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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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Big Stage Demons

Most Lighting Designers consider Pink Floyd’s Light shows as the Holy Grail. I certainly have sat there many hours trying to follow things and then just giving up at the complexity. The Stage looks so simple, and then it just comes alive.

I guess we are familiar with their album ‘The Wall’. But did you know that the album had its roots in an (at that time shocking) incident where Roger Waters was getting disillusioned on the size and scale of their shows.

The Bands success made it imperative that they created massive touring shows, with amazing special effects. Somewhere in there Waters felt trapped that the spectacle was swallowing the music. Being a purist and standing very close to his work and music, he was distressed that the fans were missing the point of his music’s message. What was the point of staging all these massive shows?

At one particularly crazy concert – Waters just lost it and spat at the audience from the stage. The Band was horrified, Waters most of all. For us, sadly, spitting is a part of our lives. But for well brought up English Boys – this was like the most damaging insult to their loyal fans.

The incident traumatised the band. If you follow the bands interviews, it’s very much at the top of their minds and their shame.

The great artists that they are – they turned inwards and used this experience to fire their creative juices and the album The Wall was created.

The Wall centre’s around an artist that uses his life’s experiences to build a wall around himself to shut himself off from the world around him. To live in isolated bliss. But the work ends with him realising the need for love and human contact that he decides to ‘tear down the wall’

Touring behind this great album – the band decided to actually build a wall – brick by brick between themselves and the audience, and end with the entire wall coming crashing down.

So a work that started life as a plea for more intimate sharing of music, ended up becoming the first really BIG Show that the world had ever seen.


Pink Floyd decided to actually build a wall – brick by brick between themselves and the audience and end with the entire wall coming crashing down. This ended up becoming the first really BIG Show that the world had ever seen.


It encompassed every device possible. Projections, larger than life stick figures, flying props – everything you could imagine. The genius of it all was that it all came together and just worked. On many levels. As a cohesive piece of music, as a stage spectacular and as a celebration of the human spirit. It meant many things to many people. To this day I hear fans talk about the shows influence on so many levels. Musically, Technically and Emotionally. If you haven’t already, I urge you to experience it.

Everything you ever wanted to learn about BIG STAGE shows is in there.

Today we are swamped with technology that makes shows on this scale routine. Even the biggest shows seldom make the news cycle unless it is to report a tragedy.

The whole reason for this reference to Pink Floyd, is to inspire the young guys out there to reach for the impossible. To use the tools available today and use them wisely and well. To stitch together great shows on great scale that reaches out to the people today.

As I write this – in a few days U2 will assemble the largest LED screen ever - in the world. And it’s happening in our backyard.

Just a few short years ago – Rang Bhuvans capacity of 2000 fans was a large happening that the city was buzzing over. Today a 50,000 plus concert in a Cricket Stadium is a routine thing. The diehard fans seem to have almost sold out the stadium so there is almost No buzz in the media about the city.

Like Waters found out decades ago – The bigger you get the more inconsequential you become. For whatever reason the bands response was to top themselves in scale.   Musically and Visually.

The whole reason for this reference to Pink Floyd, is to inspire the young guys out there to reach for the impossible. To use the tools available today and use them wisely and well. 

To stitch together great shows on great scale that reaches out to the people today. To encourage them to drop their phones and step out to experience a community of like-minded energetic young people that want to explore the edges of the human experience.

A while ago one of our leading stage technology houses – was demonstrating computer controlled motors that could pick up people, props and everything in between and spin them around a 360 degree axis at will. I was impressed. But unmoved. There was No story, No flair, No reason for why a guy needed to go from here to there. That’s just me – If there is No motivation – it’s not art.

What was most amusing was that the primary market they were after was the ‘Wedding Market’ always looking for innovative ways to ‘...Here comes the bride’. The idea of a jewellery laden blushing Bride, dressed in her finest suspended many feet in the air has to be the most ridiculous thing ever.

If I were the groom – I’d pay these guys to fly me and my bride outta the reception. What say You?

But hey – That’s a big stage event if there ever was one. At least for one couple.

That’s the amazing progression BIG STAGE events have seen. 

Technology that was cutting edge for one of the biggest bands in the world a few years ago, is now being used in Bhatinda for a groom to meet his – perhaps for the first time, on the mandap.

Which brings me to the most important aspect of BIG STAGES.   What you see and what you hear.

Our Sound guys have got that aspect covered. Rarely do you hear complaints that the band could not be heard. How good the sound was remains a discussion outside my area of expertise.

Big Stages need Big arenas.  From even a few rows back the performer begins to look like a stick figure. So you have to MAKE IT COUNT.

You have to be telling a story. You have to engage your audiences. The audience has to go home happy.

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