The original hardware Lemur found its way into a number of Kyma studios, and with Liine's recent Lemur iOS app for the iPad and iPhone/iPod Touch, the power of the Lemur is within reach of nearly every Kyma user. If you have any interest in creating a personal Kyma sound controller for the studio or live performance, then the Lemur app and an iPad is pretty hard to beat!
But what about Delora's vM2? At first, this may seem like a quaint yet redundant Kyma VCS option. iPad apps like Symbolic Sound's Kyma Control or our own Delora vKiP, (or on the iPhone/iPod touch with our vKi app), would seem to already cover that territory. Why would you want to control the VCS with vM2 and the Lemur app running on your iPad instead of one of the other iOS alternatives?
The answer is flexibility and customization. vM2 is a translator (or bridge) between Lemur controls and the MotorMix language that Kyma automatically supports with every Kyma sound. vM2's two Lemur templates provide the user interface. And since they are standard Lemur template files, you can modify them or incorporate them with a more personalized Lemur template, using the Lemur layout application.
But why do you even need vM2 when Kyma now understand's OSC and the Lemur excels at OSC based controllers?
The answer is that vM2 is supported by Kyma's automatic VCS assignment system and general OSC based controllers, like the Lemur, are not. vM2's compatibility with Kyma's built-in VCS support means that each and every Kyma sound is automatically mapped to vM2's faders, rotaries, and switches. Without vM2 your Lemur creations must be "manually assigned" to each Kyma sound you wish to control, or the sounds themselves modified to expect the OSC messages. vM2 handles this for you with complete bidirectional control.
Note that this does not mean your Lemur will automatically reconfigure itself to mimic the VCS's layout. That bit of magic is something you currently need Kyma Control to achieve. What vM2 does, as its MotorMix predecessor also did, is provide a predetermined assignment between VCS controls and vM2 controls that is both consistent and repeatable across Kyma sounds.
A number of our existing vM2 customers have already created customized Lemur templates by integrating the vM2 template as one page in a larger Lemur template (Lemur templates can consist of a number of "pages" that you can readily navigate between). Other customers have modified the vM2 template itself to better fit their needs.
So if the new Lemur iOS app sounds like something you would like to add to your Kyma bag of tricks, also consider vM2, your Lemur gateway to Kyma's VCS!