Almost 700 people attended the 23rd Annual Technical Excellence & Creativity Awards, held on Saturday, October 6, at the New York Marriott Marquis. Hosted by Late Show With David Letterman's Will Lee, the attendees were treated to high-energy musical entertainment, including Al Kooper and Friends playing “Season of the Witch” and Gary Lewis (of Gary Lewis & The Playboys) singing “This Diamond Ring.” But the main event was the awarding of TEC Awards in 25 categories of Technical and Creative Achievement to their worthy recipients.
Highlights of the evening included the producers and engineers of John Mayer's Continuum tour and album, and of the single “Waiting for the World to Change,” trooping to the stage three times; a TEC Award for Outstanding Television Sound for The Sopranos; and the award for Studio Design Project to Los Angeles' Record Plant Studios. This year's awards show also saw three double-winners: Solid State Logic (Mic Preamp Technology, XLogic Alpha Channel; and Large Format Console, Duality), Apogee Electronics (Ancillary Equipment, Symphony; and Digital Converter Technology, Ensemble) and Digidesign (Workstation Technology, 003; and Sound Reinforcement Console Technology, D-Show Profile).
Funds from the TEC Awards and other activities of the Mix Foundation for Excellence in Audio support hearing-conservation programs of the House Ear Institute and H.E.A.R., as well as scholarship programs for students of the audio arts and sciences.