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Keynote Address by Anil Chopra
Anil Chopra, Founding Director, PALM Expo
Unspooling Memories Of Sounds & Music With Avinash Oak (PALM AES Session)
Synopsis: This session will explore the progress of music and sound recording which Avinash Oak experienced in his career and published in his recently launched book. From tape recording to DAW, from tape editing and foley recording to samplers and digital loops, Avinash will share his expertise to achieve the best take.
Vinayak Deo, Director, AVB Consultants
Avinash Oak, Esteemed Sound Engineer
Anil Chopra,Founding Director, PALM Expo
Sound In Visual Design – Integrating Invisible Sound Into Aesthetic Spaces
Synopsis: Sound and visual designers have always been at loggerheads, be It in the design of an upscale café or a heritage theater or even a simple living room. While visual design usually takes precedence, sound plays a vital role in the functionality of the venue. Architects and interior designers like clean undisturbed lines and beautiful flowing curves accentuating the visual aesthetic of a venue, led by the design brief from a client. Sound on the other hand is often an afterthought that is plugged into the space either by the AV consultant or the contractor. This invariably leads to some amount of conflict and heartburn, with fierce debates of “form over functionality” or “function beyond form”, usually with both parties having to concede some space (the sound guys claim that they get the raw end of the deal always!).
One of the more exciting areas of research is into acoustic properties of materials and how transducers can be produced from even the unlikeliest of materials. Enter “invisible” loudspeaker technology: which is basically a way to bring exceptional quality sound from engineered flat panels and small apertures, with acoustic properties rivaling the best in conventional loudspeaker technology. So much so that Its now possible to extract full bandwidth sound at eminently enjoyable levels from loudspeakers that are invisibly “embedded” in walls or ceilings. No more unsightly boxes, grilles and ungainly brackets disrupting the visual flow.
Research into materials and acoustic properties coupled with acoustic modeling using advanced software have allowed loudspeaker designers to create flat tile-shaped loudspeakers that allow plaster/paint and wallpaper finishes to be applied after installation, lending to seamless finishes. All this without compromising on the quality of sound for most applications such as background/foreground music and speech. Where more sound pressure levels are required, small aperture technology allows loudspeakers to be embedded into walls/ceilings/floors with only a visible coin-sized aperture that is able to accurately reproduce sound up to commercial cinema/auditorium levels. These small apertures are then further hidden from view by applying custom finishes such as wood, fabric or metal grilles.
So be it a heritage theater or a minimalistic modern living room or a museum/experience center, now visual designers do not need to compromise, without loudspeakers jutting into view. Or having to design around black boxes that break the visual flow. And for the discerning customer, it’s the best of both worlds that meet form and functionality.
Prashant Govindan, Director – India, Generation AV (India) Pvt. Ltd.
Adrian Ickeringill, Director of Sales, Sonance
Gurmeet Kaaur Sachdev, Founder & CEO, Soul Inkk World-Wide Media
Rachel Jacob, Architect, Munro Acoustics
Pushing Back The Analogue Boundaries
Synopsis: Mastering engineers Donal Whelan and Gethin John describe and discuss the improvements made to the analogue setup of their studio, Hafod Mastering, over the last 5 years, to share what they’ve learned and encourage others to experiment. Session will cover: What is mastering; how it helps music producers and engineers; difference between self-mastering and pro-mastering; importance of mastering room setup; upgrading the mains supply; upgrading the mains wiring; upgrading the mains earthing; installing a relay patch matrix; upgrading the audio wiring; unbalancing the mastering chain; new buffer amps in the mastering and monitoring chains.
Each of these upgrades has resulted in a small but noticeable sonic improvement for Hafod Mastering and these cumulative improvements have significantly enhanced the monitoring experience in the studio and the quality of the audio output delivered to clients.
Donal Whelan, MD and Mastering Engineer, Hafod Mastering
Gethin John, Chief Engineer, Hafod Mastering
Artificial Intelligence And Machine Learning For Audio Engineers
Synopsis: In this session we will look at the fundamentals of AI and Machine learning. We will see how this is built, what are neural networks and explore the technology keeping in mind an audio engineer / music creator.
A New Frontier In Recording - The Firdaus Studio By A.R. Rahman
Part of Expo City Dubai
Synopsis: This session will elaborate on Why and How a large format studio is designed in the modern times. How the technology is future proof, and makes the studio more decentralized, wherein there is a blurry line between the various spaces, and each space can be utilized the way the client demands. The session will also demonstrate how Firdaus Studio located in Expo City Dubai is a home for the only all-female Firdaus Orchestra and will include some specifics about the orchestra.
Aditya Modi , Designer and Head Firdaus Studio by A.R. Rahman
Panel Discussion On The Dynamics Of FOH
Synopsis: This session will discuss critical factors to consider for optimum FOH delivery. This would include dealing with FOH Mix positions, better stage and FOH communication and this session will also take into consideration various others technical factors such as requirements from monitor mix, stage sound system design, Acoustics etc. for optimum FOH delivery.
