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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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The Real Lighting Market


Audiovisual is a catalyst driving pro audio

PALM Technology is evolving to global trends. Starting with this issue Audiovisual product and technology editorial is included. Audiovisual is a catalyst driving pro audio. India is being built in a frenzy of projects driving consumption of the entire chain of pro-audio - specifically PA, conferencing, audio networking and more. India’s pro audio industry is maturing rapidly. Equally need to deliver the video equation; it’s necessary. PALM Technology PALM Expo’s unique content platform will deliver latest product in entertainment and information display- video monitors, videowall, LED displays, projection and tools like mapping, display automation and more. PT will be your source for AV integration. PALM Expo 2018 hosts audiovisual exhibit in Hall 1, in response to demand from the large system integrator community regularly doing the show. Install [sound] news section has been renamed AUDIOVISUAL - More juice on global trends in PA and install sound.


Lasers

Is show business in India at a very low denominator? I’ve spoken about missing music talent in PALM Technology, reason for absence of hit albums and singers and thus compromising music recording excellence. With missing talent, stage shows too must be at the same level and budgets for shows that do happen are budgeted tightly enough to obviate use of lasers, which market is sadly not as promising as one would wish. Check out the disturbing market reality on Top End Lasers Missing from Rental Portfolio investigated by Managing Editor, Smita Rai. Event industry please note.

Entire lighting industry needs a mojo shot. Top end brands such as Robe, Clay Paky, Chauvet, SGM, Ayrton, retain faith that Indian market response will mature, yet hopeful, as potential is real. Major shows will always insist on world class quality. Lighting designers here have international exposure and adept at the tools and techniques, use the best lighting consoles. PT is tireless in motivating the market


The real lighting market

The action from Asian brands like YODN, PR lighting, Lightsky, Yeslight, Antari, Bestchamte- lasers, Silver Star, Yicheng, Nightsun, Fine Art, GTD lighting, Anmingli, nothing short of fantastic. Indian brands- JNR, Prolux, Satan, Shaina, Sova, LBT, Jia, Imax – too rock the market. Note Asian Brands means cost effective pricing, affordable pricing. What this really means is that consumption is actually huge - Great scope to go the whole hog with production and design in India. I am surprised to learn that the transition to LED is yet not 100%. Lighting results are so subjective old technology still works. Check out Product Focus on [page 68] – Moving Lights. In recent years combination fixtures capable of tight spots and wide floods have gained a foothold in the industry. Zoom focus optics allows the beam size to be controlled. LED tech allows to get these results with fewer fixtures. What comes to mind is Canara Lighting which has made a global name in LED studio lighting with innovation and electronics and engineering that is world beating. Reinventing production locally can easily be achieved for stage entertainment lighting.

Lighting puzzle on stage

Par défaut or in plain ‘french’ by default the entire stage is packed with light. The IIFA award ceremony in New York is a perfect example. An Indian stage show whether in New York or Mumbai will prime in glitz and bling till you go dizzzy. So it is explained 90% are ordinary lights and only important or moving heads or intelligent lighting [some of them] are top quality. Premium brands thus have lost out on mass usage. The Lighting Design Showcase at PALM 2018 will explore a resolution of this haze.

Audiovisual - Projection Integration

Adiovisual is the mantra and PT provides in-depth understanding of multi-imaging projection, or mapping, as we know it. Vijay Sabhlok from Davinder Wadhwa’s Modern Stage stable does the Integration for Entertainment design at PALM Expo for the last many years. His piece - Art of Multi-Imaging production and techniques [page 40] is almost a white paper for wannabe ‘Visual Jockeys’. Don’t just read this one, my advice study it and you’re in business!! Just in case you get serious we have Mapping Glossary [page 72]

11 Questions

Eric Loader is Elated with the performance of his lighting brand in India. His interesting views on Immersive stage techniques and merging of lighting and video and future tech with laser phosphor diodes is a must read.

Big Stage DJ is our next focus issue and the big DJ stage is all about lighting as much, PT will have a Product Focus on lighting consoles in the November-December issue which celebrates Christmas and the close of one more year of PT, the love of entertainment technology.

Cheers!

July August Issue!

A Note from the Editor ----------------July August 2017 Issue!

