2015 TEC Awards Honour Best Music & Sound

Monday, January 26th, 2015

2015 NAMM Show - 30th Anniversary TEC AwardsRecording, audio,and music industry professionals honoured excellence in sound technology and creativity at the 30th Annual NAMM TEC Awards, held on Saturday, Jan. 24 in Anaheim, CA. The TEC Awards celebrate excellence in 30 creative and technical achievement categories. The awards are held annually during the NAMM Show, 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 number one 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, honoured for Sound Reinforcement.

Comedian and musician, Sinbad served as the evening’s host. Bassist Nathan East and iconic music engineer Ed Cherney were inducted into the NAMM TEC Awards Hall of Fame.

Iconic guitarist Slash received the evening’s highest honour, the Les Paul Award, named for the revolutionary inventor and esteemed musician. The award recognizes individuals or institutions that have set the highest standards of excellence in the creative application of audio and music technology. A tribute band in Slash’s honor included Orianthi, Don Was, Alex Acuna and Kenny Aranoff.

CREATIVE ACHIEVEMENT
RECORD PRODUCTION / SINGLE OR TRACK
“Happy,” Pharrell Williams
RECORD PRODUCTION / ALBUM
Lazaretto, Jack White
TOUR / EVENT SOUND PRODUCTION
Sting & Paul Simon: On Stage Tour
REMOTE PRODUCTION / RECORDING OR BROADCAST
56th Annual GRAMMY Awards
FILM SOUND PRODUCTION
Gravity
TELEVISION SOUND PRODUCTION
Game of Thrones
INTERACTIVE ENTERTAINMENT SOUND PRODUCTION
Call of Duty: Ghosts
STUDIO DESIGN PROJECT
Berklee College of Music, 160 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston, MA
 TECHNICAL ACHIEVEMENT
ANCILLARY EQUIPMENT
API 505 DI 500-Series DI Module
AUDIO APPS FOR SMARTPHONES & TABLETS
PreSonus Capture for iPad
HARDWARE / PERIPHERALS FOR SMARTPHONES & TABLETS
Apogee MiC 96k
MICROPHONE PREAMPLIFIERS
Rupert Neve Designs Shelford 5052
STUDIO MONITORS
Genelec 8010
RECORDING DEVICES
Zoom H5 Handy Recorder
MUSICAL INSTRUMENT AMPLIFICATION & EFFECTS
Line 6 POD HD Pro X
AMPLIFICATION HARDWARE – STUDIO & SOUND REINFORCEMENT
Grace Design m920 Monitoring System
COMPUTER AUDIO HARDWARE
Universal Audio Apollo Twin
MUSICAL INSTRUMENT HARDWARE
Nord Lead A1
MUSICAL INSTRUMENT SOFTWARE
Native Instruments Razor 1.5
SIGNAL PROCESSING HARDWARE
Dangerous Music The Dangerous Compressor
SIGNAL PROCESSING HARDWARE (500-Series modules)
Rupert Neve Designs 551 EQ
SIGNAL PROCESSING SOFTWARE
iZotope RX3 Audio Repair Suite
SOUND REINFORCEMENT LOUDSPEAKERS
Meyer Sound LYON
MICROPHONES – SOUND REINFORCEMENT
DPA Microphones d:screet Necklace
MICROPHONES – RECORDING
Neumann TLM 107
HEADPHONE / EARPIECE TECHNOLOGY
AKG K812 Headphones
WIRELESS TECHNOLOGY
Shure GLXD6 Guitar Pedal Receiver with Tuner
WORKSTATION TECHNOLOGY
Steinberg Cubase 7.5
SMALL FORMAT CONSOLE TECHNOLOGY
Solid State Logic Matrix 2
LARGE FORMAT CONSOLE TECHNOLOGY
API “The Box”

For more information, visit www.tecawards.org.