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Not Just “Music” Awards



The Recording Academy presented JBL Professional and Phil Ramone each with a Technical Grammy Award at a special ceremony held prior to the 47th Annual Grammy Awards on February 13, 2005.

Accepting on behalf of JBL Professional is Mark Terry (center), Neil Portnow (right) and music editor Daniel Carlin.

According to The Recording Academy, “JBL has been pre-eminent in high-end loudspeaker technology for all facets of professional sound since its formation in 1946. As broadcast, recording and motion pictures entered the stereo era in the early ’50s, JBL was there with the world’s first 4-inch voice-coil cone drivers and commercially available compression drivers. In recent years, JBL’s introduction of VerTec™ line array systems has been heralded as the leading edge in array technology and system synthesis, and has been the sound reinforcement system of choice for the Grammy Awards shows.”

A Technical Grammy Award was also awarded to Ramone, who has served as audio supervisor for many Grammy telecasts, including the Emmy Award-winning 5.1 broadcast of the 2003 Grammys. Acknowledged as one of the top creative producers, Ramone is equally respected as a technology leader. He has played an integral role in pioneering many of the advances in the art and science of music and film sound recording. As an early advocate of the CD, it was a Ramone production, Billy Joel’s 52nd Street, that was the first CD pressed. The first pop DVD release, Dave Grusin Presents West Side Story, is also a Ramone production. Ramone also helped pioneer emerging technology, including using an EDNet fiber-optics system to record tracks in real time from different locations. Ramone also picked up a Grammy for his work on Genius Loves Company, the Ray Charles duets project that won Album of the Year.