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Steve398

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About Steve398

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  • Birthday 05/10/1963

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    Male
  • Location
    Fond du Lac, WI
  • Occupation
    Project Operations Analyst

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  • Interests
    All powered motor sports, computers, home repair
  • How I learned about Light-O-Rama -
    Online Research
  • Favorite Decorating Holiday?
    Christmas

LOR Software

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    4.3.26
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    Advanced

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  1. Steve398

    ShowTime Central Starter Kit for Sale

    PM Sent
  2. Steve398

    ShowTime Central Starter Kit for Sale

    Yes, it is still for sale. But I am away from home (working) until May 4. I'll contact you when I am home again if you are still interested.
  3. Steve398

    Lights Around Windows

    Thanks, I think that it the best option as well. I have plans to put up 8 mini trees in the yard, and I have some Candy Canes to line the walk as well. Still planning what to do in the yard to maximize the space.
  4. I was buying controllers on eBay and bought this because the price was right. Since then I started working with pixels and found I don't need as many controllers as I bought, and never was going to use the mini director or FM transmitter anyway (I had always intended to sell it). If I can get my money back out of it I will sell it. This is BRAND NEW, it has never been used in a show, it was only mounted to the wall and connected to my LOR network to verify it worked. The previous owner stated he got it as a gift (he is a party DJ) but never used it. It comes with: ShowTime Central with miniDirector and FM Transmitter (+ accessories) USB 485 Adapter and USB filtered cable, and driver disk (1) CTB16PC - ReadyToGo 30 Amp 16 channel light controller, Gen3 with hw v1.09 USB Card Reader and (blank) 8GB SD Card Manuals and instructions from LOR I do NOT have a CAT5 cable or software to go with it, I already had those and wasn't concerned that they were not included when I bought it. I'm asking $425 for everything listed above, plus $25 shipping. This is what I paid for it, so if you don't like the price I will hang onto it until it gets closer to Christmas, or resell it on eBay in a few months. The LOR website lists this for $569.95, so I think this is a fair price since if you are on this site you likely already have your own software. Payable to my PayPal account only, sorry no checks. I do have 1 more CTB16PC controller I am willing to sell if you want / need 2 of them. I'll take $195 for it. Also Gen3 w/hw v1.09 I'll pay the added shipping cost if you want the second controller. I'll discuss selling the other controller separately / later (in another listing) if it does not get sold with this package. PM me with your contact info if you are interested. The units in the picture are the exact units I am selling.
  5. Steve398

    Lights Around Windows

    No phone call to worry about, I don't have one of those wife things.
  6. Steve398

    Lights Around Windows

    Nope, as you can see, there isn't much room at all.
  7. Steve398

    Lights Around Windows

    I thought about that for a bit, but I want to put the singing trees (inside) in the windows on the left side (one on top, 3 on bottom). That would be in the way of the rear projection.
  8. Steve398

    Lights Around Windows

    Sorry, that picture wasn't the best, the lights shown will not be used. The forum won't let me upload any more pictures, so I took new ones and saved them to my website. Not sure why I always tend to take the pictures lop sided like that. This is what they look like when I try to fix them. LOL Anyway, what would look best? Option 1: Wrap each window individually. This would require 2 strings on the "pillars / columns", but would be easier to control (sequence). Would the columns between the windows look too "crowded" when all lights are on since there would only be 1 string on top and bottom, but 2 strings between the windows? Especially between the narrow windows and the door. I do like your idea for a narrow matrix between the windows on the columns (if I use Option 1). The columns are about 5 1/2 " wide between the windows, and 11 1/2" on the column with the street numbers. Something to think about. Maybe next year I can add that. Option 2: Wrap all the windows at the top and bottom as one long string, then a separate (single) string between each window. This might look cleaner, but would require a lot more detailed sequencing for things like a chase sequence around individual windows. I know one way to sequence this would be to count the nodes and set up separate tracks in the sequence to control ONLY the nodes around each window. Not sure how the "professionals" would do it. The lines of pixels above the windows are an idea I had, I haven't decided what to do with that space.
  9. Steve398

    Lights Around Windows

    I'm actually incorporating a bit of both of your ideas for mounting the lights. I have coro strips, and I am mounting them to 1/2" tubing. My question was more about the windows being so close together, and if the columns between the windows would look better with a single strand of lights, or 2 strands. Do I: Wrap each window individually. This would require 2 strings on the "pillars", but would be easier to control (sequence). Would the pillars between the windows look too "crowded" when all lights are on since there would only be 1 string on top and bottom? Or: Wrap all the windows at the top and bottom as one long string, then a separate (single) string between each window. This might look cleaner, but would require a lot more detailed sequencing for things like a chase sequence around individual windows. I know one way to do this would be to count the nodes and set up separate tracks in the sequence to control ONLY the nodes around each window.
  10. Steve398

