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Drivers

Solving issues with ZYLIA ZM-1 drivers

ZYLIA Studio PRO

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ZYLIA Ambisonics Converter

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ZYLIA Studio

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ZYLIA ZM-1

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Troubleshooting

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ZYLIA ZR-1 Portable Recorder

Device instructions


FAQ

General

ZYLIA Portable Recording Studio was designed for recording music bands. You can use it as a typical recorder to obtain a high quality stereo recording. In addition, you can separate individual tracks of instruments/vocals within the audio mix. Tracks of individual instruments can be mixed together to produce a balanced recording that sounds great.

The ZYLIA ZM-1 is great for:

  • Musicians or music band members valuing rehearsal recording.
  • Composers and songwriters.
  • Teachers or students in a music school.
  • Fans of old-fashioned one-mic-recording.
  • Jam session lovers.
  • Artists fascinated with ambient sounds recording.

​Yes, ZYLIA is compatible with all types of DAWs. The microphone is visible like a normal input device. In addition, separated tracks of audio sources and instruments (wav files) can be exported to any DAW of your choice.

  • ​Record band practice and separate the instruments into tracks
  • Mix separated tracks to get a balanced recording, or use automix feature
  • Record single instruments and shape your tone
  • Convert your recordings to Ambisonics
  • Improve your mixes with ZYLIA Mix & Master Service

Yes, ZYLIA mic is a microphone array, 3rd order Ambisonics microphone.

e use specialized algorithms which convert the 19 channel signal to 16 channel ambisonics, with more microphones we can achieve a higher frequency response for spherical harmonics resulting in better quality Ambisonics.

By using multiple ZM-1S microphones on the scene you are able to recreate the acoustics in a virtual scenario, therefore you are able to recreate an entire audio scene in a game engine/Max Msp allowing you to move freely in a 3d space and experience it from different point of views (the front of the scene, the middle, next to a piano, etc.)

From the sound engineer or developer’s perspective, ZYLIA ZM-1 is a USB microphone. That is, OS receives 19 channels of RAW PCM 24/32 bits data at 48 kHz. Users can process this signal in real-time. The same situation is with ZYLIA VST plugins. However, the VST plugin introduces 256 to 1024 samples delay.

SDK - there is no need for additional SDK for RAW data since the audio data can be processed as any other audio data.
Additionally, you can treat ZYLIA VST - ambisonics or beamforming as an SDK. Each VST provides a list of parameters that can be controlled externally with, eg. OSC protocol in DAW.You can also download an example project that converts live recorded 19 channel audio data to 16,8 or 4 channel ambisonics data.
https://www.zylia.co/zylia-studio-pro-reaper-demo.html

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Software

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You can use your ZYLIA software on three computers at the same time.​

Yes, deactivate ZYLIA software on the first device and use your license key to activate it on the second computer. You can activate ZYLIA software on three devices at the same time.​

Please use the form at the contact page and tell us on which device you want to deactivate your ZYLIA software.​

How to deactivate ZYLIA software?

ZYLIA Studio
Open ZYLIA Studio → Click on cog icon→ choose License→ click Deactivate.

ZYLIA Studio PRO
Open ZYLIA plugin → Click on cog icon → Click Deactivate

ZYLIA Ambisonics Converter
Open ZYLIA Ambisonics Converter → Click on “info” icon → choose License → click Deactivate

If you would like to move/copy all sessions and recordings from one device to another, first open the ZYLIA Studio directory. The default location is: Windows: "C:/Users/AppData/Local/Zylia/ZYLIA Studio" MacOS: "/Users/Library/Application Support/Zylia/ZYLIA Studio"
Copy the folders “calibration” “sessions” and also the file “ZS.sqlite” to a pen drive/ external disk. On the target computer you can either replace those file and folders on the default ZYLIA Studio location or just create a new folder, paste files and change the default ZYLIA Studio directory to this newly created folder. The default directory can be changed by clicking the Cog icon followed by Change data location.

Purchase

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You can purchase directly form us at shop.zylia.co.
ZYLIA products are also available via Thomann online shop, Gotham AG (Switzerland), Media Integration Inc (Japan), Sonic Sales GmbH (Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Luxembourg, Netherlands), Nova distribution trading Ltd (UK).

​Zylia’s hardware products are covered with warranty against defects in materials and workmanship under normal use for a period of ONE (1) YEAR from the date of purchase by the original end-user purchas

You can purchase directly from us - shopus.zylia.co. For the USA, ZYLIA is also available through Reverb shop: https://reverb.com/shop/zylia-1 and Vintage King and B&H shops.

Use Cases

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Yes, it does. With sound level monitoring you can always decide to put ZYLIA ZM-1 microphone closer or further away from your sound source.​

ZYLIA was designed to work in different environments starting from home environments to rehearsal rooms, outdoors and even larger venues.

Yes, the device can be used for recording many speakers simultaneously. As the output you will get a stereo recording of a whole session. Additionally, you will get separated track of each speaker.

Technical

Extraction of sound sources is a technique which belongs to our core IP and was a subject of intensive R&D over the past years.

Yes, you can live monitor any of your recordings.

The current version of ZYLIA ZM-1 has 19 microphones and audio is recorded in 48 KHz/24 bit quality. The system records 19 tracks from physical microphones and an arbitrary number of virtual microphones that are defined in software by the user. Each virtual microphone is recorded as a separate track.

​These are software defined microphone beams that can be directed in any position in the 3D space. ZYLIA can detect audio sources through a localization process and steer appropriate virtual microphone beams towards them.

Thanks to our virtual microphone technology, it is possible to set microphone beams in many directions simultaneously. In this way you can record in mono, stereo, 5.1, 5.4.1, 7.1 , 22.2 or in any other arrangement of your liking.

​Yes, the microphone and recording software work without any Internet connection.

With Remote control feature in ZYLIA Studio you are able to control the recording process by using a web browser in your smartphone or tablet. Internet connection is required to use this feature.

No, there is no need to use pre-amps or audio interfaces to record with ZYLIA ZM-1. ZM-1 connects to the computer using a USB cable. The device converts the analog signal to digital itself, so you don't need any additional audio interface. You can choose ZM-1 as your audio device in DAW (you should choose an application which supports at least 19-channels per track e.g Reaper or Ardour) or record in dedicated software - ZYLIA Studio. Our device and software record audio signal with 48 kHz sampling rate and 24-bit depth. Sensitivity of ZM-1 microphones is fixed in order to assure the same gain for all 19 capsules.

Because the ZM-1 is a digital microphone, it doesn't require a preamp, meaning that the ideal gain level from ZYLIA Control Panel should be set at minimum to avoid clipping distortion.
ZYLIA Studio's stereo preview uses Left and Right channels of the ZM-1 with Peak normalization.

ZYLIA 6DoF FAQ

There are multiple Ambisonic Decoders available: IEM AllRA Decoder, BlueRipple o3a-core Decoder, Steinberg VST AmbiDecoder
To use these plugins, each channel output should be properly assigned to your speaker layout.

Yes, you can record directly to DAW on MacOS, by creating aggregate device with all ZM-1S, however the recordings will not be synchronized.
For this reason we recommend using ZYLIA 6DoF Recording application for recording and synchronizing the multiple ZM-1S tracks. Afterwards, they may be imported into Reaper.

6DoF Recording Application is working in this exact way, it captures the raw signal from each microphone, then using ZYLIA Ambisonics Converter you can convert the raw signals to ambisonics.

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