There are other options out there for lights to music hardware .
I , myself , use a FREE program which is WAY better than AL or LOR ( as a matter of fact , the fellow who wrote the program VIXEN , also wriote MAESTRO . KC can found over on DIYC where , you can also find the VERY easy to use FREE program , and ALL the greatest folks for help on building your own controllers . As a matter of fact , there are a few fellows right now that are selling off some RENARD 24's ( which is just like a LOR 16 , but with 24 channels instead of 16 )
I not only use my VIXEN and RENARDs for Christmas , but also for Halloween . Not just for lights either .
VIXEN takes control over EVERYTHING .
I do a yard display , but not walk-tru type of haunt . And , I have VIXEN setup where the props , lights , sounds , and anything else , ALL are turned on / triggered thru VIXEN .
My total channel control is as follows :
128 channels controlled thru 2 Olsen 595's with REN C's for dimming.
96 channels controlled thru 4 REN 24's
48 channels controlled thru 3 REN 16's
I also have , but do not use :
1 Hill 320 , which controlls 320 channels , but these are non dimmable
2 NI PCI DIO 96 cards , which gives me a total of 132 channels , but , these also , are not dimmable .
Total channels I use are 276 , total amount of channel I COULD use , are 728
So .. you see , the controllability for each light or prop is there . And believe me ... its WELL worth it .
And for those that do not know ... AL and LOR and those others are WAY over priced and do the SAME thing as the hardware I mentioned , and the nice part ? VIXEN , the program is WAY easier , has additional plug ins for other items that you might choose to use controlled via VIXEN ( like for example - servo control - bet you'd find it a LOT easier to use for the 3 axis , than what your currently using .
Anyway , VIXEN is the program of my choice . FREE , easier to use , AND you have WAY more support than either of those other two makers . The DIYC forum , each , and every person on there , is WAY more than happy to aid in ANY problem that might arise , whether its software , or hardware .
here is a link to DIYC and also to the VIXEN dowload page :