Joe Perry Receives Les Paul Award At The NAMM Show 2017 TEC AWARDS

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Joe Perry at the NAMM 2017 TEC Awards

The 32nd Annual NAMM TEC AWARDS took place at the The NAMM Show 2017 on January 21st. The event was hosted by comedian Sinbad; his third time hosting the event. Winners in 31 technical and creative achievement categories were announced as the event celebrated the best in professional audio and sound production.

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Sinbad at the 2017 NAMM TEC Awards

Aerosmith co-founder and guitarist Joe Perry received the prestigious Les Paul Award from Hollywood Vampires bandmate Johnny Depp, Perry. Perry dedicated the award to his manager Howard Kaufman, who recently passed away. Perry then returned to the stage to perform for attendees alongside Depp, Alice Cooper and Alice Cooper Band drummer Glen Sobel, Aerosmith bandmate Brad Whitford.

As more awards were given, four companies – AVID, iZotope, Sennheiser and Solid State Logic scored several Outstanding Technical Achievement awards, each taking home two statues each. AVID’s Pro Tools Dock and Pro Tools 12.3 picked up in Workstation Technology and Audio Apps & Hardware categories; iZotope in a new designation: Audio Education Technology, for the company’s Pro Audio Essentials and the Ozone 7 Advanced in the category of Signal Processing Software; Sennheiser in Wireless and Headphone/Earpiece Technology categories for the Wireless G3 A-1 Band and the HD 25 Plus and finally Solid State Logic for Large and Small Console Technology categories for the System T and the Sigma Delta. Outstanding Technical Achievement honors were chosen in 23 categories.

Game of Thrones” returned for its second win in a year for Outstanding Creative Achievement in the Television Sound Production category. Following a posthumous recent birthday milestone, David Bowie’s “Blackstar” EP won in two categories – Record Production Album & Single respectively. Several Star Wars themed projects beat out the competition as well: Star Wars: The Force Awakens from Lucasfilm won for Film Sound Production while Star Wars: Battlefront won for Interactive Entertainment Sound Production. Outstanding Creative Achievement honors were chosen in eight categories.

Keeping it in the family, famed Aerosmith engineer and producer Jack Douglas also became the newest inductee to the NAMM TEC Awards Hall of Fame. Douglas engineered and produced many multi-platinum associated for many of Aerosmith’s most iconic releases and is affectionately dubbed “the sixth member” of the band.

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Jack Douglas at the 2017 NAMM Tec Awards

A complete list of Technical and Creative Achievement winners can be found below:

TECHNICAL ACHIEVEMENT

Amplification Hardware – Studio & Sound Reinforcement: Crown – XLS DriveCore 2

Ancillary Equipment: Rupert Neve Designs – RNHP: Precision Headphone Amplifier

Audio Apps & Hardware/Peripherals for Smartphones/Tablets: AVID – Pro Tools | Dock

Audio Education Technology – (new category): iZotope – Pro Audio Essentials

Computer Audio Hardware: Universal Audio – Apollo Twin USB Interface

DJ Production Technology – Hardware/Software – (new category): Native Instruments – TRAKTOR Kontrol S5

Headphone / Earpiece Technology: Sennheiser – HD 25 Plus

Large Format Console Technology: Solid State Logic – System T

Microphone Preamplifiers: AMS Neve – 1073DPX

Microphones – Recording: Schoeps – ORTF-3D

Microphones – Sound Reinforcement: Shure – KSM8 Dualdyne 

Musical Instrument Amplification & Effects: Softube – Marshall JMP 2203

Musical Instrument Hardware: Moog Music – Mother-32

Musical Instrument Software: Softube – Marshall Bluesbreaker 1962

Signal Processing Hardware: Warm Audio – WA-2A Tube Opto Compressor

Signal Processing Hardware (500 Series Modules): API – 512V

Signal Processing Software (Dynamics / EQ / Utilities): iZotope – Ozone 7 Advanced

Signal Processing Software (Effects): Soundtoys – 5

Small Format Console Technology: Solid State Logic – Sigma Delta

Sound Reinforcement Loudspeakers: Meyer Sound – MJF-208 Stage Monitor

Studio Monitors: Genelec – 8430A IP SAM

Wireless Technology: Sennheiser – Evolution Wireless G3 A-1 Band

Workstation Technology / Recording Devices: AVID – Pro Tools 12.3

CREATIVE ACHIEVEMENT

Film Sound Production: Lucasfilm – Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Interactive Entertainment Sound Production: DICE / Electronic Arts – Star Wars: Battlefront

Record Production – Album: David Bowie – Blackstar

Record Production – Single: David Bowie – Blackstar

Remote Production – Recording or Broadcast: CBS – 58th Grammy Awards

Studio Design Project: Walters-Storyk Design Group – Boston Symphony Orchestra Control Room

Television Sound Production: HBO – Game of Thrones

Tour/Event Sound Production: Sting and Peter Gabriel – Rock Paper Scissors North American Tour

In total, winners were selected from 180 nominees. Title sponsors for the show included The Les Paul Foundation, Harman and Visit Anaheim. A full list of sponsors can be found here. Many of the evening’s winning products and technologies are available at music and pro audio retailers worldwide both online and in stores.

For more information about NAMM TEC, visit www.tecawards.org. For more information about The Les Paul Foundation, visit https://www.lespaulfoundation.org.

ALL PHOTOS PROVIDED COURTESY OF: Jesse Grant/Getty Images for NAMM.