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hey everyone, i'm looking for opinoins on which product is better
animated lighting or light o rama
if anyone has had a chance to either , or both
also what product gives you more bang for your buck?
any feedback would be great
thanks:)
 

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im looking for whats going to be the easiest to program
and the most versatile.
singing pumpkins and using it to controll lighting to music.
also can one or the other fade and strobe lights?
 

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I came up with a pretty cool sequence using LOR to make a lightning effect. I used two channels and had one spotlight on each channel. I just toyed around with the timing until I got what I think is pretty random lightning effects. Not much different then lightning effect machines you see on the web. Plus now I still have 14 other channels to use for singing pumpkins or dancing lights.
 

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If you want "singing"/"talking" effects, you should take a look at Aurorashow.com for the software and www.d-light.us for hardware.

Aurora has a "waveform to event" effect that follows the amplitude of an audio file and will render the equivalent response on a controller. (Like the Servo8)

It's a REALLY easy way to get "talking" motion going.
 

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For customer support, and versatilty, LOR wins hands down, watch for their sale on Summer solstice [june 21st]
I looked at em all, and researched heavily, it's a lot of money to spend after all, but if you want singing pumpkins AL is not the way to go, it's all preprogrammed and no way around it.
Check out the lightorama forums and you'll find lots of helpful folks willing to share info. Often lately you'll find people cutting back on their show and selling controllers.
D-lights a close second, but I'm way more impressed with LOR.
 

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Litemare,
Not trying to pick a fight or anything, I'm curious more than anything...

What specific aspects of customer support formed your opinion regarding LOR?
What do you mean by versatility? Can you expand on that?

Thx
 

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Litemare,
Not trying to pick a fight or anything, I'm curious more than anything...

What specific aspects of customer support formed your opinion regarding LOR?
What do you mean by versatility? Can you expand on that?

Thx
Im guessing that he meens that there is a lot more willing
people to help you. Like there are many sites made for
lor users like Light-O-Rama Sequences.com - Welcome
 

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Thanks guys.

That's actually one on the strengths of Aurora. It can directly import LOR (v1 or S2) sequences. So, it opens up all the LOR sequences that are avail on those sites.
As far as user-to-user support, Aurora has forums also www.aurorashow.com as well as D-Light (www.d-light.us • Index page). For hardware, there is very little learning curve with D-Light hardware if you already have LOR hardware. In fact, they can coexist on the same controller network.

Also, AL *can* create custom show/sequences. It's not just for "canned" sequences.

Again, I'm just trying to better understand.

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Dman776 is right. The Aurora with D-light controllers would fit your situation perfectly. I know this because I have done exactly what you described on my own display. Both during Halloween and Christmas. As far as service from D-light, I personally have had nothing but excellent service with them. Darryl's response time to questions and such is very rarely over 24 hour, normally its the same day. I'm have not used LOR but know many people who do and are happy with them. I just went the D-light route and saved some money. No complaints here.
 

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To each is own I guess, but when you can buy a solder your own kit and they stand behind you that if you don't do it right, send it to them and they will repair it, my own experience was with ups dropping package off at wrong house, they stood behind me a helped handle the claim and sent me replacements. I highly recommend whomever you go with, insist on having them have you sign for the package, I had 700 bucks worth of goodies and was a nervous wreck til I got my replacement.
I did not know that Al has they're own editing software now, been some time since I did my research.
Now d-light is compatible with Lor and visa versa, so if you go one of those, you can use whichever software you prefer for sequencing, I must say though, START NOW! Sequencing yourself can take many hours per song, and the more channels and complex the song, well you can figure sometimes a few hours for a minute worth.
I started in April last year and by Oct 1st I had an hour and a half show.
 

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If you do a web search, you will discover many places where the fevered machinations of twisted - yet brilliant minds have posted their own sequences free of charge. Would link them, but that would be breaking the board rules.

Having been a user of all the software platforms out there - with the exception of AL; Aurora is by far the best - from both an ease-of-use and low hardware (computer) requirements. I can also say without hesitation that you will be pleased with both support and product. The software has a bit of a learning curve, but nothing a 6th-grader would have trouble with.

While I haven't played with the Servo8 (yet!), I can tell you that the Waveform To Event (W2E) tool in Aurora is incredibly versatile - it not only provides for customizable beat-markers, it will also allow you to narrow down an audio track to specific notes/frequencies. As was mentioned earlier, making a convincing lip-sync to a mechanical head would be effortless - (a matter of minutes!) going this route.

All the best!
 

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...when you can buy a solder your own kit and they stand behind you that if you don't do it right, send it to them and they will repair it
so does D-Light. (in fact, D-Light was the first company to come out with controller kits that can be used with LOR software.) ;-)

my own experience was with ups dropping package off at wrong house, they stood behind me a helped handle the claim and sent me replacements.
Great example! Thanks.

...I must say though, START NOW!
Totally agree with that statement!

Thanks everyone
 

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I've been so busy I haven't had a chance to check Aurora out, last time I had heard it was about to be released. Spending to much time on props this year. Last year it was all about the synching. I added 16 more channels so hopefully I can get it all added into my sequences in time. I don't know how these guys with a couple thousand channels do it... I'd blow a gasket.
 

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Aurora is definitely extremely simple to sequence with. Its clean, straight forward, and learning curve is pretty manageable for even a newbie. Plus everyone on their forum is always very helpful if you have a question.
 

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I read with great interest the post from litemareb4xmas. Since I started Animated Lighting in 2002 I think I can respond accurately to his dramatic statements:

1) For customer support, and versatilty, LOR wins hands down, watch for their sale on Summer solstice [june 21st]. Animated Lighting offers phone support, on-site support, custom programming, etc. We have done this for many years. LOR does not offer all of this support. Animated Lighting has offered Servo Controllers, DMX controllers and other controllers since LOR even started their business.

2) I looked at em all, and researched heavily, it's a lot of money to spend after all, but if you want singing pumpkins AL is not the way to go, it's all preprogrammed and no way around it. AL has offered the programming for "This is Halloween" for over a year. To state there is "no way around it" is patently false. Hundreds of our customers have acquired our show files and used them with our software to modify the files to their display. LOR doesn't offer this show file for "This is Halloween" to the best of my knowledge.


3) SUPPORT FORUMS: Our forums started in 2003. We have offered for years training in the field as well as customers coming to our office to get training. In addition we have offered on-line training classes for years as well as many, many manuals, user guides, videos, PDF files in our SUPPORT section. I welcome anyone to look at what we offer and compare this to our competitors.

4) OUR CUSTOMERS: You might want to go to our SHOWCASE section and check out videos showing our products being used by our customers. Universal Studios (FL and CA), multiple Disney properties, many Zoos, Municipalities, Casinos, etc. are customers and their shows include not only control with lights but special effects (Relays, DMX, Servos, etc) plus video. Again, please compare what we are showing to any of our competitors.

LOR and D-Light offers alternatives to Animated Lighting and each potential customer must decide based on their needs which product will work for them. Animated Lighting has over Qty. 170 lighting shows already pre-programmed and available for Halloween, Christmas, Patriotic Holidays and Parties (again, ALL of these can be modified by a customer contrary to what was stated above).

The playing field here needs to be fair and statements correct. I appreciate the opportunity to do this with this post.
 

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like i said im looking for the most versatile and easiest to
use ,and program . cost is not the issue . keep in mind thoe that i am not a
programmer of any kind ,but at the same time would like to make custom scenes.
 
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