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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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Harman Professional India's Audio and Lighting solutions stimulate the sensory experience at the first ever Justin Bieber concert in India


Top of the line production crew from sound.com and Star Dimension along with the system engineering support from Harman Professional India together delivered the most spectacular sensory experience ever at The Purpose World Tour India edition – a worldwide production by Canadian Singer Justin Bieber.

It was a dream concert not just for all the “Beliebers” but also for everyone involved in the production as the one – of – a – kind concept demanded high production values of international standards, best of the equipment and top of the line crew. Production of this stature possess many challenges on the teams and The Purpose World tour came with its own. Sunil Karanjikar, Application Engineer, Harman Professional India joined hands with Sound.com team and worked on the system design for the show. Commenting on the system design he said, “Working on a project this scale with one of the top Touring artist presents its own set of challenges. The sheer size of the venue calls for a lot of precision as an error of a couple of degrees in the Horizontal and/or Vertical aiming of the arrays can literally put huge amounts of audience out of the coverage areas. The fact that Mumbai is extremely Hot and Humid at that time of the year meant that the Audio crew could only work through the night to execute this project. Although the PA design and positions were marked in CAD, we realized other elements such as scaffold for Screens etc. had changed since original design. We had to quickly re map PA positions to ensure we were still getting the intended coverage”. He further added, “Working through the night made it much easier to execute the set-up efficiently. With 214 VTX and VerTec Loudspeakers and 170 Crown ITech HD Amplifiers used on the project, we had to design a robust and redundant network system to control the System keeping in mind the extreme heat during the day and time of the event. The production quality was top notch with a great display of Lighting and Pyrotechnics. Ken “Pooch” Van Druten is one of the best Mix Engineers on the circuit today and he ensured that the Audio System was used to the maximum with some brilliant Dynamics throughout the concert.”

For the concert, the venue was deployed with a complete Harman PA solution with JBL VTX V25II used for the main powered by Crown amplifier T12000HD, Flown subwoofers VTX S28, ground Subs VTX G28, Front fills – VTX V20, Side fills LR – VT4888, Delay LR and Outer LR – VT4889. For the first time in India there was a side flown subwoofer rig to throw a lot of Bass into the stands and improved the low frequency extension right behind in the ground.

Rig used at the Show:
64 JBL VTX V25-II used as Main PA LR and OUTER LR
24 JBL VTX S28 used for FLOWN SUB LR
36 JBL VTX G28 used for GROUND SUBS
24 JBL VT4889 for DELAY LR and 30 for DELAY LL RR
24 JBL VTX V20 for FRONT FILLS
12 JBL VT4888 for SIDE FILLS
172 Crown iTech12000HD amplifiers
32 MAC Quantum Wash
132 Mac Aura XB
32 Martin Led Atomic 3000

The dynamic Lighting design for the show conceptualized by Nick Van Nostrand included fixtures from Martin Professional. Having the largest inventory of Martin Professional lighting in India, Star Dimensions – led by Ashish Mehta and Jay Mathuria took the baton of delivering the visual spectacle for the show. While acoustically the venue posed its set of challenges, the soaring temperature took its own toll on the crew and the power eating equipment especially lighting but the never say die spirit of the whole crew delivered a perfect show at the end! Martin Mac aura XB wash played a key role at the main stage, they were subtle yet impactful says Ashish and added “Nick Van Nostrand, the lighting designer had mostly worked with Martin Professional lighting on the purpose tour and was very happy with the fixture options we offered. It was a large set-up and Martin lighting fixtures worked flawlessly even in soaring temperatures.” The Martin Professional inventory used for the show included 136 Mac Aura XB, 40 Mac Quantum Wash, 36 Atomic 3000 LED.

Commenting on the successful show, Prashant Govindan, Sr. Director Harman Professional India said, “It gives me immense pride in saying that we have broken all our previous benchmarks with the successful production of the show and added another feather to our crown. It is the dedication of our esteemed partners such as Sound.com and Star Dimensions, which never let them stop striving to outperform in their respective fields, and Harman Professional India is committed to support them in every execution”.



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