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Genelec, PreSonus and UA scoop NAMM TEC Awards

Posted on: Tuesday 14th of June 2022

The first in-person TEC Awards since 2020 saw winners announced across 21 technical excellence and seven creative excellence categories. Yes… there was Californian wine and song, extravagant hairstyles (Dorian – but certainly not Gray) and creative awards for musicians who won Grammys before you were born.
For only the second time in TEC history, three companies won two awards each in Outstanding Technical Achievement. They were Genelec (Loudspeaker Manager – GLM V4.0 in Production Essentials and FM Design in Studio Design Project); PreSonus (Sphere in Audio Education Technology and ATOM SQ in DJ Production Technology); and Universal Audio (UAFX Golden Reverberator in Musical Instrument Amplification and Effects and LUNA Recording System v1.1.8 in Workstation Technology). (pictured – Steffenee Copley, Genelec Western District Sales Manager, accepted both the technical award on behalf of the Genelec team and the creative achievement award on behalf of FM Design)

Sequential was the winner of the Musical Instrument Hardware award for its Prophet 5. In his acceptance speech, David Gibbons of Sequential/Oberheim paid tribute to the recent (31st May 2022) unexpected death of company founder Dave Smith: “Life is a series of wins and losses. And the world of MI spent a huge loss this week. Dave Smith, founder of Sequential, creator of the Prophet 5, passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday. He was more than just the founder, he was an innovator, a mentor, and friend. His passing broke our hearts. And in so many ways, his life’s work broke the mould for synthesizer design.”  Smith’s work shaped the modern audio landscape. He will be familiar to many readers as the (co-)creator of the MIDI standard… or for his physical modeling synthesis designs when he worked for Yamaha… or maybe for the Korg Wavestation synth he designed… and lets not forget he developed the world’s first software based synthesizer (Creative Labs AWE64).

37th Annual TEC Award winners:

Audio Apps & Hardware/Peripherals for Smartphones & Tablets
Shure – Wireless Workbench 6.14.1

Audio Education Technology
PreSonus Audio – Electronics Sphere

Computer Audio Hardware
Rupert Neve Designs – MBC: Dual Path A-D Converter & Limiter

DJ Production Technology (Hardware/Software)
PreSonus Audio Electronics – ATOM SQ

Headphone/Earpiece Technology
Austrian Audio – Hi-X65 Professional Open-Back Over-Ear Headphones

Large Format Console Technology
Neve – 8424

Microphone Preamplifiers
Audient – iD4 MKII

Microphones – Recording
TELEFUNKEN Elektroakustik – TF11 FET

Microphones – Sound Reinforcement
sE Electronics – V7 VE

Musical Instrument Amplification & Effects
Universal Audio – UAFX Golden Reverberator

Musical Instrument Hardware
Sequential – Prophet-5

Musical Instrument Software
EastWest Sounds – Hollywood Orchestra Opus Edition

Production Essentials
Genelec – Loudspeaker Manager – GLM V4.0

Signal Processing Hardware
Rupert Neve Designs – 5254 Dual Diode Bridge Compressor

Signal Processing Software (Dynamics/EQ/Utilities)
iZotope – RX 8

Signal Processing Software (Effects)
FabFilter – Timeless 3

Small Format Console Technology
Solid State Logic – UF8 Advanced DAW Controller

Sound Reinforcement Loudspeakers
Meyer Sound – ULTRA-X20 Compact Wide Coverage Loudspeaker

Studio Monitors
EVE Audio – SC4070

Wireless Technology
Sennheiser – Evolution Wireless Digital

Workstation Technology/Recording Devices
Universal Audio – LUNA Recording System v1.1.8

Film/Sound Production
Soul, Disney+

Interactive Entertainment Sound Production
Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, Ubisoft

Remote Production – Recording or Broadcast
The Late Show With Stephen Colbert, CBS

Record Production – Album
McCartney III, Paul McCartney, Capitol

Record Production – Single or Track
Lost Cause, Billie Eilish, Darkroom/Interscope

Television Sound Production
The Mandalorian, Season 2 – Disney+

Studio Design Project
Genelec Immersive Experience Center, Natick, MA FM Design

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