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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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Studio Microphones

Vocals, Music and Mics


SHURE SM57 Cardioid Dynamic Microphone


An industry standard for performance and recording, the versatile and rugged SM57 is an exceptional instrument microphone and vocal microphone. An ideal choice for sound reinforcement and recording applications, the legendary SM57 is tuned for clean reproduction of amplified and acoustic instruments, targeting the main sound source while minimizing background noise. The SM57 has an extremely effective cardioid pickup pattern that isolates the main sound source while minimizing background noise. In the studio, it is excellent for recording drums, guitar, and woodwinds.

Key Features:

• Contoured frequency response for clean, instrumental reproduction and rich vocal pickup
• Professional-quality reproduction for drum, percussion, and instrument amplifier miking
• Pneumatic shock-mount system cuts down handling noise
• Frequency response: 40 to 15,000 Hz
• Replacement cartridge: R57
• Supplied break-resistant swivel adapter that rotates 180° Supplied break-resistant swivel adapter that rotates 180°

Technical Specs:

•Type: Dynamic
• Frequency Response: 40 to 15,000 Hz
• Polar Pattern: Cardioid
• Sensitivity (at 1,000 Hz Open Circuit Voltage): Open Circuit Voltage: -56.0 dBV/Pa (1.6 mV) (1 Pa = 94 dB SPL)
• Impedance: Rated impedance is 150Ω (310Ω actual) for connec- tion to microphone inputs rated low impedance.
• Polarity: Positive pressure on dia phragm produces positive volt- age on pin 2 with respect to pin 3.
• Case: Dark gray, enamel-painted, die- cast steel with a polycarbonate grille and a stainless steel screen.
• Connector: Three-pin professional audio connector (male XLR type)
• Net Weight: 284 grams (10 oz) Dimensions: 157 mm (6-3/16 in.) L x 32 mm (1-1/4 in.) W

RODE NT1-A Cardioid Condenser Microphone

The RØDE NT1-A 1” cardioid condenser microphone is reportedly Røde’s biggest selling microphone and has become an industry standard; delivering the warmth, extended dynamic range, clarity and high SPL capability typically only featured on some of the world’s most expensive microphones.

With a self-noise level of only 5dBA it is widely recognised as one the world’s quietest studio microphones. This low noise makes it an ideal vocal microphone as well as perfect for recording guitars and percussion.

Packaged in the ‘Complete Vocal Recording Solution’, the NT1-A includes everything you need to get a truly professional vocal recording and is ideal for home studio recording.

A studio grade pop shield and shock mount is included, along with a premium 20’ microphone cable, dust cover, and an downloadable instructional video packed with recording tips.

Key Features:

• Large 1” capsule with gold plated diaphragm
• Cardioid polar pattern
• Ultra low noise, self noise of only 5dB (A)
• Wide dynamic range
• True condenser (externally biased)
• Internal capsule shock mounting
• Includes RØDE SM6 shock mount, pop filter and dust cover
• 10 year extended warranty when you register your microphone

Technical Specs:

• Acoustic Principle: Pressure Gradient
• Active Electronics: JFET im- pedance converter with bipo- lar output buffer
• Capsule: 1.00”
• Address Type: Side
• Frequency Range: 20Hz - 20kHz
• Output Impedance: 100Ω

NEUMANN TLM 102 Large Diaphragm Condenser Microphone

Conceived primarily as a vocal microphone, the TLM102 is suitable for use with loud instruments such as drums, brass instruments and guitar amplifiers.

The TLM 102 is impressive in terms of sound: In the interior is a newly developed large-diaphragm capsule (cardioid) with a maximum sound pressure level of 144 dB, which permits the recording of percussion, drums, amps and other very loud sound sources, for example. Instruments that are not especially loud also benefit from the very fast transient response of the TLM 102. However its most important applications are in the realm of vocals and speech; a slight boost above 6 kHz provides for excellent presence of the voice in the overall mix. Up to 6 kHz the frequency response is extremely linear, ensuring minimal coloration and a clearly defined bass range. The capsule has an elastic suspension for the suppression of structure-borne noise. A pop screen integrated into the grille serves to suppress plosives in vocal and speech recording. The TLM 102 is ideal for the home recording and project studio sector, as well as for the broadcasting area, especially when clear lines of sight to the speakers are a priority. The TLM 102 is available in black and nickel; a stand mount is included.

