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
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
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.