2004 Nominees

Hall of Fame

Les Paul Award

Voting Process

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2004 Sponsors



2004 TEC Awards Sponsors


AMD Inc. – Official Sponsor of the Technical Awards — Advanced Micro Devices, Inc., headquartered in Sunnyvale, Calif., designs, builds and markets the world’s most powerful microprocessors for desktop PCs, laptops, servers and workstations and is the leading force behind pervasive 64-bit computing. AMD64 technology is driving a revolution in digital audio recording by providing everyone from Grammy-winning professionals to Top 40 dreamers with unprecedented power to create. The AMD64 family of products includes the AMD Opteron™, AMD Athlon™ 64 FX, AMD Athlon 64, and Mobile AMD Athlon 64 processors.

Dolby Laboratories – For nearly four decades, Dolby has been instrumental in defining high-quality audio and surround sound in cinema, broadcast, home audio systems, cars, DVDs, games, televisions and personal computers. Based in San Francisco with European headquarters in England, the privately held company has entertainment industry liaison offices in New York and Los Angeles, and licensing liaison offices in Hong Kong, Shanghai, Beijing and Tokyo. For more information about Dolby Laboratories or Dolby technologies, please visit www.dolby.com.

Gibson Guitar CorporationOfficial Sponsor of the Les Paul Award — Gibson, headquartered in Nashville, is known worldwide for producing classic models in every major style of fretted instrument. The Gibson Les Paul model is recognized around the world as an icon for rock and roll music, and Gibson took guitar design a giant step forward in 2002 with the first digital electric model. Gibson Guitar Corp.’s family of brands includes Epiphone, Dobro, Valley Arts, Kramer, Steinberger, Tobias, Slingerland, Trace Elliot, Maestro, Baldwin, Ellington, Chickering and Wurlitzer.

Harman Pro Group – The Harman Pro Group, headquartered in Northridge, Calif., includes AKG, BSS, Crown International, dbx, Digitech, JBL Professional, Lexicon Professional, Soundcraft and Studer, which design, manufacture and market the world’s leading professional audio products for recording and broadcast, musicians, cinema, touring sound, commercial sound and contracting applications. The Harman Pro Group is a division of Harman International Industries, a leading manufacturer of high-quality, high-fidelity audio products and electronic systems for the consumer, professional and OEM Automotive markets.

Mix Magazine – As the leading magazine for the professional recording and sound production industry, Mix covers the entire spectrum of professional audio and music: studio recording, live sound production, sound for picture and multimedia, digital audio technology, facility design and construction, broadcast production, education and more. Founded in 1977, Mix reaches more than 48,000 professionals worldwide. Mix also publishes the annual AES New Products Guide, the Mix Master Directory, the MixLine series of e-newsletters, and mixonline.com. Mix is the founding sponsor of the TEC Awards.

Shure Inc. – Founded in 1925, Shure is one of the world's leading manufacturers of microphones and audio electronics. Best known for reliable, high-performance microphones such as the legendary SM57 and SM58®, Shure is also a global leader in wireless systems, circuitry products and phono cartridges. Recent products such as the SM86 microphone, SLX and ULX wireless systems, KSM studio microphones, PSM® personal monitors, and P4800 system processor confirm Shure's ongoing commitment to providing innovative products that help people produce their sound.


Allen & Heath – Allen & Heath designs and manufactures professional audio mixing consoles for an international clientele in the live sound, installed systems, nightclub and professional DJ markets. Allen&Heath USA has been set up by American Music and Sound to provide U.S. distribution for the British audio mixing console manufacturer.

Audio-Technica – Audio-Technica has been dedicated to advancing the art and technology of electro-acoustic design and manufacturing for more than 40 years. From a beginning in state-of-the-art phono cartridges, Audio-Technica has expanded into high-performance studio and live microphones, wireless microphone systems, headphones, mixers and other audio equipment. Responding to the needs of audio professionals led to the introduction of the highly regarded Artist Elite® microphones and wireless systems, which have revolutionized live sound reinforcement. Audio-Technica is proud to be a Gold Sponsor of this year’s TEC Awards.

The Burst Collective – The Burst Collective is a consortium of composers, producers, songwriters and performing musicians, operating as three entities under one creative umbrella: Burst Media: commercial music production; Burst Records: artist development, licensing and publishing; and Burst HQ: state-of-the-art production facility. Their music has been heard in national ads (GM, Microsoft, BMW, Gatorade), top-tier programs (CSI, Friends, Alias, Law & Order, Dateline, West Wing), and on networks worldwide (HBO, NBC, ABC, CBS, NFL, BBC, SAT1).

Digidesign – Digidesign® provides high-performance audio production solutions for the professional and project studio markets. Pro Tools®|HD, Digidesign’s flagship system and the industry-standard audio workstation, brings unrivaled sound quality, power and flexibility to the music and post-production communities. Digidesign’s Pro Tools LE project studio line includes products that provide professional results while suiting virtually any budget. Digidesign also hosts an expansive Development Partner community, offering a large variety of options that complement both Digidesign product families.

