30TH ANNUAL NAMM TEC AWARDS
Hosted by comedian Sinbad
Presenters for the evening included: Michael Braunstein (Executive Director, Les Paul Foundation), Don Was (Musician/Record Producer), Harry Shearer (Musician/Actor), Bernie Williams (New York Yankee/Guitarist), Orianthi (Singer-Songwriter), Richie Sambora, CJ Vanston (Film Composer), Jeff “Skunk” Baxter (Guitarist), Bob James (Jazz Pianist), Amy Burr (Studio Manager), Lenise Bent (Producer and Engineer), Young Guru (Audio Engineer/Record Producer), Dave Reitzas (Mixer/Recording Engineer), Brett Leonard (Director/Producer), Frank Serafine (Sound Effects Designer/Composer), Jack Douglas (Record Producer) and Al Schmitt (Recording Engineer/Record Producer)
Anaheim, Calif., (Jan. 24, 2015) – Recording, audio and music industry professionals honor excellence in sound technology and creativity at the 30th Annual NAMM TEC AWARDS, held January 24 in Anaheim, Calif. The professional audio and music production industry’s most prestigious awards celebrate excellence in 30 creative and technical achievement categories. The awards are held annually during the NAMM Show, the world’s leading global music industry trade event, which draws more than 95,000 members of the music products industry to Anaheim.
“The people and products that were nominated at this year’s TEC Awards, especially on this milestone 30th anniversary, deserve our respect and admiration,” said Joe Lamond, president and CEO of NAMM. “And those select few who have gone home with a coveted TEC Award have set a high bar for the industry. These are the tools and sounds that will shape the music we will be listening to for years to come.”
Winners in the creative category include the production team behind the #1 hit song “Happy” from Pharrell Williams, audio production experts from the hit film Gravity and sound professionals in the tour/event category for Sting & Paul Simon: On Stage Tour, among others.
Everything from wireless technology to software and an earpiece technology company were recognized in the evening’s technical achievement categories. Native Instrument’s Razor 1.5 instrument software nabbed the top spot for Musical Instrument Software, while Shure’s GLXD6 Guitar Pedal Receiver with Tuner edged out competitors in Wireless Technology. Other winners in technical achievement include DPA Microphones’ d:screet Necklace, honored for Sound Reinforcement.
Comedian and musician Sinbad served as the evening’s host. Bassist Nathan East performed several songs after he and iconic music engineer Ed Cherney became the newest inductees to the NAMM TEC Awards Hall of Fame.
Iconic guitarist Slash rocked the house with a performance after receiving the evening’s highest honor, the Les Paul Award, named for the revolutionary inventor and esteemed musician. A tribute band played along and included Orianthi, Don Was and Kenny Aronoff. The Les Paul award recognizes individuals or institutions that have set the highest standards of excellence in the creative application of audio and music technology.
|RECORD PRODUCTION / SINGLE OR TRACK“Happy,” Pharrell Williams
|RECORD PRODUCTION / ALBUMLazaretto, Jack White
|TOUR / EVENT SOUND PRODUCTIONSting & Paul Simon: On Stage Tour
|REMOTE PRODUCTION / RECORDING OR BROADCAST56th Annual GRAMMY Awards
|FILM SOUND PRODUCTIONGravity
|TELEVISION SOUND PRODUCTIONGame of Thrones
|INTERACTIVE ENTERTAINMENT SOUND PRODUCTIONCall of Duty: Ghosts
|STUDIO DESIGN PROJECTBerklee College of Music, 160 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston, MA
|ANCILLARY EQUIPMENTAPI 505 DI 500-Series DI Module
|AUDIO APPS FOR SMARTPHONES & TABLETSPreSonus Capture for iPad
|HARDWARE / PERIPHERALS FOR SMARTPHONES & TABLETSApogee MiC 96k
|MICROPHONE PREAMPLIFIERSRupert Neve Designs Shelford 5052
|STUDIO MONITORSGenelec 8010
|RECORDING DEVICESZoom H5 Handy Recorder
|MUSICAL INSTRUMENT AMPLIFICATION & EFFECTSLine 6 POD HD Pro X
|AMPLIFICATION HARDWARE – STUDIO & SOUND REINFORCEMENTGrace Design m920 Monitoring System
|COMPUTER AUDIO HARDWAREUniversal Audio Apollo Twin
|MUSICAL INSTRUMENT HARDWARENord Lead A1
|MUSICAL INSTRUMENT SOFTWARENative Instruments Razor 1.5
|SIGNAL PROCESSING HARDWAREDangerous Music The Dangerous Compressor
|SIGNAL PROCESSING HARDWARE (500-Series modules)Rupert Neve Designs 551 EQ
|SIGNAL PROCESSING SOFTWAREiZotope RX3 Audio Repair Suite
|SOUND REINFORCEMENT LOUDSPEAKERSMeyer Sound LYON
|MICROPHONES – SOUND REINFORCEMENTDPA Microphones d:screet Necklace
|MICROPHONES – RECORDINGNeumann TLM 107
|HEADPHONE / EARPIECE TECHNOLOGYAKG K812 Headphones
|WIRELESS TECHNOLOGYShure GLXD6 Guitar Pedal Receiver with Tuner
|WORKSTATION TECHNOLOGYSteinberg Cubase 7.5
|SMALL FORMAT CONSOLE TECHNOLOGYSolid State Logic Matrix 2
|LARGE FORMAT CONSOLE TECHNOLOGYAPI “The Box”
For more information, visit www.tecawards.org.