Nashville, TN: “Every once in a while we have the opportunity to bump up our game to a new level as experience and technology allows us to. This has been the case with Justin Ray Miller and his Apella Music’s new Yellow Hammer studio,” stated TEC Award-Winning studio designer Carl Tatz. “And now these new performance advantages will trickle down across the board to all our future projects.”
Yellow Hammer is a comprehensive custom Carl Tatz Design (CTD) studio built from the ground up for film and game-scoring composer/recording engineer Justin Ray Miller on the property of his East Nashville home. Opened in 2014, the studio encompasses a CTD MixRoom™, piano booth, restroom, computer closet and entry foyer. It features the acclaimed PhantomFocus™ System™ (PFS™) driving a Dynaudio Professional M1 monitor/Bryston 4B Pro SST Squared amplification combo that showcases the new Sound Anchor PhantomFocus™ Stand and a new custom application of the Carl Tatz Design Signature Series™ acoustic modules by Auralex – highlighted by the new Axial Mode Absorber Wall™ (AMAW)™ and the MixRoom Acoustic Lens™system. The tracking room ceiling features the new Parabolic Acoustic Room Expander (PARE)™. And the MixRoom also features a new custom Carl Tatz Edition™ Dual 15-KL800 workstation by Argosy Console.
“I’ve been an audiophile for over a decade, but when I first heard Carl’s PhantomFocus System, I instantly knew that I never truly heard low end until that moment. Being able to hear a full frequency response accurately down to 20 Hz has allowed me to create fuller mixes and appreciate other producers work like never before,” states Miller. He goes on to explain, “The stereo imaging of the PhantomFocus System paired with the very powerful Dynaudio Professional M1 monitors and Bryston amplification is the most three-dimensional stereo playback out there. I saw a client recently trying to reach out and touch the sounds coming from the speakers as he listened to the mix we had just completed!”
Poorly-placed video screens can be problematic for optimum audio imaging and that’s why we spec large wall-mounted LCD screens for computer displays. However, in Justin’s case, being a film composer and needing multiple screens, we had to come up with a solution to allow for a total of three screens and not compromise the PFS performance. We were able to take Justin’s idea of how he wanted his Doepfer LMK2+ MIDI keyboard controller positioned in the desk and applied a deep-mount screen application for two video monitors with the help of Argosy Console CEO David Atkins and his design team. So successful was this collaboration that Argosy is now offering a new line of workstations inspired by it under the Carl Tatz Edition™ moniker.
Miller adds, “From the incredible MixRoom to the unique tracking room design, to the best desk a composer could hope to work at, Carl had an eye and ear for what I wanted to accomplish and helped me achieve that within the budget we planned. He’s a great guy to direct a studio construction project. He always thinks one step ahead and his experience will let you trust him on making the best decisions for your studio.”
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