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Articles May-Jun 2022

PALM SUMMIT Conference & SeminarNew!

Knowledge Quotient at PALM AV-ICN expo 2022
PALM SUMMIT Conference & Seminar

Manufacturers and distributors spend three fruitful days at PALM, exhibiting and showcasing their latest products, but beyond the enticing exhibition stands, are fringe events like the PALM Conference & Seminar Programme that are arguably the most valuable feature of the three days, wherein delegates ... read more

Articles May-Jun 2022

TOP 50 PRODUCTS & TECHNOLOGYNew!

Global Pro Sound & Light Technology
TOP 50 PRODUCTS & TECHNOLOGY

PALM has selected the Top 50 Pro Audio and Lighting Products & Technology, trending in the National and / or international markets. The demand for advanced technology has made the industry competitive with global brands unveiling the latest product technology and new versions of equipment with upgraded ... read more

Articles May-Jun 2022

OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION TO THE PRO AUDIO INDUSTRYNew!

Glimpse of One of The Plants at Noida, U.P.

This year PALM + AV-ICN is honouring the AHUJA FAMILY for their Leadership of over Eight Decades in the Pro Audio Industry with the Lifetime Contribution to The Pro Audio Industry Award at the PALM Sound & Light awards. This award recognizes over Eighty Years of innovation, quality & reliability of brand AHUJA in meeting the demands of Pro Audio products in India. This award acknowledges their commitment to... read more

Articles May-Jun 2022

AV ARCHITECT OF THE YEARNew!

Awarded for highest standards in adopting best innovation and vision in AV Architecture This award has been instituted for an AV Architect chosen by AV-ICN platform to be recognized for the quality of his body of work, incorporating the best innovation and vision in AV architecture. In this feature, we highlight one of the most prestigious projects accomplished by Narendra Naidu - The Statue of Unity... read more

Articles Mar-Apr 2022

PALM AV-ICN 2022 SHOW PREVIEWNew!

PALM Expo was launched in 2001, in response to the top music recording engineers in Bombay desiring a dedicated pro audio expo. Bombay was the music recording capital and Bollywood Bombay boasted of the big studios and big sound rental companies and the beginning of the big stage... read more

Articles Mar-Apr 2022

Milind Raorane Sets the Tone at ToyRoom MumbaiNew!

ToyRoom outfitted its second outpost in Mumbai with Electro-Acoustic Design Consultant Milind Raorane to deploy a comprehensive Sound and Audio design that would enhance the unapparelled ambience of the nightclub. PALM +AV-ICN Reports.
Nex Protection Technology

Located in Kalina, Mumbai, Toy-Room Mumbai is established on the premises of the vibrant and stylish Grand Hyatt, one of Mumbai's sophisticated leisure and business... read more

Articles Mar-Apr 2022

Post Pandemic Video Conferencing RiseNew!

Abdul Waheed is the Managing Director at EYTE Technologies. A CTS holder from Avixa, Member of the Certificate Committee of AVIXA, has been in the AV industry for more than two decades, delivering many successful projects across various segments. Abdul gives his overview of the video-conferencing industry and the latest market trends.

ommunication, the human connection is the key to personal and professional success. It is very important to have effective communication... read more

Articles Mar-Apr 2022

The CHORDFATHER Experience New!

Neumann's first Studio Monitor Experience Center in Mumbai
Nex Protection Technology

Recently Neumann in collaboration with well-known music composer, producer, sound engineer, and live engineer, Sunny M.R.'s Chordfather Productions announced the launch of its exclusive Studio Monitor Experience Center for audio professionals... read more

Articles Jan-Feb 2022

Understanding the Dynamic Evolution of Projection Technology with NEC New!

Humans have always wanted to bring their imagination to life. Introducing 2K / 4K projectors that deliver superior colors’ and high resolution has made that possible.
Nex Protection Technology

The high detail, true color rendition and cinema-like quality video of projectors are being leveraged by Artists, museums, schools and businesses alike to educate, attract and engage customers or to uplift and inspire people in new and innovative ways...... read more

Articles Jan-Feb 2022

Integrated System Design Crafts a Savvy Aural Experience Hot!

