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Top 50 Innovations Of 2018


FOH - What’s in my House

Rahul Samuel is an award-winning live sound engineer and founder of LiveEnd. With over 13 years of global experience in the professional audio industry as FOH, Monitor and System Engineer, he has the privilege of working with the best. He blogs about professional audio at read more on Page 54

Ed Sheeran "The Shape of the Divide World Tour" in India

Trussing and rigging are more often than not, relegated to an unassuming corner position when it comes to live stage acts, while sound, light and visuals hog the limelight. However, on some occasions they have the power to take Centre stage as was witnessed during Ed Sheeran’s Divide World Tour in Mumbai last November..... read more on Page 56

ON TOUR with Pramod Chandorkar

Being an FOH special issue, and as is the custom to feature a live sound engineer in this issue, PT caught up with yet another of the country’s top live sound engineers this year. Our readers can be forgiven for considering FOH engineers and Studio engineers as two different species, but there are some engineers who simply do not want to be limited to either discipline; one such engineer being Pramod Chandorkar, a man who is equally at home behind an FOH console as he is in a recording studio, proving how varied a career as a sound engineer can be. PT caught up with the man who has been mixing live for one of the most versatile and celebrated playback singers in the country – Sonu Nigam, since the past 14 years...... read more on Page 59


This being the FOH issue, PT approached and tapped the experience of some of India’s top live sound engineers to find out key challenges faced by them while working on the new age live sound consoles and features they would like to see on future consoles...... read more on Page 72


Investment into quality sound equipment and a fresh business outlook is broadening NJSM’s horizon on the festival circuit in India. In a tête-à-tête with Nixon Johnny, Sachit Subramanian and Sancheth Suvarna, PT finds out what’s new and what’s next for the rental company..... read more on Page 76

Articles Nov-Dec 2017

BELIEVING IN THE MARKET - Bose Distribution Strategy

What is your perception of the Indian Market? MJ: I was in India in 94 and didn’t quite know what to expect, but it’s been really wonderful to be here. We have a global strategy we are trying to implement across all regions, so that we have a consistent way of building distribution and growing vertical markets.... read more on Page 32

Bose Interview

The FINCH - Live Music and More

Plutusone Hospitality Pvt. Ltd. unlocked a new side to Mumbai’s entertainment scene on June 29th when they launched a chic, elegant restaurant and bar - The Finch..... read more on Page 38

Sennheiser Chronicles: Interview with Vipin Pungalia

In an interview with PALM technology, VIPIN PUNGALIA, Director Professional Segment, Sennheiser India talks about the global launch of the wired XS 1 dynamic in India, his perception of the market for Sennheiser products in India and the growth achieved by Sennheiser in the country..... read more on Page 54


With millions of DJs in the running, reaching the top can be a daunting task. The PALM DJ Championship has been instrumental in building, promoting and nurturing this bank of upcoming DJ Talent since 2011..... read more on Page 68

A journey to discover rebirth of Linear Topology

Part 2 of the article Will The Linear Make A Real Comeback? wherein LT COL JASBIR SINGH KABERWAL, (Retd) SC hints at a futuristic emerging trend which may see a comeback of linear audio with advancements in technology offering sonic quality and advancement in size and energy efficiency to the next level..... read more on Page 36

Articles Sep-Oct 2017


In the last couple of years, jaw-dropping visual experiences at live entertainment events and venues, courtesy 3D projection mapping, motion graphics and augmented reality have made their presence felt in India. Tailor-made three-dimensional projection mappings have altered sound stages, building facades and architecture and even human figures in real time, creating interplay between real and virtual space with the help of cutting-edge technology. The PALM Conference and Seminar 2017 witnessed Technical Evangelist – VIJAY SABHLOK, touch upon the topic of Multi-Imaging using different technologies. Conference delegates got an opportunity to learn about the tools and techniques of creating Multi-Sensational Events and Installations, while also getting insight into new interactive technologies like Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality. PALM technology presents highlights of this session. The PALM Conference & Seminar session can be viewed on the PALM expo YouTube channel.... read more on Page 42

