“Frontier Design Group was demonstrating a prototype of the TranzPort, a wireless DAW controller that was one of the coolest products of the (2004 AES) show.”
- Mike Levine, Electronic Musician
- Wireless DAW control: operate your computer-based digital audio workstation from anywhere in your studio
- Compatible with Mac® and Windows®
- Supports Pro Tools®, Logic®, Cubase®, Digital Performer®, Sonar and other DAW software applications
- Two-way interface: get timecode position, track name/number, track volume, pan settings and more via backlit LCD display and LED indicators
- Uses high-frequency RF technology: no wires or line-of-sight required, and no added interference
- Dedicated buttons for often-used functions, including transport controls, marker/locate buttons, track control (level, pan, solo, mute, record arm) and more
- Operates on AA batteries
- Small, lightweight design
- Footswitch input
- Microphone stand mount, custom padded carrying bag, and standard footswitch are available from the on-line store
TranzPort Frequently Asked Questions
- Why does TranzPort not use BlueTooth wireless technology?
- What operating systems are compatible with TranzPort?
- What’s included with TranzPort?
- Why does TranzPort not support my favorite audio application?
- Can I use rechargeable batteries?
- How long will the batteries last?
- What are those two holes in the bottom rear of the TranzPort’s case, and that metal slug in the bottom/front?
- How far away from the computer can I be while using TranzPort?
- My Wi-Fi network/Bluetooth keyboard/wireless phone uses the 2.4GHz band, and is in the same room as the computer I use as a DAW. Will this be a problem?
- Can I use more than one TranzPort with my DAW?
- How large is TranzPort?
- I have updated to Sonar version 4.02, why am I not seeing metering as expected?
Why does TranzPort not use BlueTooth wireless technology?
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.
What operating systems are compatible with TranzPort?
On a Macintosh, TranzPort requires OS X (10.2.8+). On a PC, TranzPort requires Windows 2000 or XP.
What’s included with TranzPort?
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.
Why does TranzPort not support my favorite audio application?
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).
Can I use rechargeable batteries?
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.
How long will the batteries last?
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.
What are those two holes in the bottom rear of the TranzPort’s case, and that metal slug in the bottom/front?
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!
How far away from the computer can I be while using TranzPort?
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.
My Wi-Fi network/Bluetooth keyboard/wireless phone uses the 2.4GHz band, and is in the same room as the computer I use as a DAW. Will this be a problem?
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.
Can I use more than one TranzPort with my DAW?
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.
How large is TranzPort?
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.
I have updated to Sonar version 4.02, why am I not seeing metering as expected?
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.