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Entertainment Technology convergence PALM 2018

Pro Audio, Audiovisual and Lighting will take center stage, as PALM expo - India’s largest gathering of the entertainment technology and music production industry heads towards its 18th consecutive edition. Here’s a prevue of what will be on show in the Mumbai expo.

Summer is already on a roll, and temperatures are set to soar even higher with the excitement and energy among the global pro sound and light industry on a high, as PALM Expo 2018 opens its doors to visitors in less than two months from now. Hosted in Mumbai, India’s entertainment capital and city of Bollywood, the expo will take place from May 31st – June 2nd, 2018.

The mega event spread across 6 halls at the Bombay Exhibition Centre, Goregaon, Mumbai, will provide access to the expo floors and the many prominent features taking place concurrent to the trade show activities.

Growing in tandem with market growth

The Indian market continues to mature at a rapid pace. The entertainment event industry has seen phenomenal growth in the last decade with music festivals becoming a youth culture. The demanding concert riders of these international artists, has made it obligatory for rental companies and suppliers in India to invest in state-of-the-art equipment and has led to an improved industry setup.

The events industry in India is expected to cross Rs 10,000 crore mark by 2020-21, as per an EY-EEMA report. According to the report, the industry, which was at Rs 5,631 crore in 2016-17 overall, has been growing at a 16% CAGR, even overtaking the Indian media and entertainment (M&E) industry, which is growing at 11-13% CAGR.

Other reports predict audio market growth by $1 Billion in 2018 covering touring, rental and portable audio markets. Estimate of 5 million DJ set ups in India per annum is guidance on the value of the market. Controllers or consoles and CD players or Media players, mixers, speakers and amplifiers works up to a massive sound reproduction gear driving events across verticals. Top-end set-ups from premium brands would account for 10% or 50,000 DJ set-ups.

The PALM Expo now in its 18th edition will propel this growth by encouraging connection between manufacturers, distributors, dealers and end users. The PALM expo which will impact Indian, as well as international markets and business in the coming year has grown by 10 % with 232 exhibitors, off which 81 companies are first time exhibitors at the expo and an exhibit area space increase of approx. 17% from 2017. (All figures at the time of going to press.)

“PALM is witness to India’s robust consumption of audio install and stage rental business attracting distributors of many international brands entering India on the wave of aggression in pro audio distribution. The redeeming factor is brands are willing to compete in a price sensitive market on technology and design against established market leaders,” says Mr. Anil Chopra – PALM Director.

New Technology and Solutions at PALM

The expo will showcase ground-breaking technology and powerful solutions for professional buyers looking to conceptualise and deliver content on any entertainment event and entertainment production platform. The expo will deliver industry professionals an invaluable and privileged opportunity to meet all major distributors and importers and equally important top sound & lighting engineers and designers and AV consultants and systems integrators.

The PALM Expo 2018 is all geared up to welcome 25,000 visitors over three days attending Exhibit Halls and features. The range of exhibits will showcase over 500 brands from over 200 exhibitors representing the best technology and products in sound and light, cinema, and systems engineering & AV from USA, Europe, China and India.

This will be a great show for product buyers, with major pro audio brands displaying an endless slew of pro-audio, lighting and AV products and turnkey solutions that include high-end professional speakers, line arrays, amplifiers, woofers & subs, mixers, consoles, patch panels, cables, connectors, mics, headphones, extended racks, stage lighting, lasers, smoke & fog machines and more.

Hall 1 is the pro audio, no-sound hall. This hall maintains a business atmosphere, as sound, light and AV Rental companies, AV Consultants, Systems Integrators and dealers and distributors from across the country account for a major percentage.

PALM’s evolution in providing total solutions in event entertainment technology has witnessed the largest gathering of system integrators than at any other expo in India. AV consultants necessarily attending PALM each year for sound and light solutions demand display and projection solutions integral to their project implementation. PALM 2018 is all set to be the new sourcing ground for LED displays, Videowall display and projection systems as almost 20 LED screen, projection and display companies showcase their latest products in Hall 1.

Hall 5 will house the best brands in Lighting and Laser while YAMAHA showcases and entire range of pro audio and backline equipment in its own independent hall – Hall 2B & 2C and five Demo Qubes demo state-of-the-art equipment from five major brands.

