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Michael Abbott Mixes ‘X Factor’ on Yamaha DM2000

Michael Abbott at the Yamaha DM2000

TheX Factor will make its U.S. debut on September 21 on the Fox network. Created by Simon Cowell, the series will search the U.S. for the next global superstar or group; the winner will receive a $5 million dollar recording deal with Sony Music.

Michael Abbott, owner of All Ears Inc., has chosen a Yamaha DM2000 for the broadcast mix of the audition phase of the production taped in Los Angeles, Dallas, Newark, New Jersey, Miami, and Seattle. Sweetwater Video/NEP provided the audio/video facilities.

“The Yamaha DM2000 was chosen because The X Factor project required an audio console with a small physical footprint but with a large amount of audio I/O,” states Abbott. “We used six MADI slot cards that were fed into a Euphonix Studio Hub, then routed out to nine MADI streams and converted to AES via RME MADI/AES converters.

“The GUI of the Yamaha DM2000 console allows for control of four AD8HR preamps, allowing for 32 external mic preamp channels in addition to the onboard 24 mic inputs,” Abbott continues. “Also, the input/output patch library provides a variety of I/O mapping presets for the various stages of The X Factor production, as the input sources changed during the six weeks of production. The console’s Group Control function allowed for control of faders located on the lower four layers of the console surface.”

Recording devices for The X Factor include two Tascam X48 recorders and 11 Sony XD 1500 video recorders via AES. Additional courtesy feeds are distributed via four fiber streams, AES-analog throughout the arena, to producer stations, front-of-house, network/VIP viewing areas, and contestant holding rooms.

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