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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

Articles

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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Installation Speakers

Clubland Sound


Music is today crucial to the success of a hospitality venue, but it can get overwhelming for a venue owner to wade through all the sound system options available today. This issue focus being Install, PALM technology puts spotlight on some installation speakers that have made their presence felt in some of the most happening pubs, clubs, bars and lounges across India. Weighing in on the right factors during the planning phase could help concoct a solution that engages patrons. This focus is purely for info purpose and only intended as a guide.

Audiocenter PF8+


The Pf8+ is a 2-way passive crossover full range, compact loudspeaker, highly suitable for small scale fixed installation at locations like multi-functional halls, museums, and houses of worship, night clubs, pubs and lounges. In addition, it comprises customized BEYMA HF driver with1.75” voice coil, composite membrane and unique driver protection circuit, and customized BEYMA 8” LF driver with 2” voice coil all with advanced cooling system.

HF horn is manufactured with DMF composite material; ensure very warm and dynamic sound. The coverage angle is (H°×V°) 80°×70°and the horn is 90° rotatable to achieve accurate coverage irrespective of its direction. To ensure stability, consistency and zero consumption, even with very high dynamic sound pressure, American Benelec XPP audio capacitor, iron-core inductor, customized metal resistor and manually soldered fiber board are installed.

The cabinet is constructed with CNC made Russian birch plywood, and is tongue and groove assembly, finished with emery spraying.

Main Features include: • Customized driver from BEYMA
• American Benelec XPP audio capacitor with stable quality, reliable performance
• Manually soldered fiber board to ensure zero consumption even in very high dynamic
• Unique driver protection circuit and high-efficient cooling system of the driver
• DMF composite material HF horn design, coverage angle 90° rotatable
• Solid CNC cabinet made of original Russian birch plywood, exquisite outlook and waterproof enclosure
• Tongue and groove assembly, compact and seamless CNC cabinet design ensures low resonance
• Touring grade emery spraying.
Tech Specifications: Type: 2-way passive crossover full range speaker
Frequency Response (-6dB anechoic chamber): 60 Hz-20 KHz
Rated Power (AES): 200W
Sensitivity: 94dB/1W/1M
Maximum SPL: 123dB
Horizontal Coverage Angle (Symmetrical): 80°
Vertical Coverage Angle (Symmetrical): 70°
LF Driver: Customized BEYMA ferrite driver, 2” voice coil, 200W (AES)
HF Driver: Customized BEYMA ferrite driver, 1” exit, 1.75” voice coil, 50W (AES)
Crossover Point: 2000Hz
Impedance: 8Ω (+1, -1)
1 Way Amplifier: 2pcs maximum, 4Ω
Hanging Hardware’s: M8 screw
Pole Mount: Base hole Φ35mm
Input Connectors: 2×NEUTRIK® NL4MP
Cabinet Material: Russian birch plywood CNC made
Cabinet Color: Black and white available, can be customized according to the RAL code
Dimension (W×H×D): 256×424×274mm
Net Weight: 11.5Kg–

JBL SRX815P

JBL is setting new performance standards by delivering excellence in methodology and tools since 70 years. Its SRX800 series is a fully professional powered PA system comprising three full range and two subwoofer models with an array of features that elevate the SRX800 Series to the best in class of all competitive systems.

SRX815P is the full range 15” two-way, SRX815P features legendary JBL Drivers, proprietary 2,000 Watt Crown amplification, Crown Front-End DriveCore Technology, premium JBL user-configurable DSP, V5 Tunings compatible with Vertec and VTX touring systems, and HiQnet Network control options via iOS and Android applications. Drawing on JBL’s long history of groundbreaking technology and loudspeaker design, the SRX800 Series meets the needs of touring houses, installations, and the most demanding live sound applications ensuring they can deploy a no-compromise, all-in-one solution featuring legendary JBL sound and performance, a wide array of configurability, and compatibility with JBL’s flagship touring systems.

Main Features include: • Purposeful Design: Rugged, Intuitive to Use and Easy to Transport
• JBL Premium Transducers
• Drivecore Amplification By Crown
• Full User Configurable DSP
• Network Control
• JBL Engineered Application Presets
• LCD Screen and Glow in the Dark Ink on Back Panel
• M10 Suspension Points
• Standard 35mm Pole Cup
• Feet for Monitor Angle.
Tech Specifications: System Time: Self-Powered 15”, Two-Way Bass Reflex
Max SPL Output: 137dB
Frequency Range (-10 dB): 36 Hz-21 kHz
Frequency Response (-3 dB): 44 Hz - 20 kHz
Coverage Pattern: 90° x 50°
Amplifier Design: Class D
Power Rating: 2000 W Peak
Dimensions: 691 x 458 x 478 (mm)
(H x W x D): 27.20 x 18.03 x 18.82 (in)
Net Weight: 28.6 kg (63 lb)

KV2 Audio ES Series

This series is a truly scalable, compact and modular system includes ES1.0, ES1.5, ES1.8, ES2.5, ES2.5, ES2.6 range of speakers and subwoofers housed in separate - portable units – the EPAK 2500 and 2500R. Placing the active electronics package outboard results in a lighter, easier to handle and its compact size reduces transport, it is quick and easy to setup, cutting labor costs dramatically.

