The journey to celebrate the best new products and projects introduced over the past year is now underway; The TEC Nominating Panel is currently accepting entries for the 36th Annual NAMM Technical Excellence & Creativity Awards.
The deadline has been extended to August 31, 2020, and Nominees will be announced September 16, 2020. See full TEC schedule here.
The TEC Awards recognizes and honors 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, June 30, 2019 - July 1, 2020.
For questions about submissions to the 36th Annual NAMM TEC Awards, please contact Nominations Supervisor Eric Geer at [email protected].
Review Award categories below, and to learn more about the TEC Awards call for entries and voting process click here.
Technical Achievement Categories
Amplification Hardware - Studio & Sound Reinforcement
Amplifiers, speaker/monitor management, system controllers, signal distribution, snakes, feedback eliminators, crossovers, and related equipment
Audio Apps & Hardware / Peripherals for Smartphones & Tablets
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
Books, programs, software, hardware systems and devices intended to promote knowledge of audio and musical topics.
Computer Audio Hardware
Converters, interfaces, master clocks, data storage, peripherals, and made-for-audio computers
DJ Production Technology - Hardware / Software
Turntables, mixers, signal processing, controllers, software and peripherals specifically designed for DJ production and live performance
Headphone / Earpiece Technology
Headphones and in-ear transducers for professional studio, live sound and broadcast
Large Format Console Technology
Mixing boards 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
Acoustic materials, synchronizers, control systems, DI Boxes, test equipment, accessories, 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 and related equipment for computer-based signal manipulation
Signal Processing Software (Effects)
Stand-alone and plug-ins — delays, reverbs, chorus, pitch/harmony, spatial apps and related equipment for computer-based signal manipulation
Small Format Console Technology
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; and hardware based systems for recording and capturing audio
Creative Achievement Categories
Film Sound Production
Interactive Entertainment Sound Production
Record Production/ Album
Record Production/ Single or Track
Remote Production/ Recording or Broadcast (Radio broadcast, TV broadcast, CD or DVD)
Studio Design Project
Television Sound Production
Tour Sound Production