PALM technology-November-December 2018

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TOP SEVEN BIG STAGE PRODUCTS Seven noteworthy pro audio and lighting gear launched for live stages in 2018.

Product Focus: DJ Console DJ Headphones DJ Turntables


The Year in Review


from Content Anchor

Smita Rai

Over the past few years, we here at PT have seen the pro audio and lighting industry grow by leaps and bounds. 2017 was redeeming for big live acts – Justin Bieber, Ed Sheeran, UB 40, Dream Theatre and Chainsmokers, to name a few. While we get cracking on our next issue and look back at the year gone by in review, I find the shine missing from the stage. Other than a “has been” Bryan Adams concert, there were EDM stars Martix Garrix, Marshmellow and Incubs, Godfather of the British Blues John Mayall and few others who performed as part of fests such as Sunburn, Supersonic, Mahindra Blues Festival etc. and this list more or less sums it up. It was in November 2017 when English singer-songwriter James Blunt excitedly announced his India tour in 2018 but just four months down the line, he put up another post announcing the cancellation of his show in Bangalore. His post read - “Our booking agent has advised that due to the failure of the promoter to enact contract terms, it is no longer possible for this show to take place.” So much for all the chest thumping and reports suggesting a growing number of international acts coming down to India and promoters promising to bring down the biggest names in the International music scene. Plain speak is that barring Arijit Singh and AR Rahman, and intermittently DJs like Nucleya or a Chetas who have “Bollywoodised” their music to suit local tastes, India does not have any other local talent to engage and entertain a mass audience. India has not succeeded in producing a homegrown Justin Bieber or an Ed Sheeran, probably because Bollywood Rules, and Sharuk Khan is still the face of other people’s composition and voice. And number of international acts are just not as many as they should ideally be. We can at best surmise is at as “painfully getting better”. Our Indian show business is still reliant on foreign acts, which unfortunately are already burdened with withholding taxes, red tapism and other challenges. Organising Big Stage Extravaganza (pg. 26) in our last issue of the year, explores opportunities and obstacles in organizing big ticket, big stage shows. Though the government has done a small bit by bringing down GST prices, there is yet much that needs to done, as the growth of this industry has a direct impact on other industries such as tourism and hospitality. Today, people across the global are not averse to travelling to other cities or countries to watch their favorites perform and India is no exception to the rule. Music Tourism is the new mantra. For the industry to thrive it is imperative that the State Governments pay heed to the woes of the event organisers and makes life simpler for all stakeholders by establishing a single window clearance for all permits. Maharashtra should atleast take a forward step in this direction like Delhi. This issue also features Visual artistes Kaycee, Jash Reen and Joshu Dmello - the Rock Stars behind the Rock Stars, conceptualising reams of graphics (pg. 52 & pg. 56). Thanks to guidance the team received from Mr. Anil Chopra and the efforts of our conscientious Content Manager, Ankita Bhadrawale, in 2018 PT reinforced its anchoring position as an independent and neutral media focusing only on the best stories and innovation. Giving the market some focus in 2018 were six focus subjects - FOH, Studio, Live, Install, Lighting and Big Stage DJ. Last year also featured global top honchos Pio Nahum – Claypaky, Joe Pham – QSC and Aidan Williams – Audinate in 11 Questions. 2018 started with a bang as we reviewed 50 top high-end frontier tech equipment of 2017, while also putting the spotlight on 15 top FOH engineers who provided insight to their wish list of features on the new age FOH console. I was honoured to meet studio design guru and erstwhile winner of the IRAA award for Global Innovation in Studio Design – Mr. Andy Munro. The Studio special issue produced Mr. Munro’s thoughts on acoustics, music and recording. The Live issue incidentally is my favourite each year. It also happens to be the PALM show issue. For me, the final outcome of all the effort (and stress), which goes into planning and producing the stories while also putting together the PALM highlight features, is a heartwarming experience. The Art of touring in this issue had insights from AR Rahman’s Encore tour on all the implications of managing a tour. The icing on the cake was the Maestro himself receiving the magazine and appreciating the story at the sidelines of the PALM expo 2018. The Install special had an eclectic mix of auditoria and entertainment venue install stories. PALM 2018 was a benchmark, and this post-show review issue featured the PALM Story and the action from across eight halls at the Nesco trade fair grounds. Lighting being the next frontier for manufacturing in India, a dedicated issue focusing on lighting stories is of course a given. The who’s who of this industry – Harold Fernandes, Atul Sonpal, Naveen Deshpande, Davinder Wadhwa, Rasesh Parekh – all contributed with stories and insights for this special issue. A big shout-out, to our distinguished columnists Warren D’souza, Viraf Pocha and Reji Ravindran for supporting the industry media and contributing with immense knowledge on Mr. A.R. Rahman browsing through PT and appreciating its contribution to the industry trends and technologies. Year 2019 promises to be a year of major activity in the PALM Expo stable. PALM has finally bitten the bullet, and launched the AV-ISE expo in Hall 3 of Nesco, concurrent with the PALM expo from 31 May – 1 June. It’s a matter of pride that we have also launched the AV-ISE magazine which will provide dope of all the new tech and business dynamics of the Audiovisual industry. I’m excited that I’m going to be editing both the magazines now. As 2019 is now in full swing, I hear from a few different sources that we are in for an exciting year of major product launches and we encourage all of you to write in to us with all the Juice and Jazz. Cheers until then!

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The Year in Review

Organising Big Stage Extravaganzas

Filling a Massive Space at Our Lady of Lourdes Church

Visuals for the Big Stage Industry Focus: Big Stage Visuals Conceptualizing and Creating Visuals for Big Stages EDM Acts by VJ KayCee

Professional Focus: The Visual Pack In conversation with Jash Reen and Joshua Dmello of Wolves Visuals; the duo delivering an extraordinary schedule of high profile EDM festivals

Product Focus:

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Lineup of the latest DJ Controllers DJ Headphones DJ Turntables


Top Seven Big Stage Products


AV-ISE Conference 2019

Seven noteworthy pro audio and lighting gear launched for live stages in 2018

AV Summit redefining horizon in India’s Audio Visual Industry

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Sound & Stage Mega Sound invests Digico Sd5; Yamaha Dzr And Czr Speaker Series; EESS Karnataka; Allen & Heath Plug-Ins for Sq Series; S-Image Enthralls Kerala With JTS Microphones; Meyer Sound New Promotions; Prolyte Launches Doughty Fifty Clamp; Rane Brothers Meyer Sound Leopard/900-LFC; Protos Load Monitoring System Company; Waves Emotion Lv1 Live Mixer V10 Updates; PK Trinity 10; EAW Jim Newhouse; Studiomaster Professional Elan Series Loudspeakers; Alcons Audio Lr18b Line-Array Bass; Next-Proaudio Audio Tool Software; L-Acoustics HGP & API; D&B Audiotechnik Sl-Series’ KSL System; Solotech & SSE Audio Group; Digitrons Professional Audio & SRV Infratech Solutions Pvt. Ltd, Beta Three distributor.

60, 78 & 90 Product Focus on Controllers, DJ Headphones & Turntables

Audio and Music Production IRAA 2019 Awards Director; Mackie MC Series Headphones; Steinberg Cubase 10; Acustica Audio Taupe Plug-In; API 2448 Recording and Mixing Console; Avantone Pro Cla-200; Chandler Limited TG Microphone; Edifier and DV Technologies; Trinity PA-51X Keyboard; Universal Audio Lexicon 480l Digital Reverb and Effects Plug-In; Blue Cassette Studio Aws 924 Delta Desk; Waves Audio Flow Motion FM Synth; Ableton Probability Pack; Akai Professional Built-In Sounds To Midi Controller; Novation Flagship Sl MKIII Controllers.

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The Bright Spark


Hang the DJ

Lighting GLP Appoints Sales Director; ADJ HEX Led Par Fixtures; Laserworld Outdoor Laser System; Harman Professional Solutions at Disrupt 2018; Chauvet Professional Ip 65 Colorado Panel Q40 Cast; Chauvet Professional Strike Saber; ADJ Hydro Series Moving Heads; ETC and GDS Partnership; Elation Proton Eclypse Hybrid.


Old Loves: Viraf Pocha talks about the usual barometer for lighting fixtures features along with his own view on the features he would covet in a fixture.

The Rise of Portablism: Reji eleborated on the Roots & Development of DJ turntables along with the rise of a new breed of musicianship

Narain Audio Ram Ratna Vidya Mandir; Studiomaster Professional Fierce Sonic Performance; Martin Audio appoints Bradley Watson; Harman at Foundry Eatery; Narain Audio & Lighting LLP Audiocenter Sa3 Series; Black Dog Rd Signature System; Bose Professional at Pikkle; Presbyterian Church New Sound; Zoodio Pro Boosts at Miss T; Williams AV Distributor Indian Market; Meyer Sound USW-210P Compact Narrow Subwoofer; Urbo in Pune With An Rd Signature System.


In India there is no concert that I know of which has made money if there are no sponsors. However, the scene for EDM music festivals maybe different from other genres.

DJ Technology Mastersounds and TPI “definitive” turntable isolation system; Natus Lans Natus One; Mixvibes Remixlive 4; Denon Dj’s Mcx8000 with Engine Prime; Pioneer Hdj-X5bt Over-Ear Dj Headphones; Roland Beat Sync Maker Ios App; Modal Electronics Craftsynth V2.0; Diplo Ni And Sounds. Com sample pack; Vardhaman Megatech Pvt. Ltd. Mix-Ministers 2018 an ‘Open DJ Championship’.

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MEGA SOUND WELCOMES DIGICO SD5 FOR A MEGA FUTURE India’s live music market is ‘booming’ mostly with Bollywood music live acts as well with high-end international artists. This has opened various avenues for rental companies and one of the names in the top league is Udaipur & Ahmedabad based Audio rental company - Mega Sound. The company already owns a massive L Acoustics inventory and recently invested in their first DiGiCo SD5 console with SD Rack. Mega Sound has experience and expertise in pro audio, stage lighting & trussing industry since 21 years & national presence in Udaipur & Ahmedabad. The SD5 console was supplied by DiGiCo’s India Distributor, Hi-Tech Audio Systems in New Delhi. “The entire Mega Sound team is excited to welcome home India’s 4th DiGiCo SD5 console and we are proud to own it. In 2017 we purchased our first SD10 and with the recent purchase of SD5, we are more confident than ever before. HiTech Audio Systems and Ian Staddon, VP of Sales - DiGiCo made this deal possible”, says Siddharth Chauhan, Managing Director of Mega Sound. He continues, “With the SD10 we supported high profile India artists such as Arijeet Singh , Atif Aslam, Sonu Nigam , Vishal Shekhar , Kailash Kher , Mika , Badshah , Sunidhi Chauhan, Salim Sulaiman, Shanker Ehsaan Loy, Kanika Kapoor, Ankit Tiwari, Pritam, KK, Shaan, Sukhvinder

Siddharth Chauhan, Managing Director of Mega Sound with DiGiCo SD5 console

Singh, Shivamani, Papon, Javed Ali, Neha Kakkar, Neeti Mohan &

without a second thought we decided to purchase DiGiCo SD5 to

and technology. The SD5 is another milestone for Mega Sound and we are

many more. It was a smooth sailing with the SD10 at live concerts, conferences, big fat Indian wedding, and other such events. Our tech team is well-nourished with technical and operational skills on DiGiCo as provided by the impeccable guidance from Hi-Tech’s after sales support experts. So after one and half year

strengthen our audio arsenal.” “From day one we met Siddharth Chauhan, the man behind the inception of Mega Sound; we knew that his vision will take Mega Sound to another level of recognition. We are very happy to fulfill his dreams with DiGiCo and also appreciate his knowhow about various audio equipment

proud to associate with the company,” shares Rajan Gupta, Managing Director of Hi-Tech Audio Systems. Nirdosh Aggarwal, Director Sales of Hi-Tech Audio Systems shares his view on DiGiCo SD5. “The console has three 15-inch display touch screens

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YAMAHA NOW SHIPPING DZR AND CZR SPEAKER SERIES Yamaha is now shipping its new flagship models of highperformance powered loudspeakers DZR and CZR Series. DZR Series Speakers combine intelligent 96KHz DSP processor

sound reproduction. The culmination of all Yamaha’s accrued sound reinforcement, acoustics, and signal processing technology expertise—particularly with the introduction of our Dante-

and advanced FIR-X tuning with best -in-class 2000 W Class-D amplifiers. DXS XLS series bassreflex subwoofer is available. Reportedly, Yamaha’s first ever Dante models offer sophisticated system integration with digital consoles. The new DZR delivers on all fronts realizing a truly professional sound delivered with a level of power that belies its compact, lightweight design. Best-in-class SPL performance, sophisticated DSP processing, unrivalled low-frequency bass

enabled models—DZR represents Yamaha’s first fully-integrated, smart/ editable speaker range of professional, powered loudspeakers. The newest DXS XLF’s go deeper than any model before, with an extended low frequency of 30Hz— perfect for

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professional touring musicians, DJ’s, and sound engineers who need that extra-low, thundering bottom end that you just can’t get from other subwoofers in this class. Flexible DSP and a bass-reflex cabinet design with a wide, flared port ensure your lower frequencies maintain outstanding clarity and musicality even when the volume is cranked.


Wherein the CZR series is a range of passive loudspeakers offering high power handling and outstanding sonic performance in a portable, lightweight, yet rugged design. The CZR is ideal for a range of live performance and installed sound environments— from live bands at outdoor festivals to DJ’s in clubs—these loudspeakers deliver crystal clear, high-quality sound with impressive bass performance. For even more bottom end to round out to the sound, adding CXS XLF Series passive subwoofers can extend system’s low frequency performance dramatically down to a startling 29Hz for throbbing low frequency reproduction capability that’s sure to impress.

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EESS KARNATAKA NOW A REALITY EESA Karnataka, which is an Association of Event Equipment & Services has now become a reality. The association which includes the entire spectrum comprising of Sound, Stage Lighting, General Lights, Trussing, Video, Gensets, Stage and Infrastructure has finally come together to serve the industry more effectively and comprehensively. The EESA Karnataka has also announced its Association Working Committee along with their Executive Members. The Association Working Committee of ESSA Comprises President: Felix Remedios - Reynolds Inc., Vice President: Santana Davis - J Davis Prosound and Lighting, Secretary: Dorai Elangovan - AV Tec., Joint Secretary: Vinod Bangera - Systematic Inc. and Treasurer: Anil Kumar - Graflex Inc. The Executives members of the

The EESA Karnataka Association Working Committee along with their Executive Members associations are Ashok Udupa - Udapa Enterprises, Sanjay Mudartha - Acoustic Control, Sagar Reddy - ANTInc India Pvt Ltd. and Lloyd - Byford - Lloyds Pro Sound & Lights. Few of the Important Roles which EESA will play would be: To Bring Unity Among Vendors; To Bring Recognition to this Industry; To create Good work Culture and

Harmony with the Event Management Companies and Clientele; To Create & Follow Best Practices and Safety Standards At work; To Educate and Train Members in Safety Standards; To ensure the basic needs and necessities of the manpower are taken care for at work; To Tackle the issues and hurdles to Vendors (GST and E-Way Bill’s, PPL Licence,

Noise Pollution, Novex, etc.); To Tackle Venue / Hotel related Issues; To Tackle Payment related issues; To Tackle wilful Defaulters; To set Industry Standard Terms and Conditions for smooth flow of Work; To ensure Safety of the Equipments at work site with proper Event Insurance and other safety measures.

ALLEN & HEATH GOES DEEP WITH NEW PLUG-INS FOR SQ SERIES Allen & Heath has announced that a range of DEEP processing plug-ins is now available as optional add-ons for its SQ Series. According to the company, this new options allow SQ users to choose from a suite of plugins ported directly from Allen & Heath’s flagship dLive mixing system, including premium compressors inspired by sought-after hardware units and a collection of powerful GEQs. Due to its SQ’s 96kHz XCVI core, based on latest generation FPGA technology, a preamp and compressor plug-in can be used on each of the 48 input channels, while a GEQ and compressor can be applied to

each of the 16 mixes. Unlike thirdparty plug-in solutions which require additional hardware and add latency and complexity, DEEP plug-ins are built in to the console architecture and add no additional latency to the system, ensuring phase coherency across channels and mixes. Nic Beretta, Allen & Heath’s Head of Product, said: “One of the key reasons for dLive’s success has always been the quality of its onboard processing and now we’re bringing that direct to SQ. These new additions confirm SQ as the most powerful console in its class, and certainly one of the most customizable. As an SQ user, you can pick the combination of plug-ins

MEGA SOUND WELCOMES DIGICO SD5... for dedicated 3 banks of faders. Additionally, it has a metering bar with 24 meters. SD5 software is capable of processing 253 input channels and up to 124 Aux/Sub Groups. Moreover, the console has pre-installed standard optics which seamlessly connects to the SD Rack. The advantage of having an SD Rack is that it can install various cards like the new Stadius 32bit IO cards, Dante, AVIOM and other such similar cards. For a dynamic

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that you want and really hone the desk to your applications. Whether you need a vintage compressor to bring a studio quality sound to a live

vocal, or a precision GEQ to tune an audio system, you can now bring the power of dLive’s DEEP processing to your SQ.”

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company like Mega Sound who is booked throughout the year, the SD5 will surely make their 2019 calendar much busier.” Diversity is very much obvious across the country when it comes to live music audience. The top live artists and live mixing engineers prefer DiGiCo consoles in their tech ride. On the hand Udaipur being a royal wedding destination, event management companies want to grab

the market by offering top-notch audio support for live wedding music performance. Mega Sound is able to provide the best to these various live audio requirements in Udaipur as well as in other parts of India. DiGiCo consoles have always been the reliable partner for Mega Sound in this remarkable journey. To conclude Rajan Gupta explains, “SD5’s sonic quality and functionality are outstanding. It


can be used for anything from live concerts, broadcasting, sporting to global spectaculars. Mega Sound’s investment on the SD5 is a giant leap in their business and this will add more to their portfolio. Being the India distributor of the UK manufactured consoles, it is our responsibility to recommend the best suited DiGiCo consoles to our clients by understanding their nature of the business.”

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S-IMAGE ENTHRALLS KERALA WITH JTS MICROPHONES Sound Image popularly known as S-Image who recently invested in Dynatech’s HP-15A+ Active Loudspeakers have reinforced its microphone inventory with the purchase of the ever efficient and reliable JTS TXB-7M Drum Kit and TX-7 Dynamic Vocal Microphones which are now recognized as the rental company’s premier microphone solution for live musical performances of all types. The purchase was made through Vardhaman Mega Tech - Kochi, the official representatives of JTS

products in Kerala. Owners of S-Image, Jijo Raj and Jino Raj, share, “The JTS TXB7M instrument microphone kit is absolutely brilliant. The quality and performance is simply outstanding, and its operation value and usability is phenomenal. You need the perfect mix of clarity and depth when you’re picking up instrument ensembles during a live gig, and that’s exactly what the TXB-7M kit delivers. The JTS TX-7 vocal microphone delivers superb performance at a modest cost, minimizing undesired background

noise and handling noise when used in handheld application. The JTS microphones are probably the best in its class available anywhere in the market today. We’re able to

deliver high quality sound signature thanks to this system, and I’m extremely pleased with our decision to go with this Dynatech-JTS combination.”

MEYER SOUND ANNOUNCES NEW PROMOTIONS Meyer Sound has announced promotions and restructured roles for top-level marketing personnel. John McMahon has been promoted to Senior Vice President of Marketing; Steve Ellison has been named Director, Spatial Sound; Miles Rogers has been promoted to Business

Digital Product Experience. McMahon says, “We have all the talent and experience we need. It was simply a matter of putting these people into new roles where they could leverage their abilities to the best effect.’’ In his prior position as Vice

of the company, but now his focus shifts to directing global marketing efforts.As Director, Spatial Sound, Steve Ellison will help lead development of nextgeneration spatial sound solutions that encompass Meyer Sound core

(DigiDesign) principally in support of the video and film post-production market. As Business Development Manager, Cinema and Content Creation Markets, he will continue to further Meyer Sound’s growing global expansion into post-production

technologies, including Spacemap

studios while also extending into the

John McMahon

Steve Ellison

Miles Rogers

Tim Boot

Development Manager, Cinema & Content Creation Markets; and Tim Boot has been tapped as Director of

President of Solutions and Strategy, McMahon bridged the engineering and marketing sides

multi-channel panning and Constellation active acoustics. Miles Rogers worked for Avid

burgeoning worlds of gaming, virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR). Tim Boot’s title of Director, Digital Product Experience will focus on all aspects of the user experience to assure consistency and smooth workflow, communicating customer feedback to R&D, software development and Meyer Sound’s own education program. “With these changes we’re putting people with extraordinary skills and experience into positions where they can make our products more accessible and easier to use,’’ summarizes McMahon.

PROLYTE LAUNCHES NEW DOUGHTY FIFTY CLAMP Prolyte has launched its first batch of the brand new “Fifty Clamp” at a Tradeshow held in Tokyo. This newly developed clamp made its way to Japan accompanied by Julian Chiverton, Sales Director of Doughty and is the larger brother of the highly successful “Twenty” clamp. Reportedly, the main difference

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between the two is that the Fifty clamp, as the name implies, has an SWL of 50Kg. Based on Doughty’s unique trigger system, the Fifty clamp offers similar features as the well-known quick trigger clamp, but is smaller in size, has lower selfweight and is more economically priced.


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RANE BROTHERS UPGRADES TO A MEYER SOUND LEOPARD/900-LFC SYSTEM Mumbai Based sound rental company Rane Brothers Sound System have recently made a substantial investment in a Meyer Sound LEOPARD line array with 900-LFC low frequency control elements. The purchase was handled through the Delhi based authorized distributors of Meyer Sound, Sun Infonet Pvt. Ltd. Specialists in classical concerts, Rane Brothers Sound System have been synonymous for providing pristene audio solutions for corporate events, televised shows and live concerts for the last 30 years, all across India Prashant Rane, Sound Engineer & Owner of Rane Brothers was looking to upgrade their line-array inventory and was in search for a high quality, powerful & scalable system that could cater to both their indoor and open-air events. Mr. Prashant said, “Due to the increase in demand for the latest equipment for classical shows, we were looking for a system that could deliver the best quality of sound, so that the listeners could enjoy listening to the singer along with the music created by the musicians through traditional acoustic instruments like, flute, Sitar, Sarod, Tabla, Mridangam, etc. We had listening tests of many different brands, no doubt each of them had their own unique

Rane Brothers deploys their new LEOPARD system for a corporate classical-fusion concert by Santoor maestro Rahul Sharma

features, but finally, we chose to invest in Meyer Sound” “The major reasons behind choosing

classical-fusion concert by Santoor maestro Rahul Sharma & his band in Mumbai, which was attended by around 1000 Indian and International

sound quality in terms of clarity and intelligibility play a major role and I believe that only Meyer Sound can deliver.”

Meyer Sound is their reliability, easy to use technology and the linear sound they deliver. An added benefit is the global reputation that the Meyer Sound brand commands and after adding this system to our inventory, I am more confident that we will be able to exceed the expectations of our customers” Rane Brothers first deployed their new LEOPARD system for a corporate

delegates. Prashant was very impressed with the system’s “Native Mode” where no external processing is required thereby saving setup time along with the wide coverage of the LEOPARD system. Rane Brothers have many classical shows lined up for the coming weeks and they have already planned to deploy their Meyer Sound system in every show. “In classical concerts,

Neeraj Chandra, Director of Sun Infonet comments, “Our decision to partner with Rane Brothers for their LEOPARD system purchase has been very beneficial. Deploying systems with the high fidelity that Meyer Sound delivers will definitely help them to deliver the best experience for such concerts, which are known for their unique music and sound.”

PROTOS, NEW LOAD MONITORING SYSTEM COMPANY This year of July saw the birth of a new company specializing in load and force monitoring systems for the entertainment industry. The Dutch based company called PROTOS, meaning ‘first’ or freely interpreted ‘the best’ in ancient Greek is off to a powerful start due to their stateof-the-art equipment, service and competitive pricing policy. “The entertainment industry is constantly and quickly developing to keep up with the latest developments. While the audience’s hunger for state-of-the-art shows keeps growing. Concerts, plays and shows are constantly evolving, and it seems like each iteration has to be more spectacular than the last.” says Jasper van der Sluis, director and co-owner of PROTOS, along with his

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brother Cor van der Sluis. “Through our work with Prolyte and Doughty Asia Pacific and Prolyte Doughty Japan we have noticed a strongly growing demand for force measuring equipment on a global scale. A demand for a system that is easy to set up, understand and above all, a system that ensures a safe working environment.” PROTOS was

founded to cater to these needs. Because of the unique features of the force monitoring systems, in conjunction with the global service they offer, the newly established company has already acquired partners in various countries around the world such as Holland, China, Canada, Australia, India and counting. Being able to measure the load lifting is essential to be able to provide


safe working conditions. To protect people and expensive equipment, not only for temporary structures but also arenas and other venues that host shows on a regular basis. For this reason, PROTOS offers both wireless and wired force measuring solutions. The brothers went on to explain that the system is incredibly easy to set up and maintain and that further product development is a major focus for the company. “We are still expanding the load measuring system by adding functionality based on feedback from the industry. We’re currently working on a cloud service that, among other things, will make it possible to send (overload) messages remotely to any device connected to the cloud, mobile or otherwise.” added Cor van der Sluis.