The ES series ES1.0 Mid/High speaker and the EPAK2500/R make up the core of the amazing sounding, incredibly dynamic ES system. Each ES1.0 requires an EPAK2500/R to power it and the three ways cabinet includes a 12” horn loaded mid bass driver, 6” horn loaded mid speaker, and 1.75” Titanium compression driver. You can rotate the ES 1.0 horn assembly in order to run the system in a vertical or horizontal configuration, and couple two ES1.0 cabinets together horizontally to create a very powerful, long throw solution.

As well as driving the three ways ES1.0 cabinet, a fourth amplifier channel in the EPAK2500/R control unit is dedicated to powering a choice of ES series subwoofers. The ES1.5 is a lightweight single 15” enclosure, the ES1.8 a horn reflex, single 18” subwoofer and the ES2.5 /2.6 a double 15”, twin asymmetrical design, available in either four Ohm (ES2.5) or eight Ohm (ES2.6) versions.

The meticulously designed control electronics inside the EPAK2500/R constantly monitor and preserve the relationship between each amplifier and component, delivering exactly the right amount and type of power throughout the system. When you’re able to perfectly match an amplifier with a transducer you start to unlock incredible performance that is impossible to achieve with passive systems. Total system reliability increases dramatically as does sound quality. With this kind of precision and efficiency built in, you’ll be amazed at the quality, depth, level and resolution produced by an ES system.

Main Features include: • Specifically designed as an extreme high output, compact mid-high enclosure as part of ES systems
• For live performance and music playback
• Small to large live concerts
• Small to medium nightclubs
• Houses of worship
• Portable PA
Tech Specifications for ES2.5: System Acoustic Perfomance
Max SPL Long-term: 134dB
Max SPL Peak: 137dB
-3dB Response: 38Hz to 130Hz
-10dB Response: 34Hz to 130Hz
Impedance:
Crossover Point: 130Hz
Low Frequency Section
Acoustic Design: Twin Asymmetrical loading
Number of drivers: 2
Subwoofer Amplifier Requirement: 1600W / ES2.5 from EPAK2500/R
Woofer Size / Voice Coil Diameter / Design: 15” / 4” / Inside Outside
Diaphragm Material: Epoxy Reinforced Cellulose
Magnet Type: Ferrite
Speaker Input
Speaker Input: AP4
Cabinet
Cabinet Material:
Baltic birch
Handles: 4
Pole Mount: M20
Color: “Orange peeled” Matt Black or any RAL
Physical Dimensions
Height 600 mm (23.62”)
Width 700 mm (27.55”)
Depth 750 mm (29.52”)
Weight 69 kg (151.8lbs)

OHM TRS-112

The TRS-112 cabinet is specifically designed as a floor monitor including all other potential applications making this a truly multipurpose loudspeaker. Comprising symmetrical wall angles due to which it can be also used as a double wedge without needing dedicated left or right versions. This is a well braced, rugged cabinet with a long life span making it an ideal addition to any rental company stock giving a high and quick return on your investment.

TRS-112 uses a single Ohm 12″ with 2.5″ voice coil driver unit with 1″ compression driver mounted on a custom design 90°(h) x 40°(v) horn. The performer is able to move freely in the extended sweet spot, even all the way to the monitor, made possible by the 45° baffle angle along with the 90° x 40° horn. These passively crossed over at 1.5 kHz Phase and impedance corrected crossover networks are designed for high power applications. Used with the TRS-218 Subwoofer the TRS-112 can provide high SPL levels for front of house, sidefill and other applications. The rear mounted backplate has two speakon connectors aligned at 45 degrees and recessed to minimise the risk of damage when used in stage applications. The monitor is fitted with feet on both sidewalls allowing the cabinet to be used for right or left hand monitoring. Fitted with 6 mounting point’s gives versatility to the cabinet when used for install purposes.

Main features include: • UK made Ohm 12″ driver
• True multipurpose cabinet
• Voicing designed for vocal presence
Tech Specifications: Design: 12”Full Range Cabinet/Monitor, Reflex Tuning
Impedance: 8 Ohm
Power Handling (AES): 300 Watts (continuous)
Max. Power Handling (AES): 600 Watts (program), 1200 Watts (peak10ms)
Sensitivity 2.83V / 1m: 100 dB
Max. SPL: 124 dB (cont. max SPL / 1m) 130 dB peak
Frequency Response ±3 dB: 83 Hz – 19 kHz
Dispersion: 90° x 40°
Recommended Amplification: 300 - 600 Watts
System Controller: Ohm DSP Solutions, only HPF required
Speaker Cables: Min 2 x 2.5 mm2, Preferred 2 x 4 mm2
Components: 1 x 12” Low Frequency Driver, 1 x 1” Horn loaded Compression Driver
Crossover: Passive
Connectors: 2 x 4 pole Speakon Connectors

Outline EIDOS 218 S

As a leading manufacturing brand of premier sound reinforcement systems outline lounged all-new design, compliments the existing EDIOS installation range by providing a unit whose low-frequency extension and power handling capabilities exceed those of the dual-15″ EIDOS 215 S module; ideal for applications requiring super-powerful sub bass delivery, including live music and dance venues.

