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TEC Awards Nominees Announced

Despite the pandemic, the 36th annual TEC Awards will be held as scheduled in January, and now the nominees have been announced.

TEC Awards
The TEC Awards

Carlsbad, CA (September 17, 2020)—Despite the pandemic, the 36th annual TEC Awards will be held as scheduled in January, and now the nominees have been announced across all 22 Technical Achievement and seven Creative Achievement TEC Award categories. The industry awards recognize individuals, companies and technical innovations behind the sound of recordings, live performances, films, television, video games, and multi-media.

According to the TEC Awards committee, more than 1,000 products and projects were nominated this year. Nominees that made the cut to the final list include products and technologies from the likes of Avid, JBL, Native Instruments, Pioneer, Roland, Yamaha, Spitfire Audio, Soyuz Microphones and United Studio Tech.

The TEC Awards will join Believe in Music Week, held the week of January 18, 2021, where the winners of each category will be announced and honored. Other notable changes include the discontinuation of the Audio Education Technology category, with entries moving to either the Audio Application or Software categories, and a temporary pause to nominations for the Tour Event Sound Production category until live touring can resume.

2020 NAMM TEC Award Winners Named

Individuals that will be honored with the Les Paul Innovation Award and induction into the NAMM TEC Hall of Fame will be named at a later date. Voting for the 36th TEC Awards will begin November 19, 2020.

…And the nominees are:


Amplification Hardware/Studio & Sound Reinforcement

JBL – DSi 2.0

L-Acoustics – LA-RAK II AVB

LEA Professional – Connect Series


Powersoft – Quattrocanali 8804 DSP+D (install)

QSC – CX-Q Series

Yamaha – PC Series Amplifiers


Audio Apps & Hardware/Peripherals for Smartphones & Tablets

Eventide – Blackhole

IK Multimedia – iRig Stream

JBL – Compact Connect App

Positive Grid – BIAS FX 2 Mobile

Sonarworks – SoundID

Steinberg – Cubasis 3.0

Waves – MyMon Personal Monitor Mixing App


Computer Audio Hardware

Antelope Audio – Zen Studio Synergy Core

Apogee – Symphony Desktop

Hotone Audio – JOGG

PreSonus – Quantum 2626

Solid State Logic – SSL 2+

Universal Audio – Apollo Twin X

Universal Audio – Apollo x4


DJ Production Technology

Akai – MPC Live 2

Denon – SC6000M

Native Instruments – TRAKTOR KONTROL S3

Novation – Launchpad Pro [MK3]

Numark – DJ2GO2 Touch

Pioneer DJ – XDJ-XZ

Roland – DJ-707M DJ Controller


Large Format Console Technology

Avid – VENUE | S6L-48D

DiGiCo – Quantum 338

Lawo – mc296 Xtra Fader Version

Neve – 8424

Solid State Logic – ORIGIN

Stage Tec – Avatus IP

Yamaha – RIVAGE PM5


Microphones – Recording

AEA – R88A Blumlein Stereo Microphone

AKG – Lyra

Austrian Audio – OC818

Earthworks Audio – DK3 DrumKit System

Josephson Engineering – C705

Townsend Labs – Sphere L22 v1.4

United Studio Technologies – UT Fet47


Microphone Preamplifiers

Focusrite – ISA828 MkII

Grace Design – M201 MKII

Neumann – V 402

Neve® – 1073OPX

sE Electronics – DM1

Soyuz – The Launcher

Thermionic Culture – Snow Petrel


Headphone/Earpiece Technology

AKG – K300 Series

Audeze – LCD-1 Open Back

Audio-Technica – ATH-WP900

Austrian Audio – Hi-X55

PreSonus – Eris HD10BT

Sennheiser – HD 25 Limited Edition

Shure – Aonic 50


Microphones – Sound Reinforcement

Avantone – Pro Kick

Countryman – A3 Podium Mic

DPA Microphones – 2028 Vocal Microphone

DPA Microphones – 4097 Shotgun Microphone

Earthworks – SR3314/SR5314

PreSonus – PM-2

sE Electronics – V Series


Musical Instrument Hardware

Cre8audio – NiftyBUNDLE

Kemper – Profiler Stage

Korg – Volca Sample 2

Moog – Matriarch

Roland – FANTOM 8

Sequential – Pro 3 / Pro 3 SE

Yamaha – YC61


Musical Instrument Amplification & Effects

Ampeg – Heritage 50th Anniversary SVT

Kemper – Profiler Kabinet

Line 6 – POD Go

Softube – Amp Room

Softube – Kerry King Signature

Strymon – Iridium

Yamaha – THR30II WL


Musical Instrument Software

Celemony – Melodyne 5

EastWest Sounds – Hollywood Backup Singers

Sound Magic – Neo Erhu

Spitfire Audio – ALBION NEO

Spitfire Audio – BBC Symphony Orchestra

Universal Audio – Moog Minimoog LUNA Instrument

Vienna Symphonic Library – Big Bang Orchestra Series


Production Essentials

Audinate AVIO Dante Adapters

Audio-Technica – Wireless Manager

GeerFab Audio – D.BOB (Digital Breakout Box)

