Carlsbad, CA (November 19, 2019)—The NAMM TECnology Hall of Fame has announced this year’s seven inductees. The winners were voted on by a panel of audio experts, including authors, educators, engineers, and other professionals. The event honors audio products and innovations that have made a significant contribution to the advancement of audio technology and production.
Joining the 160 previous honorees at the TECnology Hall of Fame. The seven inductees for 2020 are:
Multichannel Film Sound for Fantasia (Walt Disney Productions, 1940)
UREI Cooper Time Cube (Duane Cooper/Bill Putnam, 1971)
Roland TR-808 Drum Machine (Roland, 1980)
Scholz Research & Development Rockman (Tom Scholz, 1982)
Neutrik Combo XLR-1/4″ connector (Neutrik, 1992)
2002 Crane Song Phoenix Plug-in (Dave Hill, 2002);
QSC K-Series Speakers (QSC, 2010).
“Every one of these innovations made a major contribution to how sound is created and reproduced — even years after their debut,” says TECnology Hall of Fame director George Petersen. “In fact, all of these technologies are still in use every day.”
Petersen continues, “The collaboration of Walt Disney Productions with Bell Labs and RCA to create the 4-channel ‘Fantasound’ playback process used in 1940 for the production of Fantasia set the course for later breakthroughs in cinema sound.
“As another example, Roland’s TR-808 programmable drum machine became part of the foundation of music movements in hip-hop, rap and electronica. Athough made in 1980, the once $1,200 TR-808 remains a prized studio tool today, with working units valued in the $4,000 range.”
The TECnology Hall of Fame also celebrates the work of individual inventors, such as Boston band founder Tom Scholz’s 1980 Rockman guitar processor, a studio-in-a-box for creating consistent, high-quality electric guitar tones.
When and Where:
Inductees to the TECnology Hall of Fame will be inducted Saturday, January 18, 2020 at 4:00 p.m. inside the Anaheim Convention Center.
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