Recording, audio and music industry professionals from all over the world geathered to honour excellence in sound technology and creativity on Saturday (24 January) at the 30th Annual NAMM TEC Awards.
Featuring 30 creative and technical achievement categories, the awards are held each year during the NAMM Show.
“The people and products that were nominated at this year's TEC Awards, especially on this milestone 30th anniversary, deserve our respect and admiration,” said Joe Lamond, president and CEO of NAMM. “And those select few who have gone home with a coveted TEC Award have set a high bar for the industry. These are the tools and sounds that will shape the music we will be listening to for years to come.”
Everything from wireless technology to software was recognised in the evening’s technical achievement categories. Native Instruments' Razor 1.5 instrument software nabbed the top spot for Musical Instrument Software, while Shure’s GLXD6 guitar pedal receiver with Tuner edged out competitors in Wireless Technology. Other winners in technical achievement include DPA Microphones’ d:screet Necklace, honoured for Sound Reinforcement.
Bassist Nathan East and engineer Ed Cherney were inducted into the NAMM TEC Awards Hall of Fame, while iconic guitarist Slash received the evening’s highest honour, the Les Paul Award. The award recognises individuals or institutions that have set the highest standards of excellence in the creative application of audio and music technology.
Ancillary Equipment - API 505 DI 500-Series DI Module
Audio Apps for Smartphones and Tablets - PreSonus Capture for iPad
Hardware/Peripherals for Smartphones and Tablets - Apogee MiC 96k
Microphone Preamplifiers - Rupert Neve Designs Shelford 5052
Studio Monitors - Genelec 8010
Recording Devices - Zoom H5 Handy Recorder
Musical Instrument Amplification and Effects - Line 6 POD HD Pro X
Amplification Hardware - Studio and Sound Reinforcement - Grace Design m920 Monitoring System
Computer Audio Hardware - Universal Audio Apollo Twin
Musical Instrument Hardware - Nord Lead A1
Musical Instrument Software - Native Instruments Razor 1.5
Signal Processing Hardware - Dangerous Music 'The Dangerous Compressor'
Signal Processing Hardware (500-Series modules) - Rupert Neve Designs 551 EQ
Signal Processing Software - iZotope RX3 Audio Repair Suite
Sound Reinforcement Loudspeakers - Meyer Sound LYON
Microphones - Sound Reinforcement - DPA Microphones d:screet Necklace
Microphones - Recording - Neumann TLM 107
Headphone/Earpiece Technology - AKG K812 Headphones
Wireless Technology - Shure GLXD6 Guitar Pedal Receiver with Tuner
Workstation Technology - Steinberg Cubase 7.5
Small Format Console Technology - Solid State Logic Matrix 2
Large Format Console Technology - API 'The Box'
Record Production - Single or Track - Happy, Pharrell Williams
Record Production - Album - Lazaretto, Jack White
Tour - Event Sound Production - Sting and Paul Simon: On Stage Tour
Remote Production - Recording or Broadcast - 56th Annual GRAMMY Awards
Film Sound Production - Gravity
Television Sound Production - Game of Thrones
Interactive Entertainment Sound Production - Call of Duty: Ghosts
Studio Design Project - Berklee College of Music, 160 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston, MA
Picture: Meyer Sound's LYON system