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This was the best TEC Awards I’ve been to and I’ve been to quite a few. The production was top notch, and comedian Demetri Martin was a funny and thoughtful host. To cap the evening, Jackson Browne performed “Running On Empty” with Lee Sklar on bass along with other members of his original studio and touring band.

Winners in 31 technical and creative achievement categories were announced at the 33rd Annual NAMM TEC AWARDS presented annually by the NAMM Foundation and held Saturday, January 27 in Anaheim, CA. The annual event recognizes the individuals, companies and technical innovations behind the sound of recordings, live performances, films, television, video games and multi-media. Comedian and multi-instrumentalist Demetri Martin hosted.

Several companies scored dual wins for Outstanding Technical Achievement.  Sennheiser picked up two awards for the HD 200 PRO (Headphone/Earpiece Technology) and the company’s Pro Talk Series (Audio Education Technology). QSC celebrated just as many wins for their QSC K.2 Series (Sound Reinforcement Loudspeakers) and QSC Q-SYS Core 510i (Signal Processing Hardware).

Many additional awards were given in variety of categories that ranged from Studio Design Project to Wireless Technology and also included honors to JBL for their Intonato and AKG for their C636, in the categories of Amplification Hardware/Studio & Sound Reinforcement and Microphones respectively.

One night before ‘music’s biggest night,’ voters chose The 59th Annual GRAMMY® Awards for best Remote Production/Recording or Broadcast in the Outstanding Creative Achievement category. Before Bruno Mars heads to the The 60th Annual GRAMMY Awards, where he’s also nominated, several of his projects won the night in the creative category for Record Production/Album, Record Production/Single or Track and Tour Sound Production, all for “24K Magic.”

Jackson Browne, one of music’s most iconic artists and executives, received the evening’s highest honor, the Les Paul Innovation Award, which is presented annually to remarkably-distinguished and accomplished individuals from the music industry. Michael Braunstein, President of the Les Paul Foundation, introduced Jackson before he hit the stage with the evening’s NAMM TEC Hall of Fame inductees, The Section, for a finale that included Jackson’s signature “Running on Empty” single.

Jackson remarked, “Thank you for this incredible honor. It means so much to be honored by you because I’ve relied on the kindness of engineers and their knowledge in the studio and equipment my whole life. These people know everything I don’t know but they put their technical expertise at the service of the music – at the service of the song. I am indebted to them and I’m indebted to you all who make the gear.”

The NAMM TEC Awards were held during The NAMM Show, the global crossroads of the music products, pro audio and sound, and event technology industries, January 25-28.

In total, winners in the 31 categories were selected from 182 nominees. Title sponsors for the show included Harman (a Samsung Company), The Les Paul Foundation and D’Angelico New York. A full list of sponsors can be found here. Many of the evening’s winning products and technologies are available at music and pro audio retailers worldwide both online and in stores.


Amplification Hardware/studio & Sound Reinforcement

JBL Intonato

Audio Apps & Hardware/Peripherals for Smartphones & Tablets

iZotope Spire: Multitrack Music Recorder

Audio Education Technology

Sennheiser Pro Talk Series

Computer Audio Hardware

Universal Audio Apollo Twin MkII QUAD

DJ Production Technology (Hardware/Software)

Akai Professional MPC Live

Headphone/Earpiece Technology

Sennheiser HD 200 PRO

Large Format Console Technology

Solid State Logic AWS Delta V2

Microphone Preamplifiers

Rupert Neve Designs Shelford Channel

Microphones – Recording

Audio Technica AT5047

 Microphones – Sound Reinforcement

AKG C636

Musical Instrument Amplification & Effects

Line 6 Helix LT

Musical Instrument Hardware

Nord Stage 3

Musical Instrument Software

Spectrasonics Keyscape

Production Essentials

PreSonus FaderPort 8

Signal Processing Hardware

QSC Q-SYS Core 510i

Signal Processing Hardware (500 Series Modules)

Elysia pressor 500

Signal Processing Software (Dynamics / EQ / Utilities)

Universal Audio SSL 4000 E Channel Strip Plugin

Signal Processing Software (Effects)

Soundtoys EchoBoy Jr.

Small Format Console Technology

Solid State Logic Nucleus 2

Sound Reinforcement Loudspeakers

QSC K.2 Series

Studio Monitors

Genelec 8331 | 8341 The Ones

Wireless Technology

Shure Axient Digitals Wireless System

Workstation Technology/Recording Devices

Avid Pro Tools12.8


Film Sound Production

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Interactive Entertainment Sound Production

Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare

Record Production/Album

24K Magic – Bruno Mars

Record Production/Single or Track

24K Magic – Bruno Mars

Remote Production/Recording or Broadcasting

59th Annual GRAMMY Awards 

Studio Design Project

The Barn

Television Sound Production

Game of Thrones

Tour Event Sound Production

Bruno Mars 24K – Magic World Tour

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