Einstein 640

Started Dec 25, 2012 | Discussions thread
Michael Fryd
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Re: Einstein 640 + CyberSync questions
In reply to Timzee, Feb 4, 2013

Timzee wrote:

As I'm starting to look at options for a new studio, I'm finding some great info in this thread about the Einstein and related PCB accessories. To be sure I understand how it all works, I've a few questions:

The CyberSync trigger vs. the Cyber Commander: To start, if you have more than one Einstein E640, do I understand correctly that one could benefit from using both of these? The CyberSync Trigger on camera to fire the E640s and the Cyber Commander off camera to view and adjust the E640s paramaters?

Yes.

Can the CyberSync Receiver Plus be used to control our existing Alien Bee 800s & 1600?

Yes.

If using the Cyber Commander, do I understand correctly that although our older Bees woud work with the CyberSync Receiver, the Einstein E640s would display more information?

Sort of.  The Einsteins talk back to the CyberCommander.  The CyberCommander can query all the Einsteins within range and add them to the setup.  Bees connected to CSR(B)+ receivers have to be manually entered into the CyberCommander's configuration.  Once everything is programmed in, the same information is displayed for both Bees and Einsteins.

Willing to spend the $$$ for an optimum system but at the same time want to make sure whether just adding elements to what we have now would be a good option.

The CSR+ and CSRB+ receivers allow you to adjust power levels of the Bees from a CyberCommander.  You can adjust main power, modeling light power, and turn the modeling light on/off.

There receivers come with a sort telephone style cable that plugs into the remote control jack on the Bee.  If you want to be able to remotely disable lights, you will also need a dummy 1/8" plug inserted into the sync input on the Bee.

When setting up your CyberCommander you need to manually tell it what model Bee you have, and which modeling light you are using (60W, 100W or 150W).

Certain remote functions available with the Einstein, do not work with the Bee.  These include:

  • Remote power-up/power-down
  • Switching between action mode and constant color mode
  • remote enable/disable of optical slave trigger

If you are dedicating the receiver to be used with a Bee, I recommend the AC version over the battery version.  The AC version connects inline with the Bee's power cord.  You already have power for the Bee, so no extra wiring is needed.  With the Battery version you need to change the batteries every once in a while.

Be aware that the CSR+ ad CSRB+ receivers are not as elegant as the Einstein's receiver.  The CSR+/CSRB+ receivers are bigger, and dangle off the Bee connected by a telephone cable (and possibly a power cable)

They do work as advertised.  Once you have the system set up, It's as easy to control a Bee as an Einstein.

I do recommend that you place large labels on each receiver with their channel number.  This makes it easy to keep track of which light is which.

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