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WAVES ANNOUNCES EMOTION LV1 LIVE MIXER V10 UPDATES AND NEW FEATURES Waves Audio has announced eMotion LV1 Live Mixer V10 updates and new features. This revolutionary digital mixing console for frontof-house, monitor and broadcast engineers has now been updated to V10 with new exciting features, including I/O sharing with separate

I/O sharing, allowing FOH and monitor engineers to share stageboxes between two eMotion LV1 mixers. According to Waves Audio, “To complement this feature, V10 also introduces both shared and separate gain control modes, enabling engineers to set their

gain control for each engineer and shared pre-amp control with automatic individual gain compensation. The eMotion LV1 V10 adds performance and stability improvements, and it now supports

nominal input levels safely and conveniently, without affecting each other. This means you can get your sources from the stage to multiple destinations at the same time, with separate gain control for each engineer and without having to split

the signal with dedicated gear.” The mixer’s channel strip – its standard EQ, filters and dynamics processing – is provided by Waves eMo plugins: eMo D5 Dynamics, eMo F2 Filter and eMo Q4 Equalizer, designed for maximum clarity and efficiency in a live environment. The LV1 also integrates smoothly with the Dugan Speech and Dugan Automixer plugins (purchased separately), which are easily accessible from each LV1 channel. Users can control eMotion LV1 using industry-standard hardware controllers, multi-touch screens and diverse portable devices, from four touchscreens to a single laptop or tablet. Whichever device you are using, the LV1 has the same intuitive workflow, with a user interface built for flexibility and speed. eMotion LV1 uses the Waves SoundGrid infrastructure for audio networking. It can be configured as a portable or stationary setup and can connect to any SoundGridcompatible I/O or server. This means users can easily carry the mixer and

run it anytime, anywhere. Waves LV1 V10 features: • 64 stereo/mono input channels, 36 buss/return channels • Run 8 SoundGrid-compatible plugins directly on each channel • Channel strip processing provided by Waves eMo plugins • 16 auxes (stereo/mono), 8 audio groups, L/R/C/Mono, 8 matrixes (stereo/mono) • 16 DCA faders, 8 mute groups, 8 user-assignable shortcut keys • DCA spill – populate layers with DCA-linked channels • 32-bit floating point mix engine; up to 96 kHz sample rate • Compatible with industry-standard control surfaces • Integrates smoothly with the Dugan Speech automixer plugin • Connects to diverse SoundGrid I/Os & drivers and to multiple DAWs • FOH and monitor engineers can share the same stagebox between two LV1 mixers • Windows/Mac 64 bit-compatible

PK INTRODUCES TRINITY 10 - MEMBER OF ROBOTIC LOUDSPEAKER FAMILY PK Sound has released Trinity 10 — the first mid-size, threedimensionally controlled sound system of its kind. Reportedly, Trinity 10 features the identical voicing as the fullsize Trinity module. Like the larger version, the Trinity 10 is configured remotely, providing advanced users with a completely new set of tools and unparalleled control over the vertical and horizontal polar directivity of the entire array, while bringing world class sound field control to mid-size class line arrays.

providing exceptional output. “Trinity 10 is the next evolution in robotic line array technology and provides unparalleled sound field control in a mid-size solution,” said Jeremy Bridge, President and CEO of PK Sound. “By giving users the ability to sculpt the sound field in all three dimensions, precision and accuracy previously unobtainable can now be achieved. This vastly increases both traditional and creative applications for both artists and engineers.”

In addition, Trinity 10 is powered by a 3000 W Class D amplifier to maximize headroom while maintaining crystal clear audio and

Voiced the same as the larger Trinity module, the Trinity 10 uses the same high and mid frequency components and waveguide design,

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ensuring seamless integration when both models are used together. Each Trinity 10 module features a Coherent Midrange Integrator (CMI) to combine mid high range frequencies, as well as precisely spaced low frequency apertures for smooth and controlled directivity. The CMI waveguide is variably adjustable from 50 to 120 degrees, both symmetrically and asymmetrically, giving engineers the ability to focus the sound field and increasing the loudspeakers’ long throw capabilities by increasing its sensitivity. Trinity 10 is equipped with dual bandpass loaded, 10-inch transducers to provide greater accuracy and output than traditional front-loaded designs, plus two 6.5-inch midrange transducers coupled to a CMI waveguide through phase plugs specifically designed to increase sensitivity and ensure seamless integration with high frequencies. Trinity 10 also features a dual driver high frequency compression device coupled directly to an integrated planar waveguide, dramatically reducing the overall length and


internal diffraction and significantly reducing distortion across the entire high frequency band. Remote Control in Three Dimensions Trinity 10 also uses Auto-Align, a unique rigging system that is remotely adjustable from 0 degrees to 12 degrees in 0.1-degree increments. Auto-Align removes the need for cumbersome rigging links, significantly reducing setup time and increasing safety. To further reduce setup time, the Trinity 10 system stacks efficiently on carts four or six high with a fly bar that remains attached during transport. In addition to vertical directivity, Trinity 10 provides 25 individual horizontal directivity options that can be arranged in any order in the array and fine-tuned on the fly, giving users the flexibility to change the directivity of the system to suit any number of audience configurations in a multitude of different venues. “Trinity 10’s patented technology

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EAW PROMOTES JIM NEWHOUSE Eastern Acoustic Works (EAW) is proud to announce the promotion of Jim Newhouse to Vice President of Global Sales. Jim has served the company as North American Sales Director since 2015. Before joining EAW, he worked as a Regional Sales Manager at Bose Corporation and owned and operated AV systems integration firm Clear Signal. As EAW North American Sales Director, Newhouse established a strong direct sales team, dramatically increased

installation market revenue, and initiated a highly successful dealer incentive programme. “The key to winning is building a great team, person by person, and key to any successful team is an extraordinary leader,” commented EAW president T.J. Smith. “Jim has repeatedly demonstrated his ability not only to create relationships and sell but to rally the best out of those around him. I am pleased to welcome Jim to the executive leadership team at EAW.”

“When given the opportunity to build and lead the EAW North American sales team, I was determined to surround myself with the strongest team,” declared Jim. “Our North American sales team understands our customers’ needs and continually rises to the occasion. We all continue to grow together; iron sharpens iron. Our goal is to make sure that our international customers and team are as tightly connected as our North American team.”

Jim Newhouse, Vice President , EAW

STUDIOMASTER PROFESSIONAL INTRODUCES ELAN SERIES LOUDSPEAKERS Studiomaster Professional has launched its new Elan series of loudspeakers. The series is a range of multi-purpose professional passive loudspeakers sporting two models currently; the Elan 155 and

with a high-excursion 18” woofer with a 4” voice coil to deliver 800 (RMS) / 1600 (Peak) power output with a sensitivity of 98 dB and a max SPL of 126.5 dB. Interestingly, the Elan 181 is capable of delivering a frequency

sonic performance. Input and output (linking) connectivity are provided via professional-grade dual Speakon and ¼” jack connectors. Keeping in mind the tough Indian user environment, the speakers are housed in robust

Elan 181. The speakers incorporate custom-engineered drivers to cover the whole audio spectrum with high efficiency, fidelity, and power. The Elan 155 is a 2-way full range speaker system that features dual 15” woofers with a 3” voice coil and a 1” exit HF driver with 1.75” voice coil. Together, this combination delivers a power output of 950W (RMS) / 1900W (Peak), a frequency response of 40-20000 (Hz), a sensitivity of 98.1 dB, and a max SPL of 126 dB. The loudspeaker is acousticallyoptimized with a HF horn and bass ports for clarity, punch, and a wide dispersion area. The Elan 155 also features an overload circuitry that ensures optimal HF driver protection. The other speaker system in the new series is the Elan 181 - a powerful subwoofer for lowfrequency reproduction. It packs

response between 39-150 Hz. The Elan 155 loudspeakers are also integrated with a passive crossover network assembled from high-tolerance components for the highest audio efficiency, fidelity, and

internally-braced cabinets with an abuse-resistant paint finish built for the road. Additionally, heavy-gauge perforated metal speaker grilles protect the drivers from external damages and the ergonomicallydesigned heavy-duty carry handles ensure easy transportation. The high power and efficient Elan series loudspeaker systems are specially designed for touring and fixed installations in auditoriums, clubs, houses of worship, and other similar applications. Both the models are readily available at authorised Studiomaster Professional dealers across India, be sure to check them out.

PK INTRODUCES TRINITY 10... provides engineers with a new set of sound field control tools to overcome the challenges they face on a daily basis without compromising acoustic integrity,” Bridge added. “Trinity 10 combined with Kontrol loudspeaker

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management software lets engineers instantly adjust every aspect of the sound field remotely without the need for drastic DSP.” Each Trinity 10 module also includes local control functions, giving users access to key loudspeaker

functionality and providing additional setup flexibility. Trinity 10 modules also feature a weatherproof amplifier plate and interconnects to ensure consistent performance in demanding outdoor conditions.


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ALCONS AUDIO SHIPPING THE LR18B LINE-ARRAY BASS Following early previews this year, Alcons Audio is now shipping the LR18B. The LR18B is the dedicated low-frequency extension to the LR18 compact mid-sized pro-ribbon line-array system. It can also be combined with any other Alcons pro-ribbon system, as subwoofer in both permanent and portable applications. The LR18B is designed for optimal deployment flexibility, as it can be used as single subwoofer or in multiples; as end-fire or cardioid array; together with LR18

or in separate sub-only arrays. All functionality is possible in stacked or flown configurations. For full system performance, the LR18B is to be driven and controlled by the ALC Sentinel amplified loudspeaker controller; driven by the ALC, the LR18B delivers full operation flexibility, maximum sound quality, and output power with long-term operation reliability. The signal integrity sensing prewiring ensures complete cable/ connector compensation between the LR18B and ALC, significantly increasing response accuracy and

reducing both linear and non-linear distortion to an absolute minimum, regardless of cable length and system impedance. Philip “Dr. Phil” de Haan, head of Alcons R&D: “With LR18B we are continuing our philosophy of bringing advanced transducer technology in our designs. The 18” is a newgeneration transducer, fitted with a large, dual- 4.5” voice-coil neodymium motor. This enables a significantlyextended excursion, thus SPL output, while maintaining a high sensitivity.” De Haan continues: “Specific attention in this design has been

paid to obtain lowest possible distortion. In combination with the SIS sensing circuit onboard the Sentinel, this combination of advanced technologies is a perfect match with our proribbon mid-high systems.”

NEXT-PROAUDIO INTRODUCES AUDIO TOOL SOFTWARE Audio Tool is the new free software developed by NEXT-proaudio with the goal to help end-users when configuring their systems (Speakers + Amplifiers). Reportedly, this exclusive and unique tool includes a database with all the passive speakers from NEXT-proaudio range as well as the available digital and analog amplifiers, M Series, MA Series and Powersoft X Series. The amplifier’s and speaker’s databases include several important

parameters, from each speaker and amplifier model, that grant the software the ability to calculate the optimum configuration. With Audio Tool the user can, automatically, get the best combination between speakers and amplifiers in order to get the best perfomance from both devices. Basically, the user inputs which speaker model and how many units per amplifier channel and the software sets the recommended

amplifier, according to the selected amplifier mode and technology (Stereo/Bridge and Analog/Digital). Besides that, Audio Tool, is also capable of automatically calculate the proper limiter settings such as Threshold, Attack and Release Times regarding the whole system settings. On the past, this task was very time consuming and at the end it wasn´t very effective because a lot of variables are on the play and most of the times the end-user is not able

to do such complex calculations. There is also a manual mode that allows the user to select which models, of speaker and amplifier, is using and get the convenient limiters and see the system’s performance through two very intuitive color gauges.

L-ACOUSTICS ACQUIRES HGP & SISTER BRAND, API L-Acoustics has announced the acquisition of HGP and its sister entity API, specialized in powder coating, by L-Acoustics. “This operation represents a new and extremely positive step in augmenting our R&D and production capabilities,” explains Hervé Guillaume, Managing Director of L-Acoustics. “This alliance will allow us to improve our technical skill set and market intelligence regarding precision sheet metal, a

vital technology in our professional audio solutions. HGP’s expertise and savoir-faire are highly complementary to our own, enabling us to better comprehend the constraints and specificities of the trade at every stage, from conception to production.” For Bertrand Bounoure, President and Commercial Director of HGP, “This constitutes a natural extension of a decade-long, successful supplier-client relationship between two growing companies with shared interests and

Hervé Guillaume, L-Acoustics with Bertrand Bounoure, HGP

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objectives. We are delighted to pool our resources and abilities.” Jérôme Dolou, Purchasing Director, L-Acoustics, one of the key contacts to regularly interface with HGP, adds, “Our interactions with HGP as a key supplier are win-win: quality,


dependability, logistical excellence, and above all, a highly nimble approach to rapid prototyping. All this brings serenity and comfort in the planning and production process. We’re thrilled to reinforce this dynamic collaboration.”

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D&B AUDIOTECHNIK TO LAUNCH SL-SERIES’ KSL SYSTEM German audio technology company d&b audiotechnik will launch their new addition to its familial line array, the SL-Series. Reportedly, the KSL System is the versatile, no compromise smaller sibling of its big sister GSL. It is designed for sound reinforcement needs of any genre, mobile or installed, from large scale arenas, stadiums, and festivals to medium scale applications such as clubs, theaters, houses of worship, and performing arts venues. The d&b SL-Series represents a significant evolution in the design and performance of line array systems. The ability to control the full frequency spectrum minimizes low-mid frequency masking in the reverberant field, allowing system engineers to reduce the overall SPL

level in the venue, greatly improving the system’s intelligibility and dramatically cleaning up the stage monitoring environment. When used in combination with the d&b NoizCalc software, engineers, event managers, and promoters can benefit from powerful noise emission modelling solutions for system configurations on outdoor events of any scale. Werner “Vier” Bayer from d&b product management: “The SL-Series is the latest step in d&b’s continuing obsession with directivity control, acoustical performance, and optimal workflow. The industry and the environment in which we operate is constantly evolving and this means our systems are meaningful only when they deliver value to our customers and their clients. Premium acoustical performance for the highest

quality listening experience is but one dimension. Workflow and a fully engineered system solution is another, but we are now in an era where the control of sound dispersion and the minimizing of noise is of critical value to the events and the venues we serve. The SL-Series is therefore bigger in more than one d&b audiotechnik versatile KSL-Series, smaller sibling of its big sister GSL dimension and we are delighted to be launching shape with our own instincts and the KSL System to the market.” knowledge. This is why we talk “As with all new developments about evolution not revolution, it’s essential we understand what it’s a continuous updating of technicians have in mind when ideas; each step builds on the they’re working,” adds Matthias last. KSL is our latest advance Christner, head of R&D acoustics on that journey and is warmly at d&b. “These challenges become welcomed into the family.” the vision, something that we can

SOLOTECH ACQUIRES UK-BASED SSE AUDIO GROUP Martin Tremblay, president and CEO of Groupe Solotech Inc. (“Solotech”), announced that Solotech has acquired SSE Audio Group (“SSE”), a British leader in audio services (“transaction”). According to the company, this is the most important transaction in Solotech’s history. With the addition of SSE Audio, Solotech becomes one of the world’s largest audiovisual and entertainment technology companies. The acquisition will generate growth opportunities and operational synergies, in addition to expanding the services available to current and future clients. “We are thrilled that SSE is joining the Solotech team, especially given their highly reputed expertise in

audio services. The transaction will enable us to definitively pursue our expansion strategy in the European market and consolidate our unique position as a global player offering full-service (360) sales, rentals and integration of audiovisual technologies,” said Mr. Tremblay. SSE Audio’s founder, John Penn, will continue to head the group in the UK and the established brands of SSE Audio, Capital Sound, Wigwam and Sigma Products will be maintained. “Our clients will continue to benefit from the excellent reputation of our brands, but over time they will also eventually have access to a broader service offering on both sides of the

Atlantic, as Solotech offers a complete range of Audio Visual and Entertainment Technology services,” added Mr. Penn. There are obvious synergies between the North American and European teams. “Solotech and SSE have worked together for years. We share a passion for innovation, quality and people. I’m convinced that our association will benefit our clients. We will provide them with a broader range of even better services,” said Mr. Tremblay. Solotech’s shareholders are proud to reinvest in the company to enable this transaction that contributes to the achievement of its strategic

DIGITRONS PROFESSIONAL AUDIO & SRV INFRATECH SOLUTIONS PVT. LTD, AUTHORIZED DISTRIBUTOR OF BETA THREE Beta Three Audio India Pvt. Ltd. has recently appointed Digitrons Professional Audio and SRV Infratech Solutions Pvt. Ltd. as their authorized distributors for two different states. Digitrons Professional Audio (Director Mr. Deepak Gupta) has been appointed to look after the rapidly growing Central India market mainly – Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, and Chhattisgarh regions.

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Digitrons will focus on building a stronger network of clients and partners and will enhance customer relationship by making it more transparent and direct. SRV Infratech Solutions Pvt. Ltd. has accepted the responsibility to strengthen Beta Three’s presence inside the states Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, and Haryana. In addition to it, Beta Three

has recently launched Veyron 10, a Compact Active Line array system, which combines the simplicity and practicality of aesthetics to deliver high-quality sound in a variety of indoor and outdoor environments. Reportedly, it can be assembled quickly into a complete sound reinforcement system. It is suitable for small and medium-sized performances, multifunctional halls, theaters, clubs, conference halls, and other applications.


objectives and its positioning as a global company. Pierre Boivin, chairman of Solotech’s board, believes this acquisition opens the door to significant potential growth for Solotech on a global scale. “The audiovisual industry offers excellent prospects for growth, which should increase by 4.3% per year to $53.4 billion US in 2022, compared to $43.1 billion US in 2017. Music tours should generate growth of 10% per year by 2022. This transaction will enable us to take full advantage of opportunities that open up to us,” he concluded.



EXTRAVAGANZAS Opportunities & Obstacles


ndia has come a long way since the last decade, when India did not have more than a handful of EDM festivals, with Sunburn being the pioneer. Cut to the present day and you see numerous multi-stage, multi-genre festivals. Most of the top EDM events in the country have unfailingly brought down some of the best international DJs like Martin Garrix, David Guetta, Hardwell, Tiesto and Dimitri Vegas. The success of EDM festivals like Sunburn, NH7 Weekender and others, has also boosted the rise in festivals of other genres like pop, folk, sufi, jazz, blues etc. In recent times, India has played host to some of the top international acts

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from across the globe. While over 45,000 music aficionados apparently filled up the DY Patil Stadium in Mumbai for the Justin Bieber Purpose World Tour, reportedly around 80,000 attended British band Coldplay’s show in Mumbai. From American rock band Incubus to progressive metal band Dream Theatre, American pop rock band One Republic and pop singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran India has hosted them all. Bryan Adams has toured the nation four times since 1994. A prominent EDM festival organizer was quoted in an interview as saying that beginning with a zero-ticketing revenue, his show had graduated to 60-70

% revenue from ticketing sales. However, are big stage shows really as economically viable, with organisers getting the required ROI or is it all wool over the eyes.

Counting Sponsors, not Tickets Though the Indian live sound industry has grown exponentially over the years, it has still not matured to the point where it can drive business and profits purely from ticket sales. Music festivals and concerts in the country are designed around the sponsorship model as opposed to its western counterparts where gate money is the main source of revenue.


For most music festival organisers in India, 70% of the revenue comes via the sponsorship route and the balance 30% from ticket sales. “In India every show has to have some amount of sponsorship because of one reason - ticket prices in India are still not same as what they are abroad. In the western countries, people are used to paying anything upto USD 150 depending upon how big the act is. In India, our ticket prices start at Rs 2,000 or Rs 3,000, so there is no way to get a return on your investment purely from ticket sales. In the Indian context, there has to be a sponsorship model that can give you at least 60% of your cost. If you get 60%

It’s that time of the year again when event orgaisers and rental companies are busy prepping up stages across India for three days of heart pumping and feet stomping music. While the market for live music in India has grown exponentially in this last decade, there is yet much to be achieved. Though EDMs like Sunburn and VH1 Supersonic are a must attend annual pilgrimage of many from the young India brigade, these festival are nowhere close to their western counterparts like EDC and Coachella. Though India has hosted the biggest names in pop and rock, like Justin Bieber, ED Sheeran and Bryan Adams, many others are yet to experience the music mania in India. In this feature, PT explores opportunities and obstacles for organizing big ticket, big stage shows.

from some sponsors (and I am giving you a rule of thumb, it can differ from show to show) then the organizer has some hope that he can break even or even make some money. In India there is no concert that I know of which has made money if there are no sponsors, “says Neale Murray, Co-Founder & COO at Fountainhead MKTG - A Dentsu Aegis Network Company. However, he is quick to add that the scene for EDM music festivals maybe different from other genres. “The EDM market is very different and that can operate on a revenue model. In EDM, there is only one DJ and maybe a manager travelling with him. In the EDM model, I can image that the revenue model can sustain because inventories and other costs are not that high. Even

EDM performers are not as expensive as some of the international solo or band performers.”

Economies of scale Besides availability of dates, getting down an international act also depends on the artistes costs, as also their inclination to come down to India. For instance, David Guetta’s show in Bengaluru in early January last year was cancelled over security concerns. Is it right to say then that International artistes may actually demand more to perform in India due to aspects like Safety Concerns and air pollution, we ask. “Artistes will not charge us more because of security concerns, but they will demand that we should have more security measures in place. Yes, that does

maybe impact the show to a certain extent, but that is not the real impact per se. The main impact is because in India economies of scale does not factor in. In countries like the US, shows become cheaper for promoters because in one territory (the whole of North America is considered as one territory), the promoter can cover even 30 cities for the same act. So, just between United States and Canada itself, sometimes some of these big acts do only one show in these territories in a year. This is the main reason why many times an Indian show becomes a lot more expensive. The artistes come down to do only one show in Mumbai or sometimes include Delhi and/or Bangalore,” says Murray. “The artists have a fixed fee which is directly proportionate to their crowd pulling capabilities across the world. This does not change,” reinforces Cyrus Gorimar of Opium Events, the company that is credited to having brought down One Republic and Dream Theatre. “I am the only organiser in India dealing with big solo bands, who are the current A-listers. Hence it’s imperative for me to study the market well. When I decide on a content I do so firstly on the basis of Crowd Pulling capacity of the artiste and the respective CPC (cost per person to get them at the venue) and secondly on Sponsor Eyeball. A combination of these two puts me as an organizer, on a safe ground while also creating an experience for the audience as well as the band coming down,” he says.

Is it just Incidental Expenditure? Organisers have to foot the bill for everything under the sun - from artiste remuneration to, travel cost for the entire crew, transportation of backline instruments, excess baggage, five-star accommodation, food and drinks and local travel. “The riders which we receive for the international artists depends upon what they are already touring with. Most of the top international acts get everything down with them and travel with their gear for the entire tour. All we have to provide them is the PA system and the

power on stage; they get their own backline, instruments, microphones and consoles. Their own engineers and tech team are part of their regular entourage. But, it again depends from artist to artist and how particular they are about what they want,” says FOH engineer Farhad Daruwala. “That’s where the experience and importance of a good touring and rental company comes in as they need to provide their tech team with a PA system as per their specification. If they don’t travel with their own equipment it’s important for us to provide them with exactly what they want and match their tech rider to the best we can,” he adds.

Tickets for free Big Stage Live shows in India are not without their fair share of challenges, with the most deterring factor being low ticket prices (as compared to the west) but multiple taxes. Adding to the woes is disbursal of free passes. “Indian event organizers have to pay high taxes to remit the money. For instance if an artist is charging USD 100,000, we have to shell out an additional 35% more for withholding taxes, which the government charges us to remit those 100,000 dollars. Additionally, we have to give away complimentary tickets. Complimentary passes will always be given out, because sponsors demand them, but then at Orange Juice apart from the ones that we are obliged to give just to sponsors, we do not necessarily give out complimentary passes to the general market because we want people to come and buy tickets. In fact, we had once used a tagline, which read, “Complimentary kills Live Music”, because that’s what they do. The Indian mentality is such that people still want to try getting free tickets before they buy. However, I must tell you that a lot of the younger set of people, who I know, believes that if there is a good show then you should be buying a ticket. They don’t wait to get a complimentary. This is the buying mentality that we have to incarnate in India. This will change

In India there is no concert that I know of which has made money if there are no sponsors. However, the scene for EDM music festivals maybe different from other genres. Neale Murray, Co-Founder & COO at Fountainhead MKTG


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Live Stage events in India are now immersive events delivering a 360° experience. Pictured here is the Electric Daisy Carnival debut in India in 2016 at the Buddh International Circuit in Delhi NCR. Stage designs and technicals for the event were impressive as EDC India gave Indian EDM fans a flavourful Vegas experience with the stages, kineticFIELD, circuitGROUNDS and neonGARDEN – exhibiting spectacular designs and production value that would be at par with EDM festivals elsewhere in the world in time; this is not going to change overnight and the more shows that happen, the faster this will come to play.” informs Murray.

