The Royal Agricultural & Horticultural Society of South Australia turns 175 with Novatech

By .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on November 20, 2014

It’s not every day you celebrate your 175th birthday. South Australia’s Royal Agricultural & Horticultural Society is the institution behind the Royal Show, and the second oldest organisation in the state after the Police Force. With deep connections to the State’s primary producers and a special place in the heart of every child who’s ever been to the Show, it befitted such a beloved institution to celebrate in style. 

1,500 members of the Society were invited to attend a gala dinner at the Goyder Pavilion of the Adelaide Event and Exhibition Centre on Saturday 26th July. Unbeknownst to most of the guests, one of Australia’s leading production companies, Adelaide’s Novatech Creative Event Technology, started technical preparations for the event months beforehand. Novatech had four giant cycloramas custom manufactured for the event. With two measuring 74 metres x 9 metres and two at 50 meters x 9 metres, the diners were surrounded by an enormous canvas that was used to project imagery and video illustrating the long and rich history of the RAHS.

Hanging in the centre of the room above the presentation stage, four projection screens carried live images of hosts and guest speakers, as well as pre-made custom video content. Handling the pre-visualisation, projection mapping, content storage, delivery and live switching of the complex video presentation were five of Novatech’s industry-leading d3 Technologies media servers, including two of d3’s new 4x4pro models. The combination of d3’s incredibly powerful software and hardware allowed Novatech to model the physical requirements of the system at the design stage, map the vision across projectors, store and distribute a vast amount of content in High Definition and output 15 independent video streams at once. As the event images demonstrate, the results were breathtaking. 

But it wasn’t just digital sweat that powered the show; over 1000 crew hours were dedicated to the event. Technical work started at the venue early in the week, with staff spending two days setting up before a rehearsal on the day of the show. Amazingly, after the guests had left, the entire rig was removed from the venue in just three hours. In addition to the state-of-the-art video system, Novatech provided all projection, screens, lighting, audio, signal distribution and drapes, including a huge 304 meters of black drapes hung behind the cycloramas to control light spill from backstage and catering areas.

Audio was more than capably handled with a six zone PA of L’Acoustics Kara, supplemented with L’Acoustics SB18 subwoofers. Bands worked across two stages, and were mixed from an AVID Profile digital desk. Martin Mac Vipers, Clay Paky Sharpy’s and GLP X4’s lit the stages, with 16 more Mac Vipers and 48 X4’s covering the tables. ETC Source Four Profiles illuminated the remaining entrance way, foyer, and backstage areas. Lighting control was tasked to an MA Lighting MA2. Projectors included 14 Barco FLM HD20s and four Barco RLM W8s. Video distribution was via Optocore, with a fail-safe redundant video switching system provided by Lightware. Three JVC HD video cameras were used to capture live video, distributed with no visible delay through the d3 system.

Now, it just wouldn’t be show business if the crew didn’t silently and efficiently avert a major crisis without anyone being the wiser. One hour before guests were due to walk through the door, a false alarm activated the building’s fire alarms and extractor fans. The resultant suction caused the giant, sail-like cycloramas to physically move out of position, which meant the focus and setup of 18 separate video projectors, which had taken hours to set, had to be changed as quickly as possible. Novatech’s crew not only achieved this, but did it all remotely from their video control room with only a single camera feed from the room to guide them. Now that’s how you put on a Royal Show!

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VL4000 Spot

By .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on November 14, 2014

Proudly built in the USA, the VL4000 Spot includes all the tools needed to create dynamic and useful lighting on any stage. Every aspect of the luminaire has been designed with performance in mind. The VL4000 Spot boasts 33,000 lumens and features a quiet Studio mode outputting 25,000 lumens. High resolution optics ensure remarkable center-to-edge focusing and an unprecedented contrast ratio. A 5:1 zoom covers an amazing 9 to 47 degrees without sacrificing output or clarity.

Our engineers designed an entirely new color system that provides CYM color mixing, variable CTO color temperature correction and dual five-position color wheels. As a result, the luminaire has incredibly smooth color mixing whether operating in a slow fade or instant snap. The dual opposing fixed color wheels achieve unique color effects, providing a multitude of multicolor combinations.

The VL4000 Spot luminaire features dual rotating gobo wheels with a remarkable new collection of optimized gobo patterns for both aerial and projected imagery. Dual animation wheels provide dynamic motion effects as well as the chromatically tuned Dichro*Fusion effect. The beam can be further modified via the precise four blade shutter system and mechanical iris. An independent prism with divergence control and variable frost are also implemented into the luminaire.

