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The 33rd NAMM TEC Awards: ‘And the winners are’

The 33rd NAMM TEC Awards: ‘And the winners are’

The 33rd NAMM TEC Awards: ‘And the winners are’

The 33rd Annual NAMM TEC Awards were presented on the evening of Saturday 27 January at the Hilton Pacific Ballroom in Anaheim, California as part of The 2018 NAMM Show. Described as ‘the “Oscars” of the pro audio and sound recording industry’, the TEC Awards recognise the individuals, companies and technical innovations behind the sound of recordings, live performances, films, television, video games and multimedia.

Game of Thrones, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare and Bruno Mars’ 24K Magic were among the big winners of the creative categories. These were honoured alongside the winners of the 23 technical categories, which were:

  • Amplification Hardware/Studio and Sound Reinforcement: JBL Intonato 24
  • Audio Apps and Hardware/Peripherals for Smartphones and Tablets: iZotope Spire: Multitrack Music Recorder
  • Audio Education Technology: Sennheiser Pro Talk Series
  • Computer Audio Hardware: Universal Audio Apollo Twin MkII Quad
  • DJ Production Technology: Akai Professional MPC Live
  • Headphone/Earpiece Technology: Sennheiser HD 200 Pro
  • Large Format Console Technology: Solid State Logic AWS Delta V2
  • Microphone Preamplifiers: Rupert Neve Designs Shelford Channel
  • Microphones – Recording: Audio-Technica AT5047
  • Microphones – Sound Reinforcement: AKG C636
  • Musical Instrument Amplification and Effects: Line 6 Helix LT
  • Musical Instrument Hardware: Nord Stage 3
  • Musical Instrument Software: Spectrasonics Keyscape
  • Production Essentials: PreSonus FaderPort 8
  • Signal Processing Hardware: QSC Q-Sys Core 510i
  • Signal Processing Hardware (500 Series Modules): elysia mpressor 500
  • Signal Processing Software (Dynamics/EQ/Utilities): Universal Audio SSL 4000 E Channel Strip Plug-In
  • Signal Processing Software (Effects): Soundtoys EchoBoy Jr
  • Small Format Console Technology: Solid State Logic  Nucleus2    
  • Sound Reinforcement Loudspeakers: QSC K.2 Series
  • Studio Monitors: Genelec 8331 and 8341 (The Ones)
  • Wireless Technology: Shure Axient Digital Wireless System
  • Workstation Technology/Recording Devices: Avid Pro Tools 12.8

‘We would like to thank the NAMM Foundation for recognising Sennheiser and the positive impact our products have for both audio professionals and aspiring engineers over the world,’ commented Jürgen Kockmann, manager of product management at Sennheiser, while the manufacturer’s Pro Talk Series and HD 200 Pro scooped the Audio Education Technology and Headphone/Earpiece Technology awards respectively. ‘Our enlightening Pro Talk series and the HD 200 PRO headphones are valuable tools for both engineers and music creators, helping and inspiring them in their daily work.’

Harman was also on the receiving end of dual honours, as the AKG C636 master reference condenser microphone received the award in the category of Microphones – Sound Reinforcement, while JBL’s Intonato 24 took the top spot in the Amplification Hardware/Studio and Sound Reinforcement category.

‘Harman Professional is extremely honoured to receive a NAMM TEC Award for the JBL Intonato 24,’ said Peter Chaikin, director, recording solutions at Harman Professional Solutions. ‘So many incredible people were involved in the success of the product including director of technology Jim Pennock and solutions manager Ted White, who were on the front line of development.’

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