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  1. Default What prop controller do you use and why? 
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    We are playing with a few styles of prop controllers and was wondering what you guys prefer? We have a couple maestro 2s and we love the simplicity but wish it had more outputs. We have 1 prop 1 controller but find it very hard to program but we love the cost and number of outputs. We even have a gilderfluke with 40 outputs that we bought for our elevator we built. It will be awesome for that but it was over $1000.00 and we ended up using a maestro to just get it going for opening week. It worked awesome. Your advice is welcome and appreciated. I do not want to be a computer programmer to run these things. People like me because I can lift heavy things.

    Chaos
    Capt.Chaos
    Fear Asylum Haunted House
    Brookings,SD

    fear-asylum.com
     

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    The fright ideas controllers are great. You can find them on the frightprops website.

    http://www.frightprops.com/controlle...ntrollers.html

    If you need any assistance with complicated or extensive programming of your scenes/props, just let us know!
    Best,
    Bill Rod
    Dark Tech Effects
    Last edited by beardedbil; 10-19-2011 at 10:46 AM.
    Bill Rod.
    Dark Tech Effects
    Automated DMX Lighting
    Show Control - Audio / Visual Effects
     

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    X2 on FrightIdeas controllers
    Every job is a self-portrait of the person who did itů Autograph your work with excellence!
     

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    Again...Fright Ideas/Fright Props Boo Boxes. Great product, and tech support is AAA !
     

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    Fright props boo boxes also love them!
     

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    Transitioning to all Prop1's at our place. Once you get a handle on BASIC they are so powerful for the cost.
    Brett Hays, Director
    Fear Fair
    www.fearfair.com
     

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    I have been using all EFX-TEK products, mostly the Prop-1, since 2006. This year we built a new haunt, and I needed an audio system, so I installed 32 of their AP-16 audio boards to give me 64 channels of audio. That's a speaker in every room with separate control. That's in addion to all the prop-1's, prop-2's, EZ-3's, and everything else.

    They are not for everyone, because they do need to be programmed, but they make controllers like the EZ-8 and the new EZ-3 micro for people who want super reliable controllers without the programming. I swear by my EFX-TEK controllers.
    Brian Warner
    Owner of Evilusions www.EVILUSIONS.com
    Technical Director of Forsaken Haunted House www.Forsakenhaunt.com
    Mechanical Designer (animatronics) at Gore Galore www.Gore-Galore.com
     

  8. Prop controllers used 
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    We have used a number of controllers. Maestro II and vari-pets from Cowlacious http://www.cowlacious.com/categories/Prop-Timers/. I will be working with Picoboo controllers next year.
    Scaring the yell out of them
    Owner/operator of

    http://www.terrorsofthenight.com haunted house
     

  9. Default Prop controllers used 
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    I have recently purchased (2) nerve centers made by Monster guts. These are great controllers to use and can incorporate sound with a variety of arrangements.

    I highly recommend these. The Maestro II is easy to use also, but, an extra audio device needs to be pruchased.
    Scaring the yell out of them
    Owner/operator of

    http://www.terrorsofthenight.com haunted house
     

  10. Default The Ravens Grin Prop Controller 
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    .. is my right hand.
    Holding a steel cable or a lever, or a small radio-remote control or a simple electrical switch, just like everyone has to turn on their front room ceiling light with.
    I forgot. A couple of push buttons too.
    Plain store bought motion switches control a few small noise making things and a couple of lights.. that's it.
    I was forced to do things this way when the wiring harness to my Oui-Ja board melted on Friday the 13th!
     

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