The NAMM Foundation has announced that eight ‘culturally significant’ musical inventions ranging from 1954 through 1998 will be inducted to its TECnology Hall of Fame, Saturday, 21st January at The NAMM Show in Anaheim, California. The ceremony will be presented by The NAMM Museum of Making Music and will be hosted by veteran pro-audio journalist George Petersen.
Founded in 2004 to honour and recognise audio products and innovations that have made a significant contribution to the advancement of audio technology, each entry must be at least 10 years or older to be considered for the honour.
Guaranteed to spark hotly contested debates, this years award line-up consists of the following: the 1954 Decca Tree microphone, the 1960 Neumann U67 Condenser microphone, the Brad Plunkett Warwick/Thomas Organ Company wah-wah pedal of 1966, the 1967 Tascam 80-8 eight track recorder, the 1978 Wendel Drum Machine, the 1985 API Audio Lunchbox 500-series, the 1987 Neutrik Speakon connector, and from 1998, the recreated AEA R33-C ribbon microphone.
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The TECnology Hall of Fame Ceremony will take place from 2:00-4:00 p.m. Saturday, 21st January in Room 202A, several hours before the NAMM Foundation celebrates the pro audio community at the 32nd Annual NAMM TEC Awards. Winners in the categories of Outstanding Technical Achievement and Outstanding Creative Achievement will be announced during the TEC Awards show. Aerosmith co-founder and lead guitarist Joe Perry will receive the prestigious Les Paul Award and perform several songs, while the band’s engineer and producer Jack Douglas will be inducted into the NAMM TEC Hall of Fame.