HARMAN Professional Solutions & ISD install a comprehensive Aural setup at Pass Code Hospitality newly opened restaurants.
Integrated System Design

When Pass Code Hospitality opened three new bustling restaurants in Lower Parel, Mumbai, they reached out to HARMAN Professional Solutions and Integrated System Design to deploy a comprehensive Aural setup that enhanced each restaurant's theme well....... read more

Articles Jan-Feb 2022

Star Dimensions India accomplishes STATE-OF-THE-ART- LIGHTING ARCHITECTURE for the "BANDRA WONDERLAND" project in Mumbai New!

Ashish Mehta & Becket Tundatil Creatively Execute Seamless Architectural Lighting Design at the Iconic Bandra-Worli Sea Link.
Bandra-Worli Sea

Between 24th December 2021 and 2nd January 2022, the project came alive as the sun set on the city - with the entire 1.5 km of the Bandra Reclamation promenade being engulfed in specially themed displays that emphasized the four different seasons of the year, boasting different eye-catching..... read more

Articles Jan-Feb 2022

Understanding the Pro-Audio Market with Sennheiser New!

Sennheiser is a leading manufacturer of headphones, loudspeakers, microphones, and wireless transmission systems and has been creating unique sound experiences for customers. PALM+ AV-ICN got in touch with Vipin Pungalia, Director, Sales - Pro Audio & Country Manager, Sennheiser - India, to learn more about the company's plans for the Indian market.
Vipin Pungalia Pro Audio Country Manager Sennheiser

The live music industry had seen a boom before the third wave of COVID stuck. What are the current industry sentiments, and do you think that the industry is poised to see a boom again? India has always been a music-loving country, for global as well as local artists..... read more


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Bay Owl Studios – Not Just Music by the Bay



Studio B Mix Room installed with Focal Trio 11be Main Monitors and Adam S2V Near Field monitors


Bay Owl Studios is a state-of-the-art recording and audio post-production studio located in Mumbai dedicated to providing a space for bands, musicians and indie artists. PT got in touch with Varun Parikh to find out about the design of the studio and the equipment used.

Launched in February 2020, Bay Owl Studios was founded by Varun Parikh who is an audio engineer and had no significant musical influence while growing up. His first exposure to music came when he was in high school. “I started listening to a lot of western contemporary music,” says Varun. Post high school, he started to develop his skills as a musician as he learnt the guitar and drums, albeit only considering these as hobbies. After a brief stint studying to become a chartered accountant during college, he ventured into the world of filmmaking and took up a course in the basics of photography, animation, visual effects and editing. “This journey led to my interest in sound and eventually to me completing a sound engineering diploma towards the end of 2012,” he says. While doing the course, Varun also found himself doing various project-based internships across Mumbai some of them being the 2012 NH7 music festival in Pune, and an album recording at Yashraj Studios as part of a class field trip. All these projects and experiences led him to find his passion as an audio engineer.

Once he became an audio engineer, Varun always knew he wanted to eventually open his own studio. Bay Owl Studios was conceptualized while he was working as a freelance audio engineer. After several months of envisioning and financial planning, the dream of having his own recording studio was finally realized. The idea, he says, was always to have two recording facilities in the same premises. “The vision was to make it a chilled space that people would love to come and work at,” he adds. 


Varun Parikh - Founder & Engineer, Bay Owl Studios


During the conceptualization stage, the name chosen for the studio was Night Owl. However, a few months into construction, it was found that Night Owl was already granted a word mark. To avoid any complications, Varun started looking for alternatives and came up with the name Bay Owl. “Having grown up and lived my entire life in this city, we instantly thought of Bay Owl, as a play on Bombay, and thus the name ‘Bay Owl Studios’ came to be.”

The Location

Bay Owl Studios opened its door to the recording and music world on the 2nd of February 2020. The studio is located in Khar, Mumbai within close proximity to the railway station. The reason for choosing this particular location, Varun says, being close to the station makes the studio easily accessible and since most of the work they do is in advertising and post-production, it was only sensible to choose a location that was centrally located to the industry.

The Design

The design, layout and interiors of Bay Owl Studios were designed by Varun and his wife, Friyana Pardiwalla. “There were several different contractors, but I had the final say in most things,” Varun said. “We wanted the studio to have as much natural light as possible; there is also a fresh air vent that connects to the indoor hvac units of every room so that long sessions don’t become a drag with a constant influx of fresh air in both studios,” he added.

