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George Simmons

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  1. Sounds like you were running around the yard in your tighty-whiteys again, eh?
  2. That's rich... All the ideas that HC has apparently pirated/copied over the years without paying a penny in licensing or royalties (as far as anyone knows), and all the underhanded advertising they do using (and profiting from the use of) their competitors names... And here we have someone getting all high and mighty and offended when they (HC) become a victim of their own perfidy. Ain't third-party hypocrisy a wonderful thing?
  3. Hi Alan, I appreciate your vote of confidence, but on this particular topic I'm not your best source of information. I've done quite a few things with pixels starting way back in 2010, but not a pixel tree. I've simply not been interested in one. LOR is a fine company, their products are top notch, and their warranties are the best you'll find. I've been extremely satisfied with all the pixels and pixel controllers I've gotten from them over the years. With you having no experience doing a synchronized to music light show, I'd definitely recommend going the complete kit route. I'd also suggest that you open a help ticket with LOR and/or contact them directly for guidance and advice. I'm not keen on seeing you jump into something like this so late in the season. I'm not saying you can't get it done but I AM saying it might not be such a good idea. Again, I suggest you contact LOR directly. They can answer all your questions and even answer those questions you don't even know you should be asking. Good luck and Merry Christmas to you!
  4. Interesting? I'd say more like infuriating!
  5. I finally got around to identifying some of the controllers I haven't used for a couple/few years. For those who are interested here's what I have available:(2) CTB16D with LOR Enclosure $140 each (1) CTB16PC with LOR Enclosure $130(1) CTB16PC with CG2000 Enclosure $130(1) CTB16PC w/LOR Enclosure $120 - has 1 bad comm port. All have a single power cord. All have high power heat sinks. All have 16 outputs that work as designed. (I'll check them again before shipping.) All CTB16PC were purchased new from LOR in 2008/2009. CTB16D ages unknown, but from approximately the same era. All prices are USD, plus shipping. Strictly first come, first served. PayPal accepted for payment. Post questions here or PM me. Here's a Dropbox link through which you can view pics of all. https://www.dropbox.com/sh/wbaz7k1o9xi92dj/AABVgWWk2NiYm__EkMI0It1qa?dl=0 Thanks.
  6. Yes, you can use either. There's no right or wrong, just your preference. If you're planning on keeping things simple, meaning just changing colors and/or running chases, I recommend you stick with the SE. Given the time of year, it might be smart to wait until after the lighting season finishes before you start farting around with the PE.
  7. What happens when you try to control them using the Sequence Editor? Do you get the colors you expect? If you do, there's nothing wrong with the ribbons. It just might be some type of goofy artifact in the pixel control panel.
  8. Radio-locator is notoriously incorrect, and it doesn't seem to be updated very often, if at all. In my area, it still shows available frequencies that a couple of new stations have occupied for two and three years, respectively. Be smart and listen for yourself. Check during the day and also during the hours your shows will run. And as mentioned above, if you can find a spot on the dial where there's nothing at all on adjacent frequencies, that's definitely where to go.
  9. Overkill? Yes. Bad idea? Not entirely. 800 CCBs equals 2400 channels. You should be able to run that many on one High Speed network. But you might also see some lag depending on what type of effects you sequence. Color morphs come to mind based on personal experience. I'm not a big fan of unnecessarily encountering Murphy when it's cold and inconvenient, so I tend to overbuild/over-engineer most things having to do with light displays. If it was me, I'd run 2 HS networks just to make sure there won't be any issues regardless of what effects are sequenced.
  10. I've been running 4.3.24 doing near-daily sequencing since about two days after it was released and I've also experienced no problems at all.
  11. To the best of my knowledge their warranty is for 2 years from date of purchase. I've not seen anyone with a longer warranty on ribbons.
  12. Except for people I know very well and for a very long time, add me to the no-sharing list. Got all sorts of war stories from back when I DID share.
  13. Yes, it's sounding like a network issue. You need a high speed USB adapter to run a 500K enhanced network. I believe you also need an enhanced network to run intensity files. But regardless, you have way too many channels for anything but a high-speed network.
  14. AMEN! The only original pixel sequencing I've seen in years, for either trees or billboards, is by Frank Picozzi in Warwick, RI.
  15. It exceeds the number of channels in a single DMX Universe, but that has nothing to do with how many channels you can run on a single LOR network. The Pixie2 is designed for LOR networks and will run your pixels just fine. A high speed USB adapter is recommended, but using a regular speed network is totally doable if that's all you have on the network.
  16. My advice is for newbies and/or music morons like me based on personal experience. Other than MIDI or computer-generated music, I've never known a song where the beats line up precisely with any timed grid. Timed grids make it a huge challenge, for instance, to match a sweep of a seven segment arch or a nine segment pole precisely and evenly to a single beat, or even within 2 beats. Timing grids generated by the Beat Wizard make it a snap. LOR S1 was the only option when I first got started. All it had was timed grids. I was working on Wizards for over a month and had about a minute done, and quite poorly at that. Then S2 came out and gave birth to the Beat Wizard. I re-did my first minute and then finished the song easily, and quite well, in less than 3 evenings.
  17. If you've assigned DMX addresses to channels, those can't be run on a LOR network. They have to be run via E1:31, and the only LOR controller with that capability is the Pixcon16.
  18. Really? The only musical talent I have is being able to tap my toe to songs I like. Seriously... And I'm rarely spot on with even that. The only thing I learned in a year of music class in high school was what a palindrome is. (The music teacher's last name was Reber.) But what I DO have is LOR's Beat Wizard. I've used it on every song I've ever sequenced. And quite frankly, some of the most unwatchable sequences I've ever tried to watch were authored by music experts. So many of them insist on turning specific lights on every time a particular instrument is played and/or every time a particular note is heard. I know not how that looks to other music majors, but to most ordinary people it very quickly starts looking like visual gibberish. Stay away from most slow songs, avoid fixed timing grids, work with the beat and other notable features of the song and you'll do quite well. Don't believe me? Check any of my videos.
  19. I'd prefer a 16 ga wire over an 18ga wire, but you should be okay. Test it to confirm.
  20. I agree completely. Seems to me it takes just as long to sequence your own lights according to your own display layout than it does to copy/paste from a display that really has nothing (or very little) in common with yours. Ironically, LOR disagrees with you. I did a bit of sequencing for them and for 16-channel sequences they want all 16 channels involved for the entire song. I made the mistake of using darkness (like I would sequencing my own display or any of my clients) for about 20 seconds in one of their 4 groups of 4, and the sequence was returned to me for "completion" of the spot I "missed".
  21. Yes, and yes. You're welcome.
  22. As Jim stated, there's no way to "officially" designate null pixels in the SE. There's a real easy workaround though. Last season I was using a Pixie4 (which doesn't allow for null pixels) running 4 identical props at 66 pixels per output. One of the prop locations required a null pixel due to the distance from the controller. What I did was to solder the "null" pixel into the cable like usual, and then in the SE I gave that prop 67 pixels. I moved pixel #1 into a storage area and sequenced pixels 2-67 just the same as the other matching props. Worked just fine.
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