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  Standalone Controller Sequences - Firmware Update
Posted by: Craig - 10-10-2016, 08:34 AM - Forum: General - No Replies

All current Syncrolight 8 Channel and 3 Channel controllers support stand-alone sequences that can be configured to automatically start when the computer is not connected.

The latest release of the software allows you to edit the built-in sequences using a new tool called the "Device Sequence Manager".

All the DC08A, AC08A and DC03A have this capability (basically all our AC/DC controller except from the older style DC08B which is a square PCB).

In order to use this new tool it is necessary to update the firmware on your controller to the latest version. You can update the firmware by using "Update Firmware" button on the Device Manager.  The latest firmware files required are below. Please ensure you use the correct file for your controller type.

Craig.


.ehex   8 Channel AC-AC08A-v1.03.EHex (Size: 24.84 KB / Downloads: 6)

.ehex   8 Channel DC-DC08A-v1.3.EHex (Size: 24.78 KB / Downloads: 4)

.ehex   3 Channel DC-DC03A-v2.1.EHex (Size: 24.29 KB / Downloads: 2)

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  Timing issues...HELP!!
Posted by: magical46 - 04-10-2016, 05:17 PM - Forum: General - Replies (2)

I am trying to set up a show for Hallowen. Have my pumpkins (set of plug and play lights) working fine, my pumpkin face (animation set with DC08 controller) working fine. However I have just added a set of RGB Pixel lights with SD card controller and put in sequencs for them in show designer but now when I play the lights are all falling behind the music and by half way through they are several seconds behind.
The plug and play is controller no.1
the DC08 os no.2
and the SD card controller no.3, set to RS485 slave.

All the lights do what they are supposed to just getting more and more behind the music as it goes on.
What have I done wrong?

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  Raspberry Pi - Show Player
Posted by: Craig - 04-10-2016, 08:36 AM - Forum: General - Replies (8)

Syncrolight Show Player for the Raspberry Pi - Available soon.

If you don't have an old laptop or PC to run your display then this is a perfect solution.  The Raspberry Pi is small and will boot and run without needing any screen or keyboard attached it, so its easy to accommodate if you have limited space.

Simply use the Syncrolight Show Designer to create your show as normal then export it to .SHP format and copy onto the PI. The Pi will play mp3 files and output the audio for the show via the headphone jack.

The USB-RS485 cable for your controllers simply connects to a USB port on the Pi just the same as a PC.

The Raspberry Pi Show Player supports all our USB-RS485 controllers and we hope to add support for our Ethernet controllers soon too.

If anyone wants more information please let me know.

Craig.

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  Android APP Apk
Posted by: krissprolls - 01-10-2016, 07:44 PM - Forum: General - Replies (1)

Hi,

Is it possible to have dirrectly the .apk file for the android show app ?

Impossible to download it from the google play store in France :-( (due to location)

Thanks !

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  Connecting Mutiple Controllers
Posted by: Craig - 01-10-2016, 12:06 PM - Forum: General - No Replies

To connect multiple controllers simply 'Daisy-chain' your controllers together using a single USB-RS485 cable. As shown in the picture below.
   

Connect the corresponding A,B,GND cables from the USB-RS485 cable to the first controller and then run extra cable from the 1st controller to the second controller. Then 2nd to 3rd etc.

The Diagram shows wiring for the DIY range of controllers. For the Plug and Play Controllers you simply connect plug and play cables between controllers.

You can build a network of any Syncrolight RS485 controllers, you can mix AC08, DC08, DC03 and SD Card controllers on the same network.

You could in theory connect up to 255 controllers on a single network, but we suggest a maximum of about 20 to 30 to keep the network at a manageable size. If you still need more controllers then start another network and run multiple networks in your display.

For large networks or if you have long cable runs, it is advisable to terminate the network correctly by adding a closed PCB jumper to the designated point on the PCB. (See your controller documentation for more details, or if you have an older controller that does not have a termination option, simply add a 120 ohm resister across the A and B wires). Termination is OPTIONAL, in most situations the network will work fine without termination. We normally only suggest terminating the network if you start getting errors on you network or have controllers that do not responding correctly.

Each controller on you network should be assigned a unique Device ID. Each controller is factory set to ID 1, so if you have multiple controllers you need to change the IDs accordingly. Simply use the Device Manager to change the IDs. Ideally change the IDs of each controllers by connecting them to the computer individually one by one, rather than trying to change their IDs when installed in you final display network.

Note: You can actually assign the SAME ID to multiple devices and they will both work in sync, however they will not respond to the Device Manager when both powered up. If you need to change the settings ensure only one is powered up and then swap over the power to change the other one.

When connecting controllers you can use any cable, such as speaker cable, but we strongly recommend using shielded data cable and connect the shields together and connect the shield to the GND.

Craig.

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  Pixel RGB Strip
Posted by: krissprolls - 30-09-2016, 07:09 PM - Forum: General - Replies (6)

Hi,

I can't create more than 256 segments in the show designer (timeline windows), my rgb strip contains 450 segments but i can control and choose color (and visualise) on the 256 first segments only


I'm wrong ?

thanks !

