Music Industry News Network [01-03-2013]
Brandon Metcalf Chooses Carl Tatz Design PhantomFocus™ System
— Seattle-to-Nashville transplant Metcalf opens his new Destiny-Nashville studios on iconic Music Row —
Nashville, TN: “I had never heard anything like this in my life – monitors that were this accurate and enveloping,” quotes Seattle-to-Nashville transplant and multi-talented engineer/producer Brandon Metcalf about his initial listening experience of the acclaimed PhantomFocus™ System (PFS™) from Carl Tatz Design (CTD). Metcalf continues, “I could hear EVERYTHING – from 20Hz to 20Khz – the good, bad, and ugly, and because of that, I knew immediately that I wanted this precision monitoring tool in my new Nashville studio.”
Metcalf, whose recent projects include progressive acts such as Secondhand Serenade, Brooke Hogan, and The Classic Crime, moved his Seattle-based Destiny Studios into its new home on Music Row, in the heart of Music City, over the summer. Once settled, he quickly made preparation for his PFS.
He had been using the Barefoot MicroMain 27 monitors and was used to them, but after being so blown away by a different brand of monitors in a PhantomFocus System at another studio, he was a bit skeptical that the Barefoots could match their performance. “I assured him that they would and pointed him toward Tesla drummer Troy Luccetta’s studio, with his PFS/Barefoot MM27s, and that convinced Brandon that the combination would live up to his expectations,” recalls CTD founder and award-winning studio designer Carl Tatz.
“It’s all about the listening experience for us pro audio guys,” explains Tatz. “I have observed that once someone sits in the PFS sweetspot, all the testimonials, brochures and hype congeal into an a-ha experience. You can kind of see a light go on inside their heads as they are realizing what they have been missing and at the same time what they can now have.”
Concludes Metcalf, “No piece of gear is as valuable as the critical listening experience that the PFS provides. It’s the most important tool in my studio, and I couldn’t be more excited with how it turned out.”
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