The pie chart on page 67 indicates product wise segmentation at the PALM expo 2018.

This last lap into the show is already abuzz with excitement among exhibitors, on the next killer product from their own portfolio, which they will bring to the expo floors. New Product section on page 73 provides a low-down on what to expect.

PALM Content and Demo Features:

PALM has a very strong philosophy and belief in the assets it creates, their utility and purpose, contribution to evolving the industry to high professionalism, greater talent and better business. It is this sense of purpose that drives the 10 dynamic PALM features namely – PALM Conference & Seminar Programme, PALM Soundscape, PALM DJ Championship, PALM HARMAN Live Arena, PALM Lighting Design Showcase, PALM Indoor Compact Line Array Demo, PALM 3D Immersive Projection & Mapping, PALM Rigging & Trussing showcase, Indian Recording Arts Academy Awards and PALM Sound & Light Awards.

The Dynamic features are truly Fantastic gatherings each year, proving beyond doubt that PALM expo, Mumbai is one of the most important platforms in Asia, and among the top three pro sound and light platforms in the world. The three days of the show will witness the top honchos and tech gurus in the event, entertainment venue and music production business. New to PALM Expo this year is India’s first Indoor Line Array Demo, which will provide venue owners an opportunity to source sound systems after evaluating the sound quality in real-world conditions with reputed Electro-Acoustic consultant Mr. Milindrao Rane at the helm as Consultant for this feature.

This novel feature will have national and international brands demoing top of the line SMALL to MEDIUM format line arrays and sound systems in realistic indoor conditions.

The prime objective of this feature is to assess the tonal quality, dispersion pattern, phase coherency and frequency response. In order to attain the right SPL, PALM has set a TARGET MAX SPL with tolerance band, both, on the SPL and the FRQ (Frequency Response). Get all the dope on the PALM features from page 70.

The PALM Expo has always been a major “not to be missed event” marked on the calendars of the Indian pro audio, lighting, AV Install & integration and music recording industry. Each year the organizers have upped their game and this year too, the expo’s energy is all set to get more effusive with all the opportunities planned out at the venue to learn about and experience industry dynamics while sourcing the latest state-of-the-art equipment and acc.

The PALM Expo has consistently evolved in tandem with the dynamic growth and expansion of the pro sound and light market, and as always, the expo will present limitless opportunities for business, brand building, distribution and promotion of technology.

PALM Conference & Seminar Programme

Thought Leaders driving the PALM Conference & Seminar Programme

The latest advancements in sound and lighting technology have transformed the entertainment event industry. The PALM Conference & Seminar Programme 2018 will focus on the current trends, technologies and practices shaping the industry and will bring together sound, lighting and audiovisual experts from across the nation on to this important platform. The Conference program will feature three days of inspiring standalone product presentations, workshops, Q&A sessions and interactive panel discussions designed to up the knowledge quotient and cultivate technical skills of the numerous, engineers, designers, production crew and industry professionals attending the three day crucial “Gateway to Business Intelligence.” The adjoining box features some key sessions at the PALM Conference & Seminar at the time of going to print. YAMAHA Music India has yet again lent its support to the Conference platform by taking on the mantle of PLATINUM PARTNER AND SOUND PARTNER thus providing crucial impetus to the staging of this exceptional event


Speaker – Rahul Samuel - Technical Support Specialist - Middle East, Africa and India at Meyer Sound
Speaker – Pavel Ptacek - Global Product Manager Entertainment lamps OSRAM
17:45 – 19:00 DOES SIZE MATTER?
Moderator : Niranjan Shivaram – Chief Technical Officer at Audio Academy LLP
Panelists: Sachit Subramanian – Co-Director, NJSM Rentals; Manish Mavani – Director - Sound & Light Professionals; Yogesh Malhotra – Group Head Production, Live Shows at Percept Live; Gert Sanner - Regional application and education manager for Asia Pacific , &b audiotechnik Asia Pacific Pte.Ltd; Sunil Karanajikar - Sr.

