Nashville, TN – Carl Tatz Design® LLC (CTD) has received a 34th Annual TEC Award nomination for studio design for the recently completed The Upper Deck, one of its most unique and impressive studios to date for a prominent MLB player who spends off-season with his wife in their Nashville, TN home. “We are again humbly grateful for receiving this prestigious professional recognition,” notes Carl Tatz.
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Highlights include a PhantomFocus™ MixRoom™ featuring Carl Tatz Design PFM 2200-HD Monitors, a Tree Audio Roots Gen II Console, a custom-designed desk by Sound Construction & Supply and Carl Tatz Signature Series™ acoustic modules by Auralex®.
Leveraging the placement of the existing rooflines and structural beams, TEC Award winning studio designer Carl Tatz was able to configure a tracking room with a neutral sonic footprint and stunning visual appeal. Three stereo pairs of Crown PZM microphones are strategically mounted on the tracking room's multi-gabled 18-foot-high ceilings, taking full advantage of the unique acoustics.
Designing and building a studio within the structure of an existing home, especially with the scope of The Upper Deck, will always present challenges, and in this case the owners insisted on maximum sound isolation between the studio and the rest of the home as well as outside. This was achieved with enhanced room-within-room construction with layers of 3/4" laminated glass used in the window assemblies. With the PFM 2200-UHD PhantomFocus Monitors cranking at 110 dB, barely a whisper can be heard outside of the studio structure.
A custom privacy staircase entrance, built to access the second-story studio directly from outside, leads to an inside stairway funneling into the entrance vestibule between the MixRoom and tracking room, which doubles as a quiet machine room and iso booth. Great care was taken to accommodate sight lines, ergonomics and traffic flow. "Every once in a while a project will present itself as a Rubik's Cube, and when we view it as an opportunity, we can design something spectacular," notes Tatz. "This was one of those times, and the owners were terrific to work with."
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Photo Caption 1: The spectacular Upper Deck 18-foot five-gabled tracking room
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Photo Caption 2: The PhantomFocus™ MixRoom™ at The Upper Deck, featuring Carl Tatz Design PFM 2200-HD Monitors
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Photo Caption 3: The Upper Deck tracking room drum cove view
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Photo Caption 4: The Upper Deck tracking room drum cove
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Photo Caption 5: The Upper Deck tracking room drum cove
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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™ System (PFS™) monitor tuning protocol. 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™ System
Carl Tatz Design’s proprietary PhantomFocus™ 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 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 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 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 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 HD TV. Once you experience a PhantomFocus 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 System, it becomes the CTD MixRoom™, the sonic performance of which is unrivaled anywhere, defining a new standard for the audio professional. The MixRoom can quickly and affordably transform a simple rectangular room into a world-class mixing environment without peer.
"We're honored to work with Carl Tatz, one of the top studio designers in the industry, on this exciting new Auralex offering. This new series makes Carl's signature style easy and affordable enough for any serious studio owner. Now virtually any room can benefit from the same aesthetic and sound control enjoyed by top hitmakers like Rascal Flatts and others," says Eric Smith, founder and president of Auralex Acoustics.
For more information about 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