Top end LASERS missing from Rental Portfolios

India has been witness to some astonishing laser light extravaganzas at EDM events in the recent past, however a survey done by PALM technology indicates that as a general rule, lasers are missing in action and top quality brands are not afforded by event and rental companies. Though lasers are missing in action in show business, there is a huge opportunity and potential for renting lasers given that laser use is still in its nascent stage. Smita Rai reports on the ground reality... read more on Page 40

Bringing Life through Lights

Highly experienced lighting designer Roosevelt D’Souza is rarely restricted in his art. Best known for his work on Music Concerts and festivals, Roosevelt is actually a full service special event lighting professional, also specializing in designing & executing light effects for theatre production, brand launches, music concerts & festivals, fashion shows, film shoots, award ceremonies & ambience lighting. In this interview, he talks to PALM technology about his journey to becoming the “Master of Special Event Lighting.”.... read more on Page 66


First proposed in 1958, Class D amplifiers started gaining increased popularity and acceptance in the early 21st century, with this technology ruling since over a decade, overriding the demand for bulky & energy inefficient linear amps. In this article LT COL JASBIR SINGH KABERWAL, (Retd) SC hints at a futuristic emerging trend which may see a comeback of linear audio with advancements in technology offering sonic quality and advancement in size and energy efficiency to the next level... read more on Page 24

Articles Jul-Aug 2017

AV Today’s Trend in Hospitality

As AV sets new standards beyond traditional applications, ICT-AV-Security-Consultant - Mr. A.R. Chandrashekhar, touches on the topic of the latest trends in AV installations for the Hospitality segment with LED screens, displays and interactive video now contributing to the overall interior design of the hotel... read more on Page 84

Playboy Delhi gets a taste of TW Audio

After a high magnitude success with its first superclub in Mumbai, the city of glamour, the Playboy club is now rocking the country’s capital, New Delhi. The city’s party animals got a major reason to rejoice with the opening.... read more on Page 88

Sumi Baptist Church integration scales heights

Painted in blue and white, the Sumi Baptist Church - Zuneheboto is situated in Nagaland, bordering onto China, and is 212km from Dimapur Airport. Situated on the highest point more on Page 30

The Big Stage by AKhil Varma – Project Head, PALM Expo

More than 50% of India’s population is below the age of 25 and more than 65% below the age of 35. It is more on Page 84

Articles May-Jun 2017

Justin Bieber Sound Reinforcement

The Justin Bieber Concert motivated our editorial team to learn, how it is going to be done. The sheer capacity of deployment and state of the art delivery would mean the audio system engineering would have been ingenious and display of the classic Indian Jugaad, which in this instance would need to be disapproved. PALM technology met Warren D’Souza who presented with complete confidence planning, design, technique and expertise in setting up a world-class professional turnkey audio system. This issue being a LIVE Issue and stage sound being all about alignments and calibration, Warren’s role as a Systems Engineer, for the show has been highlighted. His acumen together with Co-Systems Engineer Sunil Karanjikar’s expertise has ensured smooth execution of the massive project. Somya Kedia more on Page 36


The Event Management industry has grown exponentially over the last decade with a host of varied events encompassing festivals, concerts, conference, corporate events and even marathons. This issue being the “Live” issue, we highlight the top 10 Event companies conceptualizing and executing the biggest live entertainment shows in the country. We have left out some of the bigger event companies whose focus is more into corporate or sports events and have highliighted only the ones organising the live entertainment and music more on Page 50

The Fountainhead of superlative experiences

In a career spanning nearly 22 years, the quality of Neale’s wins have been exceptional. With the vision of building brands he creates delightful experiences with events. In an exclusive with PALM technology, Neale talks about his journey and work and truly believes that the core essence lies in valuing the right talent! Smita Rai and Somya Kedia report. read more on Page 60

