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Articles July-August 2020

Bay Owl Studios – Not Just Music by the Bay

Launched in February 2020, Bay Owl Studios was founded by Varun Parikh who is an audio engineer and had no significant musical influence while growing up. His first exposure to music came when he was in high school..... read more

Harman all the Way

India’s First Domestic Hotel Chain – the Luxurious MAYFAIR Lake Resort – hires Qubix Technologies to provide state-of-the-art, end-to-end Integration with HARMAN Professional Solutions. PT reports..... read more

ANGRIYA Cruises the Seas with Bose

Latest cruise ships are teaming with audiovisual technology designed to keep passengers awed and coming back for more. In this feature PT reports on the audio installation of one such cruise ship - The Angriya Luxury Cruise Liner..... read more

Sennheiser 75-year Milestone

June 2020 marked the 75th anniversary of the foundation of Sennheiser, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of headphones, loudspeakers, microphones and wireless transmission systems. Through these 75 years, Sennheiser..... read more

Adiyogi Divya Darshanam Continues to Raise Standards

Since it’s unveiling in 2019 by the President of India Shri Ram NathKovind, the Adiyogi Divya Darshanam has enthralled spectators from across the globe. In May this year, this one of its kind projection mapping..... read more

Shankar & Siddharth Mahadevan’s Lambodara Studios

In the March-June 2020 issue of PALM Technology, PT did a cover story on Shankar and Siddharth Mahadevan’s new studio Lambodara. Here are some more images of the new studio..... read more

Acoustic and Audio System Design for Small Rooms- Part 2

In part 1 of this series we defined a small room, introduced the concept of sound waves as they relate to phase shift and comb filtering, and even touched on the Haas (precedence) effect. In this article, we will talk..... read more

IRAA 2020 Goes Virtual

PALM expo’s concern to ensure safety from ongoing pandemic mandated cancelation of the 2020 edition of PALM expo and in the best interest of the industry and business, decided not to move forward with the expo in 2020, carrying forward the show to May 2021..... read more

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ShiRock 2019 Rocked with GrandMA3





The state of Manipur in North-East India is greatly influenced by western music and has a long musical history with rock music. To attract tourism through culture and music, the Manipur State Government in association with the Manipur Tourism Department has been organizing Shirui Lily Festival since the past 2 years with the annual International rock festival- ShiRock music festival which has been a huge success with a turnout of 30-40K people every day in 2017 and 2018.

In 2018, American heavy metal band Queensryche headlined ShiRock. The government-sponsored ticket-free music festival has grown much bigger in 2019 and the audience witnessed two legendary classic rock bands –Nazareth and Extreme. This year, the festival was held from 16th October to 19th October 2019.  




Guru Somayaji, a Bangalore based Lighting designer was entrusted with handling ShiRock for the second time in a row. Guru is the touring Lighting engineer for The Local Train, When Chai Met Toast, Skrat, and Parekh & Singh. This year, Guru used a grandMA3 light console to run lighting for Extreme’s performance at ShiRock 2019. Guru explained his planning for the festival’s lighting design. “The design ideology was keeping in mind early 90’s Rock concert rigs. The LED Par Cans were retrofitted on pipes and fanned out to make them look like ACL Bars. Blinders were, of course, used aplenty to provide for grand sing-along moments. We also shipped in 5X5 Matrix lights to ensure we had met Extreme’s lighting rider. Apart from meeting Extreme’s requirements, I also had to ensure all the participants of the prestigious ShiRock ‘Battle of the Bands’ and the ‘voice’ competition had to look at their best.” He continues, “The entire design was conceptualized on Grand MA2on PC Command Wing & MA3D. I used the latest version of 3.7.0.5. Primary drawings were made on Claude Heintz Design’s LX Software”. 

The technical support of MA is highly appreciated across the globe. Guru also shared the challenges prior to the show. “Ukhrul is technically a very challenging location to produce any concert. Though the entire state machinery is involved in producing this event, logistics is always a challenge, which I always strive to work with.” Audio Systems MA Product Manager /Tech Support Engineer Kakkaroda Ajay Teja from Hi-Tech Audio Systems stepped in to help with the overall logistics of shipping the MA console and program the show for Extreme’s Lighting Designer Martin Favourite. Guru continued, “Ajay provided his technical expertise in making the MA air cargo ready. Ajay’s onsite tech support was a huge relief, especially in a place as remote as Ukhrul. His presence also made Martin at ease from shifting his regular preferred console to using MA console for Extreme. With Ajay’s experience in training people on MA software, he had Martin setup and show ready in super quick time.” Hi-Tech Audio Systems is the Authorized India Distributor of MA Lighting.




“Martin Favourite loved the work-flow of MA. I made him familiar with the console and during the show, I helped him with the programming.  It was indeed a moment of pride for me to work with Mr. Martin, one of the global icons in lighting industry. I bet we managed to rock ShiRock with extreme fun and head-banging moments”, concludes Ajay Teja.

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