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  1. My show computer (Windows XP) has, I think, lost its mind. Although the Hardware Utility, Show Editor, Schedule, etc... all work fine, when I launch the Sequence editor and try to do anything (open an existing sequence, start a new one, musical or animation) it REBOOTS THE COMPUTER. Yikes. A new machine is not in the budget this year. I'm wondering if anyone else has seen something like this and may have some insight. Also: this computer was my sequencing computer in years past and always worked well, but has never controlled lights before. My show computer failed over the summer, so I moved this one into its place. Cheers, Charlie
  2. a31ford..... Couple of things.. 1st off.. The Simpson 260 was the defacto standard when buffalo roamed the plains You have the newer version! 2nd... a damp rag would make that Beckman look 50 years younger.. That thing looks like my field meter. 3rd... Does that scope still have a trace? I bet it is grey now instead of green.. just like me! 4th... The OLD Fluke with the buttons.. Can you still move those sliding buttons? They aren't frozen yet? Wow! OK.. OK.. had to give you a hard time about the old stuff.. but that old gear is good stuff. I still have a Fluke 71 (decades newer then that button one of course) that has never been calibrated since it left the factory and compared to a fluke reference standard, it is still right on the money. Oh, one more thing.. half wave AC is pulsating DC. Unless the voltage actually goes above and below the zero line, (.6v doesn't count) it is not Alternating Current! At your input of 120.3VAC the calculated voltage is 60.13V if you were reading True RMS AC (even though it is not technically AC). If you are reading DC, you should see 54.18v if I remember my math. You are pretty much right there.. Gotta say, nicely put together demo.
  3. "God Bless the USA", "Reflections of Earth", and "Christmastime" are already available on my web site at www.superstarlights.com "Christmas Canon" and "Rock Ye Merry Gentlemen" for the 360 degree CCP tree should be finished and available for purchase by Nov 22.
  4. Completely understand. I quickly learned that a Chirstmas light hobby involves multiple offshore accounts, selling off what you thought were your prized possessions, and some well timed gifts to your significant other to keep the waters calm. A small price to pay for a bigger show.
  5. I plan to use them in their full splendor this year as they will be the central feature of my display. I am using 24 CCB strings in a 25 foot tall 360 degree megatree. I had it set up earlier this year and the effects you can program are amazing. I am very happy with the product and ease of use.
  6. Just add more lights and leave it alone, unless you have a good attorney. Once the cars start lining up you will be better off with it on. Not to mention kids are running across the street all the time.
  7. It might work, don't know. Aiming a laser pointer up is generally not a good idea. It can temporarily blind pilots it is hits the cockpit. Jerry
  8. If you run the LOR Verifier on a sequence using version 3.10.0 through 3.10.14, you may receive an error that reads: Application file does not exist, Error, 7, "[path to Progam Files]\Light-O-Rama\AudioConv.ocx" If so, you can safely ignore that error, and no action is required on your part. AudioConv.ocx was used in 3.9.x and below. With 3.10.x that library is no longer used and no longer distributed. Unfortunately, we forgot to remove the check for it in the Verifier program so it is flagged as an error. 3.11.0 (when officially released) and above will have a fix for that and no longer report the error.
  9. I was a first timer last year. Some tips from my humble experience: 1. Sequencing is an art, and like all creative endeavors, you need to know what you are working with. In this case, what lights do you have, where will you put them, and what kind are they? For example, I have a bunch of candy canes that I sequence differently (and for different musical elements) than I do a single tree. Each element, to me, has a different "personality" that suits it to different effects and works better or worse for a given point in the song. 2. You may find that creating your own sequences is easier than purchasing and modifying an existing sequence for the very reason I mentioned above. I moved recently, and the 1-story house I left has a much different "stage" (if you will) than the 2-story house I am in now. That will force me to re-design the setup of my lights, which directly changes how I will want to sequence them. You will have the same issues in modifying a sequence designed for someone else's setup, even if it has the same number of channels. 3. Sequences do not have to be complex to be effective. Of course, more complex sequences can be more *impressive*, but these aren't the same thing. As you learn to work with the sequencer, you'll get more creative and your sequences will get more complex. 4. My sequences are rarely "finished"; they are all works in progress. I will watch a sequence and find something to tweak often; if you visited my house for several nights in a row, you'd likely be able to spot small changes here and there. This also applies as the wife allows(/doesn't notice) extra funds for more lights... 5. Since many songs are repetitive (verses follow a particular cadence, choruses are usually identical or vary only slightly), you may find that you can cut and paste large sections of songs. I do this a lot, and then find ways to alter the pastes, if warranted, to either suit the mood of the song at that point or to just mix things up and keep it interesting. 6. One good thing about pre-made sequences is that if you have seen a particular effect, by examining the sequence you can see how it was done. This is probably more valid when talking about RGB devices, as with normal lights there aren't a whole lot of exotic effects to be had; it's more about the timing and the aesthetics of which light firing when best matches the music. So my advice to you would be to figure out your light setup, and then concentrate on the sequencing. Joe
  10. You can use Teamviewer for that too. I use it to channel test after all is wired up. I sit outside with a laptop and remote in to my show PC.
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