36th Annual TEC Awards Nominees

Posted by Iolanda Santos on Sep 17

The TEC Awards is a year-round celebration that recognizes and celebrates the individuals, companies and technical innovations behind the sound of recordings, live performances, films, television, video games, and multi-media. This year, the awards will be part of the online event, Believe in Music Week. You can find the full list of the nominees below.


The TEC Awards committee and the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) just announced the nominees across the 22 Technical Achievement and 7 Creative Achievement TEC Award categories!

Over a thousand products and projects were considered, and the final nominees represent those that, in the opinion of the nominating panel, represent superior accomplishment in their respective fields. Nominees include products and technologies from the likes of well-established brands, including Avid, JBL, Native Instruments, Pioneer, Roland, Yamaha and others, and emerging companies such as Spitfire Audio, Soyuz Microphones, and United Studio Tech making the list.

"Often disruption is a catalyst for innovation and inspiration, and while no one could have predicted the challenges of this year, each of the nominees has contributed new advancements to the industry which continues to raise the bar for audio and sound production," said Joe Lamond, NAMM President, and CEO.

Presented annually as a part of The NAMM Show, this year, the TEC Awards will join Believe in Music Week, held the week of January 18, 2021, where the winners of each category will be announced and honored.

Other notable changes include the discontinuation of the Audio Education Technology category, with entries moving to either the Audio Application or Software categories, and a temporary pause to nominations for the Tour Event Sound Production category until live touring can resume.

These are the nominees in the categories of Outstanding Technical Achievement:

Amplification Hardware/Studio & Sound Reinforcement

L-Acoustics LA-RAK II AVB
LEA Professional Connect Series

Audio Apps & Hardware/Peripherals for Smartphones & Tablets

Eventide Blackhole
IK Multimedia iRig Stream
Positive Grid BIAS FX 2 Mobile
Sonarworks SoundID
Steinberg Cubasis 3.0

Computer Audio Hardware

Antelope Audio Zen Studio Synergy Core
Hotone Audio JOGG
PreSonus Quantum 2626
Solid State Logic SSL 2+
Universal Audio Apollo Twin X
Universal Audio Apollo x4

DJ Production Technology (Hardware/Software)

Denon SC6000M
Native Instruments TRAKTOR KONTROL S3
Numark DJ2GO2 Touch
Pioneer DJ XDJ-XZ

Headphone / Earpiece Technology

Audio-Technica ATH-WP900
Austrian Audio Hi-X55
PreSonus Eris HD10BT
Shure Aonic 50

Large Format Console Technology

DiGiCo Quantum 338
Neve 8424
Solid State Logic ORIGIN
Stage Tec Avatus IP

Microphone Preamplifiers

1073OPX Neve
Focusrite ISA828 MkII
Grace Design M201 MKII
Neumann V 402
sE Electronics DM1
Thermionic Culture Snow Petrel

Microphones - Recording

AKG Lyra
Austrian Audio OC818
Earthworks Audio DK3 DrumKit System
Josephson Engineering C705
Townsend Labs Sphere L22 v1.4
United Studio Technologies UT Fet47

Microphones - Sound Reinforcement

Avantone Pro Kick
Countryman A3 Podium Mic
DPA Microphones 2028 Vocal Microphone
DPA Microphones 4097 Shotgun Microphone
Earthworks SR3314/SR5314
PreSonus PM-2
sE Electronics V Series

Musical Instrument Amplification & Effects

Line 6 POD Go
Softube Amp Room
Strymon Iridium
Yamaha THR30II WL

Musical Instrument Hardware

Cre8audio NiftyBUNDLE
Moog Matriarch
Roland FANTOM 8
Sequential Pro 3 / Pro 3 SE
Yamaha YC61

Musical Instrument Software

Celemony Melodyne 5
EastWest Sounds Hollywood Backup Singers
Sound Magic Neo Erhu
Spitfire Audio ALBION NEO
Spitfire Audio BBC Symphony Orchestra
Vienna Symphonic Library Big Bang Orchestra Series

Production Essentials

Audio-Technica Wireless Manager
IsoAcoustics ISO-PUCK 76
Radial Engineering HDI Tube Direct Box
Wes Lachot Design Group Hexaffusor 2-D Diffusor

Signal Processing Hardware

Bettermaker Bus Compressor
Black Lion Audio Bluey

Signal Processing Hardware (500 Series Modules)

