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AMPLIFICATION TOPOLOGY

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

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

AUDIOVISUAL-PROJECTION INTEGRATION

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

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

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 in...read 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 expected...read more on Page 84

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 reports.read more on Page 36

The TOP 10 EVENT COMPANIES

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 events.read 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

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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 magazine.read 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

GOING BIG WITH PLAYBOY

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 country.read 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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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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PROJECTION MAPPING

Like every industry, mapping Industry also has its own set of “hard to understand” terms. PALM Technology is presenting an exhaustive list of Glossary used in projection mapping along with concise definitions of the technical terms, to aid in better understanding mapping concepts.


3D Projection Mapping: Also known as augmented reality, it is the art of creating projected visual effects, by altering and distorting content, to fit on not only smooth surfaces, but three-dimensional objects like buildings, screens, cars etc. The projection can be static or dynamic.

3D visualization: The process of creating computer-based video content for stimulating a lighting project, leading to a realistic impression.

Architectural Mapping: Projection mapping on exteriors such as buildings, containing content designed to highlight the building’s architectural features like outlining windows, bricks, etc.

Activation: A commonly used event industry term to describe projection mapping displays/installations.

Beamer: Slang for projector.

Cartography: Cartography or mapping is defined as the mediation and visualization of spatial information for different media with digital and analog technologies.

Content: The ideas or media being projected during a mapping display.

Content, Abstract: Also referred to as “stock effects” or “filler effects”, it is visual content not specially designed for a particular surface.

Design Surface: The area covered by the design during a projection mapping.

DMX / DMX512: A Digital Multiplex, it is the standard used for traditional lighting effects. Projection mapping software can be integrated into a DMX512 “universe” to coordinate visuals to lighting.

Digital Visual Interface: Frequently called DVI, it is a common kind of HD-ready connection and cable used in projection, mostly used in professional applications.

Edge Blending: Also called Blending Technology, it is a technology which lets you project an image onto a surface using multiple projectors, if one projector is not efficient to cover the screen size, without creating an overlap effect. This can be achieved with the help of projectors which are equipped with edge blending function or by using special software that allows this effect.

Fog Projection: Projecting on an indoor or outdoor screen made of fog, to create a 3 dimensional effect.

Globe Projection: Projecting an image onto a spherical object, to create a three-dimensional visual highlight without image distortion.

HDMI: A common kind of High-Definition Multimedia Interface used in projection.

Imagery: An interplay of shapes and colors, to create or convey a new perspective.

Interactive Projection: An interactive projection wherein a floor, a wall, or even a table becomes an experimental area allowing the viewer to interact with the projection as an active moving part of the installation.

Large Venue Projector: A broad term used to describe high-brightness projectors, generally over 12,000 lumens in brightness. The three most common brands of projectors used in large venue applications are manufactured by Christie, Barco, and Panasonic.

Large-screen Projection: A projection in image sizes of up to even 100 meters using ultra-bright projectors.

Lumens: A standard measurement of projector brightness. An average projector is ~3,000 lumens. Most large-venue projectors used in projection mapping are 20,000 lumens or brighter.

Media Server: A stand-alone projection mapping system which includes a mapping software and for content mapping and is designed for consistent playback. Can also refer to a computer optimized for playback of video content in high resolution. Its main parameters are: powerful graphic card and corresponding digital connections for video output.

Mapping Display: Usually refers to a one-time projection mapping show.

Mapping Software: A software that can create mapping effects by altering and distorting projection content in real time.

MIDI: MIDI or Musical Instrument Digital Interface is a kind of digital interface that allows external “controllers”, such as piano keyboards or lighting consoles, to interact with projection mapping software.

Projector: The equipment that projects images onto a surface with rays of light. A projector includes its own light source, an imaging plane and a lens that allows the imaging plane to be sharply displayed on the screen.

Projection Mapping Installation: A mapping display intended and designed for semi-permanent or permanent application and use.

Projection Template: An object located in a projector and displayed on to a projection surface.

Resolution: Refers to the number of pixels that compose an image. The number of pixels affects the image sharpness or level of detail of the image perception. Higher the resolution, sharper the image.

Scaler: A standalone device used to convert unusual video signals in a signal flow.

Screen Gain: Refers to the measurement of the screen’s brightness when projected upon. Higher gain screens offer better brightness, while lower gain screens offer better image fidelity.

Short Throw Projector: A projector with a lens designed to be used short distance from a projection surface and normally creates a much larger projected image than other projectors at the same distance.

Surface: The body that is being projected onto during a projection mapping display. This can include buildings, screens, objects, etc.

Spatial Augmented Reality: Refers to projection mapping. Due to use of 3D surfaces, the projection seems to be an “augmentation” of physical space.

Throw Ratio: The measurement of the width of a projector’s image.

VGA: VGA or Video Graphics Array is an outdated cable used for older model projectors and cannot carry HD images.

Video Mapping: Refers to projection mapping.

VJ: Refers to a Video Jockey who mixes video sources in real time to create a new kind of show staging. Projection mapping using 2D and 3D elements is a key part of the sets of Modern VJ’s.

Window Treatment: A surface treatment applied to glass windows to allow them to be used as a projection surface, which is not possible otherwise.


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