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Monday, November 9, 2015

TEC Awards Preview!
NAMM Awards Scheduled
For Anaheim Expo in January

by John Gatski
  If you follow recording gear and software, as we do here at EAN, you know that the NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants) show is the biggest showcase in the U.S. for said products, as well as musical instruments/peripherals, and live sound equipment. The companies that exhibit at the industry-only extravaganza each year in Anaheim, California showcase their latest goodies. The attenders include all sorts of industry types: audio engineers, musicians and, of course, the brick and mortal stores and online outlet representatives that sell the products. For 2016, the NAMM show is scheduled for Jan. 21-24
  The TEC (Technical Excellence) nominee products typically is gear that had been out a year or so. Ballots are cast by the folks who use the equipment and software. We wanted the recording enthusiasts — pros and home recording enthusiasts — to have a look at the TEC nominees, several which we are working on for in-depth reviews. The following is an abbreviated nominee list which includes categories that cover most of the home recording niche. For a complete list of studio and live sound TEC nominees, go to

Amplification Hardware - Studio/Sound Reinforcement

  Antelope Audio Satori Monitoring Controller, D and B audiotechnik D20 amplifier, Hafler HA75 Tube Head Headphone Amplifier, Mytek Manhattan DAC / Preamp / Headphone Amp, Powersoft Ottocanali DSP+D, and QSC GXD Series.

Mytek Digital Manhattan DAC/preamp/HP amp

Ancillary Equipment
  Audio PrecisionAPx555 Audio Analyzer, DiGiCoOrange Box format converter Meyer Sound MAPP XT-System Design Tool, Radial Engineering JDX-48 Reactor Guitar Amp Direct Box, Rupert Neve Designs RNDI Active Transformer Direct Interface, and Triad Orbit o2x Mic Stand.
Audio Apps: Smart Phones and Tablets
  Allen and Heath Qu-Pad App V1.7, JBL SRX Connect, Meyer Sound Compass Go. PreSonus Notion 2 for iOS, Shure ShurePlus MOTIV Mobile Recording App, and TC-Helicon VoiceJam Studi0.
Computer and Audio Software
  Antelope Audio Pure2 Mastering AD/DA Converter/ Clock, Apogee Ensemble Thunderbolt,
Dangerous Music Convert Series Reference D to A Converters, Focusrite Clarett 8Pre, Universal Audio Apollo 8p Thunderbolt 2 Audio Interface, and Universal Audio UAD-2 Satellite Thunderbolt DSP Accelerators.
Hardware/Peripherals For Smart Phones and Tablets
  iConnectivity iConnectAUDIO4+, RĂ˜De iXY-L, Sennheiser MKE 2 digital, Sennheiser ClipMic digital, Shure MOTIV MV88 iOS Digital Stereo Condenser Mic, and Studio Six Digital iPrecisionMic.
Headphones/Earpiece Technology
  AKG K553 Headphones, Audio-Technica ATH-R70x-Pro Reference Headphones, Doppler Labs DUBS Acoustic Filters, Jerry Harvey Audio Siren Series "Layla" In Ear Monitors, Shure PSM 300 Stereo Personal Monitor System, and Ultimate Ears UE Sound Guard.
Shure PSM 300 Stereo Personal Monitor System

Large Format Console Technology
  Midas Pro X | Neutron Audio System Engine, Roland M-5000, Solid State Logic XL DESK, Soundcraft Vi7000, Stagetec Aurus Platinum, and Studer Vista V Infinity.

Microphone Preamplifiers
  AMS Neve Neve 1073DPX, Antelope Audio MP32, Chandler Limited REDD.47,Focusrite RedNet MP8R, Manley Labs Manley FORCE, and Millennia Media HV-35P.
Recording Microphones
  AEA Nuvo N8, Audio-Technica AT5045, Blue Microphones Hummingbird,Neumann U47 FET Royer Labs R-122 MKll Active Ribbon Microphone, and Sennheiser MK 8.

Royer Labs R-122 MKll Active

Recording Devices
  Aaton Digital Cantar X3, Cymatic Audio uTrack24 Recorder + Player + Interface, iZ Technology/ RADAR RADAR Studio, Sound Devices 688, TASCAM DR-70D 4-track Recorder for DSLR Video, and Zoom F8 MultiTrack Field Recorder.
Signal Processing Software (Dynamics, EQ, Utilities)
  FocusriteRed 2/Red 3 Suite, iZotope RX 4 Complete Audio Repair and Enhancement Plug-in Alliance Millennia TCL-2 Plug-in, Sound Magic DSD Tools, Universal Audio, Neve 88RS Channel Strip Collection, and Waves Audio Butch Vig Vocals.
Signal Processing Software (Effects)
AMS Neve AMS RMX16 Digital Reverb Plug-In For UAD-2 Platform, Audio Ease Altiverb 7.2.6, McDSP McDSP FutzBox Rack Extension Plug-In, Softube Mutronics Mutator, Soundtoys Little AlterBoy Waves Audio, and H-Reverb Hybrid Reverb.
Studio Monitors
  Amphion Loudspeakers One18, ATC SCM45A, Augspurger Monitors Duo 8 MiniMain System Barefoot Sound MicroMain45, Genelec 8351A SAM, and JBL7 Series Master Reference Monitors.
Amphion One18 Studio Monitor

Workstation Technology
  Apple Logic Pro X 10.2, Avid Pro Tools 12, PreSonus Studio One 3 Professional, Sound Magic Serenade DSD/DXD/Hi-res Workstation, Steinberg Cubase Pro 8/Artist 8, and Waves Audio Waves Tracks Live.
 John Gatski has been evaluating consumer, audiophile, home cinema and professional audio gear since 1988. In 1995, he created Pro Audio Review, and he has written for Audio, Laserviews, Enjoy The Music, The Audiophile Voice, High Performance Review Radio World and TV Technology. Everything Audio Network is based in Kensington, Md. Articles on this site are the copyright of the ©Everything Audio Network. Any unauthorized use, via print or Internet, without written permission is prohibited. John Gatski can be reached via 

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