Nashville, TN: Andy Dodd’s award-winning studio Red Decibel East, designed by Carl Tatz, has implemented a new-generation Carl Tatz Design (CTD) PhantomFocus™ System (PFS™) to drive its ADAM S3X-H monitors.
“Since the PhantomFocus System eliminates all of the factors that confuse the sound, I can trust that I am hearing the entire sonic picture. Now that I don’t have to worry about how mixes will “translate,” I can focus on being musical and creative…which is the whole point, right?!” comments Red Decibel East owner Andy Dodd, who is a multi-platinum and Dove Award-winning producer, songwriter and engineer, who, along with his West Coast partner Adam Watts, has worked with the likes of Jesse McCartney, Kelly Clarkson, Jeremy Camp, and the Jonas Brothers, as well as work for Hannah Montana, and High School Musical.
“Initially, because the PFS sounded so amazing, I was concerned that my mixes would only sound great in my studio, on my speakers, since the average listener wouldn’t be listening back on a PhantomFocus System,” recalls Dodd. “Even bad mixes sounded good to me at first as far as the imaging and pinpoint detail was concerned. However, I soon realized what an incredible tool I had – that I could REALLY HEAR how bad the mix was and exactly what was needed to correct it.” Dodd’s fears were quickly allayed when he discovered that his mixes translated perfectly outside the studio.
Dodd concludes, “I can’t imagine anything more important in a control room than being able to trust the sound that is coming out of your speakers,” stated Dodd. “Without that, the best you can do is make educated guesses, which unfortunately is what everyone does – the PhantomFocus System gives you the answers. It really is as advertised – the ultimate monitoring solution.”
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Photo Caption 1: Pictured L-R: Producer/engineer/songwriter Andy Dodd and Carl Tatz with the new PFS™-driven ADAM S3X-H monitors
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Photo Caption 2: Award-winning Red Decibel East tracking room
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Photo Caption 3: Award-winning Red Decibel East tracking room
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Photo Caption 4: Award-winning Red Decibel East Control Room (prior to new PFS™ Implementation)
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 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Web: www.carltatzdesign.com