Big Stage, Bigger Challenges Bogged down with additional issues like peculiar rules and regulations, red tapism, lack of a systematic process for a single-window clearance, lack of great venues and logistical challenges, India has in the past been witness to numerous live shows getting cancelled abruptly. While Guetta’s show, was called off due to security concerns, stand-up comedian Jerry Seinfeld’s show was cancelled apparently due to issues like licensing and parking. The technicians and the production team have their own challenges. “Small problems like venue permission issues and delay in getting power can end up creating a backlog in the production schedule. But these issues are today far and few. If it’s a very big production, then they already have a very good event and production company taking care of the riders so these problems are foreseen and avoided. Another challenge and rather an important aspect is giving importance to safety norms for the crew. Making sure they have all the required protective safety harnesses, flash lights and proper rigging gear while on the job. It’s good to see many production and rental companies now giving priority to this too,” says Daruwalla.

“We very rarely get a layout of the venue, so console location is always a fighting point. Very often, we have to set it up on the side or at the very back in the corner. This is not an ideal position for the console to be in; it’s infact nowhere even close to the ideal position,” says Vijay Benegal, FOH for trio

is provided to us is never sufficient because the industry doesn’t know and appreciate how much equipment we have to put in to get the desired sound quality.” “If you consider the kind of investment that we have made to procure these equipment and compare it what

To get returns on investment, organisers have to book big-budget international artistes to draw in the audience. In turn, big names need great opening acts or headliners. However, does paucity of good opening acts, act as a deterrent and impact these big shows? With most of India being largely inclined

Shankar, Ehsaan and Loy’s concerts. “In terms of time and schedules, I would say 90 percent of the time the stage is not ready when we arrive for sound check. This is mainly because the

we are being paid, then it’s not even close to big enough,” says Sachit Subramanian of NJSM rentals. Organisers on the other hand, have a different story to tell. “The vendors

to Bollywood, most of these artistes (and even EDM shows) have to rely on Bollywood for their acts. “There is no paucity of BIG bands in India. Some of the names are still around and have opened for the biggest bands in the world. Indus Creed, Parikrama and BRAHMA are a few. The issue is with the extra monies that goes into the technical requirement for the bands. As I believe in no compromise for any artist, the monies on the rider for the opening band goes up too. In addition to this, the time required for the respective opening act set up, eats into the budgeted time for the main act. I have some things lined up for 2019 wherein these will change for the better,” says Gorimar.

The vendors in India like to milk the entertainment agencies when they get involved with International Bands, touring India. The artists are most of the time very open to discussion with regards to certain elements of the technicals not being available here. The only aspect they hate is SURPRISES. Cyrus Gorimar, Director, OPIUM Events India

Bright Side event organisers do not want to spend money. They compromise on all these technical issues while wanting things to look fantastic. They are not ready to spend Rs 10,000 more to get better equipment or better vendor,” he adds. Warren D‘souza of, one of India’s top rental companies echoes this sentiment. “The budget which

in India like to milk the entertainment agencies when they get involved with International Bands, touring India. The artists are most of the time very open to discussion with regards to certain elements of the technicals not being available here. The only aspect they hate is SURPRISES. Keep them updated and all sails through, says Gorimar.

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Though the live stage industry is plagued with overwhelming difficulties, many in the industry are optimistic of the future due to key factors, which include a majority of young population who are keyed-into music genres other than Bollywood, rising disposable income and easy availability of live stage equipment.


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IRAA 2019 ANNOUNCES APPOINTMENT OF MUJEEB DADARKAR AS AWARDS DIRECTOR Jury committee to be announced Indian Recording Arts Academy (IRAA) governing council consists of Anil Chopra, Founder & Director, PALM Expo and Founder & Executive Chairman, IRAA, Pramod Chandorkar - Founder & Director of Soundideaz Academy and Honorary Chairman of the IRAA Award Committee 2019 and Ramesh Chetwani, Exhibition Director, PALM Expo. Mujeeb Dadarkar, Sound Engineer and Co-founder Odble Consultants is appointed Award Director of IRAA Awards 2019. Mujeeb Dadarkar is a renowned recording engineer and technical consultant to the Audio/ Video industry since 1983. His experience in multiple fields such as Sound Engineering, Studio Design, Computer Hardware, Live Sound Engineering and Systems Integration as an independent consultant has made him a highly recognised name in the Industry. His role as a sound engineer has spanned numerous documentaries, advertising and feature film projects. In addition to the above, he has extensive Live sound experience for celebrated artistes like Ustad Zakir Hussein for whom Dadarkar has assisted as FOH engineer during concert tours like “Masters of Percussion” as well as several other concerts. As the IRAA Awards Director he will oversee the growth of Awards. His role would involve the translation of his vision into increased entries and selection of the best music and recording from studios across the country. His duties include evaluation and judging process, ensuring that all entries received are reviewed and judged fairly to ensure the awards are conducted in a scrupulous manner. Pramod Chandorkar, expressed “I am very happy Mujeeb accepted the post of award director of IRAA Awards. His seniority and vast experience in the field of sound will be very valuable for the whole IRAA team. This year we plan to take the awards to the next level as we expect to double the entries this year than the previous year. I thank the jury for agreeing to be with us again and help us sustain

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IRAA Awards Announces Mujeeb Dadarkar as the IRAA 2019 Director. L-R; Smita Rai, Project Head - Features & Marketing, PALM expo; Ramesh Chetwani, Exhibition Director, PALM Expo; Anil Chopra, Founder & Director, PALM Expo; Mujeeb Dadarkar, Sound Engineer & Co-Founder, Odble Consultants and Pramod Chandorkar, Director, Soundideaz & Honorary Chairman, IRAA Awards 2019 the mission.” The IRAA Awards which recognizes work of distinction and exceptional achievements in the field of Sound Recording has been critically acclaimed and recognised by Indian recording engineers aspiring for recognition in their technical art. In its 13th consecutive year IRAA will continue to applaud those who exhibit the courage and creativity to bring about a transformation in the world of sound recording. Anil Chopra, Chairman welcomed Mujeeb Dadarkar as Award Director, “IRAA gained tremendous reputation in past few years with a diligent and methodical selection of recordings for which we indeed need thank the jury headed by the Award Director. Mujeeb has been standing strong with IRAA as jury member since long. I am confident as Award Director Mujeeb will go the green mile in building participation by the entire recording fraternity across the country. IRAA endeavors to bring together on stage in 2019 the creative artistes as well, to applaud the art of recording that creates chart busting music in India”. Aditya Modi, Vice chairperson of Audio Engineering Society India,

Member of CEDIA and IRAA Awards Director 2018, conveyed his best wishes to Mujeeb Dadarkar and said, “I would like to graciously transfer over the post of Director of IRAA for the year 2019, to my dear friend and extraordinary acoustician, sound engineer & Human Being - Mujeeb Dadarkar. I thoroughly enjoyed this post last year & it was a landmark year for IRAA as we shared the dias with Mr. AR Rahman himself & our chief guest & award winner. All the best Mujeeb! May you take IRAA to

the next level.” Commenting on his appointment as IRAA Awards Director 2019, Mujeeb Dadarkar said, “IRAA awards have always been special to audio professionals because of the opportunity to connect with and be recognized by their peers. I am happy to be appointed as Awards Director for 2019 and would like to reiterate the jury’s commitment to honour and encourage excellence in the field.”

Nominate now and send in your entries for the 2019 awards, log on to and be among the first to nominate and be recognised by the jury. Avoid any delays as the entries have already started coming in on the IRAA website. The sound recording fraternity can send in nominations for soundtracks and albums released between 1st January and 31st December 2018. The winners will be announced at the IRAA award ceremony which will take place at the Bombay Exhibition Centre, Goregaon, Mumbai on 1st June, 2019, 4 pm onwards. Smita Rai, Project Head – Features & Marketing, PALM Expo 2019, is managing the coordination of IRAA 2019 between the Chairman, Director and jury and overseeing the entry and nomination process and production of the award ceremony.

For more information, please contact: Smita Rai at or 9820943398


Audio & Music Production

MACKIE INTRODUCES MC SERIES HEADPHONES Mackie has announced the launch of its all-new MC Series Professional Headphones. Building on the success of the MP Series In-Ear Monitors, this new series offer high-quality and affordable solutions for studio monitoring. The MC Series includes two models – the MC-150 and MC250 – both with large 50mm transducers that deliver the clarity and accuracy Mackie is known

for in stunning, closed-back designs tuned for studio monitoring, mixing, and personal listening. The MC-150 is the perfect entry into professional headphones providing the audio fidelity and punchy bass response of much more expensive headphones. The MC-250 is reportedly tuned for exceptional accuracy and detail making them great for mixing and critical listening. Both models have ultra-soft ear pads and headbands,

detachable cables, and come with a carry bag. “Mackie has been providing highperformance studio gear for working musicians for decades,” remarks Mackie Product Manager, Matt Herrin. “And we are excited to bring that quality and

value to another essential piece of gear for studios for the first time.”

STEINBERG RELEASES CUBASE 10 Steinberg has unveiled the latest version of its award-winning DAW: Cubase 10. It brings all the technological advancements to the table, the German expertise of which has been accumulated over three decades of extraordinary contributions to the industry. Cubase Artist 10 is a slimmer edition, offering the same core technologies as Cubase Pro alongside many dedicated production tools. “This version is a milestone in the innovational history of Cubase. With nearly 30 years to look back on, Cubase Pro 10 encompasses everything required from a DAW — no matter who you are, no matter what your background, no matter what your musical experience,” comments Matthias Quellmann, senior marketing manager for Cubase. New Features at A Glance • VariAudio 3: Ultimate control of the audio, with more creative tools and Smart Controls to speed workflow.

• MixConsole Snapshots: Instantly recall different project mixes and settings to quickly compare mixes and add mix notes. • Audio Alignment: Stack and match recordings quickly, easily synchronizing them to a reference track. • New channel strip: Redesigned Channel Strip offers better metering and functionality. • 32-bit integer and 64-bit audio continues the Cubase audio engine’s commitment to ultimate, no-compromise quality. • Easy side-chaining: Quickly and easily set up side-chaining to make space in mixes or create distinctive effects. • Groove Agent SE 5 brings a new user interface and many improvements to the best drum production tool. • 5 GB of high-quality sounds and loops from six highly acclaimed producers. • AAF support allows to exchange multimedia data with all the most commonly used applications.

• Distroyer adds everything from subtle analog warmth to searing heat for mixes and individual instruments. • Vintage Verbs for REVerence: Better management, smoother workflow and 20 new impulse responses. • Latency Monitor allows the users to quickly and easily know exactly where and how much latency is occurring. • Full support for high-resolution displays under current macOS • Effects in the Media Rack: Radical improvement of plug-ins workflow,

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with drag and drop functionality and improved display. MPE support: Easy and convenient setup of MPE controllers. Improved editing to picture for video soundtrack production. Steinberg Virtual Reality: VR production suite adds a suite of professional yet intuitive virtual reality audio production tools. ARA support: Forthcoming support for extended communications between ARA plug-ins and Cubase. Cubase 10 is packed with a wide range of usability, performance and quality improvements.

ACUSTICA AUDIO RELEASES TAUPE PLUG-IN Acustica has announced the release of Taupe: the newest AU/VST/ AAX plugin suite based on Core13 technology. According to the company, this is the only engine capable of fully capturing the variable dynamic response of real analog tape

sound of 21 meticulously sampled machines from the late 50s up to the early 90s. The EQ section of 3 iconic American consoles from the 70s and 80s and 2 switchable compressors, all available as standalone modules too. Different from the dry/wet knob

tonal characteristics of the machine’s circuitry with or without the tape component, for enhanced creative effects. Just like its analogue counterparts, Taupe responds to input level variations, offering subtle through

machines, from the preamp section to the sought-after tape compression and harmonic saturation effect derived from driving the input stage. Taupe allow the user to access the

found on most plugins, this plugin allow users to adjust the desired amount of ‘tape coloration’ - from 0 (preamp input signal) to 100% (tape signal) effectively blending the

to more obvious levels of tape compression and harmonic saturation when driving the input stage hot. Helpfully, there’s also an ‘ECONO’ function which disables

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the compression component of the tape, saving CPU resources for other effects.

Audio & Music Production

API UNVEILS 2448 RECORDING AND MIXING CONSOLE API has announced the debut of its new 2448 Recording and Mixing Console. Bridging the gap between the company’s highly successful 1608 and AXS consoles, this new 2448 responds to the industry’s requirement for a smaller, compact dual-signal path analog recording console. The 2448 offers 24 fully featured channels for multitrack recording and 56 channels for mixing, providing audio professionals the advantages of a large format console in a more compact and

affordable package. The console is available in 24, 32 and 40 channel frame sizes, and offers a powerful and impressive feature set including dual inputs on each channel, four stereo returns and optionally, API’s new cross-platform Final TouchTM fader automation system. “Like every API product, the new 2448 was carefully designed with the user in mind,” said API President and Owner Larry Droppa. “Given the hundreds of consoles we’ve sold over the past few years, I have every confidence that the 2448 will meet

and exceed the very high standards of excellence and performance that the audio community expects of API.” Built to the same exacting standards as the Vision, Legacy AXS, 1608, 1608-II, and The BOX consoles, the 2448 expands API’s powerful line of world-class analog recording consoles

and continues API’s nearly 50-year legacy of combining functionality and reliability with the unmistakable warmth of the API sound.

AVANTONE PRO LAUNCHES CLA-200 STUDIO REFERENCE AMPLIFIER Avantone Pro has announced the availability of its complimentary Class A/B CLA-200 studio reference amplifier. Avantone Pro’s CLA-200 studio reference amplifier is a dynamic,

Company states. The CLA-200 is designed to be used in a studio environment requiring high-power output with no fan noise. It offers a quoted 20Hz-20kHz +/- 0.5dB frequency

distortion; >94dB signal-to-noise ratio; 20KΩ (balanced) and 10kΩ (unbalanced) input impedance; 28V/ us slew rate (at 1KHz); 0.775V (0dBU) input sensitivity (1KHz); <0.1% total harmonic distortion (1KHz); <0.1%

4Ω stereo power (1KHz); and 500W 8Ω bridge power (1KHz). Chris Lord-Alge, said, “I have mixed 20,000 songs on my classic studio monitors and they have become my companions and part of what I

high-resolution, full-range system built the old school way. “Working with Grammy Award-winning mix engineer Chris Lord-Alge — whose signature is boldly blazoned across the CLA200’s no-nonsense front panel, particular care was taken to create an amplifier in the traditional studio style, with generous VU meters, Japanese components, and a toroidal transformer linear power supply.”

response; 200W at 8 ohms, 300W at 4 ohms, or 500W bridged into 8 ohms output power; <0.05%

intermodulation distortion (at 10% rated power 1KHz); -70dB crosstalk; 200W 8Ω stereo power (1KHz); 300W

do. They are truly the sound of hits. Every good pair of monitors needs a powerhouse of an amplifier to give you clear results. So now, thanks to Avantone Pro and the ears of CLA, we’re making available for the first time the return of a classicallydesigned amplifier for your studio. No longer do you need to take a chance on something used, old, and unreliable — the CLA-200 is here.”

CHANDLER LIMITED ADDS TG MICROPHONE TO ITS INVENTION BHR20 Chandler Limited has come with its new TG Microphone to their esteemed Abbey Road Studios historic series lineup.

‘Tape Equalizer’ facility, re-purposed from historic EMI TG12410 transfer (mastering) consoles and reengineered for microphone duties.

microphone. The result is a greater extension of the TG Microphone’s unique capability to adapt to the source at hand.

The company states, “Conceived by Chandler Limited Founder and Chief Designer, Wade Goeke, the TG Microphone — following the mold of the REDD Microphone — is unique in design, functionality and sound; true to form, the TG Microphone isn’t a clone of any other microphone.” The TG Microphone is a solidstate, large diaphragm condenser microphone, featuring — as the name implies — the legendary TG sound, a ‘Dual Tone’ voicing system and on-board NAB/IEC

While TG Microphone’s historic TG color comes from its incorporation of three TG amplifiers, its ‘larger than solid-state’ sonics are enabled by its reliance on a dedicated power supply rather than traditional 48V phantom power. Other features include switchable Low-Cut filter (90 Hz or 50 Hz,) and 10 dB PAD. The Low-Cut filter—In addition to its traditional purpose, is intended to act as an additional modifier to the tape equalizer’s settings, thus allowing for more sounds available from the

Mirek Stiles, Head of Products, Abbey Road Studios, comments, “I love the sound of this microphone. The hyped tape EQ curves Wade has added really take it to another level. At Abbey Road we compared the TG microphone with some tried and trusted microphone models on all sort of instruments and the TG mic seemed to always come out on top. With so many sound sculpting options I think this microphone offers incredible value, it’s so unique and fun to use. It won’t disappoint.”

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Audio & Music Production

EDIFIER APPOINTS DV TECHNOLOGIES AS OFFICIAL DISTRIBUTOR Edifier International Limited, manufacturer of audio solutions for professional audio and entertainment has named Mumbai-based DV Technologies as official distributor for the Indian market. Established in May 1996 Edifier is the brainchild of a small group of enterprising music lovers. Guided by the principle

“a passion for sound”, Edifier has emerged as a world-class designer and manufacturer of award-winning audio systems. Today, Edifier is focused on developing speakers for the next

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generation of Indian customers who are technologically savvy, upwardly mobile and keen to enjoy music with a discerning ear. DV Technologies is led by Tanzeem Shaikh, Director and Vineet Thakur, the CEO who are ready to take Edifier to the next level in India. Tanzeem Shaikh of DV Technologies believes that they have managed to carve out the right distribution strategy for Edifier. “Edifier provides not just good quality audio for listeners and consumers but also durability and value-for-money. We have received great consumer reviews so far - both through online and offline sales. Our mission is to reach the masses in Tier 1 and Tier 2 cities and make Edifier easily available to them. Consumer perception of the brand is high, and we have products to suit all lifestyles and needs.”

Arale Leung, Head of Business Development, Edifier International Limited says, “India is a special market for Edifier. We have some of our most passionate customers here who love our older products like the DA5000 or the X series. Those were some of our signature products just for India and we are in good hands working with DV Technologies to continue to grow our presence here. We never left India as a brand, but it is only within the last two years that we’ve taken measured steps to strategically cultivate our presence, grow our fanbase and release products suited for today’s sophisticated Indian audience.” R1280DB 2.0 & R1280T 2.0 Speaker, R1700BT Bluetooth Bookshelf Active Speaker, R1850DB Active Bookshelf Speakers etc. are now available with DV Tecnologies Indian distributor.

Indian rhythms, pitch bender and more expensive features. Reportedly, PA-51X is an apt model for kids who want to explore their hands-on keyboards. For teachers

and parents, it is a blessing as without having to spend much PA51X offers Touch Response, Pitch Bender, 6 Memory Banks, and MP3 player.

TRINITY INTRODUCES PA-51X KEYBOARD Trinity Music are the manufacturers and suppliers of four prime categories of the musical instrument including Keyboards, Guitars, Pianos, and Digital Drums to more than 400 retail partners across India and abroad has introduced its new PA-51X Keyboard. Keeping in sync with the overwhelming response from the market and legacy which PA-49X

has received two years ago, new PA-51X Electronic Keyboard carry all the features which includes easy operation, affordability & value for money, Indian tones and rhythms all within MPR 4890. Trinity PA-51X also has a USB pen drive connectivity, mp3 player, touch screen response, 2 teaching functions, 30 demo songs, 146 tones including 9 Indian tones, 51 percussions, 135 rhythms with 7

UNIVERSAL AUDIO RELEASES LEXICON 480L DIGITAL REVERB AND EFFECTS PLUG-IN Universal Audio has released Lexicon 480L Digital Reverb and Effects plug-in. Now available exclusively for UAD hardware and UA Audio Interfaces, the Lexicon 480L Digital Reverb and Effects Plug-In is the world’s only Lexicon-endorsed emulation of this classic studio reverb — expertly capturing its unique, infinitely moldable ambience and modulation splendor. Released in 1986, the Lexicon 480L Digital Effects System and its iconic fader-driven remote control are recognized the world over, residing at the center of famous studio consoles for more than 30

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years. The 480L’s spacious reverb and vivid effects textures are a coveted sonic benchmark, helping to shape thousands of chart-topping tracks to this day. In addition to Lexicon’s prized reverbs, the Lexicon 480L’s random time-varying “Effects” algorithm - available for the first time ever provides dramatic reverse, doubling, tremolo and chorus sounds. Combined with its unique four-voice Twin Delay algorithm, the Effects algorithm turns the 480L into a versatile multi-effects system with unending creative potential.

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Lexicon, featuring their pinnacle achievement algorithm designs Provides the essential sound and control set of the legendary Lexicon hardware Enduring Lexicon reverb and effects derived from final software version 4.10 including Plate, Hall, Room, Random, Ambience, Twin Delays and Effects algorithms UAD plug-in recreates iconic desktop “LARC” remote with logical workflow improvements Includes over 100 artist presets from Spike Stent, Chuck Zwicky, Eli Janney, Ian Boxill, Jacknife Lee, and more

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BLUE CASSETTE STUDIO INVESTS IN AWS 924 DELTA DESK Blue Cassette Sound Recording Studio in Thane, north of Mumbai has invested in an SSL AWS 924 Delta desk. The purchase was handled by Sound Team Mumbai based audio consultancy, specializes in turnkey solutions, from studio design, project management, equipment selection & supply, installation & training. Blue Cassette was started on 19th August 2018 Singer/Songwriter Jimmy Joy in collaboration with Munro Acoustics and inaugurated by Ustad Ghulam Mustafa Khan and Salim Merchant. The studio was built with a vision to encourage musicians/artists to team up and work together as one. Bestowing advance technologies in sound, Blue Cassette Sound helps musicians / artists to achieve the best in this music boutique. It has a Back Room, Blue Room, Orange Room, Yellow Room, and Red Room. While elaborating about the choice of the SSL AWS924 console Jimmy Joy, Owner of the studio says, “I choose SSL AWS924 because of its smooth workflow, the flexibility to switch between Analog and DAW controller all in one desk with the G series EQs, Dynamics and the Compressor. I have always been a big fan of SSL

Blue Cassette Sound Recording Studio, Thane

Eqs from the time we used it for one of our recordings at LuminousSound, Texas.” The Studio also equipped with other inventories like, “The central control room has been installed with an SSL AWS 924 delta desk Antelope Goliath HD I/O and ATC monitoring

(ATC SCM110ASL Pro) and PMC Monitoring (TwoTwo5) and lots of outboard equipment SSL Xrack, RND Portico ii, RND 511, 517, 551& 543, Chandler TG2500, Little Devil EQ and Compressor, API 512C, 529 Shadow Hills Mono Gama, Dual Vandergraph, Elysia xpressor, Bettermaker

EQBettermaker EQ 232P MKII, Tegeler audio Schwerkraftmaschine, thermionic culture earlybird, thermionic culture vulture, Manley Slam, Bricasti M7, Apollo satellite Octo Custom. along with HearBack Octo Personal Monitoring system.” says Jimmy Joy.


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Audio & Music Production

ABLETON RELEASES PROBABILITY PACK FOR LIVE 10 SUITE Ableton has released Probability Pack which is a set of five innovative step sequencers and idea generators that add controlled randomization to any composition and performance process.

“Each sequencer has a unique way of introducing subtle or extreme randomization to patterns for unpredictable outcomes. They are great for generating new ideas, creating variations of existing patterns

and setting up unpredictable, everevolving musical textures on stage or in the studio.” Says Ableton. Probability Pack also comes with custom presets designed by Sonic Faction to show off the expressiveness of each device. Probability Pack includes: • Melodic Probability – A monophonic step sequencer made for melodies. Set the probability of the event, pitch and octave of each step. • Rhythmic Probability – A polyphonic sequencer made for rhythms. Set the probability of the velocity, length and event of each step. • Probability Arp – An arpeggiator with a built-in chord generator. Set the probability for rate, note

direction (style), length and octave. • Step Divider – A polyphonic sequencer where each step can be divided into any number of smaller subdivisions for glitchy and chaotic results. • Dr. Chaos – A neural network that strings together notes and generates melodies in unpredictable ways. • New Sounds – Over 60 Ableton synth presets, Instrument Racks and settings specifically designed for the sequencers are also included in Probability Pack. Probability Pack was created by Sonic Faction – a collective of musicians, designers, programmers and tech-heads creating virtual instruments designed for the creative mind.

