Nashville, TN: The PhantomFocus™ System (PFS™) as educational tool continues to be embraced by academic institutions, as evidenced by its latest extensive installation in Middle Tennessee State University's (MTSU) Department of Recording Industry studios. Five new PhantomFocus Systems were added to greatly improve the facilities that support the department’s B.S. in Audio Production and M.F.A in Recording Arts and Technologies programs. The systems were added to build on the overwhelming success of the PFSs installed in the award-winning Studios D and E CTD MixRooms™ in 2013, bringing the total to seven systems campus-wide.
Bill Crabtree, MTSU Recording Industry Professor and Director of the M.F.A. program in Recording Arts and Technologies, comments, “When it comes to facilities and technology, high-quality studio monitoring is probably the most important thing we can do for our students. Installing the PhantomFocus System in all of our studios has been a fundamentally transformative experience for our students and has improved all of our studio courses. Our masters degree students are especially impacted by the precise imaging and spectral balance of the systems. This is a real game-changer for us.”
The installations include a Dual PFS™ 5.1 main and 5.1 near-field in Studio A, a Dual PFS of mains and near-field in Studio B, a PFS and the new Carl Tatz Edition™ Dual 15-DR800 Workstation by Argosy in the new Mix Lab and the existing PFSs in Studios D and E CTD MixRooms. Monitors enhanced with the PFS are Boxer T4 mains, Genelec 1037C and Event Opal near-fields.
Carl Tatz, TEC Award-winning studio designer and creator of the PhantomFocus System, comments, “This was our most ambitious PFS implementation to date and required a great deal of customization due to the necessity of having to traverse the existing wire trough locations relative to PFS speaker stand mounting protocols and the need to make the system ‘student-proof,’ so-to-speak, so that the systems could never be bumped out of their LaserQuad™ positioning.”
MTSU associate professor and multi-award-winning engineer John Merchant, who also enjoys a Dual PFS in his personal home mix room RedDoor, observes, “Monitoring is the window to your work, and that window must be clear, open and true to make the best choices professionally. With all of our primary studios equipped with PhantomFocus Systems, MTSU now offers students the ability to truly hear what they are doing in high resolution. Even in a short time, the results have been striking: students’ mixes sound significantly better, and they translate beautifully to the outside world. This is a major upgrade for our studios, and we are the only collegiate recording program to offer this to students.”
Celebrating 40 years of excellence, Middle Tennessee State University's Department of Recording Industry offers undergraduate programs in Audio Production, Commercial Songwriting and Music Business. The department also offers a Master of Fine Arts in Recording Arts and Technologies – one of the only programs of its kind (cited from Facebook). The department and facilities are housed in the University's College of Media and Entertainment located in Murfreesboro near Nashville, TN.
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Photo caption 1: PhantomFocus™ System (PFS™) LaserQuad™ alignment of MTSU Department of Recording Industry Studio A's Dual 5.1 PhantomFocus Systems
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Photo caption 2: Pictured L-R in Studio A: John Merchant, Carl Tatz and Bill Crabtree, in front of the Dual PFS 5.1 mains and near-fields and API console
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Photo caption 3: Pictured L-R in Studio B: Graduate Teaching Assistant Grant Green, John Merchant, Carl Tatz, Bill Crabtree, and student Steve Helton, with the Dual PFS mains and near-fields and SSL Duality console
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Photo caption 4: Pictured: John Merchant (foreground left), in the Mix Lab with his students
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Photo caption 5: Pictured L-R: John Merchant and Carl Tatz, in front of the Carl Tatz Edition Dual 15-DR800 Workstation by Argosy and the PhantomFocus™ System in the Mix Lab
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Photo caption 6: Studio A with Dual 5.1PhantomFocus System LCR array implemented
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Photo caption 7: Studio E - Award-winning CTD MixRoom with PhantomFocus System (Studio D is a mirror image of Studio E with the same MixRoom™ technology)
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