2006 MIPA (Musikmesse International Press Award) Awards

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This year's MIPA recipients gathered onstage for a group photo after the ceremony.

This year, Mix, Electronic Musician and Remix joined the editors of 55 other music and audio magazines to vote for the best products of 2005/2006 at the 7th annual Musikmesse International Press Awards (MIPA). Chosen from three finalists in each of 40 categories, the winners were announced at an awards ceremony held March 30, 2006 during this year's Musikmesse/Pro Light+Sound show in Frankfurt, Germany.

More than 300 international representatives of manufacturers and distributors of musical instruments and audio equipment attended the 2006 MIPA Awards Show, including guests from the USA, Canada, Japan, Brazil, South Africa, Russia, Poland, Great Britain, Italy, France, Greece, The Netherlands, Belgium, Luxemburg, Sweden, Denmark, Austria, Switzerland and Germany.

One highlight of this year's MIPA ceremony was the presentation of the MIPA Lifetime Achievement Award to Prof. Dr. Fritz Sennheiser, who founded Sennheiser in 1945.

The following lists the 2006 MIPA product winners, as selected by the music/audio journalists from 24 countries worldwide.


Mixing Desk (project studio): Mackie Onyx

Mixing Desk (high-end): Digidesign ICON

Studio Microphone: Røde NT-2A

Studio Monitor: Genelec 8050A

Recording Software: Digidesign Pro Tools 7

Recording Hardware: M-Audio Project Mix I/O

Recording Effects (hardware/software): NI Guitar Rig 2

Sampler: Tascam Gigastudio

Sound Libraries: Vienna Symphonic Library

DJ-Tools (hardware): Korg KAOSS Pad Entrancer

DJ-Software: Ableton Live 5


Mixing Desk (live): Midas Siena

Live Microphone: Sennheiser/Neumann SKM 5200 Wireless

Club P.A.: JBL VRX900

Large Format P.A. System: Meyer Sound MICA Line Array


Synthesizer (hardware): Access Virus TI

Stage Piano: Clavia Nord Stage

Keyboard Workstation: Korg OASYS

Software Instrument: Arturia Prophet V

Organ/Portable Keyboard: Hammond XK-3


Electric Guitar: PRS 513

Acoustic Guitar: Taylor T5

Guitar Combo Amp: Vox AC30CC

Guitar Top: Hughes & Kettner Trilogy

Acoustic Guitar Amp: AER Acousticube III

Guitar Effects (19-inch or floor): T.C. Electronic G-Systems

Pickups: Seymour Duncan JB

Guitar Strings: D'Addario Phosphor Bronze


Bass Amp: Ampeg SVT-6PRO

Bass Cabinet: Ampeg SVT412HE

Electric Bass: Music Man SUB Sterling Bass

Bass Strings: Elixir Nanoweb

Bass Effects: Line 6 Bass PODxt Live


Acoustic Drums: Tama Starclassic Bubinga

Cymbals: Zildjian K Custom Hybrid

Drum Hardware: Sonor 600

Drumsticks: Vic Firth Tala Wands

Drumheads: Evans EC2

E-Drums: Roland Handsonic HPD1

Percussion Instruments: Meinl Conga Cajon

For more information about the MIPA Awards, visit www.mipa-award.de.