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Hamilton Adopts 3D Microphone

Classical recordist turns to Zylia mic for new projects.

Poznan, Poland (May 14, 2019)—Joel Hamilton, co-founder of Studio G in Brooklyn, has adopted the ZM-1 3D audio microphone from Zylia, which can capture the space and the direct sound from an instrument, as well as the direct sound of multiple instruments and the room’s ambient sound.

“For studio work, where it’s valuable to be able to choose the most flattering recording out of a variety of options, the ZM-1 is a great addition,” said freelance engineer and producer Hamilton.

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“It’s on-location recording, though, that I think could be transformed by this microphone. I see it making a massive impact for recording classical music in a concert hall, for Foley recording, and for live settings. Because you can just throw it in a bag with your laptop and go, it’s sort of like a to-go cup for the studio. You could use it to record a band in a rehearsal space, at a show, or anywhere, really.”

The ZM-1 delivers 48 kHz/24-bit resolution via its 19 MEMS microphone sensors and software options while capturing a spatial sound scene, enabling working in 3D audio, Ambisonics and virtual reality. Zylia also suggests that it can serve as a preproduction tool for musicians, allowing them to get an understanding of their performance.

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“Without the industry’s traditional curators or gatekeepers, it’s a lot easier to record something yourself and — for better or for worse — make it available to audiences,” said Hamilton. “In this environment, the Zylia ZM-1 microphone has the potential to change the way people record themselves.”