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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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Install Heaven

Most of us in the ‘Shows’ part of our business are a little wary and perhaps a bit uncomfortable with the Permanent Install Business.

We have the technical expertise, we know the market, we probably have a decent relationship with some of the leading manufacturers and suppliers as most large brands have something to offer both sections. So why this discomfort?

This is a general statement. Of course there are many of us that have successfully installed venues.

At this time when there seems to be so many new and glossy venues coming up, I think it is worth a visit to reflect how some of us in the rental business can grow our business in this direction.

While technology may be the same, the approach is totally different.

In the rental world we have the benefit (and the hassle) to assemble our equipment specifically for a purpose. For a specific artist, or a festival. We set up to a certain specification and afterwards break it down and pack it into its separate boxes.

The equipment must be rugged to withstand the pressures of the road and work under varying conditions of heat (or lack of) and dust and whatever nature or hotel venues throw at you.

Equipment designed to be installed securely is built to much lower tolerances. If the venue is sufficiently large – manufacturers may offer some degree of customisation. So what do we look for?

In my opinion we rental boys tend to consider a ‘one size fits all’ approach in our thinking.

We understand that the equipment we install will be used for a variety of uses- from speeches to all out EDM on occasion. What sound system is capable of handling both equally well.

Lighting boys will have to do conferences with focus on presenter and audience. And after dinner for the inevitable Bollywood remix – by dancers or guests.

Video & Display boys will have to do sober informative displays for Doctors or corporates or Town Hall type events on one day and Background visuals for weddings and /or performances the next.

How does an Install engineer bring it all together and keep all the stakeholders happy.

In my opinion, the install engineer should not be thinking of equipment at all. He should focus on functionality. By that I mean – make a template for each use of the place. Into the physical space draw on translucent paper plans for every use of the space. Each drawing to focus on that use only – as if it will never be used for any other purpose.

Once they are all ready, stack them one on top of the other.

Sift through for commonality and then list all the features that appear more than once. Like mike placements, speaker positions, FOH positions etc.

Then see what can be included into the budget. Once you have bought all the equipment that the budget will allow, ensure that you have left sufficient space to install all the equipment that you have left out now at a later stage.

This simple wisdom is seldom followed.

Far too often we hear of ‘State of Art’ Halls that will never be used for what they have been designed for. Equipment decays. Too often the management fights for the integrity of a system only to see the hall fall out of favour. To save face – the preferred equipment is then installed ‘Over’ the existing equipment. These half measures may save face but will seldom stand the test of time and the halls get relegated to do mundane events.

A Sad state that we never seem to learn from. A vicious cycle that serves only some few unscrupulous people on the periphery of our profession. My sincere prayer is that we will see this state of affairs end soon.

Onto the equipment itself. Most equipment today is of a fairly decent build. It is rare to come across a ‘BAD’ system. So we are in good hands here.

The trouble usually creeps in when we come to the word ‘Maintenance’.

Very, Very few venues have a regular and thorough maintenance schedule in place. Preferring the ‘Fix it when it breaks’ model.

This can work only if maintenance is immediate. We all know how difficult accessing good quality spare parts is. So invariable a stop gap ‘jugad’ solution is found and before too long it becomes a permanent part of the Install. That’s great in the short term. In the long term this is probably the main reason most installed equipment is in shambles.

Another Prayer – For I wish it would change.

Great, well-equipped venues will encourage live performances. This in turn can enrich a city’s culture and way of life. I sincerely hope that there will emerge some great private public joint ventures that can look after all aspects of a performance venue.

The conference centres mushrooming in and around Hyderabad are an example of how they have contributed to that City achieving eminence in our country. I hope more city’s follow that lead.

We hear of overcrowding. But if civic offices are convinced – a lot can happen. Look at New York. Constantly renewing, rebuilding in small tight spaces to create state of art venues.

I hope we can all come together and achieve something that can make all of us proud.

(The views expressed by the author are his own personal comments and the magazine does not subscribe to them).

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