The Best in Pro Audio and Sound Production to be Honored at the 33rd Annual NAMM TEC Awards

Eight categories for Outstanding Creative Achievementrepresent the top artists and productions that led the industry with innovative application and commitment to excellence

The NAMM Foundation is pleased to announce nominees for the 33rd NAMM Technical Excellence & Creativity (TEC) Awards. The annual awards are presented at The NAMM Show in Anaheim, California (January 27, 2018), the global gathering of music, pro sound and event tech industries, and celebrate the spirit of innovation, honoring the best-in-class products in the pro audio community. At the show, 31 categories of products and projects will be recognized in the areas of Technical or Creative Achievement to honor the many individuals, companies and technical innovations used in sound recordings, films, broadcast television and video games.

“The nominations for the TEC Awards and the creative luminaries behind them offer an incredible snapshot of the foremost advancements in audio products and projects,” said Joe Lamond, NAMM President and CEO.”Recognizing their contributions and sharing in the special camaraderie found among industry peers makes this event truly a special part of The NAMM Show.”

The TEC Awards Nominating Panel, comprised of leaders in audio and production, considered more than 1,000 products and projects in the nomination process. This year’s Outstanding Technical Achievement Nominees were chosen across 23 categories, ranging from Computer Audio Hardware to Recording Microphones toWireless Technology. Reflecting the growth of live sound and event tech at The 2018 NAMM Show, the category of Sound Reinforcement Loudspeakers received the most nomination entries, with finalists among the likes of Bose Professional’s ShowMatchTM DeltaQTM Array loudspeakersd&b audiotechnik 24S|24S-DJBL’s EON ONE ProL-Acoustics’ Syva System, the LINA Very Compact Linear Line Array Loudspeaker from Meyer Soundthe PreSonus Air Series and QSC’s K.2 Series.

Eight categories for Outstanding Creative Achievementrepresent the top artists and productions that led the industry with innovative application and commitment to excellence. They include multi-Platinum recordings by hit-makers Bruno Mars and Kendrick Lamar, among other music artists. In the category of Television Sound Production, fan favorites “Better Call Saul”, “Game of Thrones,” “Homeland,” “Saturday Night Live” and “The Voice” will compete for a TEC Award. In the category of Film Sound Production, this year’s box office winners, including “Dunkirk,” “La La Land,” “Hacksaw Ridge,” “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” and “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2,” have been nominated for their creative application of sound in creating a defining audible experience. Other categories include Interactive Sound ProductionRecord Production Single/TrackRemote Broadcast Production; Television Sound Production; and Tour Sound Production, which includes nominations from 24K Magic World Tour (Bruno Mars); The Joshua Tree Tour 2017 (U2); Metallica WorldWired Tour; and others.

The TEC Awards will also honor two individuals for their contributions to music and recording. Soon to be announced, an honoree who embodies the creative, innovative and enterprising spirit of Les Paul will be honored with the Les Paul Innovation Award. Past Les Paul recipients include Joe Perry (Aerosmith, Hollywood Vampires), Slash (Guns N’ Roses), Don Was (Was, Not Was), Lindsey Buckingham (Fleetwood Mac), Pete TownsendStevie WonderTodd Rundgren and others. The NAMM TEC Hall of Fame, which was created nearly 30 years ago to honor the industry’s most pioneering producers and audio recording professionals, will again induct an industry luminary to its list of honorees. Past recipients include Jack Douglas (Aerosmith, Miles Davis), Skunk Baxter (Steely Dan, Elton John), Ed Cherney (Eric Clapton, Bob Dylan) and others.

A full list of nominees and categories is included below. For invited members, voting in each category will begin in November. Winners from the 31 categories will be selected by industry professionals across major music, sound and game audio associations, along with pro audio-focused media groups.
The TEC Awards will be held on Saturday, January 27 at The 2018 NAMM Show. The event begins with a VIP-only reception at 6 p.m., followed by the awards ceremony at 7 p.m., held at the Anaheim Hilton Hotel’s Pacific Ballroom. Tickets can be purchased on site or in advance beginning September 27 for $65(General Admission) or $195 (VIP).

