The TEC Nominating Panel has extended the 33rd Annual NAMM Technical Excellence & Creativity (TEC) Awards entries deadline to 10 July 2017.
Divided into three portions – Oustanding Technical Achievement, Outstanding Creative Achievement and Studio Design Project – the TEC Awards recognises and honours those people, companies and products that have attained 'the highest standards of excellence within the audio, music technology and sound production industry.'
Products and project entries must have been released and in commercial use during the current eligibility year: 1 September 2016 – 31 August 2017.
Submitted studio design projects must be new studios or rooms, or major renovations completed and in use during the eligibility period. Entrants are also being asked to include a web address where Nominating Panel members may view the new room or facility.
Once the call for entries is complete, the 2017 TEC Nominating Panel – a group of industry thought leaders, executives, audio professionals and media agents with expertise spanning the entire range of awards categories – will review submissions and vote on their top three choices in each category. Those nominations with the most votes will be finalists to win a 33rd Annual NAMM TEC Award.
See below for a rundown of the Technical and Creative Achievement categories, including descriptions of what kinds of products would be suitable for each Award:
Technical Achievement Categories
Amplification Hardware/Studio & Sound Reinforcement
Amplifiers, speaker/monitor management, system controllers, signal distribution, snakes, feedback eliminators, crossovers, and related equipment.
Acoustic materials, synchronizers, control systems, test equipment, accessories, and related equipment
Audio Apps & Hardware/Peripherals
Mobile applications and hardware for recording and music production, audio measurement, utilities, controllers, signal processing and musical instruments --- recording, test/measurement, control, audio, and music production/performance and add-ons/accessories
Audio Education Technology
Apps, tutorials, software, books and interactive courseware for music and audio education
Computer Audio Hardware
Converters, interfaces, master clocks, data storage, peripherals, and made-for-audio computers?
DJ Production Technology
Controllers, mixers, media players, turntables and effects
Hardware/Peripherals for Smartphones and Tablets
Recording, test/measurement, control, audio and music production/performance add-ons/accessories
Headphones and in-ear transducers for professional studio, live sound and broadcast
Large Format Console Technology
Mixing board, over 60 pounds for recording, broadcast or sound reinforcement
Mic preamps, channel strips and other products that process mic-level signals
Microphones - Recording
Microphones and accessories for recording applications
Microphones - Sound Reinforcement
Microphones and accessories for live sound applications
Musical Instrument Amplification & Effects
Instrument amps, preamp/processing/effects rack units and pedalboards, stomp boxes, and related equipment
Musical Instrument Hardware
Hardware-based synths, samplers, drum machines, instruments, and controllers
Musical Instrument Software
Virtual instruments, music creation software, instrument libraries/loops, amp modelers, and related equipment
Signal Processing Hardware
Delays, reverbs, compressors, limiters, equalizers, noise reduction, and other effects
Signal Processing Hardware (500 Series Modules)
Delays, reverbs, compressors, limiters, equalizers, noise reduction, and other effects in the 500 Series format
Signal Processing Software (Dynamics/EQ/Utilities)
Stand-alone and plug-ins – compressors, limiters, equalizers, crossovers, meters, restoration, etc. for computer-based signal manipulation
Signal Processing Software (Effects)
Stand-alone and plug-ins — delays, reverbs, chorus, pitch/harmony, spatial apps, etc. for computer-based signal manipulation
Small Format Console Technology (Studio, Broadcast, Sound Reinforcement)
Portable, under-60-pound mixers for recording, broadcast or sound reinforcement
Sound Reinforcement Loudspeakers
Main and stage monitor systems, drivers, horns, transducers and other components for live sound applications
Speakers, monitors, drivers and components for studio applications
Wireless systems including mics, transmitters, receivers, accessories, and related equipment
Workstation Technology/Recording Devices
Computer-based DAWs and digital editing systems --- hardware based systems for recording and capturing audio
Creative Achievement Categories
Interactive Entertainment Sound Production
Record Production/Single or Track
Remote Production/Recording or Broadcast (Radio broadcast, TV broadcast, CD or DVD)
Television Sound Production Film Sound Production
Tour Sound Production
Picture: WSDG's John Storyk at the 2017 event with his company's third consecutive TEC Award for Best Studio Design