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Rascal Flatts Bassist Incorporates Auralex Acoustics Into New Nashville Studio

United States
Anaheim, CA, January 31, 2007 — Bassist Jay DeMarcus, of the award-winning country group Rascal Flatts and producer of Chicago 30, recently opened The Grip (www.thegripstudio.com), a full-service, private recording studio in Nashville, TN, built and designed by Carl Tatz Design. The Grip features a main control room with a tracking area and three booths, a drum area, a lounge, a galley kitchen, and an editing suite.

To maximize the facility’s sound quality, the design team turned to Auralex Acoustics, an industry leader in sound control solutions. Acoustical treatment products provided by Auralex for this project included the company’s Custom ProPanels and pArtScience’s SpaceCoupler.

Designed by Russ Berger for Auralex Acoustics, the SpaceCoupler optimizes acoustical environments for a wide range of performance and recording styles. By providing an acoustical boundary interaction between loosely coupled spaces, the SpaceCoupler generates a low level reverberant tail to create a full, well-developed sound even in small footprint spaces. Auralex’s ProPanels are fabric-covered absorptive panels available in a variety of sizes and colors.

“In the drum area, I wanted to create the illusion, acoustically, of a larger space,” said Carl Tatz, owner of Carl Tatz Designs. “So I used several SpaceCouplers, which allows the space to sound bigger than it is. Aesthetically appealing, Auralex’s ProPanels were used in areas where additional absorption was needed, giving the studio a really nice look.”

The Grip is outfitted with state-of-the-art audio equipment for recording, tracking and mixing, as well as instruments and microphones for in-studio use. Equipment includes, but is not limited to, Pro Tools HD 5 Accel (v.6.9.3), Mac G5 Dual 2.5GHz w/ 2GHz RAM, Digidesign Pro Control (32 faders), Apogee AD-16 (16 In), Digidesign 192 (32 In, 48 Out), Apogee Big Ben, Neve 8816 Summing, Dynaudio M1s w/ Bryston 4B, Dynaudio BM12s Subwoofers, Yamaha NS-10Ms, Tannoy Reveal (Active), Ludwig 4 pc. house drum kit, Vintage Rhodes Suitcase Electric Piano, Vintage Wulitzer Electric Piano, Yamaha C-7 Grand Piano (by request), Hammond XK-3 Organ w/ 2101 Leslie, Various Electric, Bass, and Acoustic Guitars, various New and Vintage Keyboards, Ivory piano, Spectrasonics Stylus RMX, NI Guitar Rig, and FXExpansion BFD.

Rascal Flatts is comprised of lead vocalist Gary LeVox, electric guitarist Joe Don Ronney and DeMarcus on bass. The band presently has four full-length albums and its rendition of “Life is a Highway” is featured on the soundtrack for the Disney movie “Cars.” Rascal Flatts’ latest album, “Me and My Gang,” hit No. 1 on the Billboard 200 charts and is currently country music’s best-selling release.

About Auralex Acoustics Inc.

Located in Indianapolis, Auralex Acoustics was founded in 1977 with a mission to provide the best acoustical treatment products at the best value. Since then, thousands of satisfied Auralex customers have experienced improved acoustics, solid advice and exceptional customer service. Auralex products enjoy widespread use among many prominent artists, producers, engineers and corporations.

Auralex Acoustics has become the industry leader in innovative sound control solutions and continues to enjoy rapid growth through an international network of authorized dealers.

About Carl Tatz Design

Carl Tatz Design offers design and consulting services to homeowners and entertainment industry professionals in areas of home screening rooms, recording studios, monitor systems, dedicated listening rooms, analysis and tuning and sound isolation. The company combines knowledge, experience and expertise in sound, picture and design to serve its clients nationwide. Visit Carl Tatz Design online at www.carltatzdesign.com.
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