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Hedge Hog

By .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on November 07, 2014

The Hog range just got broader. HedgeHog 4 and 4 Network are the littlest of the range and still pack quite a punch running the same software as all the other Hogs. Both come with ArtNet and CITP capabilities and are designed for small to mid level shows. They are compact, lightweight and easy to take on a plane!

Running on Linux, they are fast, stable and ready to Hog. Whether being used in a school theatre, nightclub, corporate event, medium scale rental job or church, they are the perfect consoles. Retaining the same programming layout as their larger brother, the Road Hog 4, as well as being able to load showfiles from any of the range (and vice versa) means that this compact console range is extremely flexible and easy to use.

HedgeHog 4N will, in addition to the above, make a perfect remote focus and dimmer city console, with its ability to network with the bigger hogs in the fleet!

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Viper Profile

By .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on October 31, 2014

The MAC Viper Profile is a new breed of high-output profile luminaire with an exceptional feature set, superior light quality and a highly efficient optical system. It outperforms all market-leading profiles in the 1200-watt range and is even an alternative to 1500-watt fixtures.

The Viper Profile is not only brighter, it is also a faster and more compact solution. With its 1000-watt HID source, the Viper consumes less power, making it over 50% more efficient than its 1200-watt rivals.

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By .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on October 24, 2014

SGM has introduced two revolutionary new LED strobes — designed to deliver the same output as conventional strobes from one fifth of the power.
Experience the extreme luminous output of nearly 3,000 pure white LEDs placed into three individually controllable LED segments. The X-5 makes it possi¬ble to create unique effects never delivered before by a strobe.

The X-5 is a lightweight, compact and ultra-high performance LED strobe with an exceptionally low power consumption of only 4 Amps. The X-5 is a robust, state of the art LED fixture providing an alternative to traditional, expensive and fragile Xenon lamps.

As with all SGM’s new LED models, cooling methods have been improved via rectangular heat-sinks, set-up and address procedures improved with the aid of internal diagnostics, and control procedures implemented to ensure that lamps run flicker-free.

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By .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on October 17, 2014

Get the amazing sound quality and rock-solid reliability of Avid live sound systems all in one compact console. SC48 is a fully integrated system that combines all I/O, digital signal processing, and tactile control into a single console, making it one of the most affordable and portable Avid live systems.

The console not only features studio-quality plug-in support, a built-in Pro Tools recording interface, and easy portability, it offers several innovative workflows that streamline the mixing process, enabling you to concentrate on mixing the show instead of operating the board.

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Hog 4

By .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on October 10, 2014

The Hog 4 is the flagship in our newest range of consoles. Replacing the much loved Wholehog III, it embraces the latest technology, while retaining the Hog’s familiar control surface. Users will be able to walk up to the Hog 4 and start programming without having to learn a whole new interface. The new encoders, jog shuttle wheel, lcd keys, motorized faders and integrated keyboard all serve to enhance this experience, making the Hog 4 completely customizable. You can now have virtually all the most important attributes to hand at any time.
Retaining the sleek look of generations past, the Hog 4 offers the user an advanced programming experience in an established environment. The Hog 4 console, at the top of the Hog line, is designed to handle the largest shows.
The console provides three monitor outputs, MIDI input and output ports, 8 USB ports, 2 Fast Ethernet ports on a rugged Neutrik Ethercon connector allowing you total flexibility. You’re prepared for everything from the smallest industrial job requiring a single console to the largest stadium show, theme park installation or Broadway spectacular requiring a multi console setup with full network backups!
Preserve show data on a solid state hard disk drive as well as with USB drives and CD/DVD-ROM’s, or alternatively connect directly to a network drive to store your show files remotely.

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K2 Launch Event

By .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on September 01, 2014

Be among the first in Australia to experience the new L-Acoustics K2 System. Novatech, along with representatives from Hills SVL and L-Acoustics, invite you to attend an interactive demonstration of a large range of L-Acoustics products. Other products on show include; Optocore AES digital fibre optic systems and SSL Live digital consoles.
Register your attendance to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Where: Adelaide Entertainment Centre (Theatre) – 98 Port Road Hindmarsh SA.

When: Wednesday 24 September 2014. 10am to 4pm with a networking function from 4pm to 6pm.

Cost: Free.

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By .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on August 25, 2014

The K1-SB is a recommended subwoofer complement for the K1 or K2 line sources. It allows augmenting the sub-low resources of the systems, by reinforcing the contour or enhancing the throw capability in the low end.

