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 [...]

How to provide field-filling sound at outdoor events

The team at Precise Events were recently hired to provide sound reinforcement at the Scotland vs Iceland women's Euro qualifiers. Hosted at Falkirk Stadium, the task was twofold; the national anthem announcement and performance needed to be heard by all, as did two live performances held before the match and at half time. Outdoor gigging is always tricky, but even more so when multiple performance locations within the same arena need to be catered for. Thankfully, Precise could of course call [...]

How to deal with a difficult band if you’re a sound engineer

If you're a sound engineer, you'll know there are few sinking feelings worse than the one you get when when looking up from the mixing desk to see the lead singer, again, pointing to the heavens. "Make me louder," they're saying. "You're already too loud," you're saying (to yourself, of course). Providing live sound for a difficult band is a challenge most front of house engineers will experience at some stage. Dealt with incorrectly, it can cause running tensions all night that [...]

5 tips for running sound at an outdoor gig

With the festival season fast approaching, the thoughts of sound engineers the world over will be occupied by the often tricky prospect of mixing sound outdoors. Open air gigs are wonderful things to attend, but continue to present some very real challenges for the team behind the mixing board. Without the comfort of walls and ceilings and with the added complication of changeable weather conditions, mixing live sound in the elements is tricky to master and logistically difficult. Ask the best [...]

NOVA Elite roars at Bike4Life 2016

Our sister company, Precise Events, knows a thing or two about providing the kind of live audio kit required for open air gigs, and last weekend they did just that at the Bike4Life festival at RAF Cosford. Tasked with kicking off the 2016 motorcycle season, the Bike4Life festival wanted to recreate the stellar atmosphere of the 2015 event when 5,000 riders took the 23 mile ride out from Meole Brace in Shrewsbury to the festival's location at the impressive RAF Museum in Cosford [...]

NOVA pro audio trade accounts now available!

When we discovered NOVA, we discovered pro audio kit without the Gucci price tag. It was a revelation; NOVA gear is staggeringly good. So good, in fact, that we developed a new brand and online store around it - the very one you have loaded on your browser right now! At Precise Music, we have a clearly-defined goal: to abolish gear snobbery by introducing audio engineers, bands and DJs to NOVA speaker systems, amps and controllers. You simply don't need [...]

How to master live sound in a small room

Small rooms are often favoured by bands and audience members due to the connection they enable between both parties. Think back to your favourite gig as an attendee, and I bet it was in a tiny venue. Unfortunately, mixing sound in small rooms presents just as big a challenge as doing so in their large cousins. Instead of trying to make a cavernous, reverberating room sound pleasing to the ear, sound engineers have to contend with the tricky task of [...]

Asked to ‘turn it down’? What causes a gig to be too loud?

If you’re a sound engineer or a gigging band, you’ll be familiar with the following scenario. You’re halfway through the night and the crowd is rocking. The epic medley of Queen songs you’re thrashing your way through is about to reach its crescendo and then, he appears. Meandering through the throng of the dance floor, a grim-faced chap approaches the stage or mixing desk, cups both hands around his mouth and shouts (you assume - you can’t hear him, after [...]

How to choose the right PA system

We’re on a mission to give people the world over the chance to sample the sheer brilliance of NOVA’s PA gear, but the fact that this fantastic brand occupies a landscape littered with competitors and all manner of speaker, mixer, amp and controller configurations demonstrates how tricky it can be for the customer. How on earth do you battle through the overwhelming range of options available and pick the right PA? If you’re sitting staring at your laptop screen, scratching your [...]