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Landmark New Elvis Presley Album Mixed on PhantomFocus™ System Released Today, August 10th

– Multi-award-winning engineer Ed Seay takes the helm of a groundbreaking technical achievement: mixing original Elvis vocals into new tracks using the PhantomFocus™ System (PFS) and cutting-edge new software –

– Although somewhat similar projects in the past have fused new vocals into the original tracks of iconic artists’ recordings (most famously Natalie Cole's new vocal mixed into her dad's classic "Unforgettable" recording), newer technology has allowed isolating the original vocal performances of classic recordings and mixing them into newly recorded updated arrangements. But none of these projects has been as technically demanding as this new Elvis album, and the CTD PhantomFocus™ System played an integral part. Using three different software programs, one of which is not even patented yet, an audio miracle was achieved. –

Nashville, TN – When multi-platinum engineer/producer Ed Seay pressed the solo button to hear Elvis Presley's vocal on the original tracks they were going to lift it from, he was introduced to what would be a six-month-long demanding project of technology, sweat and passion for the new RCA gospel album release Where No One Stands Alone, released today, August 10, all monitored and mixed on the acclaimed PhantomFocus™ System.

Not only did he hear Elvis's vocal when he soloed it, but also the entire band with backup singers and a three-second live chamber echo that was printed with the vocal to tape. This was the way those sessions were recorded back in the day at Nashville's legendary RCA Studio B, in one big room.

Seay ended up utilizing three different software programs to isolate the lead vocal, iZotope RX 6 Advanced, Zynaptiq UNVEIL, and a yet-to-be-patented software program designed by Lacy Thompson of the Thompson Vocal Eliminator fame. One of the more dramatic examples of the latter's use is Elvis's newly created a cappella intro on "Crying In The Chapel". You can listen to the whole fascinating story by clicking this link to Bobby Owsinski's Inner Circle Pod Cast, Episode 221.

Seay states, "Being fortunate enough to work on a record and artist that has stood (and will stand) the test of time tends to make the listening situation more critical than ever. My PhantomFocus™ System not only gave me the articulate precision that the project demanded but also the confidence to trust my sonic decisions."

Carl Tatz, TEC Award-winning studio designer and creator of the PFS, comments, "We're grateful to have one of Nashville's most revered engineers utilize our PFS for such a high-profile project."

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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: carl@carltatzdesign.com
Web: www.carltatzdesign.com
Store: http://Shop.CarlTatzDesign.Com  




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