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2009 MIPA Awards Announced at Musikmesse

2009 MIPA trophy

For the 10th time, more than 100 magazines from all over the world—including Mix, ElectronicMusician and Remix—came together to vote the best audio and musical instrument products of 2008-2009.

Chosen from three finalists in each of 42 categories, the winners were announced at the annual MIPA ceremony on the evening of April 2, 2009, held during the Musikmesse/Pro Light + Sound show in Frankfurt, Germany. More than 300 representatives of manufacturers and distributors of musical instruments and audio were on hand for this truly international event, including guests from the U.S., Canada, Japan, Brazil, South Africa, Russia, Poland, Great Britain, Italy, France, Greece, The Netherlands, Belgium, Luxemburg, Sweden, Denmark, Austria, Switzerland and Germany.

Charlie Steinberg, founder of Steinberg Software

The coveted “Best Innovative Product” award went to Celemony for its innovative Melodyne DNA plug-in/application. (Click here to watch a video demo of Melodyne DNA.) Other highlights of this year’s MIPA ceremony included the presentation of the MIPA Lifetime Achievement Award to Steinberg Software founder Charlie Steinberg (pictured).

And The Winner Is…
The following lists the 2009 MIPA winners, as chosen by more than music/audio journalists from dozens of countries worldwide. Congratulations to all the winners!

Studio Microphone: Neumann TLM-67
Studio Monitor (Near-Field): Focal CMS-50
Recording Software: Digidesign Pro Tools 8
Recording Hardware: Cakewalk Sonar V-Studio 700
Recording Effects (Hardware): Universal Audio UAD-2
Recording Effects (Software): Waves Maserati Collection
Mixing Desk (Project Studio): Allen & Heath ZED 16
Mixing Desk (High-End): Rupert Neve Designs 5088

Portable Sound: JBL EON 500 series
P.A. System: Meyer Sound UPQ-1P
Live Microphone: Sennheiser e965
Mixing Desk (Live): Midas PRO6
Sound System Technologies: Yamaha TXn Amplifiers

Synthesizer Hardware: Clavia Nord Wave
Stage Piano: Roland V-Piano
Keyboard Workstation: Yamaha Motif XS
Sampler: Native Instruments Kontakt 3
Software Instrument: Spectrasonics Omnisphere
Organ/Portable Keyboard: Korg Pa2X Pro
Sound Libraries: Vienna Symphonic Library

Electric Guitar: Fender Road Worn Series
Acoustic Guitar: PRS Acoustics
Guitar Combo Amp: Mesa/Boogie Mark V
Guitar Amp Top: Vox Night Train
Guitar Effects (19-inch or Floor): Vox Satchurator
Pickups: Seymour Duncan P-Rails
Acoustic Guitar Amp: Fishman SoloAmp
Strings: GHS David Gilmour Signature Boomers

Bass Amp: Warwick Hellborg Systems
Bass Cabinet: TC Electronic RS210
Electric Bass: Fender American Standard Series
Acoustic Bass: Warwick The Alien Fretless
Bass Strings: D’Addario EXL 170 Nickel Wound

E-Drums: Roland TD-4
Acoustic Drums: Mapex Meridian Maple
Cymbals: Meinl Soundcaster Fusion
Drum Hardware: Pearl Demon Bass Drum Pedals
Drumheads: Remo Vintage Emperor
Drumsticks: Vic Firth Soft Touch Sticks
Percussion: LP Legends Joe Madera Congas
Drum Education: Jojo Mayer, Secret Weapons For The Modern Drummer DVD

For more information about the MIPA Awards, visit