Top 35 Rental Companies

PALM Technology has done a crucial exercise of surveying the market for identifying these top 35 audio/video/lighting rental companies who are investing into product and inventory and offering the latest technology thereby driving the market and rental business with sizable inventory. This is not an audited list and is intended as a guide. read more on Page 76

People at PALM

PALM 2017 engages expertise of eminent personalities who have accomplished knowledge in their field of activity. Their valuable involvement in PALM, act as a driving force towards PALM’s intellect and dynamism which leads Indian entertainment professional landscape to a higher paradigm. read more on Page 88

Articles Jan-Feb 2017

Top FOH Engineers in India

There are the mixing masters behind the audio console who strengthen the core essence of live performances. Showcasing aptitude to blend instruments with vocals and attain a flawlessly balance sound, Front of House engineers are effective and confident technical experts who know every inch of the gear. read more on Page 46...

Going Live with Sunil Karanjikar

Sunil Karanjikar has worn many a hats in his career as a Live Sound FOH engineer. He reveals his aces and talks about the secrets and tricks to his success, his journey, along with the key challenges he faces during the course. “Live sound does not have an ‘Undo’ Button” he shares in his insights with PALM Technology more on Page 54...

Live Bands - Musical Escape

Commercial music in India has been mostly synonymous with film soundtracks. The fact however is that the music scene in India is constantly evolving and is only going to get bigger with more and more stage acts from independent music bands energizing the business, and by Indian music we also mean languages other than Hindi. In this feature we catch the action on stage from 10 Top live bands who have managed to post a huge-win. The bands have gained a lot of stage attention giving impetus to the entire business in India. read more on Page 64

Articles Nov-Dec 2016


The Playboy Club founded by media baron Hugh Hefner, first opened its doors in the 1960s in downtown Chicago and instantly became successful as a read more on Page 22

DJs Scratching on Favourites

2017 is set to be another fun-filled action-packed year in clubland! Somya Kedia tracks the trend and highlights the toolkit of some of the top DJs in the more on Page 32

Global Citizen Festival India

Looked up to as a beacon of hope, Global Citizen Festival India held in Mumbai on 19 November, 2016 proved to be a monumental day as India asserted its solidarity with the world in fighting extreme poverty. read more on Page 44

Electric Daisy Carnival debuts in India

Originating in Las Vegas Nevada, the Electric Daisy Carnival over the years has asserted itself as a hub for EDM fans across the globe, as a result of its fantastic on-stage music programming, enchanting stage designs, read more on Page 46

Product Specialists Driven by Passion

A professionally qualified sound engineer from SAE in Chennai, Tuhin is also a sought after DJ who has immense experience of playing at various clubs. A sharp understanding of the technical aspects behind sound production and immense knowledge of equipment, gained him the position of a product specialist for Pioneer DJ India and his areas of expertise lies in club equipment, samplers and remix stations. read more on Page 48

“Indian DJs are tech savvy” - Reji, Director, PALM DJ Championship

Growing DJ Industry

DJ industry is expanding exponentially and the growth rate has been phenomenal. Talking about the industry expansion, Reji observes that as the industry continues to evolve, the demands for technology, equipments, expertise and specific services have also witnessed a

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Articles Jul-Aug 2016

I-Kandy gets K-Rigged

I-Kandy nightclub at Le Meridian hotel in Gurgaon was recently in need of an upgrade for its indoor sound system. Located at the Sector 26, Le Meridian Gurgaon, I-Kandy oozes sophistication. The luxurious pool club and European styled designed lounge boasts 2 bars across a sparkling 85 feet swimming pool...

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Sound Design for Night Clubs and RestoBars

The focus of Milind’s presentation was ‘Sound Design for Nightclubs and Restobars: A field view’, wherein he spoke about the technicalities of sound engineering to formulate a great night club or a restaurant bar. Milind who is an Electronics Engineer from the CCSRR-Mumbai University, has invested years into sound engineering, setting up different clubs and bars. He has to his credit venues such as Triology - Mumbai, F Bar Mumbai & Chennai, Privy @ Le Meridian Delhi, Club Nyex, Goa, The Good Wife – Mumbai and many more...

