Tuesday, 28 November 2023
Blackmagic Camera App
with Tentacle Sync timecode
We're delighted to announce our cooperation with Blackmagic and the launch of their Blackmagic Camera app for your Apple iPhone. This exceptional camera app is designed to mirror the features and aesthetics of Blackmagic cameras. With the capability to capture industry-standard 10-bit Apple ProRes files up to 4K, it's a real asset for filmmakers and content creators. What makes this app special is its seamless integration with Tentacle devices, allowing you to sync timecode via Bluetooth. This timecode data is then recorded as metadata in your video files, making post-production workflows more efficient and precise. Enhance your mobile filmmaking experience with the Blackmagic Camera app.
Monday, 13 November 2023
NEW TRACK E firmware update 2.4.0
For more possibilities
Our audio recorder just got a serious upgrade with the new 2.4.0 firmware, and we're thrilled to share the excitement with you! In this FREE firmware update, we've added a fantastic feature to make your TRACK E even more versatile. Now, your TRACK E can output timecode through the headphone jack. So, no matter what surprises come your way on set, you're always ready to roll! Ready to level up your audio recording game? Get all the details and snag the latest version with just one click.
Friday, 27 October 2023
Tentacle Sync auf der TMT 32
Besucht uns in Düsseldorf
Natürlich sind wir auch bei der diesjährigen TMT32 im Düsseldorfer Kongresszentrum dabei. Wir freuen uns, wenn ihr uns an unserem Stand #30 im Foyer im Rahmen der Tonmeistertagung besucht und wir Euch unsere Neuigkeiten zeigen können. Wir bringen nicht nur die TIMEBAR - unser erstes multifunktionales Timecode Display mit, sondern auch ein paar überraschende Software Updates. Aber mehr wird nicht verraten, ihr müsst schon vorbeikommen ; )
Monday, 16 October 2023
Mediatec Hausmesse 2023
Visit us in Cologne
It's that time again. We are at our neighbors Mediatec and present our products at the annual in-house exhibition on Wednesday, October 18. Come by if you are near Cologne. We will show our TIMEBAR - the multi-purpose timecode display as well as some interesting software updates. Below you can register for free.
Tuesday, 12 September 2023
Timecode Workshop in Köln
In Zusammenarbeit mit Ambient & Mediatec
Wir haben hier mal ein Angebot für alle Rheinländer oder diejenigen aus dem Umkreis, die mehr über Timecode erfahren wollen. Wir haben uns mit Mediatec und Ambient zusammengetan und können nun im schönen Köln einen Timecode Workshop anbieten. Das ganze findet in den Räumlichkeiten von Mediatec am 24.Oktober von 10:00-14:00 Uhr statt. Die Themen sind zum Beispiel die Einführung und Grundlagen der Timecode Synchronisation (LTC, Genlock) und der Umgang im Schnitt - Import der Timecode synchronisierten Clips. Natürlich wird es nicht nur trockene Theorie, sondern auch einen Praxisteil geben sowie ein anschließenden Q&A Teil. Freut euch auf eine gemischte Tüte Timecode. Mehr dazu und die Anmeldung findet ihr unter dem Link.
Thursday, 31 August 2023
The Tentacle to Micro-USB cable for Sony FX3 / FX30 is here
We know, we know, you wanted this adapter cable for quite some time. It took us a bit, but we wanted to make sure that we manufacture one the Tentacle way and give you a cable that is as easy to use, small and lightweight as our devices. We did it and produced a nice short cable that goes directly from any Tentacle SYNC E or ORIGINAL timecode generator to the micro-USB connector of a Sony FX3 or Sony FX30 and feeds timecode as metadata into the video files. Furthermore, this cable does not require a bulky box or an additional adapter cable to function, making it a smart and cost-effective alternative to other cables on the market.
Thursday, 10 August 2023
The party film project
18 TRACK E in use for an experimental documentary film
Recently we were contacted by students of the renowned Folkwang University of the Arts and the University of Applied Sciences Bielefeld if we could support an interesting project with loans of our equipment. Of course we were happy to do so and one of the contributors Leon Schäfer, who had taken over the production, gave us a great report and honest feedback, which we would like to share here.
