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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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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Old Loves

‘Z’ is the last letter of the alphabet, and yet so many lighting equipment models that are considered breakthrough have a ‘Z’ in their name.

Leading from the rear, so to speak.

So what is it that manufacturers are working so hard to top each other?

The usual barometer is to make a fixture brighter, lighter, smoother and carry more and more features. Features that compete with fixtures from a range of manufacturers.

That got me thinking on what are the features I would covet in a fixture. What kind of feature would make a fixture my personal favourite? Now that I think about it – all of the fixtures I loved were phased out as quickly as I discovered the joys of working with them.

What was it about the fixture that drew me to it? Why was that fixture not widely adopted?

I can recall I loved the concentric ring fitting that you put in front of any Fresnel lensed fitting that gathered the light into a beam. Making any Fresnel into a blurred follow spot almost. Swinging a 2000 watt Fresnel like a follow spot was unwieldy and took a lot of physical strength (as far as I know); nobody made a swivel head for a 2000 k beast. I have seen the concentric rings on a 5K Fresnel but never actually used it in my shows.

It was a great fixture to play with. In the old days (before truss) when we mounted our lights on scaffoldings it was easy to put a lighting rigger (secure on a chair amongst the lights and subtly refocus part of the rig during the shows. I’d seen this fixture used in a great West End production of Martin Guerre – at that time the most expensive musical mounted, by the team that had produced Les Miserable. Sadly Martin G did not do as well, but it remains one of my favourite musicals partly because of its amazing lighting plot.

Then I loved the colour labs. One of the original DMX lighting fixtures that just sent simple 250 watt beams, but through chroma filters (breakthroughs of the day) so none of the light was eaten by the filter. Today most fixtures use chroma filters (Not the LED ones). The bright almost Neon textures a huge stand out from the more muted colours from transmission gels use on pars. I would have loved to use chroma gels on pars, but the very nature of chroma gels would have made them melt under the glare of a decent par.

Which brings me to my favourite light to date – The simple Par 64. About as simple and versatile a fixture as it can get. And, most reliable.

To date – nothing can replace the throw and ‘HIT’ of a par. Trouble is – as concert lighting metamorphosised into stadiums the ‘Par Look’ was looked upon as yesterdays ‘Concert Looks’ and just could not find a space within all those beams throwing themselves around.

In fact if anybody here recalls watching Michael Jackson live at Andheri Stadium, maybe you will remember the great Roy Burnett lighting all the new songs with ‘Modern Lights’ and all the retro textured songs were lit almost exclusively with Pars in the most amazing Gels and shades.

After a particularly beautiful stage production I had the opportunity to meet one of the greatest lighting designers in the world who asked me the most profound questions, ‘Why do Moving Lights have to move?” Only then did I realise that while the rig in the show was full of moving lights, we did not SEE a single light move in the show. In blackouts the fixtures changed colours, gobos and positions. Those same set of moving lights moved only in a blacked out stage to open up to at least a hundred different looks without anybody seeing the change. Genius to me. Unnoticed to almost everybody else.

Concerts today are all about a million lights flying off in all directions. It looks wow. And I marvel at the technology of controlling all those lights with and without visible cables. Respect.

At the recent World Cup Hockey Opening ceremonies we saw far more lighting dribbles and pushes than the hockey field will ever hope to see through the tournament. I was looking at the display with envy.

A day later I was walking past an exhibition of some theatre photos I had the joy of lighting years ago. A family walked past. The mother stopped abruptly and spontaneously exclaimed the name of the show. She grabbed her kids and brought them to the photo and excitedly pointed the photo out.

‘Remember that scene of that play I go on and on about......that’s it. That’s the play. That’s the scene. She then pulled out her camera and unselfconsciously got her kids to pose next to the photograph as a memory.

As she was gushing on about relieving that experience of years before, the people I was with encouraged me to go up and get some credit for the photo. Being a retiring lighting designer happy to skulk in the shadows, I could not bring myself to do it. The lady walked away surrounded by her memories. Little knowing how happy she had made me. The usual under-appreciation that all of us on the ‘Dark side of events and theatre’ have had to live with.

That is the seed of this article. Not one of the fixtures or gels used in that production of barely 10 years ago is still in use today. I am left wondering what are the technical gimmicks that have replaced that set of equipment.

And then I look at the photos of last week’s shows. Of course they are not as spectacular as the Hockey opening ceremony, but they seem to have attracted a decent number of likes on social media (If that can be considered a measure). Of course it would be great if a few years down the road someone will recall that image and identify it with the show they saw last week.

I guess what I am leading to is the inevitable learning of time. Things change. As a professional it is our job to stay on top of things for as long as we can.

Fall in love with equipment but be ready to move on. Fortunately equipment is not like wives. Advantage of wives – they can grow with us. Advantage of Equipment – when you discard the units, it may be just as emotional as abandoning a wife - but at least you don’t have to pay alimony!

The lesson here is to cherish the equipment we have to play with. Understand it and make it do everything it can possibly doing its short life span. That way when it is time to retire it, we can do so with respect and know that we got the most out of every bit of equipment while we could.

It will also open so many doors as you realise its inevitable short comings so you can in tune your search for a replacement.

That of course leads to another famous saying. Keep your eye in the future but keep your foot in the past.

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

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