Tentacle Set Up for Indie Feature

Hello, I have a few questions for those more “in the know” than I.

I’m preparing for a indie feature shoot in January and are looking for a cheap timecode solution and I have recommended Tentacle to producers, and seen as I’m editing, I get a big say in what we use!

I just have a few questions. We’ll be using the Zoom H6 for our audio recording and we’ll be connecting more than one mic at one point. Sometimes a condenser, a lapel, boom, or all three at once.

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  1. Will I be able to connect the Tentacle Sync to one of the XLR inputs (or to a 3.5mm jack) to record the timecode while using all/some of the microphones mentioned above? Will this work to the best effect? Seen as I know the H6 records each audio source in it’s own file.
  2. We’ll be using FCP X to edit the feature and using Sync N Link to sync the audio with picture. Has anyone tested this application with the Tentacle Syncs? Does it identify the timecode across the separately recorded files?
  3. If none of the above work, would I be able to compile the audio files in a program such as Wave Agent into one multichannel file with the timecode track and then disable it in the edit? Would that option work?

I apologise for the multiple questions, want to check to see if others have done anything above to avoid spending money on something that won’t work that well.





Sam, what came of this for you.  I am in the same predicament trying to decide if I should buy the Tentacles (E version now)

We’re using a C100 Mki and use FCP X.


  • The C100 doesn’t support timecode input.
  • The Tentacle Sync devices will write timecode onto an audio track of the C100
  • Tentacle Sync Studio software does not do batch syncing and generation of clips the way Sync-N-Link does.
  • It is not clear if Sync-N-Link can read the timecode from the audio track that the Tentacles created.  If it can, then I don’t need the Tentacle Studio app perhaps.

The real missing piece of the Tentacle Sync Studio software is that it cannot batch generate synced clips for FCP X.

The missing piece of Sync-N-Link (as far as I can tell so far) is that it does not read timecode embedded in an audio track the way Tentacles create Correct me if I am wrong on that.

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