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Brandon Metcalf chooses Carl Tatz Design PhantomFocus™ System

- Seattle-to-Nashville transplant Metcalf opens his new Destiny-Nashville studios on iconic Music Row -

Nashville, TN: "I had never heard anything like this in my life - monitors that were this accurate and enveloping," quotes Seattle-to-Nashville transplant and multi-talented engineer/producer Brandon Metcalf about his initial listening experience of the acclaimed PhantomFocus™ System (PFS™). Metcalf continues, "I could hear EVERYTHING - from 20Hz to 20Khz - the good, bad, and ugly and because of that, I knew immediately that I wanted this precision monitoring tool in my new Nashville studio."

Metcalf, whose recent projects include progressive acts such as Secondhand Serenade, Brooke Hogan, and The Classic Crime moved his Seattle-based Destiny Studios into its new home on Music Row in the heart of Music City, over the summer. Once settled, he quickly made preparation for his PFS.

He had been using the Barefoot MicroMain 27 monitors and was used to them, but after being so blown away by a different brand of monitors in a PhantomFocus™ System at another studio, he was a bit skeptical that the Barefoots could match their performance. "I assured him that they would and pointed him toward Tesla drummer, Troy Luccetta's studio, with his PFS/Barefoot MM27s and that convinced Brandon that the combination would live up to his expectations," recalls CTD founder and award winning studio designer Carl Tatz .

"It's about the listening experience for us pro audio guys," explains Tatz. "I have observed that once someone sits in the PFS sweetspot, all the testimonials, brochures and hype congeal into an a-ha experience. You can kind of see a light go on inside their heads as they are realizing what they have been missing and at the same time what they can now have."

Concludes Metcalf, "No piece of gear is as valuable as the critical listening experience that the PFS provides. It's the most important tool in my studio and I couldn't be more excited with how it turned out."



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: Destiny-Nashville's Brandon Metcalf and Carl Tatz

PFS™/Barefoot MicroMain 27 monitor

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