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Articles Januray-February 2019


Famous Digital Studios, one of Mumbai's finest post-production studios serving the needs of TV commercials, international broadcast channels, filmmakers and advertising agencies, through four state-of-the-art studios, recently joined the elite ranks of facilities in India boasting of a Dolby Atmos HE room..... read more

Vijay Prakash’s Home Studio gets a Fresh Look

Leading Pro Audio Consultancy and Distribution Company - Modi Digital, recently revamped Vijay Prakash Home Studio into a shining example of great space optimization. Here’s how they pulled it off...... read more


PALM expo 2018 opened to record numbers, showcased a plethora of products and hosted full house conference sessions. This preview brings a brief update on what’s in store for the 2019 edition in May....... read more


Acoustic Consultant: Munro Acoustics LLP for Tonic Studio, Open Road Studios, Glassonion Studio & Super Track Stduio Acoustic Consultant: Sound Wizard for Studio H & Annapurna Studios...... read more


The heydays saw many state-of-the-art studios with sophisticated studio gear and acoustics springing up across the country. Some great work has come out of studios like Empire Studios, Yash Raj Studios...... read more

11 QUESTIONS WITH Amnon Harman

PT got in touch with Amnon Harman, the man behind the rise and rise of d&b audiotechnik in the last half a decade. In this interview, Harman discusses d&b’s fundamental philosophy behind cutting-edge R&D, product design and growth strategy.... read more


Kenneth ‘Pooch’ Van Druten is the magician who makes Justin Bieber sound the way he does in a live concert. Popularly known as Pooch, he has been touring as FOH engineer with some of the biggest artists like Linkin Park, Whitney Houston, Jay-Z, Eminem, Beastie Boys, Guns N’ Roses, Smashing Pumpkins, and many more. PT caught up with the man, who is today considered as one of the top FOH Engineers in the world to understand more about his craft, the gear he uses to get the perfect mix and insider info on the India leg of the Purpose World Tour.... read more


Harman Vi series soar Indian skies

Over the years Soundcraft Vi Series, has gained popularity globally for its user-friendliness. HARMAN Professional Solutions, India recently announced that Soundcraft Vi series digital mixing consoles had successfully established 150+ impressions in India and the footprints continue to grow organically. As the digital mixing console continues to find constant success and wide acceptance in India, PT takes a look back..... read more

Mixing Indian Classical Music

A Front of House mix varies substantially depending on various factors including genre of music. Since, India is a land rich in the tradition of classical music, PT urged FOH engineer Ajay Vijendra who has been mixing FOH for Indian Classical acts since several years to give our readers a brief insight into classical music live mixing. In this article, Vijendra discusses the Workflow for mixing Indian Classical Concerts. read more

Articles November-December 2018

Organising Big Stage Extravaganzas

It’s that time of the year again when event orgaisers and rental companies are busy prepping up stages across India for three days of heart pumping and feet stomping music. While the market for live music in India has grown exponentially in this last decade, there is yet much to be achieved... read more

Filling a Massive Space at our Lady of Lourdes Church

Built in 1974, Our Lady of Lourdes Church with a motive to ensure the parishioners could hear + the message clearly pulled AVL Install India Pvt. Ltd. to get a complete audio system upgrade with AUDIOFOCUS Line Array... read more

Conceptualising and creating Visuals for Big Stages EDM Acts

The visuals on stage are obviously the most visible aspect of any live stage. In this article VJ KayCee, Founder of Pixadoo studios in Bangalore and the mastermind whose high-octane visuals have ignited EDMs like VH1 Supersonic, Cirkus Indigo and many more, took out time from his busy schedule to enlighten PT readers about the art of Conceptualising and Creating Visuals for Big Stage EDM Acts... read more


Jash Reen and Joshua Dmello of Wolves Visuals, are the guys who are delivering some of the most electrifying and eclectic Big DJ stages on the circuit. From Sunburn to EDC, Beyond Wonderland, Nucleya, Flux Pavillion, the duo works on an extraordinary schedule of high profile EDM festivals. In this interview with PT they talk about the origins of Wolves Visuals, their work and where they are headed to. ... read more


Live sound mixers to lighting consoles, PA speakers to microphones, each piece of equipment plays a vital role in the production of a big scale live concert performance. It is, therefore, absolutely essential to set up your show using the appropriate gear. PT selects and brings a collection of seven noteworthy pro audio and lighting gear launched for live stages in 2018... read more

