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How Do You Design Your Layout?

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I'm just curious as to how people design their layouts. I read somewhere, I think on this forum, that some separate their layout into "groups of four". How do you design yours?

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I try to do everything in groups or multiples of 4 as it makes it easier to work in time to the music. For example, 4 windows across the front of the house, 8 mini trees, 12 section mega tree. When I sequence I also divide my display into sections.... House...mini trees...mega tree..... Left side of yard....etc. I try to use the different sections for different aspects of the song....rhythm, beat, tempo, melody, specific instruments (piano), etc.

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I don't have an animated display, but i usually try and do somewhat of scenes, such as a nativity scene, tree line with presents, and if i can't find stuff that goes together i put a couple blow molds with 3 of my mega tree's. I would try and go for things in front of other things to create depth. Like this year i have my 6 artificial tree's in front of one of my mega tree's. But if you do an animated display i would divide it up in sections like house, left side, right side, tree line if you have one, maybe something like that. I would think for sequencing even numbers would be best considering controllers are usually 16 channels.

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The FIRST thing you have to do is figureout how many elements in your display then how many channels you have  available to control them.

After that's done, are you going to do a blinkey flashey style or wipes across say your house or yard. Neither one is better than the other it's just going to be your style

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Somewhat arbitrary channel breakdown, all determined based on what I could do handily based on where additional channels were available.

 

Initial setup: one controller:

  • 5 mini trees with red/green/white channels (15 total)
  • 16th channel was used for remaining bush lights in white.

Next setup: two controllers:

  • 7 mini trees with red/green/white channels (21 total)
  • 8 channels for bushes
  • Used one of the remaining three for the radio sign
  • Two spares

Current setup: three controllers:

  • 7 mini trees with red/green/white channels (21 total)
  • 8 channels for bushes
  • Mega tree: 12 channels for wedges in white, one channel each for red and green, 15th for the star, 16th for the radio sign.
  • Three spares. Considering red/green/white floods.

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