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PALM Expo was launched in 2001, in response to the top music recording engineers in Bombay desiring a dedicated pro audio expo. Bombay was the music recording capital and Bollywood Bombay boasted of the big studios and big sound rental companies and the beginning of the big stage... read more

Articles Mar-Apr 2022

Milind Raorane Sets the Tone at ToyRoom MumbaiNew!

ToyRoom outfitted its second outpost in Mumbai with Electro-Acoustic Design Consultant Milind Raorane to deploy a comprehensive Sound and Audio design that would enhance the unapparelled ambience of the nightclub. PALM +AV-ICN Reports.
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Located in Kalina, Mumbai, Toy-Room Mumbai is established on the premises of the vibrant and stylish Grand Hyatt, one of Mumbai's sophisticated leisure and business... read more

Articles Mar-Apr 2022

Post Pandemic Video Conferencing RiseNew!

Abdul Waheed is the Managing Director at EYTE Technologies. A CTS holder from Avixa, Member of the Certificate Committee of AVIXA, has been in the AV industry for more than two decades, delivering many successful projects across various segments. Abdul gives his overview of the video-conferencing industry and the latest market trends.

ommunication, the human connection is the key to personal and professional success. It is very important to have effective communication... read more

Articles Mar-Apr 2022

The CHORDFATHER Experience New!

Neumann's first Studio Monitor Experience Center in Mumbai
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Recently Neumann in collaboration with well-known music composer, producer, sound engineer, and live engineer, Sunny M.R.'s Chordfather Productions announced the launch of its exclusive Studio Monitor Experience Center for audio professionals... read more

Articles Jan-Feb 2022

Understanding the Dynamic Evolution of Projection Technology with NEC New!

Humans have always wanted to bring their imagination to life. Introducing 2K / 4K projectors that deliver superior colors’ and high resolution has made that possible.
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The high detail, true color rendition and cinema-like quality video of projectors are being leveraged by Artists, museums, schools and businesses alike to educate, attract and engage customers or to uplift and inspire people in new and innovative ways...... read more

Articles Jan-Feb 2022

Integrated System Design Crafts a Savvy Aural Experience Hot!

HARMAN Professional Solutions & ISD install a comprehensive Aural setup at Pass Code Hospitality newly opened restaurants.
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When Pass Code Hospitality opened three new bustling restaurants in Lower Parel, Mumbai, they reached out to HARMAN Professional Solutions and Integrated System Design to deploy a comprehensive Aural setup that enhanced each restaurant's theme well....... read more

Articles Jan-Feb 2022

Star Dimensions India accomplishes STATE-OF-THE-ART- LIGHTING ARCHITECTURE for the "BANDRA WONDERLAND" project in Mumbai New!

Ashish Mehta & Becket Tundatil Creatively Execute Seamless Architectural Lighting Design at the Iconic Bandra-Worli Sea Link.
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Between 24th December 2021 and 2nd January 2022, the project came alive as the sun set on the city - with the entire 1.5 km of the Bandra Reclamation promenade being engulfed in specially themed displays that emphasized the four different seasons of the year, boasting different eye-catching..... read more

Articles Jan-Feb 2022

Understanding the Pro-Audio Market with Sennheiser New!

Sennheiser is a leading manufacturer of headphones, loudspeakers, microphones, and wireless transmission systems and has been creating unique sound experiences for customers. PALM+ AV-ICN got in touch with Vipin Pungalia, Director, Sales - Pro Audio & Country Manager, Sennheiser - India, to learn more about the company's plans for the Indian market.
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The live music industry had seen a boom before the third wave of COVID stuck. What are the current industry sentiments, and do you think that the industry is poised to see a boom again? India has always been a music-loving country, for global as well as local artists..... read more

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QSC and Theatre Concepts Blanket the Largest Auditorium in South India’s Adiparashakthi College Group with Perfect Sound

QSC and Theatre Concepts install WideLine10 line array loudspeakers at Adiparashakthi Agricultural and Medical Colleges

Established in 1978, the Adiparashakthi Charitable Medical, Educational, and Cultural Trust (ACMEC) operates major educational and cultural centres across the state of Tamil Nadu. Among them is the Adiparashakthi Agricultural and Medical Colleges, where a 1,200-seat auditorium hosts live performances and spiritual gatherings as well as educational events.

When the trustees needed a sound system worthy of the impressive hall, systems integrator Theatre Concepts crafted an end-to-end QSC solution comprised of twenty WideLine10 line array loudspeakers supported by ten PLD Series power amplifiers, eight K12.2 and four K8.2 active loudspeakers, and a TouchMix-30 Pro digital mixer for front-of-house. The house, control room, and a rehearsal room are interlinked via the Q-Sys audio ecosystem, including a Core 110f processor and I/O-8 Flex audio input peripheral.

