Nashville, TN: "Every once in a while we have the opportunity to bump up our game to a new level as experience and technology allows us to. This has been the case with Justin Ray Miller and his Apella Music's new Yellow Hammer studio," stated TEC Award-Winning studio designer Carl Tatz. "And now these new performance advantages will trickle down across the board to all our future projects.”
Yellow Hammer is a comprehensive custom Carl Tatz Design (CTD) studio built from the ground up for film- and game-scoring composer/recording engineer Justin Ray Miller on the property of his East Nashville home. Opened in 2014, the studio encompasses a CTD MixRoom™, piano booth, restroom, computer closet and entry foyer. It features the acclaimed PhantomFocus™ System (PFS™) driving a Dynaudio Professional M1 monitor/Bryston 4B Pro SST Squared amplification combo that showcases the new Sound Anchor PhantomFocus™ Stand and a new custom application of the Carl Tatz Design Signature Series™ acoustic modules by Auralex – highlighted by the new Axial Mode Absorber Wall™ (AMAW)™ and the MixRoom Acoustic Lens™ system. The tracking room ceiling features the new Parabolic Acoustic Room Expander (PARE)™. And the MixRoom also features a new custom Carl Tatz Edition™ Dual 15-KL800 workstation by Argosy Console.
“I’ve been an audiophile for over a decade, but when I first heard Carl’s PhantomFocus System, I instantly knew that I never truly heard low end until that moment. Being able to hear a full frequency response accurately down to 20 Hz has allowed me to create fuller mixes and appreciate other producers’ work like never before,” states Miller. He goes on to explain, “The stereo imaging of the PhantomFocus System paired with the very powerful Dynaudio Professional M1 monitors and Bryston amplification is the most three-dimensional stereo playback out there. I saw a client recently trying to reach out and touch the sounds coming from the speakers as he listened to the mix we had just completed!”
Tatz states, “Poorly-placed video screens can be problematic for optimum audio imaging, and that's why we spec large wall-mounted LCD screens for computer displays. However, in Justin's case, being a film composer and needing multiple screens, we had to come up with a solution to allow for a total of three screens and not compromise the PFS performance. We were able to take Justin's idea of how he wanted his Doepfer LMK2+ MIDI keyboard controller positioned in the desk and applied a deep-mount screen application for two video monitors with the help of Argosy Console CEO David Atkins and his design team. So successful was this collaboration that Argosy is now offering a new line of workstations inspired by it under the Carl Tatz Edition™ moniker.”
Miller adds, "From the incredible MixRoom to the unique tracking room design, to the best desk a composer could hope to work at, Carl had an eye and ear for what I wanted to accomplish and helped me achieve that within the budget we planned. He's a great guy to direct a studio construction project. He always thinks one step ahead and his experience will let you trust him on making the best decisions for your studio."
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Photo Caption 1: Yellow Hammer MixRoom™ featuring the acclaimed PhantomFocus™ System (PFS™) driving Dynaudio Professional M1 Monitors and a Bryston 4B SST Squared amplifier and the Carl Tatz Signature Series™ acoustics modules by Auralex®.
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Photo Caption 2: Yellow Hammer MixRoom™ – rear view.
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Photo Caption 3: The new custom Carl Tatz Edition™ Dual 15-KL800 by Argosy Console for the Doepfer LMK2+ MIDI keyboard controller – right view.
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Photo Caption 4: The new custom Carl Tatz Edition™ Dual 15-KL800 by Argosy Console for the Doepfer LMK2+ MIDI keyboard controller – left view.
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Photo Caption 5: Yellow Hammer booth with the Parabolic Acoustic Room Expander (PARE)™ ceiling – window view.
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Photo Caption 6: Yellow Hammer booth with the Parabolic Acoustic Room Expander (PARE)™ ceiling – piano view.
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Photo Caption 7: Yellow Hammer – foyer view into MixRoom™.
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Photo Caption 8: Pictured L-R: Auralex founder and president Eric Smith and studio designer Carl Tatz at the console at Yellow Hammer.
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Photo Caption 9: Pictured L-R: Film and game-scoring composer and Yellow Hammer owner Justin Ray Miller and Carl Tatz.
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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: email@example.com Web: www.carltatzdesign.com