I’m a new member in south-eastern Melbourne. I’ve had a Christmas display for many years with store bought lights, inflatables, cut-outs, ropelights, silhouettes and numerous other decorative pieces. I have always had a keen interest in sequencing the lights to music and toyed with the idea of building an LOR system a few years ago (though this was out of my price range at the time). The rise of smart pixels in recent years has again sparked my interest and I have decided to take the plunge into programmable lighting. I’m planning to start small with the basics, software, pi player (for stand alone operation) and one controller (thinking of E682), I’ll cut my teeth learning these through the year and hopefully add some nice effects to my 2016 display starting with a few pixel stars or snowflakes and perhaps a roof outline if all goes well. It was while researching controllers online that I came across AusChristmasLighting, there is an amazing amount of information here and the 101 manual is very useful. What a great community, looking forward to being a part of it! David.