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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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Learning to Fly

AR Rahman’s North America tour was a somewhat a life changing experience for me whilst I was looking forward to the 10 city tour. Months of planning was going into choice of rental house & audio production and at that time the only thing that was confirmed audio wise, was the India Audio team consisting of a consortium of like minded thinkers towards a common goal of exemplary audio for this milestone tour.

Technical details isn’t the scope of this foreword, what I would like to talk about was the things I learnt in this journey and how it can apply to you too. For starters, the taking home from this expedition that hit a home run with me was the sheer prowess at which the local riggers put our installations up in each of their venues and the manner in which they achieved their objectives be it bridles, dead hangs. They were all amazing and this counts for the years of training and the specialist skill set they possess. Now this comes to an important point I am making that, I am always told by promoters and production professionals that these venues are “Union” venues and we have to work as per their norms and how it’s a pain in the butt to do so, I beg to differ here and have seen immense benefits of working with the local union. For one, they know the venue extremely well, they can fly and provide you the rigging points at a speed the most experience riggers won’t be able to since they don’t know the demographics or the load bearing capacities and the local laws of H&S. Now coming from someone like me who would come to load-in at 5:30 AM with the Production Manager, I would stare into the roof just watching these guys move with stealth and speed proving the rigging to the audio, video & lighting service providers in their positions without any shouting or screaming or accidents or near misses and this was the most admirable thing I experienced in the United States Of America. I came home procuring a lot of the rigging gear and venue measuring apparatus they used and I was just like a trainee rigger, Learning to Fly!

The audio systems engineers too, I worked with three unique blokes who had a trick up his sleeve and a workflow that I could write home about. Now being the Audio Director and Systems Engineer for the project there is always going to be a clash of opinions or a different design strategy on rigging and aligning the PA systems. The first thing I would do to break the ice with the A1 was to tell them “Lets do this together like a democracy on decisions and lets in that journey learn and gain from each others experience and expertise” Now that worked like a huge deal breaker and I left the US making friends rather than rubbing egos, whilst one of my Co-Systems Engineers had a Celiac disease, I made sure he got appropriate meals whilst he was taking boxes in the air. We have to cover up for each other in order to work and this is the genesis of making friends and earning respect rather than leaving a graveyard of relationships. Now each one of them taught me something about tuning and alignment that I took home as a treasure whilst I passed on my most coveted dexterity of accurately and consistently measuring the ‘Phase Response’ of the subwoofers in return for their work/skill/knowledge and the best thing is that even when I came back home some of them went on phone calls to discuss my ideology on calibration, alignment, digital audio transport and systems control. Now this really made me feel so touched that despite me being probably sitting barely a mile away from some of my colleagues they don’t ask me these questions and we have systems engineers/techs two continents away wanting to learn from my ‘Design Education’ which led me to a greater sense of responsibility to now move from intrinsic knowledge to elemental knowledge in the field of audio systems design and engineering.

Another praiseworthy thing about the systems engineers and even the venue sound guys and girls whose PA’s we plugged into when we could not rig boxes in every nook and cranny. They followed me like my shadow making sure that every seat, every punter, every fan even in the upper gantry’s of the stadiums, nosebleed seats of the arenas and the pan corners of the sheds heard immaculate audio because isn’t this what we are here for, the fans and their sonic experience of the show even though they might have bought the most humble tickets they must hear the sound like they are at the console. I would go to the hotel room every night exhausted because my systems colleagues and me would fine comb every seat in the venue for the best sound, this wasn’t a challenge, it is a old habit and a personal mandate that virus spread like an epidemic with the audio crew.

The rental house we worked with was a company I would shake in my formative years to read what they achieved with Metallica and to synergize with them on this tour was a dream for a boy ‘fan’ of the Delicate Sound of their “Thunder” Audio. They have taught me a thing or two about deployments and meeting some of the guys who have such immense experience working with the best artists in the world was just humbling and its not the artist rooms and catering that you learn, it’s backstage, loading dock over donuts and coffee where the wisdom of the road comes from and for this, I am blessed to have been chosen to be the person to look after the sound of the most iconic artist of our generation.

My team without whom, I am nothing in the entire scheme of things. I want to thank you forward thinkers, dreamers and go-getters from the bottom of my heart, you pushed the boat out of this project and the very fact that you guys learnt all the songs, solos and put your cumulative years of experience into a 3 hour show what normally has always been a clinical job to a creative one and during our meetings the one thing I kept pushing you guys was our tour audio hash tag #ArtisanSound I am so proud you lived unto it.

I thank my stars and all the people whose positive energies have brought me here and made me realize, I came here for a purpose and that’s called a sonic life.

Thank You! Karma.....


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