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Michael Scrip

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  1. Oh good idea! I have a Rode NTG4+ but I never thought to try it with my Track E. Will any XLR to 1/8" cable work? It might be cool to have this as an option. Like a very large plant mic.
  2. I messaged Allen on the Youtube video. He says he will have more videos about timecode on the BP-TRX. He also said there will be new firmware that fixes the display.
  3. I was under the impression that Resolve could read both audio timecode *and* file timecode. But maybe not? 🤔
  4. I'm guessing Tentacle's answer is to set decent levels beforehand and use 32-bit Float. Then if it peaks/clips... at least you can rescue it in post. It would have been nice if it could record a 2nd safety channel like the Tascam DR-10. But the Track E strictly a mono recorder. Though this wouldn't allow you to hear clothing rustle or other audio problems during recording. Question: How would you monitor the audio of a recorder if it's clipped on someone's belt? Would you also attach a transmitter to them? This is assuming you could get audio out during recording... Tentacle disables US headphone jacks because of the patent.
  5. So... $400 for a pair of Tentacle Sync E boxes... that *only* do timecode... or... $480 for a pair of Deity BP-TRX boxes... that do timecode, and record, and transmit, and camera hop, and IEM, etc... Is anyone else cross-shopping these two systems? I already have a MixPre6-II with timecode... and I have a Tentacle Track E because I wanted a standalone lav recorder with timecode. So naturally I wanted a pair of Sync E to add timecode to cameras. But now the BP-TRX has me tempted! I love how the Tentacle devices can all be synced with the phone app. It's a very slick ecosystem. But the BP-TRX offers so much more functionality. It's a wireless audio system too! That's also something I'm interested in. Decisions, decisions... 🤩
  6. True. But the F2-BT only gets timecode from an external timecode generator like the UltraSync BLUE. Perhaps that's how Zoom skirted the timecode portion of the patent... since it not built-in...
  7. Which powerbank are you using? I use the Anker PowerCore+ 20100 that Sound Devices recommends. I've run it non-stop for hours and it's been flawless.
  8. Yes I know. 🙂 I was simply using that as an example of how TC would still be useful even if someone is worried about a tiny bit of drift. Whether you use the Studio software for audio-based timecode files... or your NLE's built-in syncing function for metadata-based timecode files... having TC is definitely awesome.
  9. Exactly. That's the whole point of Tentacle boxes. They have VERY accurate clocks inside them. And once they are jammed or synced together... they will keep consistent time for a long time. If they didn't... then they wouldn't be very useful... 😀 I haven't heard many complaints from owners of Tentacle boxes. They seem to work very well and are usually highly recommended. Though you should probably slate whenever you can. Just to be safe. You can still use the Tentacle Sync Studio software to arrange all your clips... even if you have to adjust them a tiny bit manually from the slate.
  10. Yes... I was hoping they could be used as extra TC boxes when you don't need audio recording. But this way they can still sell you the standard Sync E boxes for each of your devices... 😎
  11. Here's another review: https://wavreport.com/2020/11/12/review-tentacle-track-e/
  12. The Track E finally has a listing on B&H !!! https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1506356-REG/tentacle_sync_track_e_pocket_audio.html
  13. Yeah I'm wondering the same thing. I have a MixPre-6 II that has its own timecode... so I was planning on getting a Sync E for my camera. BUT... if the Track E can do the same things as the Sync E... I might as well get that instead and have a bonus audio recorder for other applications. The Track E is slightly bigger than the Sync E... but both are still very small. They both have timecode capabilities built-in... and both have 3.5mm jacks (which is how you would jam timecode in/out) So it's very possible that the Track E can perform as a Sync E alternative. I think Ulrich said they'd both be around the same price too. If so... I wonder how much longer both products would need to exist? IF the Track E can do all the same things as a Sync E.... *and* it also includes lavelier recording... it seems like the Track E could just become their default product. I'll be keeping an eye on this. We've got a few months anyway.
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