New Gear/New Toys Review: ZYLIA 360-degree Portable Recording System

ZYLIA is a recording system that uses a single, lightweight portable microphone to record in 360-degrees. ZYLIA comes in two versions: the ZYLIA Basic Set at $499 and the ZYLIA Pro Set at $749 MSRP.

Both systems use the same ZM-1 microphone that has 19 separate microphone capsules arranged in a dodecahedron globe. The microphone uses MEMS (that's micro electro-mechanical systems) surface-mount sensor technology and connects to your computer over a single USB 2.0 cable. The included software runs on MACs and PCs.

The primary difference between the Basic and Pro Sets is the included software. ZYLIA Basic is recommended for musicians and bands. A single ZM-1 placed in the middle of your group could record all of them at once and offers the ability to separate and extract each player/singer's performance into individual tracks and mix them to get a balanced sound or export them for remixing in a DAW.

ZYLIA Pro is capable of capturing an immersive 3D audio sound field in 360/VR/AR with up to 3rd order Ambisonics definition. The software offers complete control from your computer and you can output 5.1,7.1, and 5.1.4 up to 22.2 surround sound channel formats. So the pro version is for advanced users, sound engineers, and VR work.

ZYLIA Pro comes with the ZYLIA Ambisonics Converter to convert to B-Format (1st, 2nd or 3rd order), re-channel to FuMa or ACN plus normalization, and you can correct microphone position post-recording.



Barry Rudolph is a recording engineer/mixer who has worked on over 30 gold and platinum records. He has recorded and/or mixed Lynyrd Skynyrd, Hall & Oates, Pat Benatar, Rod Stewart, the Corrs and more. Barry has his own futuristic music mixing facility and loves teaching audio engineering at Musician’s Institute, Hollywood, CA. He is a lifetime Grammy-voting member of NARAS and a contributing editor for Mix Magazine. barryrudolph.com