Nominations Now Open for the 35th TEC Awards

Nominations are now being accepted for the 35th annual TEC Awards, which will be given out on Jan. 18, 2020 in Anaheim, CA during The NAMM Show. The TEC Awards recognize and honour the people, companies, and products that have attained the highest standards of excellence within the audio, music technology, and sound production industry over the previous year.

Products and project entries must have been released and in commercial use during the current eligibility year of June 30, 2018-July 1, 2019.

The deadline for entries is 11:59 p.m. PT on June 5, 2019.

The categories are:

Technical Achievement Categories

Amplification Hardware - Studio & Sound Reinforcement
Amplifiers, speaker/monitor management, system controllers, signal distribution, snakes, feedback eliminators, crossovers, and related equipment

Audio Apps & Hardware / Peripherals for Smartphones & Tablets
Mobile applications and hardware for recording and music production, audio measurement, utilities, controllers, signal processing and musical instruments --- recording, test/measurement, control, audio, and music production/performance and add-ons/accessories

Audio Education Technology
Books, programs, software, hardware systems and devices intended to promote knowledge of audio and musical topics.

Computer Audio Hardware
Converters, interfaces, master clocks, data storage, peripherals, and made-for-audio computers

DJ Production Technology - Hardware / Software
Turntables, mixers, signal processing, controllers, software and peripherals specifically designed for DJ production and live performance

Headphone / Earpiece Technology
Headphones and in-ear transducers for professional studio, live sound and broadcast

Large Format Console Technology
Mixing boards over 60 pounds for recording, broadcast or sound reinforcement

Microphone Preamplifiers
Mic preamps, channel strips and other products that process mic-level signals

Microphones - Recording
Microphones and accessories for recording applications

Microphones - Sound Reinforcement
Microphones and accessories for live sound applications

Musical Instrument Amplification & Effects
Instrument amps, preamp/processing/effects rack units and pedalboards, stomp boxes, and related equipment

Musical Instrument Hardware
Hardware-based synths, samplers, drum machines, instruments, and controllers

Musical Instrument Software
Virtual instruments, music creation software, instrument libraries/loops, amp modelers, and related equipment

Production Essentials
Acoustic materials, synchronizers, control systems, DI Boxes, test equipment, accessories, and related equipment

Signal Processing Hardware
Delays, reverbs, compressors, limiters, equalizers, noise reduction, and other effects

Signal Processing Hardware (500 Series Modules)
Delays, reverbs, compressors, limiters, equalizers, noise reduction, and other effects in the 500 Series format

Signal Processing Software (Dynamics/EQ/Utilities)
Stand-alone and plug-ins – compressors, limiters, equalizers, crossovers, meters, restoration and related equipment for computer-based signal manipulation

Signal Processing Software (Effects)
Stand-alone and plug-ins — delays, reverbs, chorus, pitch/harmony, spatial apps and related equipment for computer-based signal manipulation

Small Format Console Technology
Portable, under 60-pound mixers for recording, broadcast or sound reinforcement

Sound Reinforcement Loudspeakers
Main and stage monitor systems, drivers, horns, transducers and other components for live sound applications

Studio Monitors
Speakers, monitors, drivers and components for studio applications

Wireless Technology
Wireless systems including mics, transmitters, receivers, accessories, and related equipment

Workstation Technology / Recording Devices
Computer-based DAWs and digital editing systems; and hardware based systems for recording and capturing audio

Creative Achievement Categories

Film Sound Production

Interactive Entertainment Sound Production

Record Production/ Album

Record Production/ Single or Track

Remote Production/ Recording or Broadcast (Radio broadcast, TV broadcast, CD or DVD)

Studio Design Project

Television Sound Production

Tour Sound Production

For questions about submissions to the 35th Annual NAMM TEC Awards, contact Nominations Supervisor Eric Geer at

For more information, go to

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Michael Raine is the Editor-in-Chief at Canadian Musician, Canadian Music Trade, Professional Sound, and Professional Lighting & Production magazines. He also hosts the Canadian Musician Podcast.
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