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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

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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.
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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
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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.
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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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New Meyer Sound Systems Highlight 50th Anniversary of India’s National Centre for the Performing Arts



NCPA recently installed new Meyer Sound Systems in the two of their principal venues at India’s National Centre for the Performing Arts in Mumbai — the Tata Theatre and the Jamshed Bhabha Theatre.


Tata Theatre


Widely heralded as one of India’s leading cultural institutions, The National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA) in Mumbai recently celebrated 50 years of presenting an extraordinary array of dance, drama and musical performances by Indian and international artists. To assure audiences a consistently outstanding listening experience, and also to streamline operating logistics, NCPA recently installed new permanent Meyer Sound reinforcement systems in its two principal venues, the Tata Theatre and the Jamshed Bhabha Theatre.

Established in 1969 by the theatres’ namesakes, J.R.D. Tata and Dr. Jamshed Bhabha, The NCPA inaugurated its current building complex — including the Tata Theatre — in 1980. The Jamshed Bhabha Theatre was added later, in 1999. Although both are mid-sized venues, they are of dramatically different design. The 1,010-seat Tata Theatre was conceived by American Modernist architect Philip Johnson as an intimate, semi-circular space with only 15 meters separating the first and last seating rows; it is the preferred venue for Indian classical concerts, Western chamber music and both Western and Indian dramatic performances. The Jamshed Bhabha Theatre, with a capacity of 1,109, offers a more typical proscenium venue better suited to opera, ballet, Western orchestral music, and theatre.

Prior to the recent renovations, the Tata Theatre offered only a minimal vocal system and the Jamshed Bhabha Theatre had no system at all. This was increasingly problematic as a wider diversity of programming coupled with changing public tastes dictated increasing use of amplification.


Jamshed Bhabha Theatre


“In years past we were required to hire in systems of various brands from different vendors,” says Nayan Kale, NCPA General Manager, Technical. “This was consuming a lot of set-up time and affecting the quality of sound.”

To develop a technical brief for meeting all performance goals, NCPA management engaged London-based consultant Richard Nowell of RNSS Ltd. to fashion permanent solutions based on the latest technologies. After visiting the venues and consulting with Kale and Chief Audio Engineer Ashwin Jyoti, Nowell responded with a base specification allowing three options from different loudspeaker manufacturers. Based on stated performance specifications, availability of local support and familiarity with similar systems elsewhere, a Meyer Sound solution was chosen for both venues.

The Tata Theatre presented a unique set of challenges. The extreme width and shallow depth, coupled with the unique acoustical features created by legendary acoustician Cyril Harris, rendered the typical line array solution a poor choice.

“The Tata was originally — and brilliantly — designed for Indian classical music and dance. The design puts the audience 150 degrees around what is effectively a thrust stage. The historical status of the architecture meant we wished the installation to be as unobtrusive as possible. This required a complete rethink of how amplified music might be approached in this space. The look of the system was almost as important as the sound. Mr. Kale went to enormous lengths to provide a new rigging system, and Meyer Sound provided colored cabinets to match the room whilst the new UP-4slims allowed a front fill solution that was visually unobtrusive.”

The distributed system comprises five evenly spaced clusters, each with a UPQ Family loudspeaker over a UPJ-1P loudspeaker for even front-to-back coverage. Spaced between these clusters, three 900-LFC low-frequency control elements supply ample bass energy. Front fills are five UP-4slim loudspeakers, with system management supplied by a Galileo GALAXY 816 network platform and comprehensive system monitoring enabled via an RMServer. Systems for both theatres were supplied and installed by Image Engineering of Mumbai under the direction of Nainesh Vora.


(L-R) Sandeep Braganza, Sales Manager SAARC, Meyer Sound; Nainesh Vora, Founder & Owner, Image Engineering; Richard Nowell, Owner, RNSS Ltd.; Nayan Kale, General Manager, Technical, NCPA


The greater depth and narrower dimensions of the Jamshed Bhabha Theatre pointed to a line array solution, in this case realized by 10 LEOPARD loudspeakers per side, with each array flown underneath two 900-LFC low-frequency control elements. Near fills are seven UP-4slims, with pairs of UPQ Family and UPM-1XP loudspeakers positioned back in the auditorium as delays. Also included were a GALAXY 816 processor, an RMServer for monitoring system performance and a pair of UPJ-1P loudspeakers for confidence monitoring in the mixing booth.

“The new systems have definitely reduced set-up time, and they are much safer because of the permanent cabling,” observes Nayan Kale. “Now we have a good level of sound across the seats and greater consistency across different performance types. The Meyer Sound self-powered systems also help save onstage space, which had otherwise looked cluttered with the equipment racks of the hired systems.”

The response from artists and audiences has been overwhelmingly positive, Kale maintains. “It has satisfied all requirements for performances from jazz to rock and classical. The audiences are appreciating the crystal clear music and speech in every seat.”

“In both theatres, the systems have outperformed even my expectations,” adds Richard Nowell, “and have been incredibly well received by engineers from all music genres.”

The NCPA recently capped its golden anniversary celebrations with the Add Art Festival from November 29th to December 1st , with featured performances in both theatres by — among many others — Arturo Sandoval, Zakir Hussain and the NCPA’s own resident Symphony Orchestra of India. The performing arts Centre will begin 2020 with a new portable system of two ULTRA-X40 loudspeakers and two 900-LFC low-frequency control elements for performances and rehearsals.

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