Winners in 31 technical and creative achievement categories were announced at the32nd Annual NAMM TEC AWARDS, presented annually by the NAMM Foundation and held January 21 in Anaheim, CA. The annual event celebrates the best in professional audio and sound production and is held during The NAMM Show, the world’s leading global music industry trade event. Comedian Sinbad returned to host for the third time.

Four companies – AVID, iZotope, Sennheiser and Solid State Logic – scored several Outstanding Technical Achievement awards, each taking home two statues each. AVID’s Pro Tools Dock and Pro Tools 12.3 picked up in Workstation Technology and Audio Apps & Hardware categories; iZotope in a new designation: Audio Education Technology, for the company’s Pro Audio Essentials and the Ozone 7 Advanced in the category of Signal Processing Software; Sennheiser in Wireless and Headphone/Earpiece Technology categories for the Wireless G3 A-1 Band and the HD 25 Plus and finally Solid State Logic for Large and Small Console Technology categories for the System T and the Sigma Delta. Outstanding Technical Achievement honors were chosen in 23 categories.

“Game of Thrones” returned for its second win in a year for Outstanding Creative Achievement in the Television Sound Production category. Following a posthumous recent birthday milestone, David Bowie’s Blackstar EP won in two categories – Record Production Album & Single respectively. Several Star Wars-themed projects beat out the competition as well: Star Wars: The Force Awakens from Lucasfilm won for Film Sound Production while Star Wars: Battlefront won for Interactive Entertainment Sound Production. Outstanding Creative Achievement honors were chosen in eight categories.

Joe Perry, one of music’s most significant artists and executives, received the evening’s highest honor, the Les Paul Award,presented to remarkably-distinguished and accomplished individuals from the music industry. Hollywood Vampires bandmate and actor Johnny Depp presented Perry with the award, then joined Perry, Brad Whitford, and Alice Cooper on stage for a live performance.

Perry dedicated the award to his manager Howard Kaufman, who recently passed away. News is forthcoming related to Perry’s upcoming sixth solo album.

Amplification Hardware – Studio & Sound Reinforcement
Crown XLS DriveCore 2

Ancillary Equipment
Rupert Neve Designs RNHP: Precision Headphone Amplifier

Audio Apps & Hardware/Peripherals for Smartphones/Tablets
AVID Pro Tools | Dock

Audio Education Technology – (new category)
iZotope Pro Audio Essentials

Computer Audio Hardware
Universal Audio Apollo Twin USB Interface

DJ Production Technology – Hardware/Software – (new category)
Native Instruments TRAKTOR Kontrol S5

Headphone / Earpiece Technology
Sennheiser HD 25 Plus

Large Format Console Technology
Solid State Logic System T

Microphone Preamplifiers
AMS Neve 1073DPX

Microphones – Recording
Schoeps ORTF-3D

Microphones – Sound Reinforcement
Shure KSM8 Dualdyne

Musical Instrument Amplification & Effects
Softube Marshall JMP 2203

Musical Instrument Hardware
Moog Music Mother-32

Musical Instrument Software
Softube Marshall Bluesbreaker 1962

Signal Processing Hardware
Warm Audio WA-2A Tube Opto Compressor

Signal Processing Hardware (500 Series Modules)
API 512V

Signal Processing Software (Dynamics / EQ / Utilities)
iZotope Ozone 7 Advanced

Signal Processing Software (Effects)
Soundtoys 5

Small Format Console Technology
Solid State Logic Sigma Delta

Sound Reinforcement Loudspeakers
Meyer Sound MJF-208 Stage Monitor

Studio Monitors
Genelec 8430A IP SAM

Wireless Technology
Sennheiser evolution Wireless G3 A-1 Band

Workstation Technology / Recording Devices
AVID Pro Tools 12.3

Film Sound Production
Lucasfilm Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Interactive Entertainment Sound Production
DICE / Electronic Arts Star Wars: Battlefront

Record Production – Album
David Bowie Blackstar

Record Production – Single
David Bowie Blackstar

Remote Production – Recording or Broadcast
CBS 58th Grammy Awards

Studio Design Project
Walters-Storyk Design Group Boston Symphony Orchestra Control Room

Television Sound Production
HBO Game of Thrones

Tour/Event Sound Production
Sting and Peter Gabriel Rock Paper Scissors North American Tour


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Michael Sandoval

Michael created MUSE/MUSE TV after a career in professional sports and journalism. Born and raised in Los Angeles, California. He attended Don Bosco Technical Institute in which he studied Electronics and Computer Science and California State University, Fullerton in which he graduated with a degree from the College of Communication in Journalism. He is a big Foo Fighters fan, loves Star Wars and loves photography.
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