AKAI PROFESSIONAL ADDS BUILT-IN SOUNDS TO MIDI CONTROLLER WITH MPK MINI PLAY Akai Professional has announced the immediate availability of their all-new MPK Min portable MIDI controller. Reportedly, the ultraportable MPK Mini Play is based on the world’s most popular midi controller—Akai Professional’s MPK Mini—but now it comes packed with 128 sounds and its own built-in speaker. With 8 backlit MPC drum pads and a 4-way joystick for simple control, players have all they need to play their music anytime, anywhere.

Four knobs can be used to tweak sounds and edit multiple parameters in real-time, giving musicians even more performance possibilities. Powered by 3 “AA” batteries, the MPK Mini Play is built for hours of wireless fun. Amazing Connections MPK Mini Play can also connect to a computer via USB port for the same plug-and-play MIDI functionality as the classic MPK Mini controllers. If not to disturb others is a priority, players can

use the mini-audio output jack to connect headphones to the MPK Mini Play. When users want a bigger sound, simply connect to external speakers using the same output jack. Features/Specs - Built-in sound module with over 128 different sounds - 25 mini keys with arpeggiator - 4-way joystick - 8 red backlit drum pads (2 banks, 16 total) - 4 knobs edit sounds or send midi

NOVATION UNVEILS FLAGSHIP SL MKIII CONTROLLERS Novation has unveiled its new SL MKIII keyboard controllers. This new SL MKIII series can be an attractive option for producers whether they

screens give visual feedback on parameter changes. The 8-track sequencer really helps this stand out as a standalone product and opens

work completely in the box or have a studio crammed with expensive hardware. Reportedly, the 5 beautiful OLED

up lots of DAW less possibilities. The Chord and Scale modes are integrated with the RGB feedback allowing you to instantly see what

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keys are in the scale – there is also a snap mode which will automatically assign whatever key users press to the nearest in-scale note. “Coming in 49- and 61 key versions, the SL MkIII sports USB, MIDI in, out, and out 2/thru on five pin DIN, plus two CV/gate and Mod outputs, as well as three pedal inputs, and an analogue clock out for unequalled connectivity. The new controllers feature a built in Circuit style eight track polyphonic sequencer that can drive any output, and a semi weighted keybed with super fast scan rate for more expressive playing,” say Novation.


(2 banks, 8 total) - Battery powered using (3) AA batteries “We are extremely excited to introduce the MPK Mini Play,” said Dan Gill, Product Manager for Akai Professional. “The MPK Mini was a huge hit with musicians and now having all those sounds on-board with a built-in speaker, along with its go-anywhere portability, Play opens up new musical possibilities that people are going to love.”



Built in 1974, Our Lady of Lourdes Church with a motive to ensure the parishioners could hear the message clearly pulled AVL Install India Pvt. Ltd. to get a complete audio system upgrade with AUDIOFOCUS Line Array November - December 2018



ith the advent of the new millennium, Our Lady of Lourdes Church with the seating capacity of nearly 600plus has recently saw a complete renovation and nowembraces cutting-edge AUDIOFOCUS ARES 8A line array, MTSUB218MKII, Quest QM3 and QM4 monitors along with a Quest and Allen & Heath QU 32 digital mixer integrated by AVL Install India Pvt. Ltd. team in association with their Indian

with the monitors and a microphone for father.” Explained Taris, Technical Head, AVL Install India Pvt. Ltd.

Planning & Execution The project had many technical and other difficulties right from the start to the completion. “The client had approached us after knowing our experience in this industry, and after visiting the sites installed by us.” Says, Taris, Technical Head. “As per client’s request, our team of technical experts visited the site and was convinced that the environment, which includes (length, width, height) is best suited for line array for sound and suggested to the church committee to go with AUDIOFOCUS Line Array system.” Understanding the fact that this project is going to stand up for ten to fifteen years of time span, the AVL Install team went all the way long. Santhosh Kumar, Director of Projects & Operations, AVL

Install India Pvt Ltd. mentioned, “It was not an easy project for us because we had to convince the committee members of the church while competing with multiple brands which had come in for the demonstration of their products.” Having heard and judged the demonstrations of multiple brands from different sources, the church committee finally decided to install AUDIOFOCUS. Taris says, “AUDIOFOCUS stood on in the segment because it was reachable to the audience lengthwise and capable to deliver clear vocal sound. They had also brought many experienced dignitaries for opinions and fortunately, all of them had given positive reviews which again made it easy for them to conclude on AUDIOFOCUS.”

Systems Integration AUDIOFOCUS ARES 8-Line Array has been suspended from the roof in the front corners of the sanctuary along


LOURDES CHURCH Distributors –SunInfonet, Delhi.

Client’s Brief The brief from the client was to provide an intelligent audio system that would enhance the sermons and readings for the regular congregants and

not distract from the architectural aesthetics. “One of the main considerations listed for the new sanctuary was to put products capable of delivering a clear understandable speech which would be audible till the end of the church hall along


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with MTSUB218MKIII. “There were two major reasons why we hang these four-line arrays on either side. Firstly, when you place the line array at such a height then it allows the sound to travel more and cover more area with clarity. Secondly, by putting the line array I had avoided putting speakers on the side walls.” explains, Santhosh Kumar. “Another major reason was the size of the boxes because the line array should not be an obstacle for the people’s eyes as there are many paintings and decors on the wall,” adds Taris. AVL Technical team has also installed Quest QM3 and QM4 monitors as they proved to be the best match after trying different combinations of the equipment in the church along with Allen & Heath QU 32 digital mixer. “The church doesn’t have any technical operator and therefore, we deployed Allen & Heath QU 32 digital mixer. It is a user-friendly device with multiple outputs given and programmed as show files to function as per the need.” Santhosh Kumar, commented, “Now, the Father of the church can control the audio setup by the mixer.”

Obstacles & Resolutions Mapping out an audio system on paper was one thing, but it became a completely different ballgame while executing. Santhosh Kumar, says, “Our team went to the church for installation and found that the construction had already been done with all the acoustics. But some of the leftover work like putting in the granite, cleaning up all the things etc. still continued which was a distraction for us to come and work.” He adds, “One of the major barriers that the installation team had faced was the Electrical wiring which was getting done in an emergency and the electrical load was not getting distributed equally on both the lines. As a result, one line was taking up the biggest load while the other line was not having that much load and the switch was getting off in the trials.” Later, the AVL team decided to correct it by having separate Electrical DB from different Phase for the audio system which never collided with the lighting of the premises.

Experience & Comments After a lot of obstacles, the AVL Install India completed the audio installation successfully. “Finally, we would say that the AUDIOFOCUS did well, and everybody liked it. There was a lot of stress we went through during the entire process because if we would not have done the electrical wiring properly then the speakers might have damaged.” Says,

Santhosh Kumar. During this entire setup, Sun Infonet team, the Indian distributors of Audio Focus has also played a significant role. Mr. Hemant Gaba, Senior Manager, Sun Infonet, commented, “This project was important for us as well as for AVL India Pvt. Ltd. team. Every installation project comes with a challenge and this project had its own.” He continued, “Keeping in mind that Church is a place where people go to worship and participate in the Holy Mass, also to listen to the Homily or Word of God. If the pastor or speaker is not audible, people may not be able to understand the majority of what is being said. Important points may be missed, which can create a disconnect between members and the church. Finding high-quality, dependable audio equipment makes a big difference. Integrating the audiovisual elements and using equipment that meets church needs can make a church service run smoother, allowing the message to be communicated more effectively.” Taris, adds, “We specially thanks Fr Jijo and the committee members for having the confidence in the brand AUDIOFOCUS and in our installation team. As a result, we were able to achieve the desired result and full fill their audio requirement according to their wish. This installation has widened the opportunity for AUDIOFOCUS for many more Churches who desires audibility and clarity.” After the installation, the services at Our Lady of Lourdes Church appears more dynamic than ever and already playing an important role in ensuring the church message reaches its followers. “When we thought about audio segment to be installed, we had many options in front of us and different brands came with demos. but we trusted in AVL teams suggestions and they told us to with AUDIOFOCUS ARES 8A and we selected the same.” said Rev. Fr. Jijo J Muringathery, Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Peechi. ” After installing the system everyone was excited to hear the audio with such a clarity and commented that this product ideally suits our church environment. Everyone who visits our church appreciates the audio clarity. “ Post the grand inauguration ceremony in September 2018, Our Lady Church is now open for devotees to visit and to experience an invincible sound experience.

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GLP APPOINTS NEW SALES DIRECTOR BRIAN DOWD Brian Dowd has joined GLP US in a new position as Sales Director for the company. From an early start, building his first lighting rig at age 15, Brian has enjoyed a career encompassing positions as electrician, rigger, designer and production manager. Through a subsequent illustrious career within the sales and marketing side of the industry, most recently as Sales Director for another lighting firm, Brian brings an extensive combination of skill and knowledge to this new position. GLP US president Mark Ravenhill said, “It is fantastic to have Brian join us at GLP. Having known him

for many years, his knowledge of the industry and his ability to consistently grow markets will be a great asset to the company as we move forward.” Brian added “I was attracted to GLP because they do not follow the pack. They are unique in that they follow their own creative path. The family like connection between the GLP team was a huge thing for me. I can’t overstate the positive vibe that the team has.” With 40 years of experience in the industry, Brian will be well equipped to move into the new position smoothly. “My role at GLP in the

America’s is to create growth in the marketplace. Product innovation combined with world class support and the best team you could ask

for, will fuel that growth. There are some very exciting opportunities out there, and I am looking forward to them all.”

ADJ’S POPULAR HEX LED PAR FIXTURES MADE EVEN BETTER ADJ has announced the immediate availability of its new and improved “PX HEX” Series of LED-powered pars. Building on the success of the original HEX Series of wash fixtures that offer the unrivaled color mixing potential of 6-in-1 HEX LEDs, the new units feature improvements that are the direct result of customer feedback. The “PX HEX” Series retains the

enhancements requested by existing users. Its fixtures are fitted with powerCON input and output sockets in place of the IEC sockets found on the original HEX Series units. All of the new units are also fitted with both 3-pin AND 5-pin XLR input and output sockets for DMX control and master/slave linking. This adds to the fixtures’ flexibility, meaning that they can be easily incorporated into

HEX” Series, each offering a different combination of LED power and casing finish. The 5PX HEX features five 12W HEX LEDs housed in a compact case that is ideal for truss warming as well as up-lighting duties where a powerful wash is required from an unobtrusive fixture. The 5PX HEX PEARL offers the same arrangement of LEDs and casing design, but with an eye-catching allwhite exterior finish.

unit. It generates a potent beam of colored light that is ideal for stage lighting applications as well as for up-lighting large venues. An allwhite model – the 12PX HEX PEARL – is also available, which is perfect for installation in white-themed venues as well as for temporary use at events such as weddings. With a 30-degree beam angle, all of the “PX HEX” pars are ideally

practical design and color mixing potential of the original fixtures, but with the added advantage of two professional-caliber

either a 3-pin or 5-pin setup and are therefore ideal for use by production and rental companies. There are four models in the “PX

For situations where a more powerful wash is required, the 12PX HEX packs twelve 12W HEX LEDs into what is still a relatively compact

suited for both up-lighting and stage illumination, generating a softedged pool of intense light. Adding further flexibility, the 12PX HEX and 12PX HEX PEARL are both supplied with a removable gel frame that can be used to hold diffusion filters if a wider beam angle is required. “The original HEX Series of RGBAW+UV LED pars proved extremely popular for ADJ” enthuses ADJ USA’s National Sales Manager, Alfred Gonzales. “However, we’re also committed to acting on the feedback we receive from customers. They told us they wanted powerCON connections and the option to use either 3-pin or 5-pin XLR for DMX control. So we delivered, in the form of the new “PX HEX” Series.”

LASERWORLD RELEASES OUTDOOR LASER SYSTEM Laserworld has released the PL-5500RGB Outdoor, a new, professional laser system, which is the first of its sort in Laserworld’s product range. It has been especially designed for outdoor logo, text, and architecture projections. The laser system is built into a rain proof enclosure and includes a Pangolin FB4 interface that can

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be preprogrammed for automatic (standalone) operation. In addition, this pure diode laser system can also be controlled live via a computer. High power, good white balance, linear color fading and fast scanners provide high visibility and clear graphics, text and logo projections. The product also comes

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HARMAN PROFESSIONAL SOLUTIONS DELIVERS AN ENTHRALLING LIGHTING EXPERIENCE AT DISRUPT 2018 Mixtape selects Martin by Harman fixtures to deliver an international lighting experience at the festival HARMAN Professional Solutions, the global leader in audio, video, lighting and control systems, including networked AV, delivers an enthralling lighting experience at the second edition of Disrupt festival that took place

on November 16th and 17th at Famous Studios, Mumbai. The festival is conceptualized and executed by Mixtape, a Mumbai based artist and event management company. Mixtape’s philosophy for coming

up with Disrupt in 2017 was to introduce the best audio-visual experience to Indian club and festivalgoers using new age technology and equipment. The festival became a huge hit and returns this year to amplify that experience multifold. The

others. See the complete line up at ( Naveen Deshpande, CEO at Mixtape said, “Being a lighting designer by profession, I have travelled the world, engineered many diverse shows and acquired an extensive handson experience with Martin by Harman fixtures. Martin products are a delight to work with, the programming, efficiency, smoothness, warm colors, & effects of each light adds up to the performance and give us more ideas to work on. Disrupt is an urban festival celebrating music from the most forward thinking artists in electronic music space from India and around the world, and showcases advanced audio and visual technology. With the availability of Martin fixtures in India, we could provide a spectacular visual experience to the Indian festival

two-day festival will be headlined by British electronic downtempo act Zero 7 who will be playing a DJ set, LAbased beat pioneer Free the Robots, Lefto - who is often acknowledged as a DJ’s DJ and the best Indian acts like BLOT, Abhi Meer, Kaleekarma and


Martin by Harman fixtures used at the show included: • • • • • • • • • • • • •

Mac Axiom Hybrid RUSH MH 1 Profile Plus Rush Strobe 5 X 5 Rush Par 1 RGBW Rush Multibeam 2 Rush Blinder 1 WW JEM ZR45 230V/50-60Hz Mac Aura XB VDO Sceptron 10 (1000mm) VDO Sceptron 40 (1000mm) VDO Sceptron 10 (320mm) MH 7 Hybrid Martin Atomic 3000 LED Strobe “Harman Professional is always at the forefront of major Live events and Festivals that occur across the globe and have an established footprint in creating immersive lighting experience. Seeing companies such as Mixtape emphasizing on deploying advanced lighting equipment is a sign that importance is given to production quality to deliver uncompromised experience to the audience. Disrupt 2018 had a strong artist line-up we are excited to have delivered a splendid visual experience at the festival.” said Prashant Govindan, Sr. Director, India and SAARC, HARMAN Professional Solutions.

CHAUVET PROFESSIONAL’S NEW IP 65 COLORADO PANEL Q40 CAST A WIDE LIGHT Chauvet Professional makes it possible to cover a wider area with an even colored wash on indoor and outdoor stages. Introduced just in time for festival season, the company’s new IP65 rated COLORado Panel Q40 features a magnetic flood filter that produces a very wide, but still even wash. Powered by 40 15-watt RGBW LEDs, the rectangular wash fixture has a bright output (up to 9,480 lux at 5 meters) and creates perfectly smooth edge-to-edge color mixing. An adjustable beam angle of 15°or 24°adds to its versatility. “We developed the COLORado

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Panel Q40 in response to the demand on the part of designers

and similar outdoor venues without sacrificing color quality,” said Albert Chauvet, CEO of Chauvet. “The bright output of the COLORado Panel Q40 also makes it well-suited for outdoor applications.” Ruggedly constructed, the COLORado Panel Q40 measures 20.27 x 7.71 x 11.96 inches (515 x 196 x 304 mm) and weighs 28.2 lbs. (12.8 kg), making it efficient to setup and transport. Its outdoor rated power and data connectors can be connecting quickly and easily without

for a reliable IP65 rated wash with a wide coverage area that could be used at festivals, amphitheaters


the need for propriety cabling. The user-friendly wash fixture can be controlled via DMX, WDMX and RDM. It has a color temperature range of 2800 to 10000K and selectable Pulse Width Modulation that avoids flickering when lighting concerts and festivals that will be videoed. “We’re excited about this light,” said Chauvet. “The popularity of festivals has created a growing demand for outdoor rated wash fixtures that also offer the coverage area and color mixing that designers have a right to expect., and that’s what the COLORado Panel Q40 gives them.”



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CHAUVET PROFESSIONAL INTRODUCES BATTEN-STYLE STRIKE SABER Chauvet Professional’s Strike series is expanding to include its first-ever batten-style fixture. The new Strike Saber packs the intense punch associated with the series’ pod fixtures, but in a linear configuration that features 10 x 17W warm white/amber LED cells. “The response that our Strike series has received from leading designers around the world has been overwhelming,” said Albert Chauvet, CEO of Chauvet. “Designers told us they wanted more ways to incorporate the Strike series’ intense output into their rigs, so we designed a

batten unit to complement our pod fixtures.” A versatile fixture, the new Strike Saber excels as a powerful blinder, strobe, footlight or tunable white wash. Pixel mappable, it can also

immersive qualities of the Strike Saber is its emulated amber shift, which warms the color temperature of the light as it dims to create a very realistic incandescent look. The newest member of the STRIKE family

be used to create captivating chase effects, making it strikingly effective as a set piece. Adding to the attractiveness and

also includes 16-bit dimming for smooth fades. Measuring 39.3 x 3.08 x 6.18 inches (1000 x 78.4 x 157 mm), the

Strike Saber also features a userfriendly OLED display, Adjustable Pulse Width Modulation (PWM), Remote Device Management (RDM), and an included floor plate for easy ground level mounting. “We really have been awed by all the incredible looks that talented designers have created with our Strike fixtures in the past,” said Chauvet. “With the Strike Saber being a batten-style fixture, designers will be able to use it in a wider variety of configurations. We’re very eager to see what they come up with down the road.”

CLAYPAKY UNVEILS MYTHOS 2 Claypaky has introduced Mytho2 – an upgraded version of its Mythos moving head. Reportedly, Mythos is still today one of the best performing discharge lamp units on the hybrid

have decided to introduce two very important innovations”, says Claypaky. Mythos2 Features a. A new reliable, ultra-efficient lamp: Mythos 2 is now supplied

light market ever made. It was launched in 2014, and immediately stood out for its incredible light output in comparison to its power consumption, its sharply defined aerial effects, and its countless features both in beam and spot modes. “Since Claypaky is well aware of their excellent performance and unceasing market demand, we

with the new OSRAM SIRIUS HRI 440W X lamp (part number LAM00P, 22000 lm, 7000K, 1500 h), which replaces the previous model (OSRAM SIRIUS HRI 440W). According to the company, this new lamp has undergone several tests repeatedly over time in very severe operating conditions to confirm its outstanding reliability. Therefore, the company

believes that this new lamp version is definitively an improvement in the use of the Mythos in any application

ETC AND GDS ANNOUNCE NEW PARTNERSHIP DETAILS ETC, Inc. and Global Design Solutions Ltd. (GDS) has announced a development of their partnership. Since 2015, ETC has been manufacturing and selling GDS-designed products in North and South America. Under

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a new agreement this relationship is expanded. ETC has acquired the ArcSystem, BluesSystem and CueSystem product lines from GDS. There is no immediate change for customers of the two companies: ETC makes and sells the products

in North America; and GDS remains as the maker and seller of these products in the rest of the world. In August 2019 ETC will take over manufacture and distribution of these product lines worldwide. “Following this new agreement together, we will see GDS move forward into a new, exciting stage of expansion. We are, as a company, more focused than ever before to bring new problemsolving products to our customers. We look forward to working with ETC in the future combining our technical expertise for the benefit of the industry,”


areas. The lamp is also perfectly compatible and working with all Mythos 2 already on the market, after simple updating of the product firmware. Decrease in price: Despite the reliability and optimum performance of the new lamp, the cost of the MYTHOS doesn’t go up. In fact, it goes down, Claypaky has decided to meet the budget needs of this light’s many admirers by decreasing the list price.

comments GDS Managing Director, Richard Cuthbert. David Lincecum, ETC Vice President of Marketing adds, “ETC plans to expand our work in architectural lighting throughout the world and bringing these GDS products under the ETC banner is the leading edge of that strategy. We look forward to assisting customers around the world in their migration to architectural LED lighting. GDS have designed great products and we are pleased to take them over in 2019.”


ELATION PRESENTS PROTON ECLYPSE HYBRID Elation Professional has merged hybrid with high-intensity in the latest luminaire in the company’s Protron line of powerful strobe lights. Elation has introduced the Protron Eclypse, a high-powered and highly versatile hybrid LED luminaire that can reportedly multi-function as a bright blinder, powerful strobe,

high-output wash light or creative eye candy effect in one. “Following the development in moving heads towards more multifunctional luminaires, designers have also asked for effect lights that are more than a one-trick pony and the Protron Eclypse delivers. With flexible 4-in-1 functionality, the Protron

ADB UNVEILS OCEAN LIGHTING CONSOLE ADB Stagelight has unveiled the OCEAN – an innovative lighting console, designed for theatres, opera houses and multi-purpose venues. Reportedly, Ocean’s most striking feature, as well as one of its main

strong points, is its high-resolution touch screen, with a 70-cm-wide (27½-inch-wide) viewing area. Due to its ultra-stretched display format, the console and screen itself are still very compact, both in depth and height. Moreover, its shallow depth allows users to access the touch screen very easily. Simone Capeleto, CEO of ADB, said: “We are thrilled with the interest this innovative console received. Many programmers saw the OCEAN as a practical, modern tool for the present and future of their profession.”

Eclypse can fill multiple requirements in the rig on Elation Proton Eclypse Hybrid productions of all spectacular pixel-mapped and eye types while offering more bang for candy looks. The Protron Eclypse the buck.” says Elation. is fully dimmable down to 0% and With ninety-six 10W RGBW LEDs a selection of variable dimming that produce an intense 37,000 curves is provided for faster lumens of power, the Protron programming. Eclypse offers a full spectrum of The Protron Eclypse comes in a color options, including high-impact robust housing for durable on-thewhite light, for a barrage of colored road use. Versatile rigging options or white light effects possibilities. include an adjustable/removable The fixture projects light at a 31° yoke bracket with 3-position beam angle with strobe intensity, mounting holes, ¼ turn omega duration, rate and FX all controllable. bracket, and integrated interlocking A super-fast, adjustable strobe (1pins for easy multiple fixture matrix 25fps) produces the ultimate in designs. With an IPX4 rating for rapid strobing effects and for added protection against water spray, visual dynamism selectable 1-, 2-, the unit is also fit for temporary 3-, 6-, 2 x 2, 2 x 3 and 2 x 6-zone outdoor use. pixel control can be incorporated for

He then reflected on the name of the desk: “The word Ocean conjures up the idea of a horizontal landscape, which spreads out in all directions,

but still allows us to see the horizon. It is a metaphorical representation of what we intend to offer operators in practice.”

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OLD LOVES ‘Z’ is the last letter of the alphabet, and yet so many lighting equipment models that are considered breakthrough have a ‘Z’ in their name. Leading from the rear, so to speak. So what is it that manufacturers are working so hard to top each other? The usual barometer is to make a fixture brighter, lighter, smoother and carry more and more features. Features that compete with fixtures from a range of manufacturers. That got me thinking on what are the features I would covet in a fixture. What kind of feature would make a fixture my personal favourite? Now that I think about it – all of the fixtures I loved were phased out as quickly as I discovered the joys of working with them. What was it about the fixture that drew me to it? Why was that fixture not widely adopted? I can recall I loved the concentric ring fitting that you put in front of any Fresnel lensed fitting that gathered the light into a beam. Making any Fresnel into a blurred follow spot almost. Swinging a 2000 watt Fresnel like a follow spot was unwieldy and took a lot of physical strength (as far as I know); nobody made a swivel head for a 2000 k beast. I have seen the concentric rings on a 5K Fresnel but never actually used it in my shows. It was a great fixture to play with. In the old days (before truss) when we mounted our lights on scaffoldings it was easy to put a lighting rigger (secure on a chair amongst the lights and subtly refocus part of the rig during the shows. I’d seen this fixture used in a great West End production of Martin Guerre – at that time the most expensive musical mounted, by the team that had produced Les Miserable. Sadly Martin G did not do as well, but it remains one of my favourite musicals partly because of its amazing lighting plot. Then I loved the colour labs. One of the original DMX lighting fixtures that just sent simple 250 watt beams, but through chroma filters (breakthroughs of the day)

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so none of the light was eaten by the filter. Today most fixtures use chroma filters (Not the LED ones). The bright almost Neon textures a huge stand out from the more muted colours from transmission gels use on pars. I would have loved to use chroma gels on pars, but the very nature of chroma gels would have made them melt under the glare of a decent par. Which brings me to my favourite light to date – The simple Par 64. About as simple and versatile a fixture as it can get. And, most reliable. To date – nothing can replace the throw and ‘HIT’ of a par. Trouble is – as concert lighting metamorphosised into stadiums the ‘Par Look’ was looked upon as yesterdays ‘Concert Looks’ and just could not find a space within all those beams throwing themselves around.

almost everybody else. Concerts today are all about a million lights flying off in all directions. It looks wow. And I marvel at the technology of controlling all those lights with and without visible cables. Respect. At the recent World Cup Hockey Opening ceremonies we saw far more lighting dribbles and pushes than the hockey field will ever hope to see through the tournament. I was looking at the display with envy. A day later I was walking past an exhibition of some theatre photos I had the joy of lighting years ago. A family walked past. The mother stopped abruptly and spontaneously exclaimed the name of the show. She grabbed her kids and brought them to the photo and excitedly pointed the photo out.

