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Bear Gets a Reaction from Carl Tatz

Musician/mixer Joe Bear has reinvented his mix facility, Reaction Vessel, with a passel of input and gear from Carl Tatz Design.

Inside Reaction Vessel
Inside Reaction Vessel

Nashville, TN (April 22, 2020)—Musician Joe Bear’s new mix facility, Reaction Vessel, which came online at his home in Loveland, CO just as the state’s COVID-19 shelter-in-place directives went into effect, features the full palette of PhantomFocus Precision Monitoring Instruments from Carl Tatz Design.

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Bear accepted an invitation from studio designer and monitoring expert Carl Tatz to visit one of his PhantomFocus MixRoom studios in Nashville. “I’m glad I took Carl up on his generous offer,” says Bear. “My first sitting in the hot seat in front of a PhantomFocus System was a literally stunning experience. It had me grinning ear-to-ear, and I knew I had to have that level of performance.”

His new room includes a high-end bi-amped PFM UHD-1000 reference monitor system, a pair of PFM ICE Cube-12 subwoofers, Argosy Dual 15-800 Carl Tatz Edition workstation, PhantomFocus monitor stands by Sound Anchor, and two Raven Chrome eChairs. All PhantomFocus MixRoom installations rely on the Carl Tatz Signature series custom acoustic modules by Auralex.

After several decades of emphasis on live performance, Bear, who over the years has worked with artists such as Leon Russell, Shelley West, Roomful of Blues, 38 Special and Blues Traveler, is refocusing his skills on recorded material in his new room. “Carl has taken this smallish, under-utilized room in my house and transformed it into a top-flight mix room. When I sit down to work, I get the same jaw-dropping experience that I had upon first hearing a PhantomFocus System.

“The ability to truly hear what is happening in a mix has allowed me to leapfrog any previous results. All the parts of the system have yielded a room that looks — and most importantly sounds — impeccably inviting. It puts a smile on my face when I sit down to work every morning.”

Carl Tatz Design •