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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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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Loose Connections

As you have leafed through this magazine, bet every one of you has stopped and marvelled at some amazing new technology you wish you had.

Every day tools appear that make our lives easier and assist us in producing super work.

Now. Allow me to both, vent and preach on one aspect that I was tearing my hair out on when I started and sadly continue to be pulling my hair out even today.

‘Connections’. Not the connections that got you the job. The connections through which all our signals and electricity flow, that enable the lighting rig to actually produce what you programmed. Disclaimer. My issues are usually with the live Lighting Rigs. But I have seen enough sound guys and video dudes expressing the same frustration I feel. So here goes...

It’s usually not the quality of the equipment. Hey ! You get what you pay for. Usually - The more money you spend - the quicker the connection process AND the longer lasting. BUT, not always.

Let’s work through the issues. Just to figure out the weak links.

We are setting up very sensitive networks in some inhospitable environments. It’s Hot. Its dusty and there is never enough time. Usually the cabling is laid down by the junior most and least experienced guys on the team. I think half our problems begin and end there.

Let’s look at equipment. Our country does not have any standard mains cable connectors. So even the most sensitive equipment is powered by a mains cable screwed into a metal box. 1917’s systems powering 2017’s latest technologies. Think about it. If it works - why tinker with it. The Answer is - ‘Yes it does work - Until it does not! No heads up. No fail safe.

Now follow that mains cable down the line as it branches out and is distributed around the network. On dusty ground, wet ground, carpeted ballrooms, tiled backstage arenas. Rarely will you find a connector. Just some wires twisted together. Rarer still is a box that meters or monitors the power supply. I have definitely seen more Deity’s pictures than Amp meters in a temporary electrical grid. But Hey - It works.

Next Step. From Dimmer racks to the actual light fitting. Improving. Now we definitely see a lot of connectors. Which is why fault finding is usually restricted to faulty fixtures. Great!

Then, perhaps most critical - the signal cable. Here all of us worship at the altar of the mighty XLR God. Most used and perhaps least understood of all connectors. Perhaps that is by its inclusive design. It’s used for everything from lead singers mikes to guitar amps, to dmx cables to smoke machines and intercoms. That’s the good part. The problems arise when our guys on the ground think they are infallible and interchangeable. In my opinion the graveyard of all networks. Rarely have I been through a show where everything works the First time. No Time for fault finding - chuck back in the box and replace. Where it may probably lie...

Now the Cat 6 cable has appeared. Designed to be used in Air-conditioned spaces. Its multi cores tightly wound to make as small an imprint as possible. Suited for a network Box. Very badly suited for a concert arena. I am not aware of any effort to make a sturdier connector.

Coming back to the first point. All connections usually set up by a junior member and usually unmarked. So fault finding is always going to be tough.

In your estimate - How many man hours have you lost in figuring your way around the network? And usually at crisis times when it may have impacted your ability to deliver everything that was designed around the show.

Is there a fix ? I know of only one. Like in a diet (that I find impossible to follow) the only way is to - 1. Plan 2. Execute as per plan 3. Pray

Now let’s think Ideal World.

It starts with the purchase manager, who generously gives you budgets to buy good quality cables and connectors. Then given to a super technician who will tin and securely solder each connector.

Each XLR colour coded as per use. Black for DMX lines. Blue for smoke machines. Orange for intercoms. All DMX networks TERMINATED adequately. A special box on each show into which EVERY faulty cable is deposited and isolated.

On the Mains side - Cee Form Connectors all around. To a power box that measures all capacities and lifts all earth loops. Where cables cross open ground - Rubber cable Trays

On the Lighting Grid - only identical fixtures on each network connected up to a Good quality Splitters. All fed down a protected and double lined cable down to the Desk. Where a merger will feed two boards.

On a Cat 6 grid. At least a 4 cabled armoured cable fed into a hold box that clamps onto your unit and holds the Cat 6 firmly in place.

And every connector marked - where it comes from and where it feeds into.

Think about how easy this is. How much longer will set up take? Maybe half hour. Now think about the stress you will eliminate. Worth It Na ?

Oh. The most important - a dedicated work bench with gleaming tools, solder irons and test boxes devoted to cable testing and repair. Cables tested every 10 shows max.

That’s my Dream of ‘Achhe Din’.

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