Mix Foundation Honors 15 Inventions That Have Shaped Audio History
The Mix Foundation for Excellence in Audio, presenters of the Technical Excellence and Creativity (TEC) Awards, has announced the 2005 inductees to the TECnology Hall of Fame. Established in 2004, the TECnology Hall of Fame recognizes products and innovations that have made a significant, lasting contribution to the advancement of audio technology. Inductees are chosen by a panel of more than 50 audio experts, including authors, educators, engineers, facility owners and other professionals. Products or innovations must be at least 10 years old to be eligible for induction.
"This year's inductees mark some real revolutions in the way audio has been recorded and reproduced," says Mix magazine’s editorial director, George Petersen. “Decades after their invention, many of the products remain in use throughout the pro audio industry.” The 2005 TECnology Hall of Fame inductees include:
- 1913 Edwin Armstrong—Regenerative feedback circuit; superheterodyne (1918) and FM (1933) circuits.
- 1925 Electrical recording process—Western Electric/Bell Labs
- 1931 RCA 44A ribbon microphone
- 1943 Altec 604 duplex speaker
- 1951 Pultec EQP-1 program equalizer
- 1966 Phantom power—Georg Neumann
- 1968 ITI ME-230 (first parametric EQ)—George Massenburg
- 1970 Minimoog synthesizer—Robert Moog
- 1974 Dolby Stereo—4-channel optical theater surround
- 1976 Ampex ATR-102 mastering recorder
- 1979 Fairlight CMI (Computer Musical Instrument)
- 1980 Linn LM-1 Drum Computer—Roger Linn
- 1983 MIDI specification—Dave Smith
- 1985 Audio Precision System One test system
- 1995 Yamaha 02R digital console
The 2005 inductees will be honored at a champagne reception on Friday evening, October 7 in New York City at TEC Award-winning studio, Right Track Recording. The 21st Annual TEC Awards will be held the following night, October 8, at the New York Marriott Marquis.
The Mix Foundation for Excellence in Audio is a 501(c) (3) charitable organization headquartered in Walnut Creek, California. The TEC Awards is sponsored by Mix, the pro audio industry’s leading international monthly, published by PRIMEDIA Business Magazines and Media.