Post PALM market growth dynamics

PALM analytics - post show - each year, is a good guidance for me on what to expect in the year ahead. Yes! The year is divided into two – BP before PALM and PP Post PALM! I mean this probably is actually true for the pro sound industry! The proactive industry present at PALM 17 [200 + companies, ‘00s of brands, ‘00s of products] present new product, receive orders and PP new market dynamics establish.

New distributors are appointed, dealers appointed for new cities, towns. Continuing the momentum of spreading distribution. New equations are set with rental companies, AV consultants, system integrators and actual users. 2017 PALM clicked estimated floor business at US$ 20 million. New Line Arrays is a hot product category each year. It’s amazing to discover innovation in line array design. Size, weight, application features are improvised for pricing advantage as well as defining specifications for niche applications. Another high business product is Sound Reinforcement, also Install sound, a segment which is charged with new auditoria in turn charged with house of worship and education.

The last lap into the show is abuzz with excitement among exhibitors on the next killer product from their own portfolio they hope to take the market. This excitement generates from assurance of business driven by robust market demand in India which surpasses all other markets in the world. I am greatly pleased in PALM Technology, your much loved magazine has it on record from none other than John Meyer, Founder of Meyer Sound declaring “India has more concerts than the rest of the world put together!”

This got me thinking and I reckoned - just between Durga Puja and Ganesh Utsav, sound systems employed could exceed a million! This is just two states, then there is the Dandiya dance festival, another ‘00s of ‘000s of dance music. Then there is Holi with DJs, and Janamashtami in North states. Punjab we all know is on party through-out the year. Not to forget the Mad Indian Wedding, which is just another excuse for ‘Naach Gaana’. I realised our pro sound industry is actually having the biggest party ever selling literally in the millions.

So back to guidance on the year ahead – Live sound, concert, stage sound segment is going to rock the year ahead. Stage sound occupied 35.5% of exhibit.

Exhibit of audiovisual (system integration) product was next at 20.7%. Lighting third highest exhibit product at 13%. Studio and music production 12.6%. The % factor for each segment reflects quite accurately market business dynamics.

This issue focus is Install. HOW (House of Worship) stories from North East, like the rocking stage gig’s, strike the imagination as much financially, as opportunity for best practise design and gear. Our edit team led by Smita Rai lined up three such Install stories revealing design trend, AV consultant trend, equipment trend, all trends!! HOW is trending and how!!

PALM Technology trends where the action is. Hospitality audiovisual is overall the highest in Install. Chandra Shekhar (CS) to our team contributes a learning guide. Pushing best practises is this magazine prime mantra. Raising the bar in tech and technique. Watch in our future issues AV Install design software. Research and reportage in tandem provides your business with sufficient impetus to drive this segment. together!”

I must remark on the IRAA awards this year achieving probably the largest gathering of sound engineers in India than ever before under one roof. The emotion of winning an IRAA award by the fraternity, for the fraternity, is evidently very meaningful. The entire team performed splendidly in deciding and recognising this nucleus talent which records music that rocks the nation. Recording is an art form. I am indeed proud of the belief and perseverance shown by the fraternity of sound engineers in India.

My motivation for PALM 2018 is Make in India.

Cheers!

July August Issue!

A Note from the Editor ----------------May June 2017 Issue!

17th consecutive successful Pro Sound and Light expo – PALM 2017

After the rains India’s entertainment season begins, peak stage show season is November–February, four months for the global big acts to hit the tour circuit in India, which is Mumbai, Benguluru and Dilli. Second line of defense is Hyderabad, Goa, Pune. We are all waiting for a big season to happen. News at this point isn’t as promising as one would like to believe. This, our Live Issue, has listings of the movers and shakers of live business - the event guys rental guys Rental list has 35 big boys. Event listing has 10 recognizable event companies, with White Fox joining top league hosting Justin Beiber in Mumbai. Nice work. PT team headed by Smita and Somya went back stage for set-up. Sound Reinforcement article on reveals Warren D’souza’s practise perfect system engineering. Bieber’s FOH tweeted “Great sound team in India”. Also this was the largest Rig for a single artist - Kudos. Check out the flicks too of both teams getting the act together. This piece is fully technical benefitting rental community tremendously. The immediacy of information PT delivers I likes. PT’s mantra is to get industry moving and motivated to better itself and keep the local scene on par with world levels. PALM Sound & Light Award for System Engineering professional this year is Mark Thomas - one of Warren’s protégées. PALM Sound & Light Award winner for Lighting Rental is Star Dimensions, headed by Ashish Mehta and Jay Mathuria who did an equally great job for Beiber’s gig. Log on to www.palmtechnology.in and www.palmexpo.in for the full list of PALM Sound & light 2017 Awards.