I guess what I am leading to is the inevitable learning of time. Things change. As a professional it is our job to stay on top of things for as long as we can. Fall in love with equipment but be ready to move on.

In fact if anybody here recalls watching Michael Jackson live at Andheri Stadium, maybe you will remember the great Roy Burnett lighting all the new songs with ‘Modern Lights’ and all the retro textured songs were lit almost exclusively with Pars in the most amazing Gels and shades. After a particularly beautiful stage production I had the opportunity to meet one of the greatest lighting designers in the world who asked me the most profound questions, ‘Why do Moving Lights have to move?” Only then did I realise that while the rig in the show was full of moving lights, we did not SEE a single light move in the show. In blackouts the fixtures changed colours, gobos and positions. Those same set of moving lights moved only in a blacked out stage to open up to at least a hundred different looks without anybody seeing the change. Genius to me. Unnoticed to

‘Remember that scene of that play I go on and on about......that’s it. That’s the play. That’s the scene. She then pulled out her camera and unselfconsciously got her kids to pose next to the photograph as a memory. As she was gushing on about relieving that experience of years before, the people I was with encouraged me to go up and get some credit for the photo. Being a retiring lighting designer happy to skulk in the shadows, I could not bring myself to do it. The lady walked away surrounded by her memories. Little knowing how happy she had made me. The usual under-appreciation that all of us on the ‘Dark side of events and theatre’ have had to live with. That is the seed of this article. Not one of the fixtures or gels used in that production of barely 10 years ago is still in use today. I am left wondering what are the technical gimmicks that have replaced that set


of equipment. And then I look at the photos of last week’s shows. Of course they are not as spectacular as the Hockey opening ceremony, but they seem to have attracted a decent number of likes on social media (If that can be considered a measure). Of course it would be great if a few years down the road someone will recall that image and identify it with the show they saw last week. I guess what I am leading to is the inevitable learning of time. Things change. As a professional it is our job to stay on top of things for as long as we can. Fall in love with equipment but be ready to move on. Fortunately equipment is not like wives. Advantage of wives – they can grow with us. Advantage of Equipment – when you discard the units, it may be just as emotional as abandoning a wife - but at least you don’t have to pay alimony! The lesson here is to cherish the equipment we have to play with. Understand it and make it do everything it can possibly doing its short life span. That way when it is time to retire it, we can do so with respect and know that we got the most out of every bit of equipment while we could. It will also open so many doors as you realise its inevitable short comings so you can in tune your search for a replacement. That of course leads to another famous saying. Keep your eye in the future but keep your foot in the past. (The views expressed by the author are his own personal comments and the magazine does not subscribe to them).


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The visuals on stage are obviously the most visible aspect of any live stage. In this article VJ KayCee, Founder of Pixadoo studios in Bangalore and the mastermind whose high-octane visuals have ignited EDMs like VH1 Supersonic, Cirkus Indigo and many more, took out time from his busy schedule to enlighten PT readers about the art of Conceptualising and Creating Visuals for Big Stage EDM Acts

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oday, visuals and EDM acts go hand-in-hand which is why it’s critical that there is perfect synergy between all the various teams working on an event. Like any industry, ours too sees a variety of trends and currently EDM concerts are leveraging large LED screen sets with equally large structures, integrating lights, visuals and lasers, and so on in a perfect time-coded sequence. So, if you’re at a concert and there’s a DJ performing you will experience all of these elements in an extremely synchronised manner. You can’t have one element without the other; it’s almost like a storyline, where each one has a role to play and at a particular time, in order to leave a strong impression on the audience. And world over we are witnessing this trend. Naturally, in any industry, you will


find challenges, more so in one that is considered relatively alternative. The industry in India is nascent, not from an adoption perspective but from a significance perspective. Everyone wants to invest in big events, popular DJs, aspirational visions, but not on actual visuals and visual artists. We need to move past the mindset of working for exposure, artists shouldn’t be put in positions as such. Talent, handwork, and creativity really deserve to be acknowledged and it’s unfortunate that we are still experiencing this on a regular basis. I see that crediting or rather the lack of it is another challenge that artists are facing. We need to ensure a healthy working environment to guarantee sustainability and success and by investing in artists and crediting those responsible for the work, then we are automatically taking a


VJ KayCee - Founder, Pixadoo An old-school Bangaloren, VJ Kaycee worked on a slew of odd jobs having dropped out from a mechanical engineering course before finally finding his calling in visual jockeying. From the very beginning, his work stood out owing to his unique geometric but organic style, varying his visuals depending on the genre he’s working with. Hands on since 2007, Kaycee strongly believes in evolving his style to incorporate ever-changing technology and at his shows, it is very evident that conceptual art goes hand-in-hand with the music. His work exudes old-world charm with a fusion of the new digital age and some of his notable works include spearheading visuals for all A.R. Rahman concerts, designs for VH1 Supersonic Festival Goa (2014 & 2015) as well as LED work at Chinnaswamy Stadium during the 2013 IPL which can be witnessed even to this day. Using the latest video, visual and

step in the right direction. We’ve come to learn over the years just how important it is to find a working style that suits us; there’s no one rule or method of working that’s going to be ideal for all, especially when creativity is at the core of what we do. At Pixadoo, we spend a lot of effort in deeply understanding an event before anything else. What it’s about, communication objective, scale, venue, stage size and design, with an equal focus on the artist/s performing. Having clarity on all these key pieces of information lay the foundation for our work as visual creators to brainstorm with our in-house team of experts and identify a theme that then lends the way for various versions of that theme in the form of sketches. One thing I do want to emphasise here is the need to be on the same page as the client at every stage of the process. Simply sharing these sketches and ideas is not enough, it is imperative to ensure that they are visualising the content, in the way you intend, and a good way to do this is to go down to the minutest details in your sketches. I truly believe the success of an event lies in ensuring that the objective stays in

focus throughout the conceptualisation and creation process. Once the concept is sealed, we actually create the entire structure in a 3D environment to include all the elements we would use in the real world, working closely with the production head and

projection mapping technology to fuel his creative experimentation, Kaycee has worked alongside well established brands like Kingfisher, Bacardi, Smirnoff, Absolute, Adidas and Miller, to name a few. Branching out and spreading his magic, he is also responsible for creating some of the most magnanimous stage shows for The Official F1 Party featuring Lady Gaga and Edward Maya, Eristoff Invasion Festival featuring Prodigy, Jay Sean, Sean Kingston and Alexander Stand, Star Networks, Sun TV, Asianet, and more. He has also been creating custom visuals for A.R. Rahman concerts since 2014, the world over. KayCee holds the record for being the only visual artist in the country to have designed visuals for a performance at the prestigious Wembley Arena in London, and in 2012 KayCee founded PIXADOO - a visual arts studio that aims to raise the awareness and importance of visual art in the country.

structure comes to full use, because we create the on-ground stage design in the exact way planned and right down to the T. The final step is to create the visual content and unless you keep in mind the objective of the event, the personality of the artist and the nature

One thing I do want to emphasise here is the need to be on the same page as the client at every stage of the process. Simply sharing these sketches and ideas is not enough, it is imperative to ensure that they are visualising the content, in the way you intend, and a good way to do this is to go down to the minutest details in your sketches.

other members including sound engineers. From sound to engineering and from lighting to SFX and lasers, the one thing we guarantee to all our partners is a fantastic experience. The next step, and this is one that I especially ensure I am on ground for is the actual creation of the stage at the venue. This is where the 3D concept

of your audience, your visuals just won’t weave magic. The content creation process we follow involves the entire team working together to visualise and construct art work. We then create different themes based on the stage design and the event theme which are then established as the main looks for the stage. When there’s an artist performing, we

always try and match the looks as closely as possible. We also send the entire blueprint of the event to each individual artists’ visual team so they can customise their performance and leverage the stage design to their benefit. While I outline it quite simply, the visual creation process in itself is quite dynamic and can be elaborate. Sometimes we begin with simple sketches, and then move on to Illustrator, Photoshop, After Effects and motion graphics. There are also times when we begin with a sketch and then make use of Maya or 3D Max to create the motion graphics and then use After Effects to composite the entire content piece. Whenever I can, I try to keep it basic where I use softwares like Resolume, Madmapper, Modulate and a few others but what I want to say is that if you are able to clearly understand the need and objective, you can create exemplary work even by just using images. If you look at the industry today, that in itself is considered alternative, and within that your role too is alternative so it’s important to leverage this and keep pushing the boundaries as to what’s possible. The route isn’t paved out for you, and that’s the beauty of it.

Augmented & virtual reality along with 3D immersive projection & mapping is impacting all corporate sector events, venues and the entertainment industry becoming an important highlight of PALM Expo. This feature will present jaw-dropping visual experiences through educative video projection and mapping demos.

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THE VISUAL PACK Jash Reen and Joshua Dmello of Wolves Visuals, are the guys who are delivering some of the most electrifying and eclectic Big DJ stages on the circuit. From Sunburn to EDC, Beyond Wonderland, Nucleya, Flux Pavillion, the duo works on an extraordinary schedule of high profile EDM festivals. In this interview with PT they talk about the origins of Wolves Visuals, their work and where they are headed to. The Genesis With EDM becoming young India’s music of choice and DJs and event promoters endeavoring to sustain interest in the festivals, the quest for larger than life stages with overwhelming visuals has become commonplace. Acting as catalyst are ongoing advances in technology, which have been significant benchmarks for many VJs who are thinking out of the box when it comes to visuals. For Joshua Dmello and Jash Reen it all began from the Marvel superheroes and Mortal Kombat addiction days. “Josh and I grew up obsessed with over the top nineties comic books and video games. I think we were in the sixth

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grade when a lot of artists from that world started pushing the envelope for what mainstream pop culture would accept. On one hand you had household comics like Marvel or DC and a company like Image Comics would come out of nowhere and shock their readers with the depth and grit in their art style. The same goes for gore-heavy games like Mortal Kombat. That allure to shock convention stood out over being told what to do in an art school or receiving any formal training. It’s also always been a strong communication point for us,” says Jash. “There were tons of animation courses and studios blowing up after we got out of college, but live visuals added

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The bassPOD stage which has been an integral part of EDC, Las Vegas since 2012 was conceptualized and designed by a Los Angles-based design studio Vita Motus, but the content for the most recent incarnation of the bassPOD is courtesy the Wolves. this new technical dimension to the mix. You could come up with a left of center visual idea or storyboard as one part of the challenge, and then have to figure out how to scale this idea up arena size and get the attention of a wider audience,” adds Joshua. Jash and Joshua’s visual agency Wolves, started off by redefining 3D mapping installations and stage design for some of India’s most cutting edge nightclubs before scaling up to some of the most massive stages around the globe. “We approached every club we could to convince them to let us do a visual set- up. When we started in 2012, there was a large upheaval of clubs that wanted to feature alternative music and events. I think it had something to do with alcohol, tobacco and clothing brands taking a sudden interest in sponsoring shows with about three indie electronic acts under some cutting-edge event name and hosting it weekly. Two main venues - the erstwhile Cool Chef Cafe ( which now houses Slink & Bardot and Kaavo Meat) and the Blue Frog, Lower Parel (which is no longer operational) were the first to give us space to build DIY projection mapping set ups and we scaled it up from there,” informs Jash. “We were pretty committed to making every kind of space work, even if the angle to hang a projector was downright impossible. Trying to push content in those weird spaces made us value every pixel so when we did get bigger stages and displays we had a trained eye on detail. I’d say it’s the same process creating content for any surface as long as you can create a detailed piece

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on your own composition / canvas that still holds that amount of detail when it’s scaled up. We’ve never used fixed installs and have worked with different set ups each time,” adds Joshua.

Sprucing up the stage When people attend a music show today, they really expect it to be a “show”. With the flamboyance of the stage and the energy of the show’s visual content becoming an integral and important aspect of the entire delivery,

- 50 balance of both. We get the stage designs, cut it up to where the video screens could feature literal animated extensions of the set and usually end up with this whole new beast that keeps both departments happy, says Jash. In recent years, LEDs are being used extensively in large-scale live shows. It’s rare today to find a major music festival that doesn’t feature larger-than-life displays on stage. “The EDM industry is pretty much 100 percent on LED only stages right now and that’s not a bad

Stage design traditionally involves a lot of fabrication and elements that stay constant for the entire course of the event whereas visual elements like the LED displays or even lights evolve and really take that experience forward. Jash Reen

how much exactly is the visual artist’s involvement. “Stage design traditionally involves a lot of fabrication and elements that stay constant for the entire course of the event whereas visual elements like the LED displays or even lights evolve and really take that experience forward. For a long time, we’d have clients throw 80 percent fabricated stage designs to us and we’d have to make peace with small spaces to add video, that would rarely be of any use besides maybe seem like weird patches of lighting. We are now lucky to be part of a worldwide shift in the industry that’s seeing a 50

thing. In 2015, we managed to convince Sunburn to have a larger, all LED set for one of their arena shows. We stacked up about 35 ft of LED and animated this monolithic mechanized fortress (we later called the Imperial Guard) to shift form constantly on it. That little experiment definitely changed our approach to stage design drastically,” explains Joshua. Having said that Joshua is quick to point out that with budgets varying more frantically in India than any other part of the world, the duo is armed and ready to have to make the smallest LED layouts or inventories work. “We make our content in layers such that they can


be scaled up or brought down to its simplest form as the surfaces develop,” he says. Elaborating on one of the most challenging stages the pair has worked on, Jash says, “The Beyond Wonderland stage in 2017 was an absolutely immersive LED stage designed by Steve Lieberman and his company SJ lighting. The total LED usage was massive here but the actual space to work within those arches was very constricted. We pushed for three different ‘realms’ to shine through with the content. One was a ship bound on a hopeless voyage, an enchanted forest that looked like it was cut out of a Guillermo Del Toro movie and a steam punk labryinth of sorts. The content was designed to be pretty anamorphic, so if you stood at the absolute centre or the FOH position and looked towards the stage you saw a seamless piece of content and if you roamed around and looked along a single arch, you had plenty of standalone detail to pick up on as well.” With small-scale stages to large-scale stages using a blend of larger than life sets to augment live performances, projection mapping has become a favourite with many Visual artistes, especially for EDMs. However, with LEDs making for a much brighter output of light and allowing endless configurations, for the Wolves, the scales seem to tilt in favour on LEDs. “Projection mapping is always fun to work around, but usually suits art installations and more intimate layouts. It works best if you want to take an unusual or darkened space and bring it alive with motion graphic content. We prefer LED as a powerful, self-luminescent surface that can cut through the lights and other stage FX that crowd larger events like music festivals. At the same time, it doesn’t all have to be angular and boring. Using the LED effectively enough can really effectively change the way fabricated stage surfaces look,” says Jash.

The Vegas Extravaganza Giant Structures, Colossal faces, Sci-fi DJ booths, Conical Pods, Pyramids whatever the genre, there’s something tailor-made for everyone. The bassPOD stage which has been an integral part of EDC, Las Vegas since 2012 was conceptualized and designed by a Los Angles-based design studio Vita Motus, but the content for the most recent incarnation of the bassPOD is courtesy the Wolves. The new iteration followed up on previous 360 design strategies by immersing the crowd in heroic-scale sculptural art. Although Wolves Visual stepped in to create content and execute it for the 2017 edition, 2018 was the first year EDC debuted the new look for the stage.

“We have to give a shout out to Forrest Hunt who’s the Executive Producer over at Insomniac Events. He believed in our content and execution right off the bat and put us in touch with one of the most forward thinking design studio in Los Angeles Vita Motus who originally designed the bassPOD. For the rehauled version in 2018, we were able to go back and forth with Vita Motus to discuss concept notes of what the new structures symbolize and create a set of five environmental set looks based on an ambiguously titled ‘Space Monkey’ theme . The video screens added a different face to these bold sci-fi angular structures, especially for the structures that were up close in the audience. We based all of the content on the first arrival of these ‘space monkeys’ and that different people in the audience might process an alien invasion differently. Some visual content made the fabricated structures look like heavily mechanized military crafts. The other content made the stage look more organic and driven by peaceful biological beings,” enthuses Jash. The design complemented Insomniac’s recent rebranding, channeling modern aesthetic sensitivities into thematic sci-fi. “The

Detailing their choice of tools to bring their creativity to life, Joshua says, “We use studio grade animation software to put it all together and feed it into a pixel map that the LED screen or video surface providers usually provide us with. Pixel map is a fancy word for a tool used to understand how the most ballistic content will actually look on site and on stage. The software that has made and will always make this transition seamless from day 1 is Resolume. It evolves quick with every update and is rock solid for handling live visuals for the most demanding events.”

Vision With more and more opportunities for extravagant visual displays at sports events, weddings, corporate launches etc., presenting themselves, today, the scope for visual jockeys has extended beyond music festivals. While there are few visual design agencies at the moment, the number is surely and steadily growing. So where does Wolves see themselves going forward. “We’re at a really good place where

We use studio grade animation software to put it all together and feed it into a pixel map that the LED screen or video surface providers usually provide us with. Pixel map is a fancy word for a tool used to understand how the most ballistic content will actually look on site and on stage. Joshua Dmello

bassPOD definitely was and continues to be the most exciting stage show to put together,” he adds.

The Work Process When working on something as massive as EDC and other EMD shows, surely different elements come in to play while embedding imagination into the creative process and presenting it to the countless fans thronging the fests. “We always lock the video surfaces first and then settle on what the audience perspective to the content will be. If they’re a bit lower than the stage this could make for some menacing towering content. If they’re right up there with it, we want something that’s erratic, animation heavy and in your face. A 100 crude sketches later we finally settle on three solid looks that we’re convinced was always what that particular stage was meant to look like (often times it doesn’t make sense till we actually animate it and see the pieces move),” says Jash.

we can stay a Mumbai-based studio and feed screens all over the world with the portability in live visuals. Our clientele right now is 50 percent music entertainment and 50 percent corporate events. In the future, we might start looking into creating failproof ‘black box concepts’ for both industries so we can feed many tours, festivals over a larger period of time. It’s sort of already happening, but for now we do enjoy being out there in the field and operating / being personally connected to the content we make,” says Joshua. “We’re also still fans of the visual medium in its purest sense. We’re essentially an animation studio at the end of the day so it would be cool to pull back all these storylines and concepts we feed into our live visuals and give back into a medium like video games or film,” concludes Jash.

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Product Focus

DJ Controller

Mix Masters DJ controllers today come with combined functions, delivering DJs convenience and flexibility to create and mix their music. In this product focus segment, PT includes a lineup of some high-profile debuts from 20172018. Controllers across range, size, price, functions and flexibility - all make it to this list.

Hercules Inpulse 300 Hercules DJ Inpulse 300 combines DJ mixing software (DJUCED) and an innovative DJ controller with built-in light guides to help aspiring DJs learn how to perfect the art of manual beat-matching and choose the right songs for a music mix. Main Features include: • Light Guides: Activate the Beatmatch Guide to learn how to mix. Follow the TEMPO arrows to adjust the BPM of each track and synchronize tracks using the BEAT ALIGN arrows. • Intelligent Music Assistant: Activate the Intelligent Music Assistant to get the best music suggestions. • Take Control of The Party Ambience: Pace the atmosphere of parties with the ENERGY function. Technical Specification: • Audio:  Integrated built-in audio interface

 Master out for speakers: 2 RCA  Headphones out: 1/8” stereo (3.5 mm)  Resolution: 24-bit/44.1 kHz • Controls Per Deck:  2 decks  Jog wheel diameter: 5.9” / 150 mm  8 pads x 8 modes  Effects rack with 2 rotary fx knobs and dry-wetSlip, quantize, loop in/loop out keys  Browser controls: Rotary encoder + 2 load keys + Assistant key • Controls on Mixer:  1 filter, 3 EQ, 1 gain knob, 1 volume

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fader/deck  Crossfader, master volume, head phones  VU meters per deck + master VU meter • Beatmatch Guide:  Tempo guide: light guide along the tempo fader  Beat Align guide: light guide below the wheel • IMA:  Trending songs: display a list of the best upcoming songs to play, sug- gested by DJUCED Artificial Intelligence

Mixars Primo The Mixars PRIMO is the ultimate plugand-play 2 Channel controller and Mixer for SERATO DJ with exclusive standalone effect section on each channel. Its new, exclusive and dedicated Effect control on each channel features Filter, Noise, Crush, Gate, delivers amazing sound in SERATO DJ both in standalone mode and when using PRIMO as a mixer. Main Features include: • Paid upgrade to Serato DVS • Built-in sound card for simple USB connectivity • 8 Performance pads on each deck to control Hot Cues, Roll, Slicer, and Sampler • Large aluminum jog wheels with LED Ring • Full control and assignment of Serato FX • Adjustable crossfader curve • Mic with dedicated echo effect • Auxiliary RCA input with dedicated volume • 100mm Pitch Control Technical Specification: • GENERAL  Power Source - DC adaptor AC 100V – 240V 50/60Hz - USB powered  Power Supply - DC adaptor: DC IN 5V2A - USB power; USB Port with Cur- rent Supply >1A  Dimensions: 508.4mm (W) X 330.7mm (D) X 65.6 mm (H)


 Weight: 4.2kg • Input/Output Impedance & Sensitivity: 1KHz input, Mic/Aux, Trim, Master at Max. • USB Interface:  Channels: 6 in/ 12 out  Sampling Rate: 48kHz

Native Instruments Traktor Kontrol S2 MK3 Native Instruments affordable Traktor Kontrol S2 MK3 is a premium digital DJ system with a 2-deck controller and 4-channel audio interface. Main Features include: • A 2-deck digital DJ system that let users DJ anywhere with laptop or iOS device • Plug-and-play integration with Native Instruments Traktor Pro 3 and Traktor DJ iOS app • 2 channels, each with a level fader, a 3-band EQ, a filter knob, a gain control, and 4 FX sends allow precise mixing • Scratch with ease using high-resolution, silicone-damped, touch-sensitive jog wheels with rubber-coated outer rim and glossy top plate • Dedicated Flux Mode controls • Color-coded, backlit, RGB buttons • Patent-pending magnetic brake technology • Hardware and software work together at 30 times the resolution of standard MIDI for maximum precision • 2-channel mixer with ergonomic layout • Fully customizable control surface works with any MIDI-controllable software • 4-channel integrated audio interface with Cirrus-Logic AD/DA converters deliver up to 24-bit/96kHz resolution for pristine audio quality

Technical Specification: • Dimensions:  Width: 19.13” / 486mm  Height: 2.32” / 59mm  Depth: 10.43” / 265mm • Audio Inputs:  Channels: 2  Bit Resolution: 24-bit  Sample Rate: 44.1/48 kHz • Microphone Input: (1/4” / 6.3 mm TRS)  Full Scale Level: -30... -10dBU @ 1 kHz  DNR (a-weighted) @ 1 kHz: 89dB  Frequency response: 80Hz-20kHz is +0.0 / -1.3 dB low frequency cutoff

Numark DJ2GO2 Numark DJ2GO2 is a portable, pocketsized DJ controller equipped with a built-in sound card and Serato DJ intro. It fits on top of any laptop and allows the user to get ready for action in no time, without taking up any unnecessary space.

controller’s layout mirrors that of flagship NXS2 set-up, with shared elements like dedicated cue buttons, Beat FX, CDJ-style looping controls and more. As a result, this advanced DJ gear will feel natural to use. Bundled with pioneer’s professional performance software, rekordbox dj, its compatible Tutorial feature will help users to master this controller’s creative capabilities. Main Features include: • Player sections: Get familiar with jog wheels, play/pause and cue buttons, tempo sliders, a loop section and cue/ loop call buttons just like the ones on the CDJ-2000NXS2 • Mixer section: Use the trim and EQ knobs, and the headphone cue buttons, in exactly the same way as those on the DJM-900NXS2 • Built-in sound card (audio interface): Plug and play by simply connecting the controller to your PC/Mac using a single USB cable • Mic input circuit: clear audio without distortion, even with high input level • USB bus powered: No need to plug into the mains • Class compliant: No need to install a driver

Main Features include: • Portable two-channel DJ controller for Serato DJ Intro (included) • Control the music with play, jog wheels and fader • Built-in audio card with headphone cueing to create the perfect mix • Song navigation and channel and master gain control • Perfect for performing or prepping your DJ set playlist and cue points • Standard midi mapping for use with other popular DJ software • Fits perfectly on top of your laptop • 1/8 inch Headphone output • 1/8 inch main output

Technical Specification: • Software: rekordbox dj • Frequency Response: 20 Hz to 20 kHz • • • • • •

Technical Specification: • Supported Sample Rate: 44.1 kHz, 16 bit • Power: mini-USB port • Dimensions (width x depth x height): 3.4” x 12.4” x 0.63” 8.6 x 31.4 x 1.6 cm • Weight: 0.75 lbs. 0.34 kg

Pioneer DDJ-400 Pioneer DDJ-400 is a 2-channel DJ controller is packed with features to help the users in developing their skills comfortably. This

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S/N Ratio:103 dB (USB) Total Harmonic Distortion: 0.005 % Inputs: MIC x 1 (1/4-inch TS jack) Outputs: MASTER x 1 (RCA x 1); PHONES x 1 (3.5-mm stereo mini jack x 1) USB: USB (Type B) x 1 Maximum Dimensions (WxDxH): 482.0 × 272.4 × 58.5 mm Weight: 2.1 kg Accessories: USB cable, Quick Start Guide, rekordbox dj licence key card D

Main Features include: • Two channels and Deck Select for up to four decks • Eight dedicated pad controls for Serato DJ Pro with Hot Cue, Roll, Slicer, TR, Pattern, and Sampler modes • Built-in, fully editable drum kits from Roland’s legendary TR-909, TR-808, TR-707, and TR-606, realized with advanced ACB technology • TR kits contain eight sounds–Bass Drum, Snare Drum, Closed Hat, Open Hat, Tom, Rim, Clap, and Ride • Classic 16-step sequencer • Mixer can be used standalone via connection of multi-players or turntables to the line and phono inputs; Serato DVS Upgrade Ready • Balanced XLR outputs • Mic input with gate, hi-pass, reverb, and echo FX • MIDI output to sync external devices with Serato DJ Pro and the TR-S sequencer Tech Specifications: • Sampling Frequency: 48 kHz • Nominal input level:  Input (1–4) (RCA phono type, LINE): -12 dBu  Input (1, 2) (RCA phono type, PHONO): -39 dBu  MIC IN (1/4-inch phone type): -60 dBu • Input impedance:  Input (1–4) (RCA phono type): 47 k ohms or greater  MIC IN (Combo type): 7 k ohms or greater • Frequency response: 48.0 kHz: 20 Hz–22 kHz (+0/-2 dB) • Connector:  Input (1–2) jacks: RCA phono type  MIC IN jack: 1/4-inch phone type  MASTER OUT 1 connectors: XLR type (balanced)  MASTER OUT 2 jacks: RCA phono type  BOOTH OUT jacks: TRS phone type (balanced) • Width: 530 mm; 20-7/8 inches • Depth: 402 mm; 15-7/8 inches • Height: 73 mm; 2-7/8 inches • Weight: 3.5 kg; 7 lbs 12 oz

Roland DJ-505 Roland DJ-505 is a powerful instrument that allows unparalleled flexibility to DJ, remix, and produce, empowering exciting new approaches to music performance.


