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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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Music Producer!!!

Chandorkar offers expert tips on achieving a good recording with details about room dynamics, good microphones and their placement, and more.

Music Producer - one of the most attractive posts for every music enthusiast in today’s time. Every one wants to become a music producer. So in today’s article let’s learn what music producers do, or where this term derived from. To understand it really well, lets go back and understand how it used to happen in the good old days.

A musician is the one who plays some instrument, be it a percussive instrument or a melodic instrument. A professional musician is the one who plays his specific instrument with a high level of proficiency and for which he is paid to perform. Rather that’s what he does to make his living. Now who will be willing to pay a musician and hire his talent for a specific time? It can be the one who values his art and will be willing to pay him to perform either live, or record his performance. Generally, a Composer, who has composed a song and needs to record his composition for a film or an album. So what does it take a musician to be a professional? It takes years of dedication and practice to hone his art and master physical control on the given instrument. A musician generally can master instruments from similar categories in a minimum time of one decade if not more. When a musician masters his instrument, he is now aware of the different sounds that specific instrument can produce and he has the physical control on playing that instrument.

What does a Music Composer do? A music composer has spent enough time in understanding and learning music, which can be either an instrument or vocals. In our country, the commercial music scene has always been dominated by film music and a composer can be hired to compose music for a film. When a scene is shot, based on the story, it needs some kind of dramatic music support to enhance the effectiveness of the scene and help the scene translate in to an emotional experience for the viewer. This task is of the music composer, the one who composes a musical melody or piece, which effectively supports the scene.

In Indian cinema, songs have played a very important role in moving the story ahead in a faster pace. For example, to show a scene wherein, a boy and girl fall in love and eventually get married, it may take 20 minutes to convey this to the audience whereas a romantic song can convincingly convey the same in maybe 3 minutes? This is how songs were made in the yesteryears; they used to take the story ahead. Hence as per the need of the story a lyrics writer would write words, which could be composed into a song (musical melody). These words would specifically be apt for the story of the film and would also make a lot of sense if heard independent of the film.

Once the words are finalized the composer is supposed to create a hummable tune, which will have these words fit in to it. The composer has to also take in to consideration the meaning of the words, their feel and the mood of the scène in the film. The tune is finalised when it matches all of the above while also sounding pleasing to the listener’s ears, and has the potential to be simple hummable tune for the common listener.

Once the tune is finalised it needs the support of the musical instruments. Now what will the musicians play? They need to have a beat, melody lines, harmony charts etc. to play. This complete design of the musical screen behind the song has to be also supportive to the film scene, as the story needs to move ahead. Also whatever melody lines will be played by the musicians need to be simple, musical and memorable to the common people. It’s again an equally complicated task to design the musical screen, which would be apt for the tune composed, words written, feel of the scene and the lyrics, while being supportive to the story, which moves ahead during the song.

The person who can understand all these aspects and convert them in to music via the sound of the musical instruments with the help of professional musicians is called an Arranger.

The arranger has to have full knowledge of all the orchestra instruments, their musical ranges, their beauties, and their drawbacks., while also understanding, Music, Poetry & Sound balance, Frequencies and dynamics.

In the old times there was no technology for recording or even playing music. An orchestra of 100 odd musicians would assemble in a large studio with their instruments. They were handed sheets of music written by the Arranger. He would have composed this music sitting at home, using a piano or a harmonium. Different musical and rhythmic notes were divide to different musicians and they all played that music in sync, to create a huge sound. This is the first time the film director, music director and others would listen to the sound of the song, which was only in the arrangers head till now.

Till now every one was imagining and visualizing the music and the scene. After hearing this music, the studio engineer would place microphones to capture this music. There was no technology available back in the golden days. Limited amount of microphones were available to capture the huge orchestra. Once the placement was done the arranger and the composer would hear that sound in the control room via the Studio monitors. Now if some tweaking, like Eq or dynamic tweaking was required, the musicians did it themselves, as there were no gadgets available. Here the arranger would use his audio knowledge and tweak musically on his sheets. Not to ignore the process of singing done by the singers while using there own dynamics and Eq within their throats. And finally the music would be recorded on one single mono track.

In today’s time the music producer is the one who does the job of everyone mentioned above but the singer and the composers (mostly). Most of the times they themselves compose and sing it too. Now with the help of technology you can have the tools to recreate the sound of an instrument, tweak it up to your satisfaction, but how can we get the human feel of that musician who played it? Do we really understand the feel of that musician or do we even know that all the above is needed to make a music piece? Technology manufacturers proudly market products with - “our technology you can create your own track”. But what about the experience and the emotions? Are they lacking? Do we have a plugin for them? Are we lacking soul in the music we hear today? Is that the reason why we still feel fresh when we hear old classics? These questions arise in my mind; I am still looking for answers.

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