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just wanted some input. due to lor not having supply and not knowing how many they will be selling, i am thinking of switching. i know nothing about al. i just redid my show totally and have 204 channels, up from 64 last year. does the al work similar to lor and are they dependable? also does anybody know the limit lor will be having? thanks for your input

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First of all, I don't have any experience with AL; however, your post has made me curious. Do you have 13 controllers NOW? Or, did you order 9 and are waiting on them to arrive? I'm aware that they are behind in production. When I called on Friday, I learned that they had pulled ALL administrative people off of the phones to work on the shipping and packing lines. They are getting the units out. When was the last update you got from them?

So glad I purchase during the February and July sales. I wouldn't have to worry about any of this at all.

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When I called on Friday, I learned that they had pulled ALL administrative people off of the phones to work on the shipping and packing lines. They are getting the units out. When was the last update you got from them?

So glad I purchase during the February and July sales. I wouldn't have to worry about any of this at all.

You turned out to be the smart one. What you said concerns me. Got my PC controllers last week, but I need 40 ampers!!!

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Oh, are you running a lot of C9's? How many controllers are you missing? If it's a matter of Amps vs Controllers, then you could always cut back on the display. For example, I seem to set my sights wayyyy to high and do too much. After 4 years, I'm still adding more than I could ever do... But, I plan and sequence as if I have the elements made. The next year, after they are made, I can relax and think of other things I'd want to do.

I'm definitely a fan of LOR. I don't know if I'd want to jump ship this close to the holiday when I already have most everything I need to make a very nice display. So what if you don't have all 192 channels? I came home from active military service 2 years ago on Dec 17. It was my second year of LOR and I had everything ready for red/green/clear. But, I didn't have time to build the 5 controllers that I ordered before leaving in February. I ran an upgraded 64 channel show and introduced R/G/C Holdman Tree line and a few other elements.

In any event, If you get them, GREAT! If not, there is always next year. Besides, you can take advantage of the sales and plan ahead in that way as well.

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Original plan was 144 channels, but moved it up to 160, then to 192 as I did my amp calculations. Yes, my C9s are killing me, but dirt cheep, and balancing them with minis on each controller helped. Might have been able to cut back on 2 of the controllers, but my sequences are already made for the 192. Six of my controllers are PC16s. Still need 6 CTB16 for those that have my treeline and C9s.

I am giving LOR till next Monday to release the 40amp assembled cards (assuming they would be ready to ship). The 40amp kits will ship 4-7 days from order date, so if I don't get the message by then, I will order the kits. I have budgeted the 5 days before Thanksgiving to controller assembly if necessary. (about one controller per day) It will be a mad dash of soldering to make my first show on Black Friday, but it may be moved back to Dec 1.

On top of all that, it is supposed to rain here for the next 2 days (mud everywhere after that) and work has gotten really busy...so no way to take time off....sigh :unsure:

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just wanted some input. due to lor not having supply and not knowing how many they will be selling, i am thinking of switching. i know nothing about al. i just redid my show totally and have 204 channels, up from 64 last year. does the al work similar to lor and are they dependable? also does anybody know the limit lor will be having? thanks for your input

You would be wise to stick with what you have.

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First of all, I don't have any experience with AL; however, your post has made me curious. Do you have 13 controllers NOW? Or, did you order 9 and are waiting on them to arrive? I'm aware that they are behind in production. When I called on Friday, I learned that they had pulled ALL administrative people off of the phones to work on the shipping and packing lines. They are getting the units out. When was the last update you got from them?

So glad I purchase during the February and July sales. I wouldn't have to worry about any of this at all.

i have 4 controllers now.while at xmas expo, my daughter took the full immersion class. at the end she was offered to buy that day and they would be shipped later. so i gave them my order and assumed i would get them. i just found out that this did not happen and that meant we were not on backorder list.we totally redid show thinking we would get these units, but it looks like in order to get how ever many they will limit you to you will need to be glued to your computer and hope for the best. every post i read said lor always comes through. i guess i will just wait and find out. my daughter and myself took a giant leap going from 64 to 204 channels, but we both felt like we could make it happen. this is her first year and she has put her heart and soul into this show. her response yesterday was that i don't think i can get another show ready. we are supposed to open the night before thanksgiving. please do not take this as complaining, just doing a little venting and searching for ideas. thanks!!

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Original plan was 144 channels, but moved it up to 160, then to 192 as I did my amp calculations. Yes, my C9s are killing me...

