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Articles September - October 2023

Capturing The True Essence Of Sound New!

From Lewitt Audio's Pure Tube Microphone to Sennheiser's Profile USB Microphone, these studio microphones offer precise audio quality to the users and deliver crisp, clear sound. read more

Articles September - October 2023

Photo Feature: Studio Showcase New!

From A.R. Rahman's studio in Mumbai to composer Raag Sethi's first Dolby-compliant studio in Gujarat, PALM Expo Magazine's Studio Showcase features the latest studios in India. read more

Articles September - October 2023

Mastering The Art Of Sound With Donal Whelan New!

Whelan talks to the PALM Expo Magazine Team and discusses his foray into the world of mastering, his unique experience at the PALM Conference 2023, and more. read more

Articles September - October 2023

Nx Audio Celebrates Two Decades Of Pro Audio Journey New!

Nx Audio completes 20 years of delivering pro audio products for the Indian pro sound industry. Read about Nx Audio's journey over the last two decades. read more

Articles September - October 2023

Mumbai Studio Explores New Verticals With Genelec Monitors New!

The combination of Genelec Smart Active Monitors and digital audio interface delivered an ideal monitoring solution for BOING Recording Studios. read more

Articles September - October 2023

IRAA Awards 2023: Jury Reflections New!

Read about IRAA Jury's perspective on the bigger questions in the music industry - AI for music production, the status of mega consoles, & emerging trends in sound recording & mixing. read more

Articles September - October 2023

Gray Spark Audio Opens New Studio For Academy Students New!

PALM Expo Magazine Team talks to Ronak Runwal to explore how the newly-designed Studio D is poised to become a recording haven for the academy students. read more

Articles September - October 2023

Firdaus Studio: Building A Sonic Paradise For Recording Artists New!

The Firdaus Studio by A.R. Rahman stands as a beacon of innovation in the music production industry. PALM Expo Magazine explores the making of the musical maestro's magnus opus in the recording landscape. read more

Articles September - October 2023

Naveen Deshpande Elevates Stand-Up Comedy with Bespoke Lighting Designs New!

Naveen Deshpande, a renowned lighting designer, made heads turn through his recent collaboration with India's leading stand-up comedian, Zakir Khan, during the latter's international tour. read more

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Note from Content Anchor - Smita Rai...May-June 2021 Issue!

2-in-1 PALM AV-ICN

With the pandemic looming large, last year, around this same time we were forced to circulate both PT and AV-ICN magazines as eMagazines. We were expecting to resume print circulation a couple of months down the line, when we were assured that dispatch of print copies could be executed without any hiccups. Unfortunately 2021 frighteningly resembles 2020.  Lockdown has been particularly harsh. For Media companies, working from home has its own limitations; additionally working with very limited staff has just added to the woes. We therefore had to take the tough decision of merging both titles – PALM technology and AV-ICN for this issue and for some more issues in the coming months.

But that does not mean there is no cause for optimism. We will continue to provide responsible, expeditious and factual company news, product & technology updates, features & interviews and more through the merged title. Stories will include all AV integration not only in pubs/clubs/lounges and studios, but also in domains which include auditoria and stadia and conference rooms and class rooms and control rooms and experience centers across various industry segments.

Enrolled in this edition is a decent line up of popular AV switchers and matrices again trending in the global marketplace on pg. 26.

We are glad in publishing IT Service & Consultancy sector company T-Systems’ AV integration story. Abdul Waheed, a seasoned war-horse who has conquered many such installations around the country, along with his team at Eyte Technologies Pvt. Ltd. has designed bespoke solutions for the Customer experience centre at T-Systems’ Pune facility. More on pg. 15.

I was particularly excited to interview Caroline Moss and Sue Gould of ProAVL magazine who from their decades of engagement and interaction with the global pro audiovisual industry   have shared deep insight and understanding of the global market. For the full read, head to pg. 17.

It was a milestone year for NJSM and Sudeep Audio’s ConverSAtions Channel as they completed 25 years and 10 years respectively in the pro audio industry.

Nixon Johnny who has grown NJSM into one of India’s leading Sound Rental companies and now leads as one of the first rental companies in India to expand into the virtual events realm and with great success, shares the NJSM story on pg. 28.

Aditya Mehta who has ensured Sudeep Audio’s growth  in the last decade, talks about his very popular ConverSAtions channel, which he started in 2011 to share the journey of Indian studio Sound Engineers and Music industry professionals. Story on pg. 10.

While on the subject of Sound Engineers, this year IRAA attracts attention. Recording engineers from Bollywood and Indie music production are keen for recognition and honour from IRAA. Vijay Benegal, Award Director, IRAA has gone the green mile to deliver defining categories in the Indie music segment. More on Stay tuned in for the virtual event coming soon!


May-June 2021!

Note from Content Anchor - Smita Rai...... January-February 2021 Issue!

Strong positive Market Response to PALM AV-ICN Expo

That time of the year again, when we reflect on the year gone by and plan for the year ahead!

The theme for this issue (as well as the next) is Studio! Studio theme seems an anomaly in an age where studio recorded albums aren’t on display on the shelf. Paid Digital downloads are still to gain momentum in India. A survey done last year indicated a 200 million strong streaming music market, but notwithstanding inspiring numbers, there are very few people in India who are actually ready to pay for the music.

No surprises then that project studios or home studios have gained popularity in the last decade. Big studios with big desks are few and far between and live recording floors are difficult to imagine.  There was a time when albums sold on the recording engineer’s excellence and the studio it was recorded in. Great studios had great engineers! Bombay boasted of iconic studios and great recording engineers, but today every artiste/engineer/music producer who has work has his own ‘studio’. 

Veera Desai continues to announce new music studios, the latest ones being that of the 365 day man – Shadab Rayeen who got Aditya Modi of Modi Digital and Rolins T’Roy of Rolins Arcoustics to redo his studio (New Edge Studios) and upgrade one of the rooms to a Dolby Atmos Music Room. This also happens to be India’s first Dolby Atmos Music Mixing Room. More on pg.28.

The other new facility at Veera Desai is TAG – a modern day audio institute belonging to audio engineers Jaykrishnan Nalinkumar, Omkar Tamhan and Anupam Sathe.  TAG has three studios replete with state-of-the-art gears, with one of them housing the mothership of all – the classic large format SSL Origin, which again happens to be the first Origin to be installed for educational purposes in all of Asia Pacific and currently the only one in India. More on pg.10.

Interview with ‘the’ Farhad DadyBurjor on pg.14. Enjoy! The interview was conducted before Farhad’s appointment as National Business Head – Studios, for Alphatec Audio Video - sole authorized distributor in India for major audio and AV brands. 

PALM AV-ICN Expo 2021

27-28-29 MAY 2021 | MUMBAI

This issue also has the Buzz on Studio Monitors (pg.46) and Consoles (pg.26).

The Studio Showcase Pic Gallery on pg.56 is where all the action is from leading brands offering their best tech for the studio.

Next issue the theme is Studio again, and it will also feature the preview to the PALM AV-ICN Expo scheduled to take place in Mumbai from May 27 – May 29, 2021.


Of course there still is some worry about the business and market but positive response to PALM AV-ICN 2021 is the best news in a long time! This truly means the market is inching towards normalcy. Proof is in the pudding as PALM witnessed a surge in new online registrations since the time Visitor Registration went live on 4th Feb; a record 1500 registrations within 24 hours itself!

The range of products at the show this year would definitely reflect on where the Pro Sound, AV and Lighting industry is headed post-covid! As of today it sure looks like the mid-segment of the market is currently where the industry is witnessing the most action. What visitors are going to see and experience at PALM AV-ICN is what they will buy and use. There is going to be a churn and the market will evolve, attracting more manufacturers into the fray and PALM AV-ICN is definitely emerging as the catalyst for this evolution. 

The cover story on Top 30 products in pro audio and lighting profiles new game changers, which shall work for the Indian market. All magazines and god knows how many other online portals might have their own choice, but these top 30 is what PT chose to feature on pg.34.  

IRAA 2021

I am glad to announce already, it is our privilege and pleasure to host the 15th edition of the IRAA awards on 29th May 2021 at the PALM AV-ICN Expo venue. I call upon the engineering fraternity to send in their Nominations. Music producers and recording professionals must enter recordings released during the period January 2020 – December 2020. The entry form will be available on the IRAA website till 30th April 2020, which is the last date for submission.

Hope to see you all in strength at PALM AV-ICN Expo 2021!

January-February 2021!

Note from Content Anchor - Smita Rai...... November-December 2020 Issue!

PALM Expo 2021; Emerging as a Catalyst

While we get cracking on to beginning 2021 and look back at the treacherous year gone by, the shine is evidently missing from the sound + stage. Over the years we have seen the global pro audio and lighting industry make giant strides. In India, the last few years had indeed been redeeming for the big stage which boasted of real ‘live acts’ which included U2: The Joshua Tour and the OnePlus Music Festival in 2019 and Justin Bieber, UB 40, Dream Theatre and Chainsmokers before that. The dream run continued until the dreaded “C” word reared its head. 2020 has unpredictably gone on to be one of the most uneventful (pun intended) year for the industry. An industry which was projected to achieve Rs 12,200 crores by 2022, incurred losses worth Rs 40,000 crores in the first quarter of 2020 itself, and the numbers have only risen since then.

While the complete industry came to a standstill overnight, disrupting the entire supply chain, the gradual ‘unlock’ process which has allowed more social, entertainment, cultural, religious and political events and weddings to take place in a regulated manner has brought at least some respite - between 10 and 20 percent, a PALM survey reveals. Nevertheless the industry is still apprehensive as all events have been forced to scale down in size, invariably at the cost of sound and lighting. The days of live stage concerts drawing in thousands of fans and the days of the big fat Indian weddings seem palpably numbered. The heat and light of the big lights and the sound from the big boxes is gone and the entire culture has shifted from live to virtual (which too cannot be a permanent solution). For the live events industry, painful as it may sound, going back to where we were, pre-Covid, is no longer an option for a long time to come.

Nonetheless, let’s Chin up and measure the change in the industry in a month from now.

PALM 2021 is up ahead. Come May and all roads lead to the Bombay Exhibition Centre in Mumbai from May 13 – May 15, 2021.

It’s time that we as an industry go by ground reality and reinvent. The PALM AV-ICN expo has a very important part to play in this and it’s time for the industry to use this platform to put the industry into active gear. Essentially PALM AV-ICN is playing catalyst role in resurgence of the industry. In 2021, PALM also has a lot of initiatives for “Make in India” which is crucial to strengthen prosound + light sector. The industry shall come together at the show. It is of paramount importance and relevance that the industry converges on a central anchor platform like PALM AV-ICN. Converging on an anchor platform in PALM AV-ICN will give us a strong voice and clear path of progress.

For obvious reasons the theme for the Nov-Dec issue which is usually Big Stage + DJ has endured an applied change this year, focusing more on install sound and theatres and auditoriums as is evident in the content for this issue. Hope you find some valuable information in there.

A big Thank You to our readers, loyal advertisers and the industry as a whole, for keeping in touch with the PT team and providing us with invaluable market insights all through this difficult year! We hope the New Year starts off on a good note for all of us.   

In our year-opening Jan-Feb issue, we will be featuring the Top 50 products and technologies of 2020. Send in your submissions real quick for consideration to or

 Till then wishing you all a Happy and Prosperous New Year!

November-December 2020!

Note from Content Anchor - Smita Rai...... September-October 2020 Issue!

Pro Audio and Lighting industry Struggling to Survive

2020 has hurriedly gone by from being a promising year for the events industry to being the most disastrous. Even as the pandemic continues to impact the economy, some industry sectors in India like the auto, housing, building and construction and manufacturing sectors have picked up speed. Unfortunately all our earnest hopes that the events industry, and in turn the pro audio and lighting industry would pick up by the festive and wedding season are belied.

Even the current SOPs announced by the Government this month, does little to provide a boost to the events and exhibition industry. Physical networking and people gatherings are the backbone of the events industry, however, while allowing more social, academic, sports, entertainment, cultural, religious and political events to open up, an unrealistic cap of maximum limit of 200 people has been imposed as per Unlock 5 guidelines.

We are living in uncertain times and only time will tell if the events industry will pick up by early 2021.

Notwithstanding the impediments thrust by the outbreak, as in every other industry, it has also rapidly widened the scope for innovation in the events industry. New applications for audio and light for resourceful virtual events is an evolution. In the struggle for survival, the industry has reinvented itself and redefined its event structure with imaginative virtual touch and feel shows.  One such organization which has taken to the virtual entertainment events space, like fish takes to water, is NJSM Studios and BNA Talent. Read all about how they took on the challenge of entering a relatively new domain and embraced it with great success on pg.38.

Also entering the virtual events space is Becket Tundatil’s Firefly. On pg.48 the ace lighting designer talks about the current situation and the future of lighting design in the virtual space.

PALM AV-ICN expo Preponed in May

After a period of discussion and consultation, the PALM expo management has decided to prepone the PALM expo 2021, which was earlier scheduled to take place in the last week of May. The PALM expo will now take place from May 13- May 15, 2021.

This decision of moving up the dates by two weeks was taken due to the near clash with the dates of ISE expo which is scheduled to take place in Barcelona in the first week of June.  

“PALM AV-ICN Expo is the gravity centre for product sourcing in pro audio and audiovisual. It becomes imperative to host the show on dates that don’t clash with ISE. The AV industry finds it important to be at PALM AV-ICN. ISE too increasingly attracts pro audio. Thus, preponing the show will allow all exhibitors and professionals to schedule their participation stress free,” said Anil Chopra, Founder Director of PALM expo.

PALM AV-ICN expo is readying to deliver a safe and motivated expo that will allow the pro audio, lighting and AV community to reconnect and showcase their gear to an eager audience waiting to attend the show after a year of unanticipated interruption.

Watch out for regular updates on this page. is also live, offering initial change of date information for exhibitors and visitors.