The K1-SB contains two 15’’ transducers in a bass-reflex tuned enclosure. It provides exceptional impact, high sensitivity, low thermal compression and reduced distortion. The vents feature a progressive profile allowing laminar airflow and reduced turbulence noise, even at the highest operating levels. These combined properties contribute to the sonic qualities of the K1-SB in terms of precision and musicality. The cabinet is made of first grade Baltic birch plywood to ensure maximum acoustical and mechanical integrity.

The K1-SB 4-point rigging system is integrated in the cabinet and is fully compatible with K1 and K2 systems. K1-SB subwoofers can be flown as a standalone array or at the top of a vertical array composed of K1 or K2 enclosures.

The K1-SB is exclusively driven and amplified by the LA8 controller. This one ensures linearization, protection, and optimization for the loudspeaker system in its different configurations. Including dedicated factory presets for the CONTOUR and THROW configurations.

It includes factory presets designed to enhance the system throw and reinforce its contour.

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Novatech’s L’Acoustics K2

By .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on August 25, 2014

Novatech Creative Event Technology have cemented their reputation as Australia’s biggest supporter of the legendary PA manufacturer L-ACOUSTICS by being among the first companies in the world to take on a major inventory of their new K2 line array system. A full 48 K2 elements supported by 16 K1-SB’s will call Novatech home, making them the go-to supplier for many discerning event managers, corporate clients, touring acts and festivals.

L-ACOUSTICS started the modern line array revolution in 1994 with the release of V-DOSC and changed the performance expectations of PA systems forever. They have continued to innovate, using scientifically rigorous research to bring high-performing product to market, all designed with the ultimate goal of providing the perfect audience experience.

Novatech share L-ACOUSTICS philosophies and have developed a long and prosperous relationship. The only all-L-ACOUSTICS production house in Australia, Novatech stock over 400 individual loudspeakers powered by 48 LA-RAKs, their proprietary signal processing and amplification solution.

“The superior quality of the L-Acoustics product range speaks for itself” said James Sacca, Project Manager and Head of Audio at Novatech. “It’s supported by their world-wide acclaim and popularity amongst the most sought-after touring engineers and system designers. With its immediate demand since entering the market place the new K2 product has once again exceeded all expectations. Requests for the system began flooding the worldwide market from the day it was put into circulation. Our purchase of the K2 system not only solidifies our belief in the brand and their product but helps to strengthen our inventory and allow us to offer a product to a varying range of clients and markets that until now we were unable to service”.

L-ACOUSTICS’ huge popularity in the US and Europe has seen the first production runs of K2 heavily oversubscribed. Further stock is now unavailable until late 2015 and it is testament to Novatech’s close relationship with L-ACOUSTICS that such a large and comprehensive system will ship to Australia at this early stage of production.

“We have been working closely with the team at L-Acoustics since our original investment into their systems” shared Leko Novakovic, Managing Director of Novatech. “Our shared passion for their products and attention to every detail attributes to the close bond that our companies share. We have been focused on and planning for the development of the K2 for some time and share in the excitement of its release. We are honoured to be considered amongst the world’s leading production companies and able to offer the K2 system to the Australian market”.

Before the K2 system has even been unpacked, it has already been booked for several key events at the end of 2014. Novatech Creative Event Technology will be running a special industry event late in 2014 to celebrate their K2 system’s commissioning, when the leading figures of Australia’s corporate, theatre, events and production community will converge on Adelaide to experience the new benchmark in PA performance for themselves.

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By .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on August 25, 2014

The L-ACOUSTICS® K1 system has achieved international recognition and is today the prime choice of engineers for the largest stadium tours and outdoor festivals. Its sonic performance, its fully integrated system package and its rider friendliness are considered as the industry benchmarks. With K2, L-ACOUSTICS® offers K1 performance in a rescaled package. The K2 system flexibility makes it suited to both permanent installation and touring applications, from theatre to stadium productions.

The main system components are as follows:
• K2, full-range element, with adjustable horizontal directivity, operating from 35 Hz to 20 kHz
• K1-SB, low-frequency element, reinforcing LF contour down to 30 Hz or LF throw down to 35 Hz
• SB28, low-frequency element, extending the operating bandwidth down to 25 Hz
• LA4X/LA8 amplified controllers or LA-RAK, touring rack fitted with three LA8

The 3-way quad amplified design, the transducers resources are among the characteristics giving K2 an exceptional ability to perform in many applications and with a record-breaking performance/weight ratio. Any on-site deployment can be easily and quickly achieved thanks to an extremely ergonomic, fast and captive rigging system.

A K2 line source utilizes the unrivalled characteristics of Wavefront Sculpture Technology®. Interelement angles can be set with laser like accuracy up to a generous 10˚, allowing the optimization of the vertical coverage with SPL smoothly spread across the audience. The K2 also features the PANFLEXTM technology, a unique solution for adjusting the horizontal coverage pattern to any audience or room geometry. Four different settings are possible: two symmetric (70° or 110°) and two asymmetric (90° as 35°/55° or 55°/35°).

