The harsh truth about being a live sound engineer

So, you wan’t to be a sound engineer. Great! It is one of the best, most rewarding and - arguably - coolest careers out there. But it isn’t easy. Far from it. In fact, some would argue that, at times, it is one of the most unenjoyable jobs going. Look beyond the many frustrations, though, and you’ll realise the dream of doing what you love and getting paid for it. As the old adage goes, if you find a career [...]

News roundup: Hollowsphere join the gang & Falkirk FC invest in NOVA

Hollowsphere become official NOVA dealer We are delighted to officially welcome Hollowsphere AV to the NOVA family. Originally started by director Adrian Ball back in 2002 as a projector screen rental business, Manchester-based Hollowsphere now supplies a huge range of event tech and services to businesses across the country. Given their experience, character and incredibly diverse range of applications for their services, we can think of no one better than Hollowsphere to represent NOVA pro audio kit in Manchester. Adrian's team offer everything from direct [...]

5 tips for recording live sound – properly

When watching an event like Glastonbury on the BBC, it's easy to forget what goes into making sure the audio reaches the small screen clearly. Every instrument, note and vocal chord can be heard perfectly and, possibly, with somewhat greater clarity than if you were stood at the back of that muddy field surrounded by equally-filthy revellers. With signal processing and the ability to easily throw the output of a mixing desk to numerous sources, you'd be forgiven for assuming [...]