Separation parameters

In this article, you will find the description of ZYLIA Studio PRO separation parameters.

The character of sound produced by the virtual microphone is affected by the separation mode and level settings, which can be adjusted in “Parameters” section near the bottom right corner of the plugin window.

To achieve the best sound quality it is important to set the correct ZYLIA ZM-1 microphone model in the plugin. If you are not sure which ZM-1 model you are using please refer to this article.

The separation mode allows you to choose how the sound separation algorithm operates when more than one virtual microphone is set up in the ZYLIA Studio PRO.

ZYLIA Studio PRO separation parameters

The S1 separation mode is designed to cancel out sounds arriving from the directions selected by other virtual microphones than the current one. It results in better cancellation of a spill from the rest of recorded sound sources but it may be not optimal to reduce noise or reverberation. Please note, that when two sources are positioned too close to each other (less than 15°) the mode is automatically changed from S1 to S2. We recommend mode S1 for recordings made in spaces with low reverberation time.

Due to complex calculations, S1 profile is designed to work with a moderate number of virtual microphones.

The S2 separation mode focuses on reducing all sounds arriving from directions other than the current microphone. This mode is well suited for removal of unwanted diffuse sound but might not cancel out the spill as effectively as S1. We recommend mode S2 for recordings made in more reverberant spaces, for those where are many sound sources and if you are willing to automate virtual microphones parameters.

OMNI mode has equal sensitivity in every angle thus azimuth, elevation and angle settings are ignored.

When “separation level” is set to “high” additional processing (for simulating close microphone behavior) is applied. The ambient sounds and background noises are reduced and the separation between the sound sources is even higher.

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