November 2021 - 19

Take a seat
Interestingly, the eChair is a high-end
upgrade of the Steve Knight-designed
ErgoLab Stealth chair (reviewed November
2017). It adds additional chrome,
ceramic, and mesh options to this already
excellent design. I am sitting in
one now and am a Stealth/eChair evangelist.
Nicely, the PhantomFocus eChair
as well as the PFM ICE Cube subwoofers
can be purchased ala carte.
As with all things audio, the system
only gets better as you consider adding
Carl's custom-designed PFM HD-1000
or PFM UHD-1000 Master Reference
Monitors, and recommend amplifiers.
Furniture
Along with the PFS included eChair,
furniture choice and positioning also affects
your monitoring. As you move up the
Phantom Focus ladder, you may also consider
the Carl Tatz Edition Argosy desk.
At the highest end, you can consult
with Carl on a from-scratch room
design, from the layout and build to the
looks and acoustic treatments working
hand-in-glove with all previously
mentioned products.
The Blue Grotto
The Blue Grotto is a full-tilt Tatz-designed
PhantomFocus MixRoom. As David and I
took turns sitting in the sweet spot listening
to a broad range of musical styles, both
of us were frankly blown away. This was
easily one of the most uncolored, accurate
listening experiences of my life. Everything
was amazingly dimensional. There was
zero harshness, bite, or fatigue in the upper
frequencies. The low-end extended beautifully
downward but never lost its definition
or became rumbly or mushy. Even at moderate
listening levels of 70dB and below,
the imaging remained immaculate.
Listening to great mixes in the Blue Grotto,
the elements of each mix extended vertically
like layers of an aural cake with vocals,
guitars, percussion and bass guitar,
each occupying its own defined space.
The Phantom Focus System is very focused.
Any immediate shift out of the sweet spot
to the left or right is quite noticeable. Carl
makes no concession for this phenomenon.
This system is not designed for large groups
of musicians to be huddled together sideby-side
at the board. It is designed with
secondary and tertiary listening positions,
in line behind the focused mix position.
One other caveat: this system is so
accurate that once you learn to mix within
its ecosystem, you will not need (and
according to Carl, not want) secondary
sets of check monitors. The whole point
of the system is the removal of variables
and obstacles to your mix environment.
Conclusion
As you may guess, the system is not inexpensive,
especially as you factor in the
company's monitors and more. Having
said that, it's actually not out of line when
one considers the price of equivalent monitors
and such. In some instances, a stereo
pair of boutique monitors may easily cost
more than a pair of the PFM HD-1000 and
a System 4 set up, and again according to
Carl, still not come close to its performance.
Bottom line-both David and I
concurred that the Phantom Focus System
is neither myth, scam, nor snake oil. It
truly
is a stellar, ultra-accurate listening
experience. If you are looking to up your
mix accuracy game, check out the website
for packages, details, and better yet, give
Carl a call, he is highly knowledgeable
and a pleasure to talk to.
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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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