— Engineer for The Beatles and producer/engineer for Jeff Beck, David Bowie and Supertramp has monitoring epiphany with Carl Tatz Design’s PhantomFocus™ System tuning protocol —
Nashville, TN: “For the longest time I would espouse the use of the 7-foot-tall, half-ton behemoths, known as Cadac speakers. I had doubts whether I would ever again hear the clarity and power from those speakers that I used to mix albums like Supertramp’s Crime of the Century or Stanley Clarke’s Journey to Love et al. Those doubts have finally been erased after hearing the near field PhantomFocus™ System (PFS) from Carl Tatz Design. At last, something new that compares to the best of the past,” comments engineer/producer Ken Scott about the new-generation PFS.
Engineer and prolific author Bobby Owsinski , who was also on hand and who is co-writing the soon-to-be-released book Abbey Road to Ziggy Stardust with Scott, explains, “This is high praise indeed. Ken is not impressed with ANY speaker system. He always uses the main soffit monitors in any room he works in and NEVER uses near fields. To have him so satisfied with the PFS is significant.”
“The PhantomFocus System is a new genre in monitoring where near fields become mains. In other words, you have the intimacy of your choice of near fields but the frequency response of mains – the best of both worlds,” says Carl Tatz, principal of Carl Tatz Design LLC and creator of the PhantomFocus System. “It was a real thrill for me to throw up the Beatles’ ‘Blackbird,’ which Ken had mixed and I had downloaded for the occasion, and be able to listen to it microscopically with him on the PhantomFocus System – hard to explain what that was like.”
Both Ken And Bobby had lots of questions about the system that longtime PFS user and iconic Nashville engineer Bob Bullock , who was also in attendance, was happy to answer. “Carl’s work is clearly beyond what anyone else has done or is doing. I’ve been spoiled for a long time, and I’m looking forward to upgrading to the latest PFS technology in my home mix room soon.”
Owsinski sums up his experience by admitting, “After hearing so much about the PFS from people whose ears I trust, I was eager to hear the system for myself. Sure enough, the PFS was so far beyond my expectations that it’s difficult to express. It has unparalleled pinpoint stereo imagery and a depth of field that has to be heard to be believed in both the near field and mid field PFSs. Finally, it’s now possible to really hear all those sonic layers that you take so much time building.”
In related news, Ken Scott has recently released EpiK DrumS EDU, a double DVD set of instructional videos and world-class drum samples from some of the world’s top rock and jazz drummers.