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Nominees Announced For 34th Annual NAMM TEC Awards

Awards recognize individuals, companies and technical innovations behind recordings, live performances, films, television, video games and multi-media.

By PSW Staff June 29, 2018

Craig Doerge, Jackson Browne, Leland Sklar and Danny Kortchmar perform onstage at the 33rd Annual TEC Awards during NAMM Show 2018 at the Hilton Anaheim on January 27, 2018 in Anaheim, California. (Credit: Jesse Grant/Getty Images Getty Images for NAMM)

At Summer NAMM, pro audio professionals and leading industry brands gathered to recognize and celebrate the announcement of the 34th annual NAMM TEC Award nominees at a special pro audio reception held in the Music City Center.

The nominees of the 23 Technical Achievement and eight Creative Achievement categories were evaluated by a group of industry experts from all facets of the pro audio and sound production industries. Final nominees are those products and projects that, in the opinion of the nominating panel, represent superior accomplishment in their respective fields. The announcement of nominees to correspond with Summer NAMM marks a shift from the historical timeframe of September.

Presented annually during The NAMM Show by the NAMM Foundation, the TEC Awards recognize the individuals, companies and technical innovations behind the sound of recordings, live performances, films, television, video games and multi-media. At the ceremony, the Les Paul Innovation Award, honoring musical artists whose work has exemplified the creative application of audio technology, and the Hall of Fame Award, recognizing audio masters and engineers, are both awarded.

The voting period will commence on November 14 and continue through December 31, 2018. Additional information on the voting period and eligibility will be announced in November.

The TEC Awards will return to The 2019 NAMM Show on Saturday, January 26, 2019 at the Hilton Anaheim Pacific ballroom. Nominees, their colleagues and friends are invited to attend a networking happy hour, dinner, great entertainment and the chance to be a TEC Awards winner. Ticket sales for the annual event will open in September.

Congratulations on the 34th TEC Award Nominees: 

Amplification Hardware – Studio & Sound Reinforcement
Crest Audio – ProTour Series AmplifierGrace Design – m908 Surround Monitor ControllerLab Gruppen – PLM 5K44PreSonus – NSB 16.8SPL – MC16 Mastering Monitor ControllerYamaha – MMP1 Studio Monitor Management System

Audio Apps & Hardware/Peripherals for Smartphones/Tablets
Abbey Road – ToplineApogee Electronics – MiC+Avid – On-Stage iOSElectro-Voice – QuickSmart MobileSennheiser – AMBEO Smart HeadsetYamaha – StageMix v.7 CL/QL iPad App

Audio Education Technology
Focal Press – The Audio Expert, 2nd editionGroove3 | Hal Leonard Books – Alan Parsons’ Art & Science of Sound RecordingHal Leonard Books – Al Schmitt on Vocal and Instrumental Recording TechniquesHal Leonard Books – Audio Made Easy, Or How to Be a Sound Engineer Without Really Trying, Fifth EditionMix with the Masters – Mix with the MastersProduce Like A Pro – Produce Like A Pro

Computer Audio Hardware
Antelope Audio – Discrete8Apogee Electronics – Symphony I/O Mk II 2×6 SEBURL Audio – B80-BMB4Focusrite – RedNet X2PMOTU – 828es; Universal Audio – Arrow

DJ Production Technology – Hardware/Software
Allen & Heath – PLAYDifferently Model One DJ MixerAudio-Technica – AT-LP1240-USB XPNumark – NS6IIPioneer DJ – DDJ-1000 ControllerRane – SEVENTY-TWO; Roland – DJ-505 DJ Controller

Headphone/Earpiece Technology
Apogee – Ambeo Smart HeadsetAudio-Technica – ATH-M60xLectrosonics – Duet Digital Wireless IEMSensaphonics – D2 Dual Dynamic custom IEM;Shure Incorporated – KSE 1200
Ultimate Ears – UE Live

Large Format Console Technology
Allen & Heath – dLive v1.6DiGiCo – SDS7 Quantum 7Lawo – mc2-96Solid State Logic – SSL Live L100;Studer – Vista 5 Black EditionYamaha – Rivage PM7

Microphone Preamplifiers
AEA – TRP2 PreampAntelope Audio – Edge Strip;Daking – Mic Pre IIPreSonus – NSB 16.8 stage boxRupert Neve Designs – RMP-D8Yamaha – Rio3224-D2 | Rio1608-D2

Microphones – Recording
Antelope Audio – Edgebeyerdynamic – FOX USB-CDPA Microphones – CORE by DPAJosephson – C725 Tube/FET HybridManley – Reference SilverNeumann – U 67

Microphones – Sound Reinforcement
Earthworks – DK7;Ehrlund – EHR-HHeil Sound – PR 77DRoyer Labs – R-10sE Electronics – V7 MC1Sennheiser – HSP Essential

Musical Instrument Amplification & Effects
BAE – RoyaltoneBlackstar Amplification – Unity BassBOSS – MS-3 Multi-Effects SwitcherIK Multimedia – iRig Stomp I/OLine 6 – Powercab 112 PlusUniversal Audio – OX Amp Top Box

Musical Instrument Hardware
Dave Smith Instruments – Sequential Prophet X;Korg – PrologueKurzweil – SP6Line 6 – Shuriken Variax SR270Nord – Electro 6Roland – SE-02 Analog Synthesizer

