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So I already have all of my lights up being controller by a Gemmy Lights and Sounds.  As well, have an FM transmitter with a laptop and a Spotify playlist.  If I were to purchase a 16 channel LOR and some preprogrammed sequences, what would the setup time look like switching to the LOR?  I really am planning on going big next year but I'm not the happiest with the Gemmy using the AUX connection and the Spotify playlist.

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Depends on how complex you're trying to get. Actually setting up a basic LOR controller to turn lights on and off is pretty painless - maybe a few hours between hooking it up, setting up your show, etc if you don't hit any snags. There's a lot of pieces to setting up a show - First, you have to develop (or buy) the sequences. Then you have to insert the sequences into a show. Then you have to schedule the show in the schedule editor. But these are all easy tasks, just can't do one without the others. 

If you're not dealing with a lot of viewers with your lights right now, then maybe now is a good time to experiment with a single controller setup. Then you can get an idea for what you're going to need to do to "go big" - including whats involved with making your own sequences (IMO, pre-made sequences only get you so far - tend to be way too blinky-flashy for my taste). With a basic grasp of the essentials, adding on to "go big" gets a lot easier, and lets you get into buying during the spring/summer sales with confidence. 

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43 minutes ago, Stephen Blue said:

Depends on how complex you're trying to get. Actually setting up a basic LOR controller to turn lights on and off is pretty painless - maybe a few hours between hooking it up, setting up your show, etc if you don't hit any snags. There's a lot of pieces to setting up a show - First, you have to develop (or buy) the sequences. Then you have to insert the sequences into a show. Then you have to schedule the show in the schedule editor. But these are all easy tasks, just can't do one without the others. 

If you're not dealing with a lot of viewers with your lights right now, then maybe now is a good time to experiment with a single controller setup. Then you can get an idea for what you're going to need to do to "go big" - including whats involved with making your own sequences (IMO, pre-made sequences only get you so far - tend to be way too blinky-flashy for my taste). With a basic grasp of the essentials, adding on to "go big" gets a lot easier, and lets you get into buying during the spring/summer sales with confidence. 

Thanks.  I'm just trying to understand if I would be able to get it done for this year.  I really don't want to wait another year to get going with LOR.  The Gemmy just isn't cutting it anymore.

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