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2021 TEC Award Winners Announced

The annual TEC Awards, honoring the best in professional audio and sound production, went online to announce this year’s winners.

TEC AwardsCarlsbad, CA (January 25, 2021)—The annual NAMM Show went virtual this year with its Believe in Music Week online gathering last week, and along with that, the annual TEC Awards, honoring the best in professional audio and sound production, also went online. As always, the annual event recognized efforts in Technical Achievement (pro audio equipment and services) and Creative Excellence (music making, live performances, video games, television and films).

“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.

Additionally, the TEC Awards added five historical audio products to the TECnology Hall of Fame: 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).

Parts of the program are still watchable online after registering online

…And the winners are:


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

Headphone/Earpiece Technology: AKG – K300 Series

Large Format Console Technology: Solid State Logic – ORIGIN

Microphone Preamplifiers: Neve – 1073OPX

Microphones – Recording: AKG – Lyra

Microphones – Sound Reinforcement: 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

Production Essentials: 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

Studio Monitors: Genelec – W371A Adaptive Woofer System

Wireless Technology: Shure – Axient Digital AD3 plug-on wireless transmitter

Workstation Technology/Recording Devices: Universal Audio – LUNA Recording System

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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

Record Production/Album: 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+

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