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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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Big Stage DJ


So much is been written on big DJ festivals & arena gigs I was for once wondering what to write and the one thing that came to my mind was that over the past one year we have moved from the arena to the stadia.

The gigs have just scaled so much bigger and the tickets sales have done so too. Off course this has logically increased the demand for large size PA systems. But the point I would like to make is that what really goes behind the scenes to make these events a sonic success. Is a lot of planning for the event, surprisingly all done during the prep and not on the site.

The Layout

This is the most important requisite for you to decide how much PA is required to do the job and thus defines 80% of the costs of the show; the rest of the 20% depends on the artist audio riders. When we receive the layout we are able to plot the speaker systems coverage and SPL across the venue so that the fans no matter where they are receive good sound & even coverage. This is not just for sonic purposes but the layout also establishes where the scaffolding towers or cranes need to be erected for putting the PA system. From here all the power distribution & amplification gets its demographic locations too.

Riders

Responding to all the artists’ technical riders is a part of the job & once finalized with them then the job of collating all the riders together to make one set for seamless changeovers is the second part of the job. Nowadays DJ’s bring live acts with drums, percs & synthesizers as a part of their entourage and many even travel with a dedicated monitor engineer for all their stage requirements. Timecode, MIDI devices are extensively used to sync with their lighting and visuals and some shows are completely scripted musically from the first song to the last.

Infrastructure

Using good infrastructure to erect the loudspeaker systems will always be the key to the success of any format of show, not just electronic music & I can’t highlight this matter enough. I have noticed most events where the audio failed, was due to poor integration of the infrastructure. It is so important to use the correct scaffolding and get the height you need without compromising on safety for the event. Good infrastructure also means good safety standards; its important to note that you never compromise on safety no matter what & definitely no matter what unsafe things even your client makes you want to do.

Power Distribution

Without this we are nothing, good clean power with ample power headroom too is the genesis of a good show and if you underestimate the power requirements for the event you will surely realize it in the last few hours of the event when the headliners are juicing out every ampere of the generator through your PA system especially the frequencies between 30Hz & 70Hz. Whenever I walk onto site the first thing I check even before checking the PA system is if the power distribution & generators were set up as per plan. Nowadays its important to also insist on a dedicated cable contractor because the gensets that come to the gigs have the most pathetic stock cables & no distribution & fake earthing mechanisms.

PA System

What can I say here that would actually nail this right? Well probably three things. Quality, Power (Headroom), Coverage. Any of these three things missing in the equation and we have failed in doing this right.

A - Quality

What’s the purpose of having tremendous amount of power if the system sounds distorted and the choice of turnkey system isn’t good enough? The quality of the system plays a very important role here, not just sheer amount of boxes alone.

B - Power (Headroom)

In fact most of the mistakes are made here, where we mostly get good sounding systems to the venue with inadequate power/ number of boxes. This makes things extremely dangerous because many times you are putting a great sound system at risk by being over driven.

C – Coverage

Off course its practically impossible to provide near perfect coverage in a stadia no matter what anyone tells you as the demographic is too large to achieve this. What would happen is that even for a 6db increase in the overall SPL of the venue in a certain location and you have to double the amount of the loudspeakers to achieve that. So when we plan for coverage it is the most calculated decision that we need to account for, as this is the sole decider of how many speakers & stacks do you need to achieve this job.

DriveLines, Control, Calibration & Alignment

Everyone uses different methods to do this however there is a step procedure here it starts with good design, then the quality of source drivelines being provided to each of the speaker towers, Calibration is an aspect of tuning a PA system even without having to turn it on, this is sometimes extremely helpful when you have no time for soundcheck. Alignment using test & measurement tools is the final cut of the entire project and honestly once the system is time aligned and equalized then every step procedure you have taken in this small synopsis will ensure that you are sipping coffee at the console doing just fine staring at your control computer all in the green and the fans having a great time

At the end of the day we do this for the festival punters & the visiting engineers who have good stories to say about India.

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


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