IRAA 2020 goes Virtual

IRAA 2020 was a high point for the PALM expo. For the first time ever, the IRAA Awards took place as a virtual event on Sunday, 11 October. Following the ceremony’s postponement in May, due to the cancellation of the much-awaited PALM expo, the IRAA committee and Jury Members, motivated by IRAA’s spirit in recognizing excellence and discovering best work and talent in the studio domain, decided to continue with the awards in its digital avatar. It was indeed a Sound (pun intended) decision as the event was a huge success with studio sound engineers and music industry professionals from across India gathering in strength to watch the event on the virtual platform. The awards ceremony was streamed simultaneously on the PALM expo Facebook and YouTube channels. IRAA announced winners across 42 categories selected from over 1000+ nominations received from across India. This year the awards enjoyed the support of HARMAN Professional Solutions India, a brand known for its extensive bouquet of signature products for the studio. The credit for the Concept and Production of the event went to NJSM Studios and BNA Talent, who ensured outstanding delivery and a smooth viewing experience. Turn to pg.16 for an extensive review of the event and a detailed list of the nominees and winners.  

The fraternity of sound engineers in India doing great work has been exploding each year and  the IRAA awards which is a tribute to all these sound engineers is very ambitious, as we envision this community of sound engineers growing exponentially in the near future. In years to come, IRAA hopes to enroll 1lakh sound engineers working on soundtrack and music for television, film, music, radio, live etc. as eligible voting members.

IRAA will be back in 2021, on the sidelines of the PALM expo which will take place once again at the Bombay Exhibition Centre in Goregaon, Mumbai in mid-May.

Till then get all relevant updates in PALM technology magazine.

Happy Reading!

September-October 2020!

Note from Content Anchor - Smita Rai...... July-August 2020 Issue!

How and When?

Recent reports by EEMA indicate that the Indian events industry (including exhibitions) will take a Rs 1 lakh crore hit this quarter. As the Events industry, completely smashed, grapples with the turmoil caused by the novel Coronavirus, nearly all professional sound and lighting brands and rental companies have been directly impacted.

With outdoor as well as indoor entertainment events, including the Wedding Industry (which has multiplied multifold in the past few years to become an approx. $50 billion industry), coming to an absolute standstill, all the inventory has been rendered illiquid.

All large and small events and festivities, in urban as well as rural India have come to an unexpected halt, disrupting the entire ecosystem, with every last consumption of light and sound equipment seized since March this year.

While we can argue for months on end about the economic value and significance of the Events Industry to the GDP of our country, it was the Events Industry to first come under the axe, with the outbreak of the virus. Whether we like it or not, events are major vehicles for transmission of the virus.

Experiences that connect people directly in a very physical and tangible manner is the very core of our sound and light industry, so the overbearing question on everybody’s mind is “HOW and WHEN”.

Our regular columnist Viraf Pocha puts it aptly. “Social distancing is the opposite of what events are designed for. To date online events don’t work. We have to reinvent the format. Create the tech to allow group interaction,” he says. Read how Pocha inspires young entertainment technicians to find a spark within them on pg.51.

Warren D’souza too provides valuable insight on what the industry needs to do to survive rather than complain about the system on pg.35.

Many elements will play a part in the “come back to normal”. We need the events industry to start again and we can expect this to happen once the malls, cinemas, metros and public transport open full swing. On a timeline, we can probably expect this to happen by November after which we could reevaluate the scene and the status of the industry.

As we see it now, there would be a lot of investment into manufacturing in India, across sectors like never seen before.

Recently, in an effort to boost manufacturing, the government made it clear that importing from China is not acceptable. BIS OF INDIA production is the mantra.

The signals are very clear.  The sound and light industry needs to move the needle in Indian manufacturing? The entire ecosystem is poised for a significant change as the government relentlessly pushes to relocate all manufacturing to India. There is zero tech hurdles in India and there is no reason why sound and light production cannot be localized. As with other industries, those who start early will establish their “Brand Names” first.


PALM expo’s concern to ensure safety from ongoing pandemic mandated cancelation of the 2020 edition of PALM expo. Keeping the PALM flag high is the Indian Recording Arts Academy Awards (IRAA) 2020 which continues into its 14th edition and will once again recognize work of distinction and exceptional achievements in the field of Sound Recording and Engineering.

Winners will be announced across 51 categories by the IRAA Committee and Jury, from the Sound Ideaz Studio in Andheri on 20th September, 2020 at 5:00 PM. The event will be streamed live on PALM Social media platforms.

Backing the initiative and demonstrating their unflinching support to the sound recording fraternity in India is HARMAN PROFESSIONAL SOLUTIONS INDIA. Aditya Todi, Senior Director of Sales and Marketing at HARMAN said that HARMAN was pleased to support IRAA and recognize the talent of studios and engineers in the country.

Anil Chopra, Founder & Chairman of Indian Recording Arts Academy (IRAA) Awards who believes that “THE FINAL MIX IS AN ART” is determined to campaign for Royalty for the final mix.  Read all about IRAA and the campaign for Royalty on pg.49.

PT spoke to Vipin Pungalia - Director, Professional Segment, Sennheiser India, on the milestone occasion of the 75th anniversary of the foundation of Sennheiser. Read all about the company’s growth, technology and vision for the Indian market on pg.40.

In this Install Special issue, we have brought you some interesting projects spanning cruise ships, hospitality, studio facility and house of worship; leaf through the pages for complete details.

Our Sept-Oct issue will be “The Lighting issue”. I look forward to presenting some more interesting lighting install projects and a rich collection of latest technology and product news, and insights from people who make it work.

July-August 2020!

Note from Content Anchor - Smita Rai...... March-June 2020 Issue!

PALM’s Fantastic Run of Glory for 20 Years gets a Virus Lockdown!

PALM has always lived up to expectations and always delivered a fantastic expo, which has acted as a catalyst for growth of the industry in its glorious run of 20 consecutive, successive years. But as you have it, this glorious run has been unpredictably hit by a virus lockdown, bringing to naught all preparations. PALM was on the verge of completing two magnificent decades when the catastrophe struck. The utter disappointment of hosting a fantastic celebration on the exhibit floor of India’s great pro sound and light industry is unfathomable.

This decision forced by the government, as per effective laws, for safety of exhibitors and visitors, has caused insurmountable losses for PALM expo organisers, as much as it has for the exhibitors, stakeholders and the industry as a whole. Considerable investments made by organisers on venue, marketing, media ads, admin, utilities, arrangements with fabricators, vendors etc., has been swallowed up by the COVID monster. Ongoing preparations and investments to bring back the much-awaited Outdoor Line Array is also washed away (pun intended) into oblivion.

Of course, there isn’t an industry contributing to PALM AV-ICN expo which has not been impacted - hospitality, weddings, MICE - especially the Media, Event & Entertainment industry. This Event industry, which is all about people, huge gatherings and entertainment, has been decimated to say the least.   

An EEMA survey indicates that over 50% of the media companies have lost 90% of their business since March 2020. As per FICCI reports, the Indian Media and Entertainment sector, which was expected to cross US$34 billion by 2022, at a CAGR of 10%, pre Covid-19, is now expected to reduce by 16% to Rs 1.3 lakh crore in the current financial year.

However, it’s time we all stand together and cross the bridge to future anew. Recovery from the virus will require flexibility, with the industry needing to advance some existing trends while also creating new solutions and business models. As an industry, I believe we have shown time and again that we are spirited in difficult times.

PALM Expo’s support to the market, industry trade and professionals is unstinting. We are all in the same boat and we are committed to remerge stronger than before. Our best response would be to stay together as an exigent unit.


Since normalcy seems to be in the distant future, the next couple of issues of PT too will have to be circulated as eMagazine. It has become increasingly evident that digital media has become a force to be reckoned with, and this shift has never been more valid than it is right now. Once we are ensured that dispatch of print magazines can be executed without any hiccups, we will resume the print edition, but until then PT will re-focus its energies on Digital pdf avtaar. 

People across the world have re-aligned and altered their consumption behavior, so this Digital offering will present the biggest opportunities for companies wanting to maintain operations and be seen as active in the face of the new coronavirus situation.

We therefore encourage companies to optimize marketing efforts and utilize PT digital platforms to stay relevant and active in the months going forward.


We have a feature-rich, combined Mar-Apr and May-June Digital mag with the main theme being “STUDIO”.

We are so happy that we could get some meaningful insights from three-time National Award winner Bishwadeep Chatterjee. Read his interview on pg.30.

Also in this issue is an Interview with another award winning Indian Sound Engineer, reputed film mix engineer, Sreejesh Nair on pg.51.

We feature Shankar Mahadevan’s new studio – Lambodara, designed by Didier Weiss and his team at Sound Wizard on pg.46. Unfortunately, we could not get pics of this brand new studio due to the lockdown but we will feature the same in PT July-August eMagazine.

On pg.59 is a look at Mrinal N’s  Stained Class Productions, a new Bangalore based studio  designed by Rahul Samuel of LiveEnd.

PT also touched base with indie Music Producers Keshav Dhar, Jehangir Jehangir, Ayan De, Vivek Thomas and Rohan Ramanna to find out more about their recording approaches and technology. Turn to pg.56.

In a six-part educational series, Rahul Sharma of Menura Acoustic Labs in collaboration with Sound Wizard will outline “Acoustic and Audio System Design for Small Rooms”; part 1 on pg.68.

While Viraf Pocha talks about how the virus has affected the events industry and steps to take to set the ‘New Normal’ on pg.83, Kapil Thirwani of Munro Acoustics outlines a sequence of steps for Studio Owners to follow post the lockdown on pg.74.

Also featured in this issue on pg.48, is the impressive Bose Professional install at the world’s largest cricket stadium, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Stadium in Motera.

The next issue of PT is the Install special issue and we hope to bring to our readers details of more of such remarkable installs  across various verticals.

Until then Cheers and Happy Reading!

March - June 2020!

Note from Content Anchor - Smita Rai...... Jan - Feb 2020 Issue!

Stage Tech

The news from China hasn’t been too encouraging. With factories shuttered down in the country to contain the coronavirus outbreak, disruption of component supplies and potential supply-chain problems is looming large over several industries, including the the global pro audio and lighting industry.

Make In India

This is a stark wakeup call to localise production and manufacture, so that needs of the market is not affected. There is no technology or market demand hurdle in India and the government is supporting local “Made in India” manufacturing more than necessary. The government has especially shown sensitivity towards the needs of the MSME sector and is committed to support growth with various schemes and initiatives.

Indian manufacturing is reputed to be of high quality for many products across industries and furthermore its geographical location gives manufacturers a competitive export advantage. Therefore, there is no reason why production cannot be localised.

Infact the listing of Top 50 products in this issue (pg.46) without any embarrassment features several “Made in India” products. Innovative solutions are no longer the prerogative of European countries alone and companies like Ahuja and Sonodyne are prime examples of leading brands boasting of manufacturing facilities with in-house R&D labs churning out quality products with exports to major nations. The pro audio and lighting industry has been transformed by wave after wave of remarkable innovations and the Top 50 features some remarkable products, which were launched in 2019.

The international shows up the scale, else stage production is predictably LED and lighting on trussing.

Sister publication - AV-ICNx magazine which focuses on Audiovisual equipment, technology & solutions also spotlights top 25 AV hardware in its Jan-Feb issue. The magazine, which is a year old is now gaining ground in the Indian AV industry and continues to evolve with every successive edition. Log on to to access the latest audio visual and systems integration news from across the country.

Another innovative product featured in this issue is STONEWATER Audio Labs’ Full Spectrum (FSS) Sound System, which debuted at Sunburn Goa’s Psychedelic stage in December last year. Reportedly, it is the first time ever, in India, that one could experience the entire spectrum of the human auditory potential, from 20Hz to 20 KHz, at a major mainstream outdoor event. More on pg.33.

By far the most exciting development in the past decade is the size and scale of stages. Most live events in India boast of creative stage setups complemented by an evolved rental industry, which is adopting best technology in sound and lighting and advancing its inventory. Nevertheless, it was U2’s unparalleled live setup in Mumbai that showed India what the future of stage production looks like.

Stage Production reigns supreme

BookMyShow, finally got U2 to perform their first-ever concert in India and the musical extravaganza marked several firsts, which included the world’s biggest, high-res LED screen ever used in a live touring show globally coming to the country, usage of Clair Brothers’ sound system and production elements that had never been seen before in India. Every piece of equipment was flown in and set up with uncompromised clinical precision.

In his column in this issue, aptly titled Backstage Fun, Viraf Pocha perfectly summarizes what transpired back stage; “Each complex part was assembled perfectly and slotted in so easily. Each piece of set was designed to be piled or lifted into or onto each other so cleverly, it seemed organic and elementary.  Simple logic delivered with extreme engineering, “he says. PT caught up with BookMyShow Live’s Kunal Khambhati and Vinay Agarwal to know more (pg. 62).

Supporting U2’s production team was a cast of some of the finest local stage hands - SNL Pro provided specialized sound crew while Star Dimensions provided specialized light crew, Natura provided professional riggers and climbers and Spectrum provided specialized crew for LED setup.

The international shows up the scale, else stage production is predictably LED and lighting on trussing. Roger Drego, the pioneer of stage sound in India ventured to deliver stage automation a year ago at the Filmfare awards (coverage in PT May-June 2019 issue). Large rental companies need to reimagine their inventory. Wifi enabled lighting opens new vistas in lighting design. Future opportunities are exciting indeed. Stay attentive to the light shining from PT on new products. Future of wifi lighting coming your way soon!  

Speaking of new tech, Michael Menezes Chairman of Showtime and Founder President of EEMA who championed ‘Technology at Events’ more than two decades ago, passed away on February 13 2020; Warren Dsouza pays rich tribute on pg.80.

The forthcoming Mar-Apr issue is the “Studio” special issue and we expect to feature some great music recording, as well as postproduction studios in this issue.


January February 2020!

Note from Content Anchor - Smita Rai...... Nov - Dec 2019 Issue!

Big Stage Extravaganza; Rental Market on Major Upswing

The international ‘Big Stage’ acts hit the tour circuits of Mumbai, Benguluru, Delhi, Goa and Pune from November to February. The live stage is roaring with India’s entertainment season at its peak; India is a great example of a musical market that is evolving in line with demand from local audiences. Music aficionados are spoilt for choice with so many acts on offer.

DJ + Big Stage (theme of this issue) rocks with Trending Tech and focus on DJ Consoles, Headphones and Platters. Meghna Porwal, the newest member of the PALM technology edit team finds out the gear top DJs use on pg.40.

This year has been rather redeeming for the big stage. Heartening to see that live music is not dependent on DJ acts. India can boast of the ‘real’ live acts too. The recently concluded U2: The Joshua Tree Tour 2019 and the OnePlus Music Festival was a good measure of the quality of music in demand as well as the quality of technology being used at large scale live events in India. Both the shows demonstrated how latest technologies can go a long way in delivering the wow factor.

