Natick, MA (December 9, 2011)—Eric Schilling, music mixer for FOX’s The X Factor, is using a Genelec 8200 Series active DSP monitoring system to create the 5.1-channel mix of the live music segments.
The system—Genelec 8250A and 8240A bi-amplified DSP monitors, together with a 7260A subwoofer—was supplied by remote broadcast music production specialists M3 (Music Mix Mobile) and was specified by the show’s production audio mixer, Michael Abbott, a veteran broadcast mixer and sound designer, and the owner of All Ears, Inc.
According to Joel Singer, co-founder and chief engineer of M3, “Mike, as the A1 on the show, had a vision for what he wanted to do with regard to the music system on The X Factor. He came to us and said that he would like to incorporate the workflow we use on some of these big music award shows, like the Grammy Awards and the Country Music Awards, and what M3 does by building and designing reference-quality 5.1 mixing systems, and develop it for this show. As the system architect, I designed the music system based on the needs of the show as a reliable, fully functioning 5.1 mixing system.”
“My agenda for the sound design of this show was to use components that have previously produced favorable results on other broadcasts, and Genelec has been part of that formula,” confirms Abbott. “I prefer the music mixers to use whatever they are comfortable with, and Eric is very familiar with the tonal response of the Genelec monitors from working with M3 on many other broadcast productions.
Schilling comments, “I have been using the 8200 Series monitors in my studio and for broadcast music mixing since they were released. I always find that the mixes I do with these monitors translate very well to other listening environments outside of my work, which, to me, is of paramount importance.”
The X Factor, which is franchised globally, made its U.S. television debut on September 21, 2011, and extends through December 22.