NAMM Foundation announces TECnology Hall of Fame inductees

The NAMM Foundation has announced that eight ‘culturally significant’ musical inventions ranging from 1954 through 1998 will be inducted to its TECnology Hall of Fame in a special ceremony at The NAMM Show in Anaheim, California.

The ceremony will be presented by The NAMM Museum of Making Music and will be hosted by veteran pro audio journalist George Petersen.

Founded in 2004 to honour and recognise audio products and innovations that have made a significant contribution to the advancement of audio technology, each entry must be at least 10 years or older to be considered for the honour.

The foundation believes each of the inductees has demonstrated a staying power that has both influenced and transcended many generations of music-makers.

The 2017 TECnology Hall of Fame inductees are as follows:


Decca Tree


Neumann U67 Condenser Microphone


The Wah-Wah Pedal




The Wendel Drum Machine


API Audio Lunchbox 500-series


Neutrik Speakon connector


AEA R44-C ribbon microphone

The TECnology Hall of Fame Ceremony will take place from 2-4pm on Saturday, January 21 in Room 202A, several hours before the NAMM Foundation celebrates the pro audio community at the 32nd Annual NAMM TEC Awards.

Winners in the categories of Outstanding Technical Achievement and Outstanding Creative Achievement will be announced during the TEC Awards show, hosted by comedian Sinbad. Aerosmith co-founder and lead guitarist Joe Perry will receive the prestigious Les Paul Award and perform several songs, while the band’s engineer and producer Jack Douglas will be inducted into the NAMM TEC Hall of Fame.

Tickets for The NAMM TEC Awards can be purchased on site or in advance here for $50 (general admission) or $175 (VIP).