techniques, including real time spectral analysis and additive resynthesis, audio morphing, aggregate synthesis, granular synthesis, and Tau synthesis. They have also developed algorithms for partitioning a signal flow graph to run on multiple parallel processors in real time.