The Panhandle House celebrates opening new Studio B mix room with Carl Tatz Design

Denton, Texas’s Panhandle House studio owners Erik and Marc Herbst have recently completed their in-house-designed and -built Studio B by having Carl Tatz Design (CTD®) commission two PhantomFocus PFM HD-1000 Master Reference Monitor Systems – one in the new Studio B mix room while upgrading the PhantomFocus System (PFS™) in Studio A, replacing the existing monitors with a pair of HD-1000s.

The Panhandle House is a legacy PhantomFocus adopter, having installed their first PhantomFocus System in Studio A back in 2007 and upgraded in 2016. “When the Herbst brothers contacted us about their plans to build a long-anticipated mix room, we were able to provide some acoustic data for them, but there was no question that they would want to continue the studio’s PhantomFocus legacy that, in some measure, has contributed to their position as one of the top recording facilities in north Texas,” states studio designer Carl Tatz.

Wanting to bring the Panhandle House monitoring up to the latest PhantomFocus spec in the new Studio B mix room, CTD installed, along with the PFM HD-1000 Master Reference Monitors, a pair of PFM ICE Cube-12 Subwoofers and Sound Anchor PF Monitor Stands, and utilized the latest PFS tuning algorithms.

Marc Herbst oversees the day-to-day operations as studio manager while having been instrumental in creating the uniquely beautiful library motif that was crafted into the Studio B mix room. As engineer, producer and musician, Erik Herbst is the musical creative heart of The Panhandle House.

Eric Herbst comments, “I’m really impressed with Carl’s latest version of the PFS, with the new PFM HD-1000 Monitors. The imaging and mix translation are better than ever. It’s really fun to be able to mix the low end just how you want and have it translate perfectly to the car or other systems. I’m loving the transient detail; it pushes me to be a better engineer and mixer.”

The Panhandle House Chief Engineer/Producer and Co-Owner Erik Herbst and Lead PhantomFocus Installation Engineer Adam David Smith in front of the PFM HD-1000 Master Reference Monitor System in the Studio B mix room
The Panhandle House studio manager and co-owner Marc Herbst and producer/engineer and co-owner Erik Herbst in Studio A in front of the Neve 8058 console and PFM HD-1000 Master Reference Monitor System