There are four reasons: cost, latency, interference, and power. Although TranzPort uses the same 2.4GHz radio band used by BlueTooth for true worldwide use, it uses a proprietary radio protocol that is different than BlueTooth. As a result, it is a lower cost solution, with lower latency, more immunity to interference, and lower power consumption. All of these factors make TranzPort a better device.
On a Macintosh, TranzPort requires OS X (10.2.8+). On a PC, TranzPort requires Windows 2000 or XP.
In addition to the TranzPort remote controller and its USB computer interface, TranzPort includes four AA batteries, a Quick Start Guide, and a CD-ROM with TranzPort drivers, setup guides and other documentation.
TranzPort includes setup guides for ProTools/HUI, Cubase/Mackie control and TranzPort Native modes. Additional setup guides for other applications will be added to our web site as soon as theyŪre available (www.frontierdesign.com).
Yes. TranzPort can be powered with a wide variety of AA-size batteries. It comes with four alkaline batteries. Alternatively, you can use four non-rechargeable žzinc-carbonÓ batteries, which are less expensive, but only have about a third of the energy storage. You can also use four rechargeable AA-size NiMD or NiCAD batteries.
The LCD backlight display is the biggest drain on the batteries. With backlighting on, TranzPort provides about 50 hours of active use on one set of batteries. With backlighting off, that time increases to about 100 hours. So, if you use TranzPort for 2 hours a day, 5 days a week, without backlighting, a set of four batteries should last you about 10 weeks.
TranzPort does not have an on/off switch since it uses so little power when it goes into its sleep mode. A new set of alkaline batteries would last more than 5 years if you just left TranzPort in sleep mode.
Congratulations! You have found the mic stand adapter mounting features on the TranzPort’s case. See this link for more about TranzPort’s optional mic stand adapter, or go straight to the on-line store to get your own. Very handy!
TranzPort’s reception range is up to 33 feet (10 meters) typically. TranzPort can send and receive signals through walls and other obstacles, so you do not need to maintain line-of-sight between TranzPort and the computer.
No. TranzPort can co-exist with other devices that use the 2.4GHz band, without any interference. Unlike some 2.4GHz wireless devices, it uses a small (1MHz) portion of the available 79MHz bandwidth in this band, and uses intelligent frequency selection to find it, even switching frequencies automatically if new interference appears. This on top of a few forms of error checking and correction, and you’ve got a very robust wireless system.
Not on the same computer. While you can have multiple TranzPorts active within your environment without any interference problems, they must be installed on seperate computers.
The TranzPort remote controller is a hand-held device that weighs about one pound (0.5 kg) and has dimensions of 7" x 5.5" x 2". You can also attach TranzPort to a mic stand, using the mounting connector provided on the bottom of the controller.
If you have more than one control surface assigned in the Sonar/Options/Control Surfaces setup panel, and they are not all turned on, or connected, you may not see signal metering in the TranzPort display. The best way to prevent this is to make sure the TranzPort is first in the list of controllers. This should allow it to receive the meter signal from Sonar regardless of the status of other controllers.