Thursday, 4 May 2023
The Tentacle Timebar
Our Multipurpose Timecode Display at NAB 23
We were very pleased to exhibit again at NAB 2023 in Las Vegas. It was a pleasure to meet so many of you, our customers, who told us about your work with Tentacle devices. That's the reason we love coming to Las Vegas.
Wait, there's something else. Meet our new family member: The Tentacle TIMEBAR - our first device with a real display. You can place the TIMEBAR multipurpose timecode display in a video village for script/continuity, use it as a message board or as a countdown display for a presenter. It has different modes and integrates perfectly with our eco system with the Setup App. Perfect legibility thanks to an unique OLED display design, the rest is Tentacle philosophy: small & light, intuitive & affordable, long battery life & made with love in Germany. More information to follow soon.
Thursday, 27 April 2023
New TRACK E firmware update 2.2.0
Introducing TRACK E Sleep Mode
We have a new firmware update 2.2.0 for the TRACK E timecode audio recorder. With the latest version of our Tentacle Setup App (iOS/Android) and your updated firmware you can now put your little TRACK E recorders to sleep, when they are not needed during a long day of shooting. Do your talents have a long break in between shots and you don't want to bother them and yourself to manually turn off the TRACK E? Then this is the time to let your TRACK E devices take a little nap and save battery. With just one button click you can put them to sleep and wake them up again.
Tuesday, 28 March 2023
Meet us in Las Vegas
We are pleased to announce that we will be exhibiting at the NAB Show, April 16-19, 2023 in Las Vegas. After the last few years of pandemic, it's especially great to meet and share with our friends, users and dealers in person again. So come visit us at our booth C5139 in the Central Hall. Be on the lookout for the Octopus!
Friday, 17 February 2023
Give your TRACK E a new boost
The TRACK E battery exchange kit is available
Now that the first TRACK E units were shipped around two years ago, we wanted to add a Battery Replacement Kit for the TRACK E as well. The DIY concept has already been very well received by you for the Tentacle ORIGINAL and SYNC E and with the TRACK E Kit it has been extended to all our devices. To ensure that our devices have a long, successful life ahead of them, we want to make battery replacement not only as easy as possible for you, but also cost-effective. We offer the battery replacement kit with everything you need for replacement at home or on location and Alternatively, our service partners also offer the exchange through their service technicians.
Thursday, 16 February 2023
New year, new cable
A little late, but we wish you a Happy 2023! Our move to the new premises was very successful and we are in the process of making the space our new Tentacle home. Now the actual news: We have received some requests from our customers and of course we try to fulfill all wishes. This time it worked and we have added a new cable to our product range. The C23 Tentacle to USB-C adapter cable to jam-sync the Sound Devices A20 Mini. You can find more detailed information on the workflow in our knowledge base on our website in the support section.
Tuesday, 29 November 2022
Time for a change
We are moving
We, as a company have outgrown our charming and South of France looking backyard location in the heart of our city Cologne. We’ve developed, manufactured and shipped all our devices, grown vegetables, had our daily home-cooked common meals and had some pretty good parties in this little oasis, but it has gotten way to small for us. Finally this summer, coincidence or fate brought us our new location, which met all requirements. We are leaving our place where everything started with mixed feelings, but are really excited for everything that is yet to come.
Tuesday, 15 November 2022
New Box ahead
Less Box. Less clutter. More multitracking possibilities.
You asked, we delivered. You’ve already got your Tentacle family and are now looking for more multitrack possibilities? This TRACK E - Basic Box brings you the power of a single TRACK E without the microphone and accessories. Not only do you get less packaging and less unnecessary extras, you save money too, opening the door to even greater creative possibilities.
Wednesday, 14 September 2022
Tentacle Educational Discount
Special conditions for schools and universities
Since we started Tentacle Sync, we have been supporting educational institutions. We know how important it is to have good and sufficient equipment during education, as some of us have also attended film school. For this reason, we give schools and universities a 40% discount on the products in our own online store. In addition, the Tentacle Sync Studio software is completely free.
Thursday, 4 August 2022
New Firmware version available
Get version 1.1.0 for the SYNC E mkII
There is a new firmware update for the new SYNC E mkII available. This version 1.1.0 improves the battery state of charge accuracy and will increase your device's operating time to up to 50 hours with one full charge. You don't know if you have the latest SYNC E version mkII? Just have a look at the back of your device, if there is a little black sticker above the velcro with its serial number, you have the SYNC E mkII version and can do this update. For older versions Tentacle ORIGINAL and SYNC E this is update is not suitable.