Jayakrishnan Nalinkumar, Founder, TAG Institute
Vijay Benegal, Live Sound Engineer and Co-founder, OdBle Consultants
Mujeeb Dadarkar, Audio Consultant and Co-founder, OdBle Consultants
Fali Damania, Live sound Engineer & Market Development Manager at Shure Incorporated
Dwayne Das, Live Sound Engineer and Application Engineer, Alphatec Audio Video Pvt Ltd
James Baker, FOH Engineer, FOH Technician and Senior International Sales Manager, DiGiCo
Insights Into The World Of A Lighting Designer For Careers Into Light Design
Synopsis: This session facilitated by International Institute of Event Design, will take you through the lighting controller and the use of innovative lighting and design elements in respect to different stage and set designs for grandiose events such as award ceremonies and inauguration. This session will also touch on topics like Basics of lighting, laws and physics of light, lighting plot, safety in the workplace etc., and is intended for both learned professionals as well as new beginners in the field of lighting.
Lloyd Albuquerque, Lighting Designer and Director
Deploying Immersive Audio In Live Sound
Synopsis: This session will explore popular live object-based mixing platforms and will introduce the theory, walk through the production building blocks and present concepts that guide the designs for an Immersive Sound Reinforcement System.
Rahul Samuel, Live Sound Engineer and Application Engineer for the Middle East and India, L-Acoustics
Large Scale AV Integration of Visitors Attraction Venues
Synopsis: This session will throw light on the design implications and integration of large visitor attraction venues
Narendra Naidu, Chairman and Managing Director, Rhino Engineers Private Limited
Panel Discussion On Top Display Trends In 2023 - Flexible Displays, Immersive Displays, Digital Signage, Micro LEDs, LCDs, Projection Technologies, OLEDs, Quantum Dots, Laser-based Display
Synopsis: The panellists will give an overview of the emerging market for latest technology in display. The panel will visualize demand of new applications for innovative displays featuring the latest technology.
Aman Singh , Zonal Head, North & West India, Optoma
Anil Chopra, Founding Director AV-ICN Expo
Rohit AK, Head of Corporate Business, Maxhub
A Comprehensive Approach To The Immersive Industry
Synopsis: Cinema started in 1880s, TV started in the early 1920s and digital/OTT content in the 2000s. Each of these platforms has had an impact on both content creation and consumption. In this session, we will look under the hood of the fourth content platform – IMMERSIVE, and explore the various parts of the immersive world, including Cinematic VR, the Metaverse and Virtual Production to see how they have impacted content creation & consumption and how that will continue going forward.
Synopsis: This session will give clarity on implications of Museum Design in India. In India the AV consultant’s imperative is to deliver Audio Visual, Lighting, ICT, and Acoustics. Amazing as this might sound, this broad-spectrum specialty is unique to Indian Audiovisual Consultancy. Kelvin King will bring his unique experience in executing Museum projects that demand solutions from audio visual to acoustics and integration, communication and networking (ICN) to project facility lighting. This session will cover design implications of museums as well enlighten the audience of AV professionals on developing a team of talent to deliver holistic solutions for museums, spanning Audio Visual, Lighting, ICT and Acoustics.
Kelvin Ashby King, Principal Consultant, Clarity Consulting
Panel Discussion On The Future Of Live Sound In Big Ticket Events
Synopsis: What is the growth trajectory for big stage sound systems? Is there now a demand for compact line arrays and smaller shows? What percentage of the rental industry is big sound and how many big-ticket shows take place in India each year? Session will give an understanding of the ROI. Should they invest in a big line array or on big sound? Should rental companies have four or five compact line arrays or should they have a big one?
Dr. Rajesh Khade, Sound Design and Optimization Engineer
George Georgallis, Director Performance Audio, Harman International
Exploiting The Sound Engineering Talent Of The Visually Impaired
Synopsis: Visually impaired persons have a heightened sense of sound and Stevie Wonder is a wonderfull example. This session will give studios and sound production companies an idea of how visually impaired persons can perform the entire gamut of sound recording, editing, mixing and sound effects. Don't be surprised after this session if you hire one such talent for your studio.
Jijesh, Managing Director of Mookambika Foundation for Adaptive Services
Ed Gray, Director of Accessibility at Avid
Byron Harden, Founder, I See Music (ISM)
Ibrahim Dammie Onafeko, Multimedia Journalist
Sushma Gaikwad, Co-Founder, Ice Global
Immersing Your Audience With The Dolby Atmos Experience
Synopsis: Dolby Atmos was first introduced in cinemas a little over 10 years back, but today the popularity of Dolby Atmos has grown beyond cinematic content. Dolby Atmos provides audiences the most engaging immersive experience not only in the cinemas but also in homes, on the move and for different types of content – Live Sports, Atmos Music, Mobile and Console Gaming, Podcasts and Movies and TV. This session will focus on the possibilities that exist today for immersive content creation.“
Bhaskar Pal, Content Lead, India, ME, Africa, Dolby India
Education - Smart Class
Synopsis: Smart classes are equipped with a range of interactive edtech tools that allow students to learn, collaborate and innovate in incredible ways. This session will explore how smart classes facilitate virtual, interactive, and immersive teaching experience in the classroom with the help of innovative technology solutions which will revolutionize the future of education.
Kairav Adhvaryu, Technical Manager, MNT Info Vision Private Limited
Architectural Mapping Projection And Outdoor Immersive Experiences
Synopsis: Can we get an event tech setup within 90 mins? And can we get out of there in 90 mins? What do we need to do? What prep work? How do be efficient? How to train crew? How to arrange your gear? This session will discuss all these aspects and more!
Sachit Subramanian, Co-Founder and CEO, Circle Pro Audio
Sancheth Suvarna, Senior Engineer-NJSM, Touring Engineer, Co-Founder & Product Head- Circle Pro Audio
Vishrut V. Joshi, Head Operations, MEGA SOUND INDIA