Speaker – Vijay Purandare - Auditorium Design & Acoustical Consultant
Speakers – Christian Hertel - Co-Founder – Inoage GmbH (Madrix Brand), Rasesh Parekh – Director – Integrated Entertainment Solutions (IES)
Speaker – Rajeev Arora - Principal Consultant with Qubix Technologies

11:00 – 12:00 VALUE OF EDUCATION FOR PROFESSIONAL AUDIO ENGINEERS International College of Music (ICOM), Malaysia
Speaker – Makenthira Kanan - International College of Music (ICOM), Malaysia
Speaker – Sreejesh Nair - Pro Audio Application Specialist, AVID

Aerons (India) Exim Pvt. Ltd.
Booth No. B47, Hall No. 1
HD series two-way speakers
SUB series subwoofer
LA 112 2 way single 12” compact line array which can be used for indoor and outdoor use.

Ansata Computer Systems Pvt. Ltd.
Booth No. F19 & G19, Hall No. 1
- The d&b SL-Series; large format line array systems, which are complete system package designed for significantly sized arenas, stadiums and festivals.
- d&b Soundscape; toolkit to enable creation of an unparalleled listening experience. This new technology allows creation of sound system designs with which acoustic environments can be created and sound sources placed and moved.

Circle Pro Audio
Booth No. D47, Hall No. 1
- CPA CB-4 In Ear Combiner; Operates up to four wireless monitoring transmitters using one shared antenna. Power is supplied to the transmitters over the BNC cables, eliminating separate power supplies for the transmitters

Fester India
Booth No. C76, Hall No. 5
- Truss Master; FIRST electric truss hoist to be manufactured in India. will showcase 1 ton and 0.5 ton hoists and hoist controllers.

Furtados Music India Pvt. Ltd.
Booth No. G47, Hall No. 1
- Music Stand light 12242-000-55; Versatile light with 2 extra bright and long-lasting LEDs rated for 100,000 hours.
- Orchestra Music Stand w Tablet Holder 11965-000-55; steel orchestra music stand. The music desk is removed and attached easily by a user-friendly and practical quick release mechanism.
- Tablet PC Table Stand 19797-000-55; Stable Table Stand with Universal Tablet Holder for different models.
- Table/Floor Microphone Stand 25995-300-55; versatile steel microphone table. User-friendly height adjustment and the comfortable swivel arm, facilitates quick microphone adjustment.
- Monitor Stand 26754-000-55; modern studio monitor stand with a tiltable tray and a metal tripod base.

Ginni Spectra Pvt. Ltd.
Booth No. F91, Hall No. 1
- NOWOPAN; A ready to use finished panel set, available in different frame combinations, design and size. Available in frame options - Wood, GI, Alluminium.

GKS Associate
Booth No. C78, Hall No. 1
- 10 R Moving Head Beam Light
- LF -23 TWO FOG MCHINE JET; Two colors fog jet effect.

G.M. Audio
Booth No. E19, Hall No. 1
- DAS ALTEA SERIES; portable speakers, designed and built to offer musicians, DJs andsound providers great sounding systems that combine the latest in pro-audio engineering with great looks and an extraordinary set of user-friendly features. Two models are available, the ALTEA-715A and ALTEA-712A, both incorporating a rugged injection molded polypropylene enclosure.
- DAS DX SERIES AMPLIFIERS; The DX-80 and the DX-100 are four channel amplifiers offering 2000 W and 2800 W per channel at 4 ohms respectively.
- DAS EVENT SERIES; Event series of line arrays and bass systems with two new powered models, the Event-212A line array and the Event-121A subwoofer.
- DAS IA SERIES AMPLIFIER; The new Class D amplifiers offer both two and four channel versions with a range of powering options and characteristics that are ideal for today´s sound installations requiring advanced features and flexibility.
- DAS SF SERIES; two new subwoofer systems in the Sound Force Series line-up - SF-212 and SF-218.
- DAS VANTEC 201 SPEAKER; two new products, the VANTEC-20A and the VANTEC-118A. The VANTEC-20A is an active curved source line array and VANTEC-118A is the companion subwoofer.

IA Stands Pvt. Ltd.
Booth No. H99, Hall No. 1
- Tripod; multi-functional stand which comes with a distinct feature of interchangeability which allows you to attach any mount i.e. mic mount/guitar mount/notation mount/ laptop or tablet mount and switch mount as per convenience.
- X-16 Keyboard Stand; is an X style keyboard stand with an unprecedented 16 position locking mechanism. Its snap lock lever can be used by just by a single flick of the finger.

