These are the winners of the 33rd Annual NAMM TEC awards

The winners of the 31 technical and creative achievement categories of the 33rd Annual NAMM TEC Awards have been announced.

Presented annually by the NAMM Foundation, the event recognises the individuals, companies and technical innovations behind the sound of recordings, live performances, films, television, video games and multi-media.

This year’s ceremony was hosted by comedian and multi-instrumentalist Demetri Martin and saw several companies score dual wins for Outstanding Technical Achievement.

Highlights include Sennheiser, which picked up two awards for the HD 200 PRO (Headphone/Earpiece Technology) and the company’s Pro Talk Series (Audio Education Technology). And QSC celebrated just as many wins for its QSC K.2 Series (Sound Reinforcement Loudspeakers) and QSC Q-SYS Core 510i (Signal Processing Hardware).

Many additional awards were given in variety of categories that ranged from Studio Design Project to Wireless Technology and also included honours to JBL for its Intonato, and AKG for its C636, in the categories of Amplification Hardware/Studio & Sound Reinforcement and Microphones respectively.

One night before ‘music’s biggest night,’ voters chose The 59th Annual GRAMMY Awards for best Remote Production/Recording or Broadcast in the Outstanding Creative Achievement category. Before Bruno Mars heads to the The 60th Annual GRAMMY Awards, where he’s also nominated, several of his projects won the night in the creative category for Record Production/Album, Record Production/Single or Track and Tour Sound Production, all for “24K Magic.”

Jackson Browne, one of music’s most iconic artists and executives, received the evening’s highest honour, the Les Paul Innovation Award, which is presented annually to remarkably-distinguished and accomplished individuals from the music industry. Michael Braunstein, President of the Les Paul Foundation, introduced Jackson before he hit the stage with the evening’s NAMM TEC Hall of Fame inductees, The Section, for a finale that included Jackson’s signature “Running on Empty” single.

Jackson remarked: “Thank you for this incredible honour. It means so much to be honoured by you because I’ve relied on the kindness of engineers and their knowledge in the studio and equipment my whole life. These people know everything I don’t know but they put their technical expertise at the service of the music – at the service of the song. I am indebted to them and I’m indebted to you all who make the gear.”

The NAMM TEC Awards were held during The 2018 NAMM Show.

In total, winners in the 31 categories were selected from 182 nominees. Check out the full list below:


Amplification Hardware/studio & Sound Reinforcement
JBL Intonato

Audio Apps & Hardware/Peripherals for Smartphones & Tablets
iZotope Spire: Multitrack Music Recorder

Audio Education Technology
Sennheiser Pro Talk Series

Computer Audio Hardware
Universal Audio Apollo Twin MkII QUAD

DJ Production Technology (Hardware/Software)
Akai Professional MPC Live

Headphone/Earpiece Technology
Sennheiser HD 200 PRO

Large Format Console Technology
Solid State Logic AWS Delta V2

Microphone Preamplifiers
Rupert Neve Designs Shelford Channel

Microphones – Recording
Audio Technica AT5047

Microphones – Sound Reinforcement
AKG C636

Musical Instrument Amplification & Effects
Line 6 Helix LT

Musical Instrument Hardware
Nord Stage 3

Musical Instrument Software
Spectrasonics Keyscape

Production Essentials
PreSonus FaderPort 8

Signal Processing Hardware
QSC Q-SYS Core 510i

Signal Processing Hardware (500 Series Modules)
Elysia pressor 500

Signal Processing Software (Dynamics / EQ / Utilities)
Universal Audio SSL 4000 E Channel Strip Plugin

Signal Processing Software (Effects)
Soundtoys EchoBoy Jr.

Small Format Console Technology
Solid State Logic Nucleus 2

Sound Reinforcement Loudspeakers
QSC K.2 Series

Studio Monitors
Genelec 8331 | 8341 The Ones

Wireless Technology
Shure Axient Digitals Wireless System

Workstation Technology/Recording Devices
Avid Pro Tools12.8


Film Sound Production
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Interactive Entertainment Sound Production
Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare

Record Production/Album
24K Magic – Bruno Mars

Record Production/Single or Track
24K Magic – Bruno Mars

Remote Production/Recording or Broadcasting
59th Annual GRAMMY Awards

Studio Design Project
The Barn

Television Sound Production
Game of Thrones

Tour Event Sound Production
Bruno Mars 24K – Magic World Tour

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