New release of ZYLIA Studio PRO and ZYLIA Ambisonics Converter Plugins are developed to address the needs of audio enthusiasts. The new plug-ins accommodate specific characteristics of Pro Tools and enable use of the DAW with the innovative ZYLIA ZM-1 microphone.
Because Pro Tools since 12.8.2 version supports a maximum of 16 channels per track instead of the 19 provided by the ZM-1 microphone, ZYLIA plug-ins in the AAX plug-in format work slightly different than in VST/AU version. They process the first 16 channels from ZYLIA ZM-1 recordings and omit the three bottom microphones. Users still benefit from the plug-ins’ unique features. ZYLIA Studio PRO enables spatial filtering and signal separation directly within a DAW, and also gives users access to various surround presets (up to 10.2/5.1.4). Number of virtual microphones is limited to 16. ZYLIA Ambisonics Converter in the AAX version supports conversion to 1st- and 2nd-order Ambisonics, enabling users to prepare 3D audio recordings.
We are happy to announce a new release of ZYLIA Ambisonics Converter v. 1.2.0 and ZYLIA Ambisonics Converter Plugin v. 1.1.0. Here are all the changes.
ZYLIA Ambisonics Converter v. 1.2.0
◦ Sensitivity of rotation slider
ZYLIA Ambisonics Converter Plugin v. 1.1.0
◦ Wrong sample rate warning
Download link - ZYLIA Ambisonics Converter plugin
We are happy to announce a release of ZYLIA ZM-1 drivers for Windows 7. Now our software is compatible with Windows 7 and 10.
We are thrilled to announce new versions of ZYLIA Studio (1.7.2), ZYLIA Studio PRO (1.3.1) and update of ZYLIA ZM‑1 drivers.
ZYLIA ZM-1 model 3E support
The most significant change is support for a new model of ZYLIA ZM-1. We added tailored spatial filters for a 3E microphone model to ZYLIA Studio and ZYLIA Studio PRO.
Source localization in ZYLIA Studio PRO
Source localization function is a new feature which will help you to find sound sources in the space. Thanks to that you will add a new virtual microphone in the right 3D position immediately.
To enable this function, press on the "Source localization" button in the left-upper corner of ZYLIA Studio PRO window. The localization algorithm works in real time. During playback of your 19-channel recording, estimated positions of the sound sources will appear on the VST/AU radar screen (blue icons). To add a virtual microphone in this position, simply click on the sound source icon.
ZYLIA Control Panel (macOS)
ZYLIA Control Panel now is bundled with ZYLIA ZM-1 driver for macOS operating systems. Thanks to this application you will be able to manipulate LED brightness of your ZYLIA ZM-1 device.
To dim LED of plugged ZYLIA ZM-1 microphone, open ZYLIA Control Panel application and by using the slider decrease brightness to the desired level (you can turn the LED off as well). After closing ZYLIA Control Panel you'll be ready to start your recording session. ZYLIA Control Panel saves the last used LED brightness level and restores it right after application start.
Additionally we fixed a few small bugs to improve stability of ZYLIA software.
We are pleased to announce a new release of ZYLIA Studio 1.6.1.
This edition is a minor update to the previous release and it brings a lot of small changes and bug fixes.
The new icon of ZYLIA Studio
Auto-mixing by default
Second change is that we enabled the auto-mix function by default.
After you separate your recording into separate instrument tracks the auto-mixing feature will engage when you visit the mixer screen for the first time. Thanks to that you’ll immediately receive a balanced recording. You can always reset the adjustments using the “Reset adjustments” option in the mixer’s menu. You can also use the “Mix automatically” button to repeat the auto-mixing procedure.
Bug fixes and other improvements
Alongside those two changes, we fixed couple bugs regarding the user’s interface, including: better touch-pad scrolling on macOS, improved snack bar notification’s management and we fixed a minor bug in the auto-mix functionality that could lead to weird results in some band configurations.
We are happy to announce a new version of ZYLIA Ambisonics Converter. We introduced a few changes based on your input and suggestions.
We added a batch processing. Now, it is possible to process multiple 19 channels wave files within a single session.
There are also quality improvements and bug fixes for 2nd and 3rd order HOA. This update significantly increases the perceptual effect of rotation in HOA domain as well as corrects spatial resolution for 2nd and 3rd order. It is recommended to update to this new version.
We are happy to announce a new version of ZYLIA Studio PRO, the VST/AU plugin delivered with the Indiegogo ZYLIA PRO package. We introduced a lot of changes based on your input and suggestions.
The biggest feature of ZYLIA Studio PRO 1.1 is something we like to call the Energy Map. Once activated it shows the approximate location of the loudest sound sources around the microphone. You can now easily locate the sound sources using this feature. Just point your Virtual Microphone at the hottest point on the Energy Map.
This works for live recordings (directly from the microphone) and for pre-recorded sessions.
Figure 1. ZYLIA Studio PRO with its new feature - Energy Map. Quickly locate sound sources using a visual cue.
Updated Surround Presets and more Virtual Microphones!
We updated the built-in presets with new Surround Options. Now you can quickly choose a set-up and record a surround sound scene. We included presets like Surround 5.1, 5.1.4, 10.2, and even 22.2! To make it so we increased the maximum number of virtual microphones up to 24.
Please, note that the presets are not available in the VST3 plugin version, but you can use the *.zspro files bundled with the installers.
Figure 2. ZYLIA Studio PRO v1.1 using a 22.2 surround preset. You can see the 22 virtual microphones arranged to reproduce the 22.2 surround setup.
Changes to sources management
Based on your suggestions and feedback we also improved how you can manage Virtual Microphones. First, we added an option to assign icons to instruments. You can select an instrument's icon when you add a new Virtual Microphone. You can also change the icon by clicking the menu button next to the microphone's name and selecting "Change icon". If you use ZYLIA Studio and import calibration settings to ZYLIA Studio PRO the icons will be transferred automatically as well.