Thanks to its full range capability, the K2 enclosure can be deployed as a standalone line source. For applications demanding extreme LF impact (contour mode), or maximized LF projection (throw mode), K2 can be arrayed with its dedicated and flyable K1-SB LF extension. The K2 system can also address applications with demanding infrasonic reproduction when combined to the SB28 subwoofer. Before installation, any system configurations can be acoustically and mechanically modeled with SOUNDVISION 3D simulation software.

For touring applications, K2 can be associated to the LA-RAK, a universal distribution platform for power, audio signals and network which facilitates cross rental between rental companies. LA-RAK houses three LA8 amplified controllers and can be flown onto a K2 array. Other applications can feature LA8 amplified controllers. For high-end installation projects, K2 can also be driven by the LA4X amplified controller. The scheme authorizes fully discrete DSP treatment per section and maximum power headroom for the best possible sonic performance.

Thanks to dedicated factory presets, the LA8/LA4X amplified controller constitutes an extremely advanced and precise drive system for the enclosures. All L-ACOUSTICS® amplified controllers feature the L-DRIVE, a thermal and over-excursion protection circuit.

Up to 253 LA8/LA4X amplified controllers can be connected together via the Ethernet-based L-NET protocol. The LA NETWORK MANAGER software allows online remote control and monitoring of all the connected units, via a user-friendly and intuitive graphic interface, and features the Array Morphing EQ. This exclusive tool allows the engineer to quickly adjust the tonal balance of the system to reach a reference curve or to ensure consistency of the sonic signature.

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Novatech is Hiring

By .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on July 22, 2014

Novatech Is Hiring!

Creating unique high quality events is our thing…. so it’s time to find a few more highly skilled staff with a flair for creativity, quality and a strong customer service ethic to add to our team!

Novatech Creative Event Technology is the premium creative events company for corporate events, music festivals and private functions.  You’ve seen our work at Womadelaide, Soundwave, Australia Day, Vivid and any big business function that you’ve attended in the last couple of years.  There is no-one better or bigger in this business and we are looking for some high performers to join our team!

To be successful at Novatech you are:
• A real team player;
• 100% committed to quality;
• Focused on your customer’s satisfaction and outcomes;
• A ‘can do’ person;
• Willing and able to work anytime 24/7 and travel interstate/overseas;
• A lover of festivals, national events and nightlife activities; and
• Dedicated to your development and to being the best you can be!

We are on the hunt for:

Senior Video Production Technician (Permanent role)
To be suitable for this role you will have been working in the area of video and vision production for a number of years and be known for your top quality work and your leadership.  We are looking for someone who can treat our corporate customers to the high level service that they deserve.  This is a front of house technical role and has limited video content creation.  If this is you then please send us your resume’ right now.  We will negotiate moving expenses for the right person!

Senior Service Technician (Permanent role)
This is an opportunity not to be missed.  You are a highly skilled person who can work as well with people as you can with electronics.  This role will assist the Technical Director to continue to produce high quality equipment that never lets our clients down.  This role will also assist the Technical Director with coordinating the services team.  Having a real flair for anything techy and also having a great can do and collaborative spirit will give you success in this role.  Send your resume through today!

Junior Service Technician (12 Month Development Contract)
We have a unique opportunity for an up and coming person interested in being a key part of our technical support team.  Working with our Technical Director and Senior Technician you will learn the tricks of the trade and the secrets behind why Novatech equipment is second to none in this industry!  If you are a person that loves to tinker about with electrical equipment, you are interested in working in the events production industry and you have a strong work ethic, then send your resume to us and don’t miss this opportunity.

HQ Night Club Lighting and Audio Support (Casual Positions X2)
Novatech support a number of venue across Adelaide and we are looking for enthusiastic people who have a flair for lighting and audio production.  You will work at night supporting our nightclub partner HQ so you need to be a lover of the scene, loud music and a night owl to be a success.  If you also have a record of amazing customer service, then you are the person we are looking for.  Send through your resume today.

Novatech are an equal opportunity employer.  If you are a person who is willing and able to work hard, has a flair for your craft and a great attitude then you are the person we want.

Please forward a covering letter, a current resume’ and examples of your work (where available electronically) to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) with the subject line “Application for [POSITION APPLYING FOR]; July 2014”.  It’s important that you put this subject line to ensure your application is not missed.

Don’t miss out, send your application in today….closes 31st July 2014. We may conduct interviews prior to this date so get your application in early.

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