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  1. TentacleSync E review

    Back in 2015, when I reviewed the first "crowd funded" tentacle sync, there was very little not to like about it. I was stating that after such a strong first product I am very excited to see how the tentacle syncs will evolve. I spent almost a month with the new 2nd generation tentacle sync E jam boxes and like the predecessors they do once again impress with innovation. The Tentacle Sync E carries over the same great features as the classic version: Small and light. Very Light. Allows for easier and more secure mounting on a camera and Camera Operators smiles. Rock Solid variable level Time Code that keeps approximate RTC even if shutdown and restarted The variable TC level is great for jamming picky cameras "RED" (: Internal microphone More useful than I expected especially with Red Integrated Velcro Cool Impressive 35 hours run and fast charging battery system Better and more convenient than battery charging and changing AA and AAA So, what has changed? A lot. Tentacle went all out on the improvements The Internal Microphone quality is improved which is always welcome for a scratch track. Battery is now replaceable and tentacle will have battery kits for sale. Back in 2015 I noted that locking connector is really something that I cannot live without. The new E Unit Tentacle delivers very ingenious and elegant plastic clamp locking solution. I was intentionally but unsuccessfully trying to disconnect it and I even let the jam box hanging a whole day by a 1-inch short bnc to mini trs cable. I feel like the natural evolution in the future tentacle sync will be a small jam box that just plugs directly in to the bnc without mounting (: The most impressive improvement is the low energy Bluetooth and the software behind it. It gives full control and monitoring over each individual unit and even alerts if a cable has been disconnected "which actually did alert me once when an AC disconnected the Tentacle when a camera was changed from on a tripod to a jib." I did not really appreciate how useful the software is before I actually used it. I was working a commercial and there were a few people who wanted to take notes. I just had them install the software on their own phones and VOALA. I wish there were 2 version of the software: one for setup and one for viewing only so people don’t try to mess with the setup. And it would cool if the viewing one can have a note adding that exports to pdf. But most of all being able to just monitor the sync status of the whole set remotely without having to go to each camera and manually comparing time code from the unreliable camera screen is a luxury I believe no other jam box on the market provides such a simple monitoring solution. "Ambient ACN and TCS BIink need special hardware and seam a lot more complicated." I wish this can be added to recorders in the future in some kind of universal Low Energy Bluetooth protocol so I don’t have to use a phone and look unprofessional while doing it. What about the support? I found a bug in the android app showing the wrong time code in the devices menu even though everything was in sync. It looked like a NTSC issue "most of the world don’t use NTSC so a small oversight". I contacted Max and 2 days later the google play store had the fixed app update. In conclusion: There are so many things going for the tentacle sync apart from price and idiot proof operation but honestly there are few very important qualities: Weight and size. We live in times where strong and light plastics and small electronics are technologically available but a lot of field production sound manufactures make everything build like a tank. It does not have to be like that anymore. Regardless if it is in the bag or on a camera gear needs to be small, light. And also in tentaclesyncE case use modern innovative technology while keeping it simple for the end user. With such a track record I am looking forward to a great 3rd generation product. note: the ambient ACN is similar but it needs the big masterlockit to work and it is just not as simple as Tentacle sync. I am not familiar with the TimeCodeSystem gear but it seams it needs special hardware and a lot more complicated.
  2. TentacleSync E review

    Latest version? Wow. Apple sucks...
  3. TentacleSync E review

    Just try to install the latest version. I run it on surface3 which has atom cpu and Intel video.
  4. TentacleSync E review

    BTW Resolve runs on atom cpu tablets so it should run on any mac.
  5. TentacleSync E review

    Hey hey now. I don't hate osX . I dislike Apple hardware. (:
  6. TentacleSync E review

    Video toolshed fcpauxtc is $250. I own it. If you buy a tentacle syncE they give you a free osx or Windows sync software
  7. TentacleSync E review

    Yes but the size and price is totally different . also acn is not as simple. Give me that redit link if you can.
  8. TentacleSync E review

    I am guessing you are talking about LTC time code on an audio track. . Yes I am talking about the syncing software. tentacle time code tool for windows. Also some video editors work with ltc.
  9. TentacleSync E review

    What problems? Every editor can work with time code. Also you can use the Tentacle TimeCode Tool on windows.
  10. Effect of new tax bill on freelance soundies?

    Unfortunately I have to retire and silentlly invest in this las Vegas production sound corporation.
  11. 2.4 GHz amp in bag

    I use to buy the screens for $12 and were easy to repair.
  12. 2.4 GHz amp in bag

    If you want good sounding and good range, sennehiser IEMs are great. I use to use them but for some reason screens kept braking from drops.
  13. 2.4 GHz amp in bag

    It does not matter how it sound in iPhones headphones as long as it is consistent without drop outs. It is not a music concert.... All I am saying is know the limitation of your gear. Don't wait for a magic amp to save your ass. Use what is available .
  14. 2.4 GHz amp in bag

    As I said before "and have been saying for a long time" zaxnet is not made for a reliable IFB unless on a cart with a powerful amp. Ifb is in my humble opinion the most important piece of gear in our arsenal. Drop offs are distracting and scary to a producer/director . dont expect to get a reliable ifb from erx in every situation. If you want that buy a Comtek.
  15. 2.4 GHz amp in bag

    you guys are trying to accomplish the impossible. What is the point for the amp in the bag? Don't forget to freeze some sperm before you start frying your avocados...
  16. Effect of new tax bill on freelance soundies?

    Not really related to sound mixers but I am watching closely the mortgage interest deduction. They are trying to recover 145 billion on the back of people who have a mortgage. That would prevent intelegent people from buying or keeping a house and might burst the real estate market which is already close to pre 2008 prices level and it has to go down in at least most of the markets.
  17. MKH40 high pitch noise

    it does sound electrical possibly on the mic. tell us about the rest of the setup. Did you try basic troubleshooting on different cables and preamps on different recorder?
  18. https://www.wired.com/story/macos-high-sierra-hack-root/?mbid=social_fb takes 2 seconds instead of 2 minutes before that
  19. Looking Into Buying Zaxcom IFB

    Nope.
  20. Sonosax SX-R4+

    Thanks, send a request
  21. Sonosax SX-R4+

    Is there a sonosax user group somewhere?
  22. Looking Into Buying Zaxcom IFB

    Do not use zaxcom for ifb unless the signal is amplified by a lot. Zaxnet range is not very good and IFB reliability is a number one priority. Clients hate drop outs and can care less how food it sounds.
  23. New DPA lavs?

    Don't remember honestly. 2009 maybe?
  24. New DPA lavs?

    There was a little problem before with the wire supplier they were using but I caught it and alerted them. Well one of the reasons I don't like sanken cos11s is the wire is so thick but i doubt it can get damaged .
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