I am giving LOR till next Monday to release the 40amp assembled cards (assuming they would be ready to ship). The 40amp kits will ship 4-7 days from order date, so if I don't get the message by then, I will order the kits. I have budgeted the 5 days before Thanksgiving to controller assembly if necessary. (about one controller per day) It will be a mad dash of soldering to make my first show on Black Friday,...

Johnson,

Are you planning a jump to AL also?

please do not take this as complaining, just doing a little venting and searching for ideas. thanks!!

Steve,

I understand completely. If you were to look at my YouTube page, I have 1 video of my 2009 show ( Jingle Bells Techno 2009). You can compare it's 2010 upgrade (Jingle Bells 2010) and see how I was able to do something similar using 100 channels less. I did use the Holdman sequence, adjusted to my display, in 2010 but used his sequence to create the 2009 sequence.

Changing the visualizer was the key to the entire processes. I re-worked my year-one visualizer to represent the 2009 display. This took about 4 hours. After the visualizer was complete, I exported the channel configuration and name it "temp 2009". After the creation of the channel configuration, it was simply a matter of copy and paste. I then made a copy (different file name) of each sequence I had created for 2009, opened the COPY, and uploaded the new channel configuration(re-saved). I then opened the original copy of the sequence (your desired 204 channel layout). I would then copy and past the structure specific designs from my original sequences and pasted them to the new copy with the 64 channel configuration. It took about 1 hour per sequence to convert the "idea" from the higher channel sequence into a condensed version. I then would primp and "fix" the sequence (like everyone else does) till before taking down the display. Trust me, everyone was still impressed with my 64 channels in 2009. And when I finally made the jump to 154 channels in 2010, it was an even bigger hit -AND- I had most everything done and ready before summer 2010, including my sequences.

I'm not going to give you any false hope, but I do believe in LOR as a reputable company with unbelievably superior customer service. If they do not come through, I'd definitely expect some kind of "make up" for the hassle. And if you still want to move on with AL, the option is always there.

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Johnson,

Are you planning a jump to AL also?

Too much invested in LOR already. How do you beat their sequencing software, its so easy to use and I assume it won't work with AL. Does anyone know that for sure? If I ever need something from LOR again, I'm ordering in the spring. Apparently my plan to order in July ended up moving to November with the sale delays.

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Johnson,

Are you planning a jump to AL also?

Steve,

I understand completely. If you were to look at my YouTube page, I have 1 video of my 2009 show ( Jingle Bells Techno 2009). You can compare it's 2010 upgrade (Jingle Bells 2010) and see how I was able to do something similar using 100 channels less. I did use the Holdman sequence, adjusted to my display, in 2010 but used his sequence to create the 2009 sequence.

Changing the visualizer was the key to the entire processes. I re-worked my year-one visualizer to represent the 2009 display. This took about 4 hours. After the visualizer was complete, I exported the channel configuration and name it "temp 2009". After the creation of the channel configuration, it was simply a matter of copy and paste. I then made a copy (different file name) of each sequence I had created for 2009, opened the COPY, and uploaded the new channel configuration(re-saved). I then opened the original copy of the sequence (your desired 204 channel layout). I would then copy and past the structure specific designs from my original sequences and pasted them to the new copy with the 64 channel configuration. It took about 1 hour per sequence to convert the "idea" from the higher channel sequence into a condensed version. I then would primp and "fix" the sequence (like everyone else does) till before taking down the display. Trust me, everyone was still impressed with my 64 channels in 2009. And when I finally made the jump to 154 channels in 2010, it was an even bigger hit -AND- I had most everything done and ready before summer 2010, including my sequences.

I'm not going to give you any false hope, but I do believe in LOR as a reputable company with unbelievably superior customer service. If they do not come through, I'd definitely expect some kind of "make up" for the hassle. And if you still want to move on with AL, the option is always there.

thanks for your input. i have been on the road 14 hours and just got in. i will show this to my daughter in the am as she works for me. i hope lor comes through, but we will find out shortly. as my wife put it to me bluntly, steve what i have watched you go through waiting to hear from lor is not what i call you enjoying this hobby. i have to much investment, and i do not mean money, but my church food pantry as well as some less fortunate kids are set to benefit this year. thanks again for your input.

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I think Bill V is the expert in AL equipment. It would be wise to heed his advice.

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My answer is my opinion but it is short and sweet:

LOR hardware and software is sound, reliable and is constantly being updated. Overall LOR has a great reputation for customer service.

AL hardware is sound but it's firmware and software are unstable and unreliable. In addition, the software hasn't been updated in years. Overall, AL has a below-average reputation for customer service.

Again, this is my opinion as a professional in the industry who began with AL and then switched to LOR and has worked commercial productions with both.

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