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NAMM announces TEC Awards Nominees

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 voting period began on November 14 and continues through December 31, 2018.

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 are available.

Visit the NAMM TEC Awards website to vote.

Congratulations on the 34th TEC Award Nominees:

Amplification Hardware – Studio & Sound Reinforcement

Crest Audio – ProTour Series amps

Grace Design – m908 Surround Monitor Controller

Lab Gruppen – PLM 5K44

PreSonus – NSB 16.8

SPL – MC16 Mastering Monitor Controller

Yamaha – MMP1 Studio Monitor Management System

Audio Apps & Hardware/Peripherals for Smartphones/Tablets

Abbey Road – Topline

Apogee Electronics – MiC+

Avid – On-Stage iOS

Electro-Voice – QuickSmart Mobile

Sennheiser – AMBEO Smart Headset

Yamaha – StageMix v.7 CL/QL iPad App

Audio Education Technology

Focal Press – The Audio Expert, 2nd edition

Groove3 | Hal Leonard Books – Alan Parsons’ Art & Science of Sound Recording

Hal Leonard Books – Al Schmitt on Vocal and Instrumental Recording Techniques

Hal Leonard Books – Audio Made Easy, Or How to Be a Sound Engineer Without Really Trying, Fifth Edition

Mix with the Masters – Mix with the Masters

Produce Like A Pro – Produce Like A Pro

Computer Audio Hardware

Antelope Audio – Discrete8

Apogee Electronics – Symphony I/O Mk II 2×6 SE

BURL Audio – B80-BMB4

Focusrite – RedNet X2P

MOTU – 828es

Universal Audio – Arrow

DJ Production Technology – Hardware/Software

Allen & Heath – PLAYDifferently Model One DJ Mixer

Audio-Technica – AT-LP1240-USB XP

Numark – NS6II

Pioneer DJ – DDJ-1000 Controller


Roland – DJ-505 DJ Controller

Headphone/Earpiece Technology

Apogee – Ambeo Smart Headset

Audio-Technica – ATH-M60x

Lectrosonics – Duet Digital Wireless IEM

Sensaphonics – D2 Dual Dynamic custom IEM

Shure Incorporated – KSE 1200

Ultimate Ears – UE Live

Large Format Console Technology

Allen & Heath – dLive v1.6

DiGiCo – SDS7 Quantum 7

Lawo – mc2-96

Solid State Logic – SSL Live L100

Studer – Vista 5 Black Edition

Yamaha – Rivage PM7

Microphone Preamplifiers

AEA – TRP2 Preamp

Antelope Audio – Edge Strip

Daking – Mic Pre II

PreSonus – NSB 16.8 stage box

Rupert Neve Designs – RMP-D8

Yamaha – Rio3224-D2 | Rio1608-D2

Microphones – Recording

Antelope Audio – Edge

beyerdynamic – FOX USB-C

DPA Microphones – CORE by DPA

Josephson – C725 Tube/FET Hybrid

Manley – Reference Silver

Neumann – U 67

Microphones – Sound Reinforcement

Earthworks – DK7

Ehrlund – EHR-H

Heil Sound – PR 77D

Royer Labs – R-10

sE Electronics – V7 MC1

Sennheiser – HSP Essential

Musical Instrument Amplification & Effects

BAE – Royaltone

Blackstar Amplification – Unity Bass

BOSS – MS-3 Multi-Effects Switcher

IK Multimedia – iRig Stomp I/O

Line 6 – Powercab 112 Plus

Universal Audio – OX Amp Top Box

Musical Instrument Hardware

Dave Smith Instruments – Sequential Prophet X

Korg – Prologue

Kurzweil – SP6

Line 6 – Shuriken Variax SR270

Nord – Electro 6

Roland – SE-02 Analog Synthesizer

Musical Instrument Software

EastWest Sounds – Hollywood Choirs

Output – Analog Brass & Winds

PPG – Infinite Pro

Spitfire – Hans Zimmer Drum Library

Waves Audio – Bass Slapper

Waves Audio – Piano & Keys Bundle

Production Essentials

Argosy Console – HALO.K88E (Sit-to-Stand)

BAE Audio – PDIS Stereo Direct Box

Dangerous Music – CONVERT-AD+

Grace Design – m900 Headphone Amp / DAC / Preamp

PreSonus – FaderPort 16

Rupert Neve Designs – RNDI-S

Signal Processing Hardware

Bettermaker – Mastering Equalizer

d&b Audiotechnik – Soundscape Technology

Eventide – H9000

KLANG:technologies – KLANG 3D KOS 3

L-Acoustics – L-ISA system

UnderToneAudio – UnFairchild 670M II

Signal Processing Hardware (500 Series Modules)

API – 529 500-series compressor

BAE – 500C

Chandler Limited – TG Opto

elysia – skulpter 500

Heritage Audio – R.A.M. System 500

Trident – A-Range 500 EQ

Signal Processing Software (Dynamics/EQ /Utilities)

Empirical Labs – Arousor Version 2.1

FabFilter – PRO-L 2

iZotope – Neutron 2

iZotope – Ozone 8

Softube – Weiss MM-1 Mastering Maximizer Plug-in

Universal Audio – Empirical Labs EL8 Distressor Plug-In

Signal Processing Software (Effects)

Antares – Auto-Tune Pro

Eventide – Anthology XI

Soundtoys – Little Plate

Universal Audio – KORG SDD-3000 Digital Delay Plug-In

Waves Audio – PRS SuperModels

Zynaptiq – Wormhole

Small Format Console Technology

Allen & Heath – SQ Series Mixers

Dan Dugan Audio – Model E-2A Automixer

Heritage Audio – MCM20.4

PreSonus – StudioLive 24 Series III

Solid State Logic – Nucleus2Dark

Zoom – LiveTrak L-12 Digital Mixer + Recorder

Sound Reinforcement Loudspeakers

Clair Brothers – 10Spot

d&b audiotechnik – SL-Series, GSL System


Meyer Sound – VLFC

Powersoft – M-force 301P01

QSC – KS212C Cardioid Subwoofer

Studio Monitors

ADAM Audio – T Series Studio Monitors

Augspurger Monitors – Treo 812CFM

JBL – 3 Series MkII

Meyer Sound – Bluehorn System

Ocean Way Audio – HR3.5 | A-4100

PMC – result6

Wireless Technology

Audio-Technica – 3000 Series (4th Gen)

beyerdynamic – TG 1000 digital wireless

Lectrosonics – Lectrosonics SMWB

Neutrik – XIRIUM PRO v3.0

Sennheiser – evolution wireless G4

Workstation Technology / Recording Devices

Avid – Pro Tools Ultimate

iZotope – Spire Studio

MOTU – Digital Performer 9.5

PreSonus – Studio One 4 Professional

Propellerhead – Reason 10.1

Sound Devices – MixPre-10M Recorder

Film Sound Production

A Quiet Place

Avengers: Infinity War

Black Panther

Deadpool 2

Solo: A Star Wars Story

The Shape of Water

Interactive Entertainment Sound Production

Destiny 2

God of War

Star Wars Battlefront II

Super 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 Awards

72nd Annual Tony Awards

60th Annual GRAMMY® Awards

Elton John: I’m Still Standing a Grammy Salute

Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert

Television Sound Production

Game of Thrones

My Next Guest Needs No Introduction with David Letterman

Stranger Things

The Handmaid’s Tale


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

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

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