IsoAcoustics – ISO-PUCK 76

Radial Engineering – HDI Tube Direct Box

Ultimate Support – MDS Series Modular Device Stands

Wes Lachot Design Group – Hexaffusor 2-D Diffusor


Signal Processing Hardware – 500 Series Modules

AMS Neve – RMX16

API – 312

BAE Audio – 73EQL

Cranborne Audio – 500ADAT

Heritage Audio – OST-10 V2.0

Meris – Hedra

Retro Instruments – 500PRE


Signal Processing Hardware

Alto Music – Black Lion Audio Bluey

API – 2500+ Stereo Bus Compressor

Bettermaker – Bus Compressor

Black Lion Audio – Bluey

Little Labs – LL2A Compressor Limiter

McDSP – APB-16 Analog Processing Box

Pulse Techniques – Pultec EQM-1S Mastering Equalizer


Signal Processing Software – Dynamics/EQ/Utilities

Leapwing Audio – DynOne 3

oeksound Ltd – soothe2

Softube – Chandler Limited Germanium Compressor

Softube – Weiss EQ1

Solid State Logic – SSL Native

Sound Magic – Neo EQ Grand Collection

Universal Audio – Neve 1084 Preamp & EQ Plug-In


Signal Processing Software – Effects

Brainworx – bx_console SSL 9000 J

FabFilter – Saturn 2

iZotope – Stutter Edit 2

Kazrog – True Dynamics

PreSonus – Ampire

Sound Magic – Neo Reverb

Waves – Abbey Road Saturator


Small Format Console Technology

Allen & Heath – Avantis

Mackie – ProFXv3 Series

PreSonus – StudioLive ARc Series

Softube – Console 1 Fader

TASCAM – Model 12

Waves – LV1 Proton

Zoom Corporation – LiveTrak L-8


Sound Reinforcement Loudspeakers

d&b audiotechnik – A-Series

Electro-Voice – EVOLVE 30M

JBL – EON ONE Compact

JBL – VTX B28 Subwoofer

L-Acoustics – Kara II

Meyer Sound – UPQ-D3

Yamaha – STAGEPAS 1K


Studio Monitors

Avantone Pro – CLA10

Barefoot Sound – Footprint02

Dynaudio – Core Series

Genelec – W371A Adaptive Woofer System

JBL – 104-BT

Ocean Way Audio – HR5

PreSonus – Eris E7 XT


Wireless Technology

Audio-Technica – 3000 Series with Network Control and Monitoring

Clear-Com – FreeSpeak Edge wireless intercom

Hooke Audio – Verse 3D Audio Wireless Recording System – V2 Software

Lectrosonics – DPR Digital Plug-on Transmitter

Sennheiser – XS Wireless Digital Pedalboard Set

Shure – Axient Digital AD3 plug-on wireless transmitter

Yamaha – THR30II WL


Workstation Technology/Recording Devices

Merging Technologies – Pyramix 25th Anniversary Edition

Neve® – GenesysControl Plug In

PreSonus – Studio One Professional 5.0

Steinberg – Cubase Pro 10.5

Tracktion Corporation – Waveform Free

Universal Audio – LUNA Recording System

Zoom North America – F6 Field Recorder


Studio Design Project

AMA Recording – Wes Lachot Design Group

Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music, Tisch School of the Arts, NYU – FM Design

Coast Mastering – Michael Romanowski

Reaction Vessel – Carl Tatz

Studio 21A – WSDG

The Scoring Lab – nonzero/architecture


Film Sound Production

“1917,” Universal Pictures / DreamWorks Pictures / Entertainment One

“El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie,” Netflix

“Ford v Ferrari,” 20th Century Fox / Chernin Entertainment

“Frozen II,” Walt Disney Pictures / Walt Disney Animation Studios

“Joker,” Warner Bros. Pictures / Village Roadshow Pictures / DC Films


Interactive Entertainment Sound Production

“Animal Crossing – New Horizons,” Nintendo

“Borderlands 3,” Gearbox software

“Call of Duty – Modern Warfare,” Infinity Ward

“Death Stranding,” Sony Interactive Entertainment

“Star Wars Jedi – Fallen Order,” Respawn Entertainment

“The Last of Us Part II,” Sony Interactive Entertainment


Record Production / Album

After Hours, The Weeknd, XO and Republic Records

American Standard, James Taylor, Fantasy Records

Care Package, Drake, OVO Sound and Republic Records

Future Nostalgia, Dua Lipa, Warner Records

Hot Pink, Doja Cat, Kemosabe & RCA

Hyperspace, Beck, Capitol Records


Record Production / Single or Track

Adore You, Harry Styles, Erskine and Columbia Records

Allergic, Post Malone, Republic

Blinding Lights, The Weeknd, XO Republic

Fear Inoculum, Tool, Tool Dissectional and Volcano and RCA

Together, For King and Country, with Tori Kelly and Kirk Franklin, Word Entertainment


Remote Production / Recording or Broadcast

53rd Annual Country Music Association Awards, CMT, Viacom

92nd Academy Awards, ABC

Let’s Go Crazy: The Grammy Salute to Prince, CBS

Kennedy Center Honors 2019, CBS

62nd Annual GRAMMY™ Awards, CBS


Television Sound Production

“Saturday Night Live,” NBCUniversal

“The Mandalorian” (Season 1),Disney+

“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” (Season 3), Amazon Prime Video

“Watchmen,” HBO

“Westworld,” (Season 3), HBO


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