How it all works!

When programming the songs to the music, I have to use two different programming editors, one

for the CCR Tree called "SuperStar Sequencer" and one for the lights on the house and in the yard

called "Sequence Editor".  With these programs, I build what is called Sequences.  To make both

sequences run at the same exact time during the show, I use the "Sequence Editor" to combine the two

sequences one of two ways.  First way is to run a macro within the sequence created by the "Sequence Editor".

When the sequence plays during the show, it runs a macro within it, which runs the sequence created by the

"SuperStar Sequencer".  See to the far left of the blue line in the screen shot of the "Sequence Editor" below.

Imbedded within the grey box that says "CCR Sequence", is the macro that runs the sequence created by the

"SuperStar Sequencer".  The second way is to format the sequence I created in the "SuperStar Sequencer"

to the same file type that the "Sequence Editor" creates.  I then copy from the formatted sequence and paste

it into the sequence created by the "Sequence Editor". 


 Below is a screen shot of the "SuperStar Sequencer" programming editor for the CCR Tree.

Below is a screen shot of the "Sequence Editor" programming editor for the House and Yard lights.

These two screen shots are of almost the same timing in the "Reflections of Earth" song. If you look at the top of each screen shot,

you can see that these both show about 5 seconds of a section of the song, 21-26 seconds into it.  Since these screen shots only

show about 5 seconds of a 215 second song, you can image the reason it takes so long to program 1 song.

This is why it can take anywhere from 6 to 20+ hours to program a single song to the lights.


Within the screen shot of the "Sequence Editor", you can only see 22 of the 160 channels (each grey rectangular box

along the left side of the screen is a channel) used for the show.  Each 30 AMP Controller has 16 Channels.  Each CC Ribbon

has 150 Channels.  I have 12 CC Ribbons in my display, which totals out to 1800 Channels for the CC Ribbon tree alone.

This is why it is easier and better to just use the macro to run a seperate sequence for the CC Ribbon tree.

Where the red, blue and green colors look to be fading in and then fading away, is where the lights are actually fading in and then

fading out.  The shorter the length the quicker it fades, the longer the length means the slower the fade, but we could be talking

one fourth to one half of a second difference.  This screen capture is only about 6 seconds of a 3 minute song,