As one of my planning steps I like to visualize the display. I just open the image of my house in Photoshop and apply a gray scale, then add the elements with the pencil tool or duplicate images and resize them to be some-what proportioned. This also helps for the adjustable preview in vixen. I have a better idea of where to put all those pixels that represent the lights in the show. Here is the first view of what I am planning for the 2012 show. I just hope I remembered all the lights :-D.
Two FM Transmitters down, 4 split fingers, and over ten thousand lights later we are up and running! (Well kinda). All I can say for the FM transmitters is CHEAP. The next one I get will be higher quality so that when I touch it it doesn't short itself. So needless to say, we are not currently broadcasting on 107.5 FM. We are however playing the music through some speakers that I have mounted outside under the eves so that the music can be heard from the street.