AV Summit redefining horizon in India’s Audio Visual Industry

Among other highlight features, the expo’s main fringe programme includes a three day AV Integrated Systems Summit running synchronously with the Exhibition... read more

Articles September-October 2018

Modern Stage Service (Projects) brings WATER TO LIFE

MSS Projects has transformed Jaquar’s 1000 sqft Experience Centre in the capital’s NCR region into an immersive & interactive multi-sensorial adventure. PT documents the project....... read more

Gujarat Music Industry Advances with STUDIO FIFTY-THREE

A new post-production facility, Studio Fifty-Three in Surat is providing the city with a much-needed setup with state-of-the-art acoustics and technology to handle all aspects of audio postproduction........... read more


A leading lighting designer, Harold Fernandes has been offering creative and technical solutions for live stages for almost two decades and has comprehensive knowledge and experience on some of the most famous stages............ read more

Integrated Entertainment Solutions lights up the Warehouse

The Thane area of Mumbai has a new upscale lounge - The Warehouse Lounge, that has already become Thane’s happening night spot. Lighting up the dance floor is Mumbai’s premerier lighting company - IES. PT takes a look.......... read more

The Lighting Trail

Lighting, lasers and lighting console sales and distribution has grown robustly across the Indian market. Lighting engineer and founder of artist and event management agency, Mixtape - Naveen Deshpande, talks to PT about the current trends in lighting and growth and future of the Indian lighting industry......... read more

PR Lighting flexing its muscles globally

Starting operations from a 1,000, workshop in Downtown Guangzhou with a staff of 20-30, Pearl River Lighting (as it was known then) has come a long way........ read more

Articles July-August 2018


With the longest island bar in all of Asia, Lord of the Drinks, Lower Parel is the latest offering from First Fiddle Restaurants to finds a spot among Mumbai’s elite party zones. PALM technology explores the audio system integration for the venue...... read more

NMIMS Mumbai transcends sonic excellence with Bose Professional’s RoomMatch system

Established in 1981 by the Shri Vile Parle Kelavani Mandal with the help of a donation from the Narsee Monjee Educational Trust,...... read more

Harman Professional Solutions Elevates the experience of devotees at Sai Teerth with JBL and Crown Audio Solutions

Technosales Multimedia Technologies P.L installed JBL by Harman Cinema sound solution in two theatres – the Giant screen and the 5D screen at Sai Teerth – India’s first devotional Theme Park that opened to devotees on 30th March 2018 in Shirdi.,...... read more

QSC in 1131 Bar & Kitchen, Bangalore

Located in Indira Nagar, Bangalore, the 1131 Bar & Kitchen, which is now an ideal place in the vicinity for patrons to dine and unwind, is the brainchild of Mr. Mohan....... read more

Comprehensive Bose Professional System reinforces an unmatched aural experience at the Bhavnagar Municipal Corporation (BMC) auditorium

Bhavnagar Municipal Corporation (BMC) is a local government body in the state of Gujarat that is committed to provide basic infrastructure facilities to the people of the city........ read more

HARMAN Professional Solutions brings Exceptional Sound to the new FLEA BAZAAR CAFE in Mumbai

Munro Acoustics deploys a complete HARMAN Professional Solutions audio solution at this first-of-its-kind dining and entertainment concept........ read more

Articles May-June 2018

The ART of Touring

A.R. RAHMAN - the name says it all! 2017-2018 witnessed one of the most imposing live stage tours, when Rahman, set sail on a multi-city tour in India, reliving his musical renditions over the years...... read more on Page 26


Manish Mavani, the man of few words, talks about the SNL journey to becoming one of India’s biggest sound & light rental companies...... read more on Page 38


Meet Overtone Audio - a one-stop-shop offering end-to-end recording solutions for Film, TV and the Live events industries. It is not every day that you come across an audio products dealer who has extensive experience of using the products that they distribute....... read more on Page 56


Building stage business requires top level music song writers, big sound, big lighting and good musicians. A lot of musicians are required on stage performing live....... read more on Page 62

Audio & Acoustics for Video

PT invited industry leading Acoustics Designer Kapil Thirwani of Munro Acoustics, a leading acoustic consultancy, specialising in the design of high-end music, film and broadcast studio facilities to write a technical article for the magazine. In this feature article, Thirwani elucidates on Audio & Acoustics for Video...... read more on Page 68

