TEC Awards

TEC Nominations Announced at Summer NAMM 2019

The 35th Annual TEC Awards celebrated the pro audio and sound production nominees across the 23 Technical Achievement and eight Creative Achievement categories at Summer NAMM.

"There was a deep pool of TEC Awards nominee submissions this year, indicating growth in many of the categories TEC recognizes," shared Eric Greer, TEC Entries & 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 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 & Sound Reinforcement  
Auratone A2-30
Lab.gruppen FAD2402
Linea Research 48M20
Powersoft T-Series
QSC MP-A Series
XTA Electronics DPA Series

Audio Apps & 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 feat Snoop Dogg
Talk, Khalid

Remote Production / Recording or Broadcast         
34th Annual Rock & 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.