Audio quality / mic location for windproofing purposes

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Hi there,

 

Just received my first tentacle sync because my camera department forced me to purchase one even though I have plenty of other time code solutions… decision made based on form factor and weight considerations.

Now, I’m starting to play around with it and I have two questions …

a) where exactly is the mic located so I can put something over it for wind protection when shooting outdoors

b) was this mic intended for anything other than the use of syncing to audio, as my camera person has put it forward to the director as a means of recording production audio for the person holding the camera, but after recording said microphone, I am not convinced that this is a good idea … sound quality seems pretty low, no actual presence, lots of hiss and low level tc bleed in the signal … or is there something wrong with the microphone in mine ?

Any help would be most appreciated as I start shooting in two days for a 25 day shoot.

Kind regards,

Johan Maertens