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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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Happy New Year

Our Industry is always looking for the Next Big Thing. Some new Sensation to grab people's attention.

Trouble is we already gone as big and as bright and as loud as we can possibly get. Massive Building facades of Palaces, the world's most iconic monuments have now been reduced to mere backdrops for the Great Indian Wedding.

Some concerts have even been held in the foothills of the Himalayas so that Everest Itself forms a backdrop for the Concert.

How do you Top That ? On the other hand there is a huge concern of Sound Pollution. In certain countries it is mandated by law on how loud music concerts can get - even in Indoor venues where disturbing the neighbours is a non issue.

Not far in the future - as soon as they get to reliably measure light intensity - that Health and safety restrictions will govern how bright things can become. Not just in concerts but increasingly in Airports, Malls and certain public squares.

I am sure all of us have gazed upon a city from a long distance away where No detail is discernible but the glow its streetlight, and street spills cause can be seen from miles away. We already know of the health hazards of staring into computer screens. How soon before we have measureable data that shows that LED streetlights and hoardings - beyond a certain limit are damaging us in some way.

We've said it - we may or may not accept it and lets all wait and see how hat unfolds.

We Event Lighting Types can head off in that direction - and enjoy a first mover advantage here. I personally don't know of any initiative in that direction in our Country. But with so much work going on in that area I am sure there will be some movement in the coming years.

But for us salty old dogs who have built our entire body of experience on conventional lighting it may not make sense to head down that path. While it may be an off shoot of our skill sets - this journey calls for a totally different body of knowledge and training.

So how do we adapt conventional lighting principals to new age LED lighting ?

Conventional lights were bulky as the heat generated would burn through anything flimsy. So when it can time for them to move the motors were naturally heavier and slower. Lenses were thicker so transmission was not as efficient.

What they did provide was a sharp beam with well defined shadows. Gentler colours that seemed to be more harmonious with daylight. Warmer, softer times.

LED fixtures gather the luminescence of many many individual diodes and direct light over wider areas. Diodes by their very nature formed white light by combining different diodes. This gave the first LED's an un natural hues.

The colour rendition was markedly different from 'Daylight'. Colours under LED started looking different. Shadows became softer and sometimes disappeared.

This property was great for the home and some work spaces. But very difficult to manage on stage that depended on angled lighting to accentuate shadows so that even for a distance objects looked three dimensional.

Suddenly everything we had learnt so far came to Naught.

And then they started placing LED walls behind the stage. And that made a lot of the details we killed ourselves over pointless.

Thank God the visual boredom that lack of dimensional lighting dictated irritated some people (I been trying to find who, but not been successful - If you know - Please reach out and let me know) and they developed LED technology that made both focussed lighting possible in some of the higher end fixtures as well as warmed the led's so that some degree of colour rendition was returned.

To me - It had the added benefit of trimming some of the 'Froth' the useless luminescence cold LED's create that dries your eyes and drains all subtle colour from any object in its field.

For me personally - These are great steps as the new fixtures return to the basics that our generation grew up with and welcomes the return of detail.

Very sadly (and this is the result of most lighting engineers learning on the job, as there is very little opportunity to learn the theory) does not make any difference to younger designers as they have little or no experience on managing those parameters.

This leads the standard 'Lighting Design Plot' of today which basically floods the front areas (where the performers restrict themselves in white light - so the cameras and / or VIP audience can SEE the stars faces clearly and then the background disappears either in LED walls or some pattern of shifting beams.

I've had so many young ones turn to me and say - ' But Rock Concerts always had moving Lights'. They are right. But to understand the subtlety understand the music see a concert in its entirety. Not just the highlights off YouTube. Study the build up. How the Designer would carefully set up the big moment. It was that journey that topped with that final BIG movement that made the journey satisfying.

Just bouncing from Highlight to Highlight without building some emotional link or progression makes for a boring concert. It's like if you eat a bite of every dish on the menu, you are going to end up with an ache and an ultimately unsatisfying meal experience. No matter how great each individual dish is.

That's where I urge you to look this year for new experiences to wow the jaded event gower who has overdosed on too loud and too bright stages.

Step back and let your story unfold. Easily and gently. And finish up with a huge finale that makes everybody on the console high five you.

This Issue is focussed on FOH. I understand given the nature of this magazine - it will be mainly the wonders of technology and the easier, crisper, lighter way today's amazing technology will help you get to where you want to go faster and more efficiently.

That's great and a round of applause for the great job the technology boys are doing. But remember the pressure on you at the FOH position to deliver a perfect show - as you have less opportunity to hide behind and the degree of separation between a great operator and a decent to Good operator becomes slimmer.

I urge everybody to take the challenge. Go on to be great. With Long careers.

Remember the console is usually the best view of the concert. The best sound, usually the best point for a visual scale... in the short - physically the most immersive spot in the entire venue.

I have always considered it an honour that someone has entrusted you to make it all happen for huge audiences. You may not be the star - but you do control a large portion of the responsibility that the star delivers on a great show.

Finally I want to end with a tribute to a whole lot of technicians and designers I have had the privilege to share the FOH position with. I have learnt from them and shared many tense moments with them. Had adrenalin levels peak, sugar levels drop. Shared stale pizza and on occasion gourmet meals. Consumed far too many unhealthy things that can be good for anybody, while the loving wife's carefully packed salad and oil free khana remains in the box.

Too many to even remember half of them. What I do remember are the laughs, the excitement and the sheer joy of being a part of a well knit FOH team.

Thank you, all of you for sharing some of the best moments of my life.... and I dearly wish all of you newbie's experiences at least match mine.

If you come close to topping mine - Please please call me - I wanna be a part of the fun.

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