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Lil' Joe

Received My First Lor Today :-)

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I received my very first LOR today. :P

I took some video of a test run making sure it works. I have a lot of work to do as far as Music Synchronization, but I'll get there.

Here's a video of my test: http://youtu.be/8orHgr7f7q8

Very excited! Any tips/suggestions welcomed. I'm glad I only have 16 channels to worry with this year. I'm having a hard enough time figuring out what will be on each channel (and knowing I'm sharing channels too).

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Congratulations on your first controller. Life gets exciting from here on out! There are lots of sequences available at Ultrashows and at LOR Sequences and elsewhere. Several members have sequences on their web pages, and many will share theirs with you. We are at 96 channels so that won't help you for a 16 channel, but when you get up there in channels, we'll be glad to share ours.

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I know your feeling when it comes to receiving your first controller... it's awesome!! We are on 48 channels now but if you need a sequence, just let me know, i'll be glad to share it with you ;-)

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I remember the day I got my first controllers, the wife called me a lunatic..........I explained that it was a little Christmas decorating fun. As it turned out at some 44 controllers later, I have no choice but to concede that she was right. Let the insanity begin!

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I have finished my first sequence. I did "We Need a Little Christmas" as sung on Glee a couple years ago.

This is a 16 channel sequence. Right now, all I can show off is the LOR Visualizer. But it gives a good idea of how the sequence will look.

I'm rather proud and super excited... moving onto my next sequence.

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Looks great - congrats!!

I'm eagerly awaiting my first controller to arrive; have started basic sequencing; learning how to use the program etc and am so excited!

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Nice sequence! Amazing what you can do with just 16 channels. It only gets easier...or harder if you keep adding more controllers. lol. Just wait 'till you get all the lights hooked up. It's truly a magical event.

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