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Pictured L-R: Aster Sound owner and Lead PhantomFocus™ Installation Engineer Adam David Smith with Studio Designer and PhantomFocus creator Carl Tatz in front of the PFM HD-1000 Master Reference Monitor System  

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Aster Sound Blooms in Music City

Lead PhantomFocus Installation Engineer Adam David Smith opens his own PhantomFocus MixRoom™ in Nashville

Nashville, TN: Adam David Smith, Lead PhantomFocus Installation Engineer for Carl Tatz Design® (CTD), now has his own personal PhantomFocus MixRoom™ named Aster Sound, installed in an unused space in his home in Nashville. The facility has been a long-term goal for Smith, who has installed many PhantomFocus Systems (PFS) across the country, and now having his own is a dream come true.

“I think Adam, who does such meticulous work installing our monitor systems, was understandably both spoiled by the PFS and at the same time, frustrated to have to come back to his modest studio and make do for his mix projects. So, I’m really happy for him now that he has the real deal to work in,” states Carl Tatz, seven-time TEC Award-nominated studio designer and PhantomFocus creator.

Smith, who chose a pair of PFM HD-1000 Master Reference Monitors for Aster Sound, says, “Unsurprisingly, I work faster with more confidence producing better and more consistent mixes – and have a lot more fun. Like all PF MixRooms, Aster Sound is very comfortable to work in for long hours both sonically and environmentally. Even though my MixRoom has a relatively compact footprint, it feels like a larger room due to Carl’s architectural and acoustic design.”

Auralex® Carl Tatz Design Signature Series™ Acoustics Modules were used throughout the installation.

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Photo caption 1: Pictured L-R: Aster Sound owner and Lead PhantomFocus™ Installation Engineer Adam David Smith with Studio Designer and PhantomFocus creator Carl Tatz in front of the PFM HD-1000 Master Reference Monitor System  

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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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