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TEC Awards Names Technical Nominees

The TEC Foundation for Excellence in Audio has announced the nominees in the Technical Achievement categories for the 28th Annual Technical Excellence & Creativity Awards, to be held Friday, January 25, 2013 at the Winter NAMM Show in Anaheim, CA.

Walnut Creek, CA (September 20, 2012)—The TEC Foundation for Excellence in Audio has announced the nominees in the Technical Achievement categories for the 28th Annual Technical Excellence & Creativity Awards, to be held Friday, January 25, 2013 at the Winter NAMM Show in Anaheim, CA.

The nominations, comprised of 20 categories of Technical Achievement in product design, are based on product entries by audio manufacturers and were made by a select panel of 130 professionals in numerous audio specialties. Products and projects released and in commercial use during the period of September 1, 2011 to August 31, 2012, were eligible for nomination.

Changes in the nomination categories this year include the addition of Headphone/Earpiece Technology and Audio Apps for Smartphones & Tablets. Due to an insufficient number of entries, an award for Large Format Console Technology will not be presented this year. Online voting will begin in November among members of various professional audio organizations, and qualified professionals subscribing to audio and music products trade publications.

Awards for both Outstanding Technical and Creative Achievement will be presented at the 2013 NAMM Show, along with the presentation of the Les Paul Award to renowned musician Pete Townshend and the induction of Record Plant President Rose Mann Cherney to the TEC Awards Hall of Fame.

The nominees for Technical Achievement categories are:

Ancillary Equipment:

API 1608 Automation
Argosy Aura Sit Stand Workstation
Cloud Microphones Cloudlifter CL-Z Mic Activator
Dangerous Liaison Patchbay/Router
?Royer Labs Sling-Shock Mic Mount
Waves Audio WLM Loudness Meter

Audio Apps Technology for Smartphones & Tablets:

Genelec Speaker
Angle Moog Animoog
PreSonus QMix
Yamaha StageMix V3.0
Native Instruments iMaschine
Wavemachines Laboratories Auria iPad DAW

Microphone Preamplifier Technology:

A-Designs Ventura Mic Preamp
Apogee Electronics 8-Channel Mic-pre Module for Symphony I/O
Audio Engineering Associates RPQ500
Focusrite ISA Two
Millennia HV-32
Radial PowerTube

Studio Monitor Technology:

Dynaudio Acoustics DBM 50
Event Electronics 2030
Focal Professional SM9
Pelonis Acoustics Model 4288
Trident HG3

Recording Devices:

JoeCo BBR64-Dante
Roland R-26 Field Recorder
Sound Devices PIX 220
Tascam DR-40
Zoom H2n Handy Recorder

Musical Instrument Amplification & Effects Technology:

Blackstar HT-1R Guitar Amplifier
DigiTech iStomp Pedal
Kemper Profiling Amplifier
Line 6 POD HD Pro Guitar Processor/Amp Simulator
Roland GR-55 Guitar Synthesizer
TC Electronic BG250 Bass Amp

Amplification Hardware/Studio & Sound Reinforcement:

Aphex Headpod 4
Bryston BHA-1 Balanced Headphone Amplifier
Crown I-Tech 4x3500HD Power Amplifier
Dangerous Music Source Switcher
Lake LM 44 System Controller
QSC Q-Sys Core 250i/500i Processing Platform

Computer Audio Hardware:

Apogee Electronics Symphony I/O 16×16 Analog Module
Avid Pro Tools 10 HDX
MOTU Track 16
PreSonus AudioBox 1818VSL
Solid State Logic Alpha-Link MX
Universal Audio Apollo High Resolution Audio Interface

Musical Instrument Technology (Hardware):

Arturia MiniBrute
Clavia Nord Stage 2
Dave Smith Instruments Mopho x4
Korg Kronos X
Moog Minitaur
Muse Research MuseBox

Musical Instrument Technology (Software):

Arturia SEM V
iZotope Iris
MOTU Mach Five 3.1
Native Instruments Kontakt 5
Steven Slate Drums 4.0
Synthogy Ivory II-American Concert D

Signal Processing Technology (Hardware):

Dave Hill Designs Titan Compressor
Empirical Labs DocDerr
Endless Analog CLASP 16
Little Labs I-VOG Bass Enhancer
Millennia Media NSEQ-4 Equalizer
Rupert Neve Portico II: Master Bus Processor

Signal Processing Technology (Software):

Avid Channel Strip Plug-in
CEDAR Retouch 5
iZotope Ozone 5 Advanced
Slate Digital VCC Console Emulation
Universal Audio Ampex ATR-102 Mastering Tape Recorder Plug-in
Waves Audio Bass Rider

Sound Reinforcement Loudspeaker Technology:

Adamson Energia E-15
L-Acoustics ARCS II
Line 6 StageSource L3t
Martin Audio Compact MLA
Meyer Sound CAL Column Array Loudspeaker

Microphone Technology/Sound Reinforcement:

Audio-Technica ATM510
Countryman K6 Pro Headset Mic
DPA d:fine Headset Mic
Earthworks WL40V Wireless Mic Capsule
Neumann KK204/205 Wireless Mic Capsules
Telefunken Elektroakustik M81

Microphone Technology/Recording:

Audio-Technica AT4050 Urushi Ltd. Edition
Blue Spark Digital
Bock ifet Large Diaphragm Mic
Mojave Audio MA-301fet
sE RN17 Small Diaphragm Condenser Mic
Sterling Audio ST6050 Ocean Way Edition

Headphone/Earpiece Technology:

Audio-Technica ATH-M50WH Headphones
Aurisonics AS1 Custom IEM Transducers
Future Sonics MG6Pro 13mm Ear Monitors
Roland RH-A7 Headphones
Sennheiser HD700 Headphones
Shure SRH1840 Headphones

Wireless Technology:

AKG DMS70D Digital Wireless
Audio-Technica System 8 Wireless
L-Ectrosonics HH Handheld Transmitter
Line 6 XD-V75 Digital Wireless System
Shure Axient Wireless
Sony DWX-02 Series Digital Wireless

Workstation Technology:

Avid Pro Tools 10
CEDAR Cambridge V8
PreSonus Studio One Professional V2
Propellerhead Reason 6.5
Sony SpectraLayers
Steinberg Cubase 6.5

Sound Reinforcement Console Technology:

Allen & Heath GLD
Avid VENUE SC48 Remote
DiGiCo SD5
Midas PRO2/PRO2C
Soundcraft Si Compact V2
Yamaha CL5

Small Format Console Technology:

Behringer X32
Line 6 StageScape M20d
Mackie DL1608
Maselec MTC-1 Mastering Transfer Console
PreSonus Live 16.0.2
Rupert Neve Designs 5059 Satellite Mixer

Large Format Console Technology:

A 2012 TEC Award will not be given in this category due to an insufficient number of entries.

TEC Foundation