November 2021 - 18

Studio Upgrade
Roundup
Carl Tatz Design: Phantom Focus System
The final entry in our studio upgrade roundup is the Phantom
Focus System from Carl Tatz Design. Perhaps you have seen ads
for Phantom Focus speakers, subs, and chairs and wondered,
" What is this Phantom Focus System and does it work? " Those
same thoughts went through my mind as well as that of reviewer
David Blascoe as we sat outside the Blue Grotto studio near
Nashville waiting for Mr. Tatz himself to give us a personal walkthrough
of the Phantom Focus System.
What is Phantom Focus?
The Phantom Focus System is the studied result of Carl's quest
Strymon: Conduit MIDI Hub
Although Strymon is best known for its extensive
line of high-quality boutique guitar pedals,
this month we are looking at the Strymon Conduit
MIDI Hub. At first glance, this 3.5 " x 2.63 "
x 1 " emerald aluminum box is a throwback to
the MIDI breakout boxes popular in the late
90s. On the front, Conduit offers a pair of 5-pin
DIN MIDI I/O, a USB-C input (USB-C to USB-A
cable included) and a small set button. Conduit
is a fully bus-powered device, or it can be powered
by an optional 9v DC power supply.
Conduit will fulfill the most basic MIDI breakout
needs for guitar pedals and keyboards alike.
On the rear of the box are four 1
/4
" TRS sockets
(cables also included), each of which transmits
bi-directional MIDI data. This fast-growing 1
/4
"
MIDI standard is becoming commonplace on
many guitars effects pedals and some drum machines
and tabletop synths, although currently
in 1
/8 " form.
This makes Conduit an aptly named solution
for controlling said pedals from your DAW, a
keyboard controller, or a MIDI foot pedal. Depending
on the MIDI capabilities of the attached
pedal, you can perform program changes or
control pedal parameters in live performance or
automated in your DAW. Conduit ships defaulted
for use with the growing number of MIDI-capable
Strymon pedals. Still, you can change modes for
use with third-party MIDI-capable pedals and devices
on an output-by-output basis. You will need
to know how the specific pedals you are trying to
connect receive MIDI, and learn how your DAW
will address available parameter changes, but
once the legwork is done, Conduit works like a
charm to sync tempo-based effects to your DAW,
perform parameter sweeps and more. If you enjoy
using stompboxes in your mix, the Strymon
Conduit is an indispensable piece of kit.
Price: $149
18 RECORDING November 2021
for an accurate listening and mixing environment. While the Blue
Grotto is a full-scale PhantomFocus MixRoom design, Carl quickly
pointed out that the system is scalable and can work in almost
any room, even with a pre-existing monitor system.
At its core, the Phantom Focus system is essentially a room
correction system but dissimilar to many of the software and hardware
options already available for studios and live venues. The
difference here is that Carl has done the legwork of tweaking and
perfecting a complete plug-and-play turnkey solution. The key to
any level of Phantom Focus install is turned when Carl and/or
members of his team arrive in person at your door. The whole
thing reminds me of the difference between a professional alarm
company install vs. an inexpensive DIY option.
The process and the system
After initial consultations and planning, the Carl Tatz Design
(CTD) team arrives at your studio even if you are working with an
existing space and monitor setup. They measure, move and position
your monitors and mix position using laser guidance and a
strict set of tolerances. The room is tuned using a proprietary rack
mount processor, a pair of the company's ICE Cube subwoofers,
PF Monitor stands, and the PhantomFocus eChair to make your
listening experience as accurate as it can be in the sweet spot. In
essence, that is the Phantom Focus System.
More from: strymon.net
http://www.strymon.net

November 2021

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of November 2021

Fade In
Fast Forward
Studio Upgrade Roundup
Inside the Studio with Mark Hornsby: A Crash Course in Atmos
Plugin Outlet: Slate Digital MetaTune
KRK Systems: KNS 8402
Southern Avenue and the Modern Memphis Sound
Plugin Outlet: Raising Jake SideMinder ME2
Shure MV7 USB Podcast Microphone
RECORDING Show and Tell: Studio Upgrades (2021 Edition)
Plugin Outlet: bx_console Focusrite SC
Novation Circuit Rhythm
Session Log: The AngelHeaded Hipster, Part 11: Home Mixing in Home Studios
Mackie: Onyx16
Alclair: Electro 6 Driver
Plugin Outlet: Arturia FX Collection 2
Inside the Box with Joe Albano: workflow-focused programs and plugins
RME Fireface UCX II 40-channel USB Interface
Readers' Tracks
Fade Out: Studio Feng Shui
November 2021 - Intro
November 2021 - Cover1
November 2021 - Cover2
November 2021 - 1
November 2021 - 2
November 2021 - 3
November 2021 - Fade In
November 2021 - 5
November 2021 - 6
November 2021 - 7
November 2021 - Fast Forward
November 2021 - 9
November 2021 - Studio Upgrade Roundup
November 2021 - 11
November 2021 - 12
November 2021 - 13
November 2021 - 14
November 2021 - 15
November 2021 - 16
November 2021 - 17
November 2021 - 18
November 2021 - 19
November 2021 - Inside the Studio with Mark Hornsby: A Crash Course in Atmos
November 2021 - 21
November 2021 - 22
November 2021 - 23
November 2021 - Plugin Outlet: Slate Digital MetaTune
November 2021 - 25
November 2021 - KRK Systems: KNS 8402
November 2021 - 27
November 2021 - Southern Avenue and the Modern Memphis Sound
November 2021 - 29
November 2021 - 30
November 2021 - 31
November 2021 - 32
November 2021 - 33
November 2021 - Plugin Outlet: Raising Jake SideMinder ME2
November 2021 - 35
November 2021 - Shure MV7 USB Podcast Microphone
November 2021 - 37
November 2021 - RECORDING Show and Tell: Studio Upgrades (2021 Edition)
November 2021 - 39
November 2021 - 40
November 2021 - 41
November 2021 - Plugin Outlet: bx_console Focusrite SC
November 2021 - 43
November 2021 - Novation Circuit Rhythm
November 2021 - 45
November 2021 - Session Log: The AngelHeaded Hipster, Part 11: Home Mixing in Home Studios
November 2021 - 47
November 2021 - 48
November 2021 - 49
November 2021 - Mackie: Onyx16
November 2021 - 51
November 2021 - Alclair: Electro 6 Driver
November 2021 - 53
November 2021 - Plugin Outlet: Arturia FX Collection 2
November 2021 - 55
November 2021 - 56
November 2021 - 57
November 2021 - Inside the Box with Joe Albano: workflow-focused programs and plugins
November 2021 - 59
November 2021 - 60
November 2021 - 61
November 2021 - RME Fireface UCX II 40-channel USB Interface
November 2021 - 63
November 2021 - Readers' Tracks
November 2021 - 65
November 2021 - 66
November 2021 - 67
November 2021 - 68
November 2021 - 69
November 2021 - 70
November 2021 - 71
November 2021 - Fade Out: Studio Feng Shui
November 2021 - Cover3
November 2021 - Cover4
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