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Playground Recording owner Daniel Scamman sitting in his PhantomFocus eChair in front of his top-of-the-line PFM UHD-1000 Monitor System

Playground Recording, a PhantomFocus MixRoom™, Olympia, Washington

Playground Recording, a PhantomFocus MixRoom™ in Olympia, Washington (rear shot)

PhantomFocus Brochure
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Carl Tatz Design
PhantomFocus System


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New CTD® PhantomFocus MixRoom™ opens in Olympia, Washington

Producer/engineer Daniel Scamman hires Carl Tatz Design® (CTD) to implement another one of the company’s TEC Award-winning PhantomFocus™ MixRooms.

Nashville, TN: “With the PhantomFocus™ system, mixes open in width like never before. When you pan something from the center at 0 to the left or to the right at 100, you can pretty much hear every single panning position discretely,” remarks Playground Recording owner Daniel Scamman.

Carl Tatz Design® has recently completed a high-performance PhantomFocus MixRoom™ for producer/engineer Daniel Scamman in Olympia, Washington, at his Playground Recording studio. This is the fifth MixRoom installation in the tightly knit Olympia, Washington recording community and the first personal facility for Scamman.

The MixRoom is completely isolated from the rest of the house, including a separate foundation, floating walls, floor and ceiling. All of the noisy equipment is housed in a separate IDF room so the MixRoom remains perfectly quiet. The studio is equipped with Pro Tools HDX and the Avid MTRX Studio for the I/O and utilizes Dante®-networked audio for connectivity between several of the rooms. The back of the MixRoom has extra seating to accommodate recording classes. Proprietary CTD acoustic modules by Auralex® are utilized throughout.

Scamman notes, “Mixes translate perfectly to other systems, which makes mixing much more efficient and enjoyable, not having to compensate in your head for an improperly balanced system. You also start hearing things in tracks you’ve never heard before, because of the clarity of the sound.”

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Photo caption 1: Playground Recording owner Daniel Scamman sitting in his PhantomFocus eChair in front of his top-of-the-line PFM UHD-1000 Monitor System

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Photo caption 2: Playground Recording, a PhantomFocus MixRoom™, Olympia, Washington

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Photo caption 3: Playground Recording, a PhantomFocus MixRoom™ in Olympia, Washington (rear shot)

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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™ Monitor System (PFMS™). CTD’s many resources combine knowledge, experience and expertise in sound, picture and design to serve its clients worldwide. For more information, visit
About the PhantomFocus™ Monitor System 
Carl Tatz Design’s proprietary PhantomFocus™ Monitor 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 Monitor 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 Monitor 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 Monitor 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 Monitor 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 HDTV. Once you experience a PhantomFocus Monitor 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 Monitor System, it becomes the PhantomFocus MixRoom™, the sonic performance of which is unrivaled anywhere, defining a new standard for the audio professional. The Phantom Focus MixRoom can quickly and affordably transform a simple rectangular room into a world-class mixing environment without peer. 

For more information about Carl Tatz Design LLC and 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 





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