Flanked by George Massenburg (left) and George Petersen (right), Ray Dolby accepts his award for the A301 noise-reduction unit.
About a year ago — as part of expanding the 20-year-old TEC Awards — the Mix Foundation for Excellence in Audio created the TECnology Hall of Fame to honor lasting technological contributions to professional audio. A committee of 60 industry leaders, educators and historians volunteered to select the first inductees: 25 innovations representing a 125-year legacy of pro audio, with the only restriction being that products must be at least 10 years old to qualify. The finalists ranged from Thomas Edison's 1877 cylinder phonograph, Lee de Forest's 1906 triode vacuum tube, Vitaphone film sound and the 1928 Nyquist Theorem to the first tape recorder (AEG's 1935 Magnetophon), Altec's Voice of the Theatre speakers, the EMT 140 (first artificial reverb) and the N.E.D. Synclavier and Alesis ADAT.
In a private ceremony held during AES, inventor/engineer George Massenburg and Mix editor George Petersen presented inductees with Hall of Fame Awards. On hand to accept awards were representatives for Alan Blumlein, Neumann, AKG, Teletronix, Shure, TEAC/Tascam, Lexicon, JBL, Solid State Logic, Meyer, Digidesign and Mackie.
“We were pleased by the industry's support of the TECnology Hall of Fame,” says Mix Foundation president Hillel Resner, “and look forward to continuing this tradition in 2005 and beyond.” For an in-depth look at the TECnology Hall of Fame, visit www.mixonline.com/TEC20.
In other TEC news, the nominating panel is now accepting product nominations for the 21st Annual TEC Awards. Visit www.mixfoundation.org for more information.