Novatech first in Australia to invest in the GLP X4 Atom; the little light with big possibilities

By .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on February 03, 2016

Novatech Creative Event Technology have become the first Australian owners of the X4 Atom, an innovative new fixture from German Light Products (GLP). At a tiny 16.9cm deep and weighing in at just 1.4kg, this high output quad colour LED is IP65 rated, has an amazing 34-3.4 degree zoom range, and uses a unique rigging system allowing units to be locked together and rigged in almost any imaginable line, grid or shape. Up to 12 units can be fed power and data from an external supply over standard 4-pin cable, making the X4 Atom not only flexible, but easy to use.

“Sometimes you get that feeling, and you know that it’s going to be a good, successful product,” says Novatech’s Managing Director, Leko Novakovic. “Novatech have purchased 48 units of X4 Atom, and four external power and control units. In addition to their creative potential, the X4 Atom’s optics and colour output match the rest of our existing inventory of GLP fixtures.”

The X4 Atom is destined to become popular in theatrical applications due to its discreet size and silent operation, easily hidden in sets or mounted on side booms. Concert tours in the 1000-2000 capacity range are also sure to find a place for the X4 Atom, with their flexible rigging, creative range of looks, light weight and easy pack make them unbeatable value for money. Corporate customers will appreciate the X4 Atom for the new highlights it gives their stages, from washes as footlights, to arrays of beams shone from unique shapes.

Novatech’s X4 Atom rig has already had its first successful outing, used to add a variety of looks to the Herbalife 2016 Spectacular in Adelaide. “We ran three groups of 12 X4 Atoms along some rear, centre and angled truss used for video screens,” relates Leko. “It was a big room, but they were more than competitive in terms

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The first AVID S6L for hire in Asia-Pacific ushers in Christmas at Adelaide’s Carols by Candlelight

By .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on December 16, 2015

Novatech Creative Event Technology have sent out the first AVID S6L digital mixer for hire in the Asia-Pacific region to handle the high channel and bus count of Adelaide’s Carols by Candlelight, a large and beloved event with a 71 year history, set in the beautiful surrounds of Elder Park. As the crowd was entertained by stars such as Anthony Callea, Rhonda Burchmore, Samantha Jade, Nathaniel, and Peter Combe, the S6L used all 64 inputs, as well as 16 outputs which fed eight front of house audio zones to the system and eight orchestral submixes to the AVID SC48 monitor console.

Legendary Australian sound engineer Jon Lemon, who has worked on the global stage with artists as diverse as Seal, Christina Aguilera, Smashing Pumpkins, Pink Floyd, INXS, and Sia, was full of praise for Novatech and the S6L. “The S6L only arrived in the warehouse last Tuesday; it was the first one in the country!” Jon reports. “I was suitably impressed, and I think it’s a wise investment for Novatech, who I believe are in the premiere class among Australia’s production companies. The S6L made a monster gig easy. We built 65 snapshots over six hours of rehearsal, and operation was completely intuitive. I particularly liked the Custom Layouts feature, being able to choose what channels are on the surface’s 32 faders for each Snapshot. I also found having three customisable control modules makes life easier. And sonically, running at 96kHz makes such a difference.” 

The S6L is destined to become the international standard for front-of-house mixing, with the world’s leading hire companies already investing in multiple units. With over 300 processing channels, industry-standard plug-ins and Pro Tools integration, the newest member of the AVID family can mix, distribute and record audio at the largest of events. The S6L’s networked, distributed I/O via AVB on Ethernet means even large outdoor events like Carols by Candlelight are easy to set-up and operate, with physical inputs and outputs located wherever they’re needed, all connected with light, portable, off-the-shelf Ethernet equipment and cabling.

