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  1. Virtual Haunted House ride / dark ride

    General Halloween
    Awesome stuff! I bought some cheap "shaker" speakers which I had planned to attach to the bottom of my benches. I was going to output low frequency audio on another audio track to simulate the vibration of the dark ride vehicle, but I never got around to it. I had the parts for the water too but...
  2. Offering to create custom audio sound effects loops.

    Halloween Music
    If you run Mac, you have a library of sound effects available with GarageBand. It's a super easy tool to use to do stuff like this (and it's free, which makes it even better.) iMovie also has some. I do a lot of video work, so I have Final Cut Pro X as well, and it has plenty of its own. While...
  3. DMX on the cheap (Chauvet DMX-RT)

    Halloween Props
    The DMX-RT has been massively useful in several projects now. I have also been pointed to an open-source Raspberry Pi DMX program which shows potential. It’s only a bit cheaper when you add everything, and you can’t just power it off at the end of the night without risking corrupting the SD...
  4. Offering to create custom audio sound effects loops.

    Halloween Music
    My schedule is pretty busy, but if anyone is in need of any custom sound effects loops (generally made from scratch using royalty free or open source sounds that can be legally used by you in your haunt), I’d be glad to assist. I also do custom music, but nothing on the level of something like...
  5. Greetings from Des Moines, Iowa, USA

    Member Introduction
    Allen here, operator of Des Moines Haunted Houses. I run the index site for all the haunted house in my area, started in 2010 after several years of never finding an accurate or complete list of them. I grew up near Houston, Texas in the 1970s. My elementary school had a yearly October event...
  6. Eerie Sounds for Halloween

    Halloween Music
    I just found mine, and went looking for information on it. Awesome! Thanks for sharing. This was my all time favorite sound effects tape because of the ambient tones.
  7. DMX on the cheap (Chauvet DMX-RT)

    Halloween Props
    Fright Props makes some cool stuff. I used one of their Boo Box Flex units (upgraded with DMX) for a "virtual dark ride" I did last Halloween: I used Director, but it didn't seem to do much beyond fade and add flicker effects, though. It was enough to run my show - Sprite video player (w/DMX...
  8. DMX on the cheap (Chauvet DMX-RT)

    Halloween Props
    Anything. It records, so if you have a 30 minute loop, it will take 30 minutes to record it into the device. If you get one, just make sure to get a Sandisk extreme card. I had trouble with slower Sandisk, Kingston and other brands. Some of my other tests...
  9. DMX on the cheap (Chauvet DMX-RT)

    Halloween Props
    I have done some fairly complex DMX projects for area haunted houses over the years, all using a PC-based system running VenueMagic show control software. While VenueMagic is quite impressive, its price tag is out of range of most small haunts for anything but the entry level version (which...
  10. Electronic/Software: Creating a cheap 5.1 surround sound system

    Halloween Props
    That's a nice approach. I bought a cheap MP3 shield for Arduino, and a relay board, to do something like this. I only had four relays on the cheap board, so I could play the MP3 and move it to four speakers.
  11. Electronic/Software: Creating a cheap 5.1 surround sound system

    Halloween Props
    As a quick-and-dirty reference, if you want to make sound "move around" from speaker to speaker, make a track for each speaker, and duplicate the audio on each track. In this example, it's bootleg audio from the Ghost Host at the Haunted Mansion. When I want him to move from "front left" to...
  12. Electronic/Software: Creating a cheap 5.1 surround sound system

    Halloween Props
    If you use a Mac, GarageBand can make it very easy to create the individual tracks with cross fades (track 1 fades out, track 2 fades up) that you can export. Then when you play them to different speakers (or combine them into a surround sound file), you have the illusion of sound moving around...
  13. Electronic/Software: Creating a cheap 5.1 surround sound system

    Halloween Props
    Interesting. It used to handle much more. Here is the audio map for when we used a cheap USB surround sound device. I had to recreate the whole file each time we changed a track, so I kept the screen shot handy.
  14. Seamless video player with a Raspberry PI and python

    Tutorials and Step-By-Step
    Thanks for your work on this a few years ago. Your pause solution is a good one since none of the Pi video players seem to be able to jump between videos without a gap in-between. I've been using multiple Sprite video players for my projects, but that's overkill for something like this (where a...
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