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Posts posted by joelnicol

  1. If you have received the show card from animated lighting with the show loaded on it... It wont be possible to see the show file on your computer in AD. (if there is a way... I don't know about it.) Still sounds like there is a timing issue with song six or possibly another song.

  2. You have to set ranges to the controllers through animation director. If you go to "System" and you should see the controllers that you are using. If controller 07 isn't showing up then right click on the controller and define it as an lc-16.(There is the locate button for locating your controllers... however I never use that button, because if for some reason it cannot locate the controller it will blow out all of your grid for that controller... so I manually enter my controller information and then click verify to see if there is communication with the controller).

    After verifying that you are communicating with the controller you can define the controller again and set the base channel. After setting the base channel click ok, and then click set all to set the ranges. For instance, if controller 00 is running channels 0-15 then the base channel should be set to 0... if controller 07 is running channels 16-31 then the base channel should be set to 16. (You can have two controllers with different addresses playing the same channels, which sounds like what is happening in your case).

    Any time I have had issues with my show stopping in the middle it has been an issue with grid length verses the song length. I find that my songs need to be almost a second longer than my grid to keep the show moving.

    I have also had my show stop because of interference from receivers and transmitters, however I also experienced timing issues with controllers when this was happening.

    Hopefully this might help you a bit... I know its kinda confusing!!


  3. Just wondering if anyone can give me instruction on how to run my show from the computer instead of the monster brain?

    I am having some issues with my show this year and I would like to bypass the monster brain to see if it fixes it. I have 10 songs and the show is running all the way through. I have it set to loop and it does loop but it usually plays the first song and then completely shuts down.

  4. Be sure to check those communication cables for moisture or loose connections. I had a situation a week ago like you are having. (However, we did receive about 12 inches of blowing snow).

    I talked to AL and they said to check the communication cables and grounds for the light controllers. Sure enough I had some moisture getting into a coupling, so I dried it out and I'm back up and running.

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