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Carl Tatz Design PhantomFocus™ System Causes Weight Gain in Aspen, Colorado

- “It’s often hard to explain and most people don’t really get this PhantomFocus™ stuff until they sit down in front of one. Then they start explaining it to me – I love that moment!” – Carl Tatz -

- Engineer/producer and Aspen Colorado's Great Divide Studios owner Jamie Rosenberg notes "I've been putting on some pounds since the PhantomFocus™ System implementation because I no longer have the exercise of constantly rushing out to the car to check my mixes!" —

Nashville, TN: Beyonce, Burt Bachrach, Ryan Tedder and John Oates are a few of the high profile clients that book Jamie Rosenberg’s Great Divide Studios in this famous Aspen, Colorado, bucolic ski resort setting. Designed by Pilchner-Schoustal of Toronto, Canada, the control room features a soffit mounted 5.1 system with ATC SCM150ASL Pro monitors and a pair of Adam Audio S3X-H near fields (replacing Adam S3As) now configured in a Carl Tatz Design (CTD) 5.1 Dual PhantomFocus System. Although partially satisfied with the soffit mount speakers Rosenberg was struggling with his near field set up, not trusting his mixes in either system and having to check them in the car with the hope that that would tell him the truth.

“Jamie gave us a call after studying the PFS brochure on the CTD website and reading various magazine articles,” notes Carl Tatz. “After listening to the issues he was having, I was able to make recommendations assuring him that we bat a thousand with the PhantomFocus System and while we were going to travel out to Aspen to implement his near field system it wouldn’t cost that much more to go ahead and include the 5.1 mains in a Dual PFS. The ATC mains and the Adam near fields share the same subwoofer system allowing both sets of monitors to now have the same very accurate frequency response and holographic center imaging down to 20Hz.” “Now I can relax and have absolute trust in what I hear. I’ve had visiting engineers tell me that this is the best monitoring they’ve ever heard - and they’re right!” boasts Rosenberg.

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 Great Divide Studios Owner/Engineer/Producer, Jamie Rosenberg

Pictured: Carl Tatz Prepares to Tune Aspen's Maroon Bells With the PhantomFocus System

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