2023 TEC Awards Finalists Announced

Michael Raine
October 27, 2022

NAMM has announced the finalists of the 38th Annual TEC Awards. Presented annually during The NAMM Show, the TEC Awards recognize the individuals, companies, and technical innovations behind the sound of recordings, live performances, films, television, video games, and multimedia. At the ceremony, one artist will be presented with the Les Paul Innovation Award. The annual award honors musical artists whose work has exemplified the creative application of audio technology.

In total, 21 Technical Achievement and Studio Design Project categories were evaluated by a group of industry experts from all facets of the pro audio and sound production industries. Finalists are those products and projects that, in the opinion of the nominating panel, represent superior accomplishments in their respective fields.

For invited members, voting in each category will begin on Dec. 21 and end on March 1, 2023. Finalists from the 22 categories will be selected by industry professionals across major music, sound, and game audio associations, along with pro audio focused media groups.

The finalists will be celebrated at The 2023 NAMM Show at the TEC Experience, a special, communal reception designed to gather the crossroads of the industry to applaud the achievements of the researchers and developers, product designers, marketers, and innovators behind the innovations. The event, which is open to all NAMM Show attendees and precedes the return of the TEC Awards in 2024, will be held on the campus of the Anaheim Convention Center on the evening of Thursday, April 13.

The 38th TEC Award nominees are:

Amplification Hardware - Studio & Sound Reinforcement
Amphion - Amp400.8
Avantone Pro - CLA400
Crest Audio - CPX-4
d&b audiotechnik - D40
K-Array - Kommander
L-Acoustics - LA7.A6i Amplified Controller

Audio Apps & Hardware/Peripherals for Smartphones/Tablets    
Apogee - Control 2 for iOS
Flock Audio - PATCH APP DX
JBL - Performance Manager
Moog Music - Animoog Z
Steinberg - Cubasis 3.4
Universal Audio - Volt 2 Audio Interface
Waves - MyFOH                      

Audio Education Technology                                  
Audio Test Kitchen - ATK Mobile
Audiomovers - Listento Plus
Berklee Press - Hip-Hop Production: Inside the Beats
iZotope - Are You Listening, Season 4 Video Series
Mix with the Masters - Mix with the Masters
Shure - Microphone Techniques for Recording Educational Booklet

Computer Audio Hardware  
Antelope Audio - Galaxy 32 Synergy Core                
Digital Audio Denmark - Core 256
Flock Audio - PATCH XT
Focusrite - Clarett+ Series
Focusrite - Vocaster
Neve - 88M
Universal Audio - Volt 276

Console Technology
Allen & Heath - Avantis V1.2
DiGiCo - SD12T Theatre Version
RØDE  - RØDECaster Pro II
Solid State Logic - ORIGIN
Solid State Logic - UC1 SSL Plug-in Controller
Waves - CA3000-MX Commercial Audio Mixer

DJ Production Technology (Hardware / Software)  
Numark - NS4FX
Omnitronic - TRM-422
Pioneer DJ - DDJ Rev-7
Reloop - Mixon 8 Pro
Roland - SP-404MKII Creative Sampler and Effector                    

Headphone / Earpiece Technology  
Audeze - MM-500
Audio-Technica - ATH-M50xMO
Austrian Audio - Hi-X60 Headphones
Jerry Harvey Audio - Sharona In-Ear Monitors
Neumann - NDH 30 Headphones
Shure - SRH840A Headphones
Ultimate Ears - UE Live In-Ear Monitors                      

Microphone Preamplifiers    
AEA - TRP500
Antelope Audio - Discrete 8 Pro Synergy Core
Audient - iD 44 Mk2
Daking Audio – Mic Pre 4T
Focusrite - Clarett+ OctoPre
Rupert Neve Designs - 5025 Dual Shelford Mic Pre
sE Electronics - DM2

Microphones - Recording    
AKG - Ara
Austrian Audio - CC8
Earthworks Audio - ETHOS
Lewitt - LCT 1040
Mojave Audio - MA-37
Warm Audio - WA-8000                      

Microphones - Sound Reinforcement
Audio-Technica - ATND1061
Austrian Audio - OC707 True Condenser Vocal Microphone
Austrian Audio - OD505 Active Dynamic Vocal Microphone
DPA - 4055 Kick Drum Mic
Neumann - Miniature Clip Mic System
Shure - KSM11 Wireless                                

