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TEC Awards Name Tech Nominees

Technical Achievement in Product Design nominees for the 27th Annual TEC Awards have been announced.

Walnut Creek, CA (September 21, 2011)—Technical Achievement in Product Design nominees for the 27th Annual TEC Awards have been announced.

The 27th Annual Technical Excellence & Creativity Awards will be held Friday, January 20, 2012, at the NAMM Show in Anaheim, California. Co-presented by the TEC Foundation and NAMM, the TEC Awards honor “outstanding achievement in product innovation and sound production.”

The nominations announced today, comprising 19 categories of Technical Achievement in product design, will be followed by an announcement of nominees in eight categories of Creative Achievement in sound production.

The nominations, based on product entries by audio manufacturers, were made by a select panel of over 160 professionals in numerous audio specialties. Nominated products and projects must have been introduced during the eligibility period of July 1, 2010 to August 30, 2011.

With the introduction of two new awards categories—Musical Instrument Amplification & Effects Technology, and Amplification Hardware/Studio & Sound Reinforcement—the Technical Achievement categories have been expanded from 17 to 19, and includes amplification products in use by performers and audio professionals for both stage and studio applications.

Online voting begins on November 1 among members of various professional organizations, including the Producers and Engineers Wing of the Recording Academy, Society of Professional Audio Recording Services, Motion Picture Sound Editors, Music Producers Guild, NAMM, Game Audio Network Guild and qualified professionals subscribing to various audio industry trade publications.

The 27th Annual TEC Awards Technical Achievement Nominees

Ancillary Equipment

Focusrite VRM Box monitor simulator
Little Labs Redeye 3D Phantom direct box
Manley Labs MicMAID mic/preamp auditioner
Rational Acoustics Smaart v7.3 analysis software
Shure SRH940 headphones
Sony Electronics MDR-7520 headphones

Microphone Preamplifier Technology

Aphex Channel
Dave Hill Designs Europa 1
Millennia Media HV-35
Rupert Neve Designs Portico 517
Tonelux MP5A preamp with TILT
Universal Audio 4-710d

Studio Monitor Technology

Blue Sky International eXo2
Genelec 1238CF
Neumann KH 120
Pelonis Sound and Acoustics Model 42

Recording Devices

Boss Micro Br BR-80
Fostex AR-4i
JoeCo Black Box 2.1
Korg MR-2
TASCAM DR-680 v1.20
Zoom R24

Musical Instrument Amplification & Effects Technology

Eventide Space
Line 6 DT50 Guitar Amplifier Series
Line 6 POD HD500
TC Electronic Blacksmith Bass Amp
TC-Helicon VoiceLive Touch
Tech 21 Roto Choir

Amplification Hardware/Studio & Sound Reinforcement
Crown ComTech Drive Core Series
JBL Pro MSC1 monitor controller with RMC (Mac version)
Kush Audio Main Gain monitor controller
Lab Gruppen PLM 20000Q
QSC Audio GX7
Radial Engineering H-Amp Speaker to Headphone Converter

Computer Audio Hardware

Apogee Symphony I/O
Avid Pro Tools | HD Native
PCAudioLabs Rok Box MC 7xs
PreSonus AudioBox 22VSL
RME Fireface UFX
Universal Audio UAD-2 Satellite

Musical Instrument Technology/Hardware

Dave Smith Instruments Tempest analog drum machine
Fairlight CMI-30a Computer Musical Instrument
Korg Kronos music workstation
Moog Slim Phatty synthesizer
Novation UltraNova analog modeling synthesizer
Roland Jupiter 80 synthesizer

Musical Instrument Technology/Software

Arturia Spark
FXpansion Geist
iZotope Stutter Edit
Native Instruments “Abbey Road Modern Drums”
Spectrasonics Omnisphere v1.5
Synthogy Ivory II Grand Piano

Signal Processing Technology/Hardware

A Designs EM-EQ2
Cedar Cambridge 7
Drawmer 1968 MKII
Radial Engineering WR8 Workhorse
TASCAM TA-1VP Vocal Processor with Autotune
Tonelux EQ5P Series EQ

Signal Processing Technology/Software

Dave Hill Designs RA
iZotope RX 2 restoration software
Sonnox Fraunhofer Pro-Codec
Universal Audio Studer A800 tape recorder plug-in
Waves OneKnob

Sound Reinforcement Loudspeaker Technology

JBL Professional EON 515XT
K-Array KR 400S
Martin Audio MLA Multi Cellular Array
Meyer Sound Labs MINA
QSC KLA Series
Yamaha DSR Series

Microphone Technology/Sound Reinforcement

Audio-Technica BP893
Blue Encore 300
DPA 2011A
Earthworks SR40V
Heil PR 31BW
Shure Beta 181

Microphone Technology/Recording

Audio-Technica AT2022 stereo mic
Bock Audio 241
DPA 4099P Stereo Piano Miking System
Mojave Audio MA-300
Royer Labs R-101
Sennheiser MK 4

Wireless Technology

AKG DMS 700 V2
Audio-Technica MTU301 SpectraPulse bodypack
Lectrosonics Quadra Digital IEM
Line 6 XD-V70
Shure PGX
Yamaha M7CL/LS9 StageMix iPad app

Workstation Technology

Avid Pro Tools 9
Cakewalk SONAR X1
Prism Sound SADiE 6
Steinberg Nuendo 5.5
PreSonus Studio One Pro v1.6
MOTU Digital Performer 7.2

Sound Reinforcement Console Technology

Avid VENUE 2.9
DiGiCo SD10
Midas PRO9
Midas VeniceF
Roland M-480 V-Mixer
Soundcraft Vi1 with VM2

Small Format Console Technology

DiGiCo SD11
Focusrite Control 2802
PreSonus StudioLive 16.0.2
Solid State Logic Nucleus
Soundcraft Si Compact-16
Toft Audio Designs ATB-08M

Large Format Console Technology

Allen & Heath GS-R24M
Harrison 950m-24
Lawo Sapphire
Solid State Logic AWS 948
Studer Vista 5 M2
Tonelux 1628

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