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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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Too Bright

Viraf Pocha

 I don’t understand what’s going on any more.  Does anybody?

All of us want to go back to a familiar Life. We want to work, we want to live and we want to go back to our struggle to be the best at what we do.

So many people and sources bombard us with how to navigate these days. What to wear, what to eat, where to stand and even what to think.

The economy is in smithereens.  At least our industry is. We have to keep on running while our world is at a standstill. That is a leveller. The biggest, richest guys down to the most junior technician are worried about how to keep our families afloat. All of us are reviewing our commitments. How long can we hold on without having any idea when we can go back to work?

Fundamentally we are an energetic group of guys. We are always trying to do something new.  Always pushing the envelope. Our Industry is based on everybody looking for the next big thing.

For me the greatest Challenge, excitement and horror all rolled into one stems from the coverage LED’s offer. You can place the damn things anywhere and everywhere. AND control them with an immense level of exacting detail. Both Remote as well as wired.

It’s not in our DNA to sit and webcam all day. We want to use our hands. We think with our fingers. We don’t talk. We ‘do’ stuff. Nobody listens to anybody in this crazy corner of the world. I’ve never been in a production meeting without somebody always jumping up and running around. The only thing that keeps us at a common table is food and drink.

So Guys – Grab a healthy titbit and let’s talk Lighting. Let’s forget our problems for a short while and let’s talk about something that cheers us.

Lighting was undergoing a massive transformation over the last few years. LED led. Pun intended.

I am old enough to remember switching on the First Par 64’s in India. I was awestruck by its power.

Until that point my experience in lighting was centred in the theatre.  Where mood and atmosphere are everything. I was constantly being yelled at ‘can’t see their faces‘. Until the inevitable compromise. Set the mood in the first minute and then lift levels or (Some serious threat here depending on the director). Alyque would threaten to chop my hands off. Pearl would use a softer touch “....No meat in your curry tonight”

I’m not being racist or anything but the first time I was noticed as a Lighting Designer was doing a play in Max Muller Bhuvan. Normally a lecture hall with a no place for any fixtures at all. A low ceilinged White Painted room with a white floor. To make thing even more challenging. Pearl decided to do this play ‘In the round ‘so if we put up any stands – the light would fall into the audiences eyes. That’s not all. The two leading ladies were a White Skinned Parsi and a really dark skinned African lady. If you lit a match the Parsi lady’s face would Glow. If you flooded the room with all the lights we had – the African ladies expressions would barely register.

I got permission to remove all the fans over the stage area and hang fittings pointing straight down (so no spill into the audience’s eyes) and then fill in all the other areas with really low foot light. That was my first lesson in ‘Shadows have no colour ‘.

I’m not saying all this to impress you.  I’m trying to explain how low our lighting levels were just a few years ago. 

Into that world came the Par 64 and the Lee / Roscoe colour filter swatch book. The power of the Par allowed us to paint the stage in so many shades of blue or pink. Bathe the stage in warm tones or cool.

The power of the Par allowed us build stages across stadiums. When we ran out of lighting stands, we brought in entire scaffolding structures.  I remember being told off by an Art Director who said ‘Bugger, if you have these bloody ugly scaffoldings in the audience nobody will believe my set is complete’. So he actually extended the set to incorporate the side lighting towers into his design.

The Generator industry Boomed as the demand for more and more Pars required more and more power. Bigger Brighter Everything. 

Then moving Lights appeared. In theory now one light could do the job of ten and the light technician was freed from the hassle of climbing and focussing all those lights.

I personally was caught between two ideas. I loved the ability of moving lights changing colour and position; I missed the warmth of tungsten light.  Sadly no manufacturer could bring the softness of tungsten light into a moving head. Apparently the Blues looked too muddy.   

The Moving Light revolution did bring many youngsters into the world of lighting. Unfortunately they did not have the time or the patience to understand the subtlety of lighting.  Their brashness and young blood combined with the rebellious music of the era made Lighting Design all about speed and flash of the moving lights. It became like the Wild West when the fastest shooter in town became the sheriff. 

A Group of us old timers started a movement ‘Why must you see the moving lights move ?’ The premise was – Set up a position, colour effect on a light. Then fade off. Recalibrate the lights in the darkness and bring it up again in another place in another colour.

Watching lights move was far too exciting and an easy sell to sensation seeking producers. So our lot settled for smooth transitions and graded fading.  Today most boards have earned their reputation delivering just that. That explains why a board designed to be used in German Opera houses is today the board of choice around the world, surpassing the cockpit looking boards designed by ex NASA scientists.

Now LED threatens to upend all of that. That humble diode that was designed to signal that an electrical circuit was functioning is now the centre of everyone’s homes and shows. 

The research and optics that have gone into harnessing its potential is immense. The Greens love the fact that LED’s produce an even brightness at substantially lower electric consumption. So leading to a massive saving of costs.

I’ve seen too many artists bite the dust before statistic quoting bureaucrats. 

But cost savings and environment savings are very real. In fact despite much opposition the EU has mandated that every entertainment fitting installed within the EU necessarily has to be LED based.

A set of road warriors are fighting it.  But their two arguments sound increasingly hollow. They go somewhat like;

  1. Would the Taj Mahal (Or any other great monument) be as Grand if Shah Jehan had tendered for the lowest bidder?
  2. A Famous Astronaut’s comment ‘Just as this incredible spaceship fired up for launch, I was not comforted by the fact that each piece in this complex machine was built by the lowest bidder that could be found.

I personally have mixed feelings about LED fixtures. I must admit that great technical leaps have lain to rest most fears of colour rendition and uneven fading. LED fixtures have replicated Tungsten lights in all but two important features that I am sure in time will be ironed out.

  1. The Lit Surface does not glow like it would under tungsten light. Faces don’t eat light as they used to.
  2. Due to its multi-point surfaces - LED’s still don’t do textures and shadows like tungsten did.

I am sure in time – some clever engineer will figure out how to bridge that.

For me the greatest Challenge, excitement and horror all rolled into one stems from the coverage LED’s offer.

You can place the damn things anywhere and everywhere. AND control them with an immense level of exacting detail. Both Remote as well as wired. 

This is the opportunity as well as danger of the technology. The scale means that to be effective we must work in ever enlarging teams, which may mean that spontaneity may be sacrificed especially in projects that have limited production schedules.

More people spending more sleepless nights.

And lastly – LED installations are becoming so vast that there is a constant fear of drowning out the performer.   Already our concert experience is so removed that 90 per cent of the audience interacts with the performer only over Jumbo Screens.

That’s an incredible opportunity for the technician, but takes away some power from the performers.

Will be interesting to see how this plays out after we get back on our feet.

And this is how I remain sane in these crazy times. Stay safe and Be Blessed everybody!

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