To ensure full and clear coverage around Elder Park, Novatech deployed a distributed PA system from industry-leading manufacturer L-Acoustics. 24 elements of their K2 line array system covered the crowd, augmented by eight SB28 subwoofers. Four L-Acoustics KIVA modular line source cabinets provided in-fill, while six KARA modular line source loudspeakers covered the back of the crowd as delays. Fourteen L-Acoustics 115XT HiQ stage monitors provided crystal-clear audio to the performers. The whole rig was powered by just eight L-Acoustics LA-RAKs, which house three LA8 power amplifiers each, plus signal and power distribution.

“The new S6L was perfect for this application,” says Nick Gates, Audio Technical Lead at Novatech.  “We utilised the console’s flexibility for the large number of stage inputs, sub groups and stem mixes required for the event. Reinforced with L-Acoustics K2 and the phase linear tools in LA Network Manager, I was able to ensure amplitude integrity across the entire park.”
Carols by Candlelight was attended by an estimated 40,000 people, with funds from the folded-note entry donation and merchandise sold at the event going to Novita Children’s Services. Novita provides child development, rehabilitation and disability services to more than 3800 young clients, as well as support for their families and carers in Adelaide, regional South Australia and beyond.

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Learn, Respect and Celebrate at the National NAIDOC Awards 2015

By .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on October 29, 2015

Every year since 1972, NAIDOC Week has celebrated the richness, resilience and achievements of the oldest continuous culture on planet Earth. Hosted in a different Australian city each year, 2015 saw Adelaide home to major events under the theme We all Stand on Sacred Ground: Learn, Respect and Celebrate. NAIDOC Week culminates with the National NAIDOC Awards, an acknowledgement of excellence in cultural, social and environmental leadership.

The awards ceremony was held at the Adelaide Convention Centre on July 10 in front of an audience of 1,200 and filmed for broadcast on NITV. Hosted by Luke Carroll and Malarndirri McCarthy, the evening included a performance from comedian Steven Oliver and music from Glenn Skuthorpe, Rochelle Pitt and Terra Firma. Tauto Sansbury, a South Australian Narungga man, was awarded the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award for his social justice advocacy and work to improve the conditions of Aboriginal people in the criminal justice system. The Northern Territory’s Rosalie Kunoth Monks was awarded The 2015 Person of the Year Award for her tireless campaigning on human rights and dedication to politics over the past 50 years.

To A T Productions creatively and logistically produced the National NAIDOC Awards 2015 on behalf of their client, the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet. Novatech Creative Event Technology was proud to support To A T Productions with a full complement of high-end video, lighting and sound solutions. Video and imagery graced the enormous 59 x 9 metre backdrop cyclorama courtesy of five Barco FLM HD20 projectors, capable of putting out 20,000 lumens in full HD. Multimedia content was distributed from three D3 Technologies 4x4pro media servers. Lighting control duties were handled by an MA Lighting grandMA2 light console, with additional processing via an MA NPU network processing unit.

Sixty GLP Impression X4s joined 24 Martin MAC Vipers, 12 VL400 and eight VL3500s from Philips VariLite to provide flexible and dynamic lighting states throughout the show. Audio was loud and clear through an L-Acoustics KARA system with five elements per side on the main left-right and four elements deployed in each delay fills. The show was mixed on an industry standard Avid VENUE Profile desk.

“It was a privilege to have the opportunity to work on such an important event on the indigenous calendar,” said Jayden Sutherland, Senior Project Manager at Novatech. “Working with the event production team at ‘To A T Productions’ made what would typically be a challenging show to pull together a walk in the park!”

2015 NAIDOC Awards Winners
Youth of the Year - Chris Tamwoy
Apprentice of the Year - Ashley Farrall
Artist of the Year - Daren Dunn
Caring for Country - Warddeken Caring for Country Project
Female Elder of the Year - Veronica Perrule Dobson
Male Elder of the Year - Graham Taylor
Lifetime Achievement Award - Tauto Sansbury
Person of the Year - Rosalie Kunoth Monks
Scholar of the Year - Michelle Deshong
Sportsperson of the Year - Ryan Morich

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Novatech shines with The Diamonds

By .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on October 29, 2015

On 16 August 2015, the Australian Netball Diamonds crowned their 2015 Netball World Cup campaign with their 11th title, beating out 15 other nations, including arch rivals New Zealand in the grand final. A crowd of just under 17,000 at Sydney’s Allphones Arena watched the Diamonds emerge triumphant, and Novatech Creative Event Technology were on hand to make sure that the final, and every game in the 10 days leading up to it, were presented with the best possible audio and technical production.

