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Articles Nov-Dec 2022

Dialing it up: Ashish Saksena on how Monitor Mixing can Elevate a PerformanceNew!

What does it take to create a technically accurate monitor mix and put the stage performance on a pedestal? Ashish Saksena, Live Sound Engineer for Shankar Ehsaan Loy & Late KK, spills the beans on crafting a good monitor mix in PALM + AV-ICN conference session titled, 'How Good Monitor Mixing Can Boost A Performance.'read more

Articles Nov-Dec 2022

Revisiting Guwahati's Glorious Past: Tricolor India Schauspiel Delivers Assam's First 3D Projection Mapping at Gandhi Mandap Memorial MuseumNew!

PALM + AV-ICN spoke to Himanshu Singh Sabharwal, Creative Director, Tricolor India Schauspiel, to explore how the company illuminated The Ray of the East at Gandhi Mandap Memorial Museum to celebrate Assam's history, heritage, and culture at its finest.read more

Articles Nov-Dec 2022

Indian AV Specialist Certification CourseNew!

The AV Industry participated in CAVS first two course editions in Mumbai. Third CAVS course is scheduled to be held in Ahmedabad in March 2023. PALM AV-ICN magazine interviewed the promoter and founder of CAVS in India, Anil Chopra to understand the credibility, validity and legitimacy of AV-ICN's CAVS certification.read more

Articles Nov-Dec 2022

Are Lamp Projectors Slowly Becoming Obsolete?New!

Gone are the days of worrying about the lamp projector fizzling out, requiring bi-annual lamp replacement. With lamp-free projectors, LED projectors, and laser projectors, the time has come for uninterrupted projection to crystallize. But, does that mean no one needs a lamp projectors anymore? In this article, Pooja Shah, Editorial Assistant, PALM + AV-ICN, reports on the viability of a lamp projector.read more

Articles Sep-Oct 2022

Compass Box Studio's Raag Sethi Elevates His Recordings with Audient iD14 and ASP800 New!

Ahmedabad-based Raag Sethi is a man of many talents. He is a music producer, a music composer, an engineer, bassist, and guitarist with his own studio, named Compass Box Studio. Having collaborated on one-take, live sessions with renowned artists, musicians, and labels, Raag Sethi understands the gravitas behind working with the best-in-class sound equipment. read more

Articles Sep-Oct 2022

In Conversation with Krishna Tripathi, NEC at InfoComm India 2022 New!

Krishna Tripathi, General Manager, Display Solutions, NEC Corporation India Private Limited, joins Anil Chopra, Founding Director, PALM AV-ICN, for a quick conversation, where he talks about fail-safe display solutions for mission-critical applications, the rise of Micro LED and DVLED, and the revolutionary products on display at the NEC Booth at InfoComm India 2022. read more

Articles Sep-Oct 2022

Colour And Sound As Healing New!

How is the New Normal treating you? How different is yours from your Old Normal? Crazier and more stressful? It's said that if you have a normal life, 30 minutes of meditation and self-reflection is a healthy tonic. If, however you are super busy and lead particularly stressful lives, you need at least 60 minutes of the same. To uncross the tangled wires and cluttered messages inside your head. On one side they tell me that if you don't sleep enough - you will die. Now another hour wasted on meditation. Tell that to my boss / client who demands 25 hours a day.read more

Articles Sep-Oct 2022

Sound, Uninterrupted Six Pendant Speakers to invest in this yearNew!

From Yamaha to JBL and Extron to Bose, pendant speakers have reimagined, restructured, and revolutionized sound in commercial spaces. PALM AV-ICN reports on the six investment-worthy pendant speakers from the AV industry.read more

Articles Sept-Oct 2022

Roger Drego on Creating Fail-Proof Sound for Mega Live Events New!

In a session titled 'Performance Guarantee of Mega Scale Live Sound Projects', Roger Drego, Managing Director, Electrocraft, took to the stage at PALM Conference 2022 to share invaluable challenges and insights with regards to guaranteeing fail-proof sound reinforcement during showtime. read more

Articles Sept-Oct 2022

Bringing Futuristic AV Ideas To Life New!

MMRDA, responsible for promoting, monitoring, and developing various sectors in Maharashtra, including, but not limited to transport, housing, water supply and more, entrusted EYTE to revamp and upgrade Wadala Monorail Depot's Boardroom with state-of-the-art AV infrastructure. Abdul Waheed, Managing Director, EYTE Technologies Pvt Ltd, in conversation with PALM Technology, reveals how his team transformed the visage and acoustics of the boardroom and managed to execute the impossible feat in a matter of seven days. read more

Articles Sept-Oct 2022

Exploring the Dynamics of India's Pro AV market with Renkus-HeinzNew!

