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NAMM 2020: Joni Mitchell, Shure and Genelec honoured at TEC Awards

Legendary artist Joni Mitchell was honoured at the event with the 2020 Les Paul Innovation Award


PHOTO: Getty images for NAMM

Saturday night at NAMM 2020 saw pro audio giants Shure and Genelec scoop top honours at this year’s prestigious TEC Awards.

On an evening that also saw legendary artist Joni Mitchell honoured with the 2020 Les Paul Innovation Award, the pro audio industry’s finest turned out in force to celebrate some of the most exciting achievements in sound from the past 12 months.

For the first time, three companies won two awards each in the Outstanding Technical Achievement category. They were Genelec (for its Aural ID and S360 A SAM products), Universal Audio (for Apollo x16 and its Capital Chambers PlugIn), and API (2448 Console and the 550A 50th Anniversary Edition 3 band EQ product). 

In Technical Achievement, winners picked up honors in Wireless Technology (Shure), Microphones-Recording (Townsend Labs), DJ Production (KORG), and several additional categories in Headphone/Earpiece Technology, Music Instrument Amplification & Effects, Production Essentials and more.

To close the evening, Herbie Hancock presented Mitchell with the Les Paul Innovation Award, commenting “it’s hard to imagine a world without this courageous woman’s brave songs and records”.

Mitchell remarked that she was “truly honored,” as several artists took the stage to perform some of the most iconic songs from her peerless catalogue. Performers included Suzanne Santo for ‘The River’; Kevin Ross for ‘A Case of You’; Weyes Blood for ‘Woodstock’; and Venice performing ‘Free Man In Paris’. 

The Les Paul Innovation Award has been presented annually to distinguished individuals from the music industry, such as Jackson Browne, Joe Perry (Aerosmith), Paul McCartney, Neil Young, and 2019’s recipient, Peter Frampton. 

Earlier in the evening, recording engineer Dave Pensado and industry veteran Herb Trawick, the creative duo behind the weekly web series Pensado’s Place, were named recipients of the 2020 TEC Hall of Fame award. 

See below for the full list of winners.




Amplification Hardware/Studio & Sound Reinforcement

Auratone – A2-30 

Audio Apps & Hardware/Peripherals for Smartphones & Tablets

Genelec – Aural ID 

Audio Education Technology

iZotope – Pro Audio Essentials

Computer Audio Hardware

Universal Audio – Apollo x16 

DJ Production Technology (Hardware/Software)

KORG – minilogue xd

Headphone/Earpiece Technology

Neumann – NDH 20

Large Format Console Technology

API – 2448 Console

Microphone Preamplifiers

Rupert Neve Designs – 5211 Dual Mic Pre

Microphones – Recording

Townsend Labs – Sphere L22 v1.3

Microphones – Sound Reinforcement

Aston Microphones – Stealth

Musical Instrument Amplification & Effects

Line 6 – HX Stomp

Musical Instrument Hardware

Moog Music – Moog One

Musical Instrument Software

Spectrasonics – Omnisphere 2.5

Production Essentials

Cable Wrangler

Signal Processing Hardware

Solid State Logic – Fusion

Signal Processing Hardware (500 Series Modules) 

API – 550A 50thAnniversary Edition 

Signal Processing Software (Dynamics/EQ /Utilities)

FabFilter – Pro-Q 3

Signal Processing Software (Effects)

Universal Audio – Capitol Chambers

Small Format Console Technology

Allen & Heath – SQ Digital Mixer Series V1.3

Sound Reinforcement Loudspeakers

JBL Professional – VTX A8 Line Array

Studio Monitors

Genelec – S360A SAM

Wireless Technology

Shure – Axient Digital ADX Transmitter

Workstation Technology/Recording Devices

Avid – Pro Tools 2019




Film Sound Production

Bohemian Rhapsody (20thCentury Fox, Regency Enterprises, GK Films)

Interactive Entertainment Sound Production

Marvel’s Spider-Man (Insomniac Games | Sony Interactive Entertainment) 

Record Production/Album

A Star is Born (Soundtrack), Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper (Interscope Records) 

Record Production/Single or Track

“Bad Guy,” Billie Eilish (Darkroom / Interscope Records) 

Remote Production/Recording or Broadcasting

61stAnnual Grammy Awards (CBS) 

Studio Design Project

Old Mill Road Recording (Francis Manzella Design Ltd.) 

Television Sound Production

Game of Thrones (HBO /Warner Bros. Television)

Tour Event Sound Production

Freshen Up, Paul McCartney