    ShowTime Central and DMX

    Hi Ed I actually have 2 of the LOR controllers earmarked for singing faces already. Buying the ones from you freed those up for other things. But as we discussed when I was at your house, I don't have a lot of room to expand so "extra" LOR controllers isn't really a plus for me. It's not that I WANT to use the mini director, but if I have it and I can make it work I would use it. If I can't use it I'll sell it. I may sell it as a used ShowTime Central Starter kit and include one of the controllers. As long as I get my money back out of it (which was a big savings off of a new kit) I'll be happy. It's funny you mention getting a cheap laptop, I just picked up a used Alienware 17x on eBay for $400. The 12 year old Dell D630 I was using would sometimes lock up (the software) after working for too long on a sequence. I even found my sequences would stop running after 8 or 10 minutes. It was meant to be used as a business PC (text editor). The Alienware is MUCH more computer than I need (designed for high end gaming & graphics) but I couldn't pass it up for the price.
  11. I'm sure this has been discussed before. I'm also sure I couldn't find it in the search. I started buying controllers on eBay in January (I have 5 CTB controllers now). One of them came as a ShowTime Central Starter Package. It was brand new (never used) and I got it for a good price. I don't want to use the FM Transmitter (my street is too narrow and I don't want to encourage vehicle traffic), but I figured the Mini Director would be nice to have. Since then I bought a set of Holiday Coro singing trees connected to a Renard Plus 32 DMX controller (and a Holiday Coro Enttech compatible dongle). The Renard controller connects to the PC by a USB cable coming off the Enttech dongle. It works great from my PC, communicates with my LOR system just fine (which is connected to another USB port), but I have been told the DMX network can't be controlled by the Mini Director. Is that true? Is there any way to connect the DMX Universe so the Mini Director can control it?
  12. Hi Everyone, I need some "what would you do" advice. I'm just looking for options / opinions. I am starting to design a brand new lighting display for Christmas this year and have almost everything figured out (purchased), but I can't decide the best way to place the lights around the windows on the front of my house. There are 6 windows (approx 5.5 ft x 2.5 ft) and a door on the front side of the house, and 3 windows on each side of a 3 season porch. The picture below is just for reference, none of those lights are being used on the windows this year. For this years display I bought a Pixie 16 kit with 100 RGB nodes per output, and will be mounting them to Boscoyo strips to go around each window / door. I was planning to use 1 string per window / door, but between each window / door there is a "pillar" separating them, the ones between the door and small windows are very narrow, which brings me to my question. Option 1: Wrap each window individually. This would require 2 strings on the "pillars", but would be easier to control (sequence). Would the pillars between the windows look too "crowded" when all lights are on since there would only be 1 string on top and bottom? Option 2: Wrap all the windows at the top and bottom as one long string, then a separate (single) string between each window. This might look cleaner, but would require a lot more detailed sequencing for things like a chase sequence around individual windows. I know one way to do this would be to count the nodes and set up separate tracks in the sequence to control ONLY the nodes around each window. What would you do? Is there another option I haven't thought about? Maybe wrapping EVERY window isn't a good idea with them being so close? If anyone else has pictures of how they wrapped multiple windows close together like this, I would appreciate seeing how it looks.
  13. Steve398

    Forsale singing trees

    That would be great. I expect they will ship my stuff on Monday. I'll IM you with my number when it arrives. Wait... what??? Adapter??? The lady at LOR didn't say anything about an adapter when I called to ask a couple of questions, all she said was I had to upgrade my S4 software to the PRO version, which I did. Oh well, I'll get that ordered tonight, hopefully it gets in with the rest of my order.
  14. Steve398

    Forsale singing trees

    I would appreciate seeing what you have. Schutze63@gmail.com I started learning how to do this with a single LOR AC controller in December, in January I bought 4 more. Sequencing the mini light window decorations I already had wasn't hard, but I have started next years new and improved setup already. Plus today I ordered an LOR kit of the Pixie16 with 800 (16x50) bullet pixels to wrap my porch windows and line the eaves. I'll buy more pixel strings as I figure out where to put them. But I know I want to do the faces right the first time. The Santa faces I have seen look easiest since the mouth movements I have seen are minimal. I'll start with that. Wish I had the room for those faces Dennis has. I put some cardboard out in the yard as a visual, but they would just take up too much room and too many props would get in the way of other props.. Hopefully 10 1/2 months is enough time to get this finished. LOL
  15. Steve398

    Forsale singing trees

    The porch is entirely enclosed, putting the faces in front of the windows would obscure the lights I just spent a good deal of money on (RGB kit from LOR). If you look at my profile, you can see it better. But there is another dormer roof above the one you can see, and those lights would be blocked if I put the faces on the roof of the porch. Putting them on the upper roof would be too high (again, the house is VERY close to the sidewalk), it would be like star gazing with them up there. The only place I can see putting them would be to stack them to the right of the house (on the left is my driveway which cannot be blocked), but I still think they are too big for the yard.
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