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Presented annually by The NAMM Foundation during The NAMM Show, The NAMM TEC Awards recognizes the individuals, companies and technical innovations behind the sound of recordings, live performances, films, television, video games and other media in 23 Technical and eight Creative Achievement Categories. The Les Paul Award is given at the event in tribute to musical artists and others whose work has exemplified the creative application of audio technology. Through its Hall of Fame, The TEC Awards also honors the pioneers of audio technology and the music industry’s most accomplished producers and audio technicians. The NAMM Foundation’s TECnology Hall of Fame celebrates innovations and groundbreaking technical achievements of the past. For more information, visit

Outstanding Technical Achievement

Amplification Hardware – Studio & Sound Reinforcement:ATC – P2 PRO Dual Mono Power AmplifierHafler – P3100 Studio Power AmpJBL – IntonatoPowersoft – Quattrocanali DSP+DSPL – HPmTree Audio – The Trunk

Audio Apps & Hardware / Peripherals for Smartphones / Tablets:Allen & Heath – dLive MixPad|OneMixApogee – Control MobileFocusrite – iTrack One PreiZotope  – Spire: Multitrack Music RecorderPreSonus – UC Surface for Android and iOSShure – Remote + Mic Accessory Cable RMCE

Audio Education Technology:Groove3 – Recording Vocals with Dave PensadoGroove3 – The Josh Bess Webinar SeriesFocal Press – The Audio ExpertPreSonus – Notion 6.2 for Mac/WindowsSennheiser – Pro Talk SeriesTaylor Robinson Music – One-Click Web Classroom 

Computer Audio Hardware: Antelope Audio – Orion32 HDApogee – Element SeriesAvid – Pro Tools | MTRXFocusrite – Red 8PrePreSonus – QuantumUniversal Audio – Apollo Twin MKll QUAD

DJ Production Technology – Hardware/Software:Akai Professional – MPC LiveAllen & Heath – Xone PX5Denon DJ – SC5000 PRIMENumark – Mixtrack PlatinumNumark – NTX1000Shinola – Runwell Turntable

Headphone / Earpiece Technology:64 Audio – tia FourteBlue Microphones – Sadie, Premium Headphones with Built-in Audiophile AmpJerry Harvey Audio – Performance SeriesSennheiser – HD 200 PROSensaphonics – 3D-U AARO IEM SystemYamaha HPH-MT8

Large Format Console Technology:Allen & Heath – dLive C ClassAPI – Legacy AXS ConsoleAudient – ASP 8024-HEDiGiCo – SD12Solid State Logic – AWS Delta V2Yamaha – RIVAGE PM10 V1.5

Microphone Preamplifiers:AEA – RPQ2-500Antelope Audio – Zen Studio+, Focusrite – Clarett OctoPreRupert Neve Designs – Shelford ChannelWarm Audio – WA12 MKIIWarm Audio – WA-412 Four Channel Microphone Preamplifier

Microphones – Recording:Aston – Starlightaudio-technica – AT5047Blue Microphones – Bluebird SLChandler Limited – REDD MicrophoneMXL – DX-2Ocean Way Audio – RM1-BSennheiser – AMBEO VR Mic

Microphones – Sound Reinforcement:AKG – C636audio-technica – ATM350a Instrument Microphone SystemsEarthworks – CTB30sE Electronics – V7 Supercardioid Dynamic MicrophoneSolomon Design – PUQ Cajon PickupSontronics – Solo

Musical Instrument Amplification & Effects:Antelope Audio – Orion Studio HDAPI – TranZformer GT|LX Transformer/Compressor/EQ PedalsBAE – Hot FuzzEarthQuaker Devices – Space SpiralLine 6 – Helix LTZOOM – AC-2

Musical Instrument Hardware:Arturia – MatrixBruteDave Smith Instruments – Prophet Rev2Moog – Minimoog Model DMoog – Subsquent 37 CVNord – Stage 3Yamaha MX88

Musical Instrument Software:Line 6 – Helix NativeEastWest –MIDI Guitar SeriesSpectrasonics – KeyscapeSteinberg – HALion 6Waves – Electric 200 PianoWaves – Electric Grand 80Waves – Grand Rhapsody Piano

Production Essentials:Apogee – ControlCloud Microphones – Cloudlifter ZiIsoAcoustics – ISO-PUCKPreSonus – FaderPort 8Rupert Neve Designs – Swift Mix MC5Slate – Control Mobile