The EIDOS 218 S is particularly well-suited to reproducing modern dance music as the design provides extended low-frequency reproduction (down to 28 Hz) with tremendous ‘punch’ in and around the frequencies normally produced by real and synthetic bass drums. This focus and clarity enhances the reproduction of program material and makes the most efficient use of amplifier power.

This is a result of Outline’s proprietary ‘E.R.P.’ (‘Energy Retentive Porting’) design. Based on the principles of fluid dynamics and successfully applied to the science of controlling pneumatic forces within a loudspeaker enclosure, this unique arrangement of specially-shaped ports ensures an optimum laminar airflow. This reduces internal turbulence, maximizing the efficiency of the transducers and thus allowing more amplifier power to be converted into acoustic energy. Such a design requires high-precision manufacturing techniques, and Outline’s engineering teams have applied some original production techniques to turn an exciting concept into a physical reality.

Main features include: • Highly efficient, powerful low-frequency loudspeaker fitted with two 18″ transducers
• Exceptional size-to-power ratio (148.5 dB SPL short-term peak @ 1 m) facilitates location
• Proprietary Outline design provides tremendous ‘punch’
• Outline ‘E.R.P.’ (‘Energy Retentive Porting’) design assists airflow and enhances transducer efficiency
• Finished with Polyurea, featuring amazing durability and superior physical properties
• Design file for Outline ‘Openarray’ 3D acoustic simulation software
• Conceived, designed and manufactured exclusively in Italy (as are all Outline products).
Tech Specifications: Frequency Response (-10 dB): 28 Hz – 250 Hz
Suggested Cross-Over: max 120 Hz
Nominal Dispersion: Quasi-Omni directional
Impedance (Nom/Min): 2 x 8 Ω / 2 x 5.5 Ω
Watt AES (Continuous/Peak): 2 x 1200 W / 2 x 4800 W
Maximum SPL Output *: 148.5 dB SPL
Component: 2 x 18″ direct radiation woofers
Connectors: 2 x NL4 Pins 1+/1-, 2+/2-
Cabinet Material: Baltic birch plywood
Cabinet Finish: Black polyurea coating
Grill: Epoxy powder coated
Installation Points: 16 x M8 threaded points
Pole Mount: M20 threaded point
Height: 570 mm – 22 4/8″
Width: 1140 mm – 44 7/8″
Depth: 730 mm – 28 6/8″
Weight: 85 kg – 187.4 lb

Wharfdale Programme Series

This Series of loudspeakers includes range of Programme 30E/30ET, 35E/35ET, 105E/105ET, 205/205ET, 206E/206ET, 108E/108ET, 406/406ET and Programmesub as subwoofer companion. The discreet and stylish appearances of the Programme series are designed to seamlessly integrate into any architectural environment; deliver accurate, high power sound in a lightweight, compact and easy to install package. Frequency response has been optimized to be smooth and natural across the vocal range for high intelligibility in difficult environments, while retaining the neutral and uncoloured sound essential for unobtrusive reproduction of background music.

Each Programme Series speaker may also be used in constant voltage distributed systems. With an internal, switchable transformer, you can economically install background music or paging system, while still only using one amplifier. With the included mounting brackets, transformer option, you will be impressed with the ease of wall or ceiling mounting as well as the clear, accurate sound produced by these speakers.

Main Features include: • 2-way installation speaker systems
• Mylar, silk and titanium HF drivers used across range
• Low distortion, high power woofers
• High strength
• M6 or M8 high hanging points
• Speakon, parallel spring crimp and barrier strip inputs
• Supplied with adjustable heavy duty steel bracket
• Models available with 70v/100v Transformer (‘T’ model)
• For venues including houses of worship, retail shops and other public areas
• White finishes also available
Tech Specifications of Programme 406T: Type: 2 – way
Frequency Response: 60Hz-20KHz
Continuous Power: 250W
Peak Power: 1000W
Sensitivity dB-SPL (1W @1M): 96dB
Max SPL: 126dB
Impedance: 8 ohm
Dispersion angle (degrees): 60 x 60
LF driver: 6.5” x 4
HF driver: 1” Titanium
HF protection type: compression driver Pro-tect (BULB)
Crossover Point: 2.3KHZ
Enclosure shape: Trapezoidal
Dimensions HxWxD (mm): 980 x 215 x 275
Weight (kg): 17.8Kg
Finish colour: Black/ white Paint
Grille : MDF Black/ white full (steel)
Rigging: M8 x 18
Input Connectors: 2 x Speakon + barrier strip
Input Connectors (T): barrier strip
Transformer (T) : 100V/70V
Transformer Taps (70v): 15,30,60,120W
Transformer Taps (100v): 15,30,60,120W
Included accessory: black/white bracket

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