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  1. Is one type of audio file better to use than another? I know they should be saved as constant bit rate and that generates another question. Is one bit rate better to save as than another? I've had trouble in the past sequencing but I learned at that time the audio file was not CBR. That solved my problem way back when.
  2. Pause was not the issue. I did the uninstall/reinstall. Everything seems to work now but my version is only v5.5.6. It was 5.5.16 prior. How do I update to the latest version I was licensed for? Pro with Super Star add-on.
  3. My sequencer froze up so I re-booted the machine. Now after what appears to be a proper loading of either a new musical sequence or an existing sequence, when I press the Play button, nothing happens. I re-booted again and still nothing. Windows Media Player plays music properly so I don't think it is my machine. Any ideas? Maybe delete the program and re-download? I am running v5.5.16. Thanks Don
  4. I have 3 HC faces that are all of the black coro. I would like to paint them with appropriate colors so they look more appealing in the daytime. I have a couple of Gilbert Engineering faces that come pre-painted and they look great during the day. What type of paint would work best to hold up to the elements? I live in south Florida so it is basically sun, rain and humidity we deal with here.
  5. Nope. I bought 500’ cat5 cable, ends, crimpers, tester, etc and built my own cable lengths custom fit for my layout. Got all 4 pixel props working properly. now have a night test run to see/adjust the brightness levels. Then will work to get the neighbors hooked up via ELL’s and relocate some of my AC props into their yards. All the while working on more sequences.
  6. Thanks for all the tips you guys. As suggested, I used my Cat5 tester and discovered I wired one of my cable ends wrong and that was screwing up the sequence on the last singing face on the line. I have corrected that and now everything is working properly as displayed in the Preview. JR, I really do appreciate the help you have given me as I go along my Pixel journey. However, I posted this issue on the forum since I felt I was being a bother to you. Plus, getting another set of eyes on the problem is always a benefit......at least in MHO. Don
  7. The Ducks.... I don't know what you mean by "only the LAST in the chain has the termination (JP4)". What is JP4? I think I am fine on ID's per pixie I should have mentioned that I have laced the cat cable through a PVC pipe that also contains AC cables for incan lights. I'll disconnect that and test with a cable NOT passing through the pipe. I don't know what you mean by "Why did you not pass 1-2,7-8 thru each controller". As far as 'scrambled", I mean that the face seems to be lighting up pixels at random, not at all looking like the sequence is telling it what to do. kc666..... Not sure what is meant by "on the last controller, tie pins 1 & 2 together". Although I am not concerned with anyone tampering with the display. Thanks guys!
  8. I am doing field testing of my setup. So far I have set up 2 singing faces, each driven by a Pixie 8 along with 2 small "mega" trees driven by a Pixie 16. I have daisy chained the 3 units and when I play a sequence, one face and the mega trees look great, just as the Preview shows, but the other singing face has "garbled" pixels. The Preview shows it running properly but in reality it is nowhere near correct. So my first question is: Do the units have to be chained in the sequential ID order or can they be in any order as long as you get all three? When I run the HU for the entire setup, it only picks up the 2 singing faces and not the mega trees. Yet, as stated above, the mega trees are running properly. When I run the HU separately for each of the 3 units, it picks up each one properly and they test properly. My next question is this: Is it possible I have signal loss (or interference) due to the number of cat 5 connectors I have on the entire setup? For ease of installation, I wound up with about 5 or 6 female - female connectors in order to get the cable from controller 1 to controller 2. Then I have one more female - female connector in the line from controller 2 to controller 3 (the one that is acting up). Or is it possible my sequence has mis-identified the ports for that singing face? Thoughts? Don
  9. Never looked at it like that Jim. Thanks. That is good point. It will be better to use the 16 channel controller with 8 channels on the face leaving 8 unused since they will most likely say "can we add a few more things along with the face?". Get another person hooked on the hobby!
  10. Actually, I want to get the neighbors involved and put them in their yard across the street. Via ELL’s that I already have and don’t use right now.
  11. I currently have 3 singing AC faces, each of which have 8 separate circuits. In past years, I have used two CTB16PC controllers to run them. On one controller, channels 1-8 controlled one face and channels 9-16 controlled the other face. The second controller uses channels 1-8 for a face and channels 9-16 for miscellaneous other items in the area. This method worked well over the years but because they are 16 channel controllers, I typically have had the faces near each other to minimize the length of extension cords needed. This year I want to spread the faces out further and would like to have an 8 channel controller dedicated for each face. Will this circuit board (CTB08Dg3) the trick for me? I have assembled all of my controllers in the past but always used the 16 channel type. Thanks Don
  12. Thanks for the tips everyone. I think I will give it a try this weekend .... live out in the yard. See how things look at night and then make dimming adjustments as needed.
  13. I am totally new to the pixel world but learning. This year I will be adding two singing RGB faces and two 4' tall "mega" RGB trees to my existing AC channel display. I have everything wired up, the props built and am finalizing my song list. I have about a dozen songs in total with about 1/2 of them sequenced and ready to go. I'll have the other 1/2 ready in a couple of weeks. I have tested everything in the garage but not at night and certainly haven't put them up outside yet, although it won't take much to do that. Power is nearby and the ethernet cable(s) are already neatly hidden in the soffit area and I also have pulled cables through buried pipe in the yard to various areas where the props will be. All I have to do is put the props in the general area, make the final connections and power up. What I don't know is how bright (or dim) things will look at night. I have not made any brightness adjustments in the sequences so all are at 100%. I have read various posts and it seems like I should plan on dimming the RGB's to somewhere under 50%. Is it simply a trial and error method to set the best intensity level or is there a more structured approach to it?
  14. Looking to buy one or preferably two ELL’s. Anyone have some they no longer need? pm me if you do.
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