Anaheim, CA (January 24, 2016)—Recording technology is developing more rapidly than ever, and the annual NAMM TEC Awards are one of the key ways recording enthusiasts—both hobbyists and pros—can keep abreast of the products and the end-users that lead our industry. I was there for Saturday’s 31st Annual NAMM TEC Awards, hosted by comedian (and self-professed gear junkie) Sinbad who kept the crowd in stiches throughout the evening.
It’s pretty exciting seeing a room full of manufacturers, sitting on the edge of their seats, hoping to win an award for the sweat and tears that they poured into a given product. In reality, it isn’t that much different than the time and energy an artist puts into making an album. Attending the show is the perfect blend of watching your favorite band while reading your favorite gear magazine.
Highlights of the Technical Achievement awards that were presented include the Rupert Neve Designs RNDI Active Transformer Direct Interface, Audio-Technica’s ATH-R70X Pro Reference Headphones, Avid Pro Tools 12 and iZotope’s RX 4 Complete Audio Repair & Enhancement software. A complete list of the award winners can be found at HERE.
NAMM’s Technical Excellence & Creativity Awards presented the Les Paul Award to legendary musician and producer Don Was. Guitarist Jeff “Skunk” Baxter and Record Plant co-founders Chris Stone and Gary Kellgren were inducted into the NAMM TEC Awards Hall of Fame. Baxter was beautifully introduced by his son, while 2013 inductee Rose Mann Cherney and 2015 inductee Ed Cherney presented the award to Chris Stone and Gary Kellgren. Kellgren’s widow accepted his award; he passed away in 1977.
Creative Achievement award highlights include Birdman in the Film Sound Production category, Beck’s “Dreams” in the Record Production Single or Track category, James Taylor’s Before This World in the Record Production Album categories, and Paul Epworth’s The Church Studios in the Studio Design category.
The evening concluded in an all-star jam including Skunk Baxter, Nathan East and a host of of other world-class musicians.
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