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XmasBoy

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  1. I am working on my first year. My goal is to have 1 sequence a month completed through September. October and November are going to be dedicated for shopping, set-up, and fixing sequences. Here are the songs I have planned right now: -Deck the Halls by Mannheim Steamroller (March) -Christmas Eve in Sarajevo by TSO (April) -Amazing Grace by Yule (May) -Wizards in Winter by TSO (June) -Carol of the Bells by David Foster (July) -Jingle Bells by Master Tone (August) -Joy to the World (still looking for a good arrangement, suggestions are appreciated) (September) I'm using a lot of well-used songs in christmas displays, but it's easier since I can easily find ideas on YouTube when I get stumped. I think 7 songs will make a pretty good show, and I really can't imagine having to cut it down due to traffic problems. I may do a rock version of Auld Langs Syne if I have time.
  2. Didn't you write a Custom Sequence? I think that deserves a whole pizza!
  3. Ok, you have convinced me to stop procrastinating creating my "real" animation window. That's amazing how real it looks (with the exception of the lights looking like big squares). The sequence looks great! I agree with others above about revealing less of the display at the drum part, and it also seemed like you were a little late on a few of the drums. It looks great though! I'm hoping to finish my first sequence tomorrow.
  4. I have been using a Mr. Christmas controller for 3 years and first decided to do Light-O-Rama on Christmas Eve. I was going to check Facebook one last time and Richard Holdman's Amazing Grace was on my homepage (AOL News). I clicked the link and I was amazed. I found Holdman's website, and that's when I said, "I want to do this." I think a lot of people have moments like that and see something amazing like Holdman's display and want to create their own version of it. This goes for songs and elements.
  5. I use the brackets for the hurricane shutters, so if you have hurricane shutters (I saw that you live in Charleston) those work great!
  6. I play the music on the speakers so I won't be humming Deck the Halls in March alone. Anywhere we go right now everyone in my family is humming Deck the Halls. :santasmileyitty:
  7. I started my first sequence earlier this week, and it seemed to be going really well. I used the beat wizard for timing, and everything seemed to be fine. The more time passes, the more I realize how the beat really isn't the best, which is causing the sequence to not look very good. I tried the tapper wizard and that turns out even worse. Does anyone have any advice for setting a good beat grid? The song I'm doing is Deck the Halls by Mannheim Steamroller, so it has a very steady beat.
  8. You may pay more in shipping than it's worth.
  9. I meant Luke since he was posting about his LED Preorder not too long ago, but thanks for that interesting pieve of info. :santasmileyitty: You have an awesome display, btw. Not sure why everyone tries to act like it doesn't exist. :giggle:
  10. I thought you were going to use LEDs.
  11. I personally use the cheapest minis I can find, which is usually store brand. I have noticed over time that some store brands last longer than other brands, and there is usually once a 10 cent difference in preice, so I go to my preferred store. (right now, that is either Target or Lowes). As for the other brands of minis, I can't say anything for GE other than the fact that their LASOC works well, but I have bought Phillips brand minis before before because I couldn't find the colors I wanted in store brand. They were $4.99 as opposed to $1.99 for store brand at Target. I used them for their third season this year and seemed to be in the same condition, if not worse than the store brand minis. IMO, you pay $2.50 for a box of 100 ct minis store brand, if you get 3 years out of them, you got your money's worth.
  12. I will be new to LOR this year, and I have heard a few instances of people "frying" their controllers. How does this happen and what do I need to avoid it? Is there anything else I need to know to keep my controllers in working condition? My display has been and will continue to run on 100% GFCI. Can I just let my show run in the rain until the GFCIs trip, or do I need to un plug the controllers in the rain? Thanks
  13. I've never had any issues. I've never even seen rust on anything I have on my display.
  14. I keep all the plastic bags I get at stores from the beginning of October until the display comes down. I put each strand in its own bag and store them in plastic storage totes. It works very well.
  15. Wow, that's a very brave start! I look forward to seeing it.
  16. XmasBoy

    URGH!!! Vandals

    I'm sorry to hear about your vandalism. It's sad that we have to worry about things like this. Where is the world going to? Every night while my display runs, I go out at about 11:00 pm right before I unplug the lights to go fix stuff and just do general maintnence like straightening lights that have been blown off bushes. One night I was back in the bushes messing with an extension cord. I turned around and saw someone who looked to be about 17 pulling on my reindeer. I asked them what they were doing and they ran off. I am almost sure that I avoided what could have been a major vandalism that night. Immediately, I pulled everything of high value inside (pretty much everything but extension cords and lights.) It took a while to set everything back up the next day and made a huge mess in the living room and foyer, but that may have saved my display. It's just crazy that we have to work so hard from keeping our christmas lights from getting destroyed.
  17. Do you mind sending some money over to me?:santasmileyitty:
  18. XmasBoy

    CDI LED Order

    That's a big knot to untangle!:santasmileyitty:
  19. I may be interested, I just need more details. My interest would be in 100 count incandescants in clear, red, and green. What would the minimum order be?
  20. How would that work? Unless I'm missing something, you would need to hook each string of lights up to both controllers, which you can't do.
  21. Thanks for the link. That sounds like a reasonable price to me, I guess I just can't justify spending that much when you add it all up. Just to get started with strobes, I would need 10, which is $50. When you consider that you can get 20 boxes of mini lights of that price, I'd rather spend my money on other things. I think I already may be pushing it with my LOR purchase, so maybe I'll get strobes in a few years...
  22. Care to share that trick with me??? I wouldn't even want to think about sequencing 704 channels! Even if I could afford a display that big, I wouldn't even want to think about sequencing a display that big!
  23. I plan to use rock speakers. I may just find cheap computer speakers and bring them in at night though.
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