Figure 3 ZYLIA Studio PRO v1.1 showing the new icon selection window. You can now assign an icon to a virtual microphone to quickly identify microphones on the radar screen.
Figure 4 ZYLIA Studio PRO v1.1 showing the option to adjust the position of multiple microphones at once. Notice also the brand new icons representing the instruments in the ensemble.
To manage larger ensembles, we added a feature to select and change the azimuth and elevation of multiple instruments at once. You can now rotate the whole scene by simply using the Command/Control key and selecting more instruments. Then you can adjust the position of those instruments at the same time. We also added the option to sort the microphone's list by their names or by the assigned output channel, so now you can quickly navigate your setup.
We recently updated the ZYLIA Studio application for macOS, Windows 10 and Linux. New functionalities were added and small bugs were fixed. Below you can read about main changes in the software.
One-button automixing in ZYLIA Studio
Firstly, we introduce the long-awaited one-button automixing feature. It was one of the promised Stretch Goals in our Indiegogo campaign and pre-announced in a YouTube video. Since then we worked with sound engineers and musicians to fine-tune this feature so it’ll give you a maximum value.
The automixing feature automatically adjusts gains and pans of each instrument in the mix to enhance its sound. It is designed for a typical band setup. We take into account each instrument’s type and analyze its sound. Then we take into account what instruments were used during the recording and adjust the mixer properties accordingly. Check it out for yourself by using the demo recordings!
Wavpack to WAV export
The second big feature is a built-in Wavpack decoder. Wavpack is an open lossless compression algorithm and ZYLIA Studio allows you to store all recordings in this format. But some of audio editing software doesn't support Wavpack. We added an option to convert compressed audio files to WAV/PCM upon export. If the recording is longer than the allowed WAV/PCM file size can handle, then the recording is split into smaller chunks. You can find the new export options on the Mixer’s export dialogue.
Finally, we fixed a lot of bugs and improved applications stability on Windows. We also addressed a problem on Windows for users whose user name contains less common characters (e.g. Chinese symbols, some eastern European, etc.), now ZYLIA Studio should support all Unicode characters.
So go ahead and download your copy of ZYLIA Studio v1.6 today.
ZYLIA Studio PRO – A Powerful Tool to Support Music Makers from Enthusiasts to Pros
Zylia announced the first release of ZYLIA Studio PRO which is an extension of primary software (ZYLIA Studio) supporting ZM-1 microphone array. Exciting new features for music makers of all levels will blow your mind.
ZYLIA Studio PRO is a VST/AU plugin which gives you an access to spatial filtering and signal separation directly within a DAW. Thanks to ZYLIA Studio PRO a whole recording system becomes even more powerful tool for pros with new features for 3D audio production, sound source separation and functionality of surround microphone.
ZYLIA Studio PRO transforms a single 19 channel microphone ZYLIA ZM-1 recording into a number of Virtual Microphones which are easy to steer in any direction around the mic. You gain a possibility to set and monitor Virtual Microphones of multiple polar patterns or characteristics - live or during post production!
Choosing presets for surround or ambient recordings (2.0, 3.0, 5.1, 7.1 and more) makes your life easier. No need for time-consuming microphones placement. You record your music scene directly into 5.1, 7.1 playback!
ZYLIA Studio PRO plugin extends all the features provided by ZYLIA Studio [link]. You can set many number of Virtual Microphones and adjust their characteristics and positions, during the recording or in the post‑production stage. Outputs of the Virtual Microphones are available as separated tracks directly in your DAW software, so you can apply effects and mix the tracks in the same way as for any other single-track recording.
To sum it up, right now ZYLIA users have an access to ZYLIA Studio which is a dedicated application acting as the “Control Center” for the ZYLIA ZM-1 hardware and enables musicians to record songs and extract recorded instruments to individual tracks, and ZYLIA Studio PRO which is a VST/AU plugin giving an access to spatial filtering and signal separation directly within a DAW.
ZYLIA Studio PRO - Use case
This is a part of an article written by Lukasz Kurzawski, a sound engineer, who tested ZYLIA ZM-1 together with ZYLIA Studio PRO software. He compared traditional multitrack recording techniques with recording using the ZYLIA ZM-1 microphone in an acoustically challenging environment – music ensemble recorded in a church.
I started by creating 3 virtual microphones that were pointing at the locations of the instruments: Z1 – flute, Z2 – cello, and Z3 – harpsichord. See the below screenshot for the setup of virtual microphones.
After that I have added an extra stereo pair of virtual microphones Z4 and Z5. It appeared that this pair gave an excellent result in terms of tone and panorama effect. It is really incredible that you can change the wideness of this stereo pair and its position in both horizontal and vertical pane. In this given recording setup the cello and the harpsichord are placed naturally lower than the flute, so by changing the elevation parameter of the virtual microphones you can be more selective on each instrument. An interesting effect was to change the aim of the Z4 and Z5 pair in the vertical pane by pointing it up 45 degrees. This setting resulted in a much deeper spatial effect without losing the detail of each instrument (this setting was used in the final mix). With such setup of Z4 and Z5 I was missing a better exposition of the harpsichord so I added a bit more of the Z3 (harpsichord virtual mic). The end result was a very good sounding mix – the best I have managed to create from this recording session.
As a final touch I tried to add more space to the recording to reflect great acoustics of the church. In order to do that I have created another stereo pair of virtual mics Z6 and Z7 which was aimed at the space without sound sources. In this setting I missed a little bit of flute so I have added more of the Z1 (flute virtual mic) to the mix."
More of this article at ZYLIA Blog
Pricing and Availability
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!