PT’s Live Issue; we all look forward to; as once in a year opportunity to showcase the big shows and event companies who set it up. Neil Murray, co-founder, Fountainhead, met PT for an interview on what makes for large rental business in light and sound with the big shows. Instead, we learn its corporate launches which hog up loads of lighting and sound. Ticket driven mainstream stage shows ain’t workin. Local shows though with local acts do drive business in most state capitals.

PT team organise PALM Conference as well the prestigious IRAA Awards, and PALM Sound & Light Awards. PALM Conference features high calibre top notch speakers covering a range of topics curated by Conference Director Smita Rai. People at PALM will make you head straight for the Conference. The last few months have been very rewarding indeed in preparing the conference program. Working with Recording & Mixing Engineers, music producers, and untiring Pramod, Award Director, IRAA, alongwith Jury, has been redeeming to say the least. Defining moment for IRAA, it will set professionals ready to deliver award winning work in the next 12 months. Go to www.iraa.in for award winners in 36 categories. Wow!

PT columns: Upstage; Unequal Music; Bright Spark; Studio Analogue gather you to speed month on month.

11 Questions with Roland Stenz, CEO, Eve Audio and Kerstin Mischke, Director, highly specialised studio monitors, anechoic and echo chamber measured R&D, focused and devoted to one single application, which meets PT criteria for the privilege of 11 Questions.


Live is Line Array and Large Format Live Digital Consoles product focus. PT does the hard work in selecting what pleases the eye, so to speak.

See you at 17th consecutive successive PALM 2017, the biggest ever, covering 27,00 sqm, all set to welcome 25,000+ visitors, over three days, to engage over 200 exhibits, displaying over 1500 products, from over 500 brands. The phantasmagoria extravaganza with all the sound and light of a vibrant and robust market, built with love by PT alongwith thousands of professionals and daring entrepreneurs is yours to enjoy. Have a good show!

Cheers!

May June Issue!

A Note from the Editor ----------------March April 2017 Issue!

The big question about acoustic music talent

The big question about acoustic music talent....

Theme Studio for this issue is exciting as focus on music is always gladdening - music recording and mixing and mastering - and great music means great recording engineers and great studios. There was a time when an album sold on the reputation of the studio – remember Abbey Road? There have been great studios in Bollywood too - Film Centre, Famous, Mehboob, Rajkamal, Ramnord, to name a few, and great sound engineers – Minoo Katrak, D.O. Bhansali, and then ofcourse there was great music, songs that energised the nation movie after movie.

It’s always been movie songs for India, movie music developed as an artform, subconsciously enriching Indian cinema. Not only for music, creativity, whether in poetry, dance, literature, fashion, was explored in movies. Movies evolved as a holistic media for every expression - angst, rebel or idiotic. Bollywood actually means La La Land. This great music artform is nearing demise and outside of it there is no music to be proud of. PALM Technology roped in Atul Sabharwal and Vipin Mishra to paint the studio scene on our theme to give us a view of the top end of the pyramid in Mumbai’s Studio District - Mixing the Mix gives us insight on challenges faced by renowned recording talent today. I say challenges as my contention is that the movie song artform is challenged as movies decry songs and music rights beg for returns looping downward the creative process. Movie music is losing its fountain. I fear in the absence of movie music in India then given the bleak landscape here of original music, and absolute poverty of pop talent, songwriters, bands what is going to be the opium for those lost in love and misery? African American rap? And Beyonces’ bouncy tracks? Well, the point is the leading sound engineers are challenged here not for excellence but to content that drives excellence.


Given the not so happy major album success story putting together Mixing the Mix was a challenge but undaunted both Atul Sabharwal and Vipin Mishra delivered and I thank them in doing so. I believe the journey was for them revealing. The edit team both Smita and Somya and myself feared the worst in cataloguing Indian music recordings that proved popular, successful, and good, from aspiring studios, and our fears came true in that Recordings to Record was not satisfying in the least. The search for original music hits that proved immensely popular was a real hard find. One theory I personally heard is that you need great music to do great engineering, which just isn’t coming by the Studio district.

