NAMM and TEC Awards committee announce 36th Annual TEC Awards nominations

The National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) and TEC Awards committee have announced the nominees for the annual TEC Awards. The list covers 22 Technical Achievement and seven Creative Achievement TEC Award categories. 

The annual TEC Awards celebrates the individuals, companies and technical innovations behind the sound of recordings, live performances, films, television, video games, and multimedia.

In total, over 1,000 products and projects were nominated, with the final nominees representing, in the opinion of the nominating panel, ‘superior accomplishment’ in their respective fields.
Nominees include products and technologies from the likes of Avid, JBL, Native Instruments, Pioneer, Roland, Yamaha, as well as emerging companies such as Spitfire Audio, Soyuz Microphones, and United Studio Tech.

“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,” comments Joe Lamond, NAMM President, and CEO.

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

Additional 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.

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

The 36th TEC Award nominees in full:
Amplification Hardware/Studio & Sound Reinforcement
JBL – DSi 2.0
L-Acoustics – LA-RAK II AVB
LEA Professional – Connect Series
Powersoft – Quattrocanali 8804 DSP+D (install)
QSC – CX-Q Series
Yamaha – PC Series Amplifiers

Audio Apps & Hardware/Peripherals for Smartphones & Tablets
Eventide – Blackhole
IK Multimedia – iRig Stream
JBL – Compact Connect App
Positive Grid – BIAS FX 2 Mobile
Sonarworks – SoundID
Steinberg – Cubasis 3.0
Waves – MyMon Personal Monitor Mixing App

Computer Audio Hardware
Antelope Audio – Zen Studio Synergy Core
Apogee – Symphony Desktop
Hotone Audio – JOGG
PreSonus – Quantum 2626
Solid State Logic – SSL 2+
Universal Audio – Apollo Twin X
Universal Audio – Apollo x4 

DJ Production Technology
Akai – MPC Live 2
Denon – SC6000M
Native Instruments – TRAKTOR KONTROL S3
Novation – Launchpad Pro [MK3]
Numark – DJ2GO2 Touch
Pioneer DJ – XDJ-XZ
Roland – DJ-707M DJ Controller

Headphone/Earpiece Technology
AKG – K300 Series
Audeze – LCD-1 Open Back
Audio-Technica – ATH-WP900
Austrian Audio – Hi-X55
PreSonus – Eris HD10BT
Sennheiser – HD 25 Limited Edition
Shure – Aonic 50 

Large Format Console Technology
Avid – VENUE | S6L-48D
DiGiCo – Quantum 338
Lawo – mc296 Xtra Fader Version
Neve – 8424
Solid State Logic – ORIGIN
Stage Tec – Avatus IP
Yamaha – RIVAGE PM5

Microphone Preamplifiers
Focusrite – ISA828 MkII
Grace Design – M201 MKII
Neumann – V 402
Neve – 1073OPX
sE Electronics – DM1
Soyuz – The Launcher
Thermionic Culture – Snow Petrel

Microphones – Recording
AEA – R88A Blumlein Stereo Microphone
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
Ampeg – Heritage 50th Anniversary SVT
Kemper – Profiler Kabinet
Line 6 – POD Go
Softube – Amp Room
Softube – Kerry King Signature
Strymon – Iridium
Yamaha – THR30II WL 

Musical Instrument Hardware
Cre8audio – NiftyBUNDLE
Kemper – Profiler Stage
Korg – Volca Sample 2
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
Universal Audio – Moog Minimoog LUNA Instrument
Vienna Symphonic Library – Big Bang Orchestra Series 

Production Essentials
Audinate AVIO Dante Adapters
Audio-Technica – Wireless Manager
GeerFab Audio – D.BOB (Digital Breakout Box)
IsoAcoustics – ISO-PUCK 76
Radial Engineering – HDI Tube Direct Box
Ultimate Support – MDS Series Modular Device Stands
Wes Lachot Design Group – Hexaffusor 2-D Diffusor 

