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TEC Awards

The TEC Awards is an annual program recognizing the achievements of audio professionals. The awards are given to honor technically innovative products as well as companies and individuals who have excelled in sound for television, film, recordings, and concerts. "TEC" stands for "Technical Excellence & Creativity".


  • History 1
  • TEC Awards process 2
  • Other honors 3
    • TEC Awards Hall of Fame 3.1
    • Les Paul Award 3.2
    • TECnology Hall of Fame 3.3
  • References 4
  • External links 5


Originally founded in 1985 by noise-induced hearing loss.[1]

TEC Awards process

The TEC Awards list of nominations are compiled annually by the TEC Awards nominating panel, a committee of more than 100 industry professionals. The list of nominees is published on the Foundation's website.[2] The winners are announced and the awards presented at a ceremony held at the NAMM Show, one of the largest trade shows for the music products industry, held each January in Anaheim, California.[3]

Other honors

TEC Awards Hall of Fame

Similarly, a pioneering or innovative person is chosen annually for the honor of induction into the TEC Awards Hall of Fame. This special award was established in 1988 and the winner is selected by the TEC Awards nominating panel.[4]

Les Paul Award

In addition, through the Les Paul Award, the TEC Awards nominating panel and the board of directors of the TEC Foundation honor "individuals or institutions that have set the highest standards of excellence in the creative application of audio technology." Gibson Musical Instruments, maker of the Gibson Les Paul electric guitar, is the sponsor of the Les Paul Award.[5] This special award was established in 1991.[6] In 1997, Les Paul presented his namesake award to Stevie Wonder[7] and in 2003, jointly with Bob Ludwig, he presented the award for Bruce Springsteen, who was unable to attend.[8][9] In 2007, at age 92, Les Paul presented the award to musician, songwriter, and producer Al Kooper.[10]

TECnology Hall of Fame

The TEC Awards nominating panel may choose to honor a number of pioneering or innovative audio products with induction into the TECnology Hall of Fame. A product must be ten years old to receive the honor.[11] At the establishment of this award category at the AES Convention in San Francisco in October 2004, the initial 25 inductees included the venerable Edison cylinder (1877), Emile Berliner's flat disc recorder (1887), and Alan Dower Blumlein Stereo Patent (1931).[12]


  1. ^ About UsTEC Foundation.
  2. ^ VotingTEC Foundation.
  3. ^ TEC Foundation. TEC Awards
  4. ^ 2008 TEC Awards Hall of Fame Inductee T Bone BurnettTEC Foundation.
  5. ^ Digital Content Producer. August 8, 2002. 18th Annual TEC Awards Sponsors
  6. ^ Les Paul Award WinnersTEC Foundation.
  7. ^ Sweetwater Sound. 103rd AES Convention coverage.
  8. ^ AKG wins TEC Award for K 271 Studio Professional HeadphonesMusic Gear Review. October 23, 2003.
  9. ^ TEC Award Winners AnnouncedET Now.
  10. ^ Grammys earn TEC NewsWatch October–December 2007.
  11. ^ 2008 TECnology Hall of Fame inducteesTEC Foundation.
  12. ^ 2004 TECnology Hall of Fame inducteesTEC Foundation.

External links

  • TEC Awards webpage. TEC Foundation for Excellence in Audio, Inc. website
  • TEC Awards Hall of Fame Inductees webpage. TEC Foundation for Excellence in Audio, Inc. website
  • TECnology Hall of Fame webpage. TEC Foundation for Excellence in Audio, Inc. website
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