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28th Annual TEC Awards

TEC Foundation

Friday, January 25, 2013 from 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM (PST)

28th Annual TEC Awards

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Ticket Type Sales End Price Fee Quantity
General Admission
Held at the Hilton Pacific Promenade (2nd floor). Includes complimentary hors d'oeuvres and cash bar reception and stadium style seating.
Ended $75.00 $2.49
Includes Sponsor/VIP Reception at the Hilton California Ballroom C (2nd floor) complimentary hors d'oeuvres and open bar. Table seating at Awards ceremony.
Ended $175.00 $4.49
NAMM Badge
A complimentary NAMM badge is available with each ticket purchased. Each ticket must have a unique email address in order to get a badge. Complimentary badges will be available until JANUARY 2, 2013. Staring JANUARY 3, 2013, badges will be available for a $25 fee.
Ended Free $0.00

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28th Annual Technical Excellence & Creativity Awards

Friday, January 25, 2013

Pacific Ballroom, Anaheim Hilton

Registration & Receptions 6-7 p.m.

Doors open at 7 p.m.

Please join us for the 28th Annual TEC Awards, held  at the Winter NAMM Show--the largest trade show for the international music products industry, drawing close to 90,000 attendees to its exhibits and educational programs annually.

Awards are presented in 21 technical categories and eight creative categories.

The coveted Les Paul Award will be presented to Pete Townshend, who as the leader/guitarist/main songwriter for The Who for close to five decades now  has enjoyed one of the most intriguing, respected and multifaceted careers of any artist in the rock and roll era.


Rose Mann Cherney, president of Record Plant, will be inducted into the TEC Awards Hall of Fame.


General Admission includes complimentary hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar.

VIP Admission includes special VIP Reception with complimentary hors d'oeuvres, open bar and reserved VIP seating areas

Founded in 1985, the Technical Excellence & Creativity Awards is the foremost program recognizing the achievements of audio professionals. Presented annually by the TEC Foundation for Excellence in Audio, the TEC Awards recognizes the individuals, companies and technical innovations behind the sound of recordings, live performances, films, television, video games, and other media.


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When & Where

Hilton Anaheim
777 W. Convention Way
Anaheim, CA 92802

Friday, January 25, 2013 from 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM (PST)

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TEC Foundation

Founded in 1990, the TEC Foundation for Excellence in Audio is a 501(c) (3) public benefit corporation, dedicated to recognizing and furthering excellence in audio, video, music and other communications media arts. The Foundation’s signature program is the Technical Excellence & Creativity Awards, honoring outstanding achievement in audio technology and production. The Foundation endows scholarship programs for the audio arts and sciences at leading universities and presents its own TEC Scholarship to deserving students. It also supports organizations working to educate professionals and the public about the prevention of noise-induced hearing loss, The TEC Foundation has contributed more than half a million dollars to these causes.

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2012-11-25 11:33:37

Plan Ahead for Parking at NAMM


Plan ahead to make show day parking less stressful. Check out this easy-to-follow parking map and guide, locate your badge color and then find the corresponding lot that is most convenient for you. When arriving in Anaheim, please be sure to display your VIP Parking Pass and badge for a quick, easy entrance to the VIP lots.

Exhibitors can fill out the Parking Pass Application on the web (you must be logged in) and pick up their badges on show site in the Platinum Ballroom of the Marriott Hotel.

Buyers and reps who wish to request VIP Parking should send an e-mail to

Remember: Plan to arrive early, as the VIP Parking Pass does not guarantee parking and space is limited.

2012-11-26 10:00:17

2012 Hall of Fame
Inductee Rose Mann Cherney

photo: Karen Dunn

The TEC Awards Hall of Fame was created in 1988 to recognize those individuals, living or deceased, whose careers have best exemplified the spirit of creative and technical excellence in professional recording and sound.

Rose Mann Cherney didn't set out to be in the studio business, but more than 30 years after she began, she is still at it as a principal with the renowned Record Plant Studios in Los Angeles. It was a chance meeting with her friend—musician, composer and producer Al Kooper—that led to a job interview with Record Plant owners Chris Stone and Gary Kellgren, who needed someone to run the studio's front desk and book sessions. Intending to stay for a short time, it wasn't long before she found herself hooked, becoming first studio manager, and ultimately company president and partner. Today Rose is responsible for Record Plant L.A’s overall operation as well as maintaining its stellar reputation as one of the world's top recording studios.

It is the title Studio Manager, however, that will forever be linked to the name Rose Mann Cherney, a job she helped define by bringing a level of concierge service and personal attention to detail that remains unmatched in the industry.

“Her focus has always been all about technical excellence combined with the service level of a 5-star hotel, a formula that has kept Record Plant on top for many years,” says Record Plant CEO and owner Rick Stevens. “She has had a profound influence as a studio executive and has literally changed the way modern recording studios operate. It’s always been about the way she treats each client and her uncanny ability to build the team to serve them.”

Mann Cherney’s attention to her team has meant helping protégés launch their own careers, taking assistant engineers under her wing, and remaining as tenacious about protecting her runners as she is about serving her artists, producers and engineers. Many major figures of the music industry got their start as a Record Plant runner or junior engineer, and Rose has shown them the way. As the first female president of a major recording studio, as well as the first woman to be inducted to the TEC Awards Hall of Fame, Rose Mann Cherney has also illuminated the path for a generation of women working in the studio business.

