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Store Bought Lights And Sound Questions?(Mr Christmas Lights And Sound Etc.)

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I was thinking about doing a small part of my display to lights and sound but cant afford a lor system. Do any of the store bought systems like a Mr Christmas lights and sound or a gemmy allow you to fm transmit and do any of them allow for you to use an ipod? Now I have seen the videos on YouTube how people have hacked them but I didn't want to go through all that do any of them come from the factory like that or is the only way to use on of them with a transmitter and a ipod is to hack them. I wish I could afford to buy the basic lor system but Im disabled and my wife is the only one working so unfortunately I couldn't buy one I really wish I could because the basic starter lor system would be plenty for me because I only wanted to do part of my display to music the rest would stay static..I was just wondering Im sure the only way to do it is hack them but I haven't seen them lately and wasn't sure if they changed..

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Gemmy has a system that will allow an iPod to be hooked up, and it comes with a small speaker. It will not transmit over FM though, you would need an FM transmitter for that. It doesn't synch real well, but I have used it in the past and people liked it.

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If I remember correctly, there is one by gemmy that allows you to do an input like from an ipod.It kinda looks like a 6 way plug or pigtail.. I have seen pictures of it in some of the forums here but no idea where it was...  the lights are not really synced but some what do.. cant really explain.. I do not believe the Mr. Christmas model does.. I will look on mine I used to use (am rebuilding it for a friend currently) and see if there was an output.. If so you can send it to an FM transmitter I would think.. 

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 If you are handy You can build a 16 channel Renard ss16 board for the same price a Mr. Christmas will cost. just looked and there running $91.00 for a 16 channel kit and 73.00 for an 8 channel kit shipped..

 

Just a thought,

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 If you are handy You can build a 16 channel Renard ss16 board for the same price a Mr. Christmas will cost. just looked and there running $91.00 for a 16 channel kit and 73.00 for an 8 channel kit shipped..

 

Just a thought,

Honestly Homegrowncorals is very right.. renard would be a better solution and allows for growth if I remember right.. for about what your gonna spend on prefab equipment you can start your own.. 

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There is a how to on modifying an mr. Christmas to have an audio out so you can do an fm transmitter

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another thing i have done being i live on disability as well. i buy a bare Renard board at 7.00 to 12.00 dollars and then order parts for it in small groups and then build the board once i have all the parts needed. it helps spreed the cost out

but now i just buy strip board and parts and just make my own boards like i want.

like this 8 channel dc board i made for some rgb stars not so pretty but works just fine  th_002-13_zps75baca8c.jpg

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Gemmy has a system that will allow an iPod to be hooked up, and it comes with a small speaker. It will not transmit over FM though, you would need an FM transmitter for that. It doesn't synch real well, but I have used it in the past and people liked it.

Thanks thats all i needed to know i was just curious

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 If you are handy You can build a 16 channel Renard ss16 board for the same price a Mr. Christmas will cost. just looked and there running $91.00 for a 16 channel kit and 73.00 for an 8 channel kit shipped..

 

Just a thought,

To be dead honest when it comes to circuitry I dont have a clue im sure i would mess it up and is a Renard like a lor system does it use the same software or does it have its own software

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another thing i have done being i live on disability as well. i buy a bare Renard board at 7.00 to 12.00 dollars and then order parts for it in small groups and then build the board once i have all the parts needed. it helps spreed the cost out

but now i just buy strip board and parts and just make my own boards like i want.

like this 8 channel dc board i made for some rgb stars not so pretty but works just fine  th_002-13_zps75baca8c.jpg

Just looking at those pics there is no way i could pull that off that looks like Chinese to me i just dont have the knowledge to pull something like that off Id be a liar if I thought i could I wish i did have the skills to pull something like that off with me being disabled I dont have much money times are really tough and building it myself would be the cost effective way to do it i just know I would mess it up but thanks for the info maybe i could find someone who knows about it locally and that could walk me through it but Im sure i wont find anybody but thanks anyway

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To be dead honest when it comes to circuitry I dont have a clue im sure i would mess it up and is a Renard like a lor system does it use the same software or does it have its own software

The Renard ss8 and ss16 kits both have a very easy numbered step by step instructions with pictures the kit gives you everything you need, parts are in numbered labeled bag's to match.  the only things you don't get are the ac pig tails and a usb to rs485 dongle. and you can run it with vixen 2.1 witch is free as well.

here take a look... if you can solder I'm sure you could pull this off. :)

 

http://www.doityourselfchristmas.com/wiki/index.php?title=Assembly_Instructions_The_Renard_SS8

 

http://www.vixenlights.com/downloads/vixen-2-downloads/

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When I used that system with the FM transmitter, I used a splitter for the output on the ipod and run one to the Gemmy controller and the other to an FM transmitter. It actually worked pretty well.

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