The Association of Music Producers (AMP) has announced the winners of the 4th Annual AMP Awards for Excellence in TV Commercial Mixing. The association represents television commercial music and sound producers, who celebrated the work of their post-production colleagues at an industry party held recently at the Mosaic Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif. The AMP Awards are given for a "body of work" which shows outstanding ability in mixing music, voice-over and sound effects in TV commercials. This year's top honor, Mixer of the Year, was presented to Philip Loeb of Sound Lounge in New York City for his work with TBS, AOL and FedEx, among others.
Judges also presented a Special Merit Award for newcomer Tim West of POP Sound/Los Angeles. Honorable Mentions for a Particular Spot or Campaign were also awarded to Tom Goldblatt of audioEngine/Ny for Snapple "Robot"; Mitch Dorf of POP Sound/LA for Ford Mustang "Cornfield"; Paul Rodgers of Avenue Audio/Chicago for Hallmark "In the Attic"; and David Baker of Crescendo!/San Francisco for California Milk Processors Board "Russian Family".
A new category added this year by AMP allowed the public to weigh in on which spot sounded best to them from three finalists. The "Spotted Excellence Award" for the Best Sounding Spot of the year was given to Tom Jucarone of Sound Lounge/NY for Mountain Dew "Sled".