Atlanta’s Hermes Sound Studio Nominated for 2023 Technical Excellence and Creativity (TEC) Award

Engineer/sound designer Troy Hermes’ Carl Tatz Design® PhantomFocus MixRoom studio has been selected for Outstanding Creative Achievement by the NAMM TEC Awards.

Atlanta’s Hermes Sound studio, is owned and operated by engineer/sound designer Troy Hermes and was designed by Carl Tatz Design. The studio has been nominated as a finalist for the 38th NAMM TEC Awards for Creative Achievement in the Studio Design Project category. Voting will begin on 21st December this year.

“We are thrilled and humbled once again to be chosen by our peers to receive this prestigious recognition,” said Carl Tatz, principal of Carl Tatz Design LLC.

Carl Tatz Design is an acoustic design firm based in Nashville, Tennessee, specialising in precision monitoring for its recording studio designs nationwide. The firm has received multiple awards during the company’s thirty-plus years of experience and is most recognised for the turnkey TEC Award-winning PhantomFocus MixRooms™ that are acoustically designed around the monitor system.

Built from ground up, Hermes Sound studio features a PhantomFocus 5.1 MixRoo (pre-wired for Dolby Atmos®) encompassing a multi-channel PhantomFocus System including PFM ICE Cube-12 Subwoofers, accurate down to 20Hz, PF Monitor Stands by Sound Anchor, the PhantomFocus processor by Ashly, the Carl Tatz Edition Dual 15 Workstation by Argosy and a Silver Mesh Porcelain PhantomFocus eChair.

Carl Tatz Design Acoustic Lens™ diffusers by Auralex® line the window and mirrored side of the MixRoom, virtually enlarging the acoustic volume. A sound isolation booth and client lounge are located on the second story with glass walls overlooking the property. Custom Carl Tatz Signature Series™ acoustic modules by Auralex are used throughout.

About the PhantomFocus Monitor System

Carl Tatz Design’s proprietary PhantomFocus Monitor System monitor tuning protocol offers clients a unique opportunity to have a truly world-class monitoring experience in their room, no matter how modest. All speakers interact with the room they’re in, and the PhantomFocus Monitor System allows any monitors to perform at maximum accuracy – in any room – with a full 20Hz-to-20KHz frequency response and pinpoint imaging in what some owners have described as a “holographic sweet spot.” It is a new level of sonic accuracy that engenders easier, better and faster mixing that translates well in any environment.

There are approximately 50 steps in the proprietary PhantomFocus Monitor System implementation protocol, including phase alignment, system damping, speaker decoupling and isolation mounting, careful assessment of engineer/speaker placement relative to primary axial room modes, proprietary laser-calibrated speaker distancing and angle alignments, digitally-controlled crossover points and slopes for pass filtering, and, proprietary, multiband parametric equalisation.

Hardware solutions can include monitor stands, concrete, Sorbothane and other isolation and damping materials, custom floating plenum mounts, subwoofer systems and custom digital processors. The PhantomFocus Monitor System evaluation and implementation is a full two-day process and can be applied to near-fields, mid-fields, and large soffit mounted monitors, regardless of manufacturer.

The Carl Tatz Signature Series™ by Auralex®

The Carl Tatz Signature Series by Auralex family of control room acoustic modules (now featured in a dedicated section on the Auralex website), emulates the look and acoustics of Carl Tatz’s custom designs at a fraction of the cost.

When paired with the acclaimed PhantomFocus Monitor System, it becomes the PhantomFocus MixRoom, the sonic performance of which is unrivalled anywhere, defining a new standard for the audio professional. The Phantom Focus MixRoom can quickly and affordably transform a simple rectangular room into a world-class mixing environment without peer.