The action from 2019 is promising enough to warrant major purchase of the best and latest in line array, sound-reinforcement, lighting, trussing. The scale of live events in India today, demands a huge investment from rental companies while also offering them a fantastic opportunity. As big stage live events grow, all eyes are on those rental companies who can deliver.

The rental market is on a major upswing and poised for further growth, on the back of entertainment events and other stage activity, which includes corporate, devotional and government events. Grow it will in 2020, and sharply at 40% is what PT predicts. The persistent drive to deliver something bigger, better, more spectacular and unparalleled has resulted in event companies pushing the envelope.

The OnePlus Music Festival witnessed large-scale production with many standout elements showcased. There was cutting-edge sound deployment of top-notch brands like L-Acoustics, DiGiCo and AVID, creative staging and rigging, life size mannequins and magnificent pyrotechnics, all of which was taken care of Manish Mavani and his team at SNL Pro (full story on pg 28). The Festival also featured a 7000 sq.ft. LED. deployed by Ulhas Sahasrabuddhe’s SSL Media.

Talking about LEDs at live events, the U2 concert in Mumbai boasted of a 200 ft. x 45 ft. with 8K resolution LED screen, considered to be the largest ever for a live concert in India, which the U2 production team got along with them from their original suppliers. Full story in Jan-Feb 2020 issue.

Guideline for the future from Manish Mavani, Head Honcho of SNL Pro; with Anil Chopra, Content Chief and Smita Rai, Content Anchor

The big stage season accounts for a big chunk of ticketed live events with one of India’s biggest electronic music extravaganza Sunburn leading the entourage with an array of genres from Drum n Bass to Trap music, House, Electronic, Trance, Hardstyle and Techno! December kick started the Sunburn Arena tour bringing to India legendary British-born Norwegian artist and record producer Alan Walker as part of the first leg of his much-awaited Aviation Tour in South Asia. Now with Sunburn back to its birthplace – GOA, the music festival gears up for a massive homecoming celebration in the last week of December, featuring a line-up of over 100 DJs across the four Big Stages. The Main Stage will see DJ Martin Garrix, The Chainsmokers, along with acts like Australian record producer, music programmer and Grammy award winner DJ FLUME, young Belgian prodigy Lost Frequencies and many more. SOLARIS, a new underground music venture featuring underground international and home-grown house and techno acts will feature on two dedicated stages.

New and innovative solutions for BIG sound are in abundance and offered by both big product brands and local rental companies. The gamut of sound reinforcement includes line arrays and all line arrays sell, of course to respective markets, for relevant shows, at affordable costs.

According to Warren Dsouza of India’s premiere rental company, the industry will have access to better gear at lower prices in the coming year. He hints at weaker margins for rental companies though.

Manish Mavani also agrees that the market is poised for further growth but rues that infrastructure and government policies are a hindrance to growth. “Market is growing, but we need more venues and better infrastructure which is severely lacking. Also, certain State and Central government policies to do with obtaining permissions for events need to change,” he says.

Having steadily grown in size, DEV Electronics comprises a team of dedicated, hardworking and creative people ensuring that the company continues to be one of the largest single-window product-source for rental companies and DJs alike. Story on pg.44.

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The January 2020 issue is the FOH special issue and will as always list the TOP 50 products of 2019. We compile the product for tech innovation and business sense each year so be sure to send in details of your best audio and lighting tech launched in 2019.

We plan to make 2020 even better and reader’s feedback is awaited and appreciated, till then wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

November December 2019!

Note from Content Anchor - Smita Rai...... Sept - Oct 2019 Issue!

A ‘Bright’ Future

2019 promises to take the stage lighting frenzy to another level with the music festival circuit witnessing some serious activity, courtesy the Sunburns, Nh7s, pop and electronics acts and innumerable smaller gigs lined up till January 2020. This of course is good news for the rental guys and the lighting majors eyeing the Indian market as the next horizon.

Globally too, live music events and concerts are projected as major drivers for growth. As per industry reports, globally, the specialty lighting market is projected to reach USD 7.2 billion by 2024 at a CAGR of 5.9% from 2019 to 2024 with entertainment lighting leading the specialty lighting segment and Asia Pacific projected to grow at the highest CAGR between 2019 and 2024. Within the entertainment lighting segment, stage lighting accounts for the largest pie, with certain reports indicating a market value of US$2.29 bn by 2026

With increasing number of stage events and even the Government backing investments into professional lighting, sound, 3D projection mapping and augmented reality in major tourist destinations, the future certainly looks bright and lighted for the industry in India.

This Sept-Oct issue is as always focused on lighting and on this cover, we have the Light & Sound show at the Jyotisar Tirth executed by Modern Stage Service Projects. The Kurukshetra Development Board included a new multi-sensory light and sound show for devotees and tourists, recreating episodes from the epic Mahabharata with lights, sound, laser projectors and MSS World Projects transforming the vision into reality. PT reports on pg.40

The cover also features the Monitor Mixing Summit organized by EvenTech Academy, an initiative by One could feel the energy of the industry as sound engineers and event techs from across the country congregated at the Mumbai Event pg.55

Anil Chopra, Founder Director of PALM expo; Ulhas Sahasrabuddhe, Lighting Design Showcase Producer and Smita Rai, Project Head – Features, PALM expo, conceptualizing the lighting design showcase 2019

Lighting is a subtle art, where good lighting “disappears”, and bad lighting is what you notice. Talented lighting designers are able to make light seemingly disappear, in the sense that the entire choreography is subtle and enhances the stage. PALM on its part takes great pride in producing a remarkable Lighting showcase, aimed at providing a platform to lighting designers from across India to present their talent.

There was so much vigor on display at the 2019 showcase with Ulhas Sahasrabuddhe and his team at SSL Media producing the PALM Lighting Design showcase for the third consecutive year, with a one of its kind remarkable and ingenious Spider lighting rig. PALM reinvented the lighting showcase this year by converting it into an open house platform with an aim to make it more interactive giving young lighting engineers a fantastic opportunity to be creative. More on pg.28.

New product launches and introduction of latest upgrades by leading manufacturers is what drives the stage lighting market globally and the product feature section on pg.82 lines up some state-of-art products launched in the last one year, boasting features such as compact design, ease of usage, high brightness level etc.

Viraf Pocha our die-hard columnist on lighting sums it up perfectly as he underlines that Stage Lighting is one of the widest of bridges between Technology and Art. “There are so many bits of equipment reviewed and advertised. I hope you will go through them carefully and seek out which ones you feel can enhance your ideas. And then get to work,” is his advice on pg.84.

We continue with the “PALM Sound & Light Awards – Know the Winners” feature, introduced in the previous July-August 2019 issue. In this issue, PT highlights the achievements of Naveen Deshpande, winner of PSL Award for Lighting Designer of the Year, pg.37; Sound Emporium, winner of PSL Award for Excellence in Lighting Integration, pg.68 and Clay Paky Sharpy Plus winner of PSL Award for Outstanding Lighting Product Innovation, pg.58.

With Unequal Music we have a hardcore music review column, penned by Abhimanyu Gupta, Music Producer, The Sonic Arts Co., providing insights on recording, mixing and mastering of albums and the studios churning out the music. The focus in this issue is Divine’s debut 8 track album, Kohinoor pg.64. Keep reading this column. All Music labels, Sound engineers and Music Studios, are also welcome to send us information about your latest album release for review to

The Nov-Dec issue is the Big Stage DJ issue. Stay tuned for some exciting news on this front.

September October 2019!

Note from Content Anchor - Smita Rai...... July - August 2019 Issue!

PALM + AV-ICNx Expo strikes the right chords

The 19th PALM expo rocked like never before. India’s mega convention of the pro light + sound and AV industry once again flocked to experience the latest and finest technology on display. The show covered 11 halls across the venue, encompassing exhibits, demos and experiential events, spread across over 27,000 sqm., and hosted 325 exhibitors, with total footfall across the three days reached a staggering 30,949 of which 23,241 were unique visitors.

The expo scaled new heights with an expansion into a dedicated exhibition on AV integrated systems - AV-ICNx Expo 2019 was launched in Hall 3 along with the 19th edition of the PALM Expo. One could feel energy of the industry at the largest show ever, with so much vigour and pride in producing large well-designed booths with a range of equipment on display.

The July-August issue is the annual PALM post-show review issue, however, this time we decided to do things a little differently. The report on the recently concluded PALM AV-ICNx Expo 2019 has been compiled into a separate brochure accompanying the main PT magazine. This brochure has all the juice, replete with information on products on the floor, conferences and other highlight features, as well as trade and visitor analysis of the 23,241 participants with succinct pie charts and graphs of 19th PALM-AV-ICNx Expo.

Fighting for industry rights and business at PALM Summit 2019 (from L-R) Smita Rai, Milind Raorane, Mohamed Morani, Pramod Chandorkar, Sushma Gaikwad and Anil Chopra.

The fact that the show has visibly grown, was reflected in the growing number of new exhibitors as also the floor space occupied by all the exhibitors. Lighting accounted for 17%, Stage Sound accounted for 35%, Install Sound for 26%, AV accounted for 15% and Studio/Audio Recording & Production for 7% of all exhibits.

One of the pleasures of being at the PALM expo is meeting new, determined young companies whose fortunes looks certain to rise and there were plenty on the show floor as well as at the indoor line array demo.

The mantra today is ‘Make in India’. High technology is the first signal for most sound and light products proliferating and rocking the business today. This was evident on the show floor, as among a plethora of ‘Made in India’ products, was also pro audio giant YAMAHA Corporation adding a new dimension to their hall with ‘Made-in-India products. YAMAHA launched its first Made in India product - the PSR-I500 keyboard, on day one of the PALM expo. This launch event was attended and covered by over 30 media publication houses. YAMAHA Corporation of Japan has opened its first factory in India with a view to make it an export hub eventually. The first phase involved an investment of 380 crores, with the company producing portable keyboards, to be followed by acoustic guitars and pro-audio speakers.

The statistics in the pie charts and graphs also throw light on the burgeoning live music industry and install sound industry in India. Production pros and Systems Integrators today are, if anything, more practical about the equipment they buy or use. Now that the festival season is well and truly upon us, you will get reports of rental companies stocking up inventories with latest and state-of-the-art. Log on to for all the dope.

While we are on the subject of Live stage rental business, Chinese smartphone manufacturer OnePlus is hosting a music festival in India this year. OnePlus will be organising a huge music concert in Mumbai in November 2019 and the upcoming music festival is expected to host several international as well as local music artists. The live events sector grows with each circle of new event organizers. As number of events grow and diversify, so too does rental audio inventory.

PALM is the protector fighting for industry rights and business

The most vicious impediment in the current atmosphere remains – live music entertainment being banned for crossing both time and noise limits. PALM Sound & Light Conference Summit played a leadership role bringing a panel discussion on Noise Pollution Control Killing Music. Milind Raorane, Electro Acoustic Engineer, Pramod Chandorkar, FOH Engineer, Sushma Gaikwad and Mohamed Morani, event organisers were the esteemed speakers who imparted knowledge on noise and decibel levels at live stage events. Discussions put in perspective - woes of small sound rental companies unable to survive activists’ and pseudo objections against any kind of music entertainment as being noise.

Anil Chopra, Director of the PALM Expo & Conference and Chief Editor of this magazine, despite desertions from industry associations was determined this  session sends out a loud shout on protecting rental companies’ business; announced that session will be a permanent fixture at the PALM Summit every year, and the White paper transcript of the entire session will be used by industry to find a resolution. Download to learn panel’s hard work and PALM’s standing strong in supporting pro sound industry:

Making the situation worse for stage sound and light business is few shows and fewer venues. Announcement by the Bengaluru International Airport Limited (BIAL) to make Kempegowda International Airport (KIA) the first airport in India to host a world-class concert arena within its premises is more than welcome news.

PALM Sound & Light Awards [PSLA] recognition to those behind the stage, in its 9th consecutive edition has grown stature and global attention. World’s leading Pro audio and lighting companies acknowledge PSL Awards. “PALM Sound & Light Awards – Know the Winners” will feature in PT mag as providing readers an insight to winners’ achievements which marked their growth trajectory, that brought them on the PSL Awards stage. Turn to pg52 and pg58.

PT focuses on Install sound in this issue, so while we are busy trying to get material and information, some companies respond immediately while most other ask for extensions and / or cite concerns about Non-Disclosure Bonds. Those who painstakingly sent information naturally get featured. Read how Bose Professional Hits the Right Notes at The Piano Project, Indore pg56. and Touchwood Automations Invigorated Pune’s Party Scene with CINCO pg45.

Our next issue [Sept-Oct] focus is on Lighting. The year-end issue [Nov-Dec] focuses on DJ gear. Six focus issues bi-monthly!! To guide the market product segment wise. Attempt is to highlight products and technologies in each segment.

Before signing off, a big shout-out to Warren Dsouza for the recently concluded Monitor Mixing Summit 2019 by EvenTech Academy, an initiative by SOUND.COM, which witnessed enthusiastic participation from the live sound industry in India as 190 delegates from across India congregated in Mumbai. Report on pg26. Stay tuned for more on this in the Sept-Oct 2019 issue.

July August 2019 Issue!

Note from Content Anchor - Smita Rai...... May - June 2019 Issue!

19 Glorious Years of PALM

In India, all the talent in the country come together on film media and that’s what creates film music and that’s why film music is so great and popular here.

The last decade has seen significant growth in independent music across genres and formats. Independent live bands and DJs, as also a scattering of solo artistes, are appearing on festival stages across the country. Though these live bands and DJs have the ears of young India, they still lack the mass appeal of film music and may never be commercially viable.

American record producer, Co-Founder of Interscope Records and Beats Electronics - James Iovine, is a great example of how collaboration in music could create a phenomenon. He showed the world that talent was obviously important, but how the ability to work together as a team, could lead to great success. It was Iovine’s vision that convinced Bruce Springsteen to let Patti Smith record his song “Because the Night”. It became one of Smith’s biggest hits. It was Ivoine who brought together Stevie Nick and Tom Petty to record Petty’s song “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around” and the song rocketed up the charts.

It is this kind of collaboration that is missing in India’s Independent music scene. Our music industry and artistes definitely need to take a leaf out of this book. In India, this kind of collaboration is seen only for film music.