Thursday, 9 June 2022
Broadcast Asia in Singapore
Presenting QR code for GoPro synchronization
We were really lucky to be able to attend this year's Broadcast Asia in Singapore. It was amazing after all this time to travel abroad and present our products at a trade fair we haven't been yet, meet old & new customers and having a lively exchange. Also, we've also had a bit of news. Now it is easily possible to synchronize GoPro cameras in a Multicam setup with all other cameras and audio recorders, that are fed with timecode by a Tentacle SYNC E or TRACK E. The Tentacle Timebar App enables you to synchronize your GoPro cameras. The synchronization is realized through a generated QR code from the app. This makes it possible to visually synchronize GoPro cameras to the Tentacle Sync timecode.
Wednesday, 23 March 2022
Ship ship hooray!
An Octopus is coming your way
The time has come. After a long wait, we have just started shipping the new Tentacle SYNC E mkII to our resellers worldwide. Every day, our shipping team packs mountains of boxes, which our favorite colleague from UPS loads up in his truck. Your SYNC E will soon be in one of those boxes. So find your nearest reseller on our website.
Thursday, 3 March 2022
We are back on track
TRACK E and SYNC E mkII are in production
Dear friends of the Tentacle,
there’s light at the end of the tunnel. Last year’s scarcity of electronic components put a big stop to our TRACK E and SYNC E production. But the wait is finally over…
Thursday, 3 February 2022
New Firmware Update 2.0.3
The TRACK E just got a little more interesting
Many thanks to everyone, who participated in the beta test of our new TRACK E firmware. This helped us a lot. We are now officially releasing this version as a regular firmware update. This update enables you to wirelessly monitor your audio during recording with the Setup App on your smartphone via Bluetooth. You can select between two options:
Earpiece Monitoring, which starts as soon as you hold your phone close to your ear (as if you would make a phone call)
Loudspeaker Monitoring, which starts when you press the speaker button in the TRACK E’s menu
This update is available and works for all units worldwide.
Friday, 17 December 2021
Tentacle SYNC E mkII
As you all probably know, the procurement of certain electronic parts has become very complicated during the past 20 months. To avoid future delays in production and delivery, we redesigned our SYNC E from scratch using electronic components that are more easy to obtain. The updated SYNC E offers all functionality and quality, you are used from the previous versions – of course the SYNC E mkII units are fully compatible with all our other products and will cost the same as the current SYNC E. As you may have guessed, we took the opportunity to also improve some aspects during this process such as a better battery management, an even more sturdy build of the device and other general improvements. We will start shipping the SYNCE mkII in spring 2022
Tuesday, 7 December 2021
We need your help!
Become a beta tester for the TRACK E firmware update
We‘ve just released the official BETA test version for our TRACK E. Become one of our BETA testers - Just follow the link below.
With this firmware update and the new Setup App version you‘ll have access to Audio Monitoring during your TRACK E recording via smartphone. You can select ‚Earpiece Monitoring‘ or ‚Speaker Monitoring‘ in the TRACK E‘s menu by long pressing the speaker symbol.
We‘re looking forward to your feedback.
Wednesday, 27 October 2021
Why don’t we meet…
…at the TMT31?
Finally, tradeshows are a thing again. And even more lucky for us – the first one that we attend, happens to be just around the corner in Düsseldorf. So, come and visit us at the Tonmeistertagung from November 3rd - 6th at booth #024. We are looking forward to meeting you (in person again).
And we don’t show up empty handed – get a first glimpse of the new TRACK E firmware, which now offers audio-monitoring for Android and iOS devices. The firmware will be available some time later this year.
See you in Düsseldorf!
Tuesday, 25 May 2021
Charité intensiv - Station 43
TRACK E in a minimalistic documentary setup
What does everyday life look like in a Covid-19 intensive care unit? This is the question that director Carl Gierstorfer and co-author Mareike Müller set out to answer in their mini-series "Charité intensiv - Station 43“. What was from day one an emotionally demanding project soon, however, also became a technically challenging task.
