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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 - ‘Scratch Scratch’

Light! It’s everywhere. Sometimes it’s not. But unless you are trapped in a cave like those Thailand Kids - It somehow always creeps in. Only when the sun goes down and you switch off the electricity - do you realise just how many things emit light and how many ‘dead’ objects reflect it.

The human eye is conditioned to Bright Light. No that’s not a dig at my LED screen brothers (or is it?). I talking of the sun, and all of human kinds efforts to replicate it in populous areas when the sun disappears. Insects and animals can detect much lower intensities of light than we can. So even if we can’t see light but they can - so Light is present, even if humans can’t see it.

Got It? Now comes the tough part. Describe it. Try!

Yeah - It’s easy to describe what it does, but difficult to define what it is.

Scientists describe light as ‘electromagnetic radiation’.

Huh? There is electricity and magnets in the sun?

Too heavy for the likes of me. For me, Light is energy. Lighting is energising.

Try doing something in the dark (except dancing wildly). Then do it in the Light. isn’t it more fun?

Then take half the light away. Now the magic begins. Shadows, half light, dappled light, dim light - so many many options. The more you arrange light the more you can see. The more you can do. Again - try dancing wildly in the sun and then try again in the shade.

Where could you last longer? Self awareness begins.

Let’s go back to the concept of Light as energy. Energy could be two things. The Power to create a driving force for making things happen. Electricity, Steam and so on. I’m not talking about that here. I’m talking about the energy within you. That force within you that makes you get up and do stuff. In that context a huge part of your energy is curiosity. If it’s not - then buddy - you live a mundane boring life.

The way we are built, our curiosity is triggered by what we see. Something within us gets ignited to seek more. With affection to our brothers whose eyesight is impaired. They see through their sense of touch, sound and smell. God Bless them - they can feel the light even if they can’t see it.

So may I venture to claim that Light is energy. This is not a medical journal or a scientific to me - so forgive me if I can’t support my theory with research. This is based on trust and your willingness to journey with me. Our Stage Business is ultimately one of fakery and illusion. Unlike a crime syndicate - we entice people in making that very clear to them, charging them a (hefty?) fee and hopefully sending them home happy and fulfilled. My fond hope is that we also got them to think new ideas and seek more knowledge.

That is what I love about our business. All of us make careers out of creating something on a small stage that captures life’s most honest moments using every form of art and imagery mankind has dreamt of.

Within that crucible - Lighting plays a crucial role. Like mini Gods (with Ego’s to match) we lighting designers play with all the tools our engineering friends have created for us to tease out the maximum impact of the activity on stage. Ranging from using just one spotlight to filling a stadium with thousands of light sources. Even then if we fall short, we have another few thousand fans willing to pull out their cell phones torches and help.

That is power (pun intended) and with power comes responsibility. Both to make sure all the connectors are safe so there are no accidents, and just as importantly to power the message we share with our audiences are positive, honest and cathartic in the truest sense.

Behind that simple idea is a lot of work. On one level it is easy to replicate what you surfed on Youtube. But I urge you to look further.

Yes, there a million reasons why we may take short cuts. But here’s what I have learnt. Everybody takes short cuts, so the road gets crowded and you will get stepped on or tripped over.

Approach your work with honesty and integrity. Open your mind and let the ideas flow. It’s hard to get your way initially. But persist. Chances are people will just get fed up with you and let you do things your way in time. That’s your opportunity to step up and show off your ideas, your creativity.

If it is honest - You will find a champion. You will find someone or someplace where your ideas will resonate. There is so much knowledge out there. So many techniques to master.

Event Technology must be the best place for a technical engineer to work in. And understandably it attracts the best brains, the most fun brains. The Stage attracts the most creative people to display their skills.

Stage Lighting is one of the widest of bridges between Technology and Art. Chances are - if you reading this article - you have experienced it. I urge the timid to venture forth. Remember I said - Light was energy - you will find it.

As you labour away choosing sources, choosing textures and tints to best highlight your subjects. Fading in and dimming out set pieces as the story meanders forward. Its hard work. But our engineer brothers have done their bit to make all the tedious work as easy as possible.

Whatever your area of work. Artistic or commercial, I urge you to make it better with lighting. Dramatic when necessary. Easy on the eye, highlighting the key elements of a presentation or a play.

Somebody told me the other day. ‘Life will be no fun without shadows’. I could not agree more.

With all the trees being cut down around us - we need shade more than ever. Use it to inspire your work on stage. Tell a story from all the angles and drown your audience with aspects and highlights.

There are so many bits of equipment reviewed and advertised. I hope you will go through them carefully and seek out which ones you feel can enhance your ideas. And then get to work.

That’s the Scratch Scratch in the essay’s title. The scratch scratch on your head as you dream stuff up. And the scratch scratch on paper or keyboard as you plot, erase, and plot to share your work with your team to create great energising shows. Get out there my fellow designers......

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