Christian Wissmuller • Upfront • April 14, 2023

On the evening of April 13 at The 2023 NAMM Show, a standing-room-only crowd at The TEC Experience celebrated twenty-one innovative technical achievement products and technologies, and one studio design project  as a part of the NAMM Technical Excellence & Creativity (TEC) Awards. The NAMM TEC Awards are bestowed annually in celebration of the pro audio community and recognizes the individuals, companies, and technical innovations behind today’s sound recordings, live performances, films, television, video games, and other media. View the recipients below.

Hip Hop 50 was a highlight of the evening’s celebrations, which honored the career and legacy of Chuck D, the  leader of Public Enemy, a social activist, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee, and GRAMMY® Lifetime Achievement Award winner. Musician, producer, songwriter and bandmate Brian Hardgroove presented Chuck with NAMM’s Impact Music & Culture Award, an award he conceived  in homage of Chuck’s ability to move culture through the power of music.

Upon receipt, Chuck D  said, “It’s an honor to honor those who make this music, and that’s what I’m using this platform for. Seeing peers and technologists like DJ Jazzy Jeff, Lord Finesse, Arabian Prince, and being able to see Keith Shocklee, DJ Johnny Juice. This platform that NAMM provides us helps tell the story, and we need to continue to tell that story. It is important and something I am fortunate to be a part of.”

DJ Jazzy Jeff presented Rock Walk of Fame inductee, GrandMixer DXT with the Hip-Hop Innovator Award for his contribution of innovating the turntable as a musical instrument, the impact of which can be heard in every music genre.

Lord Finesse, an artist, producer extraordinaire, and member of the iconic hip-hop crew Diggin’ In The Crates (D.I.T.C.) gave a special  performance to open The TEC Experience. Resonant Alien, featuring Hardgroove and DJ Johnny Juice of Public Enemy capped off the celebration with a performance.  A specially-produced hip-hop video and music montage conceived by smash-up video man Mike Relm was also played at the event. Entertainment industry veteran and producer Larry Batiste hosted.

The 2023 TEC Awards recipients were selected by a panel of respected industry voters from pro audio publications and members of professional music, technical and creative organizations.

The TEC Awards will return with The NAMM Show in January 2024. Learn more about the TEC Experience at

Congratulations to The 2023 TEC Award Recipients

Amplification Hardware – Studio & Sound Reinforcement
L-Acoustics, LA7.16i Amplified Controller

Audio Apps & Hardware / Peripherals for Smartphones & Tablets
Universal Audio, Volt 2 USB Audio Interface

Audio Education Technology
Mix with the Masters

Computer Audio Hardware
Universal Audio, Volt 276 USB Audio Interface

Console Technology
Solid State Logic, ORIGIN

DJ Production Technology (Hardware / Software)
Roland, SP-404MKII Creative Sampler and Effector

Headphone / Earpiece Technology
Neumann, NDH 30 Open-Back Studio Headphone

Microphone Preamplifiers
Rupert Neve Designs, 5025 Dual Shelford Mic Pre

Microphones – Recording
Mojave Audio, MA-37

Microphones – Sound Reinforcement
DPA Microphones, 4055 Kick Drum Microphone

Musical Instrument Amplification & Effects
Universal Audio, UAFX Dream ’65 Reverb Amplifier

Musical Instrument Hardware
NORD, Piano 5 88

Musical Instrument Software
Universal Audio, Opal Morphing Synthesizer

Production Essentials
Genelec, GLM V4.2 GRADE Report

Signal Processing Hardware
Solid State Logic, THE BUS+

Signal Processing Software (Dynamics / EQ / Utilities)
Eventide, SplitEQ

Signal Processing Software (Effects)
FabFilter, Volcano 3

Sound Reinforcement Loudspeakers
Meyer Sound, PANTHER Large-Format Line Array

Studio Monitors
Genelec, 6040R Smart Active Loudspeaker

Wireless Technology
Sennheiser, XS Wireless IEM

Workstation Technology – Recording Devices
Universal Audio, LUNA v1.2.5

Studio Design Project
Spotify at Mateo, Walters-Storyk Design Group