Ex'pression College for Digital Arts – Ex’pression is a digital arts college offering Bachelor’s degrees in Sound Arts, Animation and VFX, and Digital Graphic Design. Located in the San Francisco East Bay area, the school’s Total Immersion program allows students to earn their degrees in just two years, working with some of the best practitioners and equipment in the industry. Throughout their education, students have the opportunity to be mentored and taught by professionals from internationally recognized entertainment technology companies and studios.

Guitar Center – With more than 115 stores nationwide, Guitar Center services professional musicians and aspiring pros alike by offering the widest selection of top name products at the lowest prices in the nation. After 39 years, Guitar Center remains not only the musician’s choice but the first stop for engineers, producers and recording enthusiasts.

LOUD Technologies Inc. – Loud Technologies is the corporate umbrella for the Mackie and EAW professional audio brands. Mackie is a leading developer of high-quality, affordable professional audio systems. Mackie products are found in professional and project recording studios, video and broadcast suites, post-production facilities, and in sound reinforcement applications. EAW is a technological and market leader in the design and manufacture of high-performance loudspeaker systems. EAW offers a diverse selection of main system, stage monitors, and subwoofer products for the portable, touring, installation, cinema, and dance club markets.

Meyer Sound Labs – Meyer Sound manufactures professional self-powered loudspeaker systems and associated rigging hardware, electroacoustic measurement systems, and acoustical prediction software. Looking beyond individual components to create totally integrated systems, Meyer Sound’s products incorporate transducer design and fabrication, signal processing and power amplification to provide unique, innovative solutions to the challenges facing audio professionals.

MOTU Inc. – Founded in 1980, MOTU is a leading developer of audio recording technology for personal computers. This year, three new MOTU products are nominated for 2004 TEC Awards: Digital Performer 4 (Workstation/Recording Technology), the 828mkII FireWire interface (Digital Converter Technology) and MachFive sampler plug-in (Musical Instrument Technology). Over the past 20 years, numerous MOTU products have won TEC Awards, from the classic Performer sequencer software to the industry standard MIDI Timepiece interface/synchronizer. MOTU products appeal to all levels, from hobbyists to world-class recording studios.

Recording Academy – The Producers & Engineers Wing is currently composed of 6,000 producers, engineers, re-mixers, manufacturers, pro audio professionals and technologists. The P&E Wing is a national division of the Recording Academy’s membership. It provides an organized voice for the creative and technical recording community to address critical issues that affect the craft of recorded music. For more information, please visit www.grammy.com/pe_wing.

Remote Recording – Remote Recording is the definitive name in location recording, providing top-quality mobile solutions for the most demanding production requirements. In addition to being a seven-time TEC Award winner, David Hewitt has also won Grammy and Emmy awards for his work. With a crew that has more than 25 years experience working together, Remote Recording delivers reliable, and professional service. The "Silver Studio" is a world-class mobile recording facility, with a client list that reads like a who’s who of the music industry.

RØDE Microphones – RØDE has built an enviable reputation as a pioneer in the development of the microphone for the modern era. RØDE set out to deliver professional studio quality microphones that were more accessible to the recording communities. Today they are acknowledged for their engineered performance, versatility and superior design. From their $10 million, state-of-the-art facility in Sydney, RØDE continues to design and manufacture an ever-expanding range of precision microphones, changing the way musicians and engineers record their art.

Solid State Logic – Solid State Logic (SSL) has grown over 30 years to become one of professional audio’s most successful high-technology enterprises. A constant innovator, the company is always introducing new consoles to its product range. Each incorporates SSL’s latest generation of processing and is tailored to different applications in music, broadcast, film and post-production. SSL supports its leading-edge technology with an international network of offices, establishing an industry benchmark for customer service.

TC Group – TC Group consists of Tannoy, Lab.Gruppen, TC Electronic, TC-Helicon, TC Works and TC Applied Technologies. The Group formed in 2002 to design, produce and distribute the best engineered and most recognized and respected brands of high-performance audio products in the world. Differentiated from the competition by strong brands and a high-end profile, TC Group combines expertise with market access to capitalize on the convergence of digital and acoustic technologies in the audio industry.

Yamaha – Yamaha, a leading manufacturer of innovative analog and digital products, offers a diverse scope of audio products for recording, post-production, and broadcast, ranging from signal processors, powered and reference monitors, and digital audio workstations to digital mixers, including the TEC Award-nominated 01V96. Sound reinforcement products range from powered amplifiers, the AFC active field control system, live sound speakers, digital mixing engines, high-end reverbs, and analog consoles ranging from the TEC Award-winning PM1D and DM2000 digital consoles to this year’s nominee–the PM5000 analog sound reinforcement console.


Skywalker Sound
Sony Pro Audio Group
Telefunken North America
Trident-Oram Pro Audio
Trillium Lane Labs


Apogee Electronics
Chicago Recording Company
DPA Microphones
Steinberg Media Technologies
Roland Corp.

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