Shantanu Hudlikar behind the most impressive desk in Bollywood’s studio district at YRF Studios is a most positive about emerging talent, acoustic recording, and his insights are elevating for me. I do believe that mythical album mega popular launching a real pop star with the right mix could come out of his recording and mixing. The True Mix – In conversation with Shantanu Hudlikar

Donal Whelan is participating at PALM Conference June 1-3. We zoned in on him as we discovered the progression of mixed masters going to London for Mastering. It’s not remixing, its epithetical adjustments to the EQ, compression, limiting, and stereo enhancement. The Imperatives of Mastering .

Founder of Dynaudio does the 11 Questions for PALM Technology. Wilfried Ehrenholz, speaks in favour of neutral reactions from Dynaudio speakers, however he is not neutral to Indian market potential, attracted by Bollywood music. PT thanks for sharing his time and thoughts

Studios were set up by music record labels, Hollywood and Bollywood moguls, gangsters, and corporates. Today I see the best and biggest studios are set up by composers and singers. The latest work of art is Studio H from Harris Jayaraj, iconic music composer of Tamil movies. Studio H belies the cynical view on acoustic recording playing a vanishing act, boasting of the largest scoring hall ever in a music recording studio. Can’t but remember Ilyaraja who introduced western classical music to Indian movies and had scores of violinists playing his glorious tracks. I’m quite sure Jayaraj has done this out his infatuation with the great composer

I am very delighted the conference at the show attracts participation and eagerness by big names to interact with the pro audio and light industry in Mumbai. World Renowned Professionals at PALM Conference June 1-3. I believe their motivation rests entirely in acknowledging their audience at the PALM Conference is as enlightened as they might find in the US or Europe and that Indian engineering is challenging. The gap existed in adopting latest technology, whether in studio or on stage has been removed. Professionals in India demand they use the state-of-the-art, and affordability isn’t an issue.

We go Live with the Live issue theme in May-June

Cheers!

March April Issue!

A Note from the Editor ----------January February 2017 Issue!

FOH Engineers must be a large tribe!

FOH Engineers must be a large tribe!

Live Sound, Big Stage, DJ Stage, the sound act is big. PALM Technology focuses majorly on big live sound. Both for the auditorium or large clubs and for stage open-air live performances. New and innovative solutions for big sound are offered from big brands and small companies. It was mostly Europe earlier and the US. Today it is China, Japan, even India. The gamut of sound-reinforcement increasingly without any embarrassment includes Line Arrays, which at one point one felt was the prerogative of only an extremely well established brand in audio technology.

The fun part is that the pro sound rental market in India is so open all Line Arrays sell, ofcourse to respective markets, for relevant shows, at affordable costs. At the mag editorial meeting for this issue we deduced with the market getting depth and expanding the FOH – Front of House – engineers must be a large tribe using this gear. After all Live mixing is the challenge, no second chances and all that!! So we decided the Jan Feb theme will be FOH- the acronym alluding where its all at, the FOH mixer and the FOH engineer.

We spotlight FOH Engineers . The Top 20 live mixing engineers who have won acclaim recognition, done work that people are proud of.

Sunil Karanjikar, an industry professional who "walks the talk"

PALM Technology takes pride in presenting this list in our first FOH theme issue. We connected with the major rental outfits, the major bands, and live shows, and with major FOH engineers and slowly but surely we got a definite idea of who the TOP 20 FOH engineers would be. All 20 selected aren’t on a lateral field. There is varying levels of excellence, impossible to list serially, hence alphabetical placement. Hopes it works. Remarkably most engineers stated Fali Damania was their inspiration. We have him as leader of the tribe on the cover!

While off stage with the FOH, we wondered what could be action on stage – Indian bands – apart from filmy ‘orchestras’ and playback heavy acts. We have on a list of top 10 bands whose acts on stage indicate how to develop stage business in India to give fillip to the entire business. Next year we present a list of India’s Top 50 bands (with their dedicated FOH engineer!)

