NAMM 2020: This year’s 2020 TEC Awards winners

NAMM 2020 NAMM TEC Awards

As NAMM 2020 comes to a close, one of the weekend’s biggest nights falls in the TEC awards honoring technical and creative achievements in sound and music. This year, ‘SNL’ and ‘Portlandia’ comedian, and musician Fred Armisen hosted one of NAMM’s biggest nights, and can be seen above joking about a brand new “digital maraca” he found on the NAMM floor. Overall, the show definitely brought about some major surprises and we appreciated the opportunity to have attended. Here is the list of the evening’s nominees and winners, so you don’t have to wait.

Outstanding Technical Achievement Awards

Amplificiation Hardware/Studio and Sound Reinforcement

Auratone – A2-30
Lab.Gruppen – FAD2402
Linea Research – 48M20
Powersoft – T-Series
QSC – MP-A Series
XTA Electronics – DPA Series

Audio Apps & Hardware / Peripherals For Smartphones & Tablets

Apogee – HypeMiC
Avid – Link
Genelec – Aural ID
Roland – Go:Mixer Pro
Shure – MV88+ Video Kit
Steinberg – Cubasis

Audio Education Technology

Drumeo – App
iZotope – Pro Audio Essentials
Mix With the Masters – 2019 Edition
Sennheiser – Pro Talk Series Season 2
SoundGym – The Gym For Your Ears
Universal Audio – Apollo Artist Sessions Volume XIII

Computer Audio Hardware

Apogee – Symphony I/O Mk II Dante + Pro Tools HD
Flock Audio – The PATCH System
Merging Technologies – Anubis
PreSonus – Studio c-Series
RME – M-32 Pro
Universal Audio – Apollo x16

DJ Production Technology (Hardware / Software)

Audio-Technica – AT-LP140XP Turntable
Audionamix – XTRAX Stems 2
Denon DJ – SC5000M Prime
KORG – Minilogue XD
Numark – Scratch
Roland – Serato TR-SYNC

Headphone / Earpiece Technology

64 Audio – N8
ADAM AudioStudio Pro – SP-5
Clear Tune Monitors – Da Vinci X
InEarz AudioZen – Universal IEM with ADEL Technology
Neumann – NDH 20
Sennheiser – IE PRO Series

Large Format Console Technology

Allen & Heath – dLive Mixing System Firmware V1.8
API – 2448 Console
Avid – VENUE S6L-24C Control Surface
DiGiCo – SD Series KLANG Integration
Solid State Logic – L550
Yamaha – Rivage V3.0

Microphone Preamplifiers

API – 312 50th Anniversary
Black Lion Audio – B173Quad
Metric Halo – ULN-8/3d
Royer Labs – dBooster In-Line Preamplifier
Rupert Neve Designs – 5211 Dual Mic Pre
Useful Arts Audio – SFP-30

Microphones – Recording

AEA – KU5A
Chandler Limited – TG Microphone
sE Electronics – sE2300
TELEFUNKEN – Alchemy Microphone Series
Townsend Labs – Sphere L22 v1.3
Vanguard Audio Labs – V1S+LOLLI

Microphones – Sound Reinforcement

Aston Microphones – Stealth
Audio-Technica – ATM350GL – Mic With Guitar Mount
DPA – d:fine 6066 Headset Mic
Earthworks – SR314
Electro-Voice – RE520
Shure – TwinPlex

Musical Instrument Application & Effects

Blackstar – HT20R MkII
BOSS – Nextone Guitar Amps
Eventide – Rose
Line 6 – HX Stomp
Strymon Engineering – Volante
VOX – VX50 GTV

Musical Instrument Hardware

Akai Professional – Force
Erica Synths – Sample Drum
Moog Music – Moog One
Nord – Grand
PreSonus – ATOM: Pad Controller

Musical Instrument Software

Bitwig – Studio 3: The Grid
EastWest Sounds – Hollywood Pop Brass
PreSonus – Notion 6.5
Softube – Monoment Bass
SoundMagic – Neo Piano
Spectrasonics – Omnisphere 2.5
Waves – Inspire Virtual Instruments Collection

Production Essentials

Cable Wrangler – Cable Wrangler
Carl Tatz Design – PhantomFocus Master Engineer Series eChair
Drawmer – CMC7 Surround Monitor Controller
Fredenstein – meterHUB
Sound Credit – Publisher/Tracker
Triad-Orbit – Starbird SB-1 Large Format Stand

Signal Processing Hardware

Bettermaker – Mastering Compressor
Gyraf Audio – G23-S Ambler Tilt Equalizer
Roland – VT-4 Voice Transformer
Solid State Logic – Fusion
Thermionic Culture – The Kite – Stereo EQ with Attitude
Whitestone Audio – P331 Tube Loading Amplifier

Signal Processing Hardware (500 Series Modules)

API – 550A 50th Anniversary Editon
Black Lion Audio – PBR8
Phoenix Audio – Gyrator EQ/500
Pulse Techniques – Pultec EQP-500X Equalizer
WesAudio – _dione
WesAudio – _prometheus

