This looks AWESOME. I'm really confused tho- I don't suppose you'd mind telling us what props you're running, with what hardware? What are those 6 boards used for? How many props use VSA? Seems like you got a TON of animatronics running!
Also- do you have a main power cable coming IN to the system?
Thanks for the help- this just looks awesome.
The main power comes in on a 12/3-extension cord; this is than plugged into a specialty-modified cord (jump cord) that is fitted with a 220V plug. This is plugged into a 30amp /220v plug that I use to run my 15” planer in my workshop.
Once the power enters the control center it is split into two 110V channels.
From that point it goes on to power everything connected to the system.
The computers control the six boards (K74). Three boards to each computer, eight channels per board. So you end up with twenty-four channels that are run per computer on the VSA program.
The K74 boards simply turn on/off the power, controlled by the VSA program. What I use it for is the following. Lighting overhead, up lighting from the ground, ground breakers, stand up zombies, air driven jump up’s.
Some of the props run on 110V but not many. Most use some sort on DC wall transformer. Now I do use a lot of lights, and they are switching on and off all night long. For example last year I did a Killer Clown theme, so I built a rope light that had three channels in it. With the VSA program I could get just about any effect that you could think of, the best was the chasing lights, looked just like the circus.
I hope that has answered some of your questions. I am sure the one that did not get asked is. Will I use all of the capabilities of the system?
I probability never will given the limitations of the area of my set up. But this is my third try at this, and I have had three years to think about what I would change. I believe that I will be able to say this is the last control center for me.