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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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Sound Effects Crafts Sound Impressive Acoustic at Ellora Caves



Trikaal Festival energized with JBL VTX V25-II line array modules of the stage

Trikaal Festival energized with JBL VTX V25-II line array modules of the stage



The Aurangabad circle of the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) hosted an elaborate programme to celebrate World Heritage Day; with the organization choose the visually stunning and historically compelling Ellora Caves as the host venue. With the heritage nature of the venue and the lineup of musicians invited to perform with their brand of music, it was vital to have an audio reinforcement that would deliver an optimum audience experience that would befit the theme of the event and the objective that it looked to achieve. Field Production assisting the production responsibilities of Trikaal reached out to Uday Shah, Director of Sound Effects, to execute the acoustic design and setup.

The Ellora Caves is a UNESCO World Heritage site that was built during 600 to 1000 CE; comprising Hindu, Buddhist, and Jain temples in addition to over 100 caves which at one point in history acted as lodging and abode to the travelling Buddhist and Jain monks.

Since this year i.e. 2022, coincides with the 'Azaadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav' i.e. the celebration of 75 years of India's independence - the ASI Aurangabad circle decided to spotlight a rather detailed photo exhibition, along with an extensive 'cultural festival' that emphasized the exceptional diversity in Indian classical music and the several transcendent artists that have left an indelible mark on the art form. The aim of doing so, according to the ASI Aurangabad Circle, was to adopt a unique way to not just educate the youth to carry forward the legacy and do their bit to safeguard the rich culture of our country, but also inform the masses about the hard work and efforts that architects, engineers, geographers, civil engineers, artists and archaeologists put in towards constructing and conserving various heritage sites.

The Cultural Festival - titled 'Trikaal' (which literally translates to past, present and future) - was organized in collaboration with artistic Director Birwa Qureshi, and was accentuated by stellar performances from music virtuosos and maestros like Ustad Fazal Qureshi on the tabla, vocalist Anand Bhate, Rakesh Chaurasia on the flute, Dilshad Khan on the sarangi, Sridhar Parthasarthy on the mridangam, Sangeet Haldipur on the keyboard, Gino Banks on drums and Sheldon D'Silva on the bass guitar. The musical spectacle was hosted by special guest artist Sachin Khedekar, was held in front of the famous rock-cut Kailas Temple, leveraging the awe-inspiring facade to act as a truly enchanting backdrop for the musical wizardry that captivated the audience till the very end.

As Aditya Gupte, from Field Production, shares, "A live concert has three important aspects... stage, lights and perhaps the most important - sound. We wanted to have Lakir Mehta as the Monitor Engineer for this event, as we trust him to be an excellent sound engineer. His understanding of the various nuances of his craft is unparalleled, and this is what made our work easier in terms of the kind of approach we needed to take with the sound reinforcement. For this festival, reputed Pune based rental services company Sound Effects by Uday Shah, came on-board along with Lakir; and we found that the Sound Effects team's level of commitment to the event was as high as we expected it to be. Their inventory is up to date with all the latest equipment; and so, as organizers, we knew that the technical requirements in terms of sound would be well taken care. They did do a fabulous job indeed. The event was flawless - the music experience was impeccable, and everyone was really pleased!"

Uday reveals that his team designed and commissioned the entire technical setup with the utmost amount of care and caution, keeping in mind the 'world heritage' stature of the venue, and the fact that the site has its own set of limitations and sensitivity when it came to possibilities of putting together a formidable sound architecture.

"While the famous rock-cut Kailas Temple added to the beauty of the stage and the classical fusion genre of the music - we had to ensure that the loudspeaker system was designed and placed in a manner that would not compromise the visual appeal of the stage yet enhance the aural experience for the audience. This coincidentally, was also the brief provided by the show producer; and so, we had to spend a fair bit of time analyzing the site to account for various architectural and spatial factors that could impact overall sound experience, and go about putting together a system that would reproduce even the most nuanced musical notes that could be expected from the line-up of world class musicians who graced the event stage. We began setting up at the site in the wee hours of the morning, as we knew we had to be extra careful and extra precise with every single move. However, as the day progressed and the temperature soared to almost 43`C, it did make the process a little more challenging for the team," explains Uday.

For the event, the Sound Effects team deployed a comprehensive JBL loudspeaker system, with the FOH comprising six units of the JBL VTX V25-II line array modules with 4 units JBL VTX G-28 on either side of the stage, complemented by four units of the versatile JBL VRX932LA line array modules that acted as the center fill reinforcement. Rounding off the audio system were a total of ten units of the JBL VRX915M wedges that were placed strategically on stage to act as the stage-monitoring system. The entire loudspeaker system was powered through multiple units of Crown IT12000HD power amplifiers. Alongside, the Sound Effects team also provided the Backline system for the event, which comprised world-class gear like a Markbass Little Mark 800 Tube with 104HR, a Pearl Masters 7 Piece Drum Kit, and a keyboard each of the Yamaha Montage 6 and Montage 8; in addition to two sets of the 6000 series wireless microphone system from Sennheiser along with mix of several corded and cordless microphones from Shure and Sennheiser respectively. And to enable unparalleled control over the sound output, the Sound Effects team offered the leading-edge SD10 full-format mixing console from DiGiCo at FOH that was operated by sound engineer Jayakrishnan Nalinkumar(JK), while a unit of the ever-reliable SC-48 mixing AVID console was provided by Lakir to fulfil the artist monitor mix exigencies.

Recounting his personal experience of the event, Lakir shares, "Since it was a large-scale classical fusion concert with some of the most noted music maestros of India, and that too at a venue that's regarded as a world heritage site - it was indeed an overwhelming experience. But thanks to the Sound Effects team, everything went smoothly. Their backline was amazing, and the artists too were all praise about the quality and performance of the equipment. JK -who was at FOH did an amazing job to sort inputs and output patch-list, and so it was extremely easy for me to work my part. Overall, my experience was great and looking forward to doing more work with the team."

It's safe to note that the several stunning performances at Trikaal played a vital role in the qualitative and quantitative success of the overall endeavor. As Uday sums up, "At the end of it all, it is so heartening to receive a flurry of compliments from the artists, organizers and audience members for a job well-done. I'm extremely proud of the efforts that every single member of Sound Effects has put into bringing this magnificent event together, and I would like to express my sincerest gratitude to the immensely talented Lakir Mehta for his unwavering support throughout the entire project. This is an event that will hold a special place in my memories for years to come!"

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