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Tennessee ++ Fall Mini


 


All are invited, not just the folks from TN. We’ve had folks from GA, NC, SC, FL and even once, someone from New Zealand. 


 


WHEN: Saturday, September 12, 2015 


 


WHERE: Cleveland, TN (Just north of Chattanooga off of I-75)


 


3787 Blue Springs Road in Cleveland, TN  


 


TIME: TBD (usually 9 am – 4 pm)  


 


We’ll take up $$ for lunch, usually pizza. 


 


We will discuss all aspects of putting together a great display from nuts and bolts to finished display. This is a great time for newcomers to ask questions.  


 


 


Topics will/can range from: 


 


 


Lights to use: Incandescent, LED’s, RGB dumb and smart strings. 


 


Hardware: basic controllers, E1.31, Sandevices, J1SYS, Falcon, LOR, etc. 


 


Software: LOR S4, Pixel Editor, Superstar, Xlights/Nutcracker (XL4), and any of the others if anyone has experience with them, (Vixen, Hls). 


 


Power Injection: This is something that all can learn when using the low voltage, DC items such as pixels and basic RGB.


 


If the interest is there, several of us can demonstrate good and most likely, different techniques for soldering, ie. connecting pixel strips or strings, adding pigtails, waterproofing, soldering controller boards together and such.  


 


Been there, done that. We can have one on one instruction if the need arises. Lots of us have been doing this for several years and have the "Been there, done that and I got the t-shirt" mentality. We're all willing to share our experiences, good and bad. 


If anyone has any of the new controllers, LOR Pixcon16, Falcon F16v2, Advatek Pixlite etc., bring it to the Mini. These are the newest E1.31 controller on the market and I’m sure some would like to see how it’s set up. I'll have one of the Falcon boards by then, hopefully. I have a Pixcon 16 ordered, but it probably won't be here in time.


 


Construction of elements: Need ideas how to construct leaping arches, mega trees, spiral trees, a Matrix, Marty fan, etc. Bring your new, cool element, to show off. It gives others ideas for creating new exciting elements for their display as well as how to build them.  


 


What's new for this year: Let's talk about what's new for your show this year. Any problems during construction of elements, controllers, sequencing, etc.?


 


Anything else? If there's anything else you'd like to talk about, post about it here and we'll put it on the list.


 


Mark your calendar for the September 12th.


 


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Should be an interesting mini. Lots of new stuff happening lately. Be a good time to pick up a few good ideas before heading into setup season. Looking forward to it.

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It'll be good to see everybody again.

 

Jim, I sent you an email a little while ago, if you see this first.

Barry, Power injection is a big topic at every mini, so I believe you'll get some good knowledge here. About all of us use pixels somewhere in our shows, some of us are 90% to 100% RGB

Jeff, Come on man, you ain't no rookie by any stretch of the imagination. With that matrix you built, nobody can call themselves a rookie.

dgrant, It would be great to have you come over. With the knowledge you have, I believe you could help all of us and maybe pick up a thing or two from us in the meantime.

Doug, thanks again for hosting the mini. I just hope I don't pass up your house again. I don't know what I was thinking in March.

 

See you folks next month.

Ron

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Thanks for the kinds words but truly, I'm a newbie. I'll be learning from you all. Plus, I'll get to visit the daughter of my last wife who lives there...so I'm coming!

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Count me in.  I finally broke down and bought the LOR Pro Upgrade.  Has anyone worked enough with the PE that they can demo it at the Mini?

 

Dave

 

I am sure the pixel editor covered. I know several of us have played with it. There wont be any experts there but collectively we can see what every one is doing with it.

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I've not messed with the PE yet, hoping for the tutorials to come out. Between now and then, just upgrading my existing to this year's new hardware profile. If someone there has the skinny on using the PE, I'll be all ears!

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I have to check on my boys' football game schedules.  I want to come if I can.  I'm such a disaster with this stuff...I need to assemble my RGB stuff, but haven't even looked at it in months.  If I can make it, I'll be there.  I enjoyed the time I got to spend at the spring one. 

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Bringing this up front on the new content list, in case anybody may want to come and didn't see it. Just a few more weeks until the mini. 

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I'm seriously considering this Ron, will any wives be there as well as we will probably make a weekend trip of it and do some sight seeing ...

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Doug & Ron,

     I have a JSYS1 that I need help with... Ill be bringing it along, if we can spend sometime figuring it out. I can't wait!! Needs to hurry up.

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Andy will be your guy on that one. He's the J1Sys guru. By all means though, bring it in. We'll hash through it.

 

That goes for anything else. If anyone else have controllers or anything else you need help on, or you think we all could learn something from, bring it to the mini. 

 

Update:

 

I got my shipping notice for my Pixcon16. I'll bring it to the mini.

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I have just started purchasing my LOR set up this year, so I'm as green as they come. I would love to come to this, but I have a conflicting schedule. I know many of you have at least some, and likely a lot, of experience already. I would hate to take anything away from this by needing more remedial help, so please let me know if this would be better for me to wait until next year to attend so I have a better foundation. Otherwise. I am going to try to move some things to make this work and will let you know as soon as I am able.

Rory

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Hey Rory, I've not been to this mini before but even though this will be my 4th year of lights to music and I'm learning a lot, knowledge is always helpful and I'm thinking that the more you learn at one of these, the better off you are. I can't tell you to absolutely come to it but wasted knowledge is a waste.

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On my first mini I went home with a lot of knowledge and a truck load of lights and very broke thanks to Dennis He was selling out his display. I have always departed with great ideas and a network of help if needed. I am wrapping my house in RGB this year

and Jeff has been a huge help. I wish I had been involved when I just got started it would have saved me a lot of time and money. Don't worry about being Green this is my 6th year and I am still Green.

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Doug & Ron,

     I have a JSYS1 that I need help with... Ill be bringing it along, if we can spend sometime figuring it out. I can't wait!! Needs to hurry up.

 

Andy is the expert on J!sys, I have 2 of them also, so there should be several of us that can help you out.

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I have just started purchasing my LOR set up this year, so I'm as green as they come. I would love to come to this, but I have a conflicting schedule. I know many of you have at least some, and likely a lot, of experience already. I would hate to take anything away from this by needing more remedial help, so please let me know if this would be better for me to wait until next year to attend so I have a better foundation. Otherwise. I am going to try to move some things to make this work and will let you know as soon as I am able.

Rory

 

Come on over. We're all good friends here and we all love helping others as well as ourselves. I guess this will be my 6th or 7th mini with these guys, and I still learn every time I go. 

 

Just remember, we all were green at one time. My first one with this group, I left out of there feeling like a zebra in a horse pen. I thought, what in the world have I gotten myself into. Well, I made a trip down after that lighting season to Dougs, and a lot of the stuff that was presented at the mini, he explained, one on one. The things I was so lost on at the mini, Doug helped me understand. 

 

You know Doug, I don't think I ever thanked you for that visit. Might have been because it was about 2° that day.

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