In this release of ZYLIA Studio we bring a lot of performance and UI improvements. First thing you will notice during launch is a brand new splash screen shown during the application’s launch.
Second big improvement is the possibility to change the location where ZYLIA Studio stores its data. You can now select the data directory (directory where all ZYLIA Studio’s data is located) in the Options menu. Just click the cog icon, then in the section “Data storage” choose “Change data location”. This will restart ZYLIA Studio and use the new directory by default. You can select any directory you want, but we recommend using an internal or a fast USB drive due to data transfer limitations of standard USB flash drives, etc.
You can also use this feature to transfer data between different instances of ZYLIA Studio 1.4.0.
Finally, we improved memory management, which results in lower RAM consumption (up to 5 fold decrease!) and higher UI responsibility, especially for sessions with high number of recordings.
Based on your feedback, we improved how some controls work, like the solo/mute buttons or gain/pan sliders in the mixer.
Some of animations were also updated for a better and smoother experience with ZYLIA Studio.
Check it out now!
by Łukasz Januszkiewicz and Jakub Zamojski
When Facebook 360 is not enough
In July 2017, we had a pleasure to meet a vocal play band called Audiofeels (https://www.facebook.com/audiofeels/) and record their performance with our 19-capsules ZYLIA ZM-1. Then we used ZYLIA Ambisonics Converter and transformed the 19-channel recording into 8-channels TBE, which is 2nd order ambisonics format required by Facebook 360 Spatial Workstation plug-ins. The audio and the corresponding 360 video was combined into fine 360 movie and published on ZYLIA’s Facebook.
Unfortunately due to additional audio compression, Facebook 360 player may introduce an audible decrease of audio quality. Another issue may be a presence of annoying pops and clicks during the playback - especially on slower PC’s. It is well known problem with 360 video and the 2nd order ambisonics audio playback.
Flawless 360 movie
In this article we describe how to run our short 360 movie flawless in offline mode - without any additional audio and video coding. Demo will work on MacOS and Windows machines, and here are the steps you need to take:
1. Download and install Reaper software – https://www.reaper.fm/download.php The evaluation version is fully functional and perfect to run with our demo.
2. Download and install Facebook 360 Spatial Workstation software - https://facebook360.fb.com/spatial-workstation/ It is a free bundle of spatial audio VST plug-ins.
3. Download a Reaper session prepared by ZYLIA. It is already configured with our audio tracks and all required effects (download)
4. Download our 360 movie – two versions are available: high quality [3840x1920] (download) and medium quality [1920x960] (download). High quality version sometimes tends to pause in FB360 Video Player on slower CPUs.
5. Run Reaper and open the session (zylia_demo_vr.rpp) – you should see one track with 8‑channels WAVE file. Choose desired audio output device.
6. Click on FX button located on the track. If VST plug-ins are correctly installed, you will see FB360 Spatialiser, FB360 Control and built-in JS: Master Limiter. Make sure the Spatialiser is set to bypass mode (unchecked).
7. Click on Spatialiser and then click on “Load” button placed on the video grid. Video Player will open. Choose “Slave” mode and load provided video. You’ll see box “H264 is not a recommended codec” - click “X”.
8. Set the video format to “Mono” and the display mode to “Desktop”. In “Connect to DAW” you should be able to choose your computer’s name. If not, try to restart Reaper and repeat the steps 6-8. You are ready to click on “Open” button. Video box will appear.
9. Back to FX window and click on FB360 Control. Ensure that “Listener Roll”, “Listener Pitch” and “Listener Yaw” are gotten from video – controls should be darkened. Open video box and try to rotate the image - “Pitch” and “Yaw” sliders should follow the image rotation.
10. The video is synchronized with audio. Changing location of play-head in Reaper’s timeline affects on video’s time. Tap space bar to play audio and video. Rotation of video affects on binaural decoded ambisonics sound.
11. Good practice is to play video from the beginning of file to keep the synchronization. In some cases, it’s necessary to close the VideoClient + VideoPlayer and load 360 video again to recover the synchronization.
12. Your demo is ready to run.
Another method to synchronize ambisonics audio and 360 video is to use SpookSyncVR (http://www.spook.fm/spooksyncvr/). This application allows to connect GoPro VR Player (http://www.kolor.com/gopro-vr-player/download/) with Reaper. The main advantages of using SpookSyncVR are:
You can find tutorial how to use SpookSyncVR under this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lzLxmEIYBl4 The only difference between Reaper session from the above tutorial and our session is that instead of ATK plug-ins, the FB Spatial Workstation plug-ins were used. You have to assign “Listener Pitch” to “pan_pitch” (OpenSoundControl parameter) and “Listener Yaw” to “pan_yaw”. “pan_pitch” and “pan_yaw” are available in “Send pan” Spook’s field.