2012-11-26 10:01:17

2012 Les Paul Award:
Pete Townshend

Named for one of the industry's most revered personalities, the Les Paul Award was created in 1991 to honor individuals or institutions that have set the highest standards of excellence in the creative application of recording technology.

photo: Ross Halfin

This year’s Les Paul Award recipient, Pete Townshend, has enjoyed one of the most intriguing, respected and multifaceted careers of any artist in the rock and roll era.

The outline of his life in music is well-known. As the leader/guitarist/main songwriter for The Who for close to five decades now (with a few breaks), he has produced songs and albums that will endure long beyond our own lifetimes. The Who were the original mod band, coming onto the scene in the wake of The Beatles, and a true force of nature unlike any other group playing the clubs in England at the time. No other band boasted a drummer as explosive as Keith Moon, a bassist as inventive as John Entwistle, a singer with the pipes of Roger Daltrey or a guitarist and songwriter as vital and energetic as Pete.

Their early hits were brimming with youthful vitality and power: “I Can’t Explain,” “My Generation,” “Substitute,” “Pictures of Lily,” “I Can See for Miles,” “Happy Jack.” Each was completely different from the others, yet all were branded with that unmistakable Who chemistry. And that was just their formative years.

By the time the group gets to Pete’s immortal rock opera, Tommy, in 1969, their classic Who’s Next LP two years later, and what many consider to be Pete’s true masterpiece, Quadrophenia, in 1973, the band was widely recognized as one of the best in the world. Their dynamic live shows became legendary—and not just because Pete sometimes closed performances by theatrically smashing his guitar (a spectacle immortalized in the films Monterey Pop and Woodstock). These cats could really rock; Pete’s “windmill” strums, Roger’s microphone slinging and Keith’s sometimes goofy antics were just icing on top of non-stop soul-stirring group interplay.

The original quartet continued to make exciting music together through their smash 1978 album, Who Are You. Unfortunately, Keith Moon died in September of that year. Still, the group carried on with drummer Kenny Jones for a couple more years and albums before disbanding for the first time in 1983. In the years since, the group has reformed several times, usually augmented by additional players, and embarked on several very successful tours. John Entwistle passed away in 2002, but Pete and Roger have soldiered on, even rockin’ the Super Bowl half-time show a couple of years ago.

Pete has also made a number of excellent solo albums since the early ’70s, affirming that in addition to being an incredible guitarist, he is also a nuanced and emotive singer (and a multiinstrumentalist adept at keyboards and other instruments). His 1980 opus, Empty Glass, which included the radio favorite “Let My Love Open the Door,” easily stands among his finest works. But all of his solo albums, including ambitious story-based works such as White City: A Novel, The Iron Man: A Musical and Psychoderelict, contain amazing songs that are overflowing with humanity and give us fascinating glimpses of his unique and complex worldview.

A fine writer, as well as one of the most thoughtful and articulate interview subjects a journalist could ever hope to find, Pete has championed many worthwhile causes through the years, playing countless benefits and lending his voice to those in need. He could have rested on his laurels and packed it in long ago, but this restless, gifted and endlessly creative talent has kept moving forward—finding that next song, expressing that next thought that will tell us more about the joy and mystery and, yes, the pain, that is part of being alive in this time.
—Blair Jackson

2012-11-30 16:04:41

TECnology Hall of Fame 2012

The TEC Foundation for Excellence in Audio established the TECnology Hall of Fame in 2004 to honor and recognize audio products and innovations that have made a significant contribution to the advancement of audio technology. Inductees to the TECnology Hall of Fame are chosen by a panel of more than 50 recognized audio experts, including authors, educators, engineers, facility owners and other professionals. Products or innovations must be at least 10 years old to be considered for induction.

2012 TECnology Hall Fame Inductees

Thomas Edison: Carbon Microphone
Carbon Granule Audio Transducer (1878)

Bell Labs: VU Meter
Volume Unit Measurement Indicator (1940)

Variable-Mu Compressor (1951)

Yamaha: PM1000
Live sound Production Console (1974)

Aphex: Aural Exciter
Harmonic Enhancing System (1975)

Ed Long / Ron Wickersham: PZM Microphone
Pressure Zone Microphone (1979)

Peter D'Antonio / RPG Diffusor Systems: RPG Diffusor
Reflection Phase Grating Acoustical Surface (1983)

Mark of the Unicorn: Performer
MIDI Sequencing Software (1985)

Meyer Sound: Model HD-1
Powered Studio Monitors (1989)

JBL Professional: EON
Biamplified Molded Enclosure Loudspeakers (1995)

2012-11-30 16:10:06

NAMM Badges

A complimentary NAMM badges is included with each ticket purchase.  Please remember, if you order more than one ticket, each NAMM badge request must have the individual's name and UNIQUE email address.

2012-12-31 07:53:38

Last Days for NAMM Badges

Don't forget--the last day to get a complimentary NAMM badge with your TEC Awards ticket is WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 2! So order today.


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