Tentacle Sync Track E Audio Recorder First Look: Close to Perfection





I’ve been looking for a new audio recorder to connect to my camera while recording video to replace the Rode Wireless Go. The Wireless Go has been a superb workhorse and has been pushed hard over the two years, but the device is full of limitations and quirks that mean it’s far from a perfect piece of kit.

That’s why I looked to replace it with something, and that something is the Tentacle Sync Track E Audio Recorder.

Designed and manufactured in Germany, the Track E exudes quality the moment you take it out of the box. And I’m not talking here about “quality” related to pretty packaging or shiny plastic. The packaging is actually wonderfully basic – which I love – but as soon as you lift the lid you see pretty much everything you need to know about the Track E. Where are the ports, how to turn it on and a QR code that takes you to the required application.

Tentacle Sync Track E presentation is awesome

Tentacle Sync Track E presentation is awesome

But why did I choose Track E? It has a feature that I think will be a game-changer – 32-bit floating audio recording.

What is that?

Well, you can think of it as an autofocus for audio.

Normally when I record audio, I have to make sure to adjust the audio recording level appropriately. If it is too high, the sound will cut out and crackle and the sound will be absolutely terrible. If the recording levels are set too low, then it’s lost forever. This process is part art, part science, and a small mistake can mean having to go back and record something again.

The 32-bit floating audio feature takes all the stress away. The audio can never be so loud that it cuts out and cuts out (well, it’s possible to overload the microphone, but you’d really have to have someone yelling at it for that to happen), and it can’t be too low, so there is no problem.

You turn on track E and start recording audio. It really is that simple!

32-bit float mode eliminates the hassle of adjusting audio levels

32-bit float mode eliminates the hassle of adjusting audio levels

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It’s so simple.

Another thing I love about the Track E is how quickly it was set up and used. I could have taken it out of the box, paired it with my smartphone and started using it immediately (the battery was 50% charged).

That’s so rare for a product these days. Usually there’s a convoluted setup and activation process and lots of settings to tweak and tweak and a steep learning curve before you get started.

Not with track E.

Tentacle Sync made it as easy as possible by putting an engineer in the box to turn it on for me.

Another nice thing about the Track E is that all the accessories – even the Lavalier mic – are good quality items.

No expense was spared.

32-bit float mode eliminates the hassle of adjusting audio levels

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I’ve had the chance to play around with the Track E a bit for the past few days and will be following this first look with a fuller review soon. But so far I’m impressed with the Track E. Really impressed. Setup and use is simple and easy, 32-bit floating audio takes all the hassle out of knowing if the levels are set correctly, and there’s a built-in 16GB microSD card for storage, so I didn’t have didn’t even need to think or care about that.

The Tentacle Sync Track E is as close to perfect as a device could get.

This thing has huge potential, and I can’t wait to see what it’s really capable of.

To note: For patent reasons, the headphone output is disabled while recording on the US version of Track E.

Tentacle Sync Track E

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Features

  • 32-bit floating recording and 24-bit recording
  • Control multiple devices via Bluetooth (iOS and Android)
  • Wireless timecode sync/jam-sync via cable
  • Up to 10 hours of battery life
  • General purpose Lavalier microphone with clip and windscreen included
  • 16 GB microSD card included
  • Black powder coated stainless steel belt clip
  • 2 year limited warranty

In the box

  • Tentacle Track E Timecode Audio Recorder
  • General Purpose Lavalier Microphone with Locking 3.5mm Connector
    – Microphone clip
    – Windbreaker (black)
    – Mini pouch
  • 16 GB micro SDHC card
  • USB-A to USB-C cable
  • USB-C to USB-C cable
  • Buckle
  • zipper bag
  • Colored silicone bands
  • Stickers
  • Software license for Tentacle Sync Studio (macOS only)




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