Walnut Creek, CA (November 26, 2012)—Ten inventions and products within the pro audio industry will be inducted into the Eighth TECnology Hall of Fame, established by the TEC Foundation for Excellence in Audio, during the 2013 NAMM Show in Anaheim, CA on Saturday, January 26. The ceremony will be hosted by veteran pro audio journalist and chairman of the TECnology Hall of Fame, George Petersen.
Established in 2004, the TECnology Hall of Fame recognizes the innovations and companies that have made significant contributions to the advancement of audio technology. Inductees are chosen by a panel of more than 50 recognized audio experts, including authors, educators, product designers, production professionals and others. To be considered for induction, products or innovations must be at least 10 years old.
The inductees for the Eighth TECnology Hall of Fame include:
1878 Carbon Microphone
1940 VU Meter – Bell Labs
1951 RCA BA-6A Variable-Mu Compressor
1974 Yamaha PM1000 Live Console
1975 Aphex Aural Exciter
1979 PZM Microphone (Long/Wickersham)
1983 RPG Diffusor
1985 MOTU Performer MIDI Sequencer
1989 Meyer HD-1 Powered Studio Monitor
1995 JBL EON Loudspeakers
“The inductees for the 2012 TECnology Hall of Fame cover an exceedingly wide range of breakthrough inventions that go back some 135 years to the very roots of audio reproduction,” says Petersen. “In fact, all of the products selected for this year are still in active use, whether as carbon microphone elements used in telecommunications transducers, or the VU meter or RCA’s BA-6A compressor, which—more than 60 years after its debut—remains a studio classic even today.”
The 2012 TECnology Hall of Fame ceremony will be presented on Saturday, the day after the 28th Annual TEC Awards, from 11-1 p.m. As part of NAMM’s H.O.T. (Hands-On Training) Zone, it will be held in Room 203/A&B on Level 2 of the Anaheim Convention Center. Seating will be available for 300 and is offered to NAMM attendees, with priority given to inductees and their guests.
The TEC Foundation
National Association of Music Merchants