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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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Light Changes Everything


The world must have been a pretty grim place before God dramatically summoned ‘Light’. Much like show producers today expect us technicians to recreate that experience with a fraction of the energy at Gods disposal.

Wonder how God’s accountants responded when they got the generator bill for the power that sparked the Black Hole to spit out our universe.

The Drama Continues. Much thunder and lightning emanating from the accountants side of the table. And the shaking Lighting director wondering how he can produce twice the impact at half the budget.

But guys - let’s focus on the bright side. The show producer has sent you on a delightful journey of figuring out what lights to put where, getting everything all cabled up and then playing on some computer to make all those lights create some magical effects. Be Grateful that they are allowing the kid in you to play to your heart’s content - as long as you keep the grown ups amused.

But this is serious business.

It’s in our hands to make it all come together and work, or flounder like a wet diwali cracker.

Those dancers and actors and compares and clowns and models and performance artists - they been working for years to get to that stage. And we light guys sit in the dark back corner and allow those performances to be SEEN.

Remember - Bad Lighting is SEEN. Good lighting just disappears so naturally into a scene that nobody notices it. All that hard work just so we WONT get noticed. Where ‘s the satisfaction in that?

There is plenty. Gotta do it to know it, buddy. It’s our un-understandable secret.

None of that has changed over years. But just look at all the tools we have these days.

It’s fantastic. You can’t be God, and create light - at least not yet. But you can shape it, colour it to dawn or dusk, make jungle patterns, move it about as gently as the sun moves across your window or as violently as a tropical thunderstorm. All at the flick of a button. And the best part for lazy old fellows like me - all of this can be planned from within your own study sitting on your favourite chair sipping beer and stopping for a healthy snack now and then. Who knows the next generation of Lighting Designers will be free of all diabetes, blood pressure, twisted back and shoulder muscles once we are removed from programming at 3 am crouched on a chipped flight case, wrapped in layers of stinking sweaters or sweltering in muggy heat.

So what is this relationship we develop with the machine. In today’s world I don’t think it’s possible to make a good living without some mastery over a machine of your choice. (Clarify - Reaching level 20,457 at Candy Crush does not count). In our case it the operating board, sound desk or video console. And there are dozens of brands and variations available.

For us operators, we need to meet the one that’s right for you. Ive been married to one for decades. Some of my colleagues change their loyalties faster than I changed girlfriends (Before I met you, dear wife). Fortunately boards don’t have friends who gossip about your shortcomings or chase you with a machete to cut off your .... (A colleague once confided - ‘much rather lose my nuts than my fingers. I could program in peace without the urge to run home at bedtime’.)

All of this sets us up for that eternal conundrum.

Do you know and master the show VS Do you know and master the equipment.

What makes for a more successful and fulfilled professional. I hope you are with me ?

In that half hour rehearsal you get (If you lucky!) Do you absorb every music break, model turn, compère intro point, scene end mood OR, do you learn all the layers associated with each button. Program a dozen variations to the basic and time the speed with which the board responds to your command.

What you do will mirror your personality. And if the manufacturers can capture your responses digitally and compile them - we may move to more symbiotic, intuitive and interactive layouts and responsive systems.

Will that lead to better shows or lazier lighting designers all delivering sloppier more generic shows ? A few columns ago I wondered if these were the best or worst of times.

How both our manufacturers and our designers respond to this challenge will define the results.

I have met many board designers. 90% of them are engineers. Some of them who are inspired or briefed by great designers produce good work. Only very few board designers are both creative and engineers who have their fundamentals cast in stone. They can anticipate what a work bench tweak can produce on stage without going into an elaborate testing process. Those guys make the Great Boards.

To sum up - Know the show or know the technology ?

In an ideal world every operator has his eyes on stage and fingers on the board. He knows where everything is and will pick up that sideways glance each singer will give a lead guitarist as he launches into a guitar solo. The faster you pick up that glance, and the faster you respond - the smoother and tighter your show. Are your wiggly lights still wiggling when the music suddenly breaks? Or are your lights still building as the drummer crashes from opening aalap into the song structure.

You do what’s right for you. But share your process with both manufactures and performers.

Only then will we see the best of shows.

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