Novatech partnered with the Netball World Cup SYDNEY 2015 as their Technical Production Team, overseeing production for all their games, events around Sydney’s Olympic Park. In addition to providing PA and support in the Arena itself, Novatech also handled preliminary and qualify games in the neighbouring Netball Central, the opening and closing ceremonies, presentations, functions FanFEST and special events.

By far the biggest challenge was ensuring that every seat in the massive Allphones Arena experienced the same outstanding audio quality. To this end, Novatech deployed an impressive 44 elements of their premium L-Acoustics K2 line array system. Hung in two hangs of 10 and two of 12, with the LA-RAKS that powered them flown with them, the system was optimised by Novatech’s Audio System Designer, Nick Gates.

“By using L-Acoustics SOUNDVISION mapping software, I was able to design a K2 system suitable for all applications at the event,” Nick explained. “By manipulating the inter-element angles of the arrays and controlling the unity cross-over points between them, I was able to achieve homogenous amplitude response and a constant SPL target, giving every audience member the same audio experience, regardless of where they were in the arena.”

All audio was distributed via fibre optic cabling around the venue using Novatech’s Optocore system, which was backed up with an analogue redundancy, ensuring nothing would stop a game in progress. Mixing for the crowd, Novatech employed an industry standard Avid Profile digital mixer, while an Avid SC48 handled the 12 sends across 24 beltpacks of Shure’s flagship PSM1000 in ear monitors for performer foldback throughout the opening ceremony. 24 channels of Shure UHF-R wireless microphones were used for voice amplification and all radio systems were kept running without dropouts or interference by Shure’s Axient spectrum management system in conjunction with Shure’s Wireless Workbench software.

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Novatech Avid about S6L

By .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on July 30, 2015

Market-leading manufacturer Avid turned heads at the ProLight+Sound exhibition in Frankfurt in April with the release of their new flagship live audio mixing console, the S6L. Bigger, better designed and more capable than anything in its class, the release was the hit of the show, with the crème-de-la-crème of the international production industry queuing up for a demonstration and to place their orders.

At the head of the pack in Australia, Novatech Creative Event Technology have now announced their investment in the S6L platform, which is set to dominate riders and client preferences globally. For their first order, Novatech have chosen the largest and most powerful of the two sizes available; an S6L-32D control surface, E6L-192 processing Engine and Stage64 I/O Rack expanded with additional AES/EBU I/O.

This industry-leading combination will provide engineers with 192 mix channels to mix into 96 busses, plus Left/Centre/Right, two monitor busses and a 24x24 matrix. The E6L-192 processing Engine will allow engineers to shape their sound with up to 200 plug-ins running at 96 kHz. The S6L-32D control surface provides intuitive and extensive control via 32+2 faders and four 12” touchscreens. Avid have improved drastically on earlier versions of their user interface, and operators familiar with the Avid environment will be delighted with the ergonomic and visual changes.

For absolute peace-of-mind when running mission-critical applications, each processing engine has three hot-swappable power supplies, one active and two redundant. The same power supply units are fitted into the control surface, with one acting as a redundancy. Control and connectivity to Avid’s industry standard DAW ProTools is built in, making commercial quality live recordings simple and affordable.

“Avid is a brand that we have believed in strongly since they first entered the live sound market,” said James Sacca, Production Manager at Novatech. “We purchased one of the first Australian D-Show systems when it was released, along with multiple Avid purchases since. We have chosen the highest specification of the new S6L console options to ensure we meet the rigorous demands of the various markets that we work in. Our first console will land well before the Australian summer, with a series of additional consoles planned for delivery throughout late 2015 and early 2016.”

