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29th Annual TEC Awards Winners

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On Friday, January 24, 2014, the NAMM Foundation presented the 29th annual Technical Excellence & Creativity Awards in the Hilton Pacific Ballroom in Anaheim, Calif. The evening also included a presentation of the Les Paul Award to recording artist and producer Todd Rundgren, as well as the TEC Hall of Fame induction of audio technology pioneer John Meyer and renowned session drummer Hal Blaine of The Wrecking Crew.

On Saturday, January 25, as part of the NAMM H.O.T. Zone, 10 historic 20th-century musical and sound inventions were inducted to the ninth TECnology Hall of Fame: the Western Electric audio amplifier (1915), Bell Labs’ bass-reflex loudspeaker patent (1930), Mike Battle’s Echoplex tape delay (1959), the Mellotron tape-loop keyboard instrument (1963), Studer J37 4-track recorder (1964), Klark Teknik DN360 graphic equalizer (1984), Yamaha SPX90 digital multi-effects processor (1986), Akai MPC60 sequencer/drum machine (1988), Genelec 1031A active studio monitor (1991), and Royer Labs R-121 ribbon microphone (1998).

The Technical Excellence & Creativity Awards were founded in 1985 by Mix magazine and the then-newly established Mix Foundation for Excellence in Audio, with the express purpose of recognizing and honoring quality in audio technology and sound production. A few years ago, the Mix Foundation was renamed the TEC Foundation, which re-established the event at the annual NAMM Show in Anaheim. Mix is proud to be a sponsor once again of the TEC Foundation, and we are equally pleased to reach out through our sister publications Pro Sound News and Pro Audio Review and our parent company, NewBay Media.

Once again, MIx magazine thanks all the sponsors and supporters of the TEC Foundation. They make the event possible. And it’s good to know that they share the same commitment to excellence.

The 29th Annual TEC Awards for Outstanding Technical Achievement

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John Meyer, president and CEO of Meyer SoundLaboratories, Inc., was inducted into the TEC Hall of Fame at the 29th Annual TEC Awards

Photo: Jesse Grant/Getty Images for NAMM

Listed below are the winners in 22 categories of Outstanding Technical Achievement as selected by the 2013 TEC Awards Nominating Panel.

ANCILLARY EQUIPMENT

iZotope Insight Metering Suite

AUDIO APPS FOR SMARTPHONES & TABLETS

Yamaha CL StageMix

HARDWARE/PERIPHERALS FOR SMARTPHONES & TABLETS

Apogee Quartet

MICROPHONE PREAMPLIFIER TECHNOLOGY

Rupert Neve Designs Portico 511

STUDIO MONITOR TECHNOLOGY

Genelec M Series

RECORDING DEVICES

Zoom H6

MUSICAL INSTRUMENT AMPLIFICATION & EFFECTS TECHNOLOGY

Eventide H9 Harmonizer Stompbox

AMPLIFICATION HARDWARE/STUDIO & SOUND REINFORCEMENT

Sennheiser HDVD 800 Headphone Amplifier/DAC

COMPUTER AUDIO HARDWARE

Universal Audio Apollo 16

MUSICAL INSTRUMENT TECHNOLOGY/HARDWARE

Dave Smith Instruments Prophet 12

MUSICAL INSTRUMENT TECHNOLOGY/SOFTWARE

Native Instruments KOMPLETE 9

SIGNAL PROCESSING TECHNOLOGY/HARDWARE

Solid State Logic 500 Series Buss Compressor

SIGNAL PROCESSING TECHNOLOGY/SOFTWARE

Universal Audio Teletronix LA-2A Classic Leveler Collection

SOUND REINFORCEMENT LOUDSPEAKER TECHNOLOGY

JBL Professional PRX700 Series

MICROPHONE TECHNOLOGY/SOUND REINFORCEMENT

Telefunken Elektroakustik M82

MICROPHONE TECHNOLOGY/RECORDING

Royer Labs SF-2

HEADPHONE/EARPIECE TECHNOLOGY

AKG K712 Pro Headphones

WIRELESS TECHNOLOGY

Sennheiser Digital 9000

WORKSTATION TECHNOLOGY

Avid Pro Tools 11

SOUND REINFORCEMENT CONSOLE TECHNOLOGY

Solid State Logic Live

SMALL FORMAT CONSOLE TECHNOLOGY

Rupert Neve Designs 5060 Centerpiece

LARGE FORMAT CONSOLE TECHNOLOGY

Solid State Logic Duality Pro-Station

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Recording artist, guitarist and producer Todd Rundgren, pictured at at the 29th Annual TEC Awards in Anaheim, Calif., on January 24, 2014, received the Les Paul Award

Photo: Jesse Grant/Getty Images for NAMM

The 29th Annual TEC Awards for Outstanding Creative Achievement
Listed below are the winners in eight categories of Outstanding Creative Achievement and the nominees for Studio Design Project as selected by the 2013 TEC Awards Nominating Panel.