In FB360 Control turn off “Get from video”:
Now our 360 demo is ready to run. Enjoy it!
Source recordings cannot be published anywhere else in the original or modified form.
Demo mode for Windows
We are happy to inform you about a new release of ZYLIA Studio, version 1.3. In this release, we added basic support for Windows 10. You can now download and test the demo mode on Microsoft's operating system. Please note, that we are still working on the ZYLIA ZM-1 microphone drivers for Windows. They should be available soon.
Alongside the support for a new OS we present to you, a new demo recording.
The track, titled One Move is performed by Marc-Alan Barnette and Bonnie Lee Panda and was recorded during a presentation in the BMI building couple weeks ago.
We recommend testing out this demo yourself, as it is a great example on how ZYLIA ZM-1 and ZYLIA Studio perform in a "real life" situation (a small conference room with no acoustic adaptation).
The new demo recordings are available in ZYLIA Studio 1.3 on all platforms (macOS, Linux, Windows).
As always, we also added some smaller features and fixes:
Download a demo version of ZYLIA Studio
In order to download a demo version of ZYLIA Studio please fill in the form on http://www.zylia.co/downloads.html
The authors of ZYLIA Studio would like to thank the band Marc-Alan Barnette & Bonnie Lee Panda, Wake Up and artist Anna Blanton for support and permission to use their music pieces in the application. This version of ZYLIA Studio is redistributed with the following songs:
Marc-Alan Barnette https://www.marcalanbarnette.com/ and Bonnie Lee Panda http://www.bonnieleepanda.com/ performs a song One Move
Anna Blanton (http://www.annablantonmusic.com/) performs a Rachel song with the following artists
Wake Up band (https://www.facebook.com/wakeupartpl/)
We received more than 60 very creative answers from musicians and sound engineers all over the world. They all showed that there are millions of possibilities of using ZYLIA microphone. It is mind-blowing!
It was very challenging to pick the winner. We decided to select following persons:
I Prize - Derek Gregoire
I need ZYLIA because it is the most innovative equipment in the market. The cost to record in a studio is debilitating for a band starting out; to say the least. My band has a positive motivational message that needs to be heard, and winning a ZYLIA to help my band do that would be a dream come true. When I was 18 my grandfather passed away, and left behind enough money for me to buy a guitar, and pursue my dream. It has been 7 years since then, and I've finally put together the band that can make that dream come true. I believe in our ability to make a difference; not just in the music world, but world-wide. I believe in ZYLIA's ability to take my band places every band dreams to be, and it would be an honour If you'd believe in me.
Derek is an acoustic artist from Gowanda, NY. His band - Creating a Sinner.
II Prize - David
We absolutely need the ZYLIA Portable Recording Studio because our original group plays in a modern configuration of the old-time bluegrass set-up. In other words, we stand in a circle around one mic playing acoustic stringed instruments. The ZYLIA WOULD BE PERFECT FOR THIS!!! In mean, really, what better use could there be?? In our case we don’t have a fiddle, but have a pedal steel guitar, which is amplified on its own and picked up by the central mic. We play original compositions with five-piece band including acoustic guitar, mandolin, banjo, bass, and pedal steel guitar, and of course lots of vocal harmonies.
We have been recording our original works live (i.e. no overdubs), and typically record continuously without stopping the recording between pieces. We have experimented with a few different micing techniques, and have currently settled on the M/S (middle side) technique using a bi-directional mic (sides) + cardioid (middle) with a decoding matrix at the mixer. This results in Left/Center/Right channels. The MS mic set up set gives us a nice stereo image, but we struggle with getting a perfect balance between the vocals and the guitar/mando/banjo. For instance if the vocalist moves closer to the mic, the guitar/mando/banjo unfortunately gets louder as well as the vocal. Of course only three channels doesn't give us any “fine-tuning” ability in the mix, if you can call it that. Clearly we desperately need the ZYLIA. Please send our prize without delay!
Another reason (as if another good reason were required) is that we are currently composing a “folk opera” with expanded acoustic stringed instrumentation including guitar, mandolin, banjo, ukulele (multiple sizes), bass, pedal steel and melodica to name a few. The work will culminate in a recording and performances.
Lastly, my professional work is in acoustic consulting, including investigations of subjective sound quality. I’m on your mailing list as North Orbit Acoustic Labs. As part of our work, we prepare recordings of products or situations and present them to listening juries for evaluation. The ZYLIA technique looks like it may be a fit for creating certain multiple source recordings that could be manipulated (mixed) for various subjective rating applications. We have traditionally used binaural techniques for recording using a head and torso simulator (HATS), but of course there’s no mixing that after the fact.