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NARAIN AUDIO EQUIPS RAM RATNA VIDYA MANDIR Narain Audio & Lighting LLP has recently supplied and equipped new audio and lighting system for Ram Ratna Vidya Mandir Boarding School’s 6,000 sq. indoor auditorium, Bhayandar, Mumbai. The newly installed setup in Ram Ratna Vidya Mandir’s auditorium encompasses 12 Audiocenter K-LA210 line array cabinets powered by five of the Chinese manufacturer’s DA7.2 amplifiers. These dual 10” 2-way line array systems consist of 1600W RMS. The Audiocenter PL3118 subwoofers, consisting of 800W RMS, have been strategically placed around the hall for low end support and are driven by DA12.2 power amplifiers. The speaker setup was fine-tuned using a DBX Driverack Venu360 loudspeaker management system, which also offers volume control. To make the sound impactful and clean but not obstructive and irritating, the DBX360 loudspeaker management system has been given the responsibility of fine tuning the speakers and subwoofers, controlling the audio level and maintaining optimum audio performance at all times. The NX Audio MPC5500 dual professional CD Player is then

Ram Ratna Vidya Mandir’s auditorium encompasses 12 Audiocenter K-LA210 line array cabinets powered by five of the Chinese manufacturer’s DA7.2 amplifiers and strategically placed Audiocenter PL3118 subwoofers around the hall driven by DA12.2 power amplifier placed with the Dynacord CMS2200 and a whopping 21 Sennheiser wireless microphones for the musical instruments and vocals altogether. On the other hand, for lighting Narain provided Satan which delivers high quality LED Par’s, Stagespot lights and scanners for functions held both in the day as well as night. The lights

are then programmed by the Pilot2000 control desk and is accompanied with the Raytech 2kW dimmer pack. “It has been our pleasure to be a part of such a memorable project. The school in itself has a great charm to it, and so we realized that having the right audio system in place would only make it even more

fantastic and unforgettable. And thanks to the effort and support of every person who was a part of the project.” Said, Kashyap Gor of Narain Audio & Lighting said. “The management have done a great job with the entire project, and we’re sure that the string of success will just keep growing in the future!”

STUDIOMASTER PROFESSIONAL UNLEASHES FIERCE SONIC PERFORMANCE WITH THE FURY SERIES TRANSDUCERS Studiomaster Professional has introduces the Fury series transducers. Assembled from professional-grade components, the loudspeakers are designed to deliver great sensitivity and excursion capabilities. The transducers incorporate powerful Ferrite magnets along with high-endurance Copper and CCAW voice coils for the subwoofer and mid-bass transducers respectively. Housed in a heavy-duty die-cast aluminium basket, the audio-grade paper cone, responsive suspension, and robust surround roll achieve high acoustic output with excellent sonic fidelity. Additionally, the ventilated voice coil gap in the transducers reduces power compression, improves conversion efficiency, and provides a large cross-sectional area for superior

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cooling. Not only do the Fury series transducers sound great but the striking Grey coloured cones visually set them a class apart. Currently, the Studiomaster Professional Fury series sports an arsenal of low, mid, and mid-bass frequency transducers in different sizes and power handling capabilities. The series features F18120 - 18” 1200W (RMS) subwoofer and the following mid-bass models: F15.70 - 15” 700W (RMS), F15.50X - 15” 500W (RMS), F15.40X 15” 400W (RMS), F15.40 - 15” 400W (RMS), and the F12.30X - 12” 300W (RMS). Interestingly, the F15.50X, F15.40X, and F12.30X features a

Studiomaster Professional FURY F12.30X Mid-Bass and F18.120 Sub-Woofer unique dual cone design that delivers sharp and detailed mid frequency reproduction. Studiomaster Professional has meticulously engineered, tested, and optimized these transducers to suit a wide variety of enclosure designs and to deliver stellar performance for years without losing their sonic


qualities. Paired with high-quality passive crossover networks from Studiomaster Professional, the series is geared to unleash a fierce sonic performance. Striking a right balance between high-quality and affordability, the Fury series is set to be all the rage in loudspeaker design.


MARTIN AUDIO GOES INTERNATIONAL WITH BRADLEY WATSON Martin Audio has announced the promotion of Bradley Watson to the new position of International Sales Director. One of the company’s longest serving executives, Watson was instrumental in building domestic sales during the first decade of the millennium before leaving in 2010 but maintaining a close relationship in his capacity as an installer. Presented with the opportunity to re-join the company in September 2016 and assume the new role as Sales Manager EMEA he described the opportunity as “a perfect scenario”. Speaking of the latest promotion, Watson said, “Since my return to Martin Audio I have been proud to be part of a team that’s been

instrumental in bringing over 30 new products to market in just over 24 months.” He adds, “As EMEA Sales Manager, I inherited many longstanding relationships and distribution partnerships that my predecessor and good friend Martin Kelly worked hard to forge prior to his retirement, and I have greatly enjoyed the role to date.” However, he notes that the market has changed considerably in recent years, with Martin Audio pioneering a number of key technologies to assume a leading position in the pro audio industry. “With the advent of Scalable Resolution, in the form of Wavefront Precision, we have experienced well managed growth over the two years, with an exciting

product roadmap that will provide even greater opportunity to explore new market sectors.” Said Watson. Watson also mentioned that, “The new role as International Sales Director will offer greater scope, as part of the new Martin Audio family, to further influence and develop our business in these segments, alongside our territory managers throughout the UK, EMEA, APAC and LATAM.” Dom Harter, Managing Director, added, “Brad has been instrumental in driving sales growth in EMEA and fostering strong relationships throughout the territory. As Martin Audio has grown around the world, the need to introduce an International Sales Director role is prudent to help plan and execute

Bradley Watson, International Sales Director, Martin Audio our next wave of commercial success, and Brad is perfect to take on that responsibility.”

HARMAN BRINGS WORLD-CLASS SOUND TO INDIA’S URBAN FOUNDRY EATERY Munro Acoustics deploys JBL, Crown and Soundcraft solutions to deliver exceptional audio coverage and precise control for live music performances Munro Acoustics recently outfitted The Urban Foundry’s new location in Pune’s Kalyani Nagar neighborhood with an end-to-end HARMAN audio system. With several locations in Mumbai and Pune in India’s Maharashtra state, The Urban Foundry is a unique bar and eatery with an industrial aesthetic that incorporates brick, metal and glass materials. The Foundry’s new location features a performance area for live music, but the highly reflective surfaces in the restaurant made it difficult to

control the sound. In order to solve this challenge, management hired acoustic consultancy firm Munro Acoustics to design and install an end-to-end HARMAN Professional audio system comprised of JBL loudspeakers, Crown amplifiers and a Soundcraft mixer. “We wanted our new location in Pune to be different from the others, so we added a performance space for live music,” said Kishore Shetty, General Manager of Operations for The Urban Foundry. “This presented a challenge, as we had to ensure quality sound for performances while

The team deployed two full-range JBL AM7215 15” 2-way loudspeakers supplemented by six JBL AC16 ultra-compact 6” speakers as side-fills.

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retaining our signature industrial design. We chose to work with HARMAN Professional Solutions and Munro Acoustics because they understood our situation better than anyone else. The service was great, the process quick and it was our easiest installation yet. The sound quality here has exceeded my expectations, thanks to the experts at HARMAN and Munro Acoustics.” The Munro Acoustics team selected two full-range JBL AM7215 15” 2-way loudspeakers for the main array, supplemented by six JBL AC16 ultracompact 6” speakers as side-fills. JBL ASB6118 subwoofers with 18” Super Vented Gap (SVG) drivers provide high output and extended bandwidth for a full low-end response. To power the system, Munro deployed Crown CDi DriveCore 4|300 power amplifiers. For a streamlined mixing and monitoring solution, Munroe paired the compact Soundcraft EPM 6 mixer with JBL EON610 monitors. “The floor-to-ceiling metal posed a major challenge to the acoustics of the space,” said Kapil Thirwani, Partner at Munro Acoustics. “Our client emphasized the importance of live music at The Foundry, requesting that we make the space as performance-friendly as possible. The hard surfaces throughout


the space produced ringing reflections, so we had to position the speakers precisely to cover the audience with minimum interference from the room. Based on the design, our integrator Audio and Acoustic’s led by Prashant Nair recommended the new Application Engineering (AE) series loudspeakers by JBL specific for fixed install. This is the first time we’ve used the AE Series loudspeakers, and we’re extremely happy with the results. They’re easy to use and specially engineered for permanent installations, with a wide selection of models incorporating the latest loudspeaker technology. Plus, they’re easy to tune as needed.” “Controlling sound in a small venue with so much glass and metal in an enclosed space is no easy task,” said Prashant Govindan, Senior Director, HARMAN Professional Solutions India and SAARC. “I want to congratulate the team at Munro Acoustics for using their expertise to overcome this challenge and create a highquality, balanced sound system for The Urban Foundry. I also want to thank Munro for trusting JBL’s AE Series loudspeakers to deliver great results in this installation.”



NARAIN AUDIO & LIGHTING LLP INTRODUCE AUDIOCENTER SA3 SERIES Narain Audio & Lighting LLP has launched the new Audiocenter SA3 Series of active speaker. The SA3 series features three different models which include a SA312 and SA315 full range loudspeakers and a SA3218 subwoofer. This economical yet powerful speaker comes in 2 sizes 12-inch and 15-inch. The subwoofer offered by Audiocenter is a dual 18inch active monster. SA3 series is Audiocenter latest active DSP-controlled loudspeaker with high performance and high quality/ price ratio. It is built with BrainCore which analyses and processes the input signal, DSP module and Class D amplifier optimally, improving the audio performance of the system significantly. SA312 has a tiny, yet powerful

SA3218 Subwoofer

SA312 Loudspeaker speaker giving a peak power output of 132dB while the SA315 has a little more power with 134dB of peak output. The dual subwoofer on the other hand, has a peak dB output of 140.

SA315 Loudspeaker SA3 is designed for fixed installation and touring performance, such as multi-functional conference rooms, houses of worship, museums, lectures at school/colleges, DJ shows,

as a stage monitor, etc. The USP about this product is the fact that these cabinets are made entirely out of Chinese wood that make the sound much cleaner while being priced very well. The Audiocenter SA3 series now comes with a One Year warranty on the amplifier modules.

BLACK DOG RESOUNDS AN EASY VIBE SCORING HIGH WITH AN ALL RD SIGNATURE SYSTEM The Khar Gymkhana in Mumbai is home to some of the most elite members of society in Mumbai’s upmarket Khar suburb. With members enjoying leisure and activities that encompass sport, arts, usic and much more, the space

also hosts one of the most popular leisure and dining spots in town. The name – Black Dog. Be it parties, or relaxed intimate social gatherings – Black Dog offers an experience that’s unique and enticing in its own right, and a

ADAM HALL ASIA APPOINTS COUNTRY MANAGER FOR INDIA Adam Hall Asia has appointed Nagaraj Kenchi Mallikarjun as its new country manager for India. Mr Mallikarjun possesses 17 years of experience in the A/V, automation and IT industries with a skill set encompassing business development, marketing, supply chain and distribution management, project management and customer service. ‘With a market the size of India it was inevitable that we hire a country manager capable of gathering strategic information for the group to help grow our presence and distributors to invest further in the country,’ said Chandan Mahtani, Managing Director, Adam Hall Asia Pte Ltd. ‘We are very pleased with Nagaraj and the vast experience he brings on board.’ Mr Mallikarjun is confident that his

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The venue installed with Multiple loudspeaker system units of the RD15 and RD8 along with matching pair RD218W subwoofers key highlight of the venue is the amazing music experience, which is delivered through an efficient and dexterous sound system from pro audio stalwart Roger Drego. The poignant pro audio setup comprises a comprehensive loudspeaker system with multiple units of the RD15 and RD8 loudspeakers along with matching pair RD218W subwoofers covers the main area as it delivers all the thump and energy needed to bring the entire place to life and keep the vibe at an all-time high, while a pair of RD12M loudspeakers round off the monitoring solution at the DJ console. The loudspeaker setup

Nagaraj Kenchi Mallikarjun track record makes him a good match for the role. ‘My longterm goal is to contribute to the growth of the company in this region,’ he commented.


is powered through RD4.14 and RD4.08 power amplifiers that deliver the necessary juice, while the entire system is managed and controlled through the use of the everefficient Marani DPA260 loudspeaker management unit. A member of the management at Black Dog emphasizes, “A lot of our patrons have complimented us on the great quality of sound and music here. Roger and his team have done a great job, and the system does full justice to the venue and delivers exactly what was expected – amazing power and top-quality sound performance.”


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AN AVANT-GARDE AUDIO ARCHITECTURE FROM BOSE PROFESSIONAL TICKLES THE AURAL SENSES AT PIKKLE, NEW DELHI A world of newer possibilities, crafted cuisines, concoctions of mystic drinks, hand-crafted menus, delightfully cooked dishes and an enchanting ambience is what New Delhi’s latest novel bistro-bar, Pikkle, boasts of. Serving an eclectic mix of Asian and Indian cuisine, Pikkle has brought together under one roof, experts from different culinary experiences to curate and serve dishes that exemplify intent, passion, and love. Blending creativity with authentic flavors to taste top in town, the venue’s dishes are a perfect blend of spices, thought, presentation and a tad bit of fun, all mixed in with a luxurious and warm dining experience. The FnB presentation is undoubtedly a treat to one’s aesthetic appeal, whereas the ambience, on the other hand, rejuvenates like a novel experience does. The entrance to the venue sports an archway covered in faux leaves that leads to the upper floor where the dining area is. There are merchandise shelves with varieties of pickles, and a walk down further leads into a plush space where the seating is a mixture of upholstery in jewel tones and vintage floral patterns, with the walls covered in emerald green dragon scales. The venue also sports an outdoor seating area which invites patrons to soak in the fresh air as they enjoy their meal and drink. The frolic however, is all indoors. With a comfortable stage area to host live gigs that spin the world of music genres ranging from rock to retro to classical and everything in between, Pikkle offers patrons the choicest music experience. This is evident even through the programmed music that is played through the day, in the absence of live performances. And patrons love every bit of it. Jasneet Sahni & Suneet Sahni, the brain behind the Pikkle, exudes his their views about the sound experience at the venue, exclaiming, “The music we play at Pikkle is as diverse as our menu, and the music experience is as novel as the robot panda that

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Principal FOH system at dining area comprises a pair of the Bose Professional LT9403 loudspeaker and Bose’s V2 midrange manifold.

greets you at the venue’s entrance. We must say that the performance of our new Bose Professional sound system has far surpassed all our expectations of what an ideal sound system should be. Be it live performances or pre-recorded music playback - the venue always sounds fantastic. The design and installation teams for the audio setup have done a wonderful job. We really couldn’t be more pleased!” The avant-garde pro audio infrastructure from industry leaders Bose Professional that reinforces the mesmerizing music experience at Pikkle has been designed and

integrated by the Bose’s in-house technical engineering team in conjunction with Hi-Tech Audio Systems, who are the brand’s official distribution partners in India. Following a detailed analysis of the venue in terms of its structural and acoustical nuances, the integration team meticulously devised a precise loudspeaker scheme which involved an amalgam of Bose Professional’s finest range of install specific products. The principal FOH system at the main dining/performance area comprises a pair of the Bose Professional LT9403 loudspeaker that features medium-format waveguide,


90°x 40°coverage pattern and Bose’s V2 midrange manifold, all of which allows it to provide amazing coverage and superlative intelligibility with a smoother and more natural vocal range. Multiple units of the Bose Professional SMS 118 subwoofers provide impactful low frequency fidelity that is enjoyed and appreciated by everyone across the venue; while multiple units of the ever efficient RMU208 from Bose Professional’s Room Match Utility series of install specific loudspeakers have been deployed at strategic locations to ensure even distribution of sound across the venue’s perimeter, walkways and outdoor seating area. The entire loudspeaker system is powered through three units of the highly acclaimed PM8500 power amplifiers from Bose Professional’s PowerMatch series of amps, while a single unit of the multifaceted Bose Professional ESP4120 Engineered Sound Processor capably sorts the loudspeaker management and processing responsibilities. Manik Gupta of Hi-Tech Audio System explains how Bose proved to be the perfect match for Pikkle as he quotes, “The management at Pikkle expressed their plans to

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PHAWA AUDIO INSTALLS PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH WITH P.AUDIO, DYNATECH, JTS AND MACKIE The prestigious Presbyterian Church at Moodamai, Jaintia Hills, Meghalaya, recently saw the installation of a new comprehensive sound system in the last week of October by Phawa audio and video entertainment. Phawa audio and video entertainment, Shillong, Meghalaya have done numerous church and auditorium installations in Meghalaya and many other Northeastern regions of India. They have majorly used the brands from Sonotone (Mumbai) because of their easy availability all the year round and with very reliable and affordable pricing, backup and spare parts from the Distributor (Sonotone). Having a moderately big area of 3600 sq. ft. and a height of 23 ft. inside the church, the committee decided to switch from the previous old system and install a

Mr. Phawa chose to install the brands by Sonotone Electronics, because of his association with Sonotone being more than 20 years and him being the main dealer and promoter in Meghalaya and Northeast regions for the brands like,

more professional one. Mr. R.P.Phawa, the owner of ‘Phawa Audio and Video Entertainment’ and the dealer of Sonotone Electronics products in Meghalaya and other Northeastern states, was contacted by the committee to survey and design the whole church system in tandem with the acoustic treatment with the experienced Mr. Wanbor assisting him on the project. Mr. Phawa and Mr. Wanbor did both, the sound installation and the acoustic consulting for the church.

With some amount of work needed to be put in on dispersion, direction, height in the perfect direction to avoid wasting of sound energy to the unwanted area and walls, the installation of the new and more comprehensive system did not come up as much of a problem. Another major aspect that was well looked after was - treating the installation in Church much differently from the Live sound type of installation, so that proper solemnness inside the church could be maintained. The sound system has thus been well appreciated for sound coherence,

The stage setup comprises a JTS US- 1000D wireless microphone system and JTS TK-600 performance microphone with a Mackie ProFX16v2 mixing console.

Dynatech, JTS Mics, Mariani, Mackie etc., hence ensuring more reliability, easy parts availability and affordable prices. This also ensures prompt and hassle-free servicing of the products.

quality, clarity and the well-balanced and aesthetic looks inside the church by the committee and the attendants equally. The church is now open to all the devotees and visitors to worship. They have been successfully delivering the perfect quality for both big and small churches alike. The new arrangement of the church is comprises of eight P.Audio XE-12 passive two-way speakers and DynaTech DEL-118 subwoofers, driven

AN AVANT-GARDE AUDIO ARCHITECTURE FROM BOSE... offer a wide range of music at the venue, and therefore, desired a system that would not only be as dextrous enough to capably reinforce all kinds of music, but also powerful and efficient in use. Considering the dynamics of the space, we chose the LT9403 knowing that it would give us the advantage of covering a wider area at FOH, that too with uniform SPL and great tonal balance. For the areas that were out of reach

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of the LT9403, we chose to deploy the RMU208 keeping in mind the need to maintain tonal consistency and ability to drive the speakers louder whenever needed. Working with these products from Bose Professional allowed us to meet every expectation the client put forth – be it sound quality, performance or aesthetics – and we are extremely pleased to know that members of the management at Pikkle, as well as their patrons, absolutely love the

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quality of sound there.” Vibhor Khanna, Country ManagerSAARC, Bose Professional, shares his thoughts saying, “Pikkle has made a name for itself for delivering only the finest quality experience – be it the food and beverage, comfort or any other aspect of their service; and the management’s decision to choose Bose Professional as the preferred sound solution for their venue exemplifies their knowledge and awareness of how great quality sound


by DynaTech V-4000 and V-5000 amplifiers. The stage is equipped with a JTS US-1000D wireless microphone system and JTS TK600 performance microphone capture the sermons and vocals, while speakers and singers receive foldback from Dynatech CX-15 monitors. In the control room, Phawa audio and video entertainment installed a Mackie ProFX16v2 mixing console to manage the sound system.

enhances the dining experience, while consolidating their commitment to offering nothing less than the best to their patrons. It has been an honour and a privilege for us to be a part of this project and kudos to the entire installation team, especially our partners at Hi-Tech Audio Systems, for a job well done in ensuring Pikkle enjoys the kind of bespoke world-class sound experience that it so truly and richly deserves.”


