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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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FOH - The Way forward


What is the way forward from here, how do we raise the bar, what’s next in our decision making, are we happy with what we are using, do we need to change our console or workflow or are we just simply sorted with what we are currently working with?

Looking forward I see that there are happy times ahead for the FOH guy and also interesting times with technology. Some guy’s love working within the control surface and on-board FX and Eq and others have their own ways. Well just to talk about the current scenarios.

Everyone has a choice to why he works with a particular console or has a personal set of favourite desks and also what he doesn’t like to work with. That’s entirely his or her discretion.

Today consoles are still rated by their sound quality, preamps, eq, metering and workflow as top priority however off lately the addition of interfacing with plug-ins and hardware processing outside of the console has taken a serious note as to why certain engineers make choices about which console they will work with especially when it comes to plug-ins and the console manufacturers relationship with the plug-in developers.

Whilst many just choose ease of availability and the convenience of just loading their show file and having the band up and running in no time (assuming all the lines are patched perfectly and we also have a well tuned PA)

Mixing on digital consoles the analog way is the only way I see the success of a great sonic soundscape on a gig. What that means for me is that if I think ‘digital’ then my thoughts are to go to 4K or any other frequency I have chosen and cut/boost it. Whilst if I think ‘analog’ then I’d probably just do it. (makes sense?)

Whilst as a systems engineer personally I have always done corrective EQ rather than creative EQ and that’s partly been my failing. Which leads me to the point that how do I get better at doing this. For starters I have learnt some amazing ways to EQ guitars and drums just by using presets provided by iconic engineers on developed plug-ins. And then made small tweaks from there. I have achieved some amazing results and this also cannot be from a spark of spontaneity but some amount of time required to work on the sound. But in the long run it just helps you hone your skills (and off course develop spontaneity & speed when your working for results in a tight time constraint)

Under the hood
What no manufacturer talks about is their consoles “summing amps” which to me is the genesis of a great console especially when your mixing many channels and the higher the count then the bigger the dependency is on this feature. You will notice that the ability for there to be coherency (coming together) across all channels summing up to a two channel LR output is all because of this and not just the quality of your mic preamps. It is the ‘acoustic plumbing’ of your console.

Buss structuring is so important in desks that we fail to see how important buss count is. We always want to know how many inputs we can do and never be concerned about the buss capabilities. That’s a more important decision in investing in your consoles future. I also hate buss sharing and whenever I am told that if I want more auxiliaries then I have to forego some matrixes and then that’s just not my cup of tea.

Digital audio transport mechanism of the console is also such an important decision out here, and sometimes I just don’t understand why manufacturers didn’t stick to the realms of industry standard protocols. Many have their own dig at justifying their decisions, but according to me there are just two MADI and AES. They are simply just tried, tested and plug & play. I don’t understand why many manufacturers just gamble with these decisions.

Console preamps & EQ
Is something I am not going to touch upon as all of you readers are past masters on this subject and have been exposed to the best of these products in your respective studios and production houses but for the rental companies let me say that the moment your microphone gets into the console its destiny on sonic quality is totally based on the preamp and the maximum amount of money you spend on a console is due to the quality of the mic-pre. Don’t ever forget that!

Protocols
This really surprises me that there are so many protocols to wire consoles and one end of the spectrum we have a HMA Optics connector from Control Surface or Engine to Stage box which is the most amazing and robust contact & protocol, to a CAT6 cable on a Ethercon off course the latter has on many occasions the cheapest disposable CAT5E cable with poorest quality connectors, putting the entire production at peril.

Console Care and Health
Don’t we all succumb or responsible most of the time about our consoles health and why don’t we understand that we need to be in the wellness business when it comes to consoles rather than waiting for the service engineer on call with respect to them. India has a major dust and moisture problem and it just takes a minimum of 2 years before your console needs a new set of faders, on a fair duty cycle of the console going out twice a week.

Socially they are the most photographed pieces of your rental gear and making the right choices in purchase or use says a lot about what works best for your artist/customer and not just yourself.

My opinions and simply my opinions, Happy Mixing !

Warren D'souza - Founder, Managing
Director, & Working Member of Sound.Com
#SoundGuyForLife
#AudioEvanglist



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