Infineon's Digital MEMS Technology Enables Zylia ZM-1 Microphone Array

August 30 2018, 01:00
Marketed as the world's first portable recording studio able to capture a live performance directly into multiple separate tracks, the Zylia ZM-1 Microphone Array has actually found multiple possible applications including for spatial recording in virtual and augmented reality productions, showing great potential for R&D activities also in noise measurement and even voice capture in meeting rooms. Now the Poland-based developer revealed that its powerful microphone array is powered by MEMS technology from Infineon Technologies.

The integration of Infineon's class-leading 69dB SNR digital MEMS microphone into the Zylia ZM-1 microphone array provides a new approach to multichannel capture and music recording. The 19-capsule microphone array with high-end 24-bit recording resolution allows users to record entire sound scenes with just one device. Equipped with XENSIV silicon microphones, the microphone array delivers high-fidelity and far-field audio recording. In addition, it provides multiple-microphone noise- and distortion-free audio signals for advanced audio signal processing.

"We are committed to developing new technologies and transforming them into products capable of improving the lives of musicians and audio creatives," says Tomasz Żernicki, co-founder and Chief Technology Officer of Zylia. "Infineon is a partner we can trust to deliver the innovative, high-quality solutions that help power our development of such products."

The XENSIV silicone microphones from Infineon, with their low self-noise, wide dynamic range, low distortion, and a high acoustic overload point, turn the Zylia ZM-1 into a powerful surround or Ambisonics source capture and allow for advanced digital sound-processing algorithms from a single lightweight enclosure. Complementing the Zylia ZM-1 microphone array technology is the Zylia Studio dedicated application for the ZM-1, which enables separation of instruments and vocal tracks from the overall recorded sound sources.
The Zylia Ambisonics Converter converts the ZM-1 multi-channel recordings to Higher Order Ambisonics (HOA) and enables to prepare 3D audio recordings for playback on the 'Facebook 360' and 'Youtube 360' platforms, among other applications.

As a third-order Ambisonics audio recorder, the ZM-1 is proving suitably robust for 360-degree and virtual reality (VR) audio production. Zylia supports these workflows with its new Zylia Studio PRO and Zylia Ambisonics Converter software, which offer sound engineers and VR enthusiasts more control over the recording process and greater post-processing capabilities.

"Our MEMS technology addresses the needs of the market and makes future use cases like Zylia's possible," says Oliver Henning, Head of Partnership Management of the Power Management & Multimarket Division at Infineon. "Infineon is very excited about partnering with Zylia in its mission to jointly enable millions of musicians around the world to achieve the next level of audio recordings." |
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