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2020 NAMM TEC Award Winners Named

Comedian Fred Armisen hosted the 2020 NAMM TEC Awards, helping honor outstanding tech and creative achievements.

Anaheim, CA (January 18, 2020)—Held Saturday night at the NAMM Show in Anaheim, CA, this year’s TEC Awards winners were announced at the 35th annual awards event. The evening highlighted achievements in pro audio technology and its creative uses over the last year.

In all, there were TEC Award winners in 23 technical and eight creative excellence categories. For the first time, three companies won two awards each in Outstanding Technical Achievement. They were Genelec (for their Aural ID and S360 A SAM products), Universal Audio (for Apollo x16 and their Capital Chambers PlugIn), and API (2448 Console and the 550A 50th Anniversary Edition 3 band EQ product).

2019 NAMM TEC Awards Winners Named

In Technical Achievement, NAMM TEC Award winners picked up honors in Wireless Technology (Shure), Microphones-Recording (Townsend Labs), DJ Production (KORG), and several additional categories in Headphone/Earpiece Technology, Music Instrument Amplification & Effects, Production Essentials and beyond.

Producer, songwriter and artist Joni Mitchell received The Les Paul Innovation Award. The The Les Paul Foundation’s executive director, Michael Braunstein, introduced the award and called Mitchell “a true renaissance woman,” while pianist/composer Herbie Hancock presented the award to Mitchell and noted “it’s hard to imagine a world without this courageous woman’s brave songs and records.”

Mitchell remarked that she was “truly honored,” as several artists took the stage to give the folk songwriting heroine a musical celebration worthy of her long and revered career. The repertoire included Suzanne Santo for “The River;” Kevin Ross for “A Case of You;” Weyes Blood for “Woodstock;” and Venice performing “Free Man in Paris.” The Les Paul Innovation Award has been presented annually to individuals from the music industry, such as Jackson Browne, Joe Perry (Aerosmith), Paul McCartney, Neil Young, and 2019’s recipient, Peter Frampton.

 

TECHNICAL ACHIEVEMENT

Amplification Hardware/Studio & Sound Reinforcement: Auratone – A2-30

Audio Apps & Hardware/Peripherals for Smartphones & Tablets: Genelec – Aural ID

Audio Education Technology: iZotope – Pro Audio Essentials

Computer Audio Hardware: Universal Audio – Apollo x16

DJ Production Technology (Hardware/Software): KORG – minilogue xd

Headphone/Earpiece Technology: Neumann – NDH 20

Large Format Console Technology: API – 2448 Console

Microphone Preamplifiers: Rupert Neve Designs – 5211 Dual Mic Pre

Microphones – Recording: Townsend Labs – Sphere L22 v1.3

Microphones – Sound Reinforcement: Aston Microphones – Stealth

Musical Instrument Amplification & Effects: Line 6 – HX Stomp

Musical Instrument Hardware: Moog Music – Moog One

Musical Instrument Software: Spectrasonics – Omnisphere 2.5

Production Essentials: Cable Wrangler

Signal Processing Hardware: Solid State Logic – Fusion

Signal Processing Hardware (500 Series Modules): API – 550A 50thAnniversary Edition

Signal Processing Software (Dynamics/EQ /Utilities): FabFilter – Pro-Q 3

Signal Processing Software (Effects): Universal Audio – Capitol Chambers

Small Format Console Technology: Allen & Heath – SQ Digital Mixer Series V1.3

Sound Reinforcement Loudspeakers: JBL Professional – VTX A8 Line Array

Studio Monitors: Genelec – S360A SAM

Wireless Technology: Shure – Axient Digital ADX Transmitter

Workstation Technology/Recording Devices: Avid – Pro Tools 2019

 

CREATIVE ACHIEVEMENT

Film Sound Production: Bohemian Rhapsody (20thCentury Fox, Regency Enterprises, GK Films)

Interactive Entertainment Sound Production: Marvel’s Spider-Man (Insomniac Games | Sony Interactive Entertainment)

Record Production/Album: A Star is Born (Soundtrack), Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper (Interscope Records)

Record Production/Single or Track: “Bad Guy,” Billie Eilish (Darkroom / Interscope Records)

Remote Production/Recording or Broadcasting: 61st Annual Grammy Awards (CBS)

Studio Design Project: Old Mill Road Recording (Francis Manzella Design Ltd.)

Television Sound Production: Game of Thrones (HBO /Warner Bros. Television)

Tour Event Sound Production: Freshen Up, Paul McCartney

 

NAMM TEC Awards • http://www.tecawards.org

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