Film music has become an art form in our country. India can be proud that it has created an art form of music around film. Film music as an art form has succeeded in bringing together the best talent in the industry for lyrics, for music and for vocals and much of its success can be attributed to its inherent composite nature, wherein the best talent from different streams come together to produce an album.

The great golden age of Indian film music was created in great recording studios with great sound engineers. The studios are the center of gravity for all the talent that there is and it is undoubtedly, technology that has facilitated this talent to come together to make great music. Few industries have undergone as much change as the recording industry. From the days of Multi-track Recording to Dolby Atmos, technology has come a long way. Many studios in India have been on the cutting edge of technology adopting the latest technologies to facilitate creation of great music.

Famous Digital Studios, one of the first studios in the country to have an entirely non-linear hard disk based workflow and one of the first to install Dolby Surround and then 5.1 in their studios, have once again upped the ante by retrofitting Galactica A into a 7.1.4 Dolby Atmos HE certified mixing room, offering clients an opportunity to push boundaries of creativity. PT caught up with Technical Director – Farhad DadyBurjor at the new studio. Full story on pg. 30.

The Studio Showcase Project Gallery, pg. 77, and singer /music composer Vijay Prakash’s spanking new home studio, pg 58 mirrors today’s Indian recording and post-production industry. The Gallery features some recently launched studios ranging in scale and size boasting of an envious equipment inventory.

Technology transpiring in the direction of Digital and Analog Hybrid Systems has also facilitated creativity to go into Project Studios. Compact Speakers, computers and digital workstations have held a significant role in the recording process in the last decade fueling the growth of Project Studios and it is years and years of technological development that has made this happen. PT celebrates the fantastic curve that technology has taken wherein the highest level of cutting–edge technology comparable to the technology at mammoth studios has gone into Project Studios. The PALM expo too brings this technology on its expo floors. Times have changed and we are with the time. The PALM expo will keep getting you products that will keep your Project Studios going and help you make great music.

Since 2006, the Indian Recording Arts Awards (IRAA) has taken cognizance of not only the talent but also the studios. Identifying and rewarding new studios with latest technology has always been a focus at IRAA. IRAA Studio of the Year nominations on pg. 49 are indicative of this.

This year IRAA is becoming very intense and we are proud of the status these awards have garnered. We have been flooded with nominations and the 12 member IRAA Jury is working furiously to ensure that the best of the best are rewarded.

The PALM preview gives you a lowdown on what to expect from this 19th edition. The PALM Summit Conference & Seminar programme boast of expert speakers speaking on topics ranging from Loudspeaker arrays and subwoofer configurations to Dante Audio Networking, Creating Sound Design in the era of challenging Surround Sound and Atmos and Studio Design. More of the dope of on pg. 44.

The next May-June issue is the “Live” special issue, which will be additionally circulated from the PT booth at PALM expo 2019, from May 30 – June 1, 2019. Send in your editorial and ads before 10 May and catch the growth wave at PALM.

March April 2019 Issue!

Note from Content Anchor - Smita Rai...... March - April 2019 Issue!

Sound Matters

In India, all the talent in the country come together on film media and that’s what creates film music and that’s why film music is so great and popular here.

The last decade has seen significant growth in independent music across genres and formats. Independent live bands and DJs, as also a scattering of solo artistes, are appearing on festival stages across the country. Though these live bands and DJs have the ears of young India, they still lack the mass appeal of film music and may never be commercially viable.

American record producer, Co-Founder of Interscope Records and Beats Electronics - James Iovine, is a great example of how collaboration in music could create a phenomenon. He showed the world that talent was obviously important, but how the ability to work together as a team, could lead to great success. It was Iovine’s vision that convinced Bruce Springsteen to let Patti Smith record his song “Because the Night”. It became one of Smith’s biggest hits. It was Ivoine who brought together Stevie Nick and Tom Petty to record Petty’s song “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around” and the song rocketed up the charts.

It is this kind of collaboration that is missing in India’s Independent music scene. Our music industry and artistes definitely need to take a leaf out of this book. In India, this kind of collaboration is seen only for film music.

Film music has become an art form in our country. India can be proud that it has created an art form of music around film. Film music as an art form has succeeded in bringing together the best talent in the industry for lyrics, for music and for vocals and much of its success can be attributed to its inherent composite nature, wherein the best talent from different streams come together to produce an album.

The great golden age of Indian film music was created in great recording studios with great sound engineers. The studios are the center of gravity for all the talent that there is and it is undoubtedly, technology that has facilitated this talent to come together to make great music. Few industries have undergone as much change as the recording industry. From the days of Multi-track Recording to Dolby Atmos, technology has come a long way. Many studios in India have been on the cutting edge of technology adopting the latest technologies to facilitate creation of great music.

Famous Digital Studios, one of the first studios in the country to have an entirely non-linear hard disk based workflow and one of the first to install Dolby Surround and then 5.1 in their studios, have once again upped the ante by retrofitting Galactica A into a 7.1.4 Dolby Atmos HE certified mixing room, offering clients an opportunity to push boundaries of creativity. PT caught up with Technical Director – Farhad DadyBurjor at the new studio. Full story on pg. 30.

The Studio Showcase Project Gallery, pg. 77, and singer /music composer Vijay Prakash’s spanking new home studio, pg 58 mirrors today’s Indian recording and post-production industry. The Gallery features some recently launched studios ranging in scale and size boasting of an envious equipment inventory.

Technology transpiring in the direction of Digital and Analog Hybrid Systems has also facilitated creativity to go into Project Studios. Compact Speakers, computers and digital workstations have held a significant role in the recording process in the last decade fueling the growth of Project Studios and it is years and years of technological development that has made this happen. PT celebrates the fantastic curve that technology has taken wherein the highest level of cutting–edge technology comparable to the technology at mammoth studios has gone into Project Studios. The PALM expo too brings this technology on its expo floors. Times have changed and we are with the time. The PALM expo will keep getting you products that will keep your Project Studios going and help you make great music.

Since 2006, the Indian Recording Arts Awards (IRAA) has taken cognizance of not only the talent but also the studios. Identifying and rewarding new studios with latest technology has always been a focus at IRAA. IRAA Studio of the Year nominations on pg. 49 are indicative of this.

This year IRAA is becoming very intense and we are proud of the status these awards have garnered. We have been flooded with nominations and the 12 member IRAA Jury is working furiously to ensure that the best of the best are rewarded.

The PALM preview gives you a lowdown on what to expect from this 19th edition. The PALM Summit Conference & Seminar programme boast of expert speakers speaking on topics ranging from Loudspeaker arrays and subwoofer configurations to Dante Audio Networking, Creating Sound Design in the era of challenging Surround Sound and Atmos and Studio Design. More of the dope of on pg. 44.

The next May-June issue is the “Live” special issue, which will be additionally circulated from the PT booth at PALM expo 2019, from May 30 – June 1, 2019. Send in your editorial and ads before 10 May and catch the growth wave at PALM.

March April 2019 Issue!

Note from Content Anchor - Smita Rai...... Jan - Feb 2019 Issue!

Behind the Desk

It’s that time of the year again when PALM technology draws Top 50 products in pro audio and lighting. As technology races ahead, integrating faster computing, expanded and faster memory, ease of use, radical and evolved design, compatibility, new applications and other features, globally, manufacturers are launching new and state-of-the-art products at a rapid pace.

A slew of industry magazines across print and/or digital have their own lists and this selection of products is PT’s choice that we select as worthy of our annual Top 50. PT does not claim that this is a definitive list of Top 50, but this is what we feel works for this market.

Indian industry too has been embracing new tech, which is today easily accessible in India, not only in the metros, but also the smaller towns and cities. What is unique to India is that it embraces good quality, Made in India products with the same dynamism as it does the European or Chinese solutions. The Made in India products that find a place in the Top 50 are a good indication of the maturing audio industry in the country.

Amnon Harman is the latest industry leader to contribute to the 11 Questions section offering his insights to d&b audiotechnik’s cutting-edge R&D and growth strategy in his own unedited words (pg. 97). He says that d&b recognized an appreciation of good sound in the Indian market and Indian customers today are not afraid of cost to invest in good technology. His observations are timely as we find buyers across the length and breadth of the country investing into equipment, reports of which can be found in the news pages of PT. Number of Soundcraft Vi Series growing organically across India is also an indicator of where the live sound console market is headed (pg. 86).

Live sound, where beyond electronics, there are dynamics, mix magician – Ken Pooch who obliged PT with an interview for this FOH special issue in between mixing FOH for top-of-the-line artistes, is quick to point out that the challenge a FOH faces, depends on the artistes themselves. A “never give up” attitude and hard work is his “sound advice” to young FOH engineers out there aspiring to be, where Pooch is today. (More on pg. 60).

In India, today there is no paucity of acts in every genre. This year started with music lovers in Mumbai being treated to a bouquet of Indian classical music concerts – from Hindustani and Carnatic music at Gateway of India at the crack of dawn, to concerts by the calm sea, reflecting the moon at Marine Drive. FOH engineer Ajay Vijendra, our contributing writer for this issue, provides insight into his workflow for mixing Indian classical music (pg. 82).

With PALM expo on the horizon, the ‘busy period’ for the team here at PT has just about begun, more so due to AV-ISE, the concurrent expo - AV Integrated Systems - born out of a demand by AV consultants and systems integrators, religiously attending the PALM expo each year for dedicated AV expo. The expo’s eponymously titled publication – AV Integrated Systems, edited by the resourceful Content Manager – Anvita Pillai and anchored by yours truly, will drive the expo’s highlight features – namely the AV Summit Conference, CAVS – Certified AV Specialist program, AV Education & Training Program and AV Project Gallery Walk of Fame.

“This is not just about digital projection. It is about digital art. If I take one nanosecond of every image, and I take a print out, every print is a work of art. It is millions of artistic images. When anyone sees it, they feel a part of it, because it brings Africa out, it brings Asia, it brings modern art, it brings everything out, and that is what so satisfying. This is technology art. This is the future.”
– Anil Chopra’s (centre) vision of the Sviatovid - the projection mapping showcase by Bart Kresa unveiled at ISE Europe 2019

Focus product segments at the AV Integrated Systems expo include Video Projection & Display, Digital Signage, Large Display, Interactive Display, Unified communications, Education technology, Audio Processing, Digital Cinema, Cabling, Connectors and signal management, Conference and collaboration, IP & Network distribution. If you haven’t already booked your booth yet at the expo, drop us a line and join the marquee list of exhibitors.

PALM on the other hand continues to grow year on year with the inclusion of new exhibitors. Anil Chopra, our Content Chief, made his first expo stop of the year at ISE 2019 and met master projection designer Bart Kresa who PALM awarded for Creative Direction at the PALM Sound & Light awards in 2013 and was enraptured by Kresa’s projection mapping showcase - Sviatovid unveiled at ISE. The ISE Daily also reported Mr. Chopra’s vision of the Sviatovid. Kresa incidentally had also showcased a unique demonstration of video mapping at the 2013 PALM Integration for Entertainment Demo in Mumbai.

Our next issue is the Studio special issue. The issue will also feature stories of all the illustrious studios nominated for the 13th edition of the IRAA awards. Gear up for more in the March-April.

Cheers till then!

Jan Feb Issue!

Note from Content Anchor ------------- Nov - Dec 2018 Issue!

The Year in Review

Over the past few years, we here at PT have seen the pro audio and lighting industry grow by leaps and bounds. 2017 was redeeming for big live acts – Justin Bieber, Ed Sheeran, UB 40, Dream Theatre and Chainsmokers, to name a few. While we get cracking on our next issue and look back at the year gone by in review, I find the shine missing from the stage. Other than a “has been” Bryan Adams concert, there were EDM stars Martix Garrix, Marshmellow and Incubs, Godfather of the British Blues John Mayall and few others who performed as part of fests such as Sunburn, Supersonic, Mahindra Blues Festival etc. and this list more or less sums it up.

It was in November 2017 when English singer-songwriter James Blunt excitedly announced his India tour in 2018 but just four months down the line, he put up another post announcing the cancellation of his show in Bangalore. His post read - “Our booking agent has advised that due to the failure of the promoter to enact contract terms, it is no longer possible for this show to take place.” So much for all the chest thumping and reports suggesting a growing number of international acts coming down to India and promoters promising to bring down the biggest names in the International music scene. Plain speak is that barring Arijit Singh and AR Rahman, and intermittently DJs like Nucleya or a Chetas who have “Bollywoodised” their music to suit local tastes, India does not have any other local talent to engage and entertain a mass audience. India has not succeeded in producing a homegrown Justin Bieber or an Ed Sheeran, probably because Bollywood Rules, and Sharuk Khan is still the face of other people’s composition and voice. And number of international acts are just not as many as they should ideally be. We can at best surmise is at as “painfully getting better”.

Our Indian show business is still reliant on foreign acts, which unfortunately are already burdened with withholding taxes, red tapism and other challenges. Organising Big Stage Extravaganza (pg. 26) in our last issue of the year, explores opportunities and obstacles in organizing big ticket, big stage shows. Though the government has done a small bit by bringing down GST prices, there is yet much that needs to done, as the growth of this industry has a direct impact on other industries such as tourism and hospitality. Today, people across the global are not averse to travelling to other cities or countries to watch their favorites perform and India is no exception to the rule. Music Tourism is the new mantra. For the industry to thrive it is imperative that the State Governments pay heed to the woes of the event organisers and makes life simpler for all stakeholders by establishing a single window clearance for all permits. Maharashtra should atleast take a forward step in this direction like Delhi.

This issue also features Visual artistes Kaycee, Jash Reen and Joshu Dmello - the Rock Stars behind the Rock Stars, conceptualising reams of graphics.

Thanks to guidance the team received from Mr. Anil Chopra and the efforts of our conscientious Content Manager, Ankita Bhadrawale, in 2018 PT reinforced its anchoring position as an independent and neutral media focusing only on the best stories and innovation. Giving the market some focus in 2018 were six focus subjects - FOH, Studio, Live, Install, Lighting and Big Stage DJ. Last year also featured global top honchos Pio Nahum – Claypaky, Joe Pham – QSC and Aidan Williams – Audinate in 11 Questions.

2018 started with a bang as we reviewed 50 top high-end frontier tech equipment of 2017, while also putting the spotlight on 15 top FOH engineers who provided insight to their wish list of features on the new age FOH console.

I was honoured to meet studio design guru and erstwhile winner of the IRAA award for Global Innovation in Studio Design – Mr. Andy Munro. The Studio special issue produced Mr. Munro’s thoughts on acoustics, music and recording.