Musical Instrument Amplification and Effects        
Ampeg - Micro VR Limited Edition White
BOSS - Katana Bass Guitar Amplifiers
BOSS - RE-202 Space Echo
Hotone - Ampero II StompSoftube - Marshall Murder One Lemmy Signature
Strymon - Deco V.2
Strymon - El Capistan V.2
Universal Audio - UAFX Dream '65 Reverb Amplifier                      

Musical Instrument Hardware
Moog Music - Etherwave Theremin
Moog Music - Mavis
Nord - Piano 5-88
Oberheim - OB-X8 Analog Synthesizer
Robkoo - Wind Synthesizer R1
Roland - JUNO-X Programmable Polyphonic Synthesizer                              

Musical Instrument Software
EastWest Sounds - Forbidden Planet
ILIO - Andy Narell Steel Pans — The Ellie Mannette Collection
Roland - Jupiter-4 Software Synthesizer
Spectrasonics - Omnisphere - Sonic Extensions
Sound Magic - China Ensemble
Universal Audio - UAD Opal Morphing Synthesizer
Vienna Symphonic Library - Synchron Brass
Vienna Symphonic Library - Synchron Woodwinds                      

Production Essentials
Genelec - GLM V4.2 GRADE Report
Merging Technologies - Ovation 10
Other World Computing - OWC Flex iU4
Radial Engineering - Power-1
Rational Acoustics - SMAART 8.5 Audio Analysis Software
U-he and Bitwig - CLAP                                  

Signal Processing Hardware
Antelope Audio - Synergy Core
Bettermaker - Stereo Passive Equalizer
Black Lion Audio - Auteur MK3
GC Audio - Density Compressor
Line 6 - DL4 MkII
Pultec  - MEQ-500 Jack Douglas Edition Midrange EQ
rockruepel - sidechain.one
Solid State Logic - THE BUS+                      

Signal Processing Software (Dynamics / EQ / Utilities)      
Eventide - SplitEQ
Softube - Overstayer M-A-S
Sonarworks - SoundID Reference Multichannel
Steinberg - SpectraLayers 9
Universal Audio - UAD Hitsville EQ Collection
Waves - Nx Germano Studios New York
Waves - SSL EV2 Channel                      

Signal Processing Software (Effects)          
FabFilter - Volcano 3
New Audio Technology - Spatial Audio Designer
Roland - JUNO-60 Chorus Software Effect
Softube - Atlantis Dual Chambers
Solid State Logic - X-Delay
Universal Audio - UAD AMS DMX Digital Delay & Pitch Shifter                                              

Sound Reinforcement Loudspeakers
Celestion - CF1025BMB
d&b audiotechnik - XSL-Series
DAS Audio - LARA Line Array
EAW - AC6 Column
Holoplot - Immersive Matrix Array
JBL - SRX900 Series
LD Systems - MAILA Intelligent Array
Meyer Sound - PANTHER                              

Studio Monitors
Augspurger - MX-65 MinimaX
Auratone - Active 5C Super Sound Cube
Focal - Solo6
Genelec - 6040R Smart Active Loudspeaker
Neumann - KH 750 AES67 Subwoofer
PreSonus - Eris E5 BT                      

Wireless Technology
Audio-Technica - 3000 Series IEM System
BOSS - Waza-Air Bass
Carvin Audio - IEM EM900 (500 MHz)
Lectrosonics - IFBlue
Sennheiser - Evolution EWD Wireless Mics

Workstation Technology / Recording Devices        
Merging Technologies - Pyramix 14
PreSonus - Studio One 5 Professional v.5.5
Steinberg - Cubase 12
Steinberg - Nuendo 12
Tracktion - Waveform Pro 12
Universal Audio - LUNA v1.2.5

Studio Design Project
Expanding Sky Studio - FM Design
Hermes Sound - Carl Tatz Design
MTSU - Middle Tennessee State University - Studios D and E - nonzero architecture
Rambling Rose Studio - Russ Berger Design Group
Spotify Content Campus at Mateo - WSDG - Walters-Storyk Design Group
Warm Studios - Alex Otto - Otto System Works

The TEC Awards will also honour an individual 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 Carol Kaye, Peter Frampton, Jackson Browne, 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.

For more information, go to www.tecawards.org.

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Michael Raine

Michael Raine is the Editor-In-Chief at NWC, publisher of Canadian Musician, Professional Sound, Professional Lighting & Production, and Canadian Music Trade magazines. He is also a co-host of the popular Canadian Musician Podcast. Michael has extensively covered nearly all aspects of the Canadian music business, as well as the pro audio, musical products, and the lighting and production industries.