Nashville, TN (July 5, 2016)—The Music Group in Edmond, OK recently chose to have TEC Award-winning Carl Tatz Design install a dual version of its PhantomFocus monitoring system in recording complex’s studio A control room.
Chris Freels, head engineer, producer and co-owner of The Music Group, first heard a PhantomFocus System (PFS) at Upstairs Productions in Oklahoma City, which is operated by Ted Curtis, who had invited him over for a listen. “The first time I listened to the PFS, I felt like I was in a recording studio for the first time,” he remarks.
Two sets of monitors—Yamaha NS10 near-fields and Dynaudio AIR 25 mid-fields—share the same laser-optimized and tuned sweet spot at The Music Group. “To be honest, we were a little skeptical as to whether or not we were going to hear much of a difference” was the general pre-installation consensus of the staff of the facility. Alongside Freels, staff includes producer, engineer and co-owner LG Hamilton, staff engineer and chief tech Bryce Zabric, and studio manager Addie Rice.
Once The Music Group installed the new Neve Genesys console, Freels knew it was time to bump up the monitoring. “Now that The Music Group has its own Dual PFS, which includes the new PhantomFocus eChair, the songs that I’ve been listening to for 30 years feel like I’m listening to them for the first time. Listening to music is new and fresh again, and mixing music is easier than ever. I hear width and depth like never before, so getting a mix right is a much quicker process. I never want to work without the PFS.”
Carl Tatz Design