Nashville, TN: “There is a reason that Cranesong Studios is our third PhantomFocus MixRoom™ designed and built for us by Carl Tatz Design,” comment talented multi-award-winning singer-songwriters Monty Powell and Anna Wilson of the husband-and-wife duo Troubadour 77 (T77). “You have to be able to trust what you are hearing and that it will translate. There is no better feeling than being 100% confident that we can hear what we need to hear to implement our creative vision. PhantomFocus MixRooms with the PhantomFocus Monitoring System give us this performance unlike any other studio design or monitoring we have experienced.”
Powell and Wilson, who recently added a new Silver Mesh Chrome PhantomFocus eChair™ to their facility, explain their creative process, which ironically dovetails into the new COVID-19 social distancing paradigm even though the album was competed exactly as the guidelines commenced: “On each of the Troubadour 77 projects, including the new album Revolution and Redemption, the entirety of the music is created by us. It is almost all created in the box, using digital guitar modelers, VST drum programming, MIDI pianos, programed banjos and other sampled instruments. Our goal is to create a very real and organic sounding product using the cutting-edge technology we have, with no outside musicians, to bring a ‘band’ feel and approach to our songs. Doing this type of hybrid project can sometimes call for very counterintuitive EQ, compression, and mixing protocols. Therefore, it’s critical to have the very precise monitoring system and expertly tuned room that the PhantomFocus MixRoom provides to be able to get samples, VSTIs and MIDI tracks to all sit together along with real acoustic guitars, vocals, etc., and sound organic.”
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Photo caption 1: Pictured L-R:Monty Powell and Anna Wilson of Troubadour 77 at Cranesong, their third Carl Tatz Design PhantomFocus MixRoom studio, this one in Huntsville, UT
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Photo caption 2:Cranesong, a PhantomFocus MixRoom
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Photo caption 3: Cranesong, a PhantomFocus MixRoom – rear
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Photo caption 4: Revolution & Redemption album art
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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 Carl Tatz Design LLC and the PhantomFocus™ System, please contact Carl Tatz Design, 6666 Brookmont Terrace, Suite #1109, Nashville, TN 37205 Office: 615.354.6242, Direct: 615.400.5479