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Novatech project a Path to The Future for Vivid

By .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on June 26, 2015

For the second year running, Novatech Creative Event Technology have helped bring ‘Light, Music and Ideas’ to entranced spectators at the University of Sydney as part of the Vivid festival. Transforming the University’s iconic Quadrangle building nightly, ‘Path to the Future’ featured 27 pieces of multimedia art from around the world, projection mapped onto the 52 metre wide, 30 metre high sandstone façade.

In its first year as an official Vivid Precinct, the University’s curated programme included works by French visual artist Joanie Lemercier with UK sound artist James Ginzburg, New York’s Light Harvest Studios and Sydney’s The Electric Canvas. Another highlight was Intercellular, a series of short films created by University staff and students from the design, computing, medicine and music faculties, working with Indigenous staff and students from Eora TAFE. Intercellular bridged the idea of light from the galaxies, Indigenous astronomy and the physics of light from cells, in a celebration of the International Year of Light.

Novatech bought these ground-breaking creative visions to life by deploying double the amount of projection power compared to 2014. Ten Barco FLM HD20 projectors were cleverly stacked across five projection zones, reducing the projection tower footprint from three towers and 27 square meters in 2014 to just two towers and eight square metres this year. At the heart of the projection system, two D3 Technologies 4U v2.5 media servers joined with two D3 Technologies 4x4 Pro media servers to ensure that every pixel the artists created was mapped accurately with incredibly detailed 4K resolution.

Making the sure the show kept running, night in, night out, was a Lightware MX-FR33L digital video crosspoint router, which handled all signal distribution duties and provided redundant back-up switching in case of signal failure. Adding sound to the vision, Novatech positioned eight L-ACOUSTICS 115XT HiQ loudspeakers around the site, whose wedge profile and long-throw design made sure they were not only unobtrusive, but completely covered the audience throughout the vast outdoor space.

“It was great to be a part of this challenging yet rewarding project once again”, said Novatech Senior Project Manager Jayden Sutherland. “Vivid is an iconic event both locally and internationally, and Novatech is proud to supply technology that enables the artists to display their works. The University precinct is growing larger each year and saw massive crowds each night, as did the rest of the festival precincts. We’re excited to see what Vivid 2016 has in store!”

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By .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on April 06, 2015

Samsung makes it easy to create a strong impression. The DMD82D commercial displays offer reliable 24/7 uptime and contain many features and benefits to effectively communicate in the busiest environments.

With enhanced SoC (system-on-chip) performance and internal media player functionality, users can display content without the need of an external PC and can control messaging through either a RS232 or LAN connection. Samsung MagicInfo software simplifies content creation and programming. Each unit comes with a built-in quad-core processor to manage graphics-heavy content.

Samsung’s high-resolution HD graphics ensure messages are sharp and clear.

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KI Feastival Competition

By .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on April 02, 2015

Novatech Creative Event Technology are offering the ultimate getaway for two people to experience an immersive culinary journey through one of South Australia’s most iconic untouched gems, Kangaroo Island. FEASTival will take you on an immersive culinary journey through the island’s untamed wilderness, captivating landscapes and rugged coastlines.

FEASTival allows guests to take time out to encounter the natural bounty of earth and sea. It is a celebration of the rich history, spirit and character of Kangaroo Island through a degustation of authentic dining events unique to the island.

The weekend getaway consists of two nights stay at the 5 star Southern Ocean Lodge, a one night stay at the Seaside Inn, two tickets to The Enchanted Garden launch event and SA Life’s table surfing event, The Bare and The Bush plus a return ferry voucher (including one car transfer) to Kangaroo Island.

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KI Feastival Page 1 Only

By .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on April 02, 2015

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Novatech Creative Event Technology joins the elite global AV Alliance

By .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on March 20, 2015

Novatech Creative Event Technology have cemented their reputation for excellence in live event production by joining the AV Alliance, a global network of leading event equipment rental companies. Membership of the AV Alliance is by invitation only, and its strict standards are maintained by regular inspections. AV Alliance members must provide the highest level of customer service at competitive prices, use only state-of-the-art technology, and adhere to international best practices in health and safety.  The AV Alliance ensures customers will always receive the best possible support for their events anywhere in the world. 