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  Mega tree help
Posted by: magical46 - 26-09-2016, 11:44 AM - Forum: General - Replies (4)

Hi I did just email this question in but thought I'd ask on here too as others may be interested. I currently have one SD card controller with one set of WS2801 pixel lights which is fine for my little halloween show, but for my xmas show I wanted to add two more sets of the same lights to make a small mega tree (can you have a small mega tree ?!!!), but how do I wire the extra light strings to the controller or to each other? Do I wire all the strings into the same slots on the controller? Also how do I set the controller configatration up in device manager? Do I set the out puts to 3.
One other thing with just the one string connected how many channels do I set, is it one per bulb i.e.50 or one for each colour per bulb?

Finally any general tips for creating a mega tree?

Sorry thats a lot of questions in one, but for us novices any help is appreciated Smile 

Phil

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  Designing a Light Show
Posted by: Craig - 25-09-2016, 06:05 PM - Forum: General - No Replies

Here are some tips on how to build a great light show:

1) PLANNING - Planning is critical. If you just throw lights around your garden without much thought you can easily just end up with a bunch or random flashing lights. To avoid this take time to plan your display.

  • Grouping - Try to group features (such as tree, bushes, stars etc) into lines. By doing a chase down the line you introduce the sense of movement into your display. Lines of 3 or more work best. Ideally 6 or 8.
  • Colour - Use colour carefully. Use the same colours on all your features. If your budget allows put 2 or 3 colours on all features. This is something you can build up over the years. For example if you have a line of trees, wrap them all in white one year and then add red a following year. By having different colours on your features you can be very creative with colour by doing colour changes or muti-colour chases. It also makes for a good finale as you can turn all lights on in all colours at the end of a song.
  • Features - Try to plan in a few different features if your budget will allow. This will give you greater flexibility when sequencing your show and enable you to keep your viewers interest.
  • Be Selective - When designing your display don't try to do too much in one year. Light displays can take a lot of time to plan, sequence and setup. Start small and build on your display each year. Have a final idea of what you want in your display, and work on little bits each year.

2) SEQUENCING
  • Music - Choose music carefully. Some traditional UK Christmas songs are very repetitive and can come tedious to program and to watch. Go for music with frequent changes in beat, tempo etc. For can follow these changes with the lights and keep the viewers interest.  Watch other peoples videos for ideas on music etc. Music from TSO (Trans Siberian Orchestra) is very popular and great for using in light shows.
  • Use lights selectively - Do not use all your lights all the time. Keep the viewers interest by focusing attention on different parts of the display, changing to another part of the display whenever the rhythm of the music changes. On small displays this is difficult to achieve as you have limited lights to play with.
  • Try to capture the feel of the music - Use the lights and colors carefully to match the feel of the music. Think of your lights as the dancers on a stage and you are the choreographer.
  • Show Designer - Ensure that you setup your display items correctly to get the most from the Software. Many people do not use the grouping in the Show Designer correctly. Be sure to use the advanced mode, and rather than creating Window1, Window2, Window3 create a single Display Item group called Windows, which contains each of the windows as segments. You can then quickly create chases around the windows, or turn all windows on in one color by using the top grid in the Show Designer. You can still control each window separately by using the bottom grid.
  • Timing - Be sure to get your timings in the Show Designer spot on. Tap out the beats using the 'Beat Insertion tool' and then align your events to these beats. You can shuffle events left and right or change the duration using the toolbar or shortcut keys (CTRL LEFT, CTRL RIGHT, CTRL+, CTRL-).
Hope these few pointers help.

Craig.

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  Wiring up RGB strip to controller
Posted by: Bullet1986 - 23-09-2016, 12:59 PM - Forum: General - Replies (1)

Hi everyone

I'm very new to all of this. Did my first display last year. 

I am looking to add approximately 25mtrs of RGB led strips to border my house for this year but I don't understand how to wire them up.

Would anyone be able to send me a link to a video that shows how to do this? At present I have an 8 channel mains controller but know I'll need more if I go ahead. Also how do I connect the 5m strips to eachother and will one power source run the whole.lot? 

Thanks.

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  Singing Pumpkins and Pumpkin Face
Posted by: ForumAdmin - 10-09-2016, 03:04 PM - Forum: Halloween - Replies (12)

We get many requests for Halloween Sequences featuring a talking pumpkin face. To help anyone looking to do such a Halloween sequence this year, here is a compete Syncrolight sequence for the song "This is Halloween". The attached sequence also contains the visualisation file.


We cannot include the audio for copyright reasons, so you will need to purchase this from somewhere. I have uploaded a video of the sequence with audio to YouTube to help you get the right audio.





https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oY5jYv1f_aU

The sequence demonstrates a large pumpkin face with moving eyes and mouth, as well as a group of pumpkins (not sure what you call a group of pumpkins exactly - maybe a Pumpkin Patch). The display is also framed with an addressable LED strip. The pumpkins are configured to be RGB, but this can be changed.

Enjoy..


.zip   ThisIsHalloweenSequence.zip (Size: 108.52 KB / Downloads: 41)

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