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.
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.
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!
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.
By Łukasz Januszkiewicz
Step One - Preparations
Step two - On The Stage
The main ZM-1 microphone was positioned approximately 20 cm below the camera.
Backup ZM-1’s were positioned on the right and on the left side of the main ZM-1 (distance of 4-5 meters). There was also one mic just right in front of the choir.
Step Three – Recording
… and hiding behind the curtain :-)
Step Four - Video And Audio Post-processing
Captured video was stitched and processed with Kodak PIXPRO SP360 software. The recorded audio was manually synchronized with the processed video. Then we used our software to convert ZM-1 recorded tracks into 1st, 2nd and even 3rd order HOA (Higher Order Ambisonics) signals. Finally, we merged the video and the 1st order Ambisonics audio track into one MP4 file and uploaded it to YouTube 360 service*.
*At this moment YouTube 360 supports only 1st order Ambisonics audio.
The Final Effect
We have recorded a great performance of orchestra and choir with a newest microphone array technology. Final effect is astonishing! Our 360 movie gives you a chance to participate in this beautiful event, and actually be in the middle of the stage.
Video will be available soon.
By Jakub Wasilewski
Nowadays the entertainment industry is more and more interested in immersive experiences when it comes to movies, video games and music. Along with already quite common 360 degree videos, there is also a growing demand for 3D audio. Surround systems like 5.1, 7.1 or cinematic 22.2 can surely deliver impressive effects, but none of them is an actual full spatial audio system. Mostly because once sources had been recorded, there is no way to change their positions freely.
At the same time when the music audience was thrilled for the first time with “The Dark Side Of The Moon”, an Ambisonic idea has been conceived by Michael Gerzon from the University of Oxford. He realised, that using three figure-of-eight microphones and additional omnidirectional one, he can make a soundfield recording that can be expressed as four speaker-independent channels, the so called B-Format. It allows to store soundfield information in four channels and decode it later into specific speaker setup.
As you can probably imagine, representing a whole soundfield using only four channels is not optimal. Spatial audio resolution is not very impressive when using a B-Format which is only 1st order of Ambisonic, In the 1970s It was difficult to achieve higher audio resolution due to the level of technical advancements at that time. Despite the fact that the Ambisonic technique was grounded on solid technical and mathematical foundation, it has not gained much attention or commercial success.
In order to obtain higher orders of Ambisonics, which provides better soundfield representation and spatial resolution, a dense microphone array and advanced signal processing algorithms are needed. Both of these advancements are the cornerstones of the new recording system developed by ZYLIA.
By Maciej Lenartowicz
Over the past decades, musicians experienced an unprecedented increase in availability of home recording equipment. Recording studios of the 1980s based on cassette tapes redefined the way how music is created, spawning such masterpieces as Bruce Springsteen’s “Nebraska” - intimate, dark, emotional and most important – created mostly outside of professional recording studio. In the digital age, there’s no need to rewind and erase – there’s plenty of recording space for hours of high-quality audio on your hard disk. Thanks to this pivotal change the difference between studio and rehearsal space becomes more and more insignificant.
There are very different ways of rehearsing – from a tightly organized practice of previously composed pieces to “chaotic” jam sessions. It doesn’t really matter how your rehearsal looks like – every single one of them is worth recording.
If you’re passionate about something that you do, it is very likely that you will want to do it better. Recording rehearsals let you (and other band/project members) review your progress on a certain piece of music. Some errors may go unnoticed while playing, especially when you are focused on your part and less concentrated on the piece as a whole. If your session is recorded everybody has a chance to take their time, re-think and highlight the most troublesome parts of a song. If rehearsals are recorded there’s no worry that somebody will forget their astonishing idea that came spontaneously. You can also record different versions of a song and then chose the best afterward, with a clear mind.
This type of exercise is a good way to introduce a new member of your band/project to already existing songs. She/he can learn all the songs prior to rehearsals without involving other band members and thus save their precious time.
Musicians, producers, and engineers strive to deliver perfect recordings to listeners. This may be achieved at professional studios, consuming a lot of energy, time and money. Pursuing perfection can also kill the spirit of the song, especially when you’re recording every track separately many times. While being imperfect, rehearsal recordings may capture the essence of your song to a greater extent than polished studio recordings. Moreover, recording rehearsals will make you accustomed to recording in general – say goodbye to shaky hands or voice.
