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Carl Tatz Design Hits a High Note with New PhantomFocus™ MixRoom™ Installation

– Multi-award-winning a cappella guru Ed Boyer hires CTD to transform spare room into world-class mix facility in Ridgefield, Connecticut –

– Audio professionals are realizing they can have a mix room with unrivaled performance at an affordable price point with the installation of a CTD PhantomFocus™ MixRoom™ in their home or office –

Nashville, TN: CTD (Carl Tatz Design) recently completed one of its TEC Award-Winning PhantomFocus™ MixRooms™ for Ed Boyer A Cappella in Ridgefield, Connecticut. Ed Boyer is internationally recognized as a multiple award-winning engineer, producer, mixer and arranger in the exploding genre of a cappella music, which, in his case, encompasses high school and collegiate groups, television, film and platinum selling artists.

Boyer contracted CTD to convert a spare room in his new home into one of the company’s acclaimed PhantomFocus MixRooms. Once some preparatory construction was completed as per design, including electrical, lighting and HVAC, CTD’s acoustic installation and PhantomFocus System implementation was achieved within a three-week time frame.

A pair of Boyer’s Neumann KH 310 monitors was integrated into the PhantomFocus System, rendering its signature breathtaking performance. Boyer describes his PF MixRoom experience: “As a relatively new-school guy, I came up working in bedrooms with small speakers and headphones. I spent a lot of time and money trying to get my space closer to the enveloping sound I’d heard in commercial rooms. After upgrading monitors, buying bass traps, endlessly repositioning everything in the room, etc., results were noticeable, but meager. Installing Carl’s PhantomFocus MixRoom, though, was night-and-day. Everything finally sounds RIGHT. The difference is like making a recipe you found online vs. hiring a world-renowned chef.”

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 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.


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.

For more information about the PhantomFocus Monitor System, please contact Carl Tatz Design, 6666 Brookmont Terrace, Suite #1109, Nashville, TN 37205 Office: 615.354.6242, Direct: 615.400.5479