A record 750 people attended the 22nd Annual TEC Awards at the Hilton San Francisco to honor Hall of Fame inductee David Hewitt, Les Paul Award recipient Steve Miller and the best audio products and projects of the past year. The evening's highlights included the appearance of vocalist Eric Martin opening the show with “Dancin' With My Devils,” followed later by Steve Miller performing his mega-hit “Fly Like an Eagle,” and then joining forces with ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons to perform T-Bone Walker's “T-Bone Shuffle.”
This year's double-winners included AMS Neve's 88D (Large Format Console Technology) and 1073 DPD (Mic Preamplifier Technology), JBL's VRX932LA (Sound Reinforcement Loudspeaker Technology) and LSR4300 Series (Studio Monitor Technology), and Shure's UHF-R (Wireless Technology) and E4 Earphones (Ancillary Equipment). Digidesign took home three awards for D-Command (Small Format Console Technology), Mbox2 (Digital Converter Technology) and Pro Tools 7 (Workstation Technology). A complete list of winners can be found at www.mixfoundation.org.
Funds from the TEC Awards and other activities of the Mix Foundation for Excellence in Audio support hearing awareness programs of the House Ear Institute and H.E.A.R., as well as scholarship programs for students of the audio arts and sciences.