ZOODIO PRO BOOSTS THE AUDIO EXPERIENCE AT MISS T The humble bylanes of Mumbai’s, Mandlik Road, Colaba, popular with visiting tourists, has welcomed a new and lively restaurant called Miss T. Occupying the two-storied bungalow, which formerly housed the Busaba restaurant, the restaurant is the brainchild of the Colaba Cartel team comprising restaurateurs Gauri Devidayal and Jay Yousuf of The Table and Magazine Street Kitchen fame and Sumit Gambhir, Pankil Shah and Abhishek Honawar, promoters of Woodside Inn, The Pantry and Bombay Vintage Miss T, which is operational since August, is a South East Asian restaurant and cocktail lounge with chic interiors and an impressive menu. Designed by Zubin and Krupa Zainuddin, the restaurant has plenty of booth-style tables in deep blue, leading up to a T shaped bar. The food of the restaurant has borrowed from Southeast Asia’s Golden Triangle Thailand, Laos, and Myanmar, with an addition of Vietnamese cuisine. To recreate these flavors Miss T has brought two consulting chefs - Bawmra Jap of Bomra’s, Goa and Vietnam’s Duc Tran who are responsible to ensure the food is consistently good. The otherwise tranquil music which is a little bit louder at the Bar is courtesy an audio system deployed by Dylan Hilton of Mumbai based sound installation and Consultancy Company Zoodio Pro. Zoodio Pro consultancy, which has designed the audio for a number of projects including the

Warehouse Lounge (featured in the Sept-Oct issue of PALM technology) and the recently opened Rude lounge in Ulhasnagar, has been in the sound industry since more than a decade and has a team comprising of skilled sound engineers, acoustic consultants, and professional sound installers. The audio for the Warehouse lounge, Thane was completely designed and installed by Zoodio Pro and the company is responsible for after sales service,

which includes maintenance and servicing of the Audio at the venue. Explaining the brief provided by the client, project manager and coordinator, Dylan Hilton says, “For the client, it was of utmost importance to have the best possible audio coverage with a punchy vibe for the night and which can still be functional as a smooth and elegant restaurant during the day. However,

The private dining room at Miss T. The EViD3.2 compact fullrange loudspeaker has been deployed at the private sections.

without compromising with the graceful interiors of the restaurants. After taking the client’s perspective under consideration, we thought and planned to deploy six Niles DS7mp in-ceiling speakers in the seating area.” The bar area is sound reinforced with two Nova Acoustic KIRA 5 supported by 1-12inch subwoofer. “For the bar area, we felt that the

best-suited speakers would be the NOVA Acoustics KIRA 5 due it’s size and dynamics which is supported by the 12-inch sub. For the sound quality to be evenly distributed the speaker power & system alignment is managed by crown amplification while the sectioning is accomplished by a pair of Drive Rack Venue 360 crossovers.” In addition to this, Zoodio Pro has deployed the EViD3.2 compact full-range loudspeaker at the reception area and the private section. The EVID 3.2 is an ideal loudspeaker for indoor and outdoor applications requiring high-quality sound. Its shape and size make it nearly invisible for use in background/foreground music systems for restaurants, bars, patios, retail, and other applications. For those in quest of a restaurant cum lounge, boasting of great menu accompanied by a sexy interior and great sounding music, Miss T may well be the most impressive openings this year.

WILLIAMS AV APPOINTS NEW DISTRIBUTOR FOR INDIA MARKET Williams AV has announced the appointment of Visionhire Entertainments Pvt. Ltd. as its new distribution partner representing

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the Williams Sound, Pointmaker and Williams AV product lines in India. Established in 1987, Visionhire is a multi-location distributor handles a number of leading audio and video brands, and it provides AV integration solutions for a wide range of applications and customers. In addition, Visionhire has a comprehensive AV rental department

and a music division, providing music services to a large number of hotels. Says, Siddharth Lulla, Managing Director of Visionhire, “I am quite impressed with the exceptional quality of Williams AV products, along with their wide range of applications. I am particularly excited about the innovative, new meeting room solutions, including Audio Presenter HUB and Blue Pod. We also see a high level of interest for the flexibility of the Digi-Wave portable tour-guide/ interpretation/intercom system. And the Pocketalker personal amplifier


should have a very positive social impact, since it offers high-quality hearing enhancement at a reasonable price.” Per Persson, Director of International Sales for Williams AV, says, “I had the opportunity to meet with Sid and his team and I was immediately impressed with their enthusiasm, motivation and professionalism. Visionhire has a very good understanding of the Indian market and an impressive footprint in this rapidly expanding market for Audio Visual products.”


MEYER SOUND INTRODUCES USW-210P COMPACT NARROW SUBWOOFER Meyer Sound has introduced the USW-210P Compact Narrow Subwoofer, a self-powered loudspeaker providing robust forceful low-frequency reproduction in a slender form factor that is ideally suited to space-restricted installations or very small performance stages. The dual 10-inch driver configuration produces greater output than typical single 12-inch designs, making the USW-210P a preferred alternative wherever convincing bass power must be combined with minimal cabinet width and depth. “We created it for customers who want superior, full-range music reproduction in retail outlets,” says Pablo Espinosa, Meyer Sound’s vice president & chief loudspeaker designer. “Because their architect and interior designer had limited the dimensions allowed for loudspeakers, we made USW-210P to fit the space. It exceeded all performance expectations and we decided to make it available in our product line.” The USW-210P has an operating

peak SPL of 126 dB free field at 1 m using pink noise. The long, slender bass reflex cabinet employs the same port design as Meyer Sound’s flagship 1100-LFC low frequency control element for high efficiency and low port distortion. Cabinet dimensions are 41.33 inches (1,049.78 mm) high, 12.0 inches (304.8 mm) wide and 12.0 inches (304.8 mm) deep. A slanted connector panel allows mounting flush to a wall surface with cables connected. Weight is 56.0 lbs (24.6 kg). The USW-210P cabinet houses a two channel Class D power amplifier with dedicated onboard processing including crossover, driver protection, and frequency and phase correction. The built-in crossover accepts fullrange signals, facilitating daisy-chain system configurations for signal distribution, and eliminating the need for external crossovers in smaller systems. The Intelligent AC power supply provides automatic voltage selection, EMI filtering, soft current turn-on, and surge suppression.

comprehensive monitoring of loudspeaker parameters from a Mac or Windows-based computer running Compasscontrol software via the RMServer interface. Optional XLR 5-pin connectors allow the use of composite cables for carrying both balanced audio and RMS signals. The USW-210P cabinet is constructed of premium birch plywood and is coated with a durable, black textured finish. A stamped steel grille protects the drivers. Options include Meyer Sound weather protection and custom color finishes for specific cosmetic requirements. The USW-210P is supplied standard with M8 mounting points at top and bottom. In addition to horizontal placement, the USW-210P also may be mounted free-standing in a vertical orientation (connectors at top or bottom) using an optional aluminum base plate. A U-bracket for wall or ceiling mounting also is available as an option. The versatile USW-210P integrates

frequency range of 30 Hz to 140 Hz with a conservatively rated linear

The optional RMS remote monitoring system module provides

easily with Meyer Sound full-range loudspeaker systems, including

CAL and UltraSeries loudspeakers. Applications include retail and hospitality installations, theatrical sound reinforcement, houses of worship, conference rooms, highend home theatre and corporate AV systems.

URBO TURNS UP THE MUSIC ZEAL IN PUNE WITH AN RD SIGNATURE SYSTEM In a city that’s laden with innumerable chill out destinations – Pune is now home to the latest haven for social celebrations – Urbo. Be it for high energy hardcore DJ parties, or a relaxed intimate social get-together of sorts – Urbo offers an experience that unique and enticing in its own right, and a key highlight of the venue is the amazing music experience, which is delivered through an adept comprehensive pro audio system from pro audio stalwart Roger Drego. The poignant pro audio setup comprises a comprehensive loudspeaker system with multiple units of the RD15 and RD10 loudspeakers along with matching pair RD218W subwoofers covers

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the main area as it delivers all the thump and energy needed to bring the entire place to life and keep the party vibe at an all-time high. The balcony areas sport RD10 loudspeakers with RD12WC subs to deliver the entire music spectrum, while a pair of RD15M loudspeakers round off the monitoring solution at the DJ console. The loudspeaker setup is powered through RD4.14 and RD4.08 power amplifiers that deliver the necessary

The balcony areas of the restaurant sport RD10 loudspeakers with RD12WC subs, while a pair of RD15M loudspeakers round off the monitoring solution at the DJ console. juice, while the entire system is managed and controlled through the use of the ever-efficient DBMark XCA28 and DBMark XCA24 loudspeaker management units. A member of the management at URBO emphasizes, “It’s great to hear several patrons commending


is on the great quality of sound and music here at URBO! We knew full well working with Roger and his fabulous team, that this RD system would do full justice to the venue and deliver exactly what was expected – amazing power and pristine quality sound performance.”


Reji Rav

Introduction 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.

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,

The Vestax QFO - the predecessor of Portablism

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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.

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.

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

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


Numark PT01 Scratch - the fire starter 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.

Product Focus

DJ Headphones

Ear to Hear Irrespective of the genre of music, one of the most essential and valuable equipment for a DJ, is the headphone. A well-designed pair of DJ headphones can make a big difference in the performance. In this product focus section, PT highlights a line-up of six DJ Headphones launched in 2017-2018.

Audio Technica ATH-PRO7X Audio Technica ATH-PRO7X professional DJ headphones combine the comfort and lowprofile style of an on-ear design with powerful 45 mm drivers capable of handling 2,000 mW of input power. This combination gives DJs extremely accurate high-fidelity audio reproduction – even at loud volumes – from a pair of headphones that are easy to wear through even the longest gigs. Main Features include: • 45 mm large-aperture drivers reproduce ultra-expressive, detailed sound • On-ear design with sleek, minimalist style • Detachable locking cables – 1.2 m - 3.0 m (3.9’ - 9.8’) coiled and 1.2 m (3.9’) straight – ensure secure connection during active DJ use • Maximum input power of 2,000 mW enables distortion-free wide-range audio reproduction even at loud volumes • Premium, soft, durable earpads can be worn comfortably for hours • Easily replaceable headband cushion • Lightweight, sturdy construction Technical Specifications: • Type: Closed-back Dynamic • Driver Diameter: 45 mm • Magnet: Neodymium

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• Frequency Response: 5 - 40,000 Hz • Maximum Input Power: 2,000 mW at 1 kHz • Sensitivity: 100 dB • Impedance: 37 ohms • Weight: 220 g (7.8 oz) • Cable: Interchangeable cables: detachable 1.2 m - 3.0 m (3.9’ - 9.8’) coiled cable and detachable 1.2 m (3.9’) straight cable • Connector: 3.5 mm (1/8”) stereo mini-plug • Accessory Included: 6.3 mm (1/4”) screwon adapter

Pioneer HDJ-S7 Pioneer HDJ-S7 headphones are the world’s first on-ear DJ headphones to feature 40-mm HD drivers. This ensures the clear sound separation needed for monitoring during mixes, from rich and powerful bass to clear mid-to-high frequencies. Main Features include: • Outstanding Sound  High-quality audio design: equipped with newly developed 40-mm HD drivers, making them the world’s first on-ear DJ headphones to reproduce high-resolution sound from 5Hz to 40 kHz. • 4-core twisted-structure cable: independent ground wire in the 4-core twistedstructure cable provides superior left and right channel separation, improving sound quality. • Bass reflex chamber: ensures excellent bass response and sound insulation. • Superior Durability • Rigorously tested • Improved Functionality • Swivel mechanism for all monitoring styles • Comfortable and flexible headband • Comfortable ear pads


Technical Specification: • Type: Closed, Dynamic • Frequency response: 5 Hz to 40,000 Hz • Impedance: 48 Ω • Sensitivity: 107dB • Maximum input power: 2,000 mW • Driver: ø 40 mm • Connection cord: 1.2 m coiled cable (extended length 3.0 m) 1.6 m straight cable • Weight: 215 g (without cable)

Phonon 02 Stick Phonon 02 stick DJ headphone is a single earpiece attached to a foam stick. It is said to be the perfect, comfortable and sponge stick ear pads for DJ’s. it works by summing the stereo cue signal into mono, always keeping one ear on the club rather than focusing too much on the next track. Main Features include: • Mono specification that mixed LR channel based on SMB - 02. • Institute click unit using natural rubber sponge fatigue even in long play. • The long curl cord supports DJ movement. • A DJ mixer and 02 Stick of split CUE featured your case of use, CUE channel and

offers clear and precise reproduction of low frequencies, makes it suitable for DJ applications.

master channel is out of the mix will be force. Please check your DJ mixer. Tech Specifications: • Type: stick style DJ headphone, mono sound • Driver: 40mm • Output sound level: 100dB/mW • Playback frequency range: 20 - 20,000Hz • Maximum input: 1,600mW • Impedance: 25Ohms

Reloop SHP-8 Reloop SHP-8 is a professional over-ear headphone, its closed-back construction with passive bass amplification the SHP-8

Main Features include: • Closed-back architecture with passive bass enhancement • Neutral and detailed reproduction of the whole frequency range • Bass Accentuation Technology: Individual adjustment of the low end frequency range for each earcup (neutral/+3 dB/+6 dB) • Rotatable earcups for comfortable handling • Extendable aluminium headband adapts perfectly to the shape of your head • Highly flexible headband allows one-ear monitoring as well • Comfortable padding composed of memory foam and premium protein leather with excellent humidity absorption characteristics – even during a long session • One-sided cable routing for flexibility • Replaceable, removable cable connection • 3.5 mm stereo jack cable with gold-plated plugs and spring-loaded bend protection • Sturdy high-quality construction containing aluminum with a gunmetal finish • Incl. velvet bag and gold-plated 6.3 mm stereo jack adapter S Technical Specification: • Frequency range: 10 Hz - 20 kHz • Max. input power: 20 mW • Impedance: 32 Ohm +/-15 % • Acoustic pressure: 96 dB +/-3 dB at 1 kHz • Driver unit: 40 mm • Speaker power: 10 mW • Connections: 3.5 mm jack/6.3 mm adapter (gold-plated) • Weight: 237 g • Cable: 2.2 m

Sennheiser HD 660 S Sennheiser HD 660 S is an elegantly designed piece of high-quality which engineering that indulges the demanding listener with aural precision and great wearing comfort. Due to its lower impedance, it delivers reference-class sound also when connected to hi-res mobile players, thus offering much greater versatility.

ness that immerses you in every emotion and nuance of music. • Extremely light aluminum voice coils ensure the highest impulse fidelity • All cables are made of highly conductive OFC copper, featuring very low handling noise and sturdy para-aramid reinforcement. • The elliptical ear cups are shaped to follow the anatomy of the ear, while thick padding on the headband and the replaceable ear cushions guarantee hours of listening in supreme comfort. Technical Specification: • Impedance: 150 Ω • Connector: 6.35 mm / 4.4 mm Pentaconn • Frequency response: 10 – 41,000 Hz (-10 dB) • Sound pressure level (SPL): 104 dB at 1V 1kHz • THD + N, total harmonic distortion and noise < 0,04% (1 kHz, 100 dB) • Transducer principle (headphones) Dynamic, open • Weight w/o cable Approx. 260 g (without cable)

Main features include: • With a crisp bass, excellent mid-frequency response, and a gentle, pleasantly natural treble, the HD 660 S has an expressive-


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Product Focus

TOP SEVEN BIG STAGE CLAYPAKY Sharpy Plus After eight years of the launch of the legendary Sharpy, Clay Paky has now developed the incredible Sharpy Plus which is a true 100% HYBRID unit able to be a perfect beam light and a perfect spotlight. Sharpy Plus is suitable for every occasion, with an extraordinary luminous efficiency which ensures substantial savings through lower power consumption. It fits a totally new, top-rankingperformance Osram Sirius HRI 330W X8 lamp and weighs only 21.6 kg (47.6 lb). The Sharpy Plus has two independent operating modes i.e. Beam and Spot mode. In Beam mode, the aerial effects are enhanced by the way the Sirius lamp is made. It is capable of extraordinary power output (over 300,000 lux at a 10mt distance, which

Live sound mixers to speakers to microphones, plays a vital role in the concert performance. It is, to set up your show using PT selects and brings noteworthy pro audio and live stages in 2018.

the optical unit enhances through a marked hot spot. In Spot mode, the light is diffused in a more even way which means visual effects can be projected with excellent uniformity. With a slightly larger body than the Sharpy, it houses a high-quality optical unit with a zoom that ranges from 3°to 36°zoom covers the entire range linearly, both in spot mode and in beam mode. Its minimum beam angle of 3°makes it possible to generate the narrow parallel light beams and its wide zoom range also allows large beam angles, which makes the SHARPY PLUS a perfect spotlight for all purposes. Sharpy Plus with its wide range of effects and high light output, it beats all the lights in the same category and comes very close to those of higher wattages, but with a much more appealing price tag.

Sennheiser G4 Wireless Series This year, Sennheiser released the evolution wireless G4 series which is the fourth generation of its most popular product G3 wireless system range. Following on the success and legacy of Sennheiser popular G3 wireless system range, the G4 takes things a little further, offering four different lines—100, 300, 500 – sub series and IEM - to meet the needs of the live performance, broadcast, and film, as well as the business and education market segments. There are brand-new professional sets for ENG and film work in the 500 series, three new Base Sets in the 300 series, as well as upgraded Vocal Sets and a new Combo Set in the 100 series. EW G4 – 100 SERIES: The 100 series comprises Vocal Sets that include the acclaimed capsules of the evolution e 835, e 845, e 865, e 935, and e 945 microphones. Also available are an Instrument Set, a Headmic Set and two Lavalier

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Sets with either the ME 2-II (omni) or ME 4 (cardioid). EW G4 500 SERIES: This series offers the added benefits of greater range, more spectrum flexibility and the control options offered by the Wireless Systems Manager software. Available systems include Vocal Sets with the e 935, e 945 and e 965 capsules, an Instrument Set, a Lavalier Set with professional MKE 2 clip-on, as well as an individual receiver and transmitter units. IEM series: The IEM series has had its RF output power increased to 50 mW, and its bodypacks now come with even better protection from humidity and moisture. Individual units are available, as are a single and a Twin IEM Set. EW G4 300 SERIES: Targeting users in corporate, hospitality and education settings, the ew G4 300 series comprises a Vocal Set with an e 865 microphone head, a Lavalier Set with the ME 2-II clip-on, and a new Headmic Set which includes the SL HEADMIC 1, the pro’s choice for speeches and lectures. Also new in the series are the Base Sets, which provide a cost-efficient way to update or expand existing evolution wireless systems.

Products lighting consoles, PA each piece of equipment production of a big scale live therefore, absolutely essential the appropriate gear. a collection of seven lighting gear launched for

D&B GSL Series Twelve years after releasing its J series, D&B Audiotechnik introduced the GSL loudspeaker system, which is a part of d&b’s SL-Series and sits right at the top of the company’s loudspeaker product range. There are four loudspeakers that make up the GSL-System, of which the GSL8 and GSL12 form the core. Both are 4-way boxes that are identical aside from their horizontal dispersion pattern. Like J8’s and J12’s before them, the GSL8 is an 80° box and the GSL12 is its 120°equivalent used for near- or mid-field applications. Inside the GSL cabinets, the low-frequency section consists of dual forward-facing 14-inch drivers and two side-firing 10-inch drivers, both utilizing a bass reflex design. The mid-frequency section consists of a single horn-loaded 10-inch cone driver; the high-frequency section consists of three 1.4-inch exit drivers housing 3.4-inch voice coil diaphragms. The GSL System is a complete solution created specifically for the largest sound reinforcement applications in significantly sized arenas, stadiums, and festivals, to accurately deliver any performance style or musical genre.

Bose Professional S1 Pro Multi-Position P.A. System The new Bose S1 Pro is the company’s smallest and most affordable portable PA, and reportedly, its brilliant design is ideal for singer-guitarists who perform on stages where power outlets are inaccessible. Fully loaded and weighing in at just 15 pounds, the Bose S1 Pro is the ultimate all-in-one PA for soloists, event speakers, and smaller acts. Whether kept tilt, seat, or mount, the S1 Pro delivers rich, even coverage to an entire room, with Auto EQ to eliminate hotspots out on the floor. Two channels with independent EQ, reverb, and ToneMatch technology promise flattering reproduction of voices and instruments, while a dedicated third channel with 1/8” aux input and onetouch Bluetooth pairing and streaming handles music playback. A convenient carry handle facilitates speedy load-ins and setups, while a factory-installed Li-ion battery gives unmatched PA portability. Separate microphone, guitar (XLR-1/4-inch combo jacks) and auxiliary inputs (auxiliary input audio also can be streamed wirelessly via Bluetooth); a ¼-inch line output and a three-channel mixer with individual bass, treble, reverb, as well as ToneMatch controls for channels 1 and 2, make the S1 Pro a true all-in-one PA system. An optional, rechargeable lithium-ion battery enables hours of performance, without needing to plug into a power outlet. Unlike many compact speaker systems, the S1 Pro does not have a narrow “sweet spot,” but instead disperses full-range sound quality across an impressively wide sound field. Bose states that the S1 Pro is ideal for audiences of 50 or fewer, but it easily can be used to fill larger rooms with volume levels that are just above the average volume of conversation. The ToneMatch feature instantly optimizes the sound quality of guitars and vocal microphones to provide rich, full, distortion-free tone with impressive clarity, while the treble and bass EQ controls allow further refinement, without radically altering the sound. The built-in reverb may be a no-frills “meat and potatoes” effect, but it provides pleasant, natural-sounding room ambience effects that are particularly useful when playing outdoors.


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Outline – Superfly Superfly by Outline is the latest compact line-array containing design DNA from one of the most influential loudspeaker designs of the last 15 years, Outline’s Butterfly. Weighing under 38kg (83.8 lb) per module, Superfly is the lightest, most powerful 3-way, 10” quad-amped line-array system within existing Outline portfolio with 2 x 10” LF, 2 x 8” MF and 1 x 3” HF loaded on a DPRWG wave-guide. Nothing as compact or lightweight comes close to this system which can be readily paired with any of the firm’s subwoofer designs. The LF extension from the individually-driven dual 10” drivers is below 50Hz and for many applications, Superfly’s ultrawide bandwidth and clarity make it the ideal solution without the need for additional subwoofers. Outline Superfly appears as a work of art which offers 90°horizontal propagation. Output beyond the 90°range drastically reduces the sound pressure level. This allows designing the coverage of the sound space in a very precise way. The angulation and rigging system is the same as in the Outline Mantas 28 system - angle is selected using two retractable elements and locked with pins from the bottom and from the top. Outline Superfly is a very exciting proposition among compact line systems. In its class, it will certainly be one of the leaders.

ETC Relevé Spot Relevé Spot automated fixture with calibrated fourcolor additive mixing, a unique Ani-gobo wheel, and patented Whisper Home technology is designed by ETC for stage lighting applications. The Relevé Spot, which won an Innovation Award recently, builds on the LED color technology that ETC has been refining for nearly a decade. The calibrated four-color additive mixing system builds on the success of the ColorSource Deep Blue array offering brighter reds, more vibrant greens, and deeper blues than typical event-focused automated luminaires, with the even and calibrated color mixing you’ve come to expect from ETC.

ETC Releve Spot Features: • The brightness of up to 6,000 lumens • Additive LED RGIL (ColorSource Deep Blue) system creating strong saturated colors and warm/cool white output • Crisp gobo projection with five rotating/indexing dichroic gobos • 18-54°zoom range that covers the most popular ellipsodal field angles • Ani-gobo breakup and effect wheel allow for a variety of types of beam breakups as well as spectacular fire, water, and leaf effects. • Excellent variable frost that perfectly emulates common theatrical frost • Whisper Home instant pan and tilt calibration/homing at boot with minimal fixture movement • Extremely quiet operation

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YAMAHA DXS Series of Powered Subwoofers This year Yamaha has announced the newest additions to its DXS Series of powered subwoofers, the DXS15mkII and DXS12mkII. The DXS Series was originally developed to complement the acclaimed DSR, DXR, and DBR Series full-range powered speakers and provide a more well-rounded sound, particularly for bass-heavy musical performances that put a premium on very powerful, yet well-defined low frequencies. The new DXS15mkII and DXS12mkII are upgraded models of the current DXS15 and DXS12 sub-woofers that have adopted technologies developed for the DXS18, which has proven to be a very popular choice in live venues and clubs, as well as temporary applications such as outdoor music events or parties. Both new models offer an upgrade in performance from the previous DXS15 and DXS12, delivering higher maximum SPL from a more powerful amplifier, as well as an extended low-frequency response. The new DXS15mkII and DXS12mkII are upgraded models of the current DXS15 and DXS12 sub-woofers that have adopted technologies developed for the DXS18, which has proven to be a very popular choice in live venues and clubs, as well as temporary applications such as outdoor music events or parties. DXS15mkII 15” POWERED SUBWOOFER: The new DXS15mkII capable of producing tight, thunderous low frequencies as low as 40Hz and a maximum SPL of 135dB, this updated model’s optimized band-pass design and state-ofthe-art DSP ensure the extremely high-power output is focused, powerful, and distortion-free. DXS12mkII 12” POWERED SUBWOOFER: The new DXS12mkII is equipped with an upgraded 1020W power amplifier producing an impressive 134dB and reaching as low as 42Hz producing clean, clear, heart-stopping bass that defies its lightweight construction. Try selecting our D-XSUB “BOOST” or “XTENDED LF”low-frequency processing settings, turn up the volume, and watch the eyes widen and jaws drop. All this in a small, easy to install enclosure.


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MASTERSOUNDS AND TPI UNVEIL “DEFINITIVE” TURNTABLE ISOLATION SYSTEM TO ELIMINATE FEEDBACK MasterSounds and TPI have come together and released a new turntable isolator called TRBxM. Reportedly, the unit is designed to sit underneath a standardized turntable like the Technics SP-1200/10 – though other kits are available for other types of turntable – and signifcantly reduce the vibrations that may cause needle skips and unwanted interference. The TRMxB

is designed to reduce feedback at 1kHz and 450Hz, frequencies commonly known to cause issues in live environments. “The definitive reference in turntable vibration isolation”, the TRBxM has been manufactured in England alongside TPI Aerospace to “military specifications”, presumably so it can withstand potential vibration caused by live music and large sound systems.

