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    Newbie, Sequencing Tips, And Advice Wanted


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    Each year it tell myself im going synched lights next year, and each year i postpone it til its too late. I did a mr christmas box set up last yr but want more. Im aiming on 32 channels, and currenlty have aurora software which ive been playing around with. Currenlty im working on band aid, do they know its christmas time and its beating me up and taking way long. ( my wife says i cant dance so im going to be bad at programming lights also). I understand its time consuming and have gotten much better with aurora. I feel maybe this song is faster than i should be starting with.Im also trying hard to get the lights set up to the exact beat of the song which seems to be overly hard with a faster song.

    Im looking for tips , advice and any songs the veterns of this feel may be easy to program.

    I like the faster christmas songs since i feel it will entertain people more than a slower song.

    i was considering Oh come all ye faithful, by twisted sister, as another one of my songs.

    Thanks everyone

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    I started out with wizards in winter and Nutrocker by TSO, common songs that most people know the beat too before sequencing, plus you can watch videos on YouTube to see how other interpret the beats... Don't be afraid to download a free sequence that someone uploaded and just look at how they did it, helps alot

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    . . . ( my wife says i cant dance so im going to be bad at programming lights also). . . .

    I think that May be the funniest thing I've ever read here! I'm still laughing! Thank You. :):eek::) --- As to your question, I don't sequence to music so I can't help much. The idea of buying or downloading a sequence from something like Ultra Shows is a good idea. There are folks here who will do all of the programming for you, but that is not so rewarding for you. You could download a sequence, work with it, then hire someone to touch it up if needed. My understanding is that you should plan on about 10 hours of programming per minute of song. And, it sounds like you should schedule some time for dancing lessons! :)

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    +1 to cant dance comment......

    2011 was my first year animated (20+ years static, 25,000 lights, 10 electicusions, 1 fall off roof and wouldn't change it for nothing)

    I followed Mike's advice and down loaded a sequence that matched my channel count in March and just played with it and found a couple more and tweaked them. Some were like real nice and yes a couple the squirrels fell out of the tree and threw up. Tweaked those songs and worked well.

    If you want I can send you some links or some one can post them for you here

    Think of it this way Dance lessons for your fingers ;)

    Happy Hanging

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    It's just like playing any sport for the first time. I find that I was really clumsy at first. But over time, I was able to improve my abilities. I'm not going to say I can dance, but I will tell you I've played piano for over 25 years. That was probably my best skill when I began this hobby. The more sequencing you do, the better you get. LOR really improved the software over the years to aid in the syncronizing process. I'm not an Auroura user and don't know the specifics of their program, however; I would continue to look over the forums and asking questions. Have fun with it.

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    My tip to you would be not to worry what other folks displays look like compared to yours. Do not be to hard on yurself & go in this with a positive attitude from the get go.

    I cannot dance either, but that does not effect my sequencing.

    Get your layout worked out now and get your LCC file set up in the software & stick to it....... ( In other words buy what controllers you need now & keep it that way, get your yard layout now & keep it that way, get your Lcc file ready & keep it that way for this year).

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    good advice, and appreciated. I hear lor has a feature that slows down the song half way. Seems like it would be a good feature. Aurora has a few nice options also. I will look into buying these premade sequences and borrowing others. I would take more pride if i did it myself however, i loose interest quick and sitting on the cpu each nite from 10-11:30 to sequence gets tiring , especially when 6am arrives and i need to go to my work. (dance instructer)

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    last year was my first year animated with 32 LOR channels. I'd gladly share my sequences with you, but i'm not sure if they are convertable to aurora. I def took all but two of them from ultrashows and worked on them until i liked them.

    just remember, most people have no idea how this works and dont have the eye for "missed" beats and out of sync stuff. I watched the shows with my neighbors 3 times(2+ hours) in a row while hanging out before they realized that my big 5' santa blowmold was "singing" the songs...

    so just make them as good as you can and hope you dont have anyone from the board driving by... eheh...

    -chris

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