Nano y Mano

UPDATE, 10/6/17: IMPORTANT NOTE FOR MASTERLOCKIT AND MASTERLOCKITPLUS USERS. There was a bug in the initial firmware release - if you downloaded 5.10, discard the files and download the new Ambient-MasterLockit-5.1.0-2. files.

If you have an unit with a serial number starting with MLA and have already installed the earlier version of 5.10, the little square in the OLED will not come on and you won’t be able to log in to your MasterLockit’s web interface. Contact us if you have this problem and we'll arrange a fix.

Firmware v5.10 is out for the Ambient Lockit devices, including the NanoLockit, MasterLockit, Tiny Lockit, Lockit Box, and Time Code Slate!

The NanoLockit update includes the ability to increase the LED brightness, toggle the auto power feature, enable the LNA antenna ample while on battery power, and stop the NanoLockit from being re-jammed incorrectly when using a bi-directional power cable.

More details below the jump or download from htttp://

The ACN-niversary Party

For the 25th anniversary of Lockit, Ambient is offering 25% off a new ACN Lockit box when you trade in a pre-ACN Lockit or Clockit unit!

The trade-in program is applicable to Lockit devices that are discontinued and do not have ACN capability; all ACL units before the ACL 204 and slates preceding the ACN-LS qualify. The trade-in units can be functional or dead. The special is 1:1, i.e. you can only receive a discount on the number of units equal to the quantity of legacy units submitted. Offer expires December 21st, 2017.

Here's what you can get with your trade-in:

Model Regular Price Price w/ Trade-In
ACL 204 Lockit Box $1,092.00 $819.00
ACN TL Tiny Lockit $852.00 $639.00
ACN-ML Master Lockit $1,248.00 $936.00
ACN-MLP Master LockItPlus (Release Pending) $1,662.00 $1,247.00
ACN-LS Time Code Slate w/ Plastic Clapsticks $1,356.00 $1,017.00
ACN-LS Time Code Slate w/ Maple Clapsticks $1,608.00 $1,206.00
NanoLockit Time Code Sync Box $299.00 $225.00

Contact us at [email protected] with questions or to submit a trade in! 

Time Code Marches On

Ambient has released new Lockit firmware v4.01 with two brand new GUIs (Standard and Extended menus), a smart TRX mode, full jam mode, and custom slate clap display. Here's how they describe the changes: 

New Menus
The Standard Menu has the functions necessary for most professional workflows while utilizing a cleaner, smarter, and easier interface to maximize intuitive typical day-to-day operation. The Extended Menu provides access to the rarely used functions, providing the versatility and power to accommodate more unique workflows. Furthermore, the new Mode selection will apply all required settings automatically without the need to dig deep into various parts of the menu.

Smart TRX Mode
With Firmware 4.0, working with the TRX mode in all ACN devices now is plug and play. As soon as the unit is set to TRX mode, it automatically switches to a dedicated ACN channel and to receive mode. The moment you connect a time code source, be it MIDI via USB or a standard LTC signal, it switches to transmit mode and follows the source frame rate with running or standing TC. All other TRX devices on that channel now will receive the transmitted time code and automatically work at the correct frame rate. Backup functionality remains the same in the event of a wireless dropout as each ACN unit maintains time code running in the background on its internal generator.

Full Jam Mode
Full Jam Mode is the new default setting to ACN units with Version 4.0. In addition to setting the time code, Full Jam Mode will automatically match the frame rate to that of the source. Whether you're working wirelessly over ACN or over a cable connection, system setup is now be as simple as a single jam operation!

Custom Slate Clap Display
​The new Slate Display Menu lets you determine the duration of the displayed user bits, clapped time, and running TC after the slate clap. This new development helps you to cater to the unique needs of each individual production.

Download it today!

Journey to the Pole

Looking for the right boom pole? Here's a convenient comparison chart to help. For simplicity's sake, these are comparing the uncabled versions of each pole, but the internal cabling options are listed for each. Additional cost and weight for an internally cabled pole is not reflected in this chart.

If you dig charts, here's another handy one that will tell you which Pelican cases your boom pole will fit into.

(And, hey, if anything in the K-Tek line particularly moves you, they're all discounted until Monday, August 31st!)