High on OPIUM

PT met Cyrus Gorimar, the man behind milestone events like Dream Theatre and One Republic. Brahma to One Republic, Gorimar has come a long way. In this interview he talks about his love for music and his long-term vision of augmenting rock and heavy metal live concerts in India through O Live OPIUM’s new music IP...... read more on Page 78

The Bose Team full of Gung-Ho

PT interviewed Vibhor Khanna, Country Manager – SAARC at Bose Professional. Khanna is an experienced business leader with over 18 years of experience in sales and business development of Audio-Video products. Since 2012, he is instrumental in setting up new Dealer Channels for Bose Professional products...... read more on Page 90

Articles Mar-April 2018

Opera House Acoustics Nirvana for Munro

Recording music in the black box tape era meant sci-fi acoustics and studios which reminded you of Stanley Kubrick, imagination of space where every sound recorded was primeval, spiritual, pure, so acoustics meant curves and waves and slanted triangular ceilings, sound absorption, double glass partitions, heavy doors and curtains and other ideas..... read more on Page 28


Shadab Rayeen is Bollywood’s current in-demand mix engineer, with a resume boasting of numerous A-list mix credits spanning 17 years in the music industry. Apart from mixing Bollywood songs, Rayeen has worked extensively in multiple regional languages.PT met up with him at his studio in suburban Andheri in Mumbai to talk about audio, plugins, mix, music and more...... read more on Page 40

Madame Tussauds - Sight & Sound to behold

Best described as one of the most popular tourist attractions across the globe, Madame Tussauds is home to wax figures of some of the most famous and historic international personalities in every field of life, from sports to politics, movies and film characters...... read more on Page 58

Entertainment Technology Convergence at PALM 2018

Pro Audio and lighting will take center stage, as PALM expo - India’s largest gathering of the entertainment technology and music production industry heads towards its 18th consecutive edition. Here’s a prevue of what will be on show in the Mumbai expo...... read more on Page 68

IRAA 2018 gears up for a grand 12th edition as nominations continue to pour in

Honouring excellence in the domain of music recording and production is the 12th Edition of the glorious Indian Recording Arts Academy Awards (IRAA)....... read more on Page 80

Recordings to Record

In this feature PALM technology has put down a list of good studio work done in Bollywood in 2017. In trying to define the paradigm in studio recording, mixing and mastering, we chose what was popular. We have enlisted as many popular tracks as possible from Bollywood selected from a variety of studios, that made it to the top of music charts........ read more on Page 91

Articles Jan-Feb 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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Kenneth ‘Pooch’ Van Druten is the magician who makes Justin Bieber sound the way he does in a live concert. Popularly known as Pooch, he has been touring as FOH engineer with some of the biggest artists like Linkin Park, Whitney Houston, Jay-Z, Eminem, Beastie Boys, Guns N’ Roses, Smashing Pumpkins, and many more. PT caught up with the man, who is today considered as one of the top FOH Engineers in the world to understand more about his craft, the gear he uses to get the perfect mix and insider info on the India leg of the Purpose World Tour.

Winner of Tourguide Magazine Top Dog FOH engineer of the year award - for an amazing 6 times and two-time winner of the FOH magazine Parnelli FOH engineer of the year award, Pooch graduated from Berklee College of Music, Boston and was the recipient of the Music Technology Division Engineering Scholar award - given to one outstanding engineer a year by Berklee staff. The equal parts techie and artist has a rich legacy of 25+ years in the live sound industry. His first job as a Producer / Engineer in Los Angeles gained him three Grammy nominations, and a multitude of Platinum and Gold records.

Pooch has been a musician all his life. Starting with classical piano studies at the age of three and going on to learn woodwinds, guitar, bass, and drums through his teenage years, Pooch was 18 when he graduated from high school and was accepted into Berklee College of Music. “I had every intention of being a performance major, but when I arrived at Berklee I discovered that there were many bass players that were much better than me. I had to swallow my ego and realize that I was never going to make a living as a player. Around the same time, I discovered sound engineering and discovered that I was good at it.” says Pooch.

