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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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Lighting Today

The Sun is the life source of Earth and the Planets. Both its presence and its absence contribute so totally to all existence.

The rest of the Living world accept darkness and adapt. Man is not easily pleased. He has free will and so goes about tidying his surroundings and making things work for all his sensory pleasures.

Some say that to enjoy life while the sun was warming the other half of the world he got up to all sorts of tricks to see what was really going on in the darkness around him.

It’s been a long slow progression from flint to fire to volcano to gas and just about a century ago that invisible force that elevates us to wizardry - electricity. That elusive force that allows ‘Muggles’ or people with No wizarding power to experience magic.

Electricity - That’s what we live and work with. That’s what we dedicate our lives to. Powered by Diesel engines, Grid Lines, Batteries and other such generating devices we convert Power to Great Lighting, Great Sound and Great Visuals to Inform, To entertain and generally have a Blast.

Today’s show designers are truly kids in a candy shop. The array of technologies, the breath of devices and the tools we have to link everything together keep you at your work longer hours but see the rewards.

Today’s hot and only topic in the lighting world is LED. Here is the conundrum. Upto this moment all manmade lighting fixtures were associated with heat. Light and Heat were conjoined twins. usually the brighter the bulb, the hotter it got. The whole technology was based on getting the largest amount of electricity to continuously flow in a safe way without the heat generated consuming all around the light source. Thick lenses made of super materials cracked like biscuits. The lights burned. Photographers talked of skin glowing like a beacon of attraction.

LED was a truly disruptive technology. It turned every single principal we associated with lighting on its head.

Lighting fixtures were ‘cooler’ consumed significantly lower electricity. The pin point of earlier bulbs that created sharp shadows were now replaced with banks of diodes that left no shadows at all.

More significantly the entire world of colour added another dimension to itself. Everything we had gathered about surfaces and reflection we had to half unlearn and relearn. Why half unlearn?

Because in this consumer driven world where the consumer has choice - Nobody can mandate when to switch over from one scale to another.

Fabrics had to stand up to view in both environments - the brighter halogen burning world and the flatter diode world. Perhaps one of the reason clothes became so bling. People wanted to shine even under muted lights.

The big question is - So with the advent of LED - Do Lighting Designers beginning today throw out all the collected wisdom gathered so far?

I mean - In the old days when we went exploring caves with hand held flaming devices - there must have been experts who taught people how to hold torches without burning themselves, or dropping cinders so that the dry floor did not flame up and consume everybody. How to keep refuelling the flames so them remained as steady as possible. During those days these experts must have had pride of place in their tribes.

In a world of electric torchlight’s - all that knowledge became redundant and these in demand experts suddenly had to find new jobs. Dried reed distributors went bankrupt and the battery cell sellers became the boys all the pretty girls wanted to be seen with.

Is that a lesson to us old school light boys? Adapt or die dateless.

The point is that us light boys who grew up with bulbs of all sorts set a standard simply by the quality of the light our bulbs through. It emulated the sun, In that most bulbs were designed to cast a single sharp shadow. So when the first LED peddlers arrived - we glared disdainfully down our middle aged noses to the Flatbed LED fixtures and sniffed - what? No shadows?

Some LED boys withered and went about shaping lenses to gather all the illumination from all those diodes into a single shaft. And so we sniffed ‘What No Colour Temperature?’ to which the cheeky lads replied ok ‘let’s Cool white and warm white you out of your complacency.’

Huh? How can you explain two different kinds of whites? To which the cheeky brats went on to add a filter that dropped into the front of the bulb and they blindened us with 4 or 5 different qualities of white from a single fixture.

So we purists ran around trying to figure out which one was true white.

Meanwhile the MTV generation rounded on us with ‘Who cares. More choice. More happiness’

And we old buggers had to bite the bullet and dive into expanding out colour palette range or simply fade off into becoming government inspectors.

Today our bloody phones give us an opportunity to capture our neighbours cats in colour temperatures ranging from 2400 K all the way up to 10000 K. The only people who saw that temperature 10 years ago were scientists in top rated laboratories studying absolute ranges of metals. A extremely rare population of maybe 80 people in the entire world to almost 60% of the world’s population in maybe 10 years. That’s the inclusive nature of new technology.

So my answer to the conundrum of Unlearn and relearn in this world is simply - Learn More.

Which forces you to Think More, make more associations, create more. In this case culminating in the famous Obama photo where is head is ringed in the new rainbow in LED hues.

New technology in Old spaces

The familiar seen in a strikingly different way makes a far greater impact on a larger population.

That is the challenge and opportunity facing our industry today. Indeed all industry. But we who are the masters of visual sleight have so many more tools to excite and enhance the audiences senses.

I urge you to study the old ways. Not because they are better, but simply cause it’s easier to use a base point that has the most adherents.

And then quickly branch off into a new direction that LED and newer technologies make available.

There is a huge school of LED designers who are working hard to re create the magic of the halogen glow. And maintain that glow with all the advantages of LED. Lower heat, lower consumption of electricity that make all fixtures easier to handle and maintain.

These two worlds exist side by side.

Step into any light shop today. You will see a huge array of LED panels that throw illumination from sources that were unimaginable. Flat, round, pentagons. and a few feet away the same modern technology all shaped to fit into the conventional bulb shape that plugs into a socket only a few minor variations away from Edison’s first experiments with Light.

That’s what I love today. The availability and peaceful coexistence of modern technologies with ancient ones. My prayer is that this coexistence engulfs all aspects of our emerging planet as it struggles to cope in the modern day.

But that extends the scope of this article into a completely different magazine.

God Blessed us all with Light. Let’s make the best use of it in our profession to shape our world for both our clients as well as for our children.

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

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