RECORD PRODUCTION/SINGLE OR TRACK
"Skyfall,” Adele (XL Recordings, Columbia)


Recording Engineer: Matt Wiggins

Mixing Engineer: Tom Elmhirst

Mixing Facility: Electric Lady Studios

Producer: Paul Epworth

Recording Studio: Abbey Road Studios, London

Mastering Engineer: Tom Coyne

Mastering Facility: Sterling Sound

RECORD PRODUCTION/ALBUM
Random Access Memories, Daft Punk (Daft Life, Columbia)


Recording Engineers: Peter Franco, Mick Guzauski, Florian Lagatta, Alana Da Fonseca, Phil Joly

Mixing Engineer: Mick Guzauski

Mixing Facility: Conway Studios

Producers: Thomas Bangalter, Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo

Recording Studios: Gang Recording Studio, Paris; Henson Recording Studios, Hollywood; Conway Recording Studios, Hollywood; Electric Lady Studios, NYC; Capitol Studios, Hollywood

Mastering Engineers: Bob Ludwig, Chab

Mastering Facilities: Gateway Mastering, Translab

TOUR/EVENT SOUND PRODUCTION

Peter Gabriel—Back to Front


Sound Company: Firehouse Productions

FOH Engineer: Ben Findlay

Monitor Engineers: Richard Chappell, Damon Miller

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Session drummer Hal Blaine (pictured at podium on the right), who performed on more than 350 Top 10 singles, including more than 40 that went to Number One, was inducted into the TEC Hall of Fame on January 24, 2014 at the Anaheim Hilton; Mr. Blaine shared the stage with drummer Chad Smith (Red Hot Chili Peppers, Chickenfoot).

Photo: Jesse Grant/Getty Images for NAMM

REMOTE PRODUCTION/RECORDING OR BROADCAST
55th Annual Grammy Awards
(CBS)
Remote Engineers: Hugh Healy, Joel Singer, Mark Linett

Production Mixers: Tom Holmes

Music Mixers: John Harris, Eric Schilling

Remote Facilities: NEP Denali, Music Mix Mobile (M3)

FILM SOUND PRODUCTION
Skyfall
(Sony)
Supervising Sound Editors:  Karen Baker Landers, Per Halberg

Sound Designers:  Christopher Assells, Dino Dimuro, Peter Staubli

Re-Recording Mixer: Scott Millan, Greg P. Russell

Production Mixer: Stuart Wilson

Score Mixer:  Simon Rhodes

Recording Studios:  Abbey Road Studios, Sphere Studios, London

Audio Post Facility: Soundelux, Technicolor at Paramount

TELEVISION SOUND PRODUCTION
Game of Thrones
(HBO)

Supervising Sound Editor: Tim Kimmel

Re-Recording Mixers: Onnalee Blank, CAS, Mathew Waters
Production Mixers: Ronan Hill, CAS, Richard Dyer
Audio Post Facility: Todd-AO

INTERACTIVE ENTERTAINMENT SOUND PRODUCTION
Halo 4
(343 Industries/Microsoft)

Audio Director: Sotaro Tojima

Sound Designers: Kyle Fraser, Chase Thompson, Robbie Elias, Charles Sinex, Zachary Thomas, Noa Lothian, Ken Kato, Mary Olson, Kira Anderson, Daniel Raimo

Sound & Music Integrators: Patrick Dugan, David Liu, Kazuma Jinnouchi

Audio Programmers: Terry Jones, Robert Ridihalgh

Audio Post Facilities: Technicolor at Paramount, Technicolor Sound

STUDIO DESIGN PROJECT

Vintage King Nashville
, Nashville, Tenn.

Architect or Studio Designer: Carl Tatz Design
Acoustician: Carl Tatz

Owners: Andrew Nehra, Mike Nehra

Visit the NAMM Foundation at www.nammfoundation.org and the TEC Foundation for Excellence in Audio at www.tecfoundation.com.