III Prize - Ivan Chiarelli
As a composer, producer, and performer of experimental and electro-acoustic music, I'm constantly looking for gear options that will allow me to make the most of completely different settings. I often have to record impromptu jam sessions with my quartet. Also, I'm always making environmental field recordings to capture new sounds to use in my music, or recording peculiar sound objects that I find in my trips. Before ZYLIA, there was no single microphone that could do all this, and quality would sometimes have to be sacrificed to practicality. With ZYLIA, I'll be able to solve all my recording needs, no matter what, no matter where.
Thank you so much for your creativity:-)
We are happy to inform about a new release of ZYLIA Studio – 1.2.1.
In this release, we introduce a new feature - demo mode, which allows users to test out some of ZYLIA Studio's functionalities even without the ZM-1 microphone.
In demo mode ZYLIA Studio comes with bundled four recordings, organized in multiple sessions.
All of the recordings where recorded using the ZM-1 microphone. You can listen to the stereo tracks, individual audio tracks, and mix tracks.
In demo mode you cannot record using ZM-1, perform the full calibration process, and separate tracks.
To access the demo mode click the link on the first screen of the application. If you already use ZYLIA Studio (i.e. you activated it) the tracks will be automatically added to your sessions.
Download a demo version of ZYLIA Studio
In order to download a demo version of ZYLIA Studio please fill in the form on http://www.zylia.co/downloads.html
The authors of ZYLIA Studio would like to thank the band Wake Up and artist Anna Blanton for support and permission to use their music pieces in the application. This version of ZYLIA Studio is redistributed with the following songs:
The 11th of July was an important date for the ZYLIA Team. Piotr, COO and Adam, Senior Sales Specialist went to Tennessee to represent the company during 2017 Summer NAMM Show.
We began the trip at Nashville’s Fort Knox Studios (fortknoxstudiosnashville.com) with our cheerful host Doak Turner. He is a founder of musicstartshere.org, an organization created with the purpose of connecting people in the music and entertainment industries.
Fort Knox Nashville will be ready soon and will provide an approx. 188,000 square feet creative space made especially for musicians and other industry professionals with access to recording studios, rehearsal rooms, storage, offices and everything you can imagine to fulfill your dreams. This creative space is also a natural place for our Portable Recording Studio!
In the early evening together with a performing songwriter and recording artist Bonnie Lee Panda and born artist, songwriter, teacher and self-proclaimed “square peg in a round hole”, Marc-Allan Barnette we made a presentation for musicians at BMI, organization that offers career tools for songwriters, composers and publishers. Having gathered approximately 100 persons and spoken to them, everyone considered the event a great success!
During the NAMM Show the Team presented the ZYLIA Portable Recording Studio to the wider audiences, from country and bluegrass to rock and pop bands. We met a lot of interesting individuals, famous artists, active musicians and legends, people we will never forget – Bonnie, Marc-Alan, Doak, Blue Miller, Scott Pederson, Denny Sarokin, Angie Traughber, Joseph Wooten, James Hathaway, guys from the Revis band and many more! We love you all! Opinions were excellent and we could feel the energy flowing both ways – from us to musicians and from them to us, making the stay very special!
The second day of the show was huge! People were excited about the product, they kept coming and asking to do a recording. We felt honored and had a lot of fun while recording all these great artist. We did what ZYLIA does best – recording music instruments with very hiqh quality regardless of the location of the recording. In this case you can imagine that the location was pretty tough! After the recording people were blown away with the effect. They received detailed, studio-like tracks with intimacy and feeling of chemistry between musicians. Some of them used the ZYLIA Studio dedicated software on their own. It is so simple you don’t need an expert knowledge to prepare a rough mix of your music, ready to be played everywhere – even in the car on the way to the next day of the Show, exactly as we did. In our Media section on zylia.co you will find Testimonials on the subject.
NAMM: The Best in Show Award
In the end of this day we were informed about nomination to Best in Show Award, and were invited to an event next day early morning. Soon we were ready! We were very excited when Robert Christie from A&G Central Music began his short review of ZYLIA and informed that we actually won the Award!
Now the crowd got even bigger! And spontaneously everyone in the booth started singing a ZYLIA song which we are sure will become famous worldwide
Trip’s beautiful ending
This was nearly an end of our visit to Nashville. With Doak we went to Nashville’s downtown to visit some famous pubs and show ZYLIA to the public.
The reaction was awesome! From astonishment, questions if it was a famous Star Trek gizmo to desire of having a picture with it.
In the meantime between the show we were honored to visit industry parties by PMC, Vintage King etc., and took a tour to recording studios at Sputnik Sound, featuring four-time Grammy award winning producer Vance Powell or Blackbird Studio who has second biggest collection of vintage mics and is known from recording famous artists as Adele, Snoop Dogg, R.E.M and many more. We sure envy that amazing mic collection.
We’d like to thank all the people that we’ve met during these fantastic days in Nashville for the support, fun that we had during the trip and kind words we have received! See you soon!
