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Andy Dodd's Red Decibel East Chooses PhantomFocus™ System to Drive ADAM S3X-H Monitors

- Award-winning studio Red Decibel East, designed by Carl Tatz, brushes away audio film for breathtakingly clear and accurate monitoring with the latest PhantomFocus™ technology -

Nashville, TN: Andy Dodd's award-winning studio Red Decibel East, designed by Carl Tatz, has implemented a new generation CTD PhantomFocus™ System (PFS™) to drive its ADAM S3X-H monitors. "Since the PhantomFocus™ System eliminates all of the factors that confuse the sound, I can trust that I am hearing the entire sonic picture. Now that I don't have to worry about how mixes will "translate", I can focus on being musical and creative…which is the whole point, right?!" comments Red Decibel East owner Andy Dodd who is a multi-platinum and Dove Award winning producer, songwriter and engineer who, along with his West Coast partner Adam Watts, have worked with the likes of Jesse McCartney, Kelly Clarkson, Jeremy Camp, and the Jonas Brothers, as well as work for Hannah Montana, and High School Musical.

"Initially, because the PFS sounded so amazing, I was concerned that my mixes would only sound great in my studio, on my speakers, since the average listener wouldn't be listening back on a PhantomFocus System", recalls Dodd. "Even bad mixes sounded good to me at first as far as the imaging and pinpoint detail was concerned. However, I soon realized what an incredible tool I had - that I could REALLY HEAR how bad the mix was and exactly what was needed to correct it." Dodd's fears were quickly allayed when he discovered that his mixes translated perfectly outside the studio.

Dodd concludes, "I can't imagine anything more important in a control room than being able to trust the sound that is coming out of your speakers," stated Dodd. "Without that, the best you can do is make educated guesses which unfortunately is what everyone does - the PhantomFocus System gives you the answers. It really is as advertised - the ultimate monitoring solution."



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.


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Pictured L-R: Producer/engineer/songwriter Andy Dodd and Carl Tatz with the new PFS™ driven ADAM S3X-H monitors

Award-winning Red Decibel East tracking room: Photo 1

Award-winning Red Decibel East tracking room: Photo 2

Award-winning Red Decibel East Control Room (prior to new PFS™ Implementation)

Carl Tatz Design: 6666 Brookmont Terrace, Suite 1109, Nashville, TN 37205, 615.354.6242 / carl@carltatzdesign.com