If you’re recording music you’ll probably want to share it with other people. Recording rehearsals with a simple multi track device like ZYLIA Portable Recording Studio is a quick way to create quality recordings that can be used in multiple ways. If you’re just starting out and don’t have any professional studio material yet these recordings are a great way to show your songs to other people, acquire feedback (important before heading to the recording studio) and enlarge your fan base. Since those recordings are live they’re also a good example of your live playing skills and can be helpful for getting gigs.
To conclude, I think that in this case, it’s acceptable to answer a question with a question. Why shouldn't we record our rehearsals? Due to aforementioned advantages. enormous storage space for recordings and simplicity of making them I strongly believe that there’s no reason not to.
Practising with your band is more fruitful if you are able to record everything with a good quality. Then you are able to listen to everything, identify bad notes, make corrections, or simply change arrangements. Recording gives you a lot of possibilities to polish your skills and make you music sounds awesome.
Are you having a hard time identifying the best recording method?
Of course, you can find on the market lot of recording devices. They are in different price range and they give limited possibilities for recording. There is also the issue of quality, not every recording device is able to record your rehearsal in an easy way giving you as the output a great quality recording.
If you are looking for a perfect solution - so ease of use, awesome quality of recordings, single tracks of instruments as the output, and a great design - ZYLIA is the choice.
This is an example of rehearsal recorded with a smartphone, a typical field recorder, and ZYLIA Portable Recording Studio. With ZYLIA you can feel the difference... and this feeling of spatial sound, just like being in the middle of your band.
Recently, we had a chance to run beta tests in a private rehearsal room in Gdańsk (BADUUUM Rehearsal Room). Mariusz - owner of this rehearsal place was using ZYLIA recording system to work with local bands. We have collected his feedback and a few pictures to share with you.
"Our experience with Zylia ZM-1 microphone was very fruitful because we used it in our rehearsal studio (Sala Prób Baduuum in Gdańsk) with professionals and amateurs, playing all kind of music from jazz, acoustic pop, reggae, to rock and heavy metal. Technology did convince us, because of its abilities to separate tracks and overall quality of recordings was very high, especially drum set and vocal - which are usually the hardest to record well. It was a great experience and we hope to have a chance to use it on a regular basis."
Mariusz Pawłowski, owner of rehearsal room Sala Prób Baduuum
We want to share few tips about how to prepare for recording your first EP. Feel free to use them with your band.
Your first EP must go straight from your heart!
The best tip ever, always record your music. Record every song, sketch or new riff. I am sure you will make a great use of it as the inspiration at some point in the future.
All you need is to be real with your fans and with yourself.
Quality. In this case, you should focus more on passion in your music than its quality. People will accept raw garage style if they like what you are creating.
Polish your music. Record your selected songs and listen back to it again. We all know that it is difficult to evaluate yourself while playing with a band, many mistakes are unnoticed. There is a great tool which can help in this process. ZYLIA is a multitrack mic which can record a whole band and separates tracks of every musician from recording. So after your jam session you all can sit back, and listen to single tracks. It’s a totally different thing once you sit down and start listening to the recording. You start to process it and make progress with your band.
…and of course, rehearse and record as much as you can.
The EP flow. Work on your EP flow, so the songs' structure - intro, middle, end part, memorize your riffs and lyrics. Make a clear plan for recording, and make sure everyone knows it. If you choose to go to a recording studio, be prepared. You do not want to waste your money for practicing in a recording studio, it is very expensive. You can always practice with ZYLIA Portable Recording Studio.
Think about your budget. You will need to pay for printing, and the CDs, maybe distribution. Make all calculations and be aware that it is not very cheap:-)
If you choose to record with ZYLIA, then no recording studio expenses will appear:-) Just rent rehearsal room with a decent acoustic treatment and easily record your songs. You can always play with tracks and prepare a balanced recording. No stressful situations in a recording studio. Just you, your band and a great chemistry.
It is more easy than you expect.
Just follow our advices and you will get a good quality recording from your home rehearsal session.
First of all, find a room.
Put your instruments inside in a circle, and plug them.
Arrange the space to make it look more cozy:-)
Carpet is recommended if you play drums.
Put ZYLIA ZM-1 multi track microphone in the middle of the room. Just between all musicians.
In this way you can record all sound sources at once.
Plug it to your laptop and get ready for recording.
And the most important element - THE BAND!
After rehearsal separate their tracks from recording,
mix them and prepare a balanced recording.
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Our young stars, FairyTaleShow recording their greatest hits with ZYLIA. It was a great recording session. Like it and share it because guys play cool music.