It took us some time to develop ZYLIA. Finally, we are almost there, we are very close to saying that we made it. We want to share with you some insights of this long but very exciting way of product development.
The beginning of ZYLIA
It all started as a research project in Poland in 2012. Piotr Szczechowiak and Tomasz Żernicki, ZYLIA co-founders, very quickly came up with an idea for a product applying innovative technology they were developing. Soon thereafter a product roadmap was defined and the ambition to develop a new innovative tool, with the potential to change how musicians and audio creators work, became a reality.
First prototype of ZYLIA
Hardware and software development
More than 10 generations of hardware prototypes were made. They all came through endless acoustic tests. Parallel to hardware development digital signal processing algorithms and software was developed.
Fig. Tests with musicians and sound engineers.
Years of our expertise in audio processing, music recording, and hardware design has been packed into this unique and innovative device. At the end, we also paid a great attention to the final design of a product. It is also important to surround yourself with nice and good-looking things.
Every detail of the ZYLIA ZM-1 reflects the cutting-edge technology and simplicity with elegant product design.
Fig. Pre-production design.
ZYLIA Studio 1.1 - a new release
We are happy to inform about a new release of ZYLIA Studio.
What is new?
• Manual calibration of instruments' localization
• Ability to record in surround formats: 5.0, 7.0 and more
• User can generate package for support team (settings – version – support)
• Added functionality of dragging instrument source on Calibration Result page to change its azimuth
• Several bugfixes and stability improvements
... and much more!
You can also adjust band or surround preset manually. Just grab the icon of the instrument and change their position. This option is also available after recording in recalibration process. You can also adjust position after automatic calibration process.
ZYLIA Studio allows to add instrument to selected pre-set. Just choose recalibration option, repeat calibration, select automatic calibration, add your own instrument, record calibration sample. Finally, you can adjust instrument position or accept automatic detection result.
By Kasia Kwaśny
These days we have in our hands all tools needed to broadcast events to the entire world. Live streaming lets you connect with your fans during your concerts, backstage Q&As, or press conferences. Thanks to apps like YouTube, Facebook Live, Twitch you can stream events and show what’s happening anywhere and everywhere in real time. If you want to share an event giving your fans the feeling of being next to you, you need both – video and audio in high quality. While the video quality on our smart phones is surprisingly good, the built-in microphones are still not good enough to stream all the details of your music.
Equipment, use best live streaming microphones. Invest in good quality microphones!
If you want to spread your performance all over the world, it is very important to invest in good quality microphones. If you can afford the cost of a microphone, it's well worth it. The quality of audio really matters. If people can't hear what you're playing, they will simply quit your channel after seconds.
When you record with standard microphones you must remember that each instrument needs to be equipped with one microphone. Is is also recommended to have one microphone for ambient recording – allowing your fans to hear your conversations between pieces.
It looks like you will need a lot of mics, cables and equipment, and perhaps even a sound operator? Don’t worry. Instead of all this stuff for audio recording, you can simply use ZYLIA Portable Recording Studio.
ZYLIA is a spherical microphone array designed for multi-track audio recording. It captures all sound sources that are present in the audio scene. You can put ZYLIA in the middle of the band and record everyone and everything with one mic connected to your laptop with a USB cable.
Software. How to stream audio live?
How to broadcast from your computer? Want to use Facebook Live from your Computer? Below we described the most important steps of audio streaming.
If you want to broadcast audio (as well as video) from your computer you need to use an application. There are many solutions available, we have chosen OBS Studio that is free and works perfectly with Facebook Live.
1. Download OBS Studio from https://obsproject.com/ You can download it for free!
2. Visit your Facebook Page, then at the top click - Publishing Tools, on the left click Videos and choose Live option. Then click preview and add your update text and video information.
You only need to copy the Stream Key.
3. Click settings in OBS Studio and then click stream in the left menu.
Select Streaming Services as the Stream Type and Facebook Live as the service.
Paste the stream key you copied from Facebook Page into the Stream Key box.
4. Connect ZYLIA to your laptop by USB cable.
In OBS Application select ZYLIA as desired microphone Input.
Hundreds of people are working to find the best way to stream their concerts live.
When it comes to streaming audio live ZYLIA will make the hearable difference.
Invite fans into your world of music!
Live recording from studio sessions or rehearsals
Now you know, how to record a live stream!
Probably you wonder if it is possible to record a live concert with ZYLIA microphone. Of course, it is possible. This time we present recording made only with one ZYLIA mic situated in front of the stage. On stage, we had around 20 acoustic musicians - piano, double bass, saxophones, flutes, trumpets, etc. No additional mixing or mastering was made.
Big Band from Poznan Music Academy. A mysterious and inspiring piece of music. Conductor - Patryk Piłasiewicz.