Winners in 23 technical and eight creative excellence categories were announced at the 34th Annual NAMM TEC Awards on Saturday, Jan. 26, from The NAMM Show in Anaheim, CA. Presented by The NAMM Foundation and held annually, the event recognizes the exemplary achievements and innovations behind the sound of recordings, live performances, films, television, video games and multi-media. Comedian Demetri Martin returned as host.
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 their Arrow audio interface won for Computer Audio Hardware. JBL also celebrated dual wins for their 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 in honour of companies who excelled in DJ Production Technology, Hardware/Software, Wireless Technology, Microphones Recording, and more.
Creatives behind Game of Thrones continued their encore appearances on the NAMM TEC stage year-after-year, this time under the best in 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.
Songwriter Steve Lukather was on hand to introduce Grammy Award-winning guitarist, singer-songwriter Peter Frampton (pictured above) as the newest recipient of the Les Paul Innovation Award. After rocking the hall with several classics that included “I Want You to Love Me,” and “Blackhole Sun,” dedicated to the late Chris Cornell, Frampton remarked, “Les Paul was the godfather of modern recording, the most innovative of guitar players, and the creator of what we do. It’s a debt we all owe him. Whatever I’ve done to win this amazing recognition started with Les. Les showed us that innovation isn’t about high tech or money – it’s about ideas and using the tools at your disposal to make music in ways it’s never been made before.”
The award has been presented annually to remarkably-distinguished and accomplished individuals from the music industry, such as Jackson Browne, Joe Perry, Todd Rundgren, Pete Townshend, Lindsey Buckingham and beyond.
Skywalker Sound’s accomplished 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, and is now among the coveted few inductees fit for the honor, which recognizes pioneers of audio technology, as well as the music industry’s most 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.
In total, winners in the 31 categories were selected from hundreds of product and project nominees. The final winners were chosen by a group of experts from all facets of the pro audio and sound production industries.
A complete list of Technical and Creative Achievement winners can be found below and here:
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
Audio-Technica - ATH-M60x
Large Format Console Technology
Solid State Logic - SSL Live L100
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
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
JBL - 3 Series MkII
Sennheiser - evolution wireless G4
Workstation Technology/Recording Devices
Avid - Pro Tools Ultimate
Film Sound Production
Black Panther (Marvel Studios / Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures)
Interactive Entertainment Sound Production
Star Wars Battlefront II (DICE / Electronic Arts)
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)
For more information about NAMM TEC Awards, visit www.tecawards.org.