UK: The current series of The X-Factor utilises a complete on-stage monitor system from EM Acoustics, writes David Davies. The configuration deployed by Delta Media's Fred Jackson (pictured) comprises 16 M-12 monitors - 14 of which are built into the set - along with four EMS-152 medium-Q 15" x 2" passive enclosures.
Jackson initially became a customer of EM Acoustics last year during work on two other high-profile British TV shows: The Friday Night Project and Britain's Got Talent. However, The X-Factor represents the first production on which he has deployed a complete EM monitor system.
"With Jackson Audio Ltd now becoming Delta Media and as such being part of Delta Sound, M-12s are now in the rental inventory of one of the UK's most respected audio rental companies. This is understandably a very proud moment for us," commented EM Acoustics' Mike Wheeler.
Delta Media is using a custom-modified version of the M12, the M-12J, that uses all neodymium drive units to save weight and features a custom logo machined into the woodwork. Originally designed with Woking-based Sound by Design Ltd, the M-12 is an increasingly popular monitor for both live and installed applications.
"The ever-evolving relationship with EM has been a delight from start to finish," said Jackson. "Their responsiveness to what was required for the original M-12J prompted me into seeking further development of products for job-specific solutions with them."