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.

RECORDING CATEGORY


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

LIVE SOUND CATEGORY


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

KEYBOARDS/SOFTWARE CATEGORY


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

GUITAR CATEGORY


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 CATEGORY


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

DRUMS CATEGORY


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.