Nashville, TN (July 22, 2011)–Carl Tatz has been using an Ashly Audio processor for his PhantomFocus System installations.
Recently, two of Tatz’ PhantomFocus System installations earned Mix magazine’s “Class of 2011” Studio Design Awards. The Blue Grotto, owned by South African engineer and producer Sean Spence, will be used to develop new talent, with full capacity to record and mix finished products. Middle Tennessee State University professor and veteran engineer/producer John Merchant commissioned RedDoor, which he will use primarily to teach advanced master classes. In part to accommodate students, the RedDoor studio features one of the largest control rooms in Nashville.
Using client-specified monitors and basic physics, Tatz implements an Ashly ne4400, ne4800, or ne8800 signal processor engine in a custom PhantomFocus System configuration. The only “trick” is that Tatz spends two full days tweaking over 50 different aspects of the system’s performance in both the time and frequency domains to ensure that everything arrives perfectly at the sweet spot.
“The PhantomFocus System will work with any monitors in any room,” said Tatz. “After the two-day procedure, which involves the set up and tuning, the client will have a monitoring system unlike anything they’ve ever heard before. Beyond the accuracy and the professional boost the PhantomFocus System gives its users, it is a thrilling emotional experience to hear music so clearly. I have actually had clients turn around after their first listen with tears in their eyes.”
In almost every PhantomFocus System installation, Tatz uses custom configured Ashly processing. “I have tried all the major processor manufacturers out there and had blind shootouts with Ashly and the other top contenders,” he said. “Despite the fact that the Ashly processors are considerably more affordable, no one could detect a difference between the Ashly sound and the sound of the much more expensive units. In fact, when people do detect a difference, they favor the Ashly processors!”
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