THE 15th ANNUNAL TEC AWARDS

Sting, one of the music industry's most popular and creative talents, was presented with the coveted Les Paul Award, and Tom Dowd, who engineered countless
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Sting, one of the music industry's most popular and creative talents, was presented with the coveted Les Paul Award, and Tom Dowd, who engineered countless hits over five decades of recording, was inducted into the TEC Awards Hall of Fame at the 15th Annual Technical Excellence & Creativity Awards, held September 25 at the Marriott Marquis in New York City.

Les Paul and Henry Juszkiewicz, president of Gibson Musical Instruments, presented Sting with a custom Gibson Les Paul guitar, following a tribute by engineer/producer George Massenburg. Later, producer, songwriter and Atlantic Records co-founder Ahmet Ertegun provided a moving Hall of Fame presentation to Tom Dowd, his close friend and the man responsible for engineering most of the groundbreaking hits for Atlantic in the '50s and '60s. One of the giants of modern recording, Dowd worked with such artists as Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles, Eric Clapton, Rod Stewart and the Allman Brothers.

TEC Awards were also presented in 27 categories, covering Institutional, Creative and Technical Achievement. The ever-popular Father Guido Sarducci hosted the evening's event. Presenters included engineers Chuck Ainlay, Jimmy Douglass and Frank Filipetti, producers Phil Ramone and Tony Visconti, songwriter Julie Gold, and bass players David Santos and T.M. Stevens.

The House Ear Institute's Sound Partners campaign and Hearing Education and Awareness for Rockers (H.E.A.R) will once again receive 50% of the evening's proceeds to continue their efforts in hearing conservation. The remaining funds will be divided between the AES Educational Foundation, the SPARS student assistance program, various scholarship programs throughout the United States and the winner of the TEC Awards Scholarship Grant (see "Current" on page 12 for details).

The 15th Annual TEC Awards were partially funded by the generous donations of:

PLATINUM SPONSORSIntertec Publishing's Entertainment Division

JBL Professional

Lexicon/dbx

Quantegy

GOLD SPONSORSAKG Acoustics

Alesis Corporation

AMS Neve

Audio-Technica

Digidesign

Ex'pression Center for New Media

Gibson Musical Instruments

Kurzweil Music Systems

Meyer Sound Laboratories

Mix Magazine

Panasonic

Transcontinental Studios/Professional

Audio Design, Inc.

Shure Incorporated

Solid State Logic

Sony Professional Audio

Soundelux

TC Electronic

Warner Music Group

Yamaha Corporation of America

SILVER SPONSORSA-1 Audio/ProMix

Aphex Systems

Apogee Electronics Corporation

Clair Brothers

Eastern Acoustic Works

Emtec Pro Media-BASF

Mackie Designs

Neumann/USA

Neutrik USA

Ocean Way

Oram

Recording Academy

Roland Corporation U.S.

Studer North America

BRONZE SPONSORSAkai Musical Intrument Corp.

CAD

Keith Hatschek & Associates

Skywalker Sound

Tascam

TGI North America Inc., Tannoy/

DPA Microphones

Ultra Sound/Pro Media

Westlake Audio

1999 TEC AWARDS WINNERS OUTSTANDING INSTITUTIONAL ACHIEVEMENTAcoustics/Facility Design CompanyRuss Berger Design Group, Dallas, TX

Sound Reinforcement CompanyShowco, Dallas, TX

Mastering FacilityGateway Mastering, Portland, ME

Audio Post-Production FacilityTodd-AO Studios, Hollywood, CA

Remote Recording FacilityRecord Plant Remote, Ringwood, NJ

Recording StudioRight Track Recording, New York City

OUTSTANDING CREATIVE ACHIEVEMENTAudio Post-Production EngineerGary Rydstrom

Remote/Broadcast Recording EngineerKooster McAllister

Sound Reinforcement EngineerDave Kob

Mastering EngineerTed Jensen

Record ProducerGlen Ballard

Recording EngineerEd Cherney

OUTSTANDING TECHNICAL ACHIEVEMENTAncillary EquipmentApogee PSX-100

Amplifier TechnologyBryston 9B-ST Pro

Mic Preamplifier TechnologyTC Electronic Gold Channel

Computer Software/PeripheralsSonic Foundry ACID

Microphone TechnologyNeumann M147

Sound Reinforcement Loudspeaker TechnologyMeyer PSW-6 Cardioid Subwoofer

Studio Monitor TechnologyJBL LSR-28P

Musical Instrument TechnologyKurzweil AES (Audio Elite System)

Signal Processing Technology/HardwareTC Electronic M3000

Signal Processing Technology/SoftwareTC Works MasterX

Recording Devices/Storage TechnologyOtari RADAR II

Workstation TechnologyDigidesign Pro Tools|24 MIX

Sound Reinforcement Console TechnologyHarrison Live Performance Console (LPC)

Small-Format Console TechnologyMackie Digital 8-Bus

Large-Format Console TechnologySolid State Logic Axiom-MT

LES PAUL AWARDSting

HALL OF FAMETom Dowd