Professional Focus – Interview with Sunil Karanjikar, Senior Manager, Applications Engineering, Harman Professional India, it’s not often when you come across a manager who can actually perform professionally! PALM Technology likes such managers and professionals - Who walk the talk - loaded questions with responses from the subjective inside.

Promod Chandorkar, Chief Recordist, founder of Sound Ideaz Academy is introduced in our new column Studio Analogue. Promod has earned global fame and his repertoire is envious as his reputation. We Invite him chiefly for his highly motivated actions to promote recording arts and engineers deservedly. We were so inspired with his energy it doing this his acceptance to be the IRAA Award Director was a happy moment. I am more than guaranteed his columns will delight professional fraternity.

Rajan Gupta, Managing Director, Hitech Audio Systems, New Delhi is our first Corporate Guest. Get the Mix Right . Corporate Guest will invite leading honchos to share their thoughts on the business of audio and sound technology and products and the strange animal that is India’s market.

Wolfgang Frassernet, Global President, Neumann, in 11 Questions discloses the future in virtual reality microphones using AMBEO, the major thrusts in new audio engineering at Neumann and Sennheiser.

The second GLOBAL PRO SOUND & LIGHT TOP 50 products - A non-defining, neutral, list of professional products looking at feature, price, popularity, usability in the Indian market context. Our readers look forward to this annual exercise as a guiding factor for the year ahead.

The March-April issue theme is STUDIO. This means the very essence of studio recording and studio albums, and original track music recording. We have some exciting stories lined – a top 10 albums from POP albums from Bollywood soundtracks and Original Music™. Bollywood music I don’t consider original as it originates from the movie soundtrack. Original Music™ is rare in India and this difficult task is what our edit team undertakes. Also we shall spotlight the top studio music recording engineers.

2017 is going to be bigger for pro sound industry. The single window clearances for shows and the general awareness of the benefits of entertainment events on the city economy and artistes is the new mantra, and most cities are adopting this stance.

Cheers!

January February Issue!

A Note from the Editor ----------November December 2016 Issue!

Indian stage tech leaders’ collaboration produces world class Coldplay act

Indian stage tech leaders’ collaboration produces world class Coldplay act

Big stage DJ issue is rocking with recent acts such as Coldplay and EDC, we cover both events on the tech side profiling best of class live stage design, gear, installation, and am glad to point out, real cooperation and joining of forces and putting productive minds to give Indian stage scene a good name globally. Am more than confident that the success of these mega events is going to drive others here which means impetus to investment. The good part is that having delivered a big one, the experience factor will drive investment driven the gaps felt and defined. Roger Drego the pioneer of live big stage sound in India, Manish Mavani of Snl Pro, Santana of J Davis, Navneet of Audio Design and Porus from Effects Tech, did India proud. Kudos.


Big stage DJ issue rocks with Trending Tech. Somya Kedia from PALM technology edit team met up with five top ranking DJs to find out the gear they use and why. DJs scratching on favourites, , surprises me really, in that all five, Nikhil Sahni, Anish Sood, Akhil Talreja prefer Pioneer, Pravin Acharya, Arjun Waghale, prefer Traktor - Just two brands? DJ consoles by force of individuality and idiosyncratic artistry is graduating to custom built consoles. The modularity of the components allow bespoke consoles assuring the DJ of delivering his peculiar artistry

Big stage DJ issue rocks with an analysis of the DJ scene, as is in India with insight from Reji Ravindran, Director, PALM DJ championship. “Indian DJs are tech savvy”, Marketing mantras for DJs to scratch ahead of the pack, peeks into performance trends, techniques to get seen and heard, and talent sourcing at PALM DJ Championship. Am proud how well the championship actually works. We hunted down some past winners to know and it’s all praise. At the risk of sounding immodest our commitment, consistency, and persistence has indeed contributed to the DJ world with a most respected DJ Championship that drags out new talent each year.


Big stage DJ issue rocks with the Product Specialist. This species is many a times a DJ who is obsessed about the product he uses and understands more and shares his knowledge with others. Meet three of them on.

Big stage DJ issue rocks with PALM Technology being invited to the Playboy DJ club open in Mumbai, screaming with lights and more lights and even more lights, with a MA Lighting grandma lighting console. Milind Raorane’s design and accoustics and sound specified for DJ action does this place proud. Australian brand Sonicsss’ Dave Ward has struck lightning with probably the biggest install in a long time.

