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Yes Master Rises From the Deep with the Help of Carl Tatz Design

One of Nashville's Top Mastering Suites Comes Back Strong with New Cutting EdgePhantomFocus™ Technology After Devastating Flood Damage and Ten-Month Renovation

Nashville, 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."

That's 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.

DeMain 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.

The new system incorporates the latest PhantomFocus protocols and technologies including proprietary 159- band, 96k digital processing; 220 Volt Bryston SST2amplification; new damping and isolation elements and line level and low voltage embellishments.

"We 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 extention is insane”. "I took those new tweaks out to the car and I'm convinced that this is the best work I've ever done."

About 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.

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Pictured L-R: Carl Tatz and Jim DeMain

Pictured: Yes Master March 2011

Pictured: Yes Master May 2010


Carl Tatz Design: 6666 Brookmont Terrace, Suite 1109, Nashville, TN 37205, 615.354.6242 /