Signal Processing Software (Dynamics/EQ/Utilities)

Apogee – Apogee FX Native and Hardware DSP Plugins
FabFilter – Pro-Q 3
iZotope – Neutron 3
iZotope – RX 7
Kazrog – True Iron 7
Sonarworks – Reference 4.3

Signal Processing Software (Effects)

Acon Digital – Verberate 2
Eventide – SP2016 Reverb
iZotope – Nectar 3
Leapwing Audio – StageOne
Universal Audio – Capitol Chambers
Valhalla DSP – ValhallaDelay

Small Format Console Technology

Allen & Heath – SQ Digital Mixer Series V1.3
API – THE BOX 2
PreSonus – StudioLive 64
Solid State Logic – SiX
Tree Audio – Roots 500 Console
Yamaha – TF Console V4.0

Sound Reinforcement Loudspeakers

Clair Brothers – C10
d&b audiotechnik – KSL Line Array
JBL Professional – VTX A8 Line Array
L-Acoustics – ARCS A Series
Meyer Sound – ULTRA-X40
PreSonus – CDL12

Studio Monitors

ATC Loudspeaker Technology – SCM12i Pro
Augspurger Monitors – Treo 1015-V
Focal – Trio11 Be
Genelec – S360A SAM
IK Multimedia – iLoud MTM
Neumann – KH 750 DSP

Wireless Technology

Audio-Technica – 5000 Series (Third Generation)
Electro-Voice – RE3 UHF Wireless
Lectrosonics – D Squared System
Line 6 – Relay G10S
Sennheiser – XS Wireless Digital
Shure – Axient Digital ADX Transmitter

Workstation Technology/Recording Devices

Avid – Pro Tools 2019
Magix – ACID Pro Next
Merging Technologies – Pyramix 12.0
MOTU – Digital Performer 10
PreSonus – Studio One 4.5 Professional
Steinberg – Cubase Pro 10

Outstanding Creative Achievement Awards

Film Sound Production

20th Century Fox, Regency Enterprises, GK Films | 20th Century Fox – Bohemian Rhapsody
Columbia Pictures, Sony Pictures Animation, Marvel Entertainment | Sony Pictures Releasing – Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
Marvel Studios | Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures – Avengers: Endgame
Partiicpant Media Esperante Filmoj | Netflix – Roma
Warner Bros. Pictures – A Star Is Born

Interactive Entertainment Sound Production

EA DICE | Electronic Arts – Battlefield V
Insomniac Games | Sony Interactive Entertainment – Marvel Spider-Man
Massive Entertainment | Ubisoft – Tom Clancy’s The Division 2
Respawn Entertainment | Electronic Arts – Apex Legends
Treyarch | Activision – Call of Duty – Black Ops 4
Ubisoft Quebec | Ubisoft – Assassin’s Creed Odyssey

Record Production / Album

Blue Note Records – Begin Again, Norah Jones
Capitol Records – Egypt Station, Paul McCartney
DFA and Columbia Records – Electric Lady Sessions, LCD Soundsystem
Interscope Records – A Star Is Born (Soundtrack), Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper
Virgin EMI Records – It’s About Time, Chic

Record Production / Single or Track

i.am MEDIA / Entertainment One – “Be Nice” Black Eyed Peas feat Snoop Dogg
Capitol Records – “Back in Brazil”, Paul McCartney
Darkroom / Interscope Records – “Bad Guy”, Billie Eilish
Interscope – “Always Remember Us This Way”, Lady Gaga
RCA – “Talk”, Khalid

Remote Production / Recording or Broadcast

CBS – 61st Annual Grammy Awards
CMT – 2019 CMT Music Awards
HBO – 2019 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony
NBC – 2019 Billboard Music Awards
Red Bull TV – Sir Paul McCartney Live at ACL 2018

Studio Design Project

Francis Manzella Design Ltd. – Old Mill Road Recording, East Arlington, VT
Horacio Malvicino – Malvicino Design Group – Noisematch Studios, Miami, FL
Steven Durr Designs, LLC – Battery Lane Music, Nashville, TN
Walters-Storyk Design Group – Stitcher Studios, New York, NY
Walters-Storyk Design Group – Zhejiang Conservatory Of Music (ZJCM), Hangzhou, East China
Yanchar Design & Consulting Group/Carl J. Yanchar – One Union Recording Studios, San Francisco, CA

Television Sound Production

AMC – Better Call Saul
Fox – The Orville
HBO – Game of Thrones
NBC – Saturday Night Live
Netflix – Black Mirror

Tour Sound Production

Britannia Row – Beautiful Trauma World Tour, P!nk
Clair Global – An Evening With Fleetwood Mac, Fleetwood Mac
Clair Global – This Is America Tour, Childish Gambino
Clair Global – Farewell Yellow Brick Road, Elton John
Clair Global – Freshen Up, Paul McCartney