A macro view of pro audio is for the asking in the year end issue. Samsung’s Harman acquisition created a buzz and 2017 will witness the impact if any. I personally believe Samsung’s breathless innovation, depth of digital communication tech, manufacturing strength will work for Harman like never before. Korean engineering and global sales drive will impact pro audio industry worldwide.

With demonetised cash-in-the-bank and easier resources I expect far greater business for international brands in 2017. Brand play on stage encompasses events at all level, even tier 3 cities. Pro Audio industry is estimated at US$ 350 million in 2017. Growth is registered at a CAGR of 18%. The expanse and breath of the market is supporting new brands as well. Good distribution and product support with service guarantees your brand good sales in India. 2017 is the year to play the Indian market full swing for international brands, which includes upmarket Chinese brands.

FOH is the theme of 2017 first issue, as big stage live events grow and major acts perform, all ears are tuned to the FOH engineer who can deliver as much as he has on stage and vice versa. PALM Technology will review the scene.

The January issue will also list the eagerly awaited TOP 50 products of 2016. We compile the product for tech innovation and business sense each year. Ensure you remain subscribed not to miss out on your future.

Cheers!

November December Issue!

A Note from the Editor -----------September October 2016 Issue!

NEW ON STAGE

NEW ON STAGE

PALM Technology has just six theme based issues a year, which I think covers the entire spectrum of sound and light thingamajigs with new-tech and next-gen tech. This issue theme is Lighting, which includes live and install and lasers and effects and the wave of 3D mapping on stage, as well in events exploiting glamorous history or architecture which lends amazingly to merge-mapping. Stage wizardry in India is mostly presenting Bollywood eye candy, which makes sense in the absence of shattering performers (who can write and sing!!), Having said that, I do feel we need to get our act together on this fantastic tool, which is software driven, using any good projector.

In our Stage Technology slug we have a round-up of 3D mapping solutions Mapping the Wave forward on which must cover all credible products internationally. In lighting, LED has impacted product design, digitising lighting, automation, and hopefully made effects affordable, but lighting effects integrated with 3D Mapping is mesmerising. Bollywood eye candy actually just might object shifting attention from them, but I do believe lighting and mapping could get stage shows back in the swing.


As cutting-edge media which this magazine has been, since three decades, our mantra is to act as a catalyst prompting new opportunities, expertise, techniques, that add mojo to your business, as event organiser, impresario, rental-company, stage designer et al.

We covered three different lighting set-ups in this issue, one a museum, a lounge and auditorium - Three different locations, the auditorium in Mumbai, the lounge in Hyderabad, museum in Anandpur, Punjab-Range of brands and deliverables.

The biggest AV+Lighting installation at Anandpur Sahib museum executed by Varinder Wadhwa’s Modern Stage Service, designed by Amardeep Bahl of Design Habitat. It’s experiential lighting synced with audio commentary done by KJ Singh, IRAA award winning sound designer. DTS and Avolite technology is mainstay. Both system integrator and designer are New Delhi based.

The Hyderabad lounge – Skyhy is done with Satan by DJ Anant scratching in Hyderabad. Odble’s Mujeeb Dadarkar has done G5A auditorium which is unique, as lighting a ‘black box’ is challenging especially when seating and stage is flexible, go to on how it got done.


AV is driving the market so we focused on the Install side. Entertainment lighting is increasingly software driven. Controlling the LED digital light is what its all about. We had 11 questions for Germany’s Madrix promoter Christian Hertel.

Back on stage which mostly is award shows and EDMs. Two leading event companies, Wizcraft and Percept two major products – IIFA and Sunburn respectively have one thing in common - Becket Tundatil, lighting designer extraordinaire. We love such professionals who can articulate on their expertise. Becket’s disclosures find on on vendors, modifications, production process and typical Indian extravagance.

Theme for the year’s last issue is Big Stage DJ. A peek for those who actually read this page, we have seen real new investment into big stage rental, new players who are investing proper and the scene is going to change, change is always for the better - the only constant that allows the future not to be the past.

Cheers!

September October Issue!

A Note from the Editor -----------------July August 2016 Issue!

