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
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