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Gearhouse Broadcast’s X Factor sound

test 13 October 2009

UK: The company is providing audio systems for the ITV show The X Factor for the sixth year running, writes David Davies. Gearhouse Broadcast is the major radio microphone and audio supplier for the long-running talent contest (whose main presenter is Dermot O’Leary, pictured), and is working on the project in conjunction with Talkback Thames and Video Sound Services.

"The X Factor has been a regular fixture in Gearhouse Broadcast’s autumn dry-hire line-up for six years now," Gearhouse Broadcast MD Eamonn Dowdall tells PSN-e. "It is a technically complex job with our Audio Division’s preparations starting months before the live studio shows commence in mid-October."

In a change from previous years, Gearhouse Broadcast is now delivering for the Saturday live show and the Sunday results show. In total, this represents more than 54 channels of various RF equipment throughout the studio.

Seven x8-way receiver racks have been rigged at the studios for use on both the ITV1 and ITV2 shows. The racks are being used in conjunction with a Sennheiser custom-built ‘Titan X’ aerial combiner, which allows full diversity coverage throughout the studios during the shows.

Further audio equipment supplied by Gearhouse Broadcast includes 43 Sennheiser SK 5012 microphones and 5212 transmitters, five Sennheiser SKM 5200-U transmitters, two Sennheiser SKP 30 plug-on transmitters and a set of two Sennheiser wireless in-ear monitors.

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