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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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Customize My Desk Please!




Viraf Pocha

Gotta Stay Active.

I have been active my whole life. Broken Bones, Malaria, this trouble, that distraction. You get out of bed and get on with it.  Reflect, Introspect, Meditate.  You’re on your butt for a bit and then something calls and you’re off. Mindfully choosing between acting and reacting.

Now for the first time in my Life I wake up wondering ‘what the hell do I wake up and do?’

Every news channel is screaming wild stuff at you. Mostly irrelevant just a few minutes after engaging. Social media is a merry mix of dire predictions, warm sentimentality and mindless musti.

I’ve finished reading most of the books I had kept aside – and that was a huge stack.

Evening walks have been fun. People-watching the aggressive, committed, bored, the extremely fit, the comfortably flabby and the strugglers just getting along.

It’s been hard to keep a positive mind. To focus on progress. I’m the guy who thinks of many things – but I got to implement them immediately. Action the thoughts.  Be Tactile. See how it plays out.  Adopt some practices, change some routines.

Even that engagement is getting harder and harder as people are drawn away into their own circumstances. I hear about some amazing experiences. People who have discovered some unique paths to good health, both mental and physical.  It’s been fun listening and learning from their experiences. 

Somehow I always find a way to bring the conversation around to theatre and events. My Love and passion that have been shelved for far too long.

Inevitably I get pulled away into a ‘what If’ mode. Somebody told me that in the great Azim Premji’s offices there is a sign that reads – ‘If People are not laughing at your goals – They not High Enough’

I liked that.  Idiot that I am, when I started my career my goal was to simply be a better lighting designer.  People laughed at even that seemingly modest goal. Some are still laughing. Sometimes I’m tempted to join them. Ridiculous Idea.

Mr. Premji used that laughter to propel himself to be a billionaire. What the hell did I do?

Had a huge amount of fun – that’s what. Met some really interesting, crazy people. I believe – I have led a hugely rich and entertaining life.  My Bank balance shows scars of both the fun and the accomplishment.

So with my unsteady legs and my unwillingness to get out of bed unless it’s for anything substantial (I envy Naomi Campbell statement ‘I won’t get out of bed for anything less than $ 15,000’. Of course for me the substantial is Lemon Pancakes – But I’m getting there.....).... I Dream

What If....

What If we could customize our lighting desks?  What If I could arrange all my faders and buttons to be laid out exactly as its intuitive for ME. 

In My View – a Lighting Board operator (holds true for sound and video too) should never take his eye off the stage. Even if you glance at your desk it will take a few seconds for your eyes to re-focus into the distance under dramatically different light levels. That is why I insist on my boards to be lit at a similar intensity to the stage (relatively speaking). It drives director’s nuts who believe that the console should be in blackout – apart from the desk light to read their cue sheets of course.  

Below my Enlarged keyboard – let the processors keep changing. I mean – on a PC. I’ve had the same PC for years.  It gets upgraded and refitted every few months.  My keyboard stays the same.  And when the keys get sticky – I get a new one.  Every key is exactly in the same place. Same for mouse.

Why can’t I do that on my Lighting desk?

Think about It. – My Sound and Video Brothers could add their ideas.

Programing the lighting and playing it back are two totally different functions. To Further segregate –

Playing Back a Tightly Cued show is totally different from Busking a show. We all know that.

A quick review of all the world’s major board designers / architects confirms that very few have actually worked as journeyman board operators.   They all tout some experience behind the board. When I probed and demanded to know about some specific feature that they insisted on incorporating that they missed as operators – I got a lot of hems and haws.  That made me realise that today boards are designed by committee and try to be all things to all people. You know where that approach leads you. 

I understand that with the traditional way of doing things these ideas would be impossible.

But what if we looked at the entire stage as an animated movie with limitless aspect ratios and in a 3D space.  Like a cube whose axis proportion ratios we can customise. Each Block has an address and into each block we place a light fixture or light unit. To give them names ‘Air Stage’ as all the fixtures will be in the air around the stage (Even footlights will take air for the nit pickers) and each block is called air block. Each air block has a preset space of 1 cubic ft. I doubt if any unit is smaller.  Larger units can consume more air blocks.

So now you are commanding air blocks in your air stage and not fixtures.

Note:  For an LED Wall – Routines can break air blocks into smaller blocks.  Some video genius will figure out the algo for this.

As soon as you plug in the unit – your Computer immediately accesses the light fixtures personality file and converts it to the boards standard. So now the board clusters each attribute like Pan / tilt etc. to a single channel number. 

I understand that this necessitates manufacturer to standardise how his scrolling channels will be configured – But my guess is they will all fall in line or they will fall outside the universe. There will be a period while my genius board design will become world standard.  There will be doubters – but we will figure out a way to deal with their issues.

  1. Programing: Now programing becomes like an animated movie. Immediately I hear about the limitations of DMX. Guys we are an industry of the future. In the age of AI we still relying on protocols that were designed to go down telephone wires?

ADAPT if not Re-invent.

  1. Programmers program by writing simple instructions in layered excel type sheets. Expanding cells corresponding to each air block and copy pasting them / exporting them to all the blocks in the group. Then each air block can be edited / modified by macros – familiar to all excel super users.
  2. Movement is traced much like my animation brothers do.
  3. Apps / routines can exist – can be sold / downloaded pretty much like you do apps on your phone. These apps do all the magic shape generators do. Just input time and edit permutations and combinations available.
  4. Then we work out triggers. LIVE for busked shows. Time coded for programmed shows.

Assign to playback triggers on your customised board.

  1. Visualizers are used as they are now.
  2. The much maligned Windows Operating systems had the advantage of bringing everybody down to a common language. Let the big boys fight it out on which operating platform works best. I’d love to see a task force with collaborators from every board manufacturer working on line during lock down.
  3. All of the programing is put into a USB. Plugged into a Playback unit on site. Playback unit can be triggered by board manufactures layouts – From Touch Screens to customised real faders / sliders / wheels that the lighting designer can customise. Think about it.
  4. Of course that on site unit can be used to tweak and program simple shows. For the fussy – the programing unit can be accessed on line from a central resource.
  5. Lighting Operators need not buy programing systems. Just rent them off the cloud form the big Boys. On site they have a board assigned and laid out exactly haw their fingers move.

What’s the response to my What If?

Haters will Hate. Doubters will Doubt. But I’m reaching out to the users who will demand. Calling all Visionary Designers to demand the tech boys to give them the tools to take their work above the visual clutter that screens all around us create.   To Stretch the Live EXPERIENCE.

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