Modern Stage Service
Booth No. D17, C24, C18, Hall No. 5
GrandMA3; with new system architecture, fixtures, features, advanced processing technology, improved effects and extreme working capabilities with no boundaries. It has a huge multi-touch screen with enhanced playback capabilities. Improved with the integration, connectivity and workflow, grandMA3 consoles are also compatible with shows created on grandMA2 consoles.

MX-MDR Technologies Ltd.
Booth No. F09, Hall No. 1
- MX SIGNATURE 12 USB; Analog Audio Live Professional Mixers with USB and Bluetooth (12 Mono + 1 STEREO track input) .
- DJ 1000; MX DJ Headphones DJ-1000 White are a great solution to your audio needs. With an included bag for easy portability, the DJ-1000 from MX also sets itself apart by folding in on itself to make sure that you are able to keep it with you at all times.
- MX UHF 400; a High compact & reliable dual channel UHF Wireless Microphone, UHF-400 features a dynamic microphone with a UHF high band transmitter and a sensitive noise squelch receiver. Ideal for: PA Applications, stage and auditoriums, seminar halls, places of worship and recreation centres.
- MX CA-20; Professional Series Power Amplifiers delivers from 500 Watts to 6800 Watts of power in two to three rack spaces. High current transistors combined with low noise input amplifiers enable the MX Power Amplifier to deliver exceptional power.

New Elite Electricals
Booth No. D06, Hall No. 5
- Prism King ISMHS0005; a high power 11 prism and spectacular effects super beam moving head light. It is fixed with YODN 350W 17R,14 colors,1 fixed gobo wheel with 17 gobo.

Pink Noise Professionals Pvt. Ltd.
Booth No. K63, Hall No. 1
- Icon Pro Audio Platform M+; DAW Controller, adding true tactile control via USB2.0 to your Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) and production system. The Platform M+ is a MIDI control surface designed for producers, engineers and musicians who want the hands on control of a mixing console and the flexibility of modern “in the box” digital music production within a smaller physical workspace. The Platform M+ integrates with most popular Digital Audio Workstations.
- Yamaha CS700; video sound collaboration system, specifically designed as an all-in-one unit to equip huddle rooms with best in class audio, video, and screen sharing capability.
- Work Pro Audio WFS 10CX; audio projector been designed for outdoor appliances. It incorporates a 10” coaxial transducer and a 1” compression driver. Its elevated IP range (IP 65) makes it very suitable for sports facilities, entertainment complexes, etc.
- Work Pro Audio SL210A; new biamplified SL 210 A line array system from the The Arion Series, featuring two class D, 1000W power amplifiers.
- Work Pro Audio Blueline Digital; a distributed audio system based on streaming using Ethernet.
- Yamaha YVC1000; An intuitive unified communications audio solution, the Yamaha YVC-1000 is a Bluetooth® enabled conference phone system for medium to large conference spaces that calls for flexible audio, web, or video conferencing.

Sound Team
Booth No. D72, Hall No. 1
GENELEC THE ONES – 8331, 8341 & 8351 SAM Three-way Coaxial Monitor System; Ultimate Point Source monitoring with The Ones. The award-winning 8351 is joined by the 8331 and 8341, the world’s smallest three-way coaxial monitors, to create a complete compact coaxial range that redefines near-field monitoring. With The Ones, Ultimate Point Source meets ultimate flexibility with Smart Active Monitoring (SAM), the ground-breaking Genelec technology based on Genelec Loudspeaker Manager (GLM) 3.0 software for PC and Mac, incorporating AutoCal.

