Channelizer

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A source file for the Light-O-Rama SuperStar Sequencer ends with an ".sup" file extension.  These files contain all the effects for the SuperStar sequence, but do not contain any information about what unit IDs your controllers have been configured to use.  Each channel is assigned to its appropriate controller unit ID when you export the file to a ".sup.lms" musical sequence or a ".sup.las" animation sequence (which can only be done with a paid version of the SuperStar Sequencer, not with the demo version).  So, if you have a paid version of the SuperStar Sequencer, you can configure the unit IDs and then export the file, and your sequences will be configured for your particular unit IDs.

 

If you purchase a SuperStar sequence, it comes with the exported .sup.lms sequence files, so that even if you do not have a paid version of the Light-O-Rama SuperStar Sequencer, you can still play the sequences using the Light-O-Rama Sequence Editor or Show Player.  However (with the demo version of the SuperStar Sequencer) you have no way of changing the unit IDs that the channels are assigned to (from within the SuperStar Sequencer).

 

Therefore, the demo version of the SuperStar Sequencer has a "Channelizer".  The Channelizer reads a .sup.lms file and creates a new .sup.lms file with the channels reconfigured to your unit IDs.

 

Before you use the Channelizer, you must first tell the software what unit ID you have assigned to your first CCR controller.  To do this, click on the Tools menu, then click on Configuration.  This will launch the Configuration dialog box.  We will use an example where you have six standard 16 channel LOR controllers, which have been assigned unit IDs 01 through 06, and twelve CCR controllers with the next twelve unit IDs (which would be 07, 08, 09, 0A, 0B, 0C, 0D, 0E, 0F, 10, 11, and 12).  The standard LOR controllers and the first six CCRs will be on the Standard network, and the remaining six CCRs will be on the Aux A network.

 

The SuperStar sequences assume that you have assigned your CCR controllers' unit IDs in order.  If you have a vertical CCR matrix, then you should order your CCR unit IDs from left to right.  If you have a horizontal CCR matrix, then you should order your CCR IDs from bottom to top.

 

Since your first CCR controller has been assigned unit ID 07, then in the SuperStar Configuration dialog box, select "7 - 07" for the "Unit Nbr and Unit ID of First Ribbon Controller".

 

In the network section, Standard Network should be selected, and the "Unit Nbr and Unit ID of First and Last Controller" for the Standard network should be "1-01" "12-0C".

 

Auxiliary Network A should also be selected, and its first and last controllers should be set to "13-0D" "18-12".

 

When you are done, the dialog box should look like this:

 

ConfigurationSetup

The Configuration dialog

 

Click on OK, and you have now told the SuperStar Sequencer what unit IDs should be used for your CCRs.  You are now ready to "channelize" the sequence files:

 

In the SuperStar Sequencer, click on the File menu, and select "Channelize...".  For example, if you have purchased the Carol of the Bells sequence, and your controllers are on the bottom of the CCR matrix, then you would open the file CarolOfTheBells_Bottom.sup.lms.

 

After opening the file, the SuperStar Sequencer will automatically create a new file with your configuration encoded in the filename.  In this example, the channelized file it will create will be named "CarolOfTheBells_Bottom_r1u7_Ar7u13.sup.lms".

 

The "r1u7" in the filename means that ribbon 1 is assigned to unit number 7 (which has unit ID 07) in the standard network.  The "Ar7u13" means that ribbon 7 is assigned to unit number 13 (which has unit ID 0D) in the Aux A network.

 

Copy the channelized file to your Light-O-Rama Sequences directory, and you can now play the channelized sequence using the Light-O-Rama Sequence Editor.