Village East, the personal mix room of renowned multi-platinum/Grammy-winning engineer/producer Bob Bullock, recently came online showcasing the world-class performance of the Carl Tatz Design PhantomFocus System monitor tuning protocol, as well as a number of performance and design elements hand-picked by Tatz, including the Argosy Dual 15 DR 800 studio workstation.
Bullock, who has engineered and mixed for artists such as Reba McEntire, George Strait, Travis Tritt, and Shania Twain, realized that with the caliber of his client work, he needed a personal studio environment which could sonically and aesthetically rival any high-end studio, and called on personal studio guru Carl Tatz to design it.
Tatz chose the Argosy Dual 15 DR 800 studio workstation to be the centerpiece as Bullock’s control surface and to compliment his acclaimed PhantomFocus System tuning.
“My workstation of choice for engineers working in the box, which may be a majority nowadays, is the Argosy Dual 15 with the 800 rack modules, “ says Tatz. “It has a minimum monitor reflection architecture and handsome silhouette making it the perfect complement to the PhantomFocus System.”
Along with the new Carl Tatz Signature Series by Auralex turnkey acoustical treatment system that emulates the design and performance of Tatz’s custom-designed control rooms, he also employed Dynaudio Professional M1 reference monitors driven by a Bryston, 4B SST2 power amplifier.
“When I design a studio, I choose partners who understand my vision and the standard for design and performance of the PhantomFocus system,” says Tatz. “I use elements which are both aesthetically pleasing and high performing.
The Argosy Dual 15 DR 800 has the slanted back and I love the way it looks – it takes the control room to a serious level in terms of design. And it provides the perfect positioning environment for the sweet spot.”
The Argosy Dual 15 DR-800 has a sleek, symmetrical design, featuring a front desk area and two 15-dgree angles for a wrap-around feel. The Dual 15 features two DR 800 rack modules, with a slanted top to defeat early reflections. The Dual 15 is designed to enhance the studio workspace by bringing essential order to all the equipment, putting all the controls within easy reach of the busy engineer. A padded armrest offers comfort for long studio sessions.
According to Tatz, all the manufacturers that he worked with on the project can share in the stunning results at Village East. Now music professionals can have a truly state-of-the-art mix room second to none at an affordable price point.
“The PhantomFocus System and all of its manufacturer partner elements made it possible to implement a world-class studio in a bedroom,” adds Tatz. “Bullock’s Village East is a tremendous showcase of what is possible nowadays. The room design is gorgeous, the monitoring is superior, and Bob and his clients can feel confident here knowing that it has the acoustics, monitoring, and vibe of a peerless mix room.”