Incredible ‘game-changing ball’ is world’s first portable recording studio
A Polish start-up has been wowing music industry veterans with the world’s first microphone recording studio.
The ZM-1 mic, from Poznan-based audio recording company Zylia, may look like something out of a sci-fi film, but with 19 microphones in an omnidirectional condenser sphere that sits on a stunted tripod, it can record multiple instruments at the same time.
It then separates them through digital studio software, and then prepares the final recording as a complete stereo track.
Founders Piotr Szczechowiak and Tomasz Żernicki said: “We came up with an idea to reduce the time you need to spend on recording by using just one special device.
“With the ZYLIA ZM-1, we gave musicians a unique tool which brings back life to music recording.
“You can record an entire band, capture ambient scenes, manipulate 3D audio, separate discrete sound sources, and add unique sounds to your final mixes — all with just one microphone.”
Now the six-inch tall ball weighing just 470 grams is taking the music industry by storm.
Six-time Grammy nominated music producer Joel Hamilton, who has worked with artists such as Tom Waits, The Black Keys and Elvis Costello, told TFN: “This microphone is capable of more than the manufacturer is giving it credit for.
“I think this product is currently being marketed to semi-professionals… I believe the product itself has a range of applications that far exceeds the current scope of the marketing material available on this product.”
Gene Torres, a professional musician since 1969 said: “ZM-1, as far as I’m concerned, is a game changer in terms of recording rehearsals & gigs.
“I do like it, the possibilities are endless.
“I think that very noticeable is the fact that recording set-up time was cut by at least 50 minutes, definitely less set-up time is required. Within 10 minutes I’m up and running.”
In January this year, the company won the Rock oN ‘Tech Award 2019’, in recognition of the software that works with the microphone as “advanced software technology which never existed before.”
The mic will now go on display in the coming weeks at AES Dublin 2019 from March 20th-23rd and at the 2019 AES International Conference on Immersive and Interactive Audio in the UK from March 27th-29th, to discuss creation of immersive audio scenes for virtual reality (VR) and music production.
Żernicki said: “The AES events in Dublin and York offer great opportunities for us to provide practical advice on how to best capture immersive audio.
“We’re seeing a lot of interest in our 360-degree recording technology and a high demand for guidance in maximizing the potential of spatial recordings that capture the entire sound scene.”