Thursday, 15 April 2021
Supply Chain Difficulties
Production progresses only sluggishly
As you may have noticed, factories can burn down, container ships can get stuck, too little of everything is available, everyone wanting much more of everything and on top of all that we are still in one of the worst pandemics. One fact that makes it all more bearable is that we're not in this alone. We have fantastic new staff to handle all of this and we can ship many many orders every day. Still, we are behind and can't build TRACK E and SYNC E devices as fast as we would like to due to difficult component sourcing. So thank you all for your support and understanding for the delivery delays.
Stay healthy, happy & busy!
Wednesday, 20 January 2021
We didn't sleep during winter break
After this busy last year, we have to take it a little easier at the beginning of the new year. But we'll be shipping our beloved TRACK E and SYNC E units again in about 2 weeks. But in the meantime we have some news on the software front. There is now the Tentacle Float Converter for macOS and Windows. With this free tool you can easily convert the 32-bit audio files of the Track E to 24-bit if your own editing software can't read 32-bit float files. Additionally there is an update for the Tentacle Sync Studio (Mac) as well as for the Timecode Tool (Windows). The Sync Studio is now ready for macOS Big Sur & Apple M1 silicon computers. The Timecode Tool doesn’t need a license activation anymore and can simply be downloaded for free.
Friday, 27 November 2020
Thank you for all your orders
2nd batch is coming in January
We are thrilled, exhausted, relieved but mostly really happy that the release and the shipping of the first batch of our TRACK E timecode audio recorder is done. We can't put into words how much we appreciate your numerous orders and feedback on the TRACK E. Now that the first batch is sold out and many orders are still coming in, we want to let you know, that we are getting everything ready to manufacture the next batch. This will be available in January. And please check our worldwide reseller list: some of them still have TRACK E audio recorders in stock.
Monday, 2 November 2020
Are you ready?
The first batch of Track E is now available
Alright - this took longer than expected. And we are pretty sure that you all are excited to finally hear more details about our new pocket-sized TRACK E Timecode Audio Recorder. And therefore we like to keep it brief.
But before we get to the actual news, we would like to thank you for being loyal and supporting customers. We wouldn’t have been able to do it without your ideas, kind feedback and support. THANK YOU!
We are happy to announce that the first batch is in production and can be ordered from now on at our resellers and in our online store as well.
Friday, 25 September 2020
Summer is over - Octo-ber can begin
The last weeks before the Track E is released
While some of us are busy assembling the SYNC E time code generators, packing orders and answering your questions, the others are busy programming the new setup app, preparing the workstations and ordering the last components for the TRACK E, all the things on our to-do list.
We are happy that after these months all threads finally come together. In a few weeks we will start with the production of the first TRACK E audio recorders. This is not only possible thanks to our hard-working team, but also thanks to our great group of beta testers who took the audio recorder TRACK E to the Alps, to reality shows, podcast productions and much more. For more info click here.
Saturday, 20 June 2020
TRACK E - just around the corner
The state of affairs
Dear Tentacle friends, Well, what a few months that has been! It’s safe to say, none of us could have seen that coming! We hope you’re keeping well – as we are. We had intended to launch TRACK E by the summer and now with Corona taking a backseat, many of you are already in production and want to get your hands on our new Tentacle family member – and trust us: we want this too!
Thursday, 30 April 2020
New Timebar App
For iOS & Android
The latest version of our free Timebar App is here. And it’s now available for iOS and Android. The Timebar App is an easy and no-cost alternative to a classic slate on set. Just choose one of your synced Tentacle Sync E units as a source and get a full screen, frame accurate timecode display on your mobile device. Now you can add any custom information to your display as well. This tool is not only helpful for the camera and sound department, everyone on set who needs timecode for their notes like Script or wardrobe can use it.
Sunday, 15 September 2019
New Family Member
Release in September
We are happy to announce that a new octopus is on the way. Track E pocket audio recorder is perfect for those who prefer creativity over complexity. Synchronizable, controlled via Bluetooth® and with 32-bit floating-point technology, Track E gives you hassle-free, high-quality audio the whole day long. It makes independent multi-trackrecording easy and simplifies your workflows, leaving you more room for your ideas.
The question is: What will you do with yours?