Nashville, TN: Award-winning news media composer Tom Snider has upgraded his monitors at The News Room, a state-of-the-art Nashville facility employing the Carl Tatz Design (CTD) TEC Award-winning PhantomFocus MixRoom™ concept. Desiring a larger monitor that could provide more continuous high SPLs, Snider choose the new JBL M2 Master Reference Monitors to replace his smaller near-field system. This is among the latest CTD facilities to upgrade components without having to re-implement the whole system – a unique and convenient characteristic of PhantomFocus™ Systems (PFS) that allows studios to make changes as needs or preferences arise.
Although still essentially a near-field setup, the benefits are far reaching. Snider's previous PhantomFocus near-field system was very impressive and could play very loud, but considering the instrumental, high-impact type of music he composes for TV, he wanted to be able to crank the system continuously for inspiration without ear fatigue – something both Snider and Tatz knew could be achieved with the JBL M2's dual-diaphragm/dual-voice coil compression driver.
Snider comments, “My original PFS with the smaller near-fields was stunning, but comparatively, the window of sound that the Larger JBL M2s offer in my PhantomFocus System is the sonic equivalent of going from a 15-inch laptop to a 10-foot front projection screen – essentially you're at The Show."
Snider continues, "Hearing reverb on this system is a revelation – spatial dimension and clarity that leaves me breathless with power to burn. Paired with the CTD PFS, the bass is extremely tight and huge and a true inspiration. Be sure you’re comfortable before you hit play because once the music starts, you won’t want to stop listening for a very long time.”
Carl Tatz, studio designer and creator of the PhantomFocus System, remarks, “It was a seamless transition from Tom's previous system to the M2s as we were able to utilize the PFS Processor's AES outputs to digitally drive the Crown I-Tech 4x3500HD amp/processor that we chose to power the monitors because of its AES input capability.”
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Photo Caption 1: Pictured L-R: Composer and News Room owner Tom Snider and Carl Tatz, TEC award-winning studio designer and creator of the PhantomFocus MixRoom™
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Photo Caption 2: JBL M2 Master Reference Monitors in The News Room, a PhantomFocus MixRoom™
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Photo Caption 3: The News Room – a Carl Tatz Design PhantomFocus MixRoom™
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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