The results are in for the 32nd NAMM TEC Awards
WORLD: The 2017 NAMM Show featured the 32nd annual NAMM TEC Awards, which celebrates notable achievements in professional audio and sound production. The ceremony was hosted for the third time by comedian Sinbad and saw appearances from many reputable audio and recording engineers, recording artists and even a Hollywood star.
Avid, iZotope, Sennheiser and Solid State Logic (SSL) all scooped multiple Outstanding Technical Achievement awards during the event. Pro Tools Dock and Pro Tools 12.3 won the Workstation Technology and Audio Apps and Hardware categories for Avid, while iZotope’s Pro Audio Essentials and Ozone 7 Advanced won the new Audio Education Technology category and Signal Processing Software award respectively. Sennheiser won the Wireless and Headphone/Earpiece Technology categories for its Wireless G3 A-1 Band and HD 25 Plus, and SSL took both the Large and Small Console Technology awards for the System T and the Sigma Delta.
Other award winners across the 23 technical achievement categories included Rupert Neve Designs’ RNHP: Precision Headphone Amplifier, Universal Audio’s Apollo Twin USB interface, Shure’s KSM8 Dualdyne microphone, Meyer Sound’s MJF-208 stage monitor and Genelec’s 8430A IP SAM studio monitor. On the creative side, the list of award winners includes Star Wars: The Force Awakens for Film Sound Production, Game of Thrones for Television Sound Production and David Bowie’s Blackstar in both the Record Production Album and Single categories.
The Les Paul Award, the highest honour given at the TEC Awards and presented to accomplished individuals from the music industry, was awarded to Joe Perry. The recording artist and executive was presented with the award by his Hollywood Vampires bandmate and Pirates of the Caribbean actor Johnny Depp. Mr Perry and Mr Depp were then joined on stage by Brad Whitford, and Alice Cooper as all four performed live for those in attendance.
Meanwhile, the newest inductee into the NAMM TEC Awards Hall of Fame was Jack Douglas. The famed Aerosmith engineer and producer is associated with many of the band’s multi-platinum selling releases. On the technology side, Neumann’s classic U 67 microphone was inducted into the TECnology Hall of Fame for 2017.