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Top Pros, Gear Nab Honors at NAMM TEC Awards

Skywalker Sound’s Leslie Ann Jones was inducted to the NAMM TEC Hall of Fame at the event.

Anaheim, CA (January 28, 2019)—Held during this year’s NAMM Show in Anaheim, CA this past weekend, the 34th annual NAMM TEC Awards highlighted top professionals, projects and audio gear across 23 technical and eight creative excellence categories. Hosted by comedian Demetri Martin, the event also honored the likes of Skywalker Sound’s Leslie Ann Jones, who was inducted to the NAMM TEC Hall of Fame, and rock legend Peter Frampton, who received the Les Paul Innovation Award.

Seen on the Scene: 2019 NAMM Show, Days 2 & 3

Several companies scored dual wins for Outstanding Technical Achievement: Universal Audio picked up two awards for its OX Amp Top Box under the category of Musical Instrument Amplification & Effects, while its Arrow audio interface won for Computer Audio Hardware. JBL also celebrated dual wins for its 3 Series MkII under the Studio Monitors category, and in Sound Reinforcement Loudspeakers for the company’s VTX A12W Line Array Loudspeaker. Additional Outstanding Technical Achievement awards were given for DJ Production Technology, Hardware/Software, Wireless Technology, Microphones Recording, and more.

Creatives behind Game of Thrones took home the Sound in Television Production winner’s spot, as a part of the projects chosen for Outstanding Creative Achievement. The 60th Annual Grammy Awards (CBS Television Network), picked up another win for Remote Production/Recording or Broadcasting, after sweeping the same category the prior year.

Skywalker Sound’s engineer, producer and director of music and scoring, Leslie Ann Jones, was inducted into the NAMM TEC Hall of Fame and earlier in the evening, presented a TEC Award for the 60th Annual Grammy Awards. Jones was introduced by jazz great Herbie Hancock for the honor, which recognizes pioneers of audio technology, as well as accomplished producers and audio technicians. Rose Mann Cherney, Skunk Baxter, Hal Blaine, Jack Douglas, Nathan East, Geoff Emerick and others have also been honored in recent years.

TECHNICAL ACHIEVEMENT

Amplification Hardware/Studio & Sound Reinforcement
Grace Design – m908 Surround Monitor Controller

Audio Apps & Hardware/Peripherals for Smartphones & Tablets
Yamaha – CL/QL StageMix v.7

Audio Education Technology
Produce Like A Pro – Produce Like A Pro

Computer Audio Hardware
Universal Audio – Arrow

DJ Production Technology (Hardware/Software)
Pioneer DJ – DDJ-1000 Controller

Headphone/Earpiece Technology
Audio-Technica – ATH-M60x

Large Format Console Technology
Solid State Logic – SSL Live L100

Microphone Preamplifiers
Rupert Neve Designs – RMP-D8

Microphones – Recording
Neumann – U 67

Microphones – Sound Reinforcement
Sennheiser – HSP Essential Omni

Musical Instrument Amplification & Effects
Universal Audio – OX Amp Top Box

Musical Instrument Hardware
Dave Smith Instruments – Sequential Prophet X

Musical Instrument Software
EastWest Sounds – Hollywood Choirs

Production Essentials
PreSonus – FaderPort 16

Signal Processing Hardware
Eventide – H9000

Signal Processing Hardware (500 Series Modules)
API – 529 Stereo Compressor

Signal Processing Software (Dynamics/EQ /Utilities)
iZotope – Ozone 8 Mastering Suite

Signal Processing Software (Effects)
Soundtoys – Little Plate Plug-In

Small Format Console Technology
Allen & Heath – SQ Series Mixers

Sound Reinforcement Loudspeakers
JBL – VTX A12W

Studio Monitors
JBL – 3 Series MkII

Wireless Technology
Sennheiser – evolution wireless G4

Workstation Technology/Recording Devices
Avid – Pro Tools Ultimate

CREATIVE ACHIEVEMENT

Film Sound Production
Black Panther (Marvel Studios / Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures)

Interactive Entertainment Sound Production
Star Wars Battlefront II (DICE / Electronic Arts)

Record Production/Album
Colors, Beck (Capitol)

Record Production/Single or Track
“This Is America,” Childish Gambino (mcDJ / RCA)

Remote Production/Recording or Broadcasting
60th Annual GRAMMY Awards (CBS Television Network)

Studio Design Project
Sound on Sound Studios, Montclair, NJ (David Amlen)

Television Sound Production
Game of Thrones (HBO / Warner Bros. Television)

Tour Event Sound Production
Man of the Woods Tour, Justin Timberlake (Clair Global)

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