Zylia Launches Crowdfunding Campaign For ‘3-D Array’ ZM-1 Mic

Polish startup Zylia have announced the kickoff of the crowdfunding campaign for their Zylia Portable Recording Studio, billed as the world’s first Portable Recording Studio to allow the user to record entire sound scenes with only one microphone and then separate the individual sound sources from the recording.

The single microphone, Zylia ZM-1, is a special type of microphone that was designed specifically for multi-track music recording.

As described in the company’s November, 2016 announcement, Zylia ZM-1 features include:

  • 19 microphone capsules
  • LED ring status indicator
  • 48 KHz / 24 bit recording
  • USB connectivity
  • Easy to deploy

The microphone records in a 3D array, and then the user can use ‘virtual microphones’ in the companion Zylia Studio software to extract individual tracks.

Pricing and Availability. When/if the product goes into production, the Zylia ZM-1 microphone and Zylia Studio software will retail for $599 US; a more deluxe version of the Zylia Portable Recording Studio is also available. Backers of Zylia’s Indiegogo campaign can reserve their own kit at “early bird” prices. Zylia is projecting the first batch of product will ship to those backers in Q1 2018.

Additional information about the Zylia crowdfunding campaign, including perks and stretch goals can be found here. Additional information, including technical specifications, in available on the Zylia website.




4 thoughts on “Zylia Launches Crowdfunding Campaign For ‘3-D Array’ ZM-1 Mic

  1. Seems an interesting product, I was always a fan of soundfield microphones and this seems similar.

    I do wish Tormund would have given us a demo of it though.

  2. What seems tricky, even though they’ve given it a “cohesive” looking form-factor, is how they can prevent little phase oddities as sounds arrive at all the capsules at different times.

    Perhaps they’ve addressed this in their software. I’m not interested enough to watch the video, but I am interested enough to type a random comment (apparently).

  3. It’s a neat premise, but since it’s only possible to record with those “virtual mics” in the Zylia software (you could technically use another DAW, but good luck decoding the 19 tracks) it seems like a really hard sell to anybody who’s already got experience and/or software investments.

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