SoundPool Sync Box MIDI Time Code Synchronizer
The SoundPool Sync-Box and Sync-Box Pro: product information courtesy of SoundPool GmbH, Zaberfeld-Germany
Comparing the Sync-Box and Sync-Box Pro
The Sync-BoxPRO offers all functions that are required in typical recording situations. It offers basic functions like writing and reading SMPTE/EBU code as well as MIDI time code output. The additional MIDI merge function and the MIDI time code to SMPTE/EBU (LTC format) converter solves all sync problems in your MIDI recording studio. If only the special MIDI time code to SMPTE/EBU converter function is required, the Sync-Box (low budged version of Sync-BoxPRO) will do the job.
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Functions Sync-Box Pro Sync-Box Converts MTC to SMPTE YES YES MTC THRU YES YES All formats 24, 25, 30, 30d YES YES Read LTC with MTC Output YES NO Generate LTC YES YES (only when receiving MTC) MIDI Merger '+' YES NO
Power supply: 6V, 300 mA, + ring /- tip
SMPTE Input: -12 dB
SMPTE Output: line level -6 dB
Dropout correct: max. 20 FRS
Variospeed: +/- ca. 10% MTC included
MTC Input: MTC max. jitter +/- 3 ms as code source
- The yellow LEDs display which code format is selected.
- A red LED indicates the time code not present or instable code with dropouts.
- A Flickering red LED means sync controlling activity
- A faint glowing red LED means in sync
The Sync-Box converts MIDI-Timecode into a SMPTE/EBU signal in LTC format. In this way SMPTE controlled systems can be syncronized to the computer. For example Notator SLTM with UnitorTM can be synced to HD recording systems with MTC output such as AudioTracker. Similarly SMPTE controlled mix automations, tape and HD recorders and displays can be connected.
- Connect the MIDI output of your computer (MTC source) to the input MTC IN.
- Further devices can be connected to MIDI THRU.
- Connect the SMPTE/EBU output to the input of your SMPTE slave (e.g. UnitorTM, display or mix
All data will be routed to the MTC THRU output. MTC code will be converted to SMPTE-EBU Code (SMPTE output). All formats will be detected and processed automatically (even in variospeed).
Please note: If the red LED starts flashing and the Sync-Box fails to generate SMPTE/EBU signal, this indicates that the Sync-Box is receiving unstable MTC which can not be used for reliable syncronization. Please check your software and make sure to select the highest priority for MTC output. If you got different MIDI OUTs, please make sure to use one output for MTC only.