From here on started Pooch’s journey in sound engineering. After completing graduation with honours, he moved to Los Angeles to start his career as a Producer and Recording Engineer and managed to get involved with many projects. Initially, he thought a career as a recording engineer would be a long and lucrative one for him. However, this all changed after the invitation to mix one of the artists in a live venue. The band was Warrant, and the venue was the “Fabulous FORUM” in Los Angeles.

“I immediately fell in love with the instant gratification of thousands of people screaming for something you are a part of. It still gives me pleasure today. I have never really looked back. That was 1992 and I have been lucky enough to work as a live sound FOH engineer since then,” enthuses Pooch.

Pooch is particularly proud of his stint as engineer for the KISS symphony. “Probably the concert that I am most proud of is the KISS symphony. It was the rock band kiss with a 60 piece orchestra, boys choir, and acoustic instruments. Lots of things going on. Nothing like mixing a 60 piece orchestra close mic’d at 105dBA weighted L-EQ over 10 at FOH.” His other favourites include Guns N’ Roses Rock In Rio 2001 and English heavy metal band Iron Maiden, whom he is mixing these days. Since the beginning of his career, Pooch got opportunities to work in many genres of music. “Most of the engineers get pigeonholed into one type of music and spend most of their career mixing it. Since I began, I have walked this line between pop, rock, and R&B and I really enjoy doing it. I have been very blessed to work in many genres of music.”


The challenge a FOH faces of course varies depending on not only the genre, but also the artistes themselves. “Each artist comes with their own challenges. Solo artist vs. bands is always tricky. When the marque’ says Justin Bieber, it is ALL about him. Whatever he wants, he gets. There is no question as to who the boss is.” He explains, “When dealing with a band, there are multiple egos and often different opinions that I was an engineer have to negotiate thru. Most of the time I am a psychiatrist more than I am a mixer. The secret to my success is that I can walk into a room full of crazy people and communicate, understand, and negotiate.”

According to Pooch the most challenging experience for him was as front of house for Jay-Z. “Mainly because there is a bunch of inputs. Over 100. There is a live band plus lots of playbacks. Finding space for all the live instruments and some of the playback that is in the same EQ space, as well as stereo balance, is a different balancing act,” says, Pooch.


Pooch’s first visit to India was for Justin Bieber’s Purpose World Tour in the Summer of 2017. “The unique challenge of mixing a solo artist like Justin Bieber is that everyone is coming to hear him. They don’t care about anything else. The crowd wants to hear him while he sings and while he talks in between songs. It’s difficult to get him over the top while he is in front of the PA for most of the show as well,” says Pooch.

A FOH plays a crucial role in engaging the audience in the musical experience and evoking emotions. “My goal in all of my mixes is to deliver a record quality mix with impact. I try to adhere to what the record sounds like as best I can. Everyone knows it and wants the music to sound like it. But I think that I give a little bit more by moving some air in the subrange, and also bring out some parts being played that are less noticeable in the mix in the record to give it that real live feel. Mostly my focus is on vocals and trying to make it sound the best it can, with the most intelligibility.”

Pooch describes his interaction with solo artists as “complex and vast”. For Bieber, Pooch let American music producer, composer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and Bieber’s musical Director - BHarv (Bernard Harvey) be the link between him and Bieber. “I worked very closely with Bharv and he was the conduit to Justin,” says Pooch. He continues, “Another vital requirement on the technical front is to work hand-in-glove with the Monitor Engineer and Systems Tec. For the Purpose India Tour, I was fortunate to have Alex Macleod as my monitor engineer once again. He is amazing. I could not do my job without him. I work very closely with the monitor engineer. We are truly a team. It is best when both the monitor engineer and the FOH engineer are in sync with each other.”

The Sound Set-Up

Justin Bieber India tour called for high production values in terms of great dynamics in venue sound. The superlative set-up and the sound technical for the concert managed by, witnessed for the first time in India a 12 a side flown subwoofer rig of S28’s in “Cardioid” augmented with the low-frequency extension from the G28 subs on the floor. “This is what we requested from,” says Pooch. “I have used the JBL VTX25 systems extensively (especially with Linkin Park) and knew exactly what was needed for this show. It may seem like a lot of PA system, but when you deploy the system in this manner, you get the best coverage and power. was very accommodating and provided exactly what we needed. They were excellent and provided me with all the tools necessary to make the show sound amazing. I was very pleased with the sound aspect of the show in India,” he adds.

