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NAMM, TEC Celebrate Technical Excellence

For the first time, the 26th annual Technical Excellence & Creativity (TEC) Awards were held at The NAMM Show on the evening of Jan. 14 at the Anaheim Hilton. The Les Paul Award — given to a musician or recording professional whose work combines music and technology — was given to guitarist, songwriter and producer Lindsey Buckingham. Producer Ken Caillat and engineer Elliot Schenier presented Buckingham with the honor. An additional 25 TEC wards were handed out. MI winners included:

Ancillary Equipment: TC Electronic PolyTune

Digital Converter Technology: Metric Halo LIO-8

Recording Devices: Sony PCM-M10

Microphone Pre-amplifier Technology: Rupert Neve Designs Portico 5017

Microphone Technology/Sound Reinforcement: Neumann KMS 104 Plus

Microphone Technology/Recording: Neumann TLM 102

Wireless Technology: Sennheiser 500 G3 Series

Sound Reinforcement Loudspeaker Technology: JBL Vertec VT4886/VT4883 Subcompact Line Array

Studio Monitor Technology: Genelec 8260A

Musical Instrument Technology/Hardware: Nord Electro 3

Musical Instrument Technology/Software: Celemony Melodyne Editor

Signal Processing Technology/Hardware: TC Electronic System 6000 MKII

Signal Processing Technology/Software: Lexicon PCM Native Reverb Bundle

Workstation Technology: Apple Logic Studio

Sound Reinforcement Console Technology: Avid VENUE SC48

Small Format Console Technology: Solid State Logic X-Desk

Large Format Console Technology: Solid State Logic Duality SE;

Caption: Lindsey Buckingham takes home the Les Paul Award during the 26th TEC Awards