36th Annual NAMM TEC Awards
By Naughty Mickie NAMM TEC AWARDS

As important as sound is to music, the people and technology behind the scenes are often not even given a second thought. NAMM’s TEC Awards is an annual event that gives this crucial part of music its due, honoring the best in the pro audio and sound of music making, live performances, video games, television and film.

“Despite the global pandemic, the industry continued to innovate, creating one of the largest collectives of product nominees in the 35-year history of the awards. And given the world engaged in virtual interaction on an unprecedented level, the products honored helped connect us all by delivering music and sound across the world,” shared Eric Geer, TEC Entries & Nominations Supervisor. 

In the 36th Annual NAMM Tec Awards, Universal Audio grabbed up the most awards in the Technical category for its Apollo x 4, Neve 1084 Preamp & EQ Plug-In and LUNA Recording System. JBL and AKG were also recognized in the category.

The Creative categories not surprisingly gave a nod to “The Mandalorian, Season One” from Disney + and honored “Let’s Go Crazy: The Grammy Salute to Prince, CBS.”

Additionally, five historical audio products were inducted into the TECnology Hall of Fame, which honors audio and products and innovations that have made a significant contribution to the advancement of audio technology and production. These honorees were Western Electric 639A Ribbon Microphone (1938), RCA Mark II Sound Synthesizer (1957), 3M M56 16-Track Recorder (1968), Constant Directivity Horn, Don Keele (1975) and the Near Field Monitoring, Ed Long (1977).

Here is the list of 36th Annual NAMM Tec Award winners:

TECHNICAL ACHIEVEMENT

Amplification Hardware - Studio & Sound Reinforcement
JBL - DSi 2.0 
Audio Apps & Hardware/Peripherals for Smartphones & Tablets
Eventide - Blackhole 
Computer Audio Hardware
Universal Audio - Apollo x4 
DJ Production Technology
Native Instruments - TRAKTOR KONTROL S3 
Headphone/Earpiece Technology
AKG - K300 Series 
Large Format Console Technology
Solid State Logic - ORIGIN 
Microphone Preamplifiers
Neve - 1073OPX 
Microphones - Recording
AKG - Lyra 
Microphones - Sound Reinforcement s
sE Electronics - V Series for Drums
Musical Instrument Amplification & Effects
Ampeg - Heritage 50th Anniversary SVT
Musical Instrument Hardware
Moog - Matriarch 
Musical Instrument Software
Celemony - Melodyne 5 
Production Essentials 
Audinate Dante AVIO Adapters 
Signal Processing Hardware  
API - 2500+ Stereo Bus Compressor 
Signal Processing Hardware - 500 Series Modules    
AMS Neve - RMX16 
Signal Processing Software - Dynamics/EQ/Utilities 
Universal Audio - Neve 1084 Preamp & EQ Plug-In 
Signal Processing Software - Effects  
Waves - Abbey Road Saturator 
Small Format Console Technology    
Allen & Heath - Avantis 
Sound Reinforcement Loudspeakers 
JBL - EON ONE Compact 
Studio Monitors
Genelec - W371A Adaptive Woofer System 
Wireless Technology  
Shure - Axient Digital AD3 plug-on wireless transmitter 
Workstation Technology/Recording Devices
Universal Audio - LUNA Recording System 

 

CREATIVE ACHIEVEMENT

Studio Design Project 
Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music, Tisch School of the Arts, NYU-FM Design 
Film Sound Production           
“1917,” Universal Pictures/DreamWorks Pictures/Entertainment One 
Interactive Entertainment Sound Production 
“Star Wars Jedi - Fallen Order,” Respawn Entertainment 
Record Production/Album     
Hyperspace, Beck, Capitol Records 
Record Production/Single or Track   
Fear Inoculum, Tool, Tool Dissectional and Volcano and RCA 
Remote Production/Recording or Broadcast
“Let's Go Crazy: The Grammy Salute to Prince,” CBS 
Television Sound Production 
“The Mandalorian (Season 1),” Disney+
 

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