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Everything posted by jagipson

  1. I have to respectfully disagree with there. The Beat Wizard might be good for TSO, but as a musician, I don't get quality results with the beat wizard on anything with a shuffle (some rock, all blues and jazz) or most classical/soundtrack pieces which contain variable tempos.
  2. I had a problem with my director where I had to delete all the files on the SD card and repopulate the card using LOR hardware program. This fixed my issue
  3. I spend about two hours per minute per 32 channels. I don't give away my sequences because they would be utterly useless to anyone else. I don't use the "standard layout " for channels, props, etc. My sequences are custom made for how the lights are laid out in my yard an on my home. There are no mini-trees, arches, stars, super trees, etc. with no standard props, the upside is that my show is very unique, but the downside is that sharing is impossible.
  4. I'm using a scheduled show on and LOR-MP3 director. I have a 1 second animation sequence that only turns on the channel that has the sign light. The sequence is configured as the "startup" sequence. That channel is excluded from all my musical sequences, so they never turn the sign on or off.
  5. You can create a small animated sequence that does this, or you can edit all your musical sequences by adding a tiny event at the end of the timeline that turns everything on. I should have added: if you create a small sequence to do that, you need to edit your show to insert the sequence in between each musical sequence.
  6. It's an inflatables tip about inflatables that tip!
  7. Aw, snap! My total load is 30 amps, all on. But since I don't run all the channels simultaneously I can't figure out how to estimate my peak load per channel group, outside of renting a high speed data logging power meter
  8. Can S3 tell me the percent of the time each channel in a track is energized, or the amount of time each channel is energized for in a sequence? Also, can S3 produce a report that tells me which tracks are on at any given moment? Using the known loads on each channel, I'm trying to calculate the power consumption per sequence which requires the cumulative "on" times per channel, and I am trying to calculate my peak load which means I need to know every combination of energized channels are in a sequence. It would really be cool, if S3 allowed us to enter the loads per channel in the channel editor, and then calculate the number of kilowatt hours each sequence consumes, and maybe also tell us the peak current usage per circuit.
  9. IIRC, channels 1-8 sum cannot exceed 15A and channels 9-16 sum cannot exceed 15A. And each sum is for the total energized. So if I'm correct, you could put more than 15A on each side of the controller so long as you don't energize more than 15A at a time.
  10. Currently 10000 incandescent. No LED. All sequences cut from whole cloth specifically for my yard. No "standard" sequences.
  11. Is there a "Majic 107.5?" I'm putting my chips on that one.
  12. Couldn't they tent the attached equipment too? It could help if you had termites in any wooden show items.
  13. I just buried a 24" long 2" diameter schedule 40 PVC pipe vertically which i will keep capped most of the year to prevent the open end of the pipe from filling with debris. During the lighting season, I remove the cap and use the hole to support a 5' length 1½" diameter schedule 40 PVC pipe. So 2' of that pipe sits below grade in the buried 2" pipe, but 3' remains above ground as a pole. I mounted 2 controllers to that. When the season is over, I just lift the 5' pole out of the 24" buried pipe and store it away.
  14. How do you shop the preseason sales? Is there an advertisement or thread listing vendors? What kind of pricing should we expect on the LED 5mm light strings?
  15. I have a controls and music background so I hand-craft my sequences. No IS. I don't even rely on the Beat Wizard. I just use the tapper wizard with music at half speed. Anything with a swinging beat, tempo changes or a slow tempo (some classical music) just gets screwed up by automatic beat finders. It's tons of extra work, but it really shows that you spent the extra time, when your lights switch musically in-time.
  16. This is a WAG, but maybe the CTB microcontroller has lost its program? Does the status light stay on steady when normally uploading/programming the firmware? I don't remember.
  17. I'm thinking of pole-mounting with U-bolts. Do you think it's a deterrent to cover the pole and enclosures (I only have 2 units ) using a marine-grade plywood box? I'd leave it open on the back for ventilation and cords.
  18. Do you have a picture? This is the first year since a move from a small house where I kept the controllers in the garage and ran approximately 40 40' extension cords to the trees. Most of the 40' cords would reach, occasionally I needed to add an extra 40' (for about 6 channels). My new house is on a highly trafficked corner lot and feels much more 'exposed.' I don't have the ability to run cords from the garage at this location. Now I have to consider how to secure the units in the yard. There is one other use case, however, for using a snake, which is when you only need 8 channels for a remote prop (and only use 16 channel controllers). However I concede that Mega Arch makes a good point about the snake being an attractive target that is difficult to rebuild vs. SPT1/2.
  19. Has anyone ever removed all the 1 1/2' female "pigtail" power cords that are connected to the outputs of the LoR 16 channel AC controllers and used a 10 conductor "snake" instead? Sending out all the Neutrals and Grounds seems to be redundant. What if a 10 conductor cable was used for a long run (that's 1 LINE per channel (8) plus a common NEUTRAL (1) and a common GND (1)), then close to were you need to plug-in your lights you had a 'breakout box' that the snake connected to, with the breakout box having 8 switched outdoor outlets? Could money or frustration be saved doing this over having 8 extension cords?
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