Musical Instrument Software
EastWest Sounds – Hollywood Choirs;Output – Analog Brass & WindsPPG – Infinite ProSpitfire – Hans Zimmer Drum LibraryWaves Audio – Bass SlapperWaves Audio – Piano & Keys Bundle

Production Essentials
Argosy Console – HALO.K88E (Sit-to-Stand)BAE Audio – PDIS Stereo Direct BoxDangerous Music – CONVERT-AD+Grace Design – m900 Headphone Amp / DAC / PreampPreSonus – FaderPort 16Rupert Neve Designs – RNDI-S

Signal Processing Hardware
Bettermaker – Mastering Equalizerd&b Audiotechnik – Soundscape TechnologyEventide – H9000KLANG:technologies – KLANG 3D KOS 3L-Acoustics – L-ISA system;
UnderToneAudio – UnFairchild 670M II

Signal Processing Hardware (500 Series Modules)
API – 529 500-series compressorBAE – 500CChandler Limited – TG Opto;elysia – skulpter 500Heritage Audio – R.A.M. System 500Trident – A-Range 500 EQ

Signal Processing Software (Dynamics/EQ /Utilities)
Empirical Labs – Arousor Version 2.1FabFilter – PRO-L 2iZotope – Neutron 2iZotope – Ozone 8Softube – Weiss MM-1 Mastering Maximizer Plug-inUniversal Audio – Empirical Labs EL8 Distressor Plug-In

Signal Processing Software (Effects)
Antares – Auto-Tune Pro;Eventide – Anthology XISoundtoys – Little PlateUniversal Audio -KORG SDD-3000 Digital Delay Plug-InWaves Audio – PRS SuperModels;
Zynaptiq – Wormhole

Small Format Console Technology
Allen & Heath – SQ Series Mixers;Dan Dugan Audio – Model E-2A Automixer;Heritage Audio – MCM20.4PreSonus – StudioLive 24 Series IIISolid State Logic – Nucleus2DarkZoom – LiveTrak L-12 Digital Mixer + Recorder

Sound Reinforcement Loudspeakers
Clair Brothers – 10Spot;d&b audiotechnik – SL-Series, GSL SystemJBL – VTX A12WMeyer Sound – VLFCPowersoft – M-force 301P01QSC – KS212C Cardioid Subwoofer

Studio Monitors
ADAM Audio – T Series Studio MonitorsAugspurger Monitors – Treo 812CFM;JBL – 3 Series MkIIMeyer Sound – Bluehorn System;Ocean Way Audio – HR3.5 | A-4100PMC – result6

Wireless Technology
Audio-Technica – 3000 Series (4th Gen)beyerdynamic – TG 1000 digital wirelessLectrosonics – Lectrosonics SMWBNeutrik – XIRIUM PRO v3.0Sennheiser – evolution wireless G4

Workstation Technology / Recording Devices
Avid – Pro Tools UltimateiZotope – Spire StudioMOTU – Digital Performer 9.5PreSonus – Studio One 4 Professional;Propellerhead – Reason 10.1Sound Devices – MixPre-10M Recorder

Film Sound Production
A Quiet Place;Avengers: Infinity WarBlack PantherDeadpool 2Solo: A Star Wars StoryThe Shape of Water

Interactive Entertainment Sound Production
Destiny 2God of WarStar Wars Battlefront IISuper Mario Odyssey,Uncharted: The Lost Legacy

Record Production/Album
America, Thirty Seconds to Mars; Beautiful Trauma, Pink; Boarding House Reach, Jack White; Colors, Beck; Roll with the Punches, Van Morrison

Record Production/Single or Track
Finesse, Bruno Mars; Good Old Days, Macklemore featuring Kesha;Look What You Made Me Do, Taylor Swift; My Only True Friend, Gregg Allman; This Is America, Childish Gambino

Remote Production/Radio or Broadcast – TV
2018 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony; 90th Annual Academy Awards72nd Annual Tony Awards; 60th Annual GRAMMY® Awards; Elton John: I’m Still Standing a Grammy SaluteJesus Christ Superstar Livein Concert 

Television Sound Production
Game of Thrones; My Next Guest Needs No Introduction with David Letterman; Stranger Things; The Handmaid’s Tale; Westworld

Tour Sound Production
Beautiful Trauma World Tour, Pink: Dead & Company Summer Tour 2018, Dead & Company; Ed Sheeran Divide World Tour; Man of the Woods Tour, Justin Timberlake; The Last of the Street Survivors Farewell Tour, Lynyrd Skynyrd; The Ridiculously Self-Indulgent, Ill-Advised Vanity Tour, “Weird Al” Yankovic

Studio Design Project                                               City                            Design Company
Hi-Five Studio (Haverstick Designs)                       Milwaukee, WI          Haverstick Designs
Sound on Sound Studios (David Amlen)                Montclair, NJ            Dave Amlen
The Upper Deck (Mark and Maile Trumbo)            Nashville, TN             Carl Tatz Design
Berkeley Inc. (Pilchner Schoustal International)  Toronto, Canada       Pilchner-Schoustal
Mick Schultz Studio (Mick Schultz)                        Los Angeles, CA      nonzero Architecture
Sonasterio Studios (Bruno Barros)                         Nova Lima, Brazil     WSDG

34th annual NAMM TEC Award nominees 

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