Renkus-Heinz is a professional loudspeaker company known for its innovative technology that redefines sound to empower its audience. PALM+AV-ICN got in touch with Karan Kathuria, Renkus-Heinz's Director of Sales and Business Development, Asia, Oceania and SAARC, to learn more about the company's plans for India and its strategy to stimulate growth across different verticals.read more

Articles Sept-Oct 2022

7 New Trends in AV Conferencing to look out for this year New!

From augmented meetings and interactive whiteboards to LED video walls and seamless acoustics - Pooja Shah, Editorial Assistant at PALM AV-ICN, reports a comprehensive roundup of the biggest AV conferencing trends to keep an eye out for in 2022. read more

Articles July-Aug 2022

IRAA 2021 Winners Felicitation New!

The IRAA 2021 winners were felicitated at the PALM expo on 28th May 2022 in the presence of Jury members. Check out the pics here. Nominations for IRAA 2022 close on 30th October so hurry and send in your nominations now! read more

Articles July-Aug 2022

PALM AV-ICN Expo 2022 - Glimpses & HighlightsNew!

The PALM AV-ICN Expo 2022, held from May 26 - May 28, 2022 at Bombay Exhibition Centre in Mumbai, witnessed 20,000+ unique visitors from the world of pro audio, display, lighting, and integration. Take a look at the three-day expo's glimpses. read more

Articles July-Aug 2022

HARMAN Live Arena dazzles with a range of latest audio and lighting gearNew!

The HARMAN Live Arena one of the most popular demo features at the PALM Expo entered its 11th year. The Live Arena facilitates live demonstrations of advanced sound and lighting systems, through three-day live musical performances, featuring popular and budding artists and bands from the country's independent music scene.read more

Articles July-Aug 2022

CAVS (Certified AV Specialist) Course returns for its second consecutive editionNew!

The ethos of CAVS is to provide an independent neutral education forum suited to Indian AV ecosystem to gain their commitment to a future career in AV as a technician and join an integration team on par. AV professionals in India were imparted basic knowledge of AV from May 26 - May 28, 2022 at the CAVS three-day training.read more

Articles July-Aug 2022

PALM AV-ICN Conference & SeminarNew!

Curated by PALM AV-ICN magazine, the PALM Conference & Seminar was the optimum learning and networking platform for attendees, where the best talent and top-notch professionals from the country shared their expertise, skills and knowledge. read more

Articles July-Aug 2022

High Quality Attendance At Palm & Av-Icn Expo 2022New!

The professional sound, professional display, professional lighting and integration market of importers, distributors, dealers and actual users congregated in full strength at the BEC, Mumbai, to witness the largest display of product range from top global brands, sourcing millions of dollars inventory for distribution and rental.... read more

Articles July-Aug 2022

IRAA strikes an energetic progress path with new chiefNew!

K.J. Singh recording engineer of brave new-gen albums is a spirited veteran deeply involved with Indian recording arts and professionals. The entire jury of IRAA after years is now entirely fresh, newly appointed by KJ... read more

Articles July-Aug 2022

Attendees to PALM & AV-ICN Expo 2022New!

PALM AV-ICN 2022 proved to be far busier and well attended than expected. Who exactly attends and exhibits at India's foremost audio, lighting, and audiovisual technology expo? Read on for detailed breakdown of the attendee figures... read more

Articles July-Aug 2022

Chopra's Keynote Pushes For Indian Manufacturing, Indian BrandsNew!

The 20th PALM Convention Keynote address by Founding Director Anil Chopra gave a clarion call for major investment into manufacturing pro audio, pro lighting and pro AV hardware in India... read more

Articles July-Aug 2022

What to expect from NEC at InfoComm India 2022New!

Joining PALM AV-ICN for a quick interview is Krishna Tripathi, General Manager, Display Solutions, NEC Corporation India Private Limited, wherein he elaborates on the exciting products attendees will be able to witness at the NEC Booth E20 at InfoComm India... read more


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Has Creativity Also Been Locked Down?

Viraf Pocha

Lockdown has been the best thing to have Happened to Me!

Typical Responses

  1. This dude Lost It.
  2. They should have regulated the sale of Alcohol a bit more

iii. Don’t Tell My Wife – PLEEEEEASE.   She put me to work even harder

  1. Rich Guy – Six servants and an unlimited supply of diversions. Let’s storm his mansion
  2. Respect that he putting on a brave face. Check his trousers held up by string.

But Look a Bit further – and for a tiny few it is the genuine truth.

Creativity needs distance, space and a lack of distractions.

Creative people will use this opportunity to Deep Dive into their sphere of activity, or step back and widen their horizons.

All of us have struggled to come to terms with this imposition. Confusion, Distress, Outrage – have swept through our minds.  But as we got used to the isolation – all of us adapted to the new normal and began to enjoy some aspects.  No Commutes, Better family time. 

People in our line of work really had nothing to look forward to, other than a notice of when work will begin. But we pride ourselves on creativity right ?

Guys converted their bedrooms into techie studios. Wives were banished to the other room. Lighting boards were set up and visualizers were plugged into the Bedroom TV.  Let the On Line tutorials begin.

