Submit Products and Projects for the 33rd Annual NAMM TEC Awards

The journey to celebrate the best new products and projects introduced over the past year is now underway; The TEC Nominating Panel is currently accepting entries for the 33rd Annual NAMM Technical Excellence & Creativity Awards. Click an icon below to submit a nomination:

The TEC Awards recognizes and honors those people, companies and products that have attained the highest standards of excellence within the audio, music technology and sound production industry.

Products and project entries must have been released and in commercial use during the current eligibility year, September 1, 2016 – August 31, 2017.

Submitted studio design projects must be new studios or rooms, or major renovations completed and in use during the eligibility period. Please also include a web address where Nominating Panel members may view the new room or facility.

The deadline for entries is 11:59 pm PDT Friday, June 30, 2017.

Once the call for entries is complete, the 2017 TEC Nominating Panel, a group of industry thought leaders, executives, audio professionals, and media agents with expertise spanning the entire range of awards categories, will review submissions and vote on their top three choices in each category. Those nominations with the most votes will be finalists to win a 33rd Annual NAMM TEC Award. Think you have what it takes to be part of the 2017 TEC Nominating Panel? Submit your information here.

For questions about the 33rd Annual NAMM TEC Awards, please contact Event Director Karen Dunn at (925) 708-0307 or


Technical Achievement Categories

Amplification Hardware/ Studio & Sound Reinforcement

Amplifiers, speaker/monitor management, system controllers, signal distribution, snakes, feedback eliminators, crossovers, and related equipment.


Ancillary Equipment

Acoustic materials, synchronizers, control systems, test equipment, accessories, and related equipment


Audio Apps & Hardware / Peripherals

Mobile applications and hardware for recording and music production, audio measurement, utilities, controllers, signal processing and musical instruments --- recording, test/measurement, control, audio, and music production/performance and add-ons/accessories


Audio Education Technology

Apps, tutorials, software, books and interactive courseware for music and audio education


Computer Audio Hardware

Converters, interfaces, master clocks, data storage, peripherals, and made-for-audio computers

DJ Production Technology

Controllers, mixers, media players, turntables and effects


Hardware/Peripherals for Smartphones and Tablets

Recording, test/measurement, control, audio and music production/performance add-ons/accessories


Headphone / Earpiece Technology

Headphones and in-ear transducers for professional studio, live sound and broadcast


Large Format Console Technology

Mixing board, over 60 pounds for recording, broadcast or sound reinforcement


Microphone Preamplifiers

Mic preamps, channel strips and other products that process mic-level signals


Microphones - Recording

Microphones and accessories for recording applications


Microphones - Sound Reinforcement

Microphones and accessories for live sound applications


Musical Instrument Amplification & Effects

Instrument amps, preamp/processing/effects rack units and pedalboards, stomp boxes, and related equipment


Musical Instrument Hardware

Hardware-based synths, samplers, drum machines, instruments, and controllers


Musical Instrument Software

Virtual instruments, music creation software, instrument libraries/loops, amp modelers, and related equipment


Signal Processing Hardware

Delays, reverbs, compressors, limiters, equalizers, noise reduction, and other effects


Signal Processing Hardware (500 Series Modules)

Delays, reverbs, compressors, limiters, equalizers, noise reduction, and other effects in the 500 Series format


Signal Processing Software (Dynamics/EQ/Utilities)

Stand-alone and plug-ins – compressors, limiters, equalizers, crossovers, meters, restoration, etc. for computer-based signal manipulation


Signal Processing Software (Effects)

Stand-alone and plug-ins — delays, reverbs, chorus, pitch/harmony, spatial apps, etc. for computer-based signal manipulation


Small Format Console Technology (Studio, Broadcast, Sound Reinforcement)

Portable, under 60-pound mixers for recording, broadcast or sound reinforcement


Sound Reinforcement Loudspeakers

Main and stage monitor systems, drivers, horns, transducers and other components for live sound applications


Studio Monitors

Speakers, monitors, drivers and components for studio applications


Wireless Technology

Wireless systems including mics, transmitters, receivers, accessories, and related equipment


Workstation Technology / Recording Devices

Computer-based DAWs and digital editing systems --- hardware based systems for recording and capturing audio


Creative Achievement Categories

Interactive Entertainment Sound Production

Record Production/ Album

Record Production/ Single or Track

Remote Production/ Recording or Broadcast (Radio broadcast, TV broadcast, CD or DVD)

Television Sound Production Film Sound Production

Tour Sound Production