Signal Processing Hardware:Antelope Audio – Goliath HDBettermaker – Mastering LimiterQSC – Q-SYS Core 510iSPL – PQ Mastering EqualizerTC Electronic – Reverb TwentyFourTube-Tech – HLT2A 

Signal Processing Hardware (500 Series Modules):BAE – G10Big Bear Audio – MP1elysia – mpressor 500Serpent Audio – Splice MKII FET CompressorSphere Recording Consoles – Fab 500 SeriesWesAudio – _TITAN

Signal Processing Software (Dynamics / EQ / Utilities):iZotope – NeutroniZotope – RX 6Slate – Virtual Tube CollectionSoftube – Chandler Limited Zener Limiter for UAD – 2/ApolloSoftube – TapeUniversal Audio – SSL 4000 E Channel Strip Plug-In

Signal Processing Software (Effects):Eventide – FissionFabFilter – Pro-R Reverb Plug-InSoftube – OTO Biscuit 8-Bit Effects for UAD-2/ApolloSoundtoys – EchoBoy Jr., Universal Audio – Moog Multimode Filter XL Plug-In, Zynaptiq – Adaptive Plug-in

Small Format Console Technology:PreSonus – StudioLive 32 Series IIIQSC – TouchMix-30 ProSoftube – Console 1 MK IISolidState Logic – Nucleus2Trident – 78Yamaha –TF Series V3.5

Sound Reinforcement Loudspeakers:Bose Professional – ShowMatch DeltaQTM Array Loudspeakersd&b audiotechnik 24S|24S-DJBL – EON ONE ProL-Acoustics – Syva SystemMeyer Sound – LINA Very Compact Linear Line Array LoudspeakerPreSonus – AIR SeriesQSC – K.2 Series

Studio Monitors:ADAM Audio – S-SeriesATC – SCM12 ProDynaudio – LYD-48Focal – Shape SeriesGenelec – 8331/8341 The OnesJBL – 705P|708P

Wireless Technology:audio-technica – 6000 Series High Density Wireless Systembeyerdyanmic – TG 500Lectrosonics – M2 Duet Digital Wireless Monitor SystemSennheiser – Digital 6000Sennheiser – XS Wireless,Shure – Axient Digital Wireless System

Workstation Technology / Recording Devices: Apple – Logic Pro X 10.3Avid – Pro Tools 12.8JoeCo – BlueBox RecordersPreSonus – Studio One 3 Professional 3.5Propellerhead – Reason 9.5Steinberg – Cubase Pro 9

Outstanding Creative Achievement

Film Sound Production: “Dunkirk,” “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2,” “Hacksaw Ridge,” “La La Land,” “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Interactive Entertainment Sound Production:Battlefield 1Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare,

Gears of WarThe Last GuardianTitanfall 2Uncharted: The Lost Legacy

Record Production – Album: 24K Magic – Bruno Mars,  (pronounced “divide”) – Ed SheeranDamn – Kendrick Lamar , For the Good Times: A Tribue to Ray Price – Willie Nelson57th & 9th – Sting

Record Production – Single: “24K Magic” – Bruno Mars, “Believer“- Imagine Dragons, “Feels” –Calvin Harris featuring Pharrell WilliamsKaty Perry and Big Sean, “Shape of You” – Ed Sheeran, “The Promise” – Chris Cornell

Remote Production – Recording or Broadcast:“39th Annual Kennedy Center Honors,” “59th Annual Grammy Awards,” “89th Annual Academy Awards,” “2017 CMT Music Awards,” “Super Bowl LI Halftime Show with Lady Gaga

Studio Design Project: 55TEC StudiosAIRSHOW MasteringThe BarnLevels Audio – MIx 8 and 9Manhattan Center Studios-Studio 7

Television Sound Production: “Better Call Saul,” “Game of Thrones,” “Homeland,” “Saturday Night Live,” “The Voice

Tour/Event Sound Production:24K Magic World Tour – Bruno MarsBruce Springsteen and The E Street Band – The River Tour 2016Garth Brooks World Tour with Trisha YearwoodMetallica WorldWired TourThe Joshua Tree Tour 2017 – U2


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