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AG Acoustics strikes the right chord with KV2 Audio’s ES Series

Conveniently located in the Outer Circle, near KG Marg, New Delhi is a new café in town - FLYP@MTV. Viacom18 Consumer Products - the consumer products arm of Viacom18 has extended Viacom’s flagship property “MTV”, to an on-ground experience by introducing this unique ‘MTV-style’ hangout in association with Funbars Hospitality Pvt. Ltd.

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11 Questions with Roland Stenz & Kerstin Mischke May June 2017 Issue!

CEO of Eve Audio and Kerstin Mischke, Sales and Marketing Director of Eve Audio

Sales and Marketing Director of Eve Audio, field 11 questions on the birth and growth of the young Berlin-based professional studio monitor manufacturing company, while providing insight into the design philosophy and R&D process of the new monitors and Eve Audio‘s presence in the Indian market.

1. What were the deciding factors that made you break away from Adam and set up your own professional company for monitor speakers?

I was one of two founders/shareholders and CEO of ADAM Audio from inception in 1999 till 2010. In this time, we established a very successful brand. After a while different opinions about products and how to bring the company into the future showed up and we decided to go separate ways. With EVE Audio, I could realize my own ideas. A complete range of studio monitors and subwoofers could be delivered already in spring 2012. Working in my own company allows me to follow my long-time experience in pro audio business since 1983.

2. Since its inception, what has been Eve’s core management and production philosophy?

There are two sides important. The main questions are what the internal and external effect of my own work should be. Generally, I don’t want to act against people. I need to be welcome in my own company. A very friendly working climate is essential for good results. Of course, the respect is offered also to our customers and partners. Related to our products I would say – a speaker is a technical product which can be defined in technical parameters like frequency response, distortion etc. But immediately when music starts to play, a speaker changes to a very emotional product. I like it very much during listening sessions to talk also about music, artists and the process of recording.

3.How much would you say you employ “state-of-the art design” in the Eve brand of products?

EVE Audio products are developed to get best possible information about your music. This is not easy to archive because every speaker is used in different rooms. It is very important to have the complete product carefully designed. To say it is a good sounding speaker because of the used tweeter etc. is not helpful. To find a very good balance between all technical parameters is most important. EVE Audio is established as a very serious player in the world. This results in a very successful growth over the years. All different types of speakers have the same balanced sound. From my opinion, it does not make an real sense to develop speakers which are designed for a special type of music only. To have very good designed speakers in combination with best customer support (social media, print media, web, education …) has built this “state-of-the-art design”. The complete package of a company must be right – from products to customer support.

4. If you have to name one single differentiated technology in Eve Audio monitor speakers that distinguishes it from other monitor speakers, what would it be?

I don’t really like this view to products. But our self-developed air motion transformers offer the next level in high frequency resolution. Unfortunately, a single part in high quality doesn’t mean so much for a final product quality. I spend a lot of time to combine all parts of a speaker in the best way. EVE Audio has all needed tools like a huge anechoic chamber and a huge echo chamber. This allows to measure all needed parameters of a studio monitor. We can measure frequency response, energy response, distortion and others. Not all manufacturers have these rooms. Beside these technical parameters, we spend a lot of time with listening music to balance the sound carefully to the best result.

5. Tell us a little about Eve’s R&D process and production facility?

I have mentioned before that EVE Audio has all tools to develop studio monitors on highest level. We control the complete chain from R&D, production and quality control.

