Tesla Drummer Troy Luccketta Hits Hard with New Carl Tatz Design PhantomFocus™ System
Serious SoundCTD: Carl Tatz Design

Tesla Drummer Troy Luccketta Hits Hard with New Carl Tatz Design PhantomFocus™ System

– Troy Luccketta of legendary rock band Tesla, celebrates the band's 25th anniversary by installing a Carl Tatz Design PhantomFocus™ System in his personal studio featuring Barefoot Micro Main 27 Monitors –

Nashville, TN: After listening to his new PhantomFocus™ System (PFS) for the first time, Troy Luccketta, journeyman rock drummer and founding member of the band Tesla, turned down the monitor pot, swung away from the console and confronted Carl Tatz with a problem - "There's a problem here and the problem is that you're not charging enough for this", he joked. After that the two spent the afternoon listening to CD's with Luccketta commenting how he had never heard anything like the system before and was so happy that he decided to make the investment.

"It's an old story," says Tatz. "The Barefoots are among the finest monitors that I have implemented into a PhantomFocus System, but the before-and-after process is so dramatic it's almost impossible to explain until you experience it yourself. In a way, part of what the PFS does is make the speakers sound the way the speakers are supposed to sound if the room weren't being so destructive. And I mean any room - my design or anyone else’s - and that is just for the frequency response. The PhantomFocus imaging is an entire landscape unto itself – the monitors just disappear."

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.

Serious Sound

Pictured L-R: Troy Luccketta and Carl Tatz

The bottom graph is a smoothed frequecy response of the left Barefoot Micro Main 27 monitor in Troy Luccketta's studio, before (orange) and after (red) the implementation of the Carl Tatz Design PhantomFocus

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