The Live issue incidentally is my favourite each year. It also happens to be the PALM show issue. For me, the final outcome of all the effort (and stress), which goes into planning and producing the stories while also putting together the PALM highlight features, is a heartwarming experience. The Art of touring in this issue had insights from AR Rahman’s Encore tour on all the implications of managing a tour. The icing on the cake was the Maestro himself receiving the magazine and appreciating the story at the sidelines of the PALM expo 2018.

The Install special had an eclectic mix of auditoria and entertainment venue install stories. PALM 2018 was a benchmark, and this post-show review issue featured the PALM Story and the action from across eight halls at the Nesco trade fair grounds.

Lighting being the next frontier for manufacturing in India, a dedicated issue focusing on lighting stories is of course a given. The who’s who of this industry – Harold Fernandes, Atul Sonpal, Naveen Deshpande, Davinder Wadhwa, Rasesh Parekh – all contributed with stories and insights for this special issue.

A big shout-out, to our distinguished columnists Warren D’souza, Viraf Pocha and Reji Ravindran for supporting the industry media and contributing with immense knowledge on trends and technologies.

Year 2019 promises to be a year of major activity in the PALM Expo stable. PALM has finally bitten the bullet, and launched the AV-ISE expo in Hall 3 of Nesco, concurrent with the PALM expo from 31 May – 1 June. It’s a matter of pride that we have also launched the AV-ISE magazine which will provide dope of all the new tech and business dynamics of the Audiovisual industry. I’m excited that I’m going to be editing both the magazines now.

As 2019 is now in full swing, I hear from a few different sources that we are in for an exciting year of major product launches and we encourage all of you to write in to us with all the Juice and Jazz. Cheers until then!

November December Issue!

Note from Content Anchor ------ September - October 2018 Issue!

More Light for Less

PALM tech focuses on lighting in this issue. A recent study indicated that the global market for programmable stage lighting, which stood at US$1.19 bn in 2016, is expected to rise at a CAGR of 7.0% during the period 2018 to 2026 and increase to a value of US$2.29 billion. India is not oblivious to this growth graph. Desire for cutting-edge technology is at the heart of the lighting industry growth in India and it’s uplifting to see this segment thrive. Top end brands leading the technology curve, like Clay Paky, Robe and Martin Lighting, today find a place in the lighting inventory of many rental companies across the country.

As more and more international artistes make their way to India, rental businesses are finding it difficult to survive without an array of intelligent lights in their inventory - a mandate in most big stage riders that deliver specific needs of the designer. PT caught up with Dubai based Indian lighting designer par excellence – Harold Fernandes, who has been lighting up some of the biggest stages in India and the MEA region to find out more about the fixtures adorning his elaborate lighting rigs (pg. 54).

It’s heartening to see one of the most experienced (and busy) lighting designers in the country - Atul Sonpal, making a reappearance in the magazine through the Corporate Guest column (pg. 83), albeit after much prodding and persuasion. With consumption and usage exploding and lighting design becoming sophisticated enough to employ massive arrays configured on rigs, its asking too much for the entire portfolio of equipment to be the best (read non- Chinese) as Sonpal asserts.

As Chinese lighting continues to make its presence felt, the PT team caught up with Sasha Xiong, Deputy General Manager, Int. Sales Division, PR Lighting, China, distributed by MSS Pvt. Ltd. to know more about the manufacturer’s engagement with the Indian market (pg. 84).

Elsewhere in this issue (pg. 80), insights by lighting designer Naveen Deshpande of Mixtape fame, hinge on a positive note as he underlines the tremendous growth of the lighting industry. “It’s safe to say we won’t get electrocuted now”, he quips while also hoping for the advent of the “replica police” in India soon.

Though availability of low quality lighting products is stunting demand for branded gear to a certain extent, the market is expected to gain significantly from advancement in LED technology and the shift towards LED-based programmable lighting over the next couple of years. The emergence of entertainment venues across the country (which is showing no signs of slowing down) are augmenting demand for LED based intelligent lighting and smart wireless lighting controls, contributing positively to market growth. Lighting Integration is increasingly becoming a challenge, in that, design and installation standards are vaulting with each new pub/club/lounge bar. This issue reviews one such lighting integration at the Warehouse Lounge in Thane, designed and integrated by the discerning Rasesh Parekh of IES (pg. 76) and boasting of some heavy-duty lighting install with more than 600 LED tubes hanging from the ceiling. Controlling all the LED and light extravaganza at the venue is the Magical Madrix and the Avant-garde Avolites.

11 Questions features lighting industry veteran Pio Nahum, now at the helm of one of the most successful lighting brands in the world – Clay Paky. Hear it from the man himself on (pg. 94).

The new horizon seems to be AV Integrated Systems, where distribution majors have also entered the install and integrate projects sector. With complex AV Integration projects spurting up across the country in recent months, PT too has been complementing its live sound an audio production stories with content that puts increased focus over audiovisual integration. This issue features one such integration at JAQUAR, a brand that has become synonymous with designer bathware in India. The company’s headquarters in Manesar spread across 12 acres also encompasses the manufacturer’s first Experience Centre boasting of cutting edge technology. Davinder Wadhwa’s MSS (Projects), who were contracted to bring to life this Experience Centre have raised the bar with this delivery, which immerses visitors with a multi-sensory experience, weaving spatial and interactive audiovisual content and technology into a seamless journey portraying the brands history, growth philosophy and future vision. Full story on (pg. 26).

Industry experts and PT columnists, Warren Dsouza and Viraf Pocha, for sound & light respectively, give us an insider perspective on the industry trends and technologies. Go to (pg. 82 & 88), for wise words from the original wizards.

After a very long time PT revisited its first love – the recording studio. Our Editorial Manager Ankita Bhadrawale documents Surat’s Studio Fifty-Three story executed by Modi Digital on (pg. 40).

While on the topic of studios, we are glad to announce the appointment of well-respected and renowned sound engineer Mujeeb Dadarkar as the IRAA 2019 Awards Director. Mujeeb met up with the PALM team and IRAA leaders at Pramod Chandorkar’s Sound Ideaz studio. Full story in the next Nov-Dec issue of PT, which incidentally is the Big Stage DJ issue.

Cheers until then and wish our readers a “lighted” Diwali!


September October Issue!

Note from Content Anchor -------------July August 2018 Issue!

PALM Expo recap

A lot of heart and soul has been put in building PALM technology into India’s only professional magazine. With this July-August, post PALM show edition, I’m glad to take up position of Editor.

It feels great that I’m now Editor of this magazine and I’m confident that we will continue with the same spirit of this great magazine, wherein the main ethos has always been to help the industry better their business. It’s been more than a decade that I’ve been working with Chopra Sir (Anil Chopra) and it’s been a true learning experience from a man who is truly invested into the growth of this industry. Over the years, he has dedicated an enormous amount of time and effort, the result of which is a magazine and expo with an impressive impact and excellent reputation. My stint under him as Managing Editor, PT and Project Head – Features and Marketing, PALM Expo has been rewarding and productive and I’m grateful to him for providing me with this fantastic opportunity to take up this important role.

The Cover features the PALM Story - a story that never seems to disappoint. Three pulsating days witnessed a record turnout. After months and months of planning and sheer hard work, we take a step back to reflect on the recently concluded PALM expo 2018. It takes a whole year’s planning to put up a show of this magnitude and for me personally, it has been a very satiating experience.

It was the third consecutive year wherein I had the privilege of putting together the PALM Conference, IRAA Awards and the PALM Sound & Light Awards and what I enjoy most about these highlight features of PALM is the level at which I’m engaging the industry. It is flattering and satisfying that the industry responds so proactively. There have been many testing times while putting the show together, but the industry’s reverence for this platform has been a source of inspiration. For instance, when a reputed industry professional who we had slotted for the interactive one-one-one Q&A session on day three of the PALM Conference, informed that he would not be able to make it due to a prior commitment, we were at a loss to fill up this important position. The only other Sound Designer who I could think of at this point of time, who was of the stature to address and educate an already informed and elite audience of sound engineers, was National Film Award winner and recipient of many other coveted awards - Shajith Koyeri. His enthusiasm to address the PALM audience and his promptness in filling up this slot at the last moment has been fantastic, to say the least. It is this experience of meeting all the sound engineers and looking at their enthusiasm and belief in the platform we have created, that I cherish the most. IRAA 2018 has been a benchmark! Support I have received from Pramod Chandorkar, Aditya Modi and all the other IRAA Jury members has been phenomenal.

In this issue, you will find extensive post show coverage of the PALM Expo 2018, and digressed with independent stories covering the conferences, awards and exhibit features like line array, demo qube etc. I have deliberately given each of the PALM highlight features their own independent space instead of clubbing them all into one article along with visitor statistics and new launches at the show. I have done this so that readers can be engaged in them and because I feel that they deserve to be viewed independently by the readers and to realize that apart from business on the floors, there is so much more that this brilliant show offers.

Message from Anil Chopra, Editor-in-Chief
In the last few years PALM Expo has grown and with it the show magazine PALM technology. It gives me great pleasure to have Smita Rai, accept the responsibility as Editor from this issue. Smita has been Managing Editor, since 2015. In these years she has engaged PALM exhibitors, finely realising their promotional needs and effectually delivering excellent stories. It is so important that as this magazine connects with the industry in between two shows, we deliver to our exhibitors the expanding market and improve professional techniques. Smita, I learn from our exhibitors and advertisers has done this to their satisfaction. PALM technology ethos and motto, our mission and vision is to provide an independent and neutral media focusing only on the best stories on innovation. This philosophy, I assure all of you, will be fulfilled by your new editor. Cheers!

Get all the insight on PALM Conference & Seminar page 64 - 66, PALM Sound and Light Awards page 109 - 112, IRAA Awards page 80 - 86, PALM Soundscape page 72 - 73. The PALM post show review has all the information you need to know.

The main PALM Exhibit review will give you a clear impression of the dynamics of the industry on the show floor. New brands entering the industry with new products were all at the show. Go to page 26 for the full story.

If you find your photographs missing, ask me; if you need more, drop me a line at and I’ll reach them to you. I sure hope you use the picture in your branding and marketing collateral and your publicity campaigns on social media.

As regular readers, you will know that we commit each individual issue of PT to one dedicated theme. With AV integrations being integrated in all sectors across India, this Install special issue of the magazine has an eclectic mix of auditoria and entertainment venue install stories. Rhythm Arora and his team at Qubix were brought on as Systems Integrators for the newly opened Lord of the Drinks at the bustling Kamala Mills Compound in Lower Parel. The PT team visited the venue to trace this install story page 36. Elsewhere in the issue, we have more install stories starring HARMAN, Bose, QSC, Audiocentre & NX audio. Read it all, page 68, 70, 74, 87 and 88.

The next issue, the theme is “Lighting”. I learn from the market that lighting is the next frontier for manufacturing in India with a huge amount of LED manufacturing already underway. All “Make in India” manufacturers be in touch; we would like to feature your story. This is not because the magazine is in favour of Indian brands only; we favour International brands too, including Chinese brands. The excitement to feature “Make in India” stories is because once the goods are made in India, we are bound to witness exponential consumption, with the market expanding in tandem. Readers can look forward to a rich collection of interviews and stories in the Set-Oct issue.

I also take this opportunity to welcome our new member Dhruvika Arora who has joined the team as Assistant Advertising Manager. Our advertisers will be hearing a lot more from her in the near future.

Proud to write this page!


July August Issue!

A Note from the Editor -------------May June 2018 Issue!

China is moving on from an OEM supplier to technology brand market

I visited GET Expo in Guangzhou this year. My first visit and I was impressed, by the energy of the China market. The GET Expo is for China buyers. Its China brands for China rental and install market, not so much to attract international buyers.

Most Chinese companies I met had promoters present who ‘made’ these companies. Highly motivated promoters who took pride in developing their product displayed. Most companies showed large factories to boast, and stories of the journey to their success. Indeed I was surprised as I thought most China manufacturing would have been a collective enterprise. Not a passionate story of a promoter defying all odds and building successful manufacturing. Now obsessing with his brand and eager to prove his technology is original. It is a bit difficult for most as they need to live down present image of China.

What I wish to draw attention to is the rather long term dedication and consistent build-up of manufacturing of pro audio, pro sound and lighting product. All of us know equally well, each product requires extensive tooling and all of us know tooling to perfection with a high finish is expensive and amortising investment is dangerously difficult depending upon the life cycle of the model and product and application. It is only huge quantities of sale that does the trick. And this is exactly what Chinese manufacturers have managed, that is huge quantities of production. Now this whole process driven by exporting to global consumption has made it possible for the global sound, light and audiovisual market to get product of quality at highly affordable cost which has driven growth to such levels. India primarily imports huge quantities from China which feeds India’s huge demand in pro sound and light. The entire Indian market is a happy camper. No pain, only gain.

Yet there is a lot Indian branding does which is product support with service and distribution and demo and training et al. Works in tandem with supply. The system is similar for globally established prime brands from US and Europe, where the high-end frontier tech equipment like studio consoles and FOH mixers, DAWs, near field monitors, is sourced.

The PALM expo is a few days away and the pulsating energy of stage sound and light can be felt. The Art of Touring has insight from A.R. Rahman’s tour on all the implications of managing a tour, logistics, gear, sets, travel, and the rest of the story. Smita Rai, Managing Editor, and intrepid reporter engaged Mr B live entertainment’s Mr Balaji Manoharan, producer of Encore live stage entertainment event with lots of musicians, celebrating 25 years of the maestro’s musical journey.

11 Questions for our industry’s top honchos has Joe Pham of QSC. Joe Pham, CEO, QSC evinces strong interest in the AV/IT market evangelising software as the game changer which QSC harnesses in its new product tech. Incidentally AVIXA he says has spelt out India as the fastest growing market in AV worldwide. AV solutions is a major traction at PALM each year growing with more AV Consultants making attendance a must priority more so than AVIXA’s own show in Mumbai.

India’s first full backline service rental company – backline for your information means musical instruments et al, is fully functioning. Warren of is the promoter of GearHouse, based in Mumbai but serving the whole country [page 58]. PT team of Smita Rai and Ankita Bhadrawale entered GearHouse’s cave to play this story. Warren has contributed all his business acumen for those who wish to emulate this new biz.

