In this video review for Pro Tools Expert, Technical Editor James Ivey takes a look at the new Zylia multi diaphragm microphone and software recording solution with the help of the Elite String Quartet.
In this first part of the review, James talks about the basic idea behind the Zylia system and about how it is not designed to replace a full multi-microphone large scale recording solution. Zylia is more about record your band or groups practice sessions than producing a CD ready recording but there are demo recordings and then there is what Zylia is able to offer in terms of capturing the moment when inspiration hit.
James continues, showing how to set-up or calibrate the microphone and software to get the best possible results.
What is Zylia?
The main hardware of the Zylia system is a high-quality microphone with 19 capsules which connects to your Mac via USB 2.0. The microphone casing is made from solid aluminium and has an LED status ring running around it, making it look a bit like a droid from a Sci-Fi movie. Zylia records at 48 kHz sample rate at 24 bit. It's easy to set up, just place it in the middle of your musicians between 1.5 and 2m away. Any gain adjustment that may be needed takes place inside the Zylia Studio software and is between -12dB to +32dB (0.5dB steps).
There is no limit to the number of tracks or audio sources that can be recorded and in post record processing the individual instruments can be separated out for later mixing or editing. Background noise and bleed is automatically removed.
Want To Get A Zylia System For Yourself?
At the time of writing the Zylia team have just started their fund raising campaign with Indiegogo to raise the funds to get the system into production. There are lots of ways you can help fund this project. Check the Zylia Indiegogo page for full details.
You can also check out the Zylia website for more information on this amazing and innovative product.