NATUS LABNS UNVEILS NATUS ONE – DEVICE TO MAKE DJ HEADPHONES WIRELESS The Natus Labs has unveiled Natus One – the first wireless headphone link designed specifically for DJs and producers. It is a device that turns any standard headphones wireless. Natus One consists of a transmitter that is connected to the user’s mixer or other equipment, and a slim receiver that fits in the users pocket. It offers a digital link with CD quality audio, only 16ms of fixed latency, 24 hours play time on a single charge

and minimum 30ft/10m range. It works by plugging the transmitter into the audio source and plugging the headphones into the receiver as normal, hence allowing user to still use their favorite wired headphones.

DENON DJ’S MCX8000 NOW WORKS WITH ENGINE PRIME Denon DJ has announced a major update to their Engine Prime v1.2.1 software and firmware. This update now enables the MCX8000 controller to be feature enhanced with Denon DJ’s standard-setting Engine Prime music management software, giving DJ’s unprecedented control over their digital music. The MCX8000 will utilize Engine Prime optimized music libraries via its USB drives, and new performance and hardware features have also been added to the MCX8000 via its v2.0 firmware update. Improvements include microphone/recording workflow, beatgrid/sync and quantize enhancements, plus song browsing

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improvements. In addition, Engine Prime itself has been improved, and this new version 1.2.1 has enhanced music library and track import features plus optimized playlist options, along with its newly-added MCX8000 database export support, giving the MCX8000 performance capabilities that are

unmatched by virtually any controller currently available. “With Engine Prime’s v1.2.1 update, added to the new v2.0 firmware, our award winning MCX8000 controller gets ‘Prime’ performance, plus workflow and software enhancements, empowering DJs to deliver more creativity, dancefloor impact and energy into their sets”, said Paul Dakeyne, Creative Director for Denon DJ. He added, “Our Engine Prime music management software is now more powerful than ever. To say we’re stoked is an understatement!”


MIXVIBES UNVEILS REMIXLIVE 4 Mixvibes has recently announced an update to its Remixlive sampling and live performance app for iOS and Android. Now at version 4.0, the update includes the new sample edit feature that allow users to easily import full

tracks. Once the track inserted inside Remixlive, users can then create loops and one shots from them, allowing users to further edit, pitch shift and fine tune those audio samples to taste for on-the-fly remixing.

Engine Prime 1.2.1 • MCX8000 Database Export support • Playlists now rearrangeable • Drag iTunes, Traktor and Serato parent crates/folders to Collection • Faster iTunes and Serato library import • Album/Song Artwork management faster and optimized • Enhanced Loop control for quicker navigation through tracks

DJ Technology

PIONEER UNVEILS HDJ-X5BT OVER-EAR DJ HEADPHONES Pioneer DJ has announced the launch its HDJ-X5BT headphones with Bluetooth wireless technology. This new over-ear DJ headphones are reportedly ideal for DJing in the club and monitoring tracks on the move and are available in three colours: HDJ-X5BT-K (metallic black), HDJ-X5BT-R (metallic red) and HDJX5BT-W (gloss white). Key Features: Wireless Technology for Monitoring Music Anywhere: With easy set-up, users can simply power up the HDJX5BT headphones and pair them with your Bluetooth device – such as a smartphone or PC/Mac – then start monitoring tracks. Well-Balanced, Dynamic Sound: Hear every nuance in the tracks

whether it’s for mixing at booth or monitoring music at home. Highresolution, well-balanced tuning and bass reflex chambers in the housings allow the airflow to deliver an excellent bass response and sound insulation. The high-quality Qualcomm aptX audio codec is supported as well as AAC and SBC for high-quality sound, even when listening wirelessly. Lasting Durability: The HDJ-X series headphones are rigorously tested, and each model has cleared the US Military Standard MIL-STD-810G Shock test as well as our own demanding stress testing to ensure they can handle severe conditions and heavy use. Flexible Functionality for Comfortable Djing: Due to its

housing design, swivel mechanism and flexible headband inherited from the predecessors in the HDJ-X series,

the HDJ-X5BT headphones are comfortable to use no matter how long users wear them.

ROLAND INTRODUCES BEAT SYNC MAKER IOS APP Roland has introduced the Beat Sync Maker iOS app, a tool for

and adds all sorts of custom video effects that stay in perfect time with

DJs and EDM artists looking to pair professional visuals with their music. Instead of relying solely on fixed angles that focus on hands over drum machines, controllers, and synths, artists can now infuse their music performances with polished visual effects that make their videos more engaging for a wider audience. Beat Sync Maker automatically detects the beats in a performance

the music. Going further, users can also drop in movie clips from their device with the app’s 2-Video Mix function. Via a simple and creative process, users are able to transform a video in minutes, save it to their device, and post it to social media. With Beat Sync Maker, it has never been easier to bring a professional touch to EDM and DJ performance videos.

EDM or DJ performances with edgy beat-synced video •

Roland Beat Sync Maker features: • This tool is perfect for enhancing •

MODAL ELECTRONICS ANNOUNCES THE NEW CRAFTSYNTH V2.0 Modal Electronics has introduced the latest in its line of CRAFTsynth V2.0 instruments. Reportedly, the new CRAFTsynth v2.0 is battery powered and packs eight oscillators and a huge amount of sound-warping ability into its compact housing. The CRAFTsynth

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v2.0 is an improvement on Modal’s original version and like its predecessor, it comes as a selfassembled kit that takes only 10 minutes to build. For a little synth, this unit packs in a lot of features, with an eight-slot modulation matrix and the option of 16 oscillator modifiers. The synth also includes an arp/sequencer as well as effects such as distortion and delay. Also included is a 2-pole resonant filter which can be morphed from low pass, through bandpass, to high pass.

effects Users can choose from five visual effects types and apply the timing they want during playback Users can easily adjust the effect depth with an onscreen slider 2-Video Mix function allows users to cut in movie clips from their iPhone/iPad camera roll; 18 pre-installed movie clips included Free version exports videos up to 30 seconds long; full export functionality available with an in-app purchase or connection to GO: MIXER PRO or GO: MIXER

DIPLO LAUNCHES A SAMPLE PACK WITH NI AND SOUNDS.COM Diplo has launched a new Sounds. com pack featuring samples and sounds from his personal collection. The new pack is the first in a series of Sounds Originals, delivered by NI’s sample platform, that will feature the likes of Richie Hawtin, Junkie XL and Robot Koch over the next year.


“I’ve worked with many different artists, musicians, and talented people in my life and have learned that great music is born from great sound,” says Diplo. “I’m excited to hear what music makers will create with my original sounds. I hope to inspire them and give them some building blocks for making something new.”

DJ Technology

VARDHAMAN MEGATECH PVT. LTD. CONDUCTS MIX-MINISTERS 2018 OPEN DJ CHAMPIONSHIP The Grand Finale of the “MixMinisters” Open DJ Championship, presented by Vardhaman Megatech, in association with JBL Professional & Pioneer DJ was held on December 5, 2018 at the VMT Mumbai Store.

presence of DJ Akbar Sami, one of the most respected DJ’s globally and a favorite amongst the party circuits in the country. The entire event was covered on Facebook Live on the VMT page, and a snippet of each contestants performance is available

Headphone and some DJ Accessories along with a few goodies. The first Runner-Up, DJ Altrax (Animesh) and the second runner up DJ Tushar won a Hobby DJ Kit which includes Pioneer DJ Controller, a JBL Studio Monitor, an AKG Headphone


Vardhaman Megatech Open DJ Championship 2018 Winners

The gates opened at 9:00 AM with 1250 audience members and 60 contestants making their way to VMT Mumbai through the day. The 60 participants performed on the latest Pioneer Nexus 2 Set-up & JBL VRX FOH System. The contestants were judged on the following skills: 1. Technical 2. Presentation 3. Mixing 4. Song Selection Each participant got four minutes to perform while the judges looked keenly at their mixing on the huge LED wall. There was a rotating judging panel for the elimination rounds and 11 judges for the final one. Judging panel comprised of DJ Hi2, DJ KD. DJ LiL ‘B, DJ LLOYD, DJ OSH, DJ Raj, DJ Ryan Beck, DJ Shameless Mani, DJ Shanaya, and DJ Smokey. Mr Ram Sheshadri, President – DRIA was also present. The final round of the event was further enlightened by the

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online. “The number of viewers skyrocketed every second. This was a massive event. The total views were more than 100k even before the closure of the event” said Mr. Rahul More, Marketing, VMT Central. After five hours of performances and eliminations, the below 12 contestants were selected to battle it out for the top spot and prizes worth Rs. 5 Lakhs. 1. DJ ASHTRON 2. DJ ANIMESH (ALTRAX) 3. DJ TUSHAR 4. DJ VAIBHAV 5. DJ AJAY 6. DJ BAREFACE (Delhi) 7. DJ VISHAL 8. DJ SHAILESH 9. DJ SAHIL 10. DJ PRASHANT 11. SOUMIL KOUL 12. DJ NEERAJ The first Mix-Ministers Champion was DJ Ashtron who won a Portable DJ Kit that includes a Pioneer DJ Controller, an Eon One, an AKG

and some DJ Accessories amongst other goodies. 4th Place DJ Vaibhav & 5th Place DJ Ajay took home a Mini-DJ Kit which comprises of a Pioneer controller, an AKG headphone and some DJ Accessories and goodies “Mix Ministers is a platform for the young and ambitious entrants in our industry. It’s a sense of giving back for us. The industry has received us, our stores and our team with open hearts and we feel privileged to be able to contribute to its growth and development. We are also humbled by the gesture of the judges who took time out of their precious schedule and graced the event. We would also like to thank JBL Professional & Pioneer DJ for their association with the event” said Farhaad Elavia, Public Relations, Vardhaman. What the Judges had to say: Hi2: Winner of DJ Championship in 1999 and War of DJ in 1998 DJ Hi2 from Muzink, commented, “I


feel that it is been better before because participants were much more prepared. When I won these competitions, I practiced hard for one year for six minutes set and took part to win and I won. Here, I can see a lot of mistakes because the Pioneer player is not easy along with many different features, which hardly anyone uses.” He adds, “I could also make out that some of the guys who took part are actually playing in clubs and therefore, they have that edge of that practice and to win any competition it’s important that one should know their equipment very well.” DJ Raj: “The show was really good. I always appreciate all the activities taking place for DJ Fraternity. Especially, when these aspiring DJ’s meet experienced DJ’s and share their experience with these talented participants it helps them a lot. On the other hand, when we see these participants performing then we also get to learn a lot from them in terms of new technologies been introduced recently.” DJ LLYOD: “I think this platform which Vardhaman is giving to these aspiring DJ’s is definitely an advantage because we never had this trend in our time for us to come and showcase our talent. Also, because of these events lot of our Indian talent are coming up and getting international exposure, which is otherwise really difficult for someone who wants to start his career in these fields. This is a great step that these guys have taken to encourage aspiring DJ’s to show their talent.” V DJ Shaan: “The show was good because I got to see many underground DJ’s. From underground DJ’s I meant with the people who can play hip-hop and they don’t get a platform like this and therefore giving a platform for somebody like this is a really good step.” DJ Wills: “I am happy to see these participants because they are trying to understand the equipment upgrades. Earlier, if anything new came out in the market, they were oblivious to it.”

Product Focus


Spinning Around 2017 - 2018 welcomed a slew of DJ Turntables. In this guide, PALM Technology has covered a lineup of six recently launched DJ turntables.

Audio Technica AT-LP1240-USBXP Audio Technica AT-LP1240-USBXP DJ turntable is designed primarily for use in clubs, touring and mobile DJ applications. Its sleek, elegant matte-black and silver design fits into any stereo music or entertainment system, and its built-in switchable phono pre-amp enables it to be used with a wide variety of receivers, powered speakers and other A/V components. Main Features include: • Direct-drive, high-torque, multipole motor for demanding DJ use • • • •

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Fully manual operation Start and brake control adjustments Selectable 33/45/78 RPM speeds Professional anti-resonance, damped diecast aluminum platter with DJ-style slip mat AT-HS1 universal ½”-mount headshell Balanced S-shaped tone arm with hydraulically damped lift control, anti-skate, height adjustment and lockable rest Audacity and other compatible third-party software packages can be used to create digital files from vinyl records Built-in switchable phono pre-amplifier with detachable RCA output cables Stroboscopic platter with speed indicator Forward/reverse operation and variable pitch control with quartz speed lock

Tech Specifications: • Type: 3-speed, fully manual operation • Motor: 16-pole, 3-phase, brushless DC motor • Speeds: 33-1/3 RPM, 45 RPM, 78 RPM • Turntable Platter: 332 mm dia. die-cast

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aluminum • Starting Torque: >4.5 • Braking System: Electronic brake • Wow and Flutter: < 0.1% WRMS (JIS WTD) with 33 RPM • Signal-to-Noise Ratio: > 55 dB (DIN-B) • Output Level: Pre-amp “PHONO”: 5.5 mV nominal at 1 kHz, 5 cm/sec • Pre-amp “LINE”: 300 mV nominal at 1 kHz, 5 cm/sec • USB Function: A/D, D/A – 16-bit/44.1 kHz or 48 kHz USB selectable; Computer interface – USB 1.1 Compliant Windows 7 or above, or MAC OS X or above • Power Supply Requirements: 120V AC, 60 Hz • Power Consumption: 13W • Dimensions: 450.0 mm (17.72”) W x 353.0 mm (13.90”) D x 166.5 mm (6.56”) H • Weight: 12.5 kg (27.6 lbs.)

Denon DJ VL 12 Prime Denon DJ VL12 Prime features the most optimal acoustic isolation capabilities, able to handle any loud and bass-heavy environment. This true quartz locked, direct-drive Pro DJ Turntable offers the most exhilarating ‘hands-on’ performance experience DJ’s could ever imagine. Main Features include: • Isolation feet eliminate unwanted vibration and feedback • Highest-in-industry 5kgf/cm torque on “High” setting • Innovative ‘easy grip/brake’ chamfered platter redefines tactile DJ touch • Isolated motor design, for optimal signalto-noise ratio • S-shaped tone arm for accurate tracking • Reinterpreted tone arm support with dual-function ‘lock or rest’ feature • Rugged all-metal tone arm base and high-quality brushed metal controls


• 2-speed operation 33 1/3rd and 45 RPM (45 RPM adapter included) • Adjustable pitch range: ±8%, 16%, 50% • Built-in RGB lighting illuminate’s platter’s edge • Color selection and brightness controls Technical Specification: Motor: • Drive: Quartz direct-drive • High Torque: 5 kgf/cm (instant); 3.4 kgf/ cm (stable) • Low Torque: 3.2 kgf/cm (instant); 1.4 kgf/ cm (stable) • Starting Time: 0.3 seconds • Braking System: Electronic Platter: • Material: Aluminum die-cast • Diameter: 13.1” / 332 mm • Weight: 4.9 lbs. / 2.2 g Tonearm: • Effective Length: 9.4” / 238 mm • Overhang: 1.0” / 25 mm • Offset Angle: 20.5° Speeds: • RPM: 33⅓, 45 • Wow & Flutter: < 0.05% Output: Phono-level via stereo RCA cable Pitch Range: +-8%, +-16%, +-50% Power: • Connection: IEC • Input Voltage: 100–240 VAC, 50/60 Hz • Consumption: 65 W Dimensions (width x depth x height): • 451mm x 355mm x 150mm • 17.8” x 14.0” x 5.9” • 45.1 x 35.5 x 15.0 cm Weight: • 27.4 lbs. • 12.4 kg

Numark NTX1000 Numark NTX1000 turntable is a no-compromise direct-drive turntable that has all the features and performance demanded by the professional DJ. It has incredible start-up torque (4.0 kg), an S-shaped tonearm with height adjustment, damped cueing and anti-skate controls that ensure accurate tracking and precise song selection. Main Features include: • Full-size platter with high-torque directdrive motor • 2-speed design: 33 1/3 and 45 RPM • S-shaped tonearm for accurate tracking (Cartridge not included) • Tonearm with height adjustment, damped cueing and anti-skate control • Pitch range adjustable to ±8%, ±16%, and ±50% • Adjustable counterweight for perfect tonearm balance • Start and stop time knobs for adjustable time ramping • 45 RPM adapter included.

Technical Specification: • Turntable platter: die-cast aluminum • Drive Method: Quartz Servo Direct Drive • Motor: 3-phase brushless DC motor • Starting Torque: 4 kgf-cm • Pitch Range: +/- 8%, 16%, 50% • Speed: 33 1/3 RPM, 45 RPM • Wow and flutter: < 0.05% • Tone Arm: Universal S Shape, gimble supported with variable balance system • Switching Power: AC100~230V, 50~60Hz

Reloop RP-7000MK2 Reloop RP-7000 MK2 turntable is an update to Reloop’s RP-7000 turntable which caters to the high demand of professional DJs and modern nightclubs. Main Features include: • More powerful starting torque (adjustable from 2.8 - 4.5 kg/cm) • Fine-tuned motor control for further

Technics SL-1200GR

arm base (VTA) and Anti-Skating control • Particularly light weight and rigid, satin aluminium material used for tone arm • Adjustable Pitch scale for precise adjustments • Easily replaceable, freely rotatable LED needle light in new unibody aluminium design • High-quality and hard-wearing deep black, metallic finish • Quartz driven DJ turntable with uppertorque direct drive • Precise control of motor with 3 speeds (33 1/3, 45 & 78 RPM) • Statically balanced universal S-shaped tone arm with hydraulic lift and antiskating mechanism • Pitch range +/-8 %, +/-16 %, +/-50 % (Ultra Pitch) • Reverse function: switch for forwards and reverse operation • Recessed connection cavity for easy installation in cases & seamless adjustment • Phono and line out (no grounding required) Technical Specification: Turntable: • Drive: quartz driven upper-torque direct drive • Motor: 16-pole, 3-phase, brushless motor • Turntable speeds: 3 speeds, manual (33 1/3, 45, 78 RPM) • Starting torque: 2.8 – 4.5 kg/cm (adjustable) • Start-up time / change to RPM: <0.2 sec • S/N ratio: > 55dB (DIN-B) Platter: • Diameter: 332 mm • Weight: approx. 1.5 kg Tone arm: • Effective length: 230 mm • Overhang: 15 mm • Tracking error range: < 3° • VTA setting range: 0-6 mm • Useable weight of pickups: 3.5~8.5 g (incl. headshell 13~18 g) • Anti-skating range: 0 – 3 g • Effective tone arm mass: 30 g General: • Power supply: AC 115/230 V, 60/50 Hz (EU/US), AC 100 V, 50/60 Hz (JP) • Power consumption: 13 W • Dimensions: 458 x 354 x 144,6 mm • Weight: approx. 11.7 kg F

optimization of wow and flutter and rotation • Newly developed, height-adjustable tone


Technics SL-1200GR Direct-Drive Turntable System for audio enthusiasts is a standard model inheriting the technology of the SL1200G, which was developed as a reference direct-drive turntable for the next generation. Main Features include: • The SL-1200GR’s rotation control uses the latest motor control technology cultivated in the development of Blu-ray devices. • The platter achieves high-rigidity and vibration-damping characteristics by using a two-layer construction with deadening rubber applied to the entire rear surface of the aluminum die-cast. • The tonearm tracks the rotation of the record and enables reading with high precision. • The SL-1200GR ensures high-rigidity by using a body with a two-layered construction solidly unifying the BMC and the aluminum die-cast chassis..

Technical Specification: • Technology for Rotational Stability: Coreless Direct Drive Motor; High-Precision Motor Controller • Turntable Section  Turntable Speeds: 33 1/3, 45, 78 r/min  Adjust Range: ±8%, ±16%  Starting Torque: 2.2 kg・cm (1.91 lb-in)  Build-up Characteristics: 0.7 s. from standstill to 33 1/3 r/min  Rumble: 78dB (IEC 98A Weighted)  Diameter:332mm (13-5/64”)  Weight: Approx. 2.5kg (5.5 lb) (Includ- ing rubber sheet) • Tonearm Section  Type: Universal, Static Balance  Effective Length: 230mm (9-1/16”)  Overhang: 15mm (19/32”)  Arm Height Adjustment Range: 0 6mm  Stylus Pressure Adjustment Range: 0 4g (Direct Reading)  Head Shell Weight: Approx. 7.6g • General  Dimensions (W x H x D): 453 x 173 x 372 mm (17-27/32 × 6-13/16 × 14-21/32 inch)  Weight: Approx. 11.2kg (Approx. 24.7lbs)

November - December 2018


AV SUMMIT REDEFINING HORIZON IN INDIA’S AUDIO VISUAL INDUSTRY Summit focus on key technology catalyst in emerging AV growth sectors HOT TOPICS AT AV-ISE SUMIIT • Safety Measures for AV Rental • Best Practices in AV Installations • AV Integration Standards • Digital Content Protection • LED vs Projection • LED Display technology • Networked Displays • Trends in Conference Room Technology • Corporate AV • Digital Projection • 2K the Final Frontier?


V Integrated Systems Expo is in response to the Audio Visual industry’s loud call for a neutral platform, where they can showcase their product without any nexus. AV Integrated Systems Expo aspires to attract the core B2B audience of AV industry and trade, AV consultants, integrators, AV consultants and actual users. Among other highlight features, the expo’s Summit platform main fringe programme includes a three day to provide equal AV Integrated Systems Summit running synchroopportunity to all nously with the Exhibition. The summit proposes to hold conference sessions, panel discussions, seminars and workshops on various paramount topics and technologies responsible for the growth in the AV Sectors. The Summit will provide equal opportunity to everyone who has something to say. AV Over IP is a subject of growing interest among both integrators and actual users, making it a growing trend in 2018. For some people, the idea of using IP in a venue’s AV space is quite new, while for others, it is familiar territory. A session on AV over IP will discover new capabilities AV over IP offers over a traditional AV setup and how secure is AV or IP. The use of state-of-the-art technology to facilitate student engagement is more widespread than ever. Touch Screen Displays, Bring Your Own Device, Cloud technology has created stimulating and interactive environment, conducive for learning. A session on AV in Education will discuss latest state-of-the-art AV tech for the education sector, its ease of use, and future of AV in education. Networking is becoming increasingly integral to AV systems. A session on AV Systems Networking will discuss networking basics, the numerous advantages to using networks for AV systems, existing standards, transportation through network layers and hardware and security considerations while implementing AV over the network.

• Smart Building • AV in VR • What is next for enterprise AV • Panel discussion: State & Growth of the AV Industry • 5G as a Game Changer • Importance of Acoustics in AV Systems • Digital Cinema • AV Over IP • AV in Education • AV Systems Networking • Connect, Command, and Control • Screen Technology November - December 2018

Hardware, software and applications, ‘integrated’ and ‘smart’ technology devices can now be set-up and controlled remotely. The Connect, Command, and Control session will discuss functions of A/V control systems to deliver efficiency and central control and benefits of Software based AV Control and how integrators need to adapt. Latest technology like the touch screen technology, video walls, digital fabric graphics, and high-resolution content displays are proving to be impactful to capture the attention of customers. A session on Screen Technology will discuss about the latest trends and technologies in large format, interactive, curve, foldable, and other new innovative screens. LED Screens are the latest trend in Digital Cinema and while a session on LED vs Projection will discuss how LED Screens will play out against traditional projectors, a session on Digital Cinema will explore the new technology in low cost 2K projectors, as Bollywood rapidly make a move to digital cinema with around 2000 screens coming up across the country.


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Ahuja Radios, Delhi


RK Electronics, New Delhi

Alphatec, Kolkata


Sennheiser, Gurugram

Audioplus, Mumbai


Sonotone Audio LLP/JTS, Mumbai


AV Integrated Systems Expo’19, Mumbai 55, 63, 69, 75 & 92

Star Megatech, Ahmedabad

Beta Three Audio India Pvt. Ltd., New Delhi


Sun Infonet, New Delhi

BOSE Corporation India Pvt. Ltd., New Delhi


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TOA Electronics India Pvt. Ltd., Gurugram

Calibre Sound Systems Pvt. Ltd, Mumbai


Trimac Products Pvt. Ltd., New Delhi

Circle Pro Audio, Mumbai


Vardhaman Megatech Private Limited, Mumbai

Dev Electronics, Mumbai


Yamaha Music India Pvt. Ltd., Gurugram

Global Pro-Audio Management, New Delhi


Global Truss, China


Harman International ( India ) Pvt. Ltd., Mumbai


Hi-Tech Audio Systems Pvt. Ltd., New Delhi





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HALF PAGE Integrated Entertainment Solutions (IES), Mumbai

43 & 59

Nova Star, China



Kiran Sales, Mumbai


LBT, New Delhi


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Modern Stage Services Pvt. Ltd., New Delhi

Narain Audio and Lighting LLP, Mumbai

PALM Expo 2019, Mumbai

November - December 2018


31 & 83 | Mob: +91 91673 23756

25, 33, 42, 77 & 85

Pope Professional Acoustics Ltd, Coimbatore

Rivera Digitec(India) Pvt Ltd, Mumbai | Mob: +91 98209 43398


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