Key Features:

• Large-diaphragm microphone with cardioid directional characteristic (pressure gradient transducer)
• Compact, characteristic but smaller-scale Neumann design
• Very high maximum sound pressure level
• Slight presence boost above 6 kHz
• Transformerless circuitry
• Large-diaphragm microphone with cardioid directional characteristic (pressure gradient transducer)
• Compact, characteristic but smaller-scale Neumann design
• Very high maximum sound pressure level
• Slight presence boost above 6 kHz
• Transformerless circuitry

Tech Specs:

• Acoustical operating principle: Pressure gradient transducer
• Directional pattern: Cardioid
• Frequency range: 20 Hz... 20 kHz
• Sensitivity at 1 kHz into 1 kohm: 11 mV/Pa
• Rated impedance: 50 ohms
• Rated load impedance: 1 kohms
• Equivalent noise level, CCIR1): 21 dB
• Equivalent noise level, A-weighted1): 12 dB-A
• Signal-to-noise ratio, CCIR1) (rel. 94 dB SPL): 73 dB
• Signal-to-noise ratio, A-weighted1) (rel. 94 dB SPL): 82 dB
• Maximum output voltage: 13 dBu
• Supply voltage (P48, IEC 61938): 48 V ± 4 V
• Current consumption (P48, IEC 61938): 3.5 mA
• Weight approx.: 210 g
• Diameter: 52 mm; Length: 116 mm

SENNHEISHER MK4 Cardioid Condenser Microphone

The MK 4 is a professional quality large-diaphragm true cardioid condenser microphone for professional studio recordings and home and project studios. Featuring fine resolution and outstanding sound quality, the MK 4 is easy to handle, ideal for vocals, and acoustic instruments, making it an ideal choice for professional project studios and home recordists. It features a 1” true condenser capsule based on the acoustics of the e 965 high-end vocal mic, optimised for recording.

Key Features:

• Large-diaphragm capsule (1”)
• True condenser design
• 24-carat gold -plated diaphragm
• Full metal housing
• Capsule shock-mounted internally to minimise structure-borne noise
• Designed for project studios and stage use
• Low inherent self-noise and high maximum SPL

Technical Specs:

• Nominal impedance ca.: 50 Ω
• Min. terminating impedance: 1000 Ω
• AF sensitivity: 25 mV/Pa
• Equivalent noise level: 10 dB(A)
• Maximum sound pressure level (passiv): 140 dB
• Power supply: 48 V phantom powering (P48)
• Current consumption: 3,1 mA
• Dynamic range: 130 dB
• Dimensions: 160 x 57 mm (L x D)
• Frequency response: 20 Hz - 20 kHz
• Weight: 485 g

AUDIO-TECHNICA AT2020 Cardioid Condenser Microphone

Audio-Technica’s stringent quality and consistency standards set the AT2020 apart from other mics in its class. Its low-mass diaphragm is custom-engineered for extended frequency response and superior transient response. With rugged construction for durable performance, the microphone offers a wide dynamic range and handles high SPLs with ease. The AT2020: the new standard for affordable side-address studio condensers.

Key features:

• The price/performance standard in side-address studio condenser microphone technology
• Ideal for project/home-studio applications
• High SPL handling and wide dynamic range provide unmatched versatility
• Custom-engineered low-mass diaphragm provides extended frequency response and superior transient response
• Cardioid polar pattern reduces pickup of sounds from the sides and rear, improving isolation of desired sound source
• Pivoting, threaded stand mount attaches securely for easy and precise placement of the microphone

Technical specs:

• Element: Fixed-charge back plate, permanently polarized condenser
• Polar Pattern: Cardioid
• Frequency Response: 20-20,000 Hz
• Open Circuit Sensitivity: –37 dB (14.1 mV) re 1V at 1 Pa
• Impedance: 100 ohms
• Maximum input Sound Level 144 dB SPL, 1 kHz at 1% T.H.D.
• Noise: 20 dB SPL
• Dynamic Range (typical): 124 dB, 1 kHz at Max SPL
• Signal-To-Noise Ratio: 74 dB, 1 kHz at 1 Pa
• Phantom Power Requirements: 48V DC, 2 mA typical
• Weight: 12.1 oz (345 g)
• Dimensions: 62.0 mm (l), 52.0 mm maximum body diameter
• Output Connector: Integral 3-pin XLRM-type

BLUE MICROPHONES YETI


The Yeti is a side-address microphone. A side-address microphone accepts sound from an angle perpendicular to the mic—as opposed to a front-address mic, which accepts sound from the “end” of the microphone. Yeti was designed with a convenient, no-hassle workflow in mind.

Key Features include:

• The ultimate professional USB microphone
• Tri-capsule array
• Multiple pattern selection—cardioid, bidirectional, omnidirectional and stereo
• Gain control, mute button, zero-latency headphone output
• Perfect for vocals, musical instruments, podcasting, voiceovers, interviews, gaming, field recordings, conference calls
• Plug ‘n play—Mac and PC compatible

Technical specs:

• Power Required/Consumption: 5V 150mA • Sample Rate: 48 kHz • Bit Rate: 16-bit • Capsules: 3 Blue-proprietary 14mm condenser capsules • Polar Patterns: Cardioid, Bidirectional, Omnidirectional, Stereo • Frequency Response: 20Hz - 20kHz • Max SPL: 120dB (THD: 0.5% 1kHz) • Dimensions (extended in stand): 4.72” (12cm) x 4.92”(12.5cm) x 11.61”(29.5cm) • Weight (microphone): 1.2 lbs (.55 kg) • Weight (stand): 2.2 lbs (1 kg)

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