Due to the shape of the premises, for Varun, the challenge was incorporating columns within the layout because of which he had to redesign the studios to incorporate the structural features behind the bass traps.

There are two studios each with its own attached live room. Both rooms can handle a full workload and most kinds of recording. The only difference is that the Mix & Live Rooms of Studio A are a little larger with a full size drum kit able to fit comfortably in Studio A. Apart from these two studios, Bay Owl also has a Jam Room that doubles up as a client presentation room that can comfortably seat 30-50 people. The final construction of this was put on hold due to the Covid-19 lockdown, but will definitely resume once the situation eases out.

Each Room has a set of 2.1 midfield monitors and 2.0 nearfield monitors. Studio A has the flagship Adam S5H series as midfields along with Focal Shape 65 as nearfields and

Studio B has the flagship Focal Trio 11be as midfields and the Adam S2Vs as nearfields.

The Acoustics





The acoustic consultant was Aural Exchange and the brief provided to them by Varun was simple, to have natural light and fresh air in every room and the acoustics of each room had to focus on the sweet spot on the mix engineer’s chair.

The rooms have been carefully treated to minimize reflections making sure the transition to any listening position within the room is as seamless as possible.


Studio A Mix Room - The API Box Analog Console


The Gear

All of the inventory was decided by Varun himself. “Most of the gear selected is from past experiences of using said gear, and some gear such as the flagship Adam monitoring, is to stand out from the crowd of studios using similar monitoring systems,” he said.

After initially speaking to a number of individual distributors, Varun was advised to approach Bajaao.com by Ashutosh Pandey, owner of Aural Exchange and Co-founder of Bajaao.com. The team at Bajaao.com headed by the Shawn Pereira (Head of Sales) collated all of Varun’s requirements and got in touch with the individual distributors to procure all the gear.

“It made my life a breeze because not only did they give me cheaper quotations by directly getting in touch with manufactures abroad, but also had everything shipped to Bajaao.com’s warehouse, which meant that it all delivered to the studio together, and I didn’t have to worry about different lead times,” says Varun.

Shawn recalls Varun being one of the best clients as he knew his stuff and was well-versed with the products he wanted to buy. “He had done his research well in advance of the gear he wanted, we just had to figure out the best options of the products and brands that could offer the kind of service that he wanted,” he adds. He further added that Varun knew he wanted to go Analog and have the API mixers for his studio and the box tools. Though there was some back and forth that went on for the monitor selection, they finally selected for the four monitors he currently has in his studio.


Studio A Live Room - Drums in the live room


For the team of Bajaao.com and Shawn it took them a good three months to procure all the gear as some of the products were made to order while some had to shipped from the UK. Shawn added that this was a very high-end kind of project, so the lead times were much longer depending on the different kind of gears.

Once the construction was completed, the walls, all the soundproofing and all the beautification was done aesthetically, the gear was laid out by Bajaao.com. Some of the gear procured by Varun are API The Box Analog Console, Focal Trio 11be Main Monitors, Adam S5H Main Monitors, Pro Tools Ultimate, Avid HD IO 16x16 Analog, Manley VoxBox Channelstrip and many more (you can see the complete list of equipment and gear at Bay Owl in the box).


Studio A Live Room - Prepping for a drum session


Conclusion

The majority of work that comes through Bay Owl is from advertising projects (70%), and the remaining 30% is from bands, musicians and indie artists.

Before the COVID-19 lockdown the studio had only just been opened for a month and half. During that time Bay Owl did several projects for leading agencies and production houses such as Leo Burnett and Publicis. They also had leading artists such as Milind Gunaji, Sanjeev Kapoor, Vivian Fernandes (aka Divine), MC Altaf, Aavrutti, Gully Gang Entertainment and Bhuvan Bam do their projects at our studio.

It took Varun over a year and a half to set up the facility including the time from conceptualization, to pitching to investors, to finding the right place, and to eventually setting it up. “To see your sweat and hard work transform into something you can take pride in, is the most satisfying feeling in one’s professional life. It has been a long process, but so absolutely worth it,” concludes Varun.

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