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About GDesch

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  1. Does anyone happen to have any pixel tree sequences for either Carpenters or Mannheim Steamroller? My dad and I have been doing this hobby for seven years now, and it looks like this will be his last one. His favorite Christmas artists are the Carpenters and Mannheim Steamroller, and the pixel sequences I made so far... suck😂. If anyone happens to have any pixel tree sequences by those artists, I would really appreciate a copy! emailformycouponsandjunk@gmail.com
  2. Was wondering if anyone has a cure for this, I do sequencing with superstar, and then export that to legacy format for sequence editor (version 4.3.18), and then have a master sequence in the sequence editor I paste everything that gets exported from superstar into. For a new song, I have been trying to copy superstar outputs into my main sequences, and whenever I try and bring my pixel tree sequences into my master, I get a message box that says "cannot allocate memory for copying archived event table" with an OK box, as soon as I click OK, the sequence editor crashes. The song itself I edited in Audacity to add 1 second of silence at the end, however both Superstar and Sequence editor used this edited version, so length shouldn't be the issue. Another thing of note is that originally, the superstar sequence was longer than the song itself (so when exported to sequence editor it encountered an error) , however I added that second in Audacity so now the song is longer than the sequence, and I re-exported from superstar with that longer version, and my master in the sequence editor has this longer version as well. This crash happens whether I select paste by time or by cell, with the same message. The computer I am using has 16gb of RAM, so I don't think that should be the issue either. If anyone has an idea of how to fix this, I would be very appreciative. If possible, I would like to keep working with version 4 software, due to the fact that we are in the middle of the season and all my other songs are version 4, I plan on making the jump to 5 next year. Thanks and have a great lighting season, GDesch
  3. I have actually found that now it is cheaper to invest in pixels than regular lights. The controllers go for about the same price, and the pixel bulbs seem to last longer and require less work every year to get set up right. It pays off for me somewhat in the amount of work I have to put in every year as well, some people think set up time doesn't cost anything, to me it costs time that I could spend on programming songs or doing other things with friends and family. So I think that if you plan on doing a show for the next 4-5 years, it winds up being cheaper in terms of upkeep and labor to do pixels, it just requires more capital up front. But that's just like... my opinion, man
  4. GDesch

