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SSL, Sennheiser and JBL among NAMM TEC Awards big winners

The 34th annual TEC Awards took place at the NAMM show in Anaheim on Saturday, January 26

Solid State Logic, Sennheiser and JBL were among the big winners at the 34th annual NAMM TEC Awards, on a night that also saw rock icon Peter Frampton receive the Les Paul Award for innovation.

Held at the NAMM Show in Anaheim, CA on Saturday, January 26, and presented by returning host comedian Demetri Martin, the TEC Awards once again honoured the biggest innovations and achievements in studio, live and broadcast audio.

JBL scored two wins on the night – one for its 3 Series MkII under the Studio Monitors category and another in Sound Reinforcement Loudspeakers for its VTX A12W Line Array Loudspeaker. Elsewhere, in the Large Format Console Technology category, Solid State Logic emerged victorious with it SSL Live L100, while in the Microphones – Sound Reinforcement category, Sennheiser was recognised for its HSP Essential Omni.

In addition, Steve Lukather was on hand to introduce GRAMMY award-winning guitarist, singer-songwriter Peter Frampton as the latest recipient of the Les Paul Innovation Award. After performing several classics such as I Want You to Love Me, and Blackhole Sun, dedicated to the late Chris Cornell, Frampton said “Les Paul was the godfather of modern recording, the most innovative of guitar players, and the creator of what we do. It’s a debt we all owe him. Whatever I’ve done to win this amazing recognition started with Les. Les showed us that innovation isn’t about high tech or money – it’s about ideas and using the tools at your disposal to make music in ways it’s never been made before.”

The award has been presented annually to some of the most revered musicians in the music industry, such as Jackson Browne, Joe Perry, Todd Rundgren, Pete Townshend, Lindsey Buckingham and many others.

You can see the full list of winners below.


Amplification Hardware/Studio & Sound Reinforcement
Grace Design – m908 Surround Monitor Controller

Audio Apps & Hardware/Peripherals for Smartphones & Tablets
Yamaha – CL/QL StageMix v.7

Audio Education Technology
Produce Like A Pro – Produce Like A Pro

Computer Audio Hardware
Universal Audio – Arrow

DJ Production Technology (Hardware/Software)
Pioneer DJ – DDJ-1000 Controller

Headphone/Earpiece Technology
Audio-Technica – ATH-M60x

Large Format Console Technology
Solid State Logic – SSL Live L100

Microphone Preamplifiers
Rupert Neve Designs – RMP-D8

Microphones – Recording
Neumann – U 67

Microphones – Sound Reinforcement
Sennheiser – HSP Essential Omni

Musical Instrument Amplification & Effects
Universal Audio – OX Amp Top Box

Musical Instrument Hardware
Dave Smith Instruments – Sequential Prophet X

Musical Instrument Software
EastWest Sounds – Hollywood Choirs

Production Essentials
PreSonus – FaderPort 16

Signal Processing Hardware
Eventide – H9000

Signal Processing Hardware (500 Series Modules)
API – 529 Stereo Compressor

Signal Processing Software (Dynamics/EQ /Utilities)
iZotope – Ozone 8 Mastering Suite

Signal Processing Software (Effects)
Soundtoys – Little Plate Plug-In

Small Format Console Technology
Allen & Heath – SQ Series Mixers

Sound Reinforcement Loudspeakers

Studio Monitors
JBL – 3 Series MkII

Wireless Technology
Sennheiser – evolution wireless G4

Workstation Technology/Recording Devices
Avid – Pro Tools Ultimate


Film Sound Production
Black Panther (Marvel Studios / Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures)

Interactive Entertainment Sound Production
Star Wars Battlefront II (DICE / Electronic Arts)

Record Production/Album
Colors, Beck (Capitol)

Record Production/Single or Track
“This Is America,” Childish Gambino (mcDJ / RCA)

Remote Production/Recording or Broadcasting
60th Annual GRAMMY Awards (CBS Television Network)

Studio Design Project
Sound on Sound Studios, Montclair, NJ (David Amlen)

Television Sound Production
Game of Thrones (HBO / Warner Bros. Television)

Tour Event Sound Production
Man of the Woods Tour, Justin Timberlake (Clair Global)