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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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Backstage Funstage

U2 have come and gone. The Irish Four Leaved Clover brought with them all the magic we attribute to magical Irish creatures. 

Onstage the band was in their element. They took their fans on a smooth fluid ride through one of the greatest Rock albums ever fashioned and then ran us through landmark moments on their journey from their beginning’s to our hospitable city.

Supporting them was a cast of some of the finest and most committed stage hands I have seen working together. 

Backstage the team worked as effortlessly as the Band were on stage. Each complex part assembled perfectly and slotted in so easily. Every guy knew his job backwards. And waited around casually seemingly aimlessly until he gently steeped forward added his unique skill to the stage ‘compilation’ if that is an appropriate word.

Each piece of set was designed to be piled or lifted into or onto each other so cleverly it seemed organic and elementary. Simple logic delivered with extreme engineering. It was a joy.

Compare that to the usually chaotic production scenes we see in our country. In our defence, the U2 stage was designed by geniuses harnessing the full benefits of computerised calculation and design. And each part practiced over the run of the shows. In India most large scale productions are One Offs.

Rarely is the entire production designed by a Single agency. Usually the set designer puts forward a concept drawing and hands it over the production to build and then the light sound and video boys fit their equipment into wherever they find space. Hot heads, fraying tempers, burning sun and endless batata vadas and chai keep everybody going and together.

Somehow it all gets done and everybody goes home happy. All the temporary angst calmed down by sheer exhaustion or the cold beer of the happy after party.

Two extreme ends of the spectrum. Work ethic and approach to the job. Super organisation and Super chaos both leading to fun, memorable moments for the audience.

Backstage is a crazy life but it’s addictive. The adrenalin rush must be experienced. The short and frantic journey from the first truck driving in to the clean up after is both exhausting and exhilarating. Creativity, “Jugad” (is that the same thing) meet discipline and practice. The seemingly mundane spiced with some of the most colourful characters you will ever find gathered in one tight place.

I have never met a stage technician who is in it for the money. There is something within him or her that is addicted to being there. That’s the only way I can describe it. Do you have a better reason?

Each piece of set was designed to be piled or lifted into or onto each other so cleverly it seemed organic and elementary. Simple logic delivered with extreme engineering. It was a joy.


U2 Joshua Tree Tour India; Pic Courtesy: Ross Stewart


Over the years I have noticed a general calming down of the backstage atmosphere. As the work is getting more complex – there is greater compartmentalisation of each function. This inevitably ends up meaning a greater interdependency of each function.

Earlier the Speakers were stacked on independent platforms on either side of the stage. Sound techies were rigid on size and position and heights. If the black boxes got in the way of sightlines and other equipment – it was just Too bad.  Everybody else moved or we were threatened with bad sound leading to total collapse. With the advent of flying rigs the stage guys became a little more friendly to the trussing guys. The set guys breathed a sigh of relief as their beautiful stage was not boxed by ugly carpeted boxes. Three sets of happier people thanks to technology.

As LED screens took over and we got free of the demands of projection, the lighting guys got freer to experiment with more dazzling visuals. This in turn drew in visual artists and video craftsmen who brought with them another language and dimension to live shows.

Apparently the LED screen assembled for the U2 concert was the largest LED screen ever assembled for anywhere. And we in Mumbai got to see it. Fitting for Bollywood. It was big and loud and filled with amazing visuals. And for me the best part was the sense of ‘We’ve only just begun’.

Do I sound like an old cynic when I feel what we’ve pretty much done with huge leaps of sound and lighting tech – for at least a while.  Sure there will be incremental steps but I don’t expect to see anything like the huge leaps I expect out of video technology over the next few years.

I really would not be surprised if someday soon the entire set, staging and periphery will be made up of video pixels embedded into some magical invention. Probably motorised and computer controlled. Which brings me to another world that I expect will dominate Set Design.

Motion Control! How long before the U2 screen gets picked up, split into pieces and distributed over the entire stadium? Science fiction - today. But I’m certain some kid in some garage is sitting there wondering ‘Why Not?’

That’s just the traditional technologies. How about some other disruptive technology comes in and make everything we know redundant. Perhaps Robots?

What if you entered a stadium and there was nothing. Just nothing. And then some strange sound creeps up (Those damn sound boys are not going anywhere – No matter how much everything else gets disrupted).  Suddenly this robot rises up. All 50 feet of it. Shakes himself awake and proceeds to tromp over the entire stadium giving every seat a front row view all the while doing some amazing things or perhaps simply whispering a quiet mesmerising version of an age old fairy tale.

Backstage – the possibilities are limitless. Grab your boots, clear your minds and join in the fun.

I promise you the ride of a lifetime.

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