Harman International (India) Pvt. Ltd.
Booth No. D09, Hall No. 1
AKG C636 WL- Made with hand-selected components and manually tuned for a pure transparent tone. It has retained the spirit of the classic AKG C535 condenser microphone, while being re-engineered to meet the demands of today’s top vocal performers. Its proprietary double shock suspension system provides unparalleled rejection of handling noise.
JBL 305P MkII / 306P MkII / 308P MkII - Powered studio monitor makes legendary JBL performance available to every studio. With the revolutionary JBL Image Control Waveguide and refined transducers, they offer stunning detail, precise imaging, a wide sweet spot and impressive dynamic range that enhances the mix capabilities of any modern workspace.
EON ONE PRO - First, portable, battery-powered, linear-array PA system in its class. With a lighter, more compact design and up to six hours of play time provided by a rechargeable lithium-ion battery.
Soundcraft Vi1000 - Smallest member of the Vi-000 family, at just 86cm x 81cm (34” x 32”) in size, aimed at the live touring, install and corporate AV markets for applications where a highly compact, cost-effective but powerful console is required. Employing Soundcraft’s unique and highly intuitive Vistonics IITM channel strip control interface, together with FaderGlowTM. The console inherits the operating principles and workflows from the highly successful Vi3000, 5000 and 7000 consoles. In addition, it also integrates Soundcraft SpiderCoreTM, offering 40-bit floating point processing for class-leading audio quality.
MAC Encore Wash - This new wash lighting is designed to produce rich color and premium white light in a wide variety of applications where light quality is critical.
AKG EPS 1 / EPS 2 – Hand held dynamic microphone.

Pro Sound Inc.
Booth No. F99, Hall No. 1
Beta4 QS-2000 / 3000, DJX -2.2 / 3.2 and AB-4000 – Dual channel power amplifier
Beta4 HF-D450 - High frequency compression driver
Beta4 IB-590 / 690 / 990 and GM-50 - microphones
XEM 80U / 120U - P.A audio mixing console
CUBE 150 and WPA 200 - Active portable speaker system

Hari Industries
Booth No. B86, Hall No. 1
Granotone: Speaker cabinet coating for touring cabinets and road cases. Made from the state-of-the-art technology. They are available in roller, spray and sand finish. With safe, non-toxic formulation, that quickly dries in 3 hours, this paint creates a scratch and weather-resistant finish. It is water-based and low in VOC’s, with the availability in all major colors.

Guangzhou Shinestage Technology Co., Ltd
Booth No. B24, Hall No. 5
Folding truss - It’s one of the heavy duty, hot sell folding truss, easy to transport and used for outdoor live show events.
Aluminum Crowd Control Barrier - Can be used as riots in live concerts, in large-scale provincial, national or international conference security; sports security, security screening, etc.
Barriers- General barrier, corner barrier, policeman barrier, cable barrier and gate barrier. They are approved by TUV and can bear 10528 N impact.

Sun Broadcast Equipments Pvt. Ltd
Booth No. D66, Hall No. 1
Tascam DA-6400 - The premiere multitrack recorder/player for live and broadcast applications. It has 64-track recorder that records to an internal SSD drive caddy for live and event recording.
Tascam CD-400U - A professional, versatile, and reliable media player offers the latest audio content playback options for institutions, music venues, retail, schools, restaurant applications, and more.
Tascam SS-R250N / SS-CDR250N - Two-channel recorder/player for network applications with a variety of remote control options. An FTP client function is included – enabling the automatic uploading and downloading of recorded files.
Tascam DR-701D - The Ultimate Portable Audio System for Video Production with 6-Channel recorder for single-shooter video production.
Tascam Celesonic US-20x20 - Packs 20 channels of analogue and digital I/O into a single rack space with great sounding preamps and USB 3.0/2.0 connectivity. Eight Ultra-HDDA microphone preamps provide 56dB of gain and high headroom to make microphones sound their best. Up to ten channels of digital I/O are included on ADAT and S/PDIF connectors, with word clock also provided for use with external clocks like
Tascam ML-32D - Compact 1U converter which can convert 32-channel analog line input/output signals into Dante signals. Dante also supports redundancy (primary/secondary). Equipped with D-sub connectors as analog line inputs and outputs. The line-up includes “ML-16D”, which can convert 16-channel analog input/output signals to Dante signals, to meet a wide variety of needs.
CALREC Brio36 / Brio12 - Powerful and compact digital broadcast audio consoles in their class. They have a comprehensive broadcast feature sets to support a wider breadth of broadcasters, and the same market-leading levels of quality and customer support which Calrec is renowned for.