AMS Neve RMX16
API 312
BAE Audio 73EQL
Cranborne Audio 500ADAT
Heritage Audio OST-10 V2.0
Meris Hedra
Retro Instruments 500PRE

Signal Processing Software (Dynamics/ EQ/Utilities)

Leapwing Audio DynOne 3
oeksound Ltd soothe2
Softube Weiss EQ1
Solid State Logic SSL Native

Signal Processing Software (Effects)

FabFilter Saturn 2
PreSonus Ampire
Sound Magic Neo Reverb

Small Format Console Technology

Allen & Heath Avantis
TASCAM Model 12
Waves LV1 Proton
Zoom Corporation LiveTrak L-8

Sound Reinforcement Loudspeakers

d&b audiotechnik A-Series
Electro-Voice EVOLVE 30M
L-Acoustics Kara II
Meyer Sound UPQ-D3

Studio Monitors

Avantone Pro CLA10
Barefoot Sound Footprint02
Dynaudio Core Series
JBL 104-BT
Ocean Way Audio HR5
PreSonus Eris E7 XT

Wireless Technology

Yamaha THR30II WL

Workstation Technology/Recording Devices

Merging Technologies Pyramix 25th Anniversary Edition
Steinberg Cubase Pro 10.5
Tracktion Corporation Waveform Free
Universal Audio LUNA Recording System
Zoom North America F6 Field Recorder

These are the nominees in 7 categories of Outstanding Creative Achievement:

Film Sound Production

"Ford v Ferrari" | 20th Century Fox / Chernin Entertainment
"El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie" |Netflix
"1917" | Universal Pictures / DreamWorks Pictures / Entertainment One
"Frozen II" | Walt Disney Pictures / Walt Disney Animation Studios
"Joker" | Warner Bros. Pictures / Village Roadshow Pictures / DC Films

Interactive Entertainment Sound Production

"Borderlands 3" | Gearbox software
"Call of Duty - Modern Warfare" | Infinity Ward
"Animal Crossing - New Horizons" | Nintendo
"Star Wars Jedi - Fallen Order" | Respawn Entertainment
"Death Stranding" | Sony Interactive Entertainment
"The Last of Us Part II" | Sony Interactive Entertainment

Record Production/Album

American Standard | James Taylor, Fantasy Records
After Hours | The Weeknd, XO and Republic Records

Record Production/Single or Track

Adore You, Harry Styles | Erskine and Columbia Records
Allergic, Post Malone | Republic
Fear Inoculum, Tool | Tool Dissectional and Volcano and RCA
Together, For King and Country, with Tori Kelly and Kirk Franklin | Word Entertainment
Blinding Lights, The Weeknd | XO Republic

Remote Production/Recording or Broadcast

92nd Academy Awards | ABC
62nd Annual GRAMMY™ Awards | CBS
Let's Go Crazy: The Grammy Salute to Prince | CBS
Kennedy Center Honors 2019 | CBS
53rd Annual Country Music Association Awards | CMT, Viacom
Studio Design Project
Carl Tatz Reaction Vessel
nonzero/architecture The Scoring Lab
Wes Lachot Design Group AMA Recording

Television Sound Production

"The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel" (Season 3) | Amazon Prime Video
"The Mandalorian" (Season 1) | Disney+
"Westworld" (Season 3) | HBO
"Watchmen" | HBO

The TEC Awards will also honor two individuals for their contributions to music and recording. Soon to be announced, an honoree who embodies the creative, innovative, and enterprising spirit of Les Paul will be honored with the Les Paul Innovation Award. Past Les Paul recipients include Joni Mitchell, Peter Frampton, Joe Perry (Aerosmith, Hollywood Vampires), Slash (Guns N' Roses), Don Was (Was, Not Was), Lindsey Buckingham (Fleetwood Mac), Pete Townsend, Stevie Wonder, Todd Rundgren, and others.

The NAMM TEC Hall of Fame, which was created nearly 30 years ago to honor the industry's most pioneering producers and audio recording professionals, will again induct an industry luminary to its list of honorees. Past recipients include Herb Trawick and Dave Pensado, Leslie Ann Jones (Skywalker Sound), Jack Douglas (Aerosmith, Miles Davis), Skunk Baxter (Steely Dan, Elton John), Ed Cherney (Eric Clapton, Bob Dylan), and others.

Voting for the 36th TEC Awards will begin November 19, 2020. Additional information can be found at TECAwards.org

Congratulations to the NAMM TEC Award Nominees!

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