PALM tree of growth

PALM tree of growth

PALM over 16 years has become the fulcrum on which revolves the pro sound and light trade and investment on an annual cycle. The show acts as a catalyst to upgrading every rental company’s arsenal of new sound and new light tech, new stagery, fresh expertise, innovative techniques and more, that is, more motivation and mojo from the energy at the PALM show. It’s the enthusiasm that makes the mare go, not the money, honey. Bringing new product and tech to the PALM each year is what excites us and it’s what we chase, the excitement at any show is what is new. New product exhibited at PALM by first time exhibitors accounting for 22% of 205 exhibitors across three exhibit halls and two Qubes. Over 350 new products brought on the floor by 183 exhibitors is the dynamic factor. There are always new brands appearing at PALM each year which today boasts of 500+ brands.

Doing this mag gets us high to see new horizons and new beauty. If some of you are reading us, I trust you share, frequently, our vision of all that is new in the industry, in our dynamic news content.

PALM redefined

PALM was redefined for future scape and future scope instituting parallel exhibit halls for sound and light. Light and sound technology focus exhibits leads to greater efficiency for visitors to review display, brand, product and pricing, leads to greater business for exhibitor allowing the show to deliver more to well informed and knowledgeable delegates. Kudos to the industry who as one man voiced their strong opinion on filtering attendee with a ticket to enter; we listened as we should and this year was a first for filtering visitors in such manner. The result was extra ordinary and gratifying in that almost every participating company expressed satisfaction with the man in the aisle being meaningful.

Fulcrum

Over 16 years of consecutive and successive exposition the convention as said is the fulcrum on which revolves trade and industry, all professionals ‘block the dates’ travelling to attend PALM for their annual cycle of upgrade and new tech, thus visitor profile represented major buyers from more 845 cities, 29 states, from all regions in India.

Learning the market

International manufacturing brands interact with this diverse professional base of highly refined actual users and learn more on innovation that the market needs and launch new product at PALM which is established as a new product tech launch node addressing one of the fastest growing markets in the world.

Engineers “speak out”

Indian engineers as a rule are voluble and “speak out”, even argue and aren’t intimidated by ‘big names’ this makes for very interesting conference sessions and panels where oftentimes the engagement can get embarrassing as each side voices their point and defence. This is the best part of organising an industry conference! PALM Conference engages major industry bodies and is the platform for the entire professional fraternity, be they from rental, or distribution or the creative forces of sound, music, FOH, lighting designers and engineers. [check out the PALM Special section post show review starting , with photos of all the live action. Including the coveted Awards, and other features]

Theme is Install

Theme of this issue is Install. System Integration is increasingly becoming a challenge, in that, design and implementation standards are vaulting with each new pub, club, lounge, bar. Best talent in design is employed and afforded by marquee projects which actually invite customers as much on the place done up tech savvy, as on the booze prices. This issue reviews three Installs. One dance bar and two lounge bars. Axys Integrated, AG Acoustics, Pink Noise and FX technologies- four active design companies showcased.

Our very own Electro Acoustic Design Consultant – Milind Rao Rane’s discloses the very essence of sound design which article will indeed help all AV consultants as reference notes when they handle the client and architect. I am told leading Studio designers are now designing install spaces.

Talent sets the stage

Viraf Pocha our columnist with the Bright Spark is rightfully anguished on the lack of Indian talent at our big events. intelligent songwriters who can perform their compositions and command a huge following is the stuff stars are made of and like the missing sports winners Pocha feels the vacuum on stage. Biddu of disco diwane fame once told me in London - India doesn’t have talent, it’s a farce where girls who can’t sing are made into a band, and singers who can aren’t intelligent to create lyric and song, forget about performing, nobody is fit enough. I hear the echoes again from Viraf.

Rest of the juice is in the news pages and product focus with the spot on Install equipment and technology.

11 Questions

11 Questions to redoubtable Roger Drego whom I consider the pioneer of stage sound and light is heartening. It speaks a lot for change in that today concerts isn’t primary for him, its Install and production of pro audio equipment. Hear it from the man himself .

Change is the only constant, as we witness the surge in the event business and growth in rental, the new horizon seems to be AV Install, where distribution majors have also entered install and integrate projects. Theme of the next issue is Lighting.

Cheers!

July August Issue!


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