Sonotone Audio LLP
Booth No. A03, B19, Hall No. 1
P Audio G15-800EL / 600MB / 400MB - 15”/ Ferrite Magnet/ 800W RMS/ 4” Voice Coil; 15”/ Ferrite Magnet/ 600W RMS/ 3.5” Voice Coil; 15” / Ferrite Magnet/ 400W RMS/ 3” Voice Coil
P Audio G18-1400EL / 1600EL / 1000LF / 1200LF - 18”/ Ferrite Magnet/ 1400W AES/ 4” Voice Coil; 18”/ Ferrite Magnet/ 1600W AES/ 4.5” Voice Coil; 18”/ Ferrite Magnet/ 1000W AES/ 4” Voice Coil; 18”/ Ferrite 1200W AES/ 4” Voice Coil.
Mackie MDB-1P/ MDB-2P - Passive direct boxes for stage and studio, offer clean, low-noise audio to a mixer irrespective of what instrument are being uses. The MDB-1P is perfect for live-sound and studio applications whereas the MDB-2P is perfect for stereo sources like keyboards and media players.
Mackie MDB-1A - Active direct box offering higher head-room for ultra-low noise and distortion-free performance. It is perfect for stereo sources like keyboards and media players. It’s merge switch allows connection of stereo sources which are then summed to mono at the output.
Mackie MDB-USB - A USB stereo direct box which allows users to connect their computer directly via USB.
Mackie MTEST1 - Featuring a simple 5-way switch to test every pin, even with mismatched connectors, the battery-powered MTEST-1 is an essential tool to have in the bag for every gig. Users can even manually test continuity between any two points with the included probes. Equipped with the most commonly used connector types including TRS, TS, XLR, RCA, Speakon, 3.5mm TRS, MIDI, and Banana jacks.
Dynatech HDA-15 – It is a 15, 1600W powered loudspeaker designed in the United Kingdom. Equipped with Celestion high performance driver and has built-in 2-band EQ, microphone inputs and line input. Portable and with flexible mounting options, the HDA 15 delivers extraordinary performance at unmatched value.
Dynatech DEL-115A - Portable and installed PA loudspeakers used in applications including sound reinforcement in Houses of Worship, Events, Clubs, Rehearsal Halls and Ballrooms etc.
Dynatech DDJ-3BT - A 3-Channel Professional DJ mixer with multiple inputs (Line/Phono/Mic). It also features are talk over switch, cue button and headphone jacks for monitoring.

Sun Infonet
Booth No. J09, Hall No. 1
Meyer Sound Ashby Series: Self-powered ceiling loudspeakers comprises of two flush-mount models: the Ashby-5C with a 5-inch low-mid cone driver and the Ashby-8C with an 8-inch low-mid driver. Both employ a concentric 0.75” metal dome tweeter and are housed in integral, quick-mount metal backcans with Phoenix connectors for fast, simple installation in new or retrofit systems.
Meyer Sound LINA Series: Smallest. lightest and compact linear line array loudspeaker with 750-LFC, a very compact low frequency control element.
Audio Focus ARES 12: Self-powered 3-ways line array system featuring dual 12’’ speakers for LF, eight 3’’ drivers delivering outstanding MF and two 1’’ HF exit compression drivers coupled to a waveguide to provides smooth top end. The 4-ways Powersoft built-in amplifier is managed by AUDIOFOCUS DSP that uses SHARKS technology for zero latency filtering IIR and FIR.
Audi Focus MTSub218MKII: Subwoofer designed for a wide range of sound reinforcement applications from outdoor events and concert halls to theatres where high-end sound quality and return on investment are crucial. The design of this subwoofer is absolutely unique and has been made by our R&D department to ensure an exceptional sensitivity.
Shure Axient Digital: Incorporates the most innovative wireless audio technology in the world. With an unprecedented level of signal stability and audio clarity, plus flexible hardware options, advanced connectivity and comprehensive control, this wireless system readily takes on the challenges of the world of wireless audio microphones.
Allen & Heath SQ-6: A next generation digital mixer, powered by Allen & Heath’s revolutionary XCVI 96kHz FPGA engine. Created to excel in demanding scenarios such as AV, corporate events, live productions and houses of worship, SQ-6 offers class-leading high-resolution audio fidelity and an ultra-low latency of <0.7ms.
Allen & Heath DX168: It is a rugged, portable expander for adding remote I/O to a dLive S Class or dLive C Class system.
Quest Audio QX-280: Specifically designed for AV installations and high end commercial sound, where hi-fidelity audio is required.