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Augspurger Meets PhantomFocus at South By Sea

Nashville's South By Sea Studios chooses the Carl Tatz Design PhantomFocus System to enhance their new Studio B mix room Augspurger Duo 8 MiniMain Monitors

Nashville, TN: Carl Tatz Design (CTD) has recently implemented another one of its acclaimed PhantomFocus System (PFS), this time with a pair of Augspurger Duo 8 MiniMonitors in the new Studio B mix room at Nashville’s South By Sea (South x Sea) Studios, responding to the request of Brandon Metcalf, engineer/producer/songwriter and South By Sea owner.

This is Metcalf’s second studio and second PhantomFocus System in Nashville after moving his company from Seattle, WA, in 2012 into a temporary leased space in the old Sound Shop complex on Nashville’s famed Music Row, naming it Destiny-Nashville

The spacious new South By Sea Studios complex is located in a 15000-sq.-ft. restored pair of WWII-era warehouses in East Nashville, TN. Metcalf explains, “Our last studio fell victim to apartment development on Music Row, which presented both a challenge and an opportunity. In renovating this old warehouse building, we got to start from scratch as we designed and built the studio space as we had imagined. Building a space on a budget means lots of cutting corners, however one area where we absolutely could not cut corners was to install the PhantomFocus System. Because I had gotten accustomed to working on a PFS in my last studio, I simply couldn’t go back.” He continues, “The PhantomFocus System paired with the already stellar Augspurger monitors greatly enhances tracking and mixing decisions, making them far more accurate, easier, faster and just plain more fun.”

As a producer, Brandon has worked with artists spanning multiple genres, including Jewel, Blues Traveler, Augustana front man Dan Layus, The Ready Set, Secondhand Serenade, and many more. Additionally, South x Sea as a company has been involved in developing acts such as FRANKIE, Ofelia K, Cheat Codes, The Ready Set, and Nashville-based artists Kaptan, Cappa, Jeffrey James, Chancellor Warhol and BIYO.

Metcalf comments, “I’m just sitting here in the mix room feeling extra thankful for the PhantomFocus System. I sit in the amazing PhantomFocus eChair to work every day, and production/programming are more inspiring, and critical mix decisions happen more naturally. And once in a while we creators get to pause on ‘work’ for a little while and just enjoy listening to music for no reason other than pleasure… and the PFS makes those moments jaw-dropping experiences. Thank you Carl for making it possible for me to hear music like I’ve never heard it before.”

About Carl Tatz Design
Carl Tatz Design (CTD) is an award winning studio design firm offering design and consulting services to homeowners and entertainment industry professionals in areas of: Recording Studios, Monitor Systems, Home Screening Rooms, Dedicated Listening Rooms, Acoustic Analysis, Tuning, and Sound Isolation. Carl Tatz is also the inventor of the industry acclaimed proprietary PhantomFocus System (PFS) monitor tuning protocol. CTD’s many resources combine knowledge, experience and expertise in sound, picture and design to serve its clients worldwide. For more information, visit

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 thePhantomFocus 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 proprietaryPhantomFocus 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.

About the Carl Tatz Signature Series by Auralex
The Carl Tatz Signature Series by Auralex family of control room acoustic modules (now featured in a dedicated section on the Auralex website), emulates the look and acoustics of Carl Tatz’s custom designs at a fraction of the cost.

When paired with the acclaimed PhantomFocus System, it becomes the CTD MixRoom, the sonic performance of which is unrivaled anywhere, defining a new standard for the audio professional. The MixRoom can quickly and affordably transform a simple rectangular room into a world-class mixing environment without peer.  

“We’re honored to work with Carl Tatz, one of the top studio designers in the industry, on this exciting new Auralex offering. This new series makes Carl’s signature style easy and affordable enough for any serious studio owner. Now virtually any room can benefit from the same aesthetic and sound control enjoyed by top hitmakers like Rascal Flatts and others,” says Eric Smith, founder and president of Auralex Acoustics.