    Starting out

    Where do I mount controller? Well, this depends on what you are talking about, if you are talking about the controller board itself, most people put them in PVC housings (LOR sells some themselves or there are other vendors). If you have a pre-assembled kit that is already in a housing and are asking where to put it, that depends on how many extension cords you want to run, and how far you want to run them. Some people localize their boxes, where they put them at the center of whatever props that box is driving and power is distributed from there. This has the advantage of not requiring as many total feet of extension cords. The disadvantage here is that your box is out in your yard, probably more exposed to the elements than it would otherwise be, and its easier for grinches to steal (some people put them in those plastic tote boxes to further weatherproof and deter would be theifs). The other method some people do is creating a central location such as the garage as a place to put all the controllers and then running individual extension cords to every prop from there. Advantage here is that you know the boards will stay dry, and that you don't need to run com lines outside. Disadvantage is that you wind up running a lot more extension cords in total feet. Do I need to do something different with my electric? You don't need to do anything different with electric, but you might check to see if your lights are full wave or half. Some LEDs like Martha Stewart brand ones do not dim. If you find that your lights have a hard time dimming and being controlled at lower light levels, maybe consider using a snubber. The best thing you can do to make your show more expandable/ easier to program is to do everything in groups of 4. If you have a 4th tree that you can wrap, maybe do that. But bases of 4 are really good due to most songs having a 4 count, plus you will be able to modify other peoples sequences to fit yours a lot easier. Trust me, as someone who modified others shows to work with the groups of 6 that I have for some areas, just go with groups of 4, you will thank yourself in the long run. Does the controller just plug into one outlet? Depends on the controller, and if it has a jumper already or not. Some boxes come with just 1 plug in, others come with 2 (each plug powers half the board). The 2 plugs board is relevant if you were going to be running incandescent lights, but with an all LED show, you can run it all on 1 plug, however if you have a board that comes with 2 plugs you need to put a jumper on it, just plugging in 1 will not work. Cost effective option for new lights for roof line. If I was going to do regular LED lights for the roof I would probably look at holidayleds.com selection and order from them after the end of the year when their major sales occur. If I was going to go with pixels, some of the best budget pixels are available from holidaycoro. Hope this helps!
  5. Not seeing it... emailformycouponsandjunk@gmail.com is the one you sent it to? I will PM you with my regular account. Thanks!
  6. Cannot attach vis file here, too large, but the drummers are incorporated in the overall vis file, or if needed I can put them into a separate one.
  7. I do have the visualization for the drummers incorporated, right now they are 4 separate props, with 5 fixtures each.
  8. Howdy y'all, Going on my 6th season here (wow how time flies), and am just getting the drummers I ordered from Wire Frame D'Lights a few years ago set up, and I realized I had almost no songs ready to go for them. I was wondering if anyone wanted to make some $ by sequencing just those drummers for a few songs? The drummers will be 5 channels a piece (body, right arm up, right arm down, left arm up, left arm down), with 4 drummers, leading to a total of 20 channels. The songs I would like sequenced for them are... Deck the Halls by Mannheim Steamroller Little Drummer Boy by Bob Seger Hot Chocolate by Tom Hanks Polar Express by Tom Hanks. Less pressing is also Carol of the Bells by Mannheim, however that is not a priority at all. I would like the sequences done by November 18th so I can test/modify them for my planned lights up of Thanksgiving. If anyone is interested, I would be happy to negotiate rates (looking at up to around 50$ per song). I understand that some people might be apprehensive about getting paid at the end of sequences, so I have no problems paying up to 25% up front and paying the rest upon delivery. If you are interested please email me at emailformycouponsandjunk@gmail.com or PM me here. I also have a need for a pixel tree sequence to be done to the custom radio intro I have! Hope everyone has a great lighting season!
  9. Hey y'all, I'm looking to pick up a few extra controllers for this season in case something goes wrong (which happened last year with a bad triac), and was wondering if anyone had some gen 3's or gen 2's sitting around that I could buy. PM me, or send me an email @ emailformycouponsandjunk@gmail.com (yes that is my email that I check actively). Thanks, GDesch
  10. Does anyone by any chance happen to do 5 channel drummers using drummers similar to those from Wire Frame D'Lites? Attached is a video of a 3 channel setup, where the arms alternate, I was wondering if anyone did a 5 channel setup with each arm having independence (this is how I thought of hooking them up, being a drummer I wanted them to have a true "rest" position). Either way, if someone has some sequences with drummers such as Mannheim's drummer boy that I could look at/steal timings from, I would be very appreciative.
  11. Howdy y'all, I am doing a 16x100 pixel tree with a 6 layer dumb rgb star this year, and am looking for any 16 string sequences anyone might be willing to share, preferably 16x50 which seems to be a "standard" size for a lot of people, which I can easily stretch using superstar. Any and all sequences would be appreciated. Artists who I am looking for particularly: Mannheim Steamroller Carpenters Micheal Buble TSO Ann Murray Mariah Carrey Pink Floyd I am also looking for the following specific songs Cant Stop The Feeling by Justin Timberlake Hot Chocolate by Tom Hanks from Polar Express Let It Go by Indina Menzel You're A Mean One Mr. Grinch My email for sending anything is emailformycouponsandjunk@gmail.com I would be happy to compensate in some way, or offer existing standard sequences I have to anyone who might want to poke through what I have collected over the years. Thanks, and have a wonderful safe lighting season, GDesch
  12. Howdy y'all, Been doing LOR for 5 years now, and am looking to add a smart pixel tree to my 2017 display, probably with 16 lines. My current setup is 10 controllers, mostly gen 3, but a few are gen 2. I guess I'm wondering what I will need in terms of network options, I am looking right now at a PixCon16 controller, but if a cheaper one would work, great! I also have heard I will need to change my network speed, and that gen 2 boards are not compatible with the 500k required speed for smart devices, I currently run my show with the black usb-rj45 adapter. Should I replace my gen 2 boards, or just run another LOR universe with the red high speed adapter? Does running another universe change how I will do programming/ visualizer? Also, I am looking at doing a "brians globe" topper, or to be specific a half globe, will I need another controller for this, or since I havent addressed all the pixels I can run with a PixCon16 can I run this off the same one? Will running off a different controller make programming easier? In terms of products, are Light-O-Rama store pixels the only pixels out there for this? Are they the most affordable? Most durable? I'm also soliciting opinions on design, attached is a picture I took today of what is currently up with my display, with basic paint drawings of the outsides of the proposed tree. https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B-TlpEtqEHdULVJ0LW1UZ0xMeTQ Sorry for the drive attachment, pic to large for forum's tiny attachment limit. Some info on the section, its roughly 17 feet tall, I am looking at my attachment point being below the "swirly" that will be replaced. I am wondering based off this, what should my spacing be? How should I make my strings face one way (I have seen rainyoregonchristmas's pvc jig) or should I use clips of somekind, and what as a backing? And how many pixel strings should I buy/use, one strand of 50 per "strand" or two daisy chained? Thank you to anyone who read this massive garble of text, and thank you further to anyone who responds!
  13. Old School. Dont want the frustration of CCRs . I have exactly 28 Inca bulbs in my whole show (1 inside each luminaria I got from a friend, he used them to give them the proper amount of draw so they could be dimmed, and I havent had the time to take them out and replace them with a LED plus a resistor [they each have 3 leds plus the one inca]). I dont know, with 144 channels, I dont want CCRs to steal the show (plus led strings are a lot cheaper).
  14. OOOOHHHHH!!!! I get it. So what I am wondering NOW, is how do I set specific props to specific rows? Sorry to be so needy
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