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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 System ‘Design Education’

Many of us wonder why we do not get the most of our loudspeaker systems and despite having great gear we have not managed to get the results we have envisaged based on our expectations out of our PA systems. Why such a scientific and logical method is such a black art for most. So many of the rental houses who have made strategic investments also ask me so many questions about how to get the best out of their sound systems and why does it sound so different in parity when they use it or silently feel so without a word of mention.

The key aspect that I have seen over the years is that most rental companies lack what I call a ‘Design Education’ which according to me is the genesis of a successful total audio integration package of a turnkey sound system. And now that manufacturers over the years have seen that void, they are taking that power away from the customers and integrating everything into their tour sound systems package. Now what remains is that the customer just uses applications engineering of his investment to its fullest potential.

Sound systems today are extremely costly to own and operate for most people, and within a period of 8 years you needs to replace that investment with whatever is the latest generation system. Modern line-arrays have made great leaps and bounds in rigging ease & flying, transporting, acoustical plumbing and well as, off course better driver component technology.

Not far behind is the amplification that has been consolidated by the speaker manufacturers by buying of reputed amplifier manufacturers or developing their amplifier enterprise from ground-up. The hierarchy has been like this since you first choose your speaker systems (in the past) and then what amps you will drive them and not the other way around. This has not only allowed the speaker manufacturers to have a hold on consistency and quality of the PA systems but also allowed them to grow other verticals of their manufacturing process. The entire workflow of design and calibration using the companies proprietary software’s are directly proportional to how serious each of them are in their long term plan to action. A few organizations have pushed the boat out there in loudspeaker engineering and prediction software leaving the dust in the wind for many others, until they try and play catch up, till there is almost an entire new technology or new approach to do it.

Being a designer (first) and integrator of sound systems in various venues across India and abroad for very diversified audio applications in sports, entertainment, enterprise and TV, these advances in loudspeaker technology completely fascinate me. What also fascinates me is the amount of money the companies and their investors are willing to put in to fund research and development of great sound systems for entertainment purposes. On the other side of things so many end users who buy these products crib and complain of the huge costs they incur in their investments

This leads me to the point of having to appreciate and understand why these things are costly and when you invest in an organization the product cost is nothing compared to the investment in the culture, design, research and future developments to make world class sound systems for the best artists in the world and for the punters in return (who fork ticket money for these concerts and our B2C customers)

I love to see the intense competing at this level in research, design in Electro-Acoustics and the current times have been the best in all these years I have known in my career span. I have also seen how this very owner designer driven business has now changed over the years to a conglomerate style of product development & manufacture, where there isn’t an iconic front that the entire organization relies on to make a speaker system. So the era of the Meyer, Heil, Forsythe, Andrew & Adamson - our leading families of loudspeaker design themselves have their founder/entrepreneur step back a bit for the sake of the enterprise to grow rather than an individual’s brand equity & iconism.

Talking about the amplifiers of today, I would say that isn’t what we should call them any more. Its now a individual command centre of processing & power generation for todays line array elements both amp and speaker broken up into elements for the sake of portability. If your not in the game for a high power 4 channel 2U amp with processing horsepower of stallion, then make way for your competitors to run over you. Now that maximum complaints I have seen from customers is the sheer cost of each amplifier, I honestly urge most of the end users to understand that this is a relationship with the principal and if you don’t feel good about it don’t invest. That’s why your plan with a PA system manufacturer has to be very long term, because not only are you investing in their product, but you are also paying for their R&D to support you in return in the long run. You should now not call it an amp anymore but an ‘amplified controller’.

The exciting developments have also been in the innovative rigging I have seen in the past two years too. They have been outstanding and nobody really understands how important the flying hardware is in achieving very good acoustically qualities in various environments. Small angles can make such huge improvements in trajectory of PA systems over distances over 50 metres that your prediction software simply demonstrates the advantages, Imagine how much better it must be practically in the field.

Wider coverage patterns and special boxes to cover the first 5 to 15 metres in a concert also have become of paramount importance and its ability the work with its narrower counterpart in the same array have made a few manufacturers take it so seriously that they have released the narrow and wider box at the same time since they were testing them parallel in the design stage rather than release wider boxes a year or so later because of the pressure they have received from their customers to do so.

Assisted hardware for ease of measurements and calibration in the sound systems, like laser brackets, disto’s, rangefinders cover the field hardware use and many of them are indispensible tools for vital design accuracy. Prediction proprietary software’s to place a virtual microphone anywhere in the room to see how your sound system has been performing has been astonishingly good if the venue has been plotted well. And now the manufacturers are doing so for you too and most of the venues in Europe already have been mapped by the packaged loudspeaker and amplified controller companies, making your life even simpler.

So what I am trying to say to all of you through my column is that, think and then invest and if you do not have the knowledge, then take Sound System Design Education very seriously or merely hire someone knowledgeable to do so.

Warren D’souza - Founder, Managing Director, & Working Member of Sound.Com

#SoundGuyForlife
#AudioEvangelist

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