The net offered dozens of offerings.  Very few held my attention as some eager, talking head droned on in clichés about how wonderful they were.  If a few nuggets emerged from some guy obviously unused to talking on camera – they were lost simply as it was impossible to practice what the head was preaching.

One particularly earnest guy was excitedly exhorting event guys to confess in the feedback box - on how his generators were the best and his team was the best and his connectors were the best.... You get the idea.  Some complicated calculation to justify how he markets his generators as 125 Kva (The ‘va’ silent or non-existent) when all his other despicable competitors supplied 100 Kw (‘w’ silent in this case) FOR THE SAME PRICE.  Outrageous! 

One of the disadvantages of on line is the speaker does not get to see the disgust or derision on our faces. I quickly learnt to switch my camera off and read mails while being actively engaged on a web chat.

I hated the on line stuff where I had to wear a smart shirt and nod enthusiastically to support a friend or butter up my superior.  Bob Dylans ‘ You Gotta Serve Somebody ‘ playing on repeat in my head. An aside – keep the song close.  Best way to de-stress and de-compress after any meeting or occasion when you gotta be nice and agree with whatever crap the guy who signs your check is sprouting on about.  

In a Zen moment – I decided I did not like myself in this avatar so I better do something about it.

So I started to dream.  What if..... ?

What if – I could shoot the idiot who pipes music into my elevator? Thankfully I did not have to take out my Gun. I just had to ask nicely – on many occasions, sometimes with bulging eyes. The music was changed and today all my building guys step out of the elevator whistling tunelessly.

While on elevators – I sneakily inserted cosmetic diffusion gel into the Cheap LED lights.  The use of make up to come down and buy fruit dramatically reduced.

These tiny victories encouraged me. I was off. Guidance comes at the right moments.  A wise friend (as in, he reads books and does not do web chats) gifted me a wonderful book ‘Inside the nudge Unit’. Life Altering.  How a tiny course correction can lead to huge changes over time – and nobody notices.  I wish I had read the book 50 years ago.  As any sailor (or pilot) can tell you even a degree shift can over a distance land you in another country entirely?

Not Including China of course.  Can’t lose those guys wherever you look.

So I started sending ‘ What If.....’ notes to my friends.  Most were ignored. But some responded with positive action.  This lucky guy who has a huge garden was encouraged to paint all his garden light reflectors Black and add a tin snoot, so we can’t see the source of the light – only the glow on his frees. The Lighting levels are dimmer – but we see more of his natural garden as there are No bright source lights to distract us. Took us 30 years to figure this out.

Another guy who heads one of the largest  lighting companies in the world (No Name dropping) was complaining that no matter where he placed his web cast light – His face looked sharp and drawn. I had a roll of matt scotch tape on my desk. I pointed my camera to the roll and in a minute he was digging into his desk – some fuzzy pictures and he was back in soft focus and happy.  Very sheepishly – I am promised a steak dinner next time.  When I can travel to claim my reward I have no clue – but the promise is encouraging.

Encouraged by my giant strides in home lighting I turned to home automation and quickly realised the value of Steve Jobs.  As In (My Opinion) most people regret Home automation (or get bored with it) as the interface system sucks. Some guy had the wise idea that assigning the control of home lighting to your phone. It’s a great way to save costs on switches. 

Unfortunately Steve Jobs (or someone with his aesthetic sensibilities) has not had a crack at designing home interface controllers. So every time this guy got up at night to go to the loo – he had to enter security codes to get into his phone. Wear his glasses to find the app, scroll to the bathroom light section and have a mini light show as he blinked thru his shaving light, shower light, vanity light and finally find the pot light.

He cursed his architect out the next day – who immediately recommended he install a sensor. So now every time his dog comes within 12 feet of his loo – the bathroom light blinks on. True, he does not have to switch the light on when he enters the loo – but his pot is outside the range of his sensor – so God forbid he takes longer than Five minutes on the pot – he is plunged into darkness. Now I know why my Friends Tag Line ‘From Vari Light to Toilet Light’. Bless your foresight baba.

So Now I am deep into designing a simple home automation controller that does not need miles of cabling.

Designing Lighting Desks has been an unresolved dream.  Got into countless discussing with Board designers who glare at me.

Exasperated Q to Me: Why don’t you just spend the money and buy a bigger desk?  

Smartass Answer from me: Cause it won’t fit in to the boot of my car. If I spend my money on a bigger desk, I won’t have any money left for a bigger car.

My pet peve about Lighting Desks is the desperate need to remember the correct sequence of punching buttons with strange names to do the simplest things.

.....That’s what I’m thinking on these days.  In the next issue I promise you some provocative challenges to our Lighting Board Designers. Until Then. Keep your creativity alive on whatever project you can get your hands on.  You’ll need to be buzzing  hen we get back to work.....

THINK

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