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TEC Award Winners Announced

The engineers, sound editors and other audio professionals behind Sheryl Crow's hit record, C'mon, C'mon and the blockbuster film Lord of the Rings were among the many winners at the 19th Annual Technical Excellence & Creativity Awards, held Saturday, 11th October at the New York Marriott Marquis.

   In addition to 24 awards for Technical and Creative Achievement, a sell-out crowd composed of the pro audio industry's finest creative talents witnessed the induction of legendary producer/engineer Eddie Kramer into the TEC Awards Hall of Fame, and the presentation of the prestigious Les Paul Award to superstar Bruce Springsteen. Janie Hendrix, sister of Jimi Hendrix, and John Storyk, award-winning studio designer, presented the Hall of Fame Award to Kramer, famed not only for his work with Jimi Hendrix, but also for Led Zeppelin, Kiss and numerous others. Beloved recording innovator and guitarist Les Paul and 15-time TEC-winning mastering engineer Bob Ludwig co-presented the Les Paul Award, which they also accepted on behalf of Springsteen, whose touring schedule prevented him from attending the event.

   Crow's production team won twice in the evening, taking the TEC Award for Outstanding Record Production/Single for Soak Up the Sun and another for Record Production/Album for C'mon, C'mon. Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers won in the category of Film Sound Production, duplicating the achievement of Fellowship of the Ring in 2002. Other winners for Creative Achievement were the sound crews of Standing in the Shadows of Motown (Remote Production/Recording or Broadcast); Peter Gabriel's Growing Up Tour (Tour Sound Production); and Austin City Limits (Television Sound Production); as well as the design team behind New York City's Hit Factory Studio 6 (Studio Design Project).

   In the category of Technical Achievement, the 17 winners included the Solid State Logic XL 9000K Series (Large Format Consoles); both the Yamaha 02R96 (Small Format Consoles) and the DM2000 (Sound Reinforcement Consoles), the Digidesign Digi 002 (Workstation Technology); the Mackie SDR24/96 (Recording/Storage Devices); Waves Platinum TDM (Signal Processing Technology/Software); the Shure SM86 (Microphone Technology/S.R.); and the JBL VerTec VT4887 (Sound Reinforcement Loudspeakers).

   The TEC Awards are presented by the Mix Foundation for Excellence in Audio and sponsored by Mix magazine, the leading journal for the professional audio industry. Proceeds of the ceremony go to hearing conservation programs and scholarships for students of the audio arts and sciences.

13th October 2003

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