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  1. My first year I got a spool of LED red from Action to use on the eves (single long 90' section). Late in the year decided I wanted to do along the base also and got 5 18' sections of incan from Walmart for that. Surprisingly, the LED and incan used almost the same amps at full power. The next summer I pulled out the LED to use at July4 and had bad sections. Ended up just junking it, but the Walmart cheapies are still going strong. Not bad-mouthing Action and YMMV, but if I am to use ropelight again, I'll get the cheap incan instead of reeling my own LED off a spool...
  2. I started with 32 channels myself, all those years ago... Here's how I ended up distributing the channels: 1C01-03: 3 channel Bethlehem Star on roof 1C04-05: 2 different sets of lights on eve of house, red and white 1C06: FM sign 1C07-08: left and right bushes 1C09-16: 8 North Poles 2C01-12: 12-channel single color (red) mega tree slices 2C13-15: 3-channel star on top of mega tree 2C16: ornaments in mega tree I've grown into 7 controllers and 4 CCRs to date, but I still use controller 1 to cover the big real estate of trimming out the house (my tree now uses 3 controllers). My advise, use some channels to cover large areas of your house (eves, windows, bushes). And think about how to chase them, both up-and-down and well as left-and-right, similar to how you plan to chase the mini trees. Use your channels in groups to provide movement or color change, and don't get fixated on building single channel props. Build your props (and use your channels) 2, 3 or 4 at a time. A single channel prop just blinks on and off, but put 4 of those in a line and you can make a theatrical presentation!
  3. I have a Macbook AIR with Parallels/Win7 that is my every day computer. I have LOR on it that I sequence with, and I have ran my (smaller) Halloween show from it, but I have no doubt it would run the bigger show flawlessly. Well, as flawless as Microsoft will allow. I still find I have to reboot my machine occasionally after using Windows. I went the parallels route rather than bootcamp as I have become unaccustamued to rebooting/shutting down. Thinking with bootcamp, you'd still have the lockups so I'll stick with Parallels. Bought both Parallels and Windows 7 on amazon - seems they are almost always on sale as a package.
  4. The first year I didn't give much thought to "plug-inside" or "plug-outside" when I rolled mine and ended up about half and half. (Plug-outisde allows you to plug it in without unrolling to test if it works, while plug-inside allowed me to put the end on my tree hook head and unwind it). I'm still undecided which I prefer - if all goes well I think it's quicker to set up with plug-inside, but I like to be able to test them before I go through the trouble of unwinding a string so I stanadardized on plug-outside. Myabe next year I'll switch again... Attached files
  5. I just received my first Servo Dog this week, still in the box. And I have a new Triaxial skull kit too. I don't know when I am going to get around to playing with it, but I am determined to keep it in the LOR family. Lots of good stuff out there for Lynxmotion and VSA on the haunter forums, but I've never run across much for servo dog. WHEN I get around to playing with this, I will try to do a decent amount of documenting and I will try to relay my experience. But it may be a while...
  6. So, what are you thinking Darksyde? Some animated lighting, or syncing to music with and FM broadcast? Traditional Christmas type lights, or the new rage RGB stuff? Do you use any lighting inside the scenes now?
  7. I see EDM just added this setup to their website, but it says it is not to be used in the United States. I have therefore notified the proper government authorities and you can expect a visit from the men in black suits. I believe the current fine for such an infraction is they take your birthday away for a period of 3 years.
  8. I googled that description and found some better specs: http://www.alibaba.com/product-gs/506015570/LED_RGB_Wall_Wash_Light_Stage.html I think they meant "glass", not "grass".
  9. If it helps, you can drag channels closer together to group them. I'll attach a couple of pictures... BEFORE: Attached files
  10. I think Dennis Cherry and FastEddy may have used them that way: http://forums.lightorama.com/view_topic.php?id=30495 Key seems to be making sure you shut off the Macro Mode. I see there are options in the Hardware utility, but I've never messed with it.
  11. lol, looks like I've duplicated Orville's post! So I'm not alone!
  12. What DLTSLC is referring to may be something different than bit rate issue - I use 128kb mp3's, but I get this following behaviour occasionally: I spend a lot of time in 1/4 speed mode with full wave visible. I'll work on a 2 second section, click a cell just before it, then press space bar to start play from the cursor. Sometimes, seeming randomly to me at least, the audio may be garbled and/or the timing will be off. I'll stop it (with space bar again), then click a little further back in the grid and try it again. It may happen again or it may fix itself. I have found the closer I click toward the left (beginning of visible screen) the more likely it is to be synced again. If I had to guess I'd say it happens 1 out of 6 times? I'm on S3 now, but had the same experience on S2. I've only worked with a few WAV files, and I don't remember having the problem with them (made a mental note of it at the time), and those have been smaller layouts (halloween), thought that might be a factor. Always been kind of a nuisance, but the fix (retrying it) only takes a second, so I've never been distressed to find a cure. Anyone else experience this?
  13. Magelssen, you make me feel like I've been
  14. Donald Magelssen wrote: You're sure that was pvc and not pcp? I ran 4 CCR 16ft single arches this year after running incan arches in the past - have to say it would be hard to go back...
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