Signal Processing Hardware
Alto Music – Black Lion Audio Bluey
API – 2500+ Stereo Bus Compressor
Bettermaker – Bus Compressor
Black Lion Audio – Bluey
Little Labs – LL2A Compressor Limiter
McDSP – APB-16 Analog Processing Box
Pulse Techniques – Pultec EQM-1S Mastering Equalizer 

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 – Chandler Limited Germanium Compressor
Softube – Weiss EQ1
Solid State Logic – SSL Native
Sound Magic – Neo EQ Grand Collection
Universal Audio – Neve 1084 Preamp & EQ Plug-In 

Signal Processing Software – Effects
Brainworx – bx_console SSL 9000 J
FabFilter – Saturn 2
iZotope – Stutter Edit 2
Kazrog – True Dynamics
PreSonus – Ampire
Sound Magic – Neo Reverb
Waves – Abbey Road Saturator

Small Format Console Technology
Allen & Heath – Avantis
Mackie – ProFXv3 Series
PreSonus – StudioLive ARc Series
Softube – Console 1 Fader
TASCAM – Model 12
Waves – LV1 Proton
Zoom Corporation – LiveTrak L-8

Sound Reinforcement Loudspeakers
d&b audiotechnik – A-Series
Electro-Voice – EVOLVE 30M
JBL – EON ONE Compact
JBL – VTX B28 Subwoofer
L-Acoustics – Kara II
Meyer Sound – UPQ-D3
Yamaha – STAGEPAS 1K 

Studio Monitors
Avantone Pro – CLA10
Barefoot Sound – Footprint02
Dynaudio – Core Series
Genelec – W371A Adaptive Woofer System
JBL – 104-BT
Ocean Way Audio – HR5
PreSonus – Eris E7 XT

Wireless Technology
Audio-Technica – 3000 Series with Network Control and Monitoring
Clear-Com – FreeSpeak Edge wireless intercom
Hooke Audio – Verse 3D Audio Wireless Recording System – V2 Software
Lectrosonics – DPR Digital Plug-on Transmitter
Sennheiser – XS Wireless Digital Pedalboard Set
Shure – Axient Digital AD3 plug-on wireless transmitter
Yamaha – THR30II WL 

Workstation Technology/Recording Devices
Merging Technologies – Pyramix 25th Anniversary Edition
Neve – GenesysControl Plug In
PreSonus – Studio One Professional 5.0
Steinberg – Cubase Pro 10.5
Tracktion Corporation – Waveform Free
Universal Audio – LUNA Recording System
Zoom North America – F6 Field Recorder

Studio Design Project
AMA Recording – Wes Lachot Design Group
Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music, Tisch School of the Arts, NYU – FM Design
Coast Mastering – Michael Romanowski
Reaction Vessel – Carl Tatz
Studio 21A – WSDG
The Scoring Lab – nonzero/architecture 

Record Production / Album
After Hours, The Weeknd, XO and Republic Records
American Standard, James Taylor, Fantasy Records
Care Package, Drake, OVO Sound and Republic Records
Future Nostalgia, Dua Lipa, Warner Records
Hot Pink, Doja Cat, Kemosabe & RCA
Hyperspace, Beck, Capitol Records 

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

Remote Production / Recording or Broadcast
53rd Annual Country Music Association Awards, CMT, Viacom
92nd Academy Awards, ABC
Let’s Go Crazy: The Grammy Salute to Prince, CBS
Kennedy Center Honors 2019, CBS
62nd Annual GRAMMY™ Awards, CBS

 Television Sound Production
“Saturday Night Live,” NBCUniversal
“The Mandalorian” (Season 1),Disney+
“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” (Season 3), Amazon Prime Video
“Watchmen,” HBO
“Westworld,” (Season 3), HBO

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

Interactive Entertainment Sound Production
“Animal Crossing – New Horizons,” Nintendo
“Borderlands 3,” Gearbox software
“Call of Duty – Modern Warfare,” Infinity Ward
“Death Stranding,” Sony Interactive Entertainment
“Star Wars Jedi – Fallen Order,” Respawn Entertainment
“The Last of Us Part II,” Sony Interactive Entertainment