Tentacle Sync TRACK E Now Shipping – Compact Synchronized Audio Recorder

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Tentacle Sync TRACK E Now Shipping - Compact Synchronized Audio Recorder

Tentacle Sync, the German company specializing in affordable timecode-based solutions for filmmakers, has recently announced that they are now shipping the Tentacle Sync TRACK E pocket audio recorder. The TRACK E is controlled via Bluetooth, it records 32-bit floating-point audio onto a microSD, and you can easily synchronize it with or without cables if you’re already in the Tentacle Sync eco-system. Let’s take a closer look at it!

If you’re new to Tentacle Sync, the company has been making affordable timecode solutions for filmmakers for quite some time now. In 2017, they released the Tentacle Sync E, a system that consists of small boxes that connect to your camera’s microphone input. The Sync E are linked to each other via Bluetooth, so you can quickly and easily synchronize as many cameras as you wish in post-production based on timecode. However, these Sync E timecode devices don’t record audio, which is why the company launched the TRACK E to solve that problem.

Tentacle Sync TRACK E Features

We first saw the Tentacle Sync TRACK E pocket-sized audio recorder during IBC 2019. This device is the company’s first attempt at making an audio recorder.

Image credit: Tentacle Sync

This small box (47 x 68 x 19mm/1.85 x 2.67 x 0.74in) weighs close to nothing at only 58g/2.1oz. It can easily fit in your pocket for recording on the go. The idea is to suppress radio-link connection and audio transmission between a traditional audio transmitter and receiver.

Left and right side of the TRACK E. Image credit: Tentacle Sync

Your audio recordings are stored directly onto a removable microSD card inside the TRACK E. It records one track at a 48 kHz sample rate in WAV (BWF) format at a 32-bit float (or 24-bit) bit rate. In short, it records “RAW audio”, so you don’t have to worry about the gain of your recorded audio as all details can simply be adjusted in post-production. Also, there is a built-in Low Cut filter and Limiter if you’re recording in 24-bit mode, so you’re covered.

On a 16Gb memory card, Tentacle Sync claims that you can record up to 30 hours in 24-bit mode or 23 hours in 32-bit Float mode.

Top and bottom view of the TRACK E. Image credit: Tentacle Sync

According to the company, the Tentacle Sync TRACK E is powered by a built-in battery that lasts up to 10 hours. To charge it/offload your audio recordings/firmware update, there is a USB Type-C port at the bottom of the TRACK E. A full charge takes around two hours.

On the top of the box, you’ll find a 3.5mm lockable mini-jack input. Having a lockable connector is extremely important if you don’t directly monitor your audio recordings, so your lapel mic doesn’t disconnect from the TRACK E. The TRACK E features plugin power for supporting a wide range of microphones.

Next to the microphone input, you’ll find a 3.5mm headphone jack to monitor your signal. However, please note that in the US version, the headphone output is deactivated during recording.

Image credit: Tentacle Sync

Timecode Synchronization

The TRACK E offers timecode synchronization over Bluetooth based on the well established Tentacle Sync technology. You can control the device via the Setup App (available for iOS and Android), which seamlessly integrates into the SYNC E synchronization network by pushing a button via Bluetooth.

However, the TRACK E does not necessarily need a SYNC E device to operate – it can easily function as a stand-alone device and can be jam-synced via cable. But, if you have a SYNC E device plugged into your camera’s microphone input, both devices will be in perfect sync, making the experience even better.

Once you’re back in post-production, the process is straightforward as the bundle includes a free license of Tentacle Sync Studio (Mac only at the moment, €124 value). All you have to do is load your footage, your audio recordings, and hit sync.

Image credit: Tentacle Sync

Pricing and Availability

The Tentacle Sync TRACK E is available now for $349.00/€321.00 and in the box, you’ll find:

  • One Tentacle Sync TRACK E
  • One general-purpose lavalier mic with 3.5mm lockable connector and microphone clip as well as a windjammer
  • A small zipper bag and a medium one
  • One 16Gb microSD card
  • Cables: USB-A to USB-C cable and USB-C to USB-C cable
  • A black Belt Clip made of powder-coated stainless steel
  • Five colored silicone bands
  • A Tentacle Sync Studio license for macOS

For more information, please visit Tentacle Sync’s website here.

What do you think about the TRACK E audio recorder? Did you ever use Tentacle Sync products on set? Don’t hesitate to let us know in the comments below!

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Chris Joseph
Chris Joseph
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14 days ago

I’d feel more comfortable with this if it had two micro-sd slots.

Ben Blankenburg
Ben Blankenburg
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November 12th, 2020

If it has a way to monitor the input levels and sound quality in the app, I’m definitely a customer. Having one pad to monitor timecode and audio would be great. If it can be adapted to a boom mic much of my gear (cords, wireless kits, mixpre ) will be unnecessary.
Thank you for putting this on your review list.

Paul Szilard
Paul Szilard
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10 days ago

You can use this with a RØDE VideoMic NTG, which has a 3.5mm output.

Claude Chiarot
Claude Chiarot
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November 10th, 2020

Hi, will you review it?
While it does remove the need of a transmitter, you would need a Tentacle Sync for your camera and use their software for for the TC synchronisation.
I think it’s valide option if the person that has the Sync E move in environment with high change in sound level, and has a complement of PreMix3-II if you need an additional channel.
Does the app allow to adjust level, filters and monitor the audio?

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November 10th, 2020
Reply to  Claude Chiarot

Hey Claude Chiarot.

The recorder is already at the office and we are planning to do so. It will take a bit of time though

James Bridges
James Bridges
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13 days ago
Reply to  Johnnie Behiri

Johnnie, how do you monitor audio?

Dan
Dan
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November 10th, 2020
Reply to  Claude Chiarot

Depends on the camera you are using. You can jam the camera with the Track E and then take it off and record your voice track
With it. As long as your camera has TC generator I guess…

Or if you have Mix Pre 3 II you can jam that with the Track E and remove it.

Would love the CineD folks to try this in their testing:)

Michael
Michael
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14 days ago
Reply to  Claude Chiarot

Gerald Undone: Hold my beer.

Check his great review on
https://youtu.be/h5hZLnzp98Y

James Bridges
James Bridges
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13 days ago
Reply to  Claude Chiarot

The monitoring is what I want to know. Getting back to post and finding out the mic was rubbing, wind noise, etc. would be horrible…

Paul Szilard
Paul Szilard
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10 days ago
Reply to  James Bridges

Buy it from Europe or Australia, then you can monitor it via the headphone out jack during recording. You can connect that to a cheap transmitter, like the RØDE Wireless Go.

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