Originally Posted by d3193
If the show were live I'd cut it a lot of slack. Mixing a performance show live is not easy. But so far The XFactor has been recorded, and is heavily edited, so I'm assuming there's the ability to fix poor mixes.
I wondered if it was just a case of an overall low level on the center channel. But the host/announcer sounds fine, so that's not the case.
Don't know how the US version works - but the auditions shows in the UK original show are usually covered with a multi-camcorder set-up (rather than a mobile production truck) - with every camera recording in-camera, but also fed to a vision switcher to allow some form of camera direction.
The sound is done separately - and also heavily post produced I believe. Not sure if a mobile sound truck is used or if it is done as a de-rig (like the vision). There was a "scandal" (aka some extra publicity) when it became apparent that auto-tune style processing had been applied to some performances in post-production... Some of it was wincingly obvious - almost too obvious...
The UK show, whilst HD, is 2.0 stereo I think, rather than 5.1. (The stadium auditions were a change from the original X Factor format introduced a season or two ago in the UK - which previously used Idol-style low-key hotel conference centre type locations with tape marks and PBU backdrops for intimate auditions with just the judges watching and no audience)