Nashville, TN: Solid State Logic (SSL) hosted TEC Award-Winning studio designer Carl Tatz and the PhantomFocus™ System (PFS™) in their SSL demo suite featuring the AWS 924 console at the 2014 PotLuck Audio Conference at the fabulous El Conquistador Golf and Tennis Resort in Tucson, Arizona. Audio professionals from across the country gathered in this bucolic desert setting to take in the many expert panels, workshops and gear demonstrations presented at the annual event.
"We're grateful to SSL and PotLuckCon principal Craig Shumacher for supporting our effort to bring the PhantomFocus System experience to those who may have heard or read about the system but have not had the opportunity to sit in its sweet spot. In this case, one listen takes the place of a thousand reviews," comments Carl Tatz, principal of Carl Tatz Design and creator of the PhantomFocus System.
Among the distinguished attendees who had the chance to experience the PFS for the first time were engineer/producer Mike Caffrey; Mark Christensen, head mastering engineer and owner at NYC’s Engine Room Audio studios; PureWave Audio and Allusion Studios owner Jim Pavett; Vintage King Audio's Alex Oana; FOX Sports Audio Consultant / Senior Mixer Fred Aldous; Jeff Harris, Technical Department Manager at the Conservatory of Recording Arts & Sciences (CRAS); and engineer Andrew Scheps. Here are a few of their comments:
"The sound coming out of the Phantom Focus system was astounding – especially coming out of such small monitors in a room that wasn't acoustically designed. It was an enveloping listening experience and is what music should always sound like." – Mike Caffrey.
"The imaging was very accurate, especially in the low end, and I heard distinct elements in the low end of a #1 single that I mastered last year that I had not heard before." – Mark Christensen
"Although my listening time was limited, my experience was impressive, and I look forward to having the opportunity to spend more time with the PhantomFocus System in the future.” – Fred Aldous
"I had no previous biases one way or the other when I auditioned the PhantomFocus System. Listening was a very enjoyable experience. The bass frequencies, which usually are fighting room modes, were solid with no dips. Once you have a system dialed in like this, then your real journey of creating music begins behind the console. No more second-guessing, because all is true.” – Jim Pavett
Auralex Acoustics, Ashly Audio, NHT, and Dynaudio Professional generously provided the portable acoustic modules, proprietary PFS processor, proprietary PFS subwoofer system and near-field monitors, respectively. Also, Sound Anchors provided their new PhantomFocus™ Stand.
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Photo Caption 1: Pictured L-R: SSL Vice President of Music Products Fadi Hayek; studio designer and PhantomFocus™ System creator Carl Tatz; and SSL U.S. Sales and Marketing Manager Marc DeGeorge, in the SSL casita featuring the SSL AWS 924 and the PhantomFocus™ System (PFS™) at PotLuckCon 2014.
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Photo Caption 2: CRAS instructor Paul Richards experiencing the PhantomFocus™ System (PFS™) at the SSL casita during PotLuckCon.
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Photo Caption 3: Poolside at the El Conquistador Resort, Tucson, Arizona.
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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 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Web: www.carltatzdesign.com