Quick Setup :pulse Connected to Sound Mixer

Quick Set Up :pulse Connected to Sound Mixer/Recorder

The process for connecting your :pulse to a sound mixer/recorder varies, depending on whether you want to use:

  • Your :pulse independently, where it is jammed to the timecode signal provided by an external device.
  • Your :pulse as part of a BLINK network, where it can synchronise with other Timecode Systems devices as well as your sound mixer/recorder.

To make it easier for you, we have split the quick set up instructions into two separate sections:

 

Note: For details on how to set up your Sound Devices 6-series sound mixer/recorder for remote control via the BLINK Hub app, see Quick Setup: BLINK Hub and :pulse.

Quick Set Up Free Run :pulse to Sound Mixer/Recorder

To set up your :pulse to run independently of a BLINK network and synchronise with a sound mixer/recorder:

  1. Switch on your :pulse unit (see Switch :pulse On and Off).

  2. Use the control knob to access the Timecode Mode menu.
  3. Select the appropriate mode:
    SettingsOptionFurther Information
    Timecode Mode

    Free Run/Jam-Ext to set your :pulse to run independently of a BLINK network. You should choose this setup if you want your :pulse to synchronise with an external device or system and then pass the timecode on to your sound mixer/recorder. Your :pulse will not communicate with any other Timecode Systems devices.

    Set the Timecode Mode.
  4. Use the control knob to access Wifi Settings and Ethernet Settings:
    SettingsOptionFurther Information
    Wi-Fi Settings

    Turn on if you want your :pulse to communicate with the BLINK Hub app wirelessly.

    If you are not going to use BLINK Hub or you are going to use an Ethernet connection instead, turn Wi-Fi off to preserve battery power.

    Set up Wi-Fi for Data Streaming.
    Ethernet Settings

    Turn on if you want the :pulse to communicate with the BLINK Hub app via a wired Ethernet connection.

    If you are not going to use BLINK Hub or you are going to use a Wi-Fi connection instead, turn Ethernet off to preserve battery power.

    Set Up Ethernet for Data Streaming.
  5. Connect your external timecode source to the TC LEMO 5 port on your :pulse. When connected, use the control knob to access the TC Generator option and jam your :pulse to the external timecode.

    SettingsOptionFurther Information
    TC Generator

    Select Jam EXT T/C to synchronise your :pulse with the external timecode source.

    Free Running and Jamming.

  6. When your :pulse has jammed successfully, disconnect it from the external timecode source.
  7. Connect your sound mixer/recorder to the timecode output on your :pulse. There are two ways of outputting timecode to a sound mixer/recorder.

    • via the TC port with a TCB-20 (5-pin to 5-pin LEMO) cable.
    • via the TC/SYNC port with a TCB-10 (BNC to BNC) cable.

    For more details, see Set up Timecode Output.

Note: You will need to re-connect the external timecode source and re-jam at regular intervals (typically 1-2 times per day).

Quick Set Up BLINK Network :pulse to Sound Mixer/Recorder

To set up your :pulse to run as part of a BLINK network and synchronise with a sound mixer/recorder:

  1. Switch on your :pulse unit (see Switch :pulse On and Off).

  2. Use the control knob to access the Timecode Mode menu. Select the appropriate mode:
    SettingsOptionFurther Information
    Timecode Mode

    Int-Gen TX to set your :pulse as the master in the BLINK network. The timecode will be generated from your :pulse (TC Generator settings). Your :pulse can output this timecode to your sound mixer/recorder.

    Ext-TC/C TX to set your :pulse as the master in the BLINK network and the timecode will come from an external source, such as your sound mixer/recorder. If the timecode source is disconnected, the :pulse's internal timecode is used instead.

    Ext RF Slave to set your :pulse to run as a slave. It will receive timecode from the master device in the BLINK network, and this timecode will be passed on to the sound mixer/recorder.

    Set the Timecode Mode.
  3. Choose the type of connection that your :pulse will use for communicating with the BLINK Hub app. Use the control knob to access the Wifi Settings and Ethernet Settings:
    SettingsOptionFurther Information
    Wi-Fi Settings

    Turn on if you want your :pulse to communicate with the BLINK Hub app wirelessly.

    If you are not going to use BLINK Hub or you are going to use an Ethernet connection instead, turn Wi-Fi off to preserve battery power.

    Set up Wi-Fi for Data Streaming.
    Ethernet Settings

    Turn on if you want the :pulse to communicate with the BLINK Hub app via a wired Ethernet connection.

    If you are not going to use BLINK Hub or you are going to use a Wi-Fi connection instead, turn Ethernet off to preserve battery power.

    Set Up Ethernet for Data Streaming.
  4. Apply the radio (RF) settings for communicating with other Timecode Systems devices:

    SettingsOptionFurther Information
    RF ChannelThe RF Channel number that is used by the other Timecode Systems devices in the same BLINK network.Set the RF Channel.
    System Settings

    Set the RF Country/Area to the country in which you are using the :pulse.

    If you purchased your :pulse in North America, you cannot manually change the country area due to regulatory requirements. However, there is a way to change the country - please contact Timecode Systems for assistance.

    Set the RF Country/Area.

  5. This step only applies if your :pulse is set to run in the Int Gen-TX mode. If your :pulse is set to a different mode, ignore this step.

    Use the control knob to access the TC Generator menu, and set the timecode and metadata for your :pulse:

    SettingsOptionFurther Information
    TC GeneratorSet the timecode (Set T/C) and metadata (Set U/B). This data is 'stamped' into the audio files that are recorded by your sound mixer/recorder. They are also sent to any slave devices in the BLINK network. Set the Timecode Data.
  6. This step only applies if your sound mixer/recorder has a word clock input (refer to the manufacturer's instructions for more details).

    Use a TCB-10 (BNC to BNC) cable to connect your sound mixer/recorder's word clock input port to the :pulse's TC/SYNC port.

  7. This step only applies if your sound mixer/recorder has a word clock input.

    Use the control knob to access the SYNC Generator settings and choose the appropriate word clock settings:

    SettingsOption Further Information
    Set BNC O/P Mode

    Set the BNC O/P Mode to the appropriate word clock signal for your sound mixer/recorder. The manufacturer's instructions for the sound mixer/recorder should include information on the type of word clock signal that is required.

    Set the Word Clock Output.
    Set BNC O/P LevelYour sound mixer/recorder's instructions may specify a required signal level. If so, set the BNC O/P Level to Normal or High as appropriate. If the instructions do not specify a level, set the BNC O/P Level to Normal. Set the Word Clock Output.
  8. This step only applies if your sound mixer/recorder has a word clock input.

    Set up the sound mixer/recorder to receive word clock data from an external source. Please refer to the manufacturer's instructions for your sound mixer/recorder.

  9. Connect your sound mixer/recorder to the timecode output on your :pulse. There are two ways of outputting timecode to a sound mixer/recorder.

    • via the TC port with a TCB-20 (5-pin to 5-pin LEMO) cable.
    • via the TC/SYNC port with a TCB-10 (BNC to BNC) cable.

    For more details, see Set up Timecode Output.

  10. Set your sound mixer/recorder to receive timecode data via the appropriate port. Please refer to the manufacturer's instructions for your sound mixer/recorder.
  11. This step only applies if you want your :pulse to output timecode via the TC/SYNC port (see previous steps).

    Access the Sync Generator menu and set the Set BNC O/P Mode to LTC. This sets your :pulse to output timecode via the TC/SYNC port.

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