Nashville, TN: Carl Tatz Design (CTD) has recently installed one of its new PhantomFocus™ System (PFS™) nXp Series HD-4002 High-Definition Precision Monitoring Instruments systems at Amplified Wax in Spokane, Washington, which has become a beacon of high-quality production for many artists and bands in the Northwest region of the country.
Engineer/producer and Amplified Wax studio owner Jimmy Hill had the PhantomFocus System on his radar for a long time after hearing one at The Blue Grotto, a CTD TEC Award-Winning PhantomFocus MixRoom™ in Nashville. However, he wanted to wait until he moved his studio to a new spacious location in downtown Spokane, so by the time construction was completed, the new series of PFS monitors had become available, and Hill chose the PFS nXp Series HD-4002 High-Definition Precision Monitoring Instruments system, which includes the value-added PhantomFocus eChair™.
"Upon first listen I was blown away," says Hill, describing his initial PFS experience in his control room. "Each day since, I find myself excited to sit down and start mixing. Music should be an experience, not a technical battle between listener and technology. The PFS nXp HD-4002 totally removes that veil and reveals the truth. Although my experience with such a precision monitoring system has been brief, we are already producing some of our finest work."
Hill, who owns the studio with his talented wife and business partner Mandy, is a hands-on engineer/producer who works very hard with each artist, gleaning out their vision of what they want to achieve without intruding into their art. A sort of 21st-century Ahmet Ertegun, his work is extraordinary, samples of which can be heard at amplifiedwax.com.
Hill goes on to comment, "It's really an amazing thing. I have just produced a track with a very complex arrangement that included acoustic guitar, piano, vocals, background vocals, electric guitar, full choir, cello, electronic drums, aux percussion, and full drums. I could not have done it nearly as well without the clarity, power and precision that the PFS monitors provide. The mixes actually made the clients tear up. Thank you Carl."
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Photo Caption 1: Pictured L-R: TEC Award-Winning studio Designer Carl Tatz and Amplified Wax producer/engineer and studio owner Jimmy Hill in front of the new PFS HD-4002 High-Definition Monitoring Instruments system
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About Carl Tatz Design
Carl Tatz Design (CTD) is an award winning studio design firm offering design and consulting services to homeowners and entertainment industry professionals in areas of: Recording Studios, Monitor Systems, Home Screening Rooms, Dedicated Listening Rooms, Acoustic Analysis, Tuning, and Sound Isolation. Carl Tatz is also the inventor of the industry acclaimed proprietary PhantomFocus™ System (PFS™) monitor tuning protocol. CTD’s many resources combine knowledge, experience and expertise in sound, picture and design to serve its clients worldwide. For more information, visit http://www.carltatzdesign.com.
About the PhantomFocus™ System
Carl Tatz Design’s proprietary PhantomFocus™ System monitor tuning protocol offers clients a unique opportunity to have a truly world-class monitoring experience in their room, no matter how modest. All speakers interact with the room they’re in, and the PhantomFocus System allows any monitors to perform at maximum accuracy - in any room - with a full 20Hz-to-20KHz frequency response and pinpoint imaging in what some owners have described as a “holographic sweet spot.” It is a new level of sonic accuracy that engenders easier, better and faster mixing that translates well in any environment.
There are approximately fifty steps in the proprietary PhantomFocus System implementation protocol, including phase alignment, system damping, speaker decoupling and isolation mounting, careful assessment of engineer/speaker placement relative to primary axial room modes, proprietary laser-calibrated speaker distancing and angle alignments, digitally-controlled crossover points and slopes for pass filtering, and, proprietary, multiband parametric equalization.
Hardware solutions can include monitor stands, concrete, Sorbothane™ and other isolation and damping materials, custom floating plenum mounts, subwoofer systems and custom digital processors. The PhantomFocus System evaluation and implementation is a full two-day process and can be applied to near-fields, mid-fields, and large soffit mounted monitors, regardless of manufacturer.
Carl Tatz Design installs the PhantomFocus System in existing control rooms and in all studios that are designed and built from the ground up by CTD. The result is like the aural equivalent of HD TV. Once you experience a PhantomFocus System, you can’t go back.
About the Carl Tatz Signature Series™ by Auralex®
The Carl Tatz Signature Series™ by Auralex® family of control room acoustic modules (now featured in a dedicated section on the Auralex website), emulates the look and acoustics of Carl Tatz's custom designs at a fraction of the cost.
When paired with the acclaimed PhantomFocus System, it becomes the CTD MixRoom™, the sonic performance of which is unrivaled anywhere, defining a new standard for the audio professional. The MixRoom can quickly and affordably transform a simple rectangular room into a world-class mixing environment without peer.
"We're honored to work with Carl Tatz, one of the top studio designers in the industry, on this exciting new Auralex offering. This new series makes Carl's signature style easy and affordable enough for any serious studio owner. Now virtually any room can benefit from the same aesthetic and sound control enjoyed by top hitmakers like Rascal Flatts and others," says Eric Smith, founder and president of Auralex Acoustics.
For more information about the PhantomFocus Monitor System, please contact Carl Tatz Design, 6666 Brookmont Terrace, Suite #1109, Nashville, TN 37205 Office: 615.354.6242, Direct: 615.400.5479