NASHVILLE – June 28, 2018 – Earlier today at Summer NAMM, pro audio professionals and leading industry brands gathered to recognize and celebrate the announcement of the 34th annual NAMM TEC Award nominees at a special pro audio reception held in the Music City Center.

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 announcement of Nominees to correspond with Summer NAMM marks a shift from the historical timeframe of September. The announcement cycle has been accelerated to provide more time to celebrate the innovation and achievements of the more than 100 Nominees.

Presented annually during The NAMM Show by the NAMM Foundation, TEC Awards recognize the individuals, companies and technical innovations behind the sound of recordings, live performances, films, television, video games and multi-media. At the ceremony, the Les Paul Innovation Award, honoring musical artists whose work has exemplified the creative application of audio technology, and the Hall of Fame Award, recognizing audio masters and engineers, are both awarded.

The voting period will commence on November 14 and continue through December 31, 2018. Additional information on the voting period and eligibility will be announced in November.

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 will open in September.

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 2x6 SE; BURL Audio - B80-BMB4; Focusrite - RedNet X2P; MOTU - 828esUniversal 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; Rane - SEVENTY-TWORoland - 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 - d:vote CORE 4099 Instrument Mic; 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; JBL - VTX A12W; 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 MkIIGenelec - 7380A SAM Subwoofer; ​​​​​​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; Shure - Axient Digital AD Wireless


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; Westworld


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

Bandrika Studios, Tarzana, CA - Kaufman & Associates

Berkeley Inc., Toronto, Canada - Pilchner-Schoustal International

Hi-Five Studio, Milwaukee, WI - Haverstick Designs

Sound on Sound Studios, Montclair, NJ - Dave Amlen

Mick Schultz Studio, Los Angeles, CA - nonzero/architecture

Sonasterio Studios, Nova Lima, Brazil - WSDG

The Upper Deck, Nashville, TN - Carl Tatz Design