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TEC Nominees Announced - Industry Celebrates Creative Luminaries in Each Category

Earlier today at Summer NAMM, the 35th Annual TEC Awards celebrated the pro audio and sound production nominees across the 23 Technical Achievement and eight Creative Achievement categories. A special product showcase from several nominated brands including Yamaha, Avid, BOSS, iZotope, Line 6, Rupert Neve Designs, PreSonus, Steinberg, and Eventide, served as a gathering point for the leaders in pro audio to acknowledge and celebrate the many innovative nominees.

"There was a deep pool of TEC Awards nominee submissions this year, indicating growth in many of the categories TEC recognizes," says Eric Greer, TEC entries and nominations supervisor. "As the industry has grown and evolved, the TEC Awards has adapted by adding and modifying categories, and it's good to see that those introduced over the last decade post a strong number of entries. These innovations showcase the future trends found across sound production -- from the evolution of signal processing hardware to the rise of products for both sound professionals and audio enthusiasts -- truly fueling this new generation of recording."

The products and technologies represent those chosen by masters of their profession as best-in-class -- and in demand. Retailers have taken note too, looking to the TEC Awards to make those important purchasing decisions.

Presented annually by The NAMM Foundation as a part of The NAMM Show, the TEC Awards recognize the individuals, companies and technical innovations behind the sound of recordings, live performances, films, television, video games, and multi-media. In total, 23 Technical Achievement and eight Creative Achievement categories were evaluated by a group of industry experts from all facets of the pro audio and sound production industries. Final nominees are those products and projects that, in the opinion of the nominating panel, represent superior accomplishment in their respective fields.

Final voting begins this November and winners will be announced at TEC Awards at The NAMM Show, on Saturday, January 18, 2020 in Anaheim, California.

Congratulations to the 35th TEC Award nominees:

Amplification Hardware -- Studio and Sound Reinforcement
*Auratone A2-30
*Lab.gruppen FAD2402
*Linea Research 48M20
*Powersoft T-Series
*QSC MP-A Series
*XTA Electronics DPA Series

Audio Apps and Hardware/Peripherals for Smartphones/Tablets
*Apogee HypeMiC
*Avid Link
*Genelec Aural ID
*Shure MV88+ Video Kit
*Steinberg Cubasis

Audio Education Technology
*Drumeo App
*iZotope Pro Audio Essentials
*Mix With the Masters 2019 Edition
*Sennheiser Pro Talk Series -- Season 2
*SoundGym The Gym for Your Ears
*Universal Audio Apollo Artist Sessions Volume XIII

Computer Audio Hardware
*Apogee Symphony I/O Mk II
*Flock Audio The PATCH System
*Merging Technologies Anubis
*PreSonus Studio c-Series
*RME M-32 Pro
*Universal Audio Apollo x16

DJ Production Technology -- Hardware/Software
*Audio-Technica AT-LP140XP - Turntable
*Audionamix XTRAX Stems 2
*Denon DJ SC5000 Prime
*KORG minilogue xd
*Numark Scratch
*Roland Serato TR-SYNC

Headphone/Earpiece Technology
*64 Audio N8
*ADAM Audio Studio Pro SP-5
*Clear Tune Monitors Da Vinci X
*InEarz Audio Zen Universal IEM With ADEL Technology
*Neumann NDH 20
*Sennheiser IE PRO Series

Large Format Console Technology
*Allen & Heath dLive Mixing System Firmware V1.8
*API 2448 Console
*Avid VENUE S6L-24C Control Surface
*DiGiCo SD Series KLANG Integration
*Solid State Logic L550
*Yamaha Rivage V3.0

Microphone Preamplifiers
*API 312 50th Anniversary
*Black Lion Audio B173Quad
*Metric Halo ULN-8/3d
*Royer Labs dBooster In-Line Preamplifier
*Rupert Neve Designs 5211 Dual Mic Pre
*Useful Arts Audio SFP-30

Microphones -- Recording
*Chandler Limited TG Microphone
*sE Electronics sE2300
*TELEFUNKEN Alchemy Microphone Series
*Townsend Labs Sphere L22 v1.3
*Vanguard Audio Labs V1S+LOLLI

Microphones -- Sound Reinforcement
*Aston Microphones Stealth
*Audio-Technica ATM350GL -- Mic With Guitar Mount
*DPA d:fine 6066 Headset Mic
*Earthworks SR314
*Electro-Voice RE520
*Shure TwinPlex

Musical Instrument Amplification and Effects
*Blackstar HT20R MkII
*BOSS Nextone Guitar Amps
*Eventide Rose
*Line 6 HX Stomp
*Strymon Engineering Volante

Musical Instrument Hardware
*Akai Professional Force
*Erica Synths Sample Drum
*Moog Music Matriarch
*Moog Music Moog One
*Nord Grand
*PreSonus ATOM: Pad Controller

Musical Instrument Software
*Bitwig Studio 3: The Grid
*EastWest Sounds Hollywood Pop Brass
*PreSonus Notion 6.5
*Softube Monoment Bass
*SoundMagic Neo Piano
*Spectrasonics Omnisphere 2.5
*Waves Inspire Virtual Instruments Collection

Production Essentials
*Cable Wrangler
*Carl Tatz Design PhantomFocus Master Engineer Series eChair
*Drawmer CMC7 Surround Monitor Controller
*Fredenstein meterHUB
*Triad-Orbit Starbird SB-1 Large Format Stand
*Sound Credit Publisher/Tracker

