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Hermes Sound PhantomFocus MixRoom™

Logo for nominations for finalists in the 38th NAMM TEC Awards

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Carl Tatz Design
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Atlanta’s Hermes Sound Nominated for 2023 Technical Excellence and Creativity (TEC) Award

Engineer/sound designer Troy Hermes’ Carl Tatz Design® PhantomFocus MixRoom studio has been selected for Outstanding Creative Achievement by the NAMM TEC Awards

Nashville, TN: Atlanta’s Hermes Sound, owned and operated by engineer/sound designer Troy Hermes and designed by Carl Tatz Design®, has been nominated as a finalist for the 38th NAMM TEC Awards for Creative Achievement in the Studio Design Project category. 

“We are thrilled and humbled once again to be chosen by our peers to receive this prestigious recognition,” remarked Carl Tatz, principal of Carl Tatz Design LLC.

Voting will begin 12/21/22 and end 3/3/23. For those inclined to participate, a reminder and details will be sent out to our mailing list at that time. 

About Hermes Sound
Carl Tatz has designed a new two-story Atlanta studio owned by audio engineer and sound designer Troy Hermes. Built from the ground up, the studio features a PhantomFocus 5.1 MixRoom™ (pre-wired for Dolby Atmos®) encompassing a multi-channel PhantomFocus System including PFM ICE Cube-12 Subwoofers, accurate down to 20Hz, PF Monitor Stands by Sound Anchor, the PhantomFocus processor by Ashly, the Carl Tatz Edition Dual 15 Workstation by Argosy and a Silver Mesh Porcelain PhantomFocus eChair. Carl Tatz Design Acoustic Lens™ diffusers by Auralex® line the window and mirrored side of the MixRoom, virtually enlarging the acoustic volume. A sound isolation booth and client lounge are located on the second story with glass walls overlooking the property. Custom Carl Tatz Signature Series™ acoustic modules by Auralex are used throughout.

About The TEC Awards
Presented annually by NAMM during The NAMM Show, The NAMM TEC Awards recognize the individuals, companies, and technical innovations behind the sound of recordings, live performances, films, television, video games, and other media in Technical and Creative Achievement Categories. The Les Paul Award is given at the event in tribute to musical artists and others whose work has exemplified the creative application of audio technology. Through its Hall of Fame, The TEC Awards also honors the pioneers of audio technology and the music industry’s most accomplished producers and audio technicians. The NAMM Foundation’s TECnology Hall of Fame celebrates innovations and groundbreaking technical achievements of the past. For more information, visit

About Carl Tatz Design®
Carl Tatz Design LLC is an acoustic design firm based in Nashville, Tennessee, specializing in precision monitoring for its recording studio designs nationwide. The firm has received multiple awards during the company’s thirty-plus years of experience and is most recognized for the turnkey TEC Award-winning PhantomFocus MixRooms™ that are acoustically designed around the monitor system.

About NAMM
The National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) is a not-for-profit association with a mission to strengthen the $17 billion music products industry. NAMM is composed of approximately 15,000 member companies and professional members located in 104 countries and regions. NAMM events and members fund The NAMM Foundation’s efforts to promote the pleasures and benefits of music and advance active participation in music-making across the lifespan. For more information about NAMM, please visit or follow the organization on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

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Photo caption 1: Hermes Sound PhantomFocus MixRoom™

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Photo caption 2: Logo for nominations for finalists in the 38th NAMM TEC Awards

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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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