Line Smallest Pole Length Largest Pole Length Material Weight Range Price Range Internal Cabling Options
K-Tek Avalon Aluminum
(3-6 sections)
2'4" - 5'9" 3'3"- 12'0" Aluminum 0.786 - 2.24 lbs $144 - $256 Coiled cable; bottom exit
K-Tek Avalon Graphite
(2-6 sections)
1'7" - 5' 3' -12'6" Graphite 0.688 - 1.328 lbs $129 - $561 Coiled cable; bottom exit (all models) or side exit (longer models)
K-Tek Klassic
(5 sections)
2' - 8'9" 3'10" - 16'10" Graphite 1.009 - 1.673 lbs. $465- $722 Coiled or straight cable; bottom, side, or flow-through exit
K-Tek Traveler Klassic
(6 sections)
1'10" - 7'3" 2'9" - 10'3" Graphite 1.09 - 1.82 lbs. $379 - $705 Coiled cable; bottom or side exit
Ambient QX Light
(5 sections)
1'8" - 6'5" 4'3" - 17'9" Carbon Fiber 0.981 - 2.039 lbs. $344 - $708 Coiled or straight cable; bottom, side, or flow-through exit
Ambient QP Feature Film
(4 sections)
3'5" - 11'4" 5'1"- 17'1" Carbon Fiber 1.631 - 2.469 lbs $483 - $612 Straight cable; flow-through side exit
Ambient QS Premium Feature Film
(3 sections)
3'5" - 11'4" 5'1"- 17'1" Prepreg Carbon Fiber 1.631 - 2.469 lbs $660 - $876 Straight cable; side exit
(6 sections)
1'3" - 4'10" 2' - 18' Carbon Fiber 0.981 - 1.5 lbs. $210.66 - $604.70 Coiled cable; bottom exit

Contact us today to order or drop by the store to try some out! We also carry a full line of boom pole accessories and spare parts.

Hear Some Ambient News

And Ambient joins the pre-NAB parade of new products with these exciting additions to their line-up:

ACN-LS Time Code Slate

The ACN-LS slate is now shipping and has a bunch of nifty new features, including a display that flips rightside up when the sticks are reversed; wireless slate clap time transmission; the ability to hold time code for ten minutes without batteries; and a two working day battery life on four AA batteries! It's available as a display only or embedded in a slate!

Master Lockit ACN-ML

Ambient Master Lockit ACN-MLThis version of the venerable lockit box adds a built-in WiFi router for communicating with the new LockitSCRIPT and Tonmeister apps (see below), collecting metadata, and interfacing with recorders.

ACN-BT Beetle

Ambient ACN-BT BeetleAn alternative to the CL-WiFi, which works over low energy Bluetooth (as opposed to WiFi), the Beetle enables wireless connectivity between the Ambient Clockit Network and iOS devices and facilitates the dissemination of metadata.


Ambient LockitSCRIPTThe LockitSCRIPT App for iOS makes curating on-set info a snap for the script supervisor with the ability to import and organize call sheets, scripts, sound and camera reports, etc., all synced with time code over the Ambient Clockit Network! Additional 788T functionality (via free update) coming in June!


Ambient TonmeisterThis app is for the sound mixer with many of the same organizational abilities of the LockitSCRIPT, plus a robust sound report system and an optional plug-in to allow complete control of the Sound Devices 788T via CL-WiFi.

ASF-1 "Sound Fish" Hydrophone

High-quality, economically priced waterproof microphone for great underwater audio.

Firmware Fantasm

A smorgasbord of worthy updates for your devices today:

Ambient's ACL204's new firmware update introduces wireless continuous auto jam, with with you're never out of sync.The ACN (Ambient Clockit Network) will "jam" sync all other ACN devices whenever they are in range.

v 3.1 also adds built in midi time code/SMPTE time code capability to allow real SMPTE LTC i/o for Pro-Tools workstations and RF LNA (low noise amplifier) for extended range (at the cost of decreased battery life) for the ACN!


Zaxcom's new Nomad update 6.01 adds automix settings!


And last, but not least, v.105 of Sound Devices' 664 firmware features Broadcast WAV mono file support, LCD daylight mode, CF & SD card enhancements, and new shortcuts!

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