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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
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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Health & Safety

Health

How important our H&S compliances are at events, yet we fail at every event in practically every department, other than a few individual pockets of excellence working around a world of other risky suppliers or production companies putting the entire production at risk; is so the norm.

When I say health, it really starts with a good nights sleep and healthy breakfast and the drive to the venue using your seatbelt even if you’re sitting at the back. The clothes you wear, the shoes on your feet and the amount of water you are consuming are the most primary health related matters that are most often ignored. Health is about setting personal standards, just like hygiene is and this cannot be taught beyond a certain point, it comes from an attitude.

I cannot bear when people tell me, especially my crew, trying to earn brownie points by saying we worked so much that we did not even eat our lunch or dinner. I find that deplorable and very uncool. The fact that you did not eat, put you at a health risk both short term & long term, as well as made you focus a lot on hunger (much more than the time it took for you to actually eat) rather than focus on the work in hand. Now about drinking water, does your urine have to be so yellow is a manifestation of the fact that you are not hydrated enough and that’s bad especially if you’re working in the sun?

Protecting your ears is a very important H&S compliance and nobody can do that for you but yourself, for example if I am at a event and the volume isn’t to my liking/level then I am with 9 DB filters in my ear moulds and if its atrociously loud then I am 18db filters in my ear moulds. I just cannot understand why we expose ourselves to such bludgeoning volumes. I can’t stand even for 5 mins for some gigs people expose themselves to for at least 2 to 3 hours. By simple logic, if anything hurts my ears then whatever the decibel level is, it isn’t good for me.

My shoes are the most expensive piece of gear I have when I allocate a budget to my personal health, if I am going to be standing at a venue the whole day then I am not going to compromise on what shoes I am wearing and so should you. My socks likewise too, I do not wish to be reeking of foul odor when I take my footwear out. Clothes, jackets, caps, shades are as important to you as your measurement tools are.

Safety

Safety is a very misunderstood subject and when people ask me why do events fail in safety standards my simple answer is ignorance or act of god, whilst the former is 99.9% the problem. Why do we have such poor standards, why isn’t it budgeted for. The most powerful message I have read in recent times on safety is “If you think Safety is expensive try Accident”



I think that only if regulation is put in by the government will safety improve otherwise it will just keep happening. I can’t even begin to tell you in how many events accidents don’t get recorded or reported and how all those incidents are needed to come to light in order for us to learn and correct them. Unless we put the fear of God in people with fines, cancelling of insurance and jail term, we will not be able to achieve this and this is the honest truth. Safety has to be made a habit with our staff and not a drudgery to comply with. H&S should be followed with pride and educating through actions is the greatest way of creating awareness for H&S.

Truss Safety

Truss or scaffolding falling is a norm and even if you follow standards there is a possibility that the other service provider doesn’t, be it infrastructure of electrical. We have very low safety standards due to being uneducated about it and the very fact that we do not have more than 8 rated roof structures in India tells you how deplorable the safety norms are. The most surprising thing is also that those who have good safe structures are the ones who will ballast their structures and the unsafe ones have no ballasting at all. And when it comes to scaffolding systems, I dread even standing near any of the run of the mill rostrums and scaffs available locally. However I can safely say that I am seeing rapid improvement here in companies investing in Layher or Chinese scaff similar to Layher, but much safer than what’s made in fabricated sweatshops back home.

Electrical Safety

Grossly misunderstood is the problem of electrical safety that causes the second most accidents and fires. When will we learn that water cannot be used to douse an electrical fire and it will just cause more damage, whilst we use the cheapest cables and connectors. Electricity is something that is invisible to our eyes but potentially very hazardous without the correct apparatus and protection. This is why so many electrical accidents happen. Its solely because we only fear what we see. We are oblivious to the dangers that aren’t evident and this is why I am far much more concerned of electrical safety. In fact I am so serious about it that most top tier electrical contractors in India are fully aware that it is mandatory to ground all my structures especially the PA towers or I will stop work on site.

Numerous cases of event fires are due to pyros and chemicals that are used on-site, they are time bombs waiting to destroy every production and it’s a long road to getting there in India especially at social events and weddings I get mortified when I see the use of dangerous pyros. Here too, I am seeing progress, but it is not happening at pace that’s required for our industry.

Lifting Equipment

We have no understanding of working loads and lifting equipment and I am appalled at so many shockers I witness on site. And compared to the west, we aren’t even looking like we are willing to start, forget play catch up with them.

We need courses, we need workshops, we need awareness, and we need change, BE THE CHANGE! And in that light I pledge to help anyone who wishes to make his or her event space a safer place to work.

Warren D’souza - Founder, Managing Director, & Working Member of Sound.Com

#SoundGuyForlife
#AudioEvangelist

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