Signal Processing Hardware
*Bettermaker Mastering Compressor
*Gyraf Audio G23-S Ambler Tilt Equalizer
*Roland VT-4 Voice Transformer
*Solid State Logic Fusion
*Thermionic Culture The Kite -- Stereo EQ with Attitude
*Whitestone Audio P331 Tube Loading Amplifier

Signal Processing Hardware (500 Series Modules)
*API 550A 50th Anniversary Edition
*Black Lion Audio PBR8
*Phoenix Audio Gyrator EQ/500
*Pulse Techniques Pultec EQP-500X Equalizer
*WesAudio _dione
*WesAudio _prometheus

Signal Processing Software (Dynamics/EQ/Utilities)
*Apogee FX Native Plugins
*FabFilter Pro-Q 3
*iZotope Neutron 3
*iZotope RX 7
*Kazrog True Iron 7
*Sonarworks Reference 4.3

Signal Processing Software (Effects)
*Acon Digital Verberate 2
*Eventide SP2016 Reverb
*iZotope Nectar 3
*Leapwing Audio StageOne
*Universal Audio Capitol Chambers
*Valhalla DSP ValhallaDelay

Small Format Console Technology
*Allen & Heath SQ Digital Mixer Series V1.3
*PreSonus StudioLive 64S
*Solid State Logic SiX
*Tree Audio Roots 500 Console
*Yamaha TF Console V4.0

Sound Reinforcement Loudspeakers
*Clair Brothers C10
*d&b audiotechnik KSL Line Array
*JBL Professional VTX A8 Line Array
*L-Acoustics ARCS A Series
*Meyer Sound ULTRA-X40
*PreSonus CDL12

Studio Monitors
*ATC Loudspeaker Technology SCM12i Pro
*Augspurger Monitors Treo 1015-V
*Focal Trio11 Be
*Genelec S360A SAM
*IK Multimedia iLoud MTM
*Neumann KH 750 DSP

Wireless Technology
*Audio-Technica 5000 Series (Third Generation)
*Electro-Voice RE3 UHF Wireless
*Lectrosonics D Squared System
*Line 6 Relay G10S
*Sennheiser XS Wireless Digital
*Shure Axient Digital ADX Transmitter

Workstation Technology/Recording Devices
*Avid Pro Tools 2019
*Magix ACID Pro Next
*Merging Technologies Pyramix 12.0
*MOTU Digital Performer 10
*PreSonus Studio One 4.5 Professional
*Steinberg Cubase Pro 10

Film Sound Production
*Bohemian Rhapsody
*A Star Is Born
*Avengers: Endgame
*Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

Interactive Entertainment Sound Production
*Apex Legends
*Assassin's Creed Odyssey
*Battlefield V
*Call of Duty -- Black Ops 4
*Marvel Spider-Man
*Tom Clancy's The Division 2

Record Production/Album
*A Star Is Born (Soundtrack), Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper
*Begin Again, Norah Jones
*Egypt Station, Paul McCartney
*Electric Lady Sessions, LCD Soundsystem
*It's About Time, Chic

Record Production/Single or Track
*"Always Remember Us This Way," Lady Gaga
*"Bad Guy," Billie Eilish
*"Back in Brazil," Paul McCartney
*"Be Nice," Black Eyed Peas featuring Snoop Dogg
*"Talk," Khalid

Remote Production/Recording or Broadcast
*34th Annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony
*The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
*2018 CMT Music Awards
*61st Annual Grammy Awards
*Sir Paul McCartney Live at ACL 2018

Television Sound Production
*"Better Call Saul"
*"Black Mirror"
*"Game of Thrones"
*"The Orville -- Identity," Part 2
*"Saturday Night Live"

Tour/Event Sound Production
*An Evening With Fleetwood Mac, Fleetwood Mac
*Farewell Yellow Brick Road, Elton John
*Freshen Up, Paul McCartney
*Pink World Tour, Pink
*This Is America Tour, Childish Gambino

Studio Design Project
*Battery Lane Music, Steven Durr Designs, LLC
*Old Mill Road Recording, Francis Manzella Design Ltd.
*One Union Recording Studios, Yanchar Design & Consulting Group/Carl J. Yanchar
*Noise Match Studios, Horacio Malvicino -- Malvicino Design Group
*Stitcher Studios, Walters-Storyk Design Group
*Zhejiang Conservatory Of Music (ZJCM), Walters-Storyk Design Group

The TEC Awards will also honor two individuals for their contributions to music and recording. Soon to be announced, an honoree who embodies the creative, innovative and enterprising spirit of Les Paul will be honored with the Les Paul Innovation Award. Past Les Paul recipients include Peter Frampton, Jackson Browne, Joe Perry (Aerosmith, Hollywood Vampires), Slash (Guns N' Roses), Don Was (Was, Not Was), Lindsey Buckingham (Fleetwood Mac), Pete Townsend, Stevie Wonder, Todd Rundgren, and others. The NAMM TEC Hall of Fame, which was created 35 years ago to honor the industry's most pioneering producers and audio recording professionals, will again induct an industry luminary to its list of honorees. Past recipients include Leslie Ann Jones, Jack Douglas (Aerosmith, Miles Davis), Skunk Baxter (Steely Dan, Elton John), Ed Cherney (Eric Clapton, Bob Dylan), and others.

Media interested in attending The TEC Awards on January 18 are welcome to contact publicrelations@namm.org to learn more about the event.


(19 July 2019)

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