TN: “At first I was actually frightened, as if I had been
transported to the planet Jupiter and then just became giddy with
the realization that I had this incredible monitoring system
in my mastering suite – it was that dramatic.”
how Jim DeMain described his first listening experience after
Carl Tatz implemented a new state-of-the-art PhantomFocus™
System 2 for Yes Master Studios in Nashville after the facility’s
ten-month post-flood renovation. Tatz had designed the facility
back in 2004 along with an early-iteration PhantomFocus System.
has been very successful, staying booked over the years with a
wide array of clients and GRAMMY® awards, including most recently
the GRAMMY-nominated Band of Joy by Robert Plant.
new system incorporates the latest PhantomFocus protocols and
technologies, including proprietary 159-band, 96k digital processing;
220 Volt Bryston SST2 amplification; new damping
and isolation elements; and line level and low voltage embellishments.
pulled out all the stops for Jim this time, using everything we’ve
learned over the last decade to make Yes Master really pop, and
it paid off big time,” says Tatz.
DeMain commented, “I took the new Vince Gill CD I’ve
been working on in my temporary space and put it up on Carl’s
new system. I was able to hear details and nuances that I never
new existed, and the low-end definition and extension are insane.
I took those new tweaks out to the car and I'm convinced that this
is the best work I've ever done.”
the PhantomFocus™ System
Once the basic acoustic treatment has been accomplished,
Carl Tatz Design’s proprietary PhantomFocus™ Monitor
System offers clients a unique opportunity to have a truly world-class
monitoring experience in their room, no matter how modest they
may perceive it to be. The PhantomFocus System allows their monitors
of choice to perform accurately at a full 20Hz-to-20KHz frequency
response with pinpoint imaging in an almost holographic sweet
spot — this enables their mixes to travel anywhere with
a new level of sonic accuracy. There are approximately fifty steps
in the proprietary PhantomFocus System implementation protocol,
some of which may include phase and laser alignment, damping,
isolation mounts, careful assessment of engineer/speaker placement
relative to their room’s primary axial modes, proprietary
speaker distance and angle, crossover points for pass filtering,
and finally parametric equalization. Hardware can include monitor
stands, concrete, sorbothane and other isolation materials, custom
floating plenum mounts, subwoofer system, custom crossover, parametric
equalizers and the monitors themselves (passive or active). The
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 can
install the PhantomFocus System in existing control rooms or in
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.