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I tried searching for a similar topic first, but couldn't find anything, I might have messed that up too. I've been using a mr Christmas setup and I'm looking to purchase the TSO Showtime central package since I'm not comfortable with jumping into the pc stuff yet. My comfort zone is plug and play right now. My main question is what extra cables do I need to run an extra controller (2 total)? I want to buy everything needed in one shot. I ran 25k leds this year and it will be 30,500 next year with the LOR. Might be a stupid question, but this stuff is a whole other ballpark for me. Thanks in advance for the help.

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21 minutes ago, Joshb said:

I tried searching for a similar topic first, but couldn't find anything, I might have messed that up too. I've been using a mr Christmas setup and I'm looking to purchase the TSO Showtime central package since I'm not comfortable with jumping into the pc stuff yet. My comfort zone is plug and play right now. My main question is what extra cables do I need to run an extra controller (2 total)? I want to buy everything needed in one shot. I ran 25k leds this year and it will be 30,500 next year with the LOR. Might be a stupid question, but this stuff is a whole other ballpark for me. Thanks in advance for the help.

Your basic license will get you enough to use 2 controllers. You may want to opt for the "Can Modify" show from LOR. I believe everything else required is included in the TSO starter pack.

If you can afford it though you may want to just jump right into Pro license.

You will need an extra Cat5 cable for the 2nd controller.

JR

Edited by dibblejr

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That's exactly what I started out with last year...TSO ShowTime Central with 2 controllers.  I ended up getting a 3rd controller.

You will need another Cat 5 cable to connect the 2 controllers to each other.  Basically whenever you decide to add another controller, you'll need another Cat 5 cable.  (You also have the option of going wireless with ELLs to avoid long cable runs). 

You might also want to consider buying the 12V wall transformer for the MiniDirector.  That way you can plug it into a timer to start and end the show at specific times.  That also allows you to keep all the light controllers plugged in and powered without having to worry about them supplying power to the MiniDirector (which would keep the show running constantly).

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Although the TSO package is nice. I would wait to buy until the LOR spring sale. In the mean time you could download the S4 version and one of the more experienced guys can run you through sequencing.  Once you see how easy it is with the AC controllers you may want more than plug and play. 

To do the S4 demo is free. Won’t cost you anything. There are a lot of videos on you tube also I used this guy to start was easy. One last thing when you buy just get the PRO it will save some headaches. 

 

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Thanks. I planned on getting the card that I can change the sequencing when I feel ready for it. I'm just absorbing all the information and tips right now. I'll take your advice though, much appreciated.

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Oh yes this was my first year and even though by the sounds of it you have extension cords get more.  SPT1 was my friend this year went through 750ft of it. I already had around a 1000 ft  before I started.

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Wow man. How many lights and controllers do you run, if you don't mind me asking.

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Only two controllers. Just 7 mini trees and large 10 ft trees are spaced in a straight line in a 50 ft area which took 500 ft of SpT1

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SPT1 wire and vampire plugs/sockets are a very good investment if running AC Controllers. I wish to comment on the Mr Christmas vs LOR... Mr Christmas will make a simple display go but you are extremely limited to their programming. LOR however gives you the ability to control everything at the professional level. With LOR, you become an "Artist in Lights" as its all in your imagination, how its going to run and appear to those who watch. Truly, it gives you personal pride when hearing kids sing along with your music/lights.

     As for ELL's, I have a lot of them but had to remove them and run direct cables, due to interference. It caused some elements/props to do their own thing! I'd love to use them again but not sure I will ever be able to do so.

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