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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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Consolidating Stage FOH Consoles


If you ever make the mistake of stepping into the console area during a stage show these days, you would not be faulted for thinking that all those screens and headphones were coordinating an alien invasion.

If you glance across onto the stage you will probably see a stage lit bright enough to be spotted from those alien skies. All you $200,000 dollar space flight types - please confirm.

And if you are a peaceful alien who asks politely without threatening to “EDM HAS FALLEN” our world - I am sure our boys could patch you a 24 track, crystal clear sound feed, in real time with the sparkling led screen.

As a kid, during less security conscious times I was allowed to peep into an air traffic control room just to be impressed by all the radar scopes and blinking CRT tubes. Later as an events guy I was lucky to walk through one of those telecom centers that you see in the movies. Massive maps with more blinking lights and more trailing information. Cheekily I asked how anybody could keep track of all that info. Was patiently told that each section was looked after by one team, but all the teams needed to see how their section connected within the larger network.

These days I can’t help thinking that is what today’s visual designers are after. Information Overload.

Todays designers throw terms like visual variation, schematic progression, upload time lag, horn punch ups, wandering elevator arms. How does it all hang together?

Each trade is wandering off into its own space. The digital world has opened so many possibilities. By breaking down sound signals into impossible fractions, it possible to tweak almost each note into whatever space and shape you choose. To further complicate life in our multimedia world each media unit requires the sound altered to fit into its specific signature. The band wants to hear themselves in a certain way. The PA engineer want to amplify and the fill the stadium with a lively sound in every remote corner – so the producer can rub his hands and claim ‘there are no cheap seats!’

The TV crew, today the stars of any live show of any significance, need their feed doctored to sound great on both the lowly TV set as well as the multi lakh home theater system so that the opinion forming critic can say stuff like ‘…. While the 5.2 mix is little subdued, the 7.9 mix gives an unfair opportunity for the third horn to play over the third guitar….’ Yup I still read those reviews in some aficionado magazines.

Further down the food chain the radio guys and the web feed guys tweak the sound feed for their own purposes. I am told that the Global Initiative otherwise known as ‘Coldplay is Here’ had 6 massive sound desks . Each for a specific task. Everybody was happy so mission accomplished. Pat on back sound team.

That’s only covered sound. Ten years ago, the sound guys ate up 60 percent of console space. Lights got 30%. Remaining 10% fought over by the Live Video feed guys, Pyro team, Stage Turntable operator etc etc. Invariably the director would show up minutes before the show and hastily some cables were moved aside, a flight case was placed behind the CD operator, a torch was found so he/she could read his excel sheet script and we were away.

The first time I saw a laptop on the console was for a world class Rock Band on its India tour. All of us who had just started using DMX were super impressed and spent a good bit of an amazing concert wondering what role the laptop played in the amazing light display. Afterwards I was both crestfallen and tickled to learn that the laptop was open on a word document displaying the bands song list. Midway through the set, the laptop died as its insides could not function under the onslaught of the dust raised by Mumbai’s frantic rock fans.

Today there are at least a dozen laptops bluing the faces of as many operators. Either the dust has settled or they are just building better Mumbai resistant laptops. Progress.

But seriously. There are so many elements to the visual design of a show. The Stage lighting has been overtaken by the Giant LED guys. Today the media servers take up more space and electricity than the audio amplifiers. Elsewhere in this issue I am sure you can read all about the amazing equipment in use.

As Stage mechanics gets more complicated, it just a matter of time before that is overtaken by the Robotic arm operators who will lift impossible weights into geometry defying shapes, all the while throwing off flames and steam and confetti. How long before that catwalk Chris Martin ran down with A. R Rehman will be replaced by a hover stage lit by hovering light battens as we Harry Potterise (to coin a phrase) the next gen stage shows.

Will FOH consoles keep growing the way Stage Sets seem to be?

That’s where our electronic geniuses need to look next. To build multi function consoles that can control or trigger cues to all the moving parts. Home Automation allows you close curtains, drop screens, arrange room lights and switch on AV consoles all from a single screen. How long before Stage FOH consoles consolidate into those aforementioned Telecom Control like touch screens. Each team has control of one section, and can see how its piece fits into the whole Visual experience to produce ONE indelible image encompassing an impressive array of moving parts. Soon I hope.

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