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Technical & Creative Achievement Winners Announced At 31st Annual NAMM TEC Awards

Event celebrates the best in professional audio and sound production

Winners in 31 technical and creative achievement categories were announced at the 31st Annual NAMM TEC Awards at the 2016 NAMM Show in Anaheim. The event celebrates the best in professional audio and sound production.

“This gathering of the music technology and pro audio world at NAMM helps to complete the full spectrum of music making tribes at the NAMM Show,” says Joe Lamond, president and CEO of NAMM. “The NAMM TEC Awards are the opportunity to recognize the inventors, creatives, musicians and brands who are fueling the next wave of innovation behind how the world experiences music and sound.”

Four companies—Avid, iZotope, Shure, and Solid State Logic—won multiple awards in the technical achievement category, each taking home two awards. Creative achievement top honors were spread across various platforms including television, film, touring and more.

Creative winners included everything from the sound production team behind HBO’s Game of Thrones series to the producers of James Taylor’s latest album Before This World. Projects tied to the Foo Fighters’ eighth album, Sonic Highways, were also awarded double honors for event sound and remote production (recording).

Don Was, one of music’s most significant artists and executives, received the evening’s highest honor, the Les Paul Award. Was ended the night with a live music performance that included his former Was (Not Was) band’s catchy ‘80s hit “Walk the Dinosaur.”

Jeff “Skunk” Baxter, along with Record Plant’s Chris Stone and the late Gary Kellgren, became the newest inductees to the NAMM TEC Awards Hall of Fame. Baxter, a founding member of Steely Dan, took to the stage for a set that included the group’s famous track “Rikki Don’t Lose That Number.”

The complete list of winners:

TECHNICAL ACHIEVEMENT

Amplifications Hardware—Studio & Sound Reinforcement
Antelope Audio / Satori Monitoring Controller

Ancillary Equipment
Rupert Neve Designs / RNDI: Active Transformer Direct Interface

Audio Apps For Smartphones & Tablets
PreSonus / Notion 2 for iOS

Computer Audio Hardware
Universal Audio / Apollo 8p Thunderbolt 2 Audio Interface

Hardware / Peripherals For Smartphones & Tablets
Shure / MOTIV MV88 iOS Digital Stereo Condenser Mic

Headphone / Earpiece Technology
Audio-Technica / ATH-R70x Pro

Large Format Console Technology
Solid State Logic / XL Desk

Microphone Preamplifiers
Manley Labs / Manley FORCE

Microphones—Recording
Neumann / U47 FET

Microphones—Sound Reinforcement
Shure / 5575LE Unidyne 75th Anniversary

Musical Instrument Amplification & Effects
Eventide / H9 MAX

Musical Instrument Hardware
Moog Music / Modular Recreation

Musical Instrument Software
iZotope / Iris 2

Recording Devices
Zoom/F8 MultiTrack Field Recorder

Signal Processing Hardware
Tube-Tech / HLT 2A Equalizer

Signal Processing Hardware (500 Series Modules)
Solid State Logic / 500-Format LMC+

Signal Processing Software (Dynamics/EQ/Utilities)
iZotope / RX 4 Complete Audio Repair & Enhancement

Signal Processing Software (Effects)
AMS Neve / AMS RMX16 Digital Reverb Plug-In For UAD-2 Platform

Small Format Console Technology
Avid / Pro Tools I S3

Sound Reinforcement Loudspeakers
Meyer Sound / LEOPARD

Studio Monitors
Genelec / 8351A SAM

Wireless Technology
Sennheiser / Evolution Wireless D1

Workstation Technology
Avid / Pro Tools 12

CREATIVE ACHIEVEMENT

Film Sound Production
Birdman

Interactive Entertainment Sound Production
Batman: Arkham Knight

Record Production / Album
Before This World by James Taylor

Record Production / Single Or Track
Dreams by Beck

Remote Production / Recording Or Broadcast
Foo Fighters Sonic Highways

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Studio Design Project
Paul Epworth’s The Church Studios, London, UK

Television Sound Production
Game of Thrones

Tour / Event Sound Production
Sonic Highways World Tour, Foo Fighters

Winners were selected from 180 nominees by voters from pro audio publications as well as members of the Producers & Engineers Wing of the Recording Academy, Game Audio Network Guild, and select NAMM members. The NAMM TEC Awards sponsors are Harman International Industries, the Les Paul Foundation, D’Angelico, and Sennheiser.

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