– There are many great monitors available to choose from including the new nXp Series PhantomFocus™ Monitors from Carl Tatz Design. However, those who have experienced the PhantomFocus System paired with their existing monitors of choice know that regardless of their excellence, there is a quantum step-up to be realized in making the investment in the same PhantomFocus System used in Carl Tatz Design’s TEC Award-Winning PhantomFocus MixRoom™ –
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.”
Photo Caption 1: Pictured L-R: TEC Award-Winning studio Designer Carl Tatz and South By Sea producer/engineer/songwriter and studio owner Brandon Metcalf in the new Studio B mix room in front of the new Augspurger Duo 8 MiniMain monitors enhanced by the PhantomFocus System