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Ed Seay Talks About his Carl Tatz Design PhantomFocus™ System

– "I'm thrilled with mine," quotes multi-platinum GRAMMY®-winning engineer/producer, Ed Seay who has recently tracked and mixed albums for Lee Brice, Mark Jordan, Blake Shelton, Diane Schuur and John Prine to name a few —

Nashville, TN: Journeyman recording engineer and four year Carl Tatz Design PhantomFocus™ System (PFS) veteran, Ed Seay is revered as Nashville’s “engineer’s engineer” having mentored many up-and-coming young engineers during the course of his three decade professional career including Rascal Flatt’s engineer, Sean Neff and L.A. mega mixer, Dave Pensado.

Ed recently re-implemented his PFS at Cool Tools Audio in the Loud Recording complex on Nashville’s venerable Music Row after moving from the old Warner Brothers studio. Both rooms had their unique acoustic anomalies to tame - the former with too much low end ringing and the latter with over trapping and weak bass. The PhantomFocus System provided it’s signature frequency response curve in both instances, rendering the PFS performance that over sixty Nashville studios have come to trust and rely on. “I heard some of Carl’s systems and knew that that’s what I wanted to be listening to,” recalls Seay.

The PhantomFocus System will be successful in any room with any brand of monitors. In Ed’s case, his monitor/amp selection of choice was a Dynaudio M1/ Bryston 4B complement after experiencing that combination at Rascal Flatts' Jay DeMarcus’ Studio, The Grip.

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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1080P Video: Ed Seay talks about his PhantonFocus System at his studio, Cool Tools Audio in Nashville, TN

Pictured: L-R, Ed Seay and Carl Tatz at Cool Tools Audio with the Dynaudio M1 PhantomFocus™ System

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