This issue is our Live issue and Manish Mavani is the dude who goes ‘Live’ on every stage which is challenging. Mavani’s SNL Pro, Mumbai based topline rental for stage sound and lighting has the story of how as a DJ he got into sound install, and then you need to go to [page 34] for the whole story of SNL Pro. I confirm it’s an example story for all of you who want to be there on the big stage.

PALM bears the IPR flag

I chose in 2001 since inception of PALM expo, to stand guard against copyright violation on its exhibit floor, creating PALM as an enlightened international expo, fully educated on the implications of IPR to drive innovation, new product, new techniques and higher quality in all applications. PALM has driven this message as much in all its media and communication to industry globally. The show magazine circulating on show dates at the venue has this message on [page 144]. PALM organisers understand the imperatives of securing and innovation equally for all exhibitors. Current management is as alive to IPR protection and promoting original brand and product at the show. PALM Technology being the voice of the industry, promoting original technology 365 days of the year, as organiser of PALM expo completely validates the expo’s credentials. Sharing similar vision in mutual faith we must act with mutual respect and thus be an example to the global industry.


May June Issue!

A Note from the Editor -------------March April 2018 Issue!

Audiovisual Convergence is not a pie in the sky

Once again the slow thrill of PALM Preview, the 18th consecutive PALM Preview in 18 years! Then the show rises in Mumbai, attracting sound, light and audiovisual industry, from across India and the world. On the cover is a pie chart of the action across eight halls at the nesco fair grounds. Action across four major product segments. PALM covers the gamut - pro audio and AV, live sound and lighting. Entertainment technology is converging at PALM 2018 like never before. Even as Indian market is emerging, a remarkable aspect is the balance between the four major product categories on exhibit. AV is at a healthy 17% vis-a-vis 37% pro audio. Live sound 21% vis-à-vis 25% for lighting. Attendees will experience exposure to major brands in all segments. Satisfactory sourcing solutions are assured to trade. The show possesses the right balance. The reason visitors being assured of a good show, productive and useful for their business.

In heading the PALM Expo one factor in mind has been the speed with which globally audiovisual is converging with pro audio. Convergence has gathered pace since the last three years in particular. The PALM team endeavours have been dovetailed in achieving the objective of serving the needs of a fast evolving marketplace. Essentially attracting new tech and convergence product in AV. I think the show has achieved this admirably. Both on the exhibit floor and in the Expo Features and Conference.

Pro audio dealers have extended the scope of delivery to include integrated AV solutions. Have knowledge of IT, Bluetooth, IP, deliver video conferencing and audio networking solutions. The skill sets of manpower manning such dealerships has in fact risen. Distributors of pure pro audio are distributing AV hardware and offering integration services. PALM expo consequently has harnessed exhibit from serious Pro audio+ AV distributors. In the process engaging technology brands to support participation. All such endeavours have resulted in growing the show while enhancing product profile and wider range of technology on display. The pie-chart on the cover is in fact this story in full circle.

PALM Preview informs about new product* at the show. Exhibitors invariably at show time rue their laxity in informing in time their portfolio of new product. One last chance to get this info promoted is the PALM show magazine PT brings out at the show. Send your info now, today! Smita Rai, Managing editor of PALM Technology [this magazine!] is responsible for content at the show at the PALM Conference and PALM Soundscape. Smita has delivered a very critical mix of workshops, panel discussions, presentations covering cinema, live sound, and audiovisual, audio technology, and not to forget event and DJ technology and event business knowledge. Splendid programmes at both the Soundscape and Conference a must attend. We have our columnist Reji Ravindran [Hang the DJ] curating Soundscape this year, alongwith the DJ Championship, into its 8th consecutive edition. Cheers!

The highlight am confident is going to be the IRAA awards this year. I was rather pleased in being reminded by Andy Munro of his own award at PALM. PT team met up with him sitting below the precarious speakers hanging from the nightclub ceiling at Taj Lands end, which Munro designed to convince the nightclub is enlightened on the pleasures of a listening year. ‘Opera House Accoustics Nirvana for Munro’ discloses Munro’s ecstasy is from musicians playing live in an regal opera house which has its accoustics pure, without angle and insulation.

AES – Audio Engineering Society will have a meaningful session this year. I am thrilled about the subject – ‘Has Bollywood Music Failed’. One more spoke in the wheel is the formation of a new association to obtain royalties for singers, ISRA, alongwith the IPRS, which collects royalties for composers and lyricists, the recording of the soundtrack royalty is paid to PPL, Phonograph Performance Ltd, which has music labels as its members. All you need is one hit song to sing lullabies for the rest of your life. Time to die to become a rock star again. So ironically all this royalty collection signifies that India is becoming a developed and m mature market. The irony is that this isn’t true for songwriters and successful albums! As far as I am concerned the movie industry as well the music industry has indeed failed the music industry.

Live Sound is rocking at the show ’18 with the Live Arena, Qube demo, Line Array going strong. Cinema technology is the new excite. A lot of new technology proposed in cinema screen and sound aimed at disruption. As only disruption can alter the status quo to achieve success with new products where the USP is essentially a gimmick. The cinema theatre is rising upward to a citadel for rich to experience the frontier of technology with haute cuisine and high fashion in the aisle. More and more expensive and out of reach of the masses. There lies the trick to make a screen survive and profit. Screens costing half a million dollars and surround sound with as many speakers sufficient to confuse lucid listening.

The Frankfurt show ’18 reconfigures and ’19 already promises to reconfigure. Halls keep hosting segments and shifting to get the right mix. With muzik and/or without the Messe it’s a messe. Pun intended. From juggling the halls ’19 will see Messe on level 1 and PL+S on level 0 reports one German mag. Pro Audio flags off each year with new boutique brands, regional to Europe, proclaiming global ambitions. Whether the world’s emerging markets can afford boutique brands with idiosyncratic design propositions is not a mystery. The world can afford only what is affordable. Period. PL+S is shrinking. While China at the Frankfurt show is growing. China is playing global ambitions while European brands are playing a regional tune.

Core technologies from Germany are thriving, in microphones and pure audio, Ravenna an open platform for audio platform for networking over IP is gathering its force. Dante from Australia is to be reckoned with too, though Dante is a proprietary platform which actually doesn’t behove a ‘platform’ to be adopted by industry globally. We have 11 Questions for Aidan Williams who cracked the Dante code

Which brand and technology will work in ’19 in India, industry will crack the code at PALM ’19 in Mumbai, the entertainment capital of India, with the most entertaining expo in the PS+L business. Be there or be square.


March April Issue!

A Note from the Editor -------------January February 2018 Issue!

2017 redeems big stage rental. But the story is small. Further Growth and expansion is the story in 2018.

This last year has been rather redeeming for the big live acts. Just to recap – Justin Beiber; Ed Sheeren, UB 40, Dream Theatre, Macklemore, Marky Ramone, Chainsmokers, A R Rahman, Arijit Singh, Kygo. A mix of genre - punk, rap, edm, pop, R& B, folk. Then jazz at the Mahindra Jazz festival plus the regular festivals –Sunburn, Supersonic, Magnetic Field. This list more or less sums up the action. The big five rental companies are, SNL Pro, Electrocraft, LED Solutions, J Davis & Sons. The year has gone well with kudos for Indian sound and light engineering from the big international acts. Inventory has been praised. However, one must view the reality in the scene being rather modest at this point.

Modern inventory and mojo from new crop of FOH engineers

My thoughts are on new energy and investment - A much more modern inventory with the best of the best on offer here [at least in Mumbai, the entertainment capital!]. I wonder how much scope presents itself in respect to the big stage business. The action from 2017 isn’t as promising to warrant major purchase of the best and latest in line array, sound-reinforcement, lighting, trussing. The issue at the top-end of the pyramid is return on investment. Plain speak is that there aren’t yet enough acts local or international though we can surmise at best the going is getting better. So the market here is yet to grow and mature. But entertainment isn’t the only source, in India corporate, devotional, government and other stage activity offers equal if not more opportunity for rental.

Top FOH talent forecast

Grow it will in 2018, and sharply is what PT predicts. In tandem with the economy, 2018 will see major growth in investment into inventory and new kids on the block with mojo and aimed at the entertainment market to sustain business. FOH engineers will drive this new course. FOHrecast-Top engineers weigh in on the present and future of live sound consoles [page 70] puts the spotlight on outstanding talent in India that spoke to PT. 15 top names who give insight to their wish list of features on the new age FOH console.

The irony though is whichever feature does materialise on which ever console it will be Audiotonix, the maverick firm that has snatched all the big console brands without a worry – SSL, Allen & Heath, Digico, Calrec. I wonder why would Audiotonix see sense in owning a string of brands in the same tech.

Pro Audio industry in on a wave of implosion. While every other day we have a new speaker brand. Console brands take a life time or two to establish and its dismaying to see them all gobbled up like this.

3rd TOP 50 Pro Sound and Pro Light Products 2018 presented after comprehensive research by PALM Technology editorial team. The annual evaluation of new product is very well received by industry as well as professional users as a benchmark that speaks about product innovation and features that define both practical usability and utility. The list in 2017 evinced much appreciation from manufacturers who wished to promote product selection on PALM Technology TOP 50 list. This is now possible with the logo design pictured on this page that can be used by manufacturers in their product literature and marketing and advertising. Our philosophy since inception has been “putting technology in place, motivating the market”. It gives me great pleasure to present the 3rd TOP 50 list. Cheers!

Alert! March April 2018 will feature a preview of the 18th PALM EXPO. Special pages will list only new product on display by exhibitors. Booth nos will also be published. Attract visitors with a clear purpose from across the country to your booth. See page 99 for the deadline to submit product information. PALM Soundscape conference is previewed . PT editorial team alongwith our new team member Reji, have put together PALM Soundscape programme. Reji joins PT’s edit team. I am glad in his doing so. It’s eight years now since we have been working together on PALM DJ Championship and the Soundscape. Reji joins our eminent columnists whose dedication has given PT so much knowledge. Warren D’souza, Viraf Pocha, Pramod Chandorkar. I take this opportunity to thank them for their belief and support to our industry media to share and contribute to its growth and knowledge. Cheers again!


January February Issue!

A Note from the Editor ----------November December 2017 Issue!

Five million DJ set-ups in India per annum drive pro sound business

Futuresource predicts $1 billion growth in touring, rental and portable audio

PALM Technology is challenged at times to present a choice of equipment to its readers in our Product Focus pages; chances are featuring popular products and brands might result in Déjà vu. I do realise we all have the habit of ordering Coke or worst case Pepsi, always wondering what else in on the shelf? Well, there are hundreds of new age drinks offering all sorts of solutions, costlier, exotic, cheaper, taste, packaging et al. My brief is simply that this magazine is meaningful if readers get to know stuff they didn’t - DJ Controllers on page 28 has six products [Denon, Hercules, Native Instruments, Numark, NX Audio, Reloop ]. The lateral market for DJs expectedly is influenced by price and product extension and specialised features. Not all DJ performance is the same always. There are levels in DJ use in India which allow brands to cater to niches segments. Our objective is to expand Indian market by providing scope to tier 2 and tier 3 and yes! Tier 4 and tier 5 markets. Only this expansion will explode the market to its fantabulous potential all reports speak off. PT has its eye on the pro audio and lighting market as never before.

Flourishing audio market

Futuresource predicts audio market growth by $1 Billion in 2018 covering touring, rental, and portable audio markets. Estimate of 5 million DJ set ups in India per annum is probably overkill, but a sure guidance on the market. Controllers or consoles and CD players or Media players, and then mixers, speakers and amplifier, the whole thing-a-ma-jig reflects works up to massive sound reproduction gear driving events across verticals. Top-end console set-ups from premium brands would account for 10% OR 50,000 DJ set-ups.

Big stage DJ Gear

CD Jockeys / Media Players on page 64. [ Denon, Gemini, Numark, Reloop, Pioneer]. The Spotify/cloud streaming solution is affecting adversely any adventure with new CDJs/players all of which today do not already feature CD mechanisms. Softwares are killing the market for hardware consoles and controllers are 95% of the market.

Sound reproduction gear and DJ headphones. On page 48 is the DJ Headphone product focus [Allen & Heath, Audio Technica, Numark, Pioneer, Sennheiser, Shure, AKG, V-moda]. PALM Headphone Shootout at the show is aimed at serious professional evaluation opportunity during the three days of the 2018 expo. Our feature of Premium Product Focus features on page 47 the Beyerdynamic DT 240 Pro. I would like most brands to opt for Premium Product Focus for their new products which I can assure almost is the best way to move into the market.

DJ Big Stage (theme of this issue) accounts for a chunk of big ticket events (very few pop acts) with Sunburn leading the entourage under Shailendra until recently; in typical filmy style big brother’s son now heads Percept and Sunburn. Read 11 Questions from Karan Singh on page 105 who now heads Percept DJ big stage biz. PT hopes to feature 11 Questions to Shailendra sooner than later. His last shout was on home-grown talent.

Smita Rai our Managing Editor has collated all the action from PALM DJ Championship winners page 66 and your eyes will light up to learn how winners are true winners in the big bad world once they have the PALM credentials. 2018 we present the 8th DJ Championships. Over the last seven years indeed we have built a solid platform producing talent for event business and the big DJ stage. More on DJ Championship go to

PALM focus on Audiovisual and Cinema Sound & Projection

The Bose story on page 30 reveals a lot of strategy to make good in a market as challenging as India. Change of strategy is the key for Bose and the new path laid out ahead is a lesson for most companies serious on traction in AVI segment. PT provides food for thought to top honchos! Read on!

On the subject of AV, 2018 will be exciting for audio; especially modular audio which segment Bose is also restating strategy. AV 2018 will see Laser based projection gaining strength- Epson BrightLink Pro 1470Ui Interactive Laser Display product design setting the trend. 4K Display penetration continues. PALM 2018 aim in presenting a range of display solutions at the show targeted at System Integrators who visit for total solutions in AV. I have included PALM expo brochure in this issue to provide important information on expo opportunities. Cinema Sound and Projection is a special focus in 2018. This dynamic tech space is evolving rapidly and PALM is the birthplace of digital cinema in India in 2001. We bring back this segment in force next year.

Live music performance segment is Sennheiser’s leading segment in India. Vipin Pungalia was interviewed by our Managing Editor Smita Rai on page 52. The pro audio market in India is experiencing double digit growth across all segments, which is reflected in entry of major brands in all product categories. PALM 2018 will present many new brands and distributors rushing the market.


November December Issue!

