BUENA PARK, Calif.â€”The X Factor will make its U.S. debut on FOX September 21. The Simon Cowell-created show will be in a search across America to find the next global superstar or group who will ultimately win a $5 million dollar Sony Music recording deal. 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.
â€œThe 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,â€? states Abbott. â€œWe 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.â€?
â€œThe 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,â€? says Abbott. â€œAlso, 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 consoleâ€™s Group Control function allowed for control of faders located on the lower four layers of the console surface.â€?
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.
For more information on All Ears, Inc., e-mail [email protected].
For more information on the Yamaha DM2000, visit www.yamahaca.com.
About Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc.:
Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc. (YCAS) provides a full line of integrated professional audio products offering complete systems solutions for the broadcast, sound reinforcement/installed sound, touring, commercial recording, and post production markets. The company remains the official U.S. and Canadian distributor for all NEXO speaker products. YCAS offers comprehensive in-house and field product training for its customers, a dedicated dealer network, and 24/7 technical support.