The Spirit of Pro Audio Innovations Celebrated at the 36th Annual NAMM TEC Awards
Winners of the NAMM Technical Excellence and Creativity (TEC Awards), honoring the best in professional audio and sound production, have been announced in a virtual event on the final day of NAMM’s Believe in Music week, a global online gathering to unify and support people who bring music to the world.
Presented by NAMM on Believe TV, the annual event recognized the highest achievements in the pro audio and sound worlds of music making, live performances, video games, television and films.
Universal Audio picked up the day’s biggest collection of prizes in the Technical category for its Apollo x 4 (Computer Audio Hardware); Neve 1084 Preamp & EQ Plug-In (Signal Processing Software-Dynamics/EQ/Utilities), and the company’s LUNA Recording System (Workstation Technology/Recording Devices). Two pro audio brands who each have a long history of sound gear innovations took two awards a piece, also in the Technical category. They are JBL, and AKG both recognized for professional gear in several categories including Amplification Hardware-Studio & Sound Reinforcement, Headphone/Earpiece Technology, and respectively, as well as additional categories listed below.
“Despite the global pandemic, the industry continued to innovate, creating one of the largest collectives of product Nominees in the 35-year history of the awards. And given the world engaged in virtual interaction on an unprecedented level, the products honored helped connect us all by delivering music and sound across the world,” shared Eric Geer, TEC Entries & Nominations Supervisor.
Many projects in Creative categories were recognized as well, including the Disney+ show featuring the evergreen Star Wars-theme: “The Mandalorian, Season One” (Television Sound Production). A salute to the posthumous legacy of Prince won out in Remote Production/Recording or Broadcast for “Let’s Go Crazy: The Grammy Salute to Prince, CBS.” A full list of winners in Creative Excellence is below.
For the first time, award content, including category and a 35-year retrospective videos, were streamed live to Believe in Music attendees for free. Viewers enjoyed companies and experts who were feted in 22 Technical Achievement categories and seven Creative Achievement categories.
Recently, the TEC Awards also announced the induction of five historical audio products into the TECnology Hall of Fame. The honorees were selected by a panel of audio experts, including authors, educators, engineers, and other professionals. The TECnology Hall of Fame honors audio products and innovations that have made a significant contribution to the advancement of audio technology and production. The inductees included the Western Electric 639A Ribbon Microphone (1938); RCA Mark II Sound Synthesizer (1957); 3M M56 16-Track Recorder (1968); Constant Directivity Horn, Don Keele (1975), and the Near Field Monitoring, Ed Long (1977).
If you missed the event premiere, parts of the program are still watchable online after registering online http://attend.believeinmusic.tv
Sponsors for today’s event supporters included The Les Paul Foundation, Antelope Audio, C.F. Martin & Co., EastWest Sounds, Electro-Voice, Retro Instruments, sE Electronics, Allen&Heath, Apogee, Austrian Audio, Broadjam, d&b audiotechnik, Genelec, Harman, Leapwing Audio, Mackie, McDSP, Meyer Sound, OWC, Pioneer DJ, Sessionwire, Shure, Tracktion, Universal Audio, WonderWonder Sound, Cinema Audio Society, EIPMA (Entertainment Industry Professionals Mentoring Alliance), G.A.N.G. (Game Audio Network Guild), GeerFab Audio, Grace Design, IsoAcoustics, iZotope, L-Acoustics, MPSE (Motion Picture Sound Editors), Shenzen Maono Technology, Softube, Sonic Scoop, Strymon, Studio Expresso, ThumbStopper, WSDG and Hotone Audio.
Congratulations to the winners of the 36th Annual NAMM TEC Awards:
Amplification Hardware - Studio & Sound Reinforcement
JBL - DSi 2.0
Audio Apps & Hardware/Peripherals for Smartphones & Tablets
Eventide - Blackhole
Computer Audio Hardware
Universal Audio - Apollo x4
DJ Production Technology
Native Instruments - TRAKTOR KONTROL S3
AKG - K300 Series
Large Format Console Technology
Solid State Logic - ORIGIN
Neve - 1073OPX
Microphones - Recording
AKG - Lyra
Microphones - Sound Reinforcements
sE Electronics - V Series for Drums
Musical Instrument Amplification & Effects
Ampeg - Heritage 50th Anniversary SVT
Musical Instrument Hardware
Moog - Matriarch
Musical Instrument Software
Celemony - Melodyne 5
Audinate Dante AVIO Adapters
Signal Processing Hardware
API - 2500+ Stereo Bus Compressor
Signal Processing Hardware - 500 Series Modules
AMS Neve - RMX16
Signal Processing Software - Dynamics/EQ/Utilities
Universal Audio - Neve 1084 Preamp & EQ Plug-In
Signal Processing Software - Effects
Waves - Abbey Road Saturator
Small Format Console Technology
Allen & Heath - Avantis
Sound Reinforcement Loudspeakers
JBL - EON ONE Compact
Genelec - W371A Adaptive Woofer System
Shure - Axient Digital AD3 plug-on wireless transmitter
Workstation Technology/Recording Devices
Universal Audio - LUNA Recording System
Studio Design Project
Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music, Tisch School of the Arts, NYU-FM Design
Film Sound Production
“1917,” Universal Pictures/DreamWorks Pictures/Entertainment One
Interactive Entertainment Sound Production
“Star Wars Jedi - Fallen Order,” Respawn Entertainment
Hyperspace, Beck, Capitol Records
Record Production/Single or Track
Fear Inoculum, Tool, Tool Dissectional and Volcano and RCA
Remote Production/Recording or Broadcast
“Let's Go Crazy: The Grammy Salute to Prince,” CBS
Television Sound Production
“The Mandalorian (Season 1),” Disney+
ABOUT THE TEC AWARDS
Presented annually by NAMM during The NAMM Show, The TEC Awards recognizes the individuals, companies and technical innovations behind the sound of recordings, live performances, films, television, video games and other media in 22 Technical and 7 Creative Achievement Categories. The Les Paul Innovation Award is given at the event in tribute to musical artists and others whose work has exemplified the creative application of audio technology. Through its Hall of Fame, The TEC Awards also honors the pioneers of audio technology and the music industry’s most accomplished producers and audio technicians. The NAMM Foundation’s TECnology Hall of Fame celebrates innovations and ground breaking technical achievements of the past. For more information, visit www.tecawards.org.
The National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) is the not-for-profit association with a mission to strengthen the $17 billion music products industry. NAMM is comprised of 15,000 global member companies and individual professionals. NAMM events and members fund The NAMM Foundation's efforts to promote the pleasures and benefits of music and advance active participation in music-making across the lifespan. For more information about NAMM, please visit www.namm.org.