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Articles May-Jun 2022

PALM AV-ICN Exhibitor ListingNew!

Exhibitor Listing

Exhibitors spent three fruitful days at the PALM AV-ICN 2022, showcasing latest products and solutions. Browse through the list of all 2022 PALM AV-ICN exhibitors. Exhibitor information is provided solely for the use of attendees to search for brands /products / services offered by exhibiting companies.... 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
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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.
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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The Rise of Portablism

Portablism - aka. portable turntablism - is a recent cultural phenomenon which has been achieved through millions of tiny items on the wish lists of day-dreaming turntablists, over the last decade or so. But before we dive into its roots, emergence & developments, this article also aims to make you aware of the rise in a new breed of musicianship where the artist is also now getting immersed into hacking/DIY culture with the aid of inexpensive battery powered musical gadgets.

The Vestax QFO - the predecessor of Portablism


Roots & Development

The earliest draft of this concept was etched by the legend DJ Qbert, where he had designed an experimental turntable (with an integrated mixer) for Vestax in 2005 called the QFO. It was primarily aimed for the niche turntablism markets but like all Vestax products, they were expensive, bulky & manufactured in limited numbers. The QFO conceptually was the finished product of a mega Japanese company - a concept where all turntablists could enjoy the convenience of just having a compact scratching setup, barring the traditionally beefy 2x Technics SL1200 & a quality scratch mixer console. Since this dream was not affordable by all, turntablists started to tinker with their smaller battery powered record players (with an inbuilt speaker), which you could carry on record shopping expeditions.

One of its most popular iterations around that time was the PT01 model, manufactured by Numark & Ion. They were inexpensive, easy to maintain & its plastic casing was conducive for hacking & customizations. Coincidentally, there was also a movement in making third-party & high-quality crossfaders - to replace sub-par components in any mixer of your choice. As the developments in the crossfader technology got better, cheaper & smaller, some turntablists (with the aid of some casing, velcro & deft wiring) combined the PT01 with these new crossfaders & voila - portablism arrived.

Its prospect was highly appealing for all of those DJs who wanted to learn to scratch without investing big bucks on 2x turntables & a mixer. The concept blew up in a big way internationally, which also birthed the rise of strictly vinyl labels releasing limited edition 7 inch scratch tools. Numark quickly took note of the rise in sales of its PT01 model & quickly released their highly successful PT01 Scratch model in 2016.


PT01 Scratch & its Customisability

In version 2.0 of its PT01 model - the inexpensive PT01 Scratch - Numark had made a portable turntable with a multi-directional/adjustable scratch switch (more like a pseudo crossfader) integrated within the casing of the unit. This switch is a very light switch that pivots (unlike the sliding nature of a conventional fader) with a fader cap on it. When a DJ cuts & scratches with a fader, he/she technically is switching the turntable's audio signal on & off - a feat which is easily achieved in theory & practice with the scratch switch. Simultaneously, a few eminent scratch enthusiasts & companies from the scene like Jesse Dean Designs, Turntable Training Wax, Bihari Designs, portablismgear, Solid Cutz, Raiden, Stokyo, Mixfader, Serato & Magma started to produce a plethora of components/accessories revolving around PT01 & PT01 Scratch customers.

Now, there is a really wide (& ever expanding) range of products available for the aspiring portablist. There is now a good range of external & internal crossfaders - utilising never heard before Bluetooth & optical technologies - to replace the scratch switch. Carbon tone-arms to house proper cartridges (some with an integrated cue light). Machine milled high-quality metal platters for record stability. Easy to integrate start/stop switches, ultra pitch controls, power break out & phono pre-amp circuit boards. You could conventionally run these decks using a wall socket or on batteries - which makes it clunky & not portable. A popular hack to beat this issue would be by running them on easily available USB power banks - with the aid of special 5V to 12V step up USB power cables. A few other accessories worth mentioning would be more powerful speakers, custom knobs/fader caps, custom printed faceplates, various styles of carrying bags & 7inch timecode records for further expanding the scope of portablism with existing DVS systems.

On purchasing some of these accessories, you would have to open up the PT01 & indulge in some soldering & tampering of its original internal circuits - making its warranty void. However, these original circuit boards are inexpensive & easily available through Numark - encouraging DJs to give the DIY ethos a try safely. You could also order online a fully customised portable i.e. if you wouldn't want to take the DIY route. This new approach & trend has never been witnessed before in any other DJ product & industry.

Portablism has single-handedly revived the dying art of turntablism worldwide & also given birth to niche portablism related content & events. There are now special clinics, Youtube creators & content, active Facebook groups, global online DJ battles & this year, portablism has been officially recognised & venerated by DMC.

Numark PT01 Scratch - the fire starter


Forecasting Future Portablism Trends

Even with its wild success, the PT01 Scratch is admittedly not the perfect product. For example, it's pitch control is very unstable, making it impossible to beat mix on it for conventional DJing. However, as it is a simple & easily hackable electronic product it is just a matter of time for the solutions for such problems to surface from the manufacturers through its future iterations, or from the users through newer components & hacks. The PT01 already has a contender - the soon to be launched 7" Portable Scratcher - a fully crowdfunded portable turntable, with more bells & whistles, which were implemented immediately by learning from the feedback from the sudden success of PT01 & rise of portablism. I could easily see big DJ brands like Pioneer, Reloop & Denon getting into the portablism game to fill & capitalize on this void - making superior portables (with stronger metallic bodies & flagship components/features) from their years of experience in making industry standard turntables.

But before all that happens, you need to realise that there is still a lot of potential waiting to be tapped in the Numark's PT01 models. With minimal inner components, most of its body is hollow, which could accommodate additional gadgets & thingamajigs - with some planning & simple hardware tools. This is exciting as it gives portablists the ultimate feature that they are seeking for at the moment - an inbuilt Raspberry Pi computer, eliminating the need to carry a laptop - making it furthermore portable.

On a final note, all eyes are solely on Numark at the moment. After all, they were the first to capitalise on the portablism boom with their PT01 Scratch model. Hopefully, they would wow everyone again with version 3.0. Thanks to them there is a thriving portablism culture now, which is surely not going to fizzle out in the decades to come.


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