“Picture 1,200 people sitting in one place, with the goal of having a common spiritual moment,” says Theatre Concepts’ Harry Martin, who designed and supervised the installation. “To ensure that everyone has the same experience in terms of sound, the auditorium really needed an excellent line array system.” While line arrays are a go-to solution for ensuring uniform sound levels from the front of a room to the rear, Harry is quick to point out that the side-to-side coverage was just as important in this venue:

“This auditorium is very wide, about 150 feet,” he says. “That’s the first thing that drove us towards the WL2102-w loudspeaker from the WideLine 10 Series, because it has 140 degrees of horizontal dispersion. This helped us eliminate any blank spots from one side of any row to the other. With a point-source system, there’s no way we would have been able to calibrate things so precisely and do such a perfect job of eliminating dead spots.”

Systems integrator Theatre Concepts crafted an end-to-end QSC solution with line array loudspeakers, power amplifiers, active loudspeakers, digital mixer and Q-Sys audio ecosystem

Both the compact size and built-in DSP of the PLD Series amplifiers made them an ideal choice to power the WideLine arrays. “We had very little space to put in power amps, just an alcove below the media pit,” explains Harry. “The PLDs are four-channel amps, so for the arrays on either side of the stage, we were able to fit all the power we needed into just one rack. Then there’s all the DSP in there, which is designed to work with the WideLine loudspeakers. The FAST [Flexible Amplifier Summing Technology] distributes all the amps’ power to all the loudspeakers ideally, and the result is excellent sound quality throughout the auditorium.”

Theatre Concepts hung eight WideLine 10 boxes on either side of the stage, but their acoustic analysis discovered a couple of areas that still needed filling out. Their solution began with K.2 Series active loudspeakers at the front of the stage:

“Even with the great performance of the main arrays, we also needed to fill in the first fourteen or so rows of seats,” he describes. “We placed some of the K12.2 as front fills — we call it the ‘lip fill’ because it’s right at the lip of the stage. The remaining K12.2s and K8.2s are stage monitors.”

Another challenge was balancing audio coverage with visual aesthetics, for which more WideLine loudspeakers — in an uncommon location for array loudspeakers — proved useful. “With 140 degrees of coverage, we didn’t want to place the arrays in the very corners,” says Harry. “Yet, moving them too far in towards the centre created an obstruction the client was unhappy with. The ceiling is about 42 feet high and the top cabinet needed to be hung four feet down from there. The client felt that the bottom cabinets would interfere too much with the audience’s vision.” Harry and his team placed four more WideLine 10s at the center of the rear of the auditorium, on a delay. This provided two benefits: coverage in the very back plus supplemental fill down the centerline of the room, which allowed him and his team to “position the front arrays so that the client was happy.”

Compared to the sort of mixing board one might expect to see in such a venue, the TouchMix-30 Pro is quite compact. For Harry, the small size still meant big capability: “Many of the cultural and spiritual events there have live music.” he says, “We might have fourteen or more microphones at once, for starters. Also, the client wanted a fool proof system and didn’t want to need a technical expert on the property at all times. When we showed them the TouchMix, with the recall for different scenes and the ‘wizards’ for setting up inputs and such, its ease of operation was one of the tipping points that convinced them to go with QSC for the entire system.”

The final tipping point was Q-Sys, QSC’s scalable, secure architecture for routing audio, video and control over Ethernet. “They wanted recording, monitoring, connection with the rehearsal room, and again, they wanted it foolproof,” Harry continues. “We could provide all that with Q-Sys. First of all, we told them it’s Layer 3. That means it’s compatible with whatever existing network and IT systems they have — and they had a lot already, like lighting control and building automation, all that sort of thing. Other products work on Layer 2, which means you’d need to build a separate network for the audio.” All these QSC attributes were the reason that Theatre Concepts won the job over 12 other bidders.

When officials at Adiparashakthi heard the system for the first time, the results spoke for themselves. “They were extremely happy,” Harry enthuses. “They had already listened to and worked with a lot of other systems on their properties in different locations. They walked around the room, listening carefully, and could not find any dead spots. They were very happy with the quality of the sound. The client ultimately described it as a mind-blowing experience. For me as an integrator, QSC has been my go-to since it was introduced in India about ten years ago. I was a distributor, so I’m familiar with it. I love the design, the reliability, the sound quality, and the support of the QSC team here. It gives me a lot of confidence.”


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