AV Alliance’s Quality Seal dictates that all members must be full-service AV companies, providing lighting, video, sound, IT, communications and rigging equipment, backed up by full-time technical specialists. All installation, operation, support and removal of equipment must be carried out by highly qualified staff, delivered via the company’s vehicle fleet, from its own warehouse of properly maintained, high quality products.

“Joining the AV Alliance isn’t just a great opportunity for Novatech to be recognised as a leader in our field,” said Novatech’s Director of Business Operations Dior Yarwood. “It’s also great for the Australian production industry, and it’s fantastic for South Australia. It allows us to collaborate with some of the world’s leading production companies, sharing ideas and resources. Most importantly it gives our clients the confidence and strength to take their event anywhere in the world and receive the same quality and service they deserve.”

Melbourne-based AV Alliance board member and Managing Director of AV Dynamics, Peter Worth personally inspected Novatech before their admission to the group to ensure that their criteria for inclusion were met. “The process involves a thorough analysis of the business,” explained Peter. “We talk to executive management about procedures, policy and business culture. We assess technology investments and R&D, tour all facilities and collect showcases and data. The results are then submitted to the full board for approval. Our compliance and governance is in place in order to maintain elite levels of service.”

“Through my activities with the AV Alliance, I have had the privilege of visiting some of the biggest and most successful production companies in the world,” Peter continued. “Novatech is more than holding its own in comparison. Their commitment to quality is reflected in their purpose-built facility, their visualisation and production studios, right down to the level of systemisation in their warehouse. Novatech have more than earned the right to stand side-by-side with the global leaders of the production industry.”

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Novatech Content Studio – Bringing Events to Life

By .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on March 09, 2015

Novatech Creative Event Technology’s in-house content production studio had a busy 2014, bringing the best of high-resolution video and studio quality audio to live events across Australia. Trent Heaft, Novatech’s Studio and Content Coordinator, has been leading a huge range of projects, including creative direction and content production for Port Power’s team entry – The Power Surge, wall-to-wall period projections for the Royal Agricultural and Horticultural Society’s 175th gala dinner, full court projections for the Constellation Cup netball in Melbourne and Sydney and collateral for the new-look Adelaide United Football Club day and Friday Night Football games.

“AUFC refreshed the look of all its material for both the day and night games for the new season including Friday Night Football,” explained Trent. “For the Friday night games, they’ve gone for a cool blue look, incorporating images of the stadium lights. So we’ve helped them out by redoing all the video and audio of their player profiles, attendance, match slides and adverts. It was definitely a big year for the studio creating twice the amount of content than the previous year and 2015 is already proving to be an even bigger year!”

It’s not just AUFC that has benefitted from Novatech’s capability to generate the highest quality video and audio content to spec. Organisations as diverse as Coca-Cola, Santos, Flinders University, Netball Australia and the South Australian Government have all turned to Novatech for content production.

“We work with video and 2D and 3D animation but what sets us apart from most commercial studios is that we regularly output video at 8K to 12K,” Trent continued. “As far as I know, PIXAR doesn’t even render out at that res! We run the Adobe Creative Cloud suite for video production, and for 3D animation we use Maxon’s Cinema 4D Studio.”¬

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Midas M32

By .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on March 02, 2015

Leveraging over 40 years of experience building world-class mixing consoles, the MIDAS M32 digital console redefines what is possible with a medium-format mixing desk.

From its elegant and robust industrial design to its outstanding audio performance, every aspect of the M32 console represents the cutting edge of MIDAS technology — while maintaining the immediate feel and intuitive layout of an analog console.

Whether you’re running the show from FOH, mixing monitors, or controlling a complex corporate A/V system, you’ll always feel in control with the MIDAS M32.

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