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    Okay, I did a QUICK search for audio solutions. Here is our problem for 2011...we want to centralize the audio to include ONE system that plays multiple channels to multiple rooms in our haunt for 2011. IS THERE SUCH A SYSTEM?! What it boils down to is replacing our multiple CD units with MP3 units that play different audio throughout our show and does it exist? If so, where can I find this system? Thank you! Scareproducts already provides the LED light system we want...we just need the same comprehensive system for audio!!! thanks in advance
    O'Shawn McClendon
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    I researched this a couple of years ago and found a centralized solution that has been working great for us for a few seasons now. I had looked at Alcorn McBride and theme park based solutions and they were just out of our budget. I put together a 16 zone solution for about $6000 including speakers and it is awesome, I can direct any one channel to all 16 zones, (which we do to play the radio in the whole building sometimes) or one channel per zone or any combination thereof... really flexible. I am adding an additional rack this season as we have outgrown the 16 zones this year.

    I use American Audio SDJ1 players (SD card digital) for sources and Samson Servo amps, and a Behringer mixing board and an Audio Matrix for switching. All of these items are out there inexpensive used and make for a really nice solution.

    Here's our current system before wiring as I was installing it.
    Brett Hays, Director
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    Hey Freak 'n' Stein,
    I PMed you.
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    This year I put together the head unit for 32 channels of audio with used equipment for around $500.

    Got an old athon computer and a rack case from craigs list. My main requirment was that it have 4 - PCI slots.

    The audio output is with four M-Audio 1010lt cards that can be found for 80-120 on ebay. Each card outputs 8 anolog tracks to your basic RCA jack. (they also have 8 inputs if needed)

    Software use to control it is Reaper, an open sorce free or low cost very powerful product.

    Basically nothig else running on it. Never failed all season. Each track easily switched out and controllable.

    Can be set up for on button mute and switch to mike input for PA (or whole haunt music during build season)
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    Randy- may I say you rock sir. I have a spare PC laying around and this seems like a perfect use. Reaper is a free download to try, then $150 for the liscence to use it (still a bargain).
    http://www.reaper.fm/download.php

    Allen H
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    Quote Originally Posted by rwrussom View Post
    this year i put together the head unit for 32 channels of audio with used equipment for around $500.

    Got an old athon computer and a rack case from craigs list. My main requirment was that it have 4 - pci slots.

    The audio output is with four m-audio 1010lt cards that can be found for 80-120 on ebay. Each card outputs 8 anolog tracks to your basic rca jack. (they also have 8 inputs if needed)

    software use to control it is reaper, an open sorce free or low cost very powerful product.

    Basically nothig else running on it. Never failed all season. Each track easily switched out and controllable.

    Can be set up for on button mute and switch to mike input for pa (or whole haunt music during build season)
    ...pm sent!!!
    O'Shawn McClendon
    Creative Chair -- Operator: Cayce-West Columbia Hall of Horrors

    One mans junk is another mans kick-ass new prop...

    http://www.hallofhorrors.com

    http://twitter.com/hallofhorrors

    http://cwchallofhorrors.blogspot.com

    http://www.youtube.com/hallofhorrors

    http://www.myspace.com/cwcjc_hallofhorrors
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by rwrussom View Post
    Software use to control it is Reaper, an open sorce free or low cost very powerful product.
    With Reaper do all of your tracks have to be identical in length so that they all cycle together? That's something I ran into a couple of years ago when trying to do a soundcard based solution..

    In other words if one mp3 files was 27 seconds long and another was 30 seconds you would have three seconds of silence until the 30 second file looped.
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    Randy,
    can the set up you describe below play 32 different mp3 tracks at once?

    audio hardware is NOT my strong point.
    Allen H
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by rwrussom View Post
    This year I put together the head unit for 32 channels of audio with used equipment for around $500.

    Got an old athon computer and a rack case from craigs list. My main requirment was that it have 4 - PCI slots.

    The audio output is with four M-Audio 1010lt cards that can be found for 80-120 on ebay. Each card outputs 8 anolog tracks to your basic RCA jack. (they also have 8 inputs if needed)

    Software use to control it is Reaper, an open sorce free or low cost very powerful product.

    Basically nothig else running on it. Never failed all season. Each track easily switched out and controllable.

    Can be set up for on button mute and switch to mike input for PA (or whole haunt music during build season)

    I've been hearing a lot of good things about Reaper lately, I might have to check it out. Kudos on an inventive solution!
     

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