During our R&D process all aspects of development are taken care of in-house – including 3d-construction, electronic design and driver construction for woofers and tweeters. Beside electronic measurement systems for amplifiers (frequency response, distortion, power handling, EMC etc) we also have a huge anechoic chamber and an echo chamber. In an echo chamber we can measure acoustical systems without any room effects (reflections from walls, defractions). A massive turntable allows turning also heavy speakers to get results in all needed angles. The total energy emission can be measured in our echo chamber. This information is very helpful because a speaker delivers frequency depending sound to all sides of the speaker cabinet. This has an effect also in a normal room because reflections come back as additional energy to the listening position together with the direct sound of a speaker. We built prototypes here to get best results. When the prototypes full-fill all requests then we shift our work to the suppliers. There is an ongoing quality control for all components there and in addition every speaker is finally tested and adjusted here in-house in Berlin/Germany.

6. Which was the first major studio that you supplied Eve monitors to?

Well, one of the first studios, maybe the first of all, was Pughouse Studio in Melbourne in Australia that bought a pair of SC307. They were so pleased with the sound of a brand they have not heard about before that they send us a very happy user report.

7. Which is the biggest market for Eve Audio worldwide?

At the moment our biggest markets for EVE Audio are China and Japan, but also Germany, Netherlands and Scandinavia are strong markets for EVE.

8. Which product is Eve currently pushing most aggressively in the global pro-audio market?

We consider our desktop loudspeaker SC203 to be a product that deserves more attention and that’s why we are currently pushing it. For its size it’s a very powerful desktop loudspeaker with a tiny footprint and ideal for all workspace applications with limited space. Listeners usually do not expect such little speaker to reproduce such frequency range, especially such low end.

9. And any new product launches planned for the near future?

Sure, there are always plans for future products and the R&D team never sleeps. But it’s too early to reveal any details or release dates.

10. What are your impressions about the Indian market or what are the peculiarities of the Indian market and which are some of the studios in India where Eve monitors have been installed?

The Indian market is very crowed and the local brands are naturally very strong. For us as a foreign brand, it takes some efforts to bring people´s attention to EVE. The key for that is to create an on-going visibility by being present in trade shows or doing demos. Because we feel EVE is still not as visible in India as it is in other countries we also did a road show last year and travelled together with our Indian distributor Modi Digital to Chennai to conduct EVE seminars. The purpose was to push EVE further into the Indian market and share first-hand information. Our impression is that Indian people are very open-minded, curious to learn more and attended the seminars nicely.

Some of our projects include:

Eve Audio SC205 - Rohan Puntambekar(Music Composer, Music Producer, Programmer, Sound Engineer and also the proprietor of Seven Sounds Productions); Eve Audio SC305 - (Northpole Magicworks Studio, which produces music for movies and television commercials); Eve Audio SC307 - Bodhi Sound Studio (Satish Chakraborthy); Eve Audio SC407 - Raghav Sachars Studio(Need Studio Name) (Indian singer, composer, Music Director and a Multi-Instrumentalist); Eve Audio SC305 - Shadab Rahims Home Studio (songs final mixing and mastering - Dangal, songs final mixing - Dear Zindagi); Eve Audio SC203 - Abhijit Tenny Roy (Director at Junk ‘n Genius Studios (J’nG); Eve Audio SC203 - Vishwas Nicholas (CEO/Founder/Owner at Nicholas International ProductionZz); Eve Audio SC203 - Sunny Sanour ( Indian composer, Music Producer, Sound Engineer and Playback Singer); Eve AudioSC305 - Nitish Kumar (Mixing engineer, Sound engneer for A. R. rahman); Eve Audio SC407 - Luke Ashirwad (Mix engineer); Eve Audio SC205 - Sanket Kale (Music Programmer); Eve Audio SC205 - Nishant (Music Programmer); Eve-audio SC407, SCS307, SC307, SC305, TS112, TS110 - Knack Studios; Eve-audio SC205 - YuVan (Music Director); Eve-audio SC407 - Sai Thaman (Music Director)

11. What are your short and long-term goals for the India market?

The short-term goal is to increase brand awareness and brand visibility, to bring more EVE´s into the eyes of potential customers and let people constantly know about EVE Audio. The long-term goal in India and worldwide generally is to be recognized as one of the major brands in the monitor market.

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