A Note from the Editor -----------September October 2017 Issue!

The Real Lighting Market

Audiovisual is a catalyst driving pro audio

PALM Technology is evolving to global trends. Starting with this issue Audiovisual product and technology editorial is included. Audiovisual is a catalyst driving pro audio. India is being built in a frenzy of projects driving consumption of the entire chain of pro-audio - specifically PA, conferencing, audio networking and more. India’s pro audio industry is maturing rapidly. Equally need to deliver the video equation; it’s necessary. PALM Technology PALM Expo’s unique content platform will deliver latest product in entertainment and information display- video monitors, videowall, LED displays, projection and tools like mapping, display automation and more. PT will be your source for AV integration. PALM Expo 2018 hosts audiovisual exhibit in Hall 1, in response to demand from the large system integrator community regularly doing the show. Install [sound] news section has been renamed AUDIOVISUAL - More juice on global trends in PA and install sound.


Is show business in India at a very low denominator? I’ve spoken about missing music talent in PALM Technology, reason for absence of hit albums and singers and thus compromising music recording excellence. With missing talent, stage shows too must be at the same level and budgets for shows that do happen are budgeted tightly enough to obviate use of lasers, which market is sadly not as promising as one would wish. Check out the disturbing market reality on Top End Lasers Missing from Rental Portfolio investigated by Managing Editor, Smita Rai. Event industry please note.

Entire lighting industry needs a mojo shot. Top end brands such as Robe, Clay Paky, Chauvet, SGM, Ayrton, retain faith that Indian market response will mature, yet hopeful, as potential is real. Major shows will always insist on world class quality. Lighting designers here have international exposure and adept at the tools and techniques, use the best lighting consoles. PT is tireless in motivating the market

The real lighting market

The action from Asian brands like YODN, PR lighting, Lightsky, Yeslight, Antari, Bestchamte- lasers, Silver Star, Yicheng, Nightsun, Fine Art, GTD lighting, Anmingli, nothing short of fantastic. Indian brands- JNR, Prolux, Satan, Shaina, Sova, LBT, Jia, Imax – too rock the market. Note Asian Brands means cost effective pricing, affordable pricing. What this really means is that consumption is actually huge - Great scope to go the whole hog with production and design in India. I am surprised to learn that the transition to LED is yet not 100%. Lighting results are so subjective old technology still works. Check out Product Focus on [page 68] – Moving Lights. In recent years combination fixtures capable of tight spots and wide floods have gained a foothold in the industry. Zoom focus optics allows the beam size to be controlled. LED tech allows to get these results with fewer fixtures. What comes to mind is Canara Lighting which has made a global name in LED studio lighting with innovation and electronics and engineering that is world beating. Reinventing production locally can easily be achieved for stage entertainment lighting.

Lighting puzzle on stage

Par défaut or in plain ‘french’ by default the entire stage is packed with light. The IIFA award ceremony in New York is a perfect example. An Indian stage show whether in New York or Mumbai will prime in glitz and bling till you go dizzzy. So it is explained 90% are ordinary lights and only important or moving heads or intelligent lighting [some of them] are top quality. Premium brands thus have lost out on mass usage. The Lighting Design Showcase at PALM 2018 will explore a resolution of this haze.

Audiovisual - Projection Integration

Adiovisual is the mantra and PT provides in-depth understanding of multi-imaging projection, or mapping, as we know it. Vijay Sabhlok from Davinder Wadhwa’s Modern Stage stable does the Integration for Entertainment design at PALM Expo for the last many years. His piece - Art of Multi-Imaging production and techniques [page 40] is almost a white paper for wannabe ‘Visual Jockeys’. Don’t just read this one, my advice study it and you’re in business!! Just in case you get serious we have Mapping Glossary [page 72]

11 Questions

Eric Loader is Elated with the performance of his lighting brand in India. His interesting views on Immersive stage techniques and merging of lighting and video and future tech with laser phosphor diodes is a must read.

Big Stage DJ is our next focus issue and the big DJ stage is all about lighting as much, PT will have a Product Focus on lighting consoles in the November-December issue which celebrates Christmas and the close of one more year of PT, the love of entertainment technology.


September October Issue!

A Note from the Editor ----------------July August 2017 Issue!

Post PALM market growth dynamics

PALM analytics - post show - each year, is a good guidance for me on what to expect in the year ahead. Yes! The year is divided into two – BP before PALM and PP Post PALM! I mean this probably is actually true for the pro sound industry! The proactive industry present at PALM 17 [200 + companies, ‘00s of brands, ‘00s of products] present new product, receive orders and PP new market dynamics establish.

New distributors are appointed, dealers appointed for new cities, towns. Continuing the momentum of spreading distribution. New equations are set with rental companies, AV consultants, system integrators and actual users. 2017 PALM clicked estimated floor business at US$ 20 million. New Line Arrays is a hot product category each year. It’s amazing to discover innovation in line array design. Size, weight, application features are improvised for pricing advantage as well as defining specifications for niche applications. Another high business product is Sound Reinforcement, also Install sound, a segment which is charged with new auditoria in turn charged with house of worship and education.

The last lap into the show is abuzz with excitement among exhibitors on the next killer product from their own portfolio they hope to take the market. This excitement generates from assurance of business driven by robust market demand in India which surpasses all other markets in the world. I am greatly pleased in PALM Technology, your much loved magazine has it on record from none other than John Meyer, Founder of Meyer Sound declaring “India has more concerts than the rest of the world put together!”

This got me thinking and I reckoned - just between Durga Puja and Ganesh Utsav, sound systems employed could exceed a million! This is just two states, then there is the Dandiya dance festival, another ‘00s of ‘000s of dance music. Then there is Holi with DJs, and Janamashtami in North states. Punjab we all know is on party through-out the year. Not to forget the Mad Indian Wedding, which is just another excuse for ‘Naach Gaana’. I realised our pro sound industry is actually having the biggest party ever selling literally in the millions.

So back to guidance on the year ahead – Live sound, concert, stage sound segment is going to rock the year ahead. Stage sound occupied 35.5% of exhibit.

Exhibit of audiovisual (system integration) product was next at 20.7%. Lighting third highest exhibit product at 13%. Studio and music production 12.6%. The % factor for each segment reflects quite accurately market business dynamics.

This issue focus is Install. HOW (House of Worship) stories from North East, like the rocking stage gig’s, strike the imagination as much financially, as opportunity for best practise design and gear. Our edit team led by Smita Rai lined up three such Install stories revealing design trend, AV consultant trend, equipment trend, all trends!! HOW is trending and how!!

PALM Technology trends where the action is. Hospitality audiovisual is overall the highest in Install. Chandra Shekhar (CS) to our team contributes a learning guide. Pushing best practises is this magazine prime mantra. Raising the bar in tech and technique. Watch in our future issues AV Install design software. Research and reportage in tandem provides your business with sufficient impetus to drive this segment. together!”

I must remark on the IRAA awards this year achieving probably the largest gathering of sound engineers in India than ever before under one roof. The emotion of winning an IRAA award by the fraternity, for the fraternity, is evidently very meaningful. The entire team performed splendidly in deciding and recognising this nucleus talent which records music that rocks the nation. Recording is an art form. I am indeed proud of the belief and perseverance shown by the fraternity of sound engineers in India.

My motivation for PALM 2018 is Make in India.


July August Issue!

A Note from the Editor ----------------May June 2017 Issue!

17th consecutive successful Pro Sound and Light expo – PALM 2017

After the rains India’s entertainment season begins, peak stage show season is November–February, four months for the global big acts to hit the tour circuit in India, which is Mumbai, Benguluru and Dilli. Second line of defense is Hyderabad, Goa, Pune. We are all waiting for a big season to happen. News at this point isn’t as promising as one would like to believe. This, our Live Issue, has listings of the movers and shakers of live business - the event guys rental guys Rental list has 35 big boys. Event listing has 10 recognizable event companies, with White Fox joining top league hosting Justin Beiber in Mumbai. Nice work. PT team headed by Smita and Somya went back stage for set-up. Sound Reinforcement article on reveals Warren D’souza’s practise perfect system engineering. Bieber’s FOH tweeted “Great sound team in India”. Also this was the largest Rig for a single artist - Kudos. Check out the flicks too of both teams getting the act together. This piece is fully technical benefitting rental community tremendously. The immediacy of information PT delivers I likes. PT’s mantra is to get industry moving and motivated to better itself and keep the local scene on par with world levels. PALM Sound & Light Award for System Engineering professional this year is Mark Thomas - one of Warren’s protégées. PALM Sound & Light Award winner for Lighting Rental is Star Dimensions, headed by Ashish Mehta and Jay Mathuria who did an equally great job for Beiber’s gig. Log on to and for the full list of PALM Sound & light 2017 Awards.

PT’s Live Issue; we all look forward to; as once in a year opportunity to showcase the big shows and event companies who set it up. Neil Murray, co-founder, Fountainhead, met PT for an interview on what makes for large rental business in light and sound with the big shows. Instead, we learn its corporate launches which hog up loads of lighting and sound. Ticket driven mainstream stage shows ain’t workin. Local shows though with local acts do drive business in most state capitals.

PT team organise PALM Conference as well the prestigious IRAA Awards, and PALM Sound & Light Awards. PALM Conference features high calibre top notch speakers covering a range of topics curated by Conference Director Smita Rai. People at PALM will make you head straight for the Conference. The last few months have been very rewarding indeed in preparing the conference program. Working with Recording & Mixing Engineers, music producers, and untiring Pramod, Award Director, IRAA, alongwith Jury, has been redeeming to say the least. Defining moment for IRAA, it will set professionals ready to deliver award winning work in the next 12 months. Go to for award winners in 36 categories. Wow!

PT columns: Upstage; Unequal Music; Bright Spark; Studio Analogue gather you to speed month on month.

11 Questions with Roland Stenz, CEO, Eve Audio and Kerstin Mischke, Director, highly specialised studio monitors, anechoic and echo chamber measured R&D, focused and devoted to one single application, which meets PT criteria for the privilege of 11 Questions.

Live is Line Array and Large Format Live Digital Consoles product focus. PT does the hard work in selecting what pleases the eye, so to speak.

See you at 17th consecutive successive PALM 2017, the biggest ever, covering 27,00 sqm, all set to welcome 25,000+ visitors, over three days, to engage over 200 exhibits, displaying over 1500 products, from over 500 brands. The phantasmagoria extravaganza with all the sound and light of a vibrant and robust market, built with love by PT alongwith thousands of professionals and daring entrepreneurs is yours to enjoy. Have a good show!


May June Issue!

A Note from the Editor ----------------March April 2017 Issue!

The big question about acoustic music talent

The big question about acoustic music talent....

Theme Studio for this issue is exciting as focus on music is always gladdening - music recording and mixing and mastering - and great music means great recording engineers and great studios. There was a time when an album sold on the reputation of the studio – remember Abbey Road? There have been great studios in Bollywood too - Film Centre, Famous, Mehboob, Rajkamal, Ramnord, to name a few, and great sound engineers – Minoo Katrak, D.O. Bhansali, and then ofcourse there was great music, songs that energised the nation movie after movie.

It’s always been movie songs for India, movie music developed as an artform, subconsciously enriching Indian cinema. Not only for music, creativity, whether in poetry, dance, literature, fashion, was explored in movies. Movies evolved as a holistic media for every expression - angst, rebel or idiotic. Bollywood actually means La La Land. This great music artform is nearing demise and outside of it there is no music to be proud of. PALM Technology roped in Atul Sabharwal and Vipin Mishra to paint the studio scene on our theme to give us a view of the top end of the pyramid in Mumbai’s Studio District - Mixing the Mix gives us insight on challenges faced by renowned recording talent today. I say challenges as my contention is that the movie song artform is challenged as movies decry songs and music rights beg for returns looping downward the creative process. Movie music is losing its fountain. I fear in the absence of movie music in India then given the bleak landscape here of original music, and absolute poverty of pop talent, songwriters, bands what is going to be the opium for those lost in love and misery? African American rap? And Beyonces’ bouncy tracks? Well, the point is the leading sound engineers are challenged here not for excellence but to content that drives excellence.

Given the not so happy major album success story putting together Mixing the Mix was a challenge but undaunted both Atul Sabharwal and Vipin Mishra delivered and I thank them in doing so. I believe the journey was for them revealing. The edit team both Smita and Somya and myself feared the worst in cataloguing Indian music recordings that proved popular, successful, and good, from aspiring studios, and our fears came true in that Recordings to Record was not satisfying in the least. The search for original music hits that proved immensely popular was a real hard find. One theory I personally heard is that you need great music to do great engineering, which just isn’t coming by the Studio district.

Shantanu Hudlikar behind the most impressive desk in Bollywood’s studio district at YRF Studios is a most positive about emerging talent, acoustic recording, and his insights are elevating for me. I do believe that mythical album mega popular launching a real pop star with the right mix could come out of his recording and mixing. The True Mix – In conversation with Shantanu Hudlikar

Donal Whelan is participating at PALM Conference June 1-3. We zoned in on him as we discovered the progression of mixed masters going to London for Mastering. It’s not remixing, its epithetical adjustments to the EQ, compression, limiting, and stereo enhancement. The Imperatives of Mastering .

Founder of Dynaudio does the 11 Questions for PALM Technology. Wilfried Ehrenholz, speaks in favour of neutral reactions from Dynaudio speakers, however he is not neutral to Indian market potential, attracted by Bollywood music. PT thanks for sharing his time and thoughts

Studios were set up by music record labels, Hollywood and Bollywood moguls, gangsters, and corporates. Today I see the best and biggest studios are set up by composers and singers. The latest work of art is Studio H from Harris Jayaraj, iconic music composer of Tamil movies. Studio H belies the cynical view on acoustic recording playing a vanishing act, boasting of the largest scoring hall ever in a music recording studio. Can’t but remember Ilyaraja who introduced western classical music to Indian movies and had scores of violinists playing his glorious tracks. I’m quite sure Jayaraj has done this out his infatuation with the great composer

I am very delighted the conference at the show attracts participation and eagerness by big names to interact with the pro audio and light industry in Mumbai. World Renowned Professionals at PALM Conference June 1-3. I believe their motivation rests entirely in acknowledging their audience at the PALM Conference is as enlightened as they might find in the US or Europe and that Indian engineering is challenging. The gap existed in adopting latest technology, whether in studio or on stage has been removed. Professionals in India demand they use the state-of-the-art, and affordability isn’t an issue.

