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I am sure an expert will answer this, but short answer from the cheap seats is yes.

You will have to do two things :

When you right click on the name of channel it will give you a menu click on change channel settings. You will have to add the unit and the channel.

You will also need to configure the actual unit so that it knows that it is #2 in line.

I will let someone more experienced enhance this or correct me :P

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If you're using the 1602 type controller, you'll need to set the unit ID with the rotary switches on the board. If you're using the PC type board, you'll need to use the hardware utility to "flash" the unit ID of the new board. I think they all come set as unit 01 and you'll want to change your new board to be unit 02.

When you create a new sequence you can set the number of channels you want to use to 32. Right click the first channel and set it as unit 01 channel 1. The software should set each channel sequentially for the number of channels you specified (channels 17-32 would be set to Unit 02 channels 1-16). You can then name each channel however you want.

After doing this, export your channel arrangement to a file. This will allow you to import the names and settings for all of your channels into another sequence, saving a lot of time. If you create an animation window be sure to export your channel arrangement again so you can import the animation to your other sequences.

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If you're using the 1602 type controller, you'll need to set the unit ID with the rotary switches on the board. If you're using the PC type board, you'll need to use the hardware utility to "flash" the unit ID of the new board. I think they all come set as unit 01 and you'll want to change your new board to be unit 02........

Thank you, Larry, for your response. I did what you said and they both work fine. I kinda' knew what to do but I appreciate you saving me the guess work.

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Hello Mr.Grizz 123. Just wondering where in Canada you live. Are you near the Edmonton area? If so perhaps we can get together. Considering most Grizzles live in Alberta or BC I am guessing you live in one of these two provinces.

I well send you an email to invite you to a Canadian Christmas forum.....I am trying to get Canadians to talk Christmas with other Canadians.....and still enjoy the PC forum.

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