For the concert, the venue was deployed with Main PA –VTX V25II in a LR and an outer LR, Amplifiers T12000HD, Flown SUB-VTX S28 on a LR, Ground Subs –VTX G28, Front Fills – VTX V20, Side Fills LR- VT4888, Delay LR & Outer LR – VT4889. Other Gear that Pooch used for the Justin Bieber tour can be found on - May-June 2017 issue

Sweating it out

The superhot month of May in Mumbai was not at all easy for Pooch. The heat and humidity posed several difficulties. “Oh my goodness, it was so hot. The heat and humidity are very hard on the gear too. We had a couple of computers (Macintosh minis) that just didn’t want to work when the sun was out. A lot of gear really struggle when you have those temperatures. I don’t like it either. I much prefer the cold. I was drinking a lot of water,” he says.

Commenting on the infrastructure for this tour he says, “It seemed like the infrastructure of the concert area itself was lacking. Not enough maintained restrooms, not enough dressing room space, not enough catering choices. The staging seemed a little dangerous as well. I was glad that I was at FOH. The safety standards need to be raised. Human life is precious, and no one should get hurt at a concert,” he cautions.


“ABSOLUTELY a boon,” exclaims Pooch. “ With the amazing advances in technology in the last 20 years, I can be way more creative and really get things to sound like you are sitting in front of some near fields, when in actuality you are sitting in a soccer stadium. I have always wanted every seat in the house to sound the same, and we are approaching actually achieving this. That is really exciting.”

Talking about the evolution of technology down the years, he says, “As a studio engineer, he I watched the digital age come to fruition. I remember the first Mitsubishi X850 32 track digital tape machine being wheeled into the studio that I worked at in 1992. We all stood around it, not really knowing what to do with it. The first attempts at digital audio in the studio were really bad. The technology was not ready in my opinion and the sound of records suffered. The same thing happened in live sound 10 years later. The technology just didn’t sound great at first. Just now in the last five years, I think that the tool and convenience of digital audio has come into its own and the result of what you can achieve is amazing. The fact that I can have 300 parameter changes happen in a snapshot, allow me to achieve whatever I can dream up in my head. It opens the doors of creativity, and the end-result are some amazing sounding shows. In fact, I stand by the statement that there should not be ANY bad sounding shows out there (at this level). If there are – it is the fault of the engineer, not the gear.”


There is no denying that the live sound industry is in the midst of the golden age of digital live sound. This also presents a new set of challenges to aspiring engineers. “I think the main challenge currently is that there is a lot of computing power to get a good sounding result. With plugins and outboard computers, networking, etc. Sometimes I am having to network (and clock) 6 different computers together. This is a hard thing to do without failure. I tell young up and coming engineers to learn networking and RF if they want to keep working in this business. These are the things that are always in need of good people,” says Pooch.

Explaining what he would ideally like to see in new age digital consoles, he says, “I would like to see some of the tasks normally offloaded to plugins to become better on digital consoles. Multiband EQ and compression for example. We are starting to see some console manufactures making leaps and bounds in this area. Plugins will always be needed, but can now be focused on super specific tasks. Also – I think that artificial reverbs are the hardest thing to make sound fantastic. They are very DSP intensive. I think as technology makes faster, more powerful processers, I would like to see great sounding, high-end reverb show up on the console themselves.”


“NEVER GIVE UP and hard work is the key to this front of house career. Push yourself to be the very best you can be and it will be get noticed with time. While talking about his initial days, Pooch mentioned, “I had to work very hard early on in my career. I didn’t make a good wage until several years into my career. Learning how to get along with people is also an essential part of this career. This business is not so much about talent as an engineer, but how one is interacting with other people. Hone your skills and be good at what you do but study the psychology of humans and how to best advance your career by being the best at communication and giving people what they want. If you become the guy or girl that is the hardest working, easiest to get along with, a talented engineer, there is room for you in this business. If you don’t push yourself to be the best, there are too many people that will take your spot. Network with everyone that you can,” he asserts.

Addressing the young live sound engineers in India, he says, “If you want to work with American bands, you should move to America and work with one of the many national touring companies. This is a word of mouth business. If you are good and working with the right people, your name will quickly be known. There are lots of different ways to keep working in this business. If you want to work and have work for many years to come. Learn RF and networking. Be skilled at both of these things and there will always be work. Use this as the platform to jump off into mixing,” he concludes.


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