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2015 TEC Awards Honour Best Music & Sound

2015 NAMM Show - 30th Anniversary TEC AwardsRecording, audio,and music industry professionals honoured excellence in sound technology and creativity at the 30th Annual NAMM TEC Awards**,** held on Saturday, Jan. 24 in Anaheim, CA. The TEC Awards celebrate excellence in 30 creative and technical achievement categories. The awards are held annually during the NAMM Show, which draws more than 95,000 members of the music products industry to Anaheim.

“The people and products that were nominated at this year’s TEC Awards, especially on this milestone 30th anniversary, deserve our respect and admiration,” said Joe Lamond, president and CEO of NAMM. “And those select few who have gone home with a coveted TEC Award have set a high bar for the industry. These are the tools and sounds that will shape the music we will be listening to for years to come.”

Winners in the creative category include the production team behind the number one hit song “Happy” from Pharrell Williams, audio production experts from the hit film Gravity, and sound professionals in the tour/event category for Sting & Paul Simon: On Stage Tour, among others.

Everything from wireless technology to software and an earpiece technology company were recognized in the evening’s technical achievement categories. Native Instrument’s Razor 1.5 instrument software nabbed the top spot for Musical Instrument Software, while Shure’s GLXD6 Guitar Pedal Receiver with Tuner edged out competitors in Wireless Technology. Other winners in technical achievement include DPA Microphones’ d:screet Necklace, honoured for Sound Reinforcement.

Comedian and musician, Sinbad served as the evening’s host. Bassist Nathan East and iconic music engineer Ed Cherney were inducted into the NAMM TEC Awards Hall of Fame.

Iconic guitarist Slash received the evening’s highest honour, the Les Paul Award**,** named for the revolutionary inventor and esteemed musician. The award recognizes individuals or institutions that have set the highest standards of excellence in the creative application of audio and music technology. A tribute band in Slash’s honor included Orianthi, Don Was, Alex Acuna and Kenny Aranoff.

**CREATIVE ACHIEVEMENT**
**RECORD PRODUCTION / SINGLE OR TRACK**** **“Happy,” Pharrell Williams
**RECORD PRODUCTION / ALBUM**** ***Lazaretto*, Jack White
**TOUR / EVENT SOUND PRODUCTION**** **Sting & Paul Simon: On Stage Tour
**REMOTE PRODUCTION / RECORDING OR BROADCAST**** **56th Annual GRAMMY Awards
**FILM SOUND PRODUCTION**** ***Gravity*
**TELEVISION SOUND PRODUCTION**** ***Game of Thrones*
**INTERACTIVE ENTERTAINMENT SOUND PRODUCTION**** ***Call of Duty: Ghosts*
**STUDIO DESIGN PROJECT**** **Berklee College of Music, 160 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston, MA
** ****TECHNICAL ACHIEVEMENT**
**ANCILLARY EQUIPMENT**** **API 505 DI 500-Series DI Module
**AUDIO APPS FOR SMARTPHONES & TABLETS**** **PreSonus Capture for iPad
**HARDWARE / PERIPHERALS FOR SMARTPHONES & TABLETS**** **Apogee MiC 96k
**MICROPHONE PREAMPLIFIERS**** **Rupert Neve Designs Shelford 5052
**STUDIO MONITORS**** **Genelec 8010
**RECORDING DEVICES**** **Zoom H5 Handy Recorder
**MUSICAL INSTRUMENT AMPLIFICATION & EFFECTS**** **Line 6 POD HD Pro X
**AMPLIFICATION HARDWARE – STUDIO & SOUND REINFORCEMENT**** **Grace Design m920 Monitoring System
**COMPUTER AUDIO HARDWARE**** **Universal Audio Apollo Twin
**MUSICAL INSTRUMENT HARDWARE**** **Nord Lead A1
**MUSICAL INSTRUMENT SOFTWARE**** **Native Instruments Razor 1.5
**SIGNAL PROCESSING HARDWARE**** **Dangerous Music The Dangerous Compressor
**SIGNAL PROCESSING HARDWARE (500-Series modules)**** **Rupert Neve Designs 551 EQ
**SIGNAL PROCESSING SOFTWARE**** **iZotope RX3 Audio Repair Suite
**SOUND REINFORCEMENT LOUDSPEAKERS**** **Meyer Sound LYON
**MICROPHONES – SOUND REINFORCEMENT**** **DPA Microphones d:screet Necklace
**MICROPHONES – RECORDING**** **Neumann TLM 107
**HEADPHONE / EARPIECE TECHNOLOGY**** **AKG K812 Headphones
**WIRELESS TECHNOLOGY**** **Shure GLXD6 Guitar Pedal Receiver with Tuner
**WORKSTATION TECHNOLOGY**** **Steinberg Cubase 7.5
**SMALL FORMAT CONSOLE TECHNOLOGY**** **Solid State Logic Matrix 2
**LARGE FORMAT CONSOLE TECHNOLOGY**** **API “The Box”
For more information, visit [www.tecawards.org](http://www.tecawards.org).