Nashville, TN – Recording Industry faculty at Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU) recently chose Carl Tatz Design (CTD) to implement the TEC Award-winning PhantomFocus™ (PFS) MixRoom™ technology into the university's renovated Studio C. Bill Crabtree, Professor and M.F.A. Director, states, “We now have nine PhantomFocus™ Systems in six studios. Studio A is Dual 5.1 PFS, Studio B and now Studio C are Dual two-channel PFS. Studios D and E and our Mix Lab are two-channel PFS. This provides our students with very high quality and consistent monitoring throughout all of our music production rooms.”
The vision for the studio renovation was to make Studio C primarily to mixing, whereas the other studios are designed as classrooms and recording spaces. Installing elements of Tatz's trademarked PhantomFocus MixRoom was an easy choice after observing the repeated successes of the PFS in the other five studios.
”Bill was committed to turning the thirty-year-old Studio C into the best room on campus, and based on feedback from students and professors, I think that was achieved,” comments Tatz.
The MixRoom highlights are a pair of large vintage in-wall Boxer monitors that were refurbished and implemented into a Dual PFS along with Event Opal near-field monitors. The room features a new PhantomFocus eChair™, along with an SSL AWS Delta 948 console with custom rack enclosures by Sound Construction & Supply. The rear wall was enhanced acoustically with Carl Tatz Design Signature Series™ modules by Auralex®, augmenting a custom bass trap design.
Crabtree explains, "The PFS renders the frequency response, and low end in particular, to be remarkably consistent between mains and near fields and from room to room. In today’s environment, where so much work goes on inside the box, professional studio monitoring is one of the most important technologies that we can provide for our students. Our goal is that they will develop astute listening skills. Our students’ expectations for their own work and the systems on which they monitor in the field after graduation will both be greatly elevated."
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Photo Caption 1: Pictured in Studio C PhantomFocus™ MixRoom™ L-R: rear row – Alton Dellinger, master studio technician; Bill Crabtree, Professor and Director of M.F.A. in Recording Arts; Carl Tatz, studio designer; middle – Tevin Turner; and seated – Phillip Smith (both Turner and Smith are M.F.A. graduate assistants who worked on the gear installation).
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Photo Caption 2: Newly renovated Studio C with PhantomFocus™ MixRoom™ application and PhantomFocus eChair™
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Photo Caption 3: Studio C PhantomFocus™ MixRoom™ at MTSU with PhantomFocus eChair™
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Photo Caption 4: Studio C PhantomFocus™ MixRoom™ and PhantomFocus eChair™
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Photo Caption 5: Studio C PhantomFocus™ MixRoom™ and PhantomFocus eChair™
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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