Nashville, TN: Carl Tatz Design® LLC has just released Mk II versions of the company’s acclaimed high-end Master Reference Monitors. The PFM HD-1000 monitor now has an updated passive crossover and internal cabinet refinements, while the top-of-the-line PFM UHD-1000 bi-amp model, which relies on the PhantomFocus processor for its crossover control, also enjoys the new internal cabinet architecture.
The upgrades render a subtly more open sounding vocal range and an even tighter low-mid frequency performance. Notes Carl Tatz, studio designer and creator of the PhantomFocus System and the PFM 1000 monitors series, “We’re always trying to refine all that we do, and since we now have a new PhantomFocus MixRoom lab, we have been able to test some ideas that I’ve wanted to try, and the results are the new Mk II iterations.”
The PFM HD-1000 Mk II is also available now as an upgrade to the Mk I monitors, and the initial pair has recently been commissioned at Crystal Gayle’s Audio 51 Music studio located in Nashville. “I’m particularly impressed with the tighter low end and more open vocal sound compared to the previous version, which was already amazing,” comments Audio 51 Music engineer Chris Gatzimos. Engineer/producer Ryan McFadden’s The Nest, a PhantomFocus MixRoom in Nashville, has also upgraded his PFM HD-1000s to the Mk II specifications. A PFM UHD-1000 Mk II upgrade is also available and is less involved, since no crossover replacement is necessary. In both cases, an onsite retuning is required.
Upcoming HD-1000 Mk II installations include two rooms at The Panhandle House in Denton, Texas, and a new 5.1 PhantomFocus MixRoom at Cool Brick Studio in Carbondale, Colorado, outside of Aspen.
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Photo caption 1: Pictured: Crystal Gayle’s Audio 51 Music control room with engineer Chris Gatzimos at the console and the new PFM HD-1000 Mark II Master Reference Monitor System
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Photo caption 2: PFM HD-1000 Mk II Master Reference Monitor
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Photo caption 3: PFM UHD-1000 Mk II Master Reference Monitor
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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 http://www.carltatzdesign.com.
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