Zylia (Poland) Zylia is a R&D company specializing in audio processing. Zylia has developed the world’s first single device system that is capable of multitrack music recording using microphone array technology. It allows recording of music sketches and rehearsals in an easy way.
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Next Step Challenge Spotligt Q&A with Zylia:
Describe your startup and product as if you were describing it to a non-tech person on the street.
What is ZYLIA Recording System? World’s first single device recording system that allows multitrack recording and instruments separation based on microphone array technology. Thanks to ZYLIA Recording System musicians can record their music sketches, performances and rehearsals in an easy way using a single spherical microphone.
Describe how you got the idea to start your business.
The founders worked previously together in a US based company (Telcordia Technologies) and decided to start a business on their own. The rest of the team was recruited to work on a novel audio recording technology within a research project. The project ended with great success and very promising results that is why the team moved into product development phase. This is how the ZYLIA Recording System microphone array was built. The atmosphere within the team is really great and all the members are very excited to bring this novel technology to the market. Some of them are also amateur musicians so they work to make their dreams come true. Our goal is clear – we want to change the way people think about audio recording… We want them to record audio like never before!
How does your product/service works?
Nowadays, if you want to make a decent live recording of a medium-sized band you need a basic recording kit consisting of several microphones, stands, a mixer and a sound registering device. And don’t forget about meters of cables that tend to get tangled up. All of these things take up space, often have to be transported despite sometimes being quite heavy and setting them up is time-consuming. Not mentioning the specific knowledge you need to have about equipment and sound engineering to make it work.
ZYLIA Recording System is a single microphone device that packs all the crucial functions of the aforementioned kit into one compact object. Let us picture a room with a few musicians playing simultaneously. They are recording rehearsals with ZYLIA Recording System microphone placed between them. At the end of their rehearsal, thanks to ZYLIA Recording System, they can listen to what they’ve played together or they can obtain separated tracks of instruments or vocal. How is this possible? The device processes audio data to obtain separated tracks. Such tracks can be passed to DAW applications like Pro Tools.
Why did you apply for the Next Step Challenge program?
Our goal is to scale up the business, introduce ZYLIA Recording System to the Danish music market and learn from the best. We are especially interested in cooperation with Bang & Olufsen to improve our product in terms of technology and design.
Recent big news?
Polish technology in the international MPEG standard
Technology developed in our company was incorporated into international standard of spatial sound coding and compression – MPEG-H 3D Audio. In the 30-year history of the MPEG standardization group ZYLIA is the FIRST POLISH COMPANY incorporating its technology into one of the ISO/MPEG standards. The MPEG-H 3D Audio technology will become part of future standards for digital television transmission (DVB-T/C), used in television and digital radio around the world.
Who is the founder(s) of your team?
The management consists of Piotr Szczechowiak (COO) and Tomasz Żernicki (CTO), co-founders. Both of them have experience from academia and industry, in the past 10 years leading R&D projects. They successfully managed also the team that developed one of the core technologies in the MPEG 3D Audio standard.
Piotr Szczechowiak, Co-founder, COO
Piotr manages the day-to-day operations of the company. He has a PhD in embedded systems and makes sure that ZYLIA Recording System hardware and software fits together. He manages finances and takes care of market testing and customer relations.
Tomasz Żernicki, Co-founder, CTO
Tomasz is the tech brain of all the operations. He received a PhD in digital audio processing and is an audio expert in the ISO/IEC MPEG standardization group. Without his experience and expertise in audio processing it would not be possible to bring ZYLIA Recording System to life.
Current number of employees.
18 people (3 people with PhD, 2 PhD candidates) We have a team of 18 people with a great combination of expertise in research, software, business and product development.
Which countries are you from? Poland
The company started in 2008 as a Polish R&D branch of American Telecommunication Company named Telcordia Technologies. In 2012 the team of leading engineers executed a management buyout to continue running research projects with the main aim on their further commercialization. Since the buyout the company operates under the name ZYLIA and is focused on multimedia, telecommunication technologies taking active part in standardization bodies (MPEG, IATF).
Links to relevant press clippings:
Herald.co.zw: Magic ball to revolutionize music
Warsawvoice.pl: Revolution in sound recording?
Scienceinpoland.pap.pl: New possibilities of sound recording
Culture.pl: The magic ball that will revolutionize the music industry
Company mascot – Zylian
Zylia Sp. z o. o.
Umultowska 85, 61-614 Poznań, Poland
Phone: 0048 61 279 40 44
Nupark 51, 7500 Holstebro, Denmark