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I have just upgraded from the Mr. Christmas Sounds of Christmas to a Light O Rama 16 Channel.  We have added additional lights this year and have exceeded our limit for the Mr. Christmas. I also wanted to be able to do some different things with the lights this year.  Our display is 90% LED lights.  I just received my Light O Rama last week and I am wondering if I am starting this upgrade to late for the upcoming season? I am hoping to have at least 10 songs programmed for this year.  Is this to large of a task for a rookie?  This is my setup from last year.  This year I have built driveway arches and 5 new smaller trees. Any help would be greatly appreciated.  I'm looking to stay near the top of our  neighborhood contest.  Thanks!  John

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John! Nice display! and welcome to the LOR madness.... too large a task is somewhat relative. You can purchase 10 pre-made sequences and the songs- I assume that takes all of 10 minutes lol. Programming them yourself however, is going to depend on the detail you want. It takes me personally several hours (at best) to do just 1 song; I start my programming in February normally and have it finished by August/Sept (5-6 songs), however I think I am pretty detailed and I have 32 channels, not 16. Everything hits on a beat and I make sure the show seems to "flow" with the songs. It also depends on your elements. For example I have a leaping arch, so anytime it "leaps" i make it takes off and lands on a beat, or my spiral tree seems to spin along with the song, etc..

If you just want a simple, turn this on, turn this off at certain times then its a lot easier...

I assume like the rest of us here you are gearing up to set everything up outside, then you have family and friend obligations...so time is already limited. My advice, pick a simple song. Transiberian orchestra is always a hit and normally has simple music structure. You should be able to bang out a hit in a few hours time. Even if you only have that at the start you can always add more songs as the season goes on.

Long story short: Either buy a few for this year or try 1 simple song, see how it goes. Having 1 that plays every few minutes will still put you above your neighbors static displays. Add more if you have time as we get closer to the start of the season or add them as the season goes on.  Good Luck!

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Thank you all for the kind remarks.  Lights@721, thanks for the feedback.  I was planning on using the first year as a test year to see what I can do with the new features.  My wife and I own our own business and we are seasonal and come Nov. 1st we will slow down which will leave a lot of time on my hands. I plan on using the first week of Nov. to get familiar with the setup and options available and start decorating mid Nov.  I like your idea of creating new sequences during the season.   Thanks again!

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Looks great John! Mrs. Clause willing I will be jumping into LOR next year. Looks like you've got a great yard/house to continue to add to in years to come.

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Visit the sites that share sequences and look for sequences that include the beat lines.  Finding the beats, different musical instruments, etc is what takes a lot of time....and will drive you insane  

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I just joined here a few months ago to learn more about LOR. I am in your same shoes this year as well. I just got my 16 channel LOR unit and been working on it for about a month. I was afraid that I would only have a few sequences this year but found out there are a TON of things on the internet for sequences, you may have to adjust them to your design. You may have to purchase the song from amazon but hey for $1.29 and a shared sequence is worth it and a good starting point. Currently I have around 25 completed sequences configures to my design. 

 

I hooked up my controller to my PC and tested the sequences and channel configurations. I also started building sequences for the trolls soundtrack as my kids requested it. It's fun to build it and then play the sequence. 

 

 

 

 

 

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Thanks Qberg and crazylightguyin585.  Your post have put me a little at ease for my upcoming project.  I haven't connected my controller yet but plan on doing so this Sunday.  Come Nov. 1st I will have alot more time on my hands.  What sites do you recommend for the sequences?

John

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In all of the years I've done this, I have yet to find a sequence, either purchased or shared that works out of the box with my display.  I have had to either heavily modify or totally re-write every one of them.

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Try programming 136 channels off the bat. =). Very challenging for a single father of 2 little ones. Lol.  Fun non the less and my daughter keeps asking to listen to Christmas music! 

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I am currently traveling for work but when i get home I can email you some sequences for 16 channels :) I am glad to help as others have helped me already. 

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Hi All,

I'm new here. First post. I have a relativity simple display, 2 LOR 16 channel controllers (1 mega tree, 10 mini trees, and icicle lights).  TBS99 i see that  you posted some links, once i download one of the files i will be able to open it up in my LOR show software? I have just been using the 8 sequences I bought off LOR. Before I purchase a few more I was just wondering about these you posted. This year i have another controller and will use it for some PVC frames I'm building with C-9's for my windows and my house outline that i hope I'm brave enough to climb up on my second floor roof to do.

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In all of the years I've done this, I have yet to find a sequence, either purchased or shared that works out of the box with my display.  I have had to either heavily modify or totally re-write every one of them.
If you buy/get a free pre-done sequence that is setup off the basic 4x4 setup why would there have to be modifications to it? Newbie as well here

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Best of luck, I am trying to get a LOR set up for this year but I know im going to have to set up my MR Christmas first as last will have be going then if i get my LOR set up and some stuff programmed i will switch over to it. or i might just use both, I plan to add a few new things to my display this year.

i have the demo LOR on my PC now and so far ive not had much luck with doing any programming. it takes time for sure.

 

 

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On 10/29/2017 at 2:11 PM, dchackert said:

If you buy/get a free pre-done sequence that is setup off the basic 4x4 setup why would there have to be modifications to it? Newbie as well here

I rearrange my display every year to make it different.  I add elements & remove elements from year to year.  Unless I customize each sequence every year, it just looks like flashing lights that are in rhythm with the music.  I want my display to dance & sing with the music, not just flash to the beat.   That's why I moved up from a Mr Christmas years ago.  No offense to those using them.  Was a great way to start.  I don't have every song perfectly synced the way I would want, but every year I tweak and modify every sequence, getting closer to that perfection every year.

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Thanks for all your feedback.  I took your advice and decided to start decorating last week and should finish up by tomorrow.  That way with my wife out of town visiting our daughter in Hawaii I can dedicate 8 or 9 hours a day to sequencing songs.  I never realized that I would learn to become somewhat of a music producer. Looking forward to learning the ins and outs of the system.

Thanks Again!

John

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