We go Live with the Live issue theme in May-June


March April Issue!

A Note from the Editor ----------January February 2017 Issue!

FOH Engineers must be a large tribe!

FOH Engineers must be a large tribe!

Live Sound, Big Stage, DJ Stage, the sound act is big. PALM Technology focuses majorly on big live sound. Both for the auditorium or large clubs and for stage open-air live performances. New and innovative solutions for big sound are offered from big brands and small companies. It was mostly Europe earlier and the US. Today it is China, Japan, even India. The gamut of sound-reinforcement increasingly without any embarrassment includes Line Arrays, which at one point one felt was the prerogative of only an extremely well established brand in audio technology.

The fun part is that the pro sound rental market in India is so open all Line Arrays sell, ofcourse to respective markets, for relevant shows, at affordable costs. At the mag editorial meeting for this issue we deduced with the market getting depth and expanding the FOH – Front of House – engineers must be a large tribe using this gear. After all Live mixing is the challenge, no second chances and all that!! So we decided the Jan Feb theme will be FOH- the acronym alluding where its all at, the FOH mixer and the FOH engineer.

We spotlight FOH Engineers . The Top 20 live mixing engineers who have won acclaim recognition, done work that people are proud of.

Sunil Karanjikar, an industry professional who "walks the talk"

PALM Technology takes pride in presenting this list in our first FOH theme issue. We connected with the major rental outfits, the major bands, and live shows, and with major FOH engineers and slowly but surely we got a definite idea of who the TOP 20 FOH engineers would be. All 20 selected aren’t on a lateral field. There is varying levels of excellence, impossible to list serially, hence alphabetical placement. Hopes it works. Remarkably most engineers stated Fali Damania was their inspiration. We have him as leader of the tribe on the cover!

While off stage with the FOH, we wondered what could be action on stage – Indian bands – apart from filmy ‘orchestras’ and playback heavy acts. We have on a list of top 10 bands whose acts on stage indicate how to develop stage business in India to give fillip to the entire business. Next year we present a list of India’s Top 50 bands (with their dedicated FOH engineer!)

Professional Focus – Interview with Sunil Karanjikar, Senior Manager, Applications Engineering, Harman Professional India, it’s not often when you come across a manager who can actually perform professionally! PALM Technology likes such managers and professionals - Who walk the talk - loaded questions with responses from the subjective inside.

Promod Chandorkar, Chief Recordist, founder of Sound Ideaz Academy is introduced in our new column Studio Analogue. Promod has earned global fame and his repertoire is envious as his reputation. We Invite him chiefly for his highly motivated actions to promote recording arts and engineers deservedly. We were so inspired with his energy it doing this his acceptance to be the IRAA Award Director was a happy moment. I am more than guaranteed his columns will delight professional fraternity.

Rajan Gupta, Managing Director, Hitech Audio Systems, New Delhi is our first Corporate Guest. Get the Mix Right . Corporate Guest will invite leading honchos to share their thoughts on the business of audio and sound technology and products and the strange animal that is India’s market.

Wolfgang Frassernet, Global President, Neumann, in 11 Questions discloses the future in virtual reality microphones using AMBEO, the major thrusts in new audio engineering at Neumann and Sennheiser.

The second GLOBAL PRO SOUND & LIGHT TOP 50 products - A non-defining, neutral, list of professional products looking at feature, price, popularity, usability in the Indian market context. Our readers look forward to this annual exercise as a guiding factor for the year ahead.

The March-April issue theme is STUDIO. This means the very essence of studio recording and studio albums, and original track music recording. We have some exciting stories lined – a top 10 albums from POP albums from Bollywood soundtracks and Original Music™. Bollywood music I don’t consider original as it originates from the movie soundtrack. Original Music™ is rare in India and this difficult task is what our edit team undertakes. Also we shall spotlight the top studio music recording engineers.

2017 is going to be bigger for pro sound industry. The single window clearances for shows and the general awareness of the benefits of entertainment events on the city economy and artistes is the new mantra, and most cities are adopting this stance.


January February Issue!

A Note from the Editor ----------November December 2016 Issue!

Indian stage tech leaders’ collaboration produces world class Coldplay act

Indian stage tech leaders’ collaboration produces world class Coldplay act

Big stage DJ issue is rocking with recent acts such as Coldplay and EDC, we cover both events on the tech side profiling best of class live stage design, gear, installation, and am glad to point out, real cooperation and joining of forces and putting productive minds to give Indian stage scene a good name globally. Am more than confident that the success of these mega events is going to drive others here which means impetus to investment. The good part is that having delivered a big one, the experience factor will drive investment driven the gaps felt and defined. Roger Drego the pioneer of live big stage sound in India, Manish Mavani of Snl Pro, Santana of J Davis, Navneet of Audio Design and Porus from Effects Tech, did India proud. Kudos.

Big stage DJ issue rocks with Trending Tech. Somya Kedia from PALM technology edit team met up with five top ranking DJs to find out the gear they use and why. DJs scratching on favourites, , surprises me really, in that all five, Nikhil Sahni, Anish Sood, Akhil Talreja prefer Pioneer, Pravin Acharya, Arjun Waghale, prefer Traktor - Just two brands? DJ consoles by force of individuality and idiosyncratic artistry is graduating to custom built consoles. The modularity of the components allow bespoke consoles assuring the DJ of delivering his peculiar artistry

Big stage DJ issue rocks with an analysis of the DJ scene, as is in India with insight from Reji Ravindran, Director, PALM DJ championship. “Indian DJs are tech savvy”, Marketing mantras for DJs to scratch ahead of the pack, peeks into performance trends, techniques to get seen and heard, and talent sourcing at PALM DJ Championship. Am proud how well the championship actually works. We hunted down some past winners to know and it’s all praise. At the risk of sounding immodest our commitment, consistency, and persistence has indeed contributed to the DJ world with a most respected DJ Championship that drags out new talent each year.

Big stage DJ issue rocks with the Product Specialist. This species is many a times a DJ who is obsessed about the product he uses and understands more and shares his knowledge with others. Meet three of them on.

Big stage DJ issue rocks with PALM Technology being invited to the Playboy DJ club open in Mumbai, screaming with lights and more lights and even more lights, with a MA Lighting grandma lighting console. Milind Raorane’s design and accoustics and sound specified for DJ action does this place proud. Australian brand Sonicsss’ Dave Ward has struck lightning with probably the biggest install in a long time.

A macro view of pro audio is for the asking in the year end issue. Samsung’s Harman acquisition created a buzz and 2017 will witness the impact if any. I personally believe Samsung’s breathless innovation, depth of digital communication tech, manufacturing strength will work for Harman like never before. Korean engineering and global sales drive will impact pro audio industry worldwide.

With demonetised cash-in-the-bank and easier resources I expect far greater business for international brands in 2017. Brand play on stage encompasses events at all level, even tier 3 cities. Pro Audio industry is estimated at US$ 350 million in 2017. Growth is registered at a CAGR of 18%. The expanse and breath of the market is supporting new brands as well. Good distribution and product support with service guarantees your brand good sales in India. 2017 is the year to play the Indian market full swing for international brands, which includes upmarket Chinese brands.

FOH is the theme of 2017 first issue, as big stage live events grow and major acts perform, all ears are tuned to the FOH engineer who can deliver as much as he has on stage and vice versa. PALM Technology will review the scene.

The January issue will also list the eagerly awaited TOP 50 products of 2016. We compile the product for tech innovation and business sense each year. Ensure you remain subscribed not to miss out on your future.


November December Issue!

A Note from the Editor -----------September October 2016 Issue!



PALM Technology has just six theme based issues a year, which I think covers the entire spectrum of sound and light thingamajigs with new-tech and next-gen tech. This issue theme is Lighting, which includes live and install and lasers and effects and the wave of 3D mapping on stage, as well in events exploiting glamorous history or architecture which lends amazingly to merge-mapping. Stage wizardry in India is mostly presenting Bollywood eye candy, which makes sense in the absence of shattering performers (who can write and sing!!), Having said that, I do feel we need to get our act together on this fantastic tool, which is software driven, using any good projector.

In our Stage Technology slug we have a round-up of 3D mapping solutions Mapping the Wave forward on which must cover all credible products internationally. In lighting, LED has impacted product design, digitising lighting, automation, and hopefully made effects affordable, but lighting effects integrated with 3D Mapping is mesmerising. Bollywood eye candy actually just might object shifting attention from them, but I do believe lighting and mapping could get stage shows back in the swing.

As cutting-edge media which this magazine has been, since three decades, our mantra is to act as a catalyst prompting new opportunities, expertise, techniques, that add mojo to your business, as event organiser, impresario, rental-company, stage designer et al.

We covered three different lighting set-ups in this issue, one a museum, a lounge and auditorium - Three different locations, the auditorium in Mumbai, the lounge in Hyderabad, museum in Anandpur, Punjab-Range of brands and deliverables.

The biggest AV+Lighting installation at Anandpur Sahib museum executed by Varinder Wadhwa’s Modern Stage Service, designed by Amardeep Bahl of Design Habitat. It’s experiential lighting synced with audio commentary done by KJ Singh, IRAA award winning sound designer. DTS and Avolite technology is mainstay. Both system integrator and designer are New Delhi based.

The Hyderabad lounge – Skyhy is done with Satan by DJ Anant scratching in Hyderabad. Odble’s Mujeeb Dadarkar has done G5A auditorium which is unique, as lighting a ‘black box’ is challenging especially when seating and stage is flexible, go to on how it got done.

AV is driving the market so we focused on the Install side. Entertainment lighting is increasingly software driven. Controlling the LED digital light is what its all about. We had 11 questions for Germany’s Madrix promoter Christian Hertel.

Back on stage which mostly is award shows and EDMs. Two leading event companies, Wizcraft and Percept two major products – IIFA and Sunburn respectively have one thing in common - Becket Tundatil, lighting designer extraordinaire. We love such professionals who can articulate on their expertise. Becket’s disclosures find on on vendors, modifications, production process and typical Indian extravagance.

Theme for the year’s last issue is Big Stage DJ. A peek for those who actually read this page, we have seen real new investment into big stage rental, new players who are investing proper and the scene is going to change, change is always for the better - the only constant that allows the future not to be the past.


September October Issue!

A Note from the Editor -----------------July August 2016 Issue!

PALM tree of growth

PALM tree of growth

PALM over 16 years has become the fulcrum on which revolves the pro sound and light trade and investment on an annual cycle. The show acts as a catalyst to upgrading every rental company’s arsenal of new sound and new light tech, new stagery, fresh expertise, innovative techniques and more, that is, more motivation and mojo from the energy at the PALM show. It’s the enthusiasm that makes the mare go, not the money, honey. Bringing new product and tech to the PALM each year is what excites us and it’s what we chase, the excitement at any show is what is new. New product exhibited at PALM by first time exhibitors accounting for 22% of 205 exhibitors across three exhibit halls and two Qubes. Over 350 new products brought on the floor by 183 exhibitors is the dynamic factor. There are always new brands appearing at PALM each year which today boasts of 500+ brands.

Doing this mag gets us high to see new horizons and new beauty. If some of you are reading us, I trust you share, frequently, our vision of all that is new in the industry, in our dynamic news content.

PALM redefined

PALM was redefined for future scape and future scope instituting parallel exhibit halls for sound and light. Light and sound technology focus exhibits leads to greater efficiency for visitors to review display, brand, product and pricing, leads to greater business for exhibitor allowing the show to deliver more to well informed and knowledgeable delegates. Kudos to the industry who as one man voiced their strong opinion on filtering attendee with a ticket to enter; we listened as we should and this year was a first for filtering visitors in such manner. The result was extra ordinary and gratifying in that almost every participating company expressed satisfaction with the man in the aisle being meaningful.


Over 16 years of consecutive and successive exposition the convention as said is the fulcrum on which revolves trade and industry, all professionals ‘block the dates’ travelling to attend PALM for their annual cycle of upgrade and new tech, thus visitor profile represented major buyers from more 845 cities, 29 states, from all regions in India.

Learning the market

International manufacturing brands interact with this diverse professional base of highly refined actual users and learn more on innovation that the market needs and launch new product at PALM which is established as a new product tech launch node addressing one of the fastest growing markets in the world.

Engineers “speak out”

Indian engineers as a rule are voluble and “speak out”, even argue and aren’t intimidated by ‘big names’ this makes for very interesting conference sessions and panels where oftentimes the engagement can get embarrassing as each side voices their point and defence. This is the best part of organising an industry conference! PALM Conference engages major industry bodies and is the platform for the entire professional fraternity, be they from rental, or distribution or the creative forces of sound, music, FOH, lighting designers and engineers. [check out the PALM Special section post show review starting , with photos of all the live action. Including the coveted Awards, and other features]

Theme is Install

Theme of this issue is Install. System Integration is increasingly becoming a challenge, in that, design and implementation standards are vaulting with each new pub, club, lounge, bar. Best talent in design is employed and afforded by marquee projects which actually invite customers as much on the place done up tech savvy, as on the booze prices. This issue reviews three Installs. One dance bar and two lounge bars. Axys Integrated, AG Acoustics, Pink Noise and FX technologies- four active design companies showcased.

Our very own Electro Acoustic Design Consultant – Milind Rao Rane’s discloses the very essence of sound design which article will indeed help all AV consultants as reference notes when they handle the client and architect. I am told leading Studio designers are now designing install spaces.

Talent sets the stage

Viraf Pocha our columnist with the Bright Spark is rightfully anguished on the lack of Indian talent at our big events. intelligent songwriters who can perform their compositions and command a huge following is the stuff stars are made of and like the missing sports winners Pocha feels the vacuum on stage. Biddu of disco diwane fame once told me in London - India doesn’t have talent, it’s a farce where girls who can’t sing are made into a band, and singers who can aren’t intelligent to create lyric and song, forget about performing, nobody is fit enough. I hear the echoes again from Viraf.

Rest of the juice is in the news pages and product focus with the spot on Install equipment and technology.

11 Questions

11 Questions to redoubtable Roger Drego whom I consider the pioneer of stage sound and light is heartening. It speaks a lot for change in that today concerts isn’t primary for him, its Install and production of pro audio equipment. Hear it from the man himself .

Change is the only constant, as we witness the surge in the event business and growth in rental, the new horizon seems to be AV Install, where distribution majors have also entered install and integrate projects. Theme of the next issue is Lighting.


July August Issue!


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