By JOHN DALY
Jackson Browne was presented with the Les Paul Award at the 33rd annual TEC Awards gala at the NAMM Show in Anaheim.
The honor capped a night of awards for individuals and companies behind the sound of recordings, live performances, films, television, video games and multi-media.
Browne, whose latest song “The Dreamer” focuses on the hopes and and wishes surrounding the sons and daughters of undocumented Mexican immigrants, is a true activist musician. He has performed with Tom Morello and often plays charity benefits.
Last night, Michael Braunstein, president of the Les Paul Foundation, introduced Jackson before he hit the stage with the evening’s NAMM TEC Hall of Fame inductees, The Section, for a finale that included Jackson’s signature “Running on Empty” single.
“Thank you for this incredible honor,” Browne said. “It means so much to be honored by you because I’ve relied on the kindness of engineers and their knowledge in the studio and equipment my whole life. These people know everything I don’t know but they put their technical expertise at the service of the music – at the service of the song. I am indebted to them and I’m indebted to you all who make the gear.”
Check out “The Dreamer” by Browne:
Comedian and multi-instrumentalist Demetri Martin hosted the ceremonies. During the evening, Craig Doerge, Browne, Leland Sklar and Danny Kortchmar performed.
In total, winners in the 31 categories were selected from 182 nominees. Title sponsors for the show included Harman (a Samsung Company), The Les Paul Foundation and D’Angelico New York. A full list of sponsors can be found here.
Many of the evening’s winning products and technologies are available at music and pro audio retailers worldwide both online and in stores.
A complete list of Technical and Creative Achievement winners can be found below and here.
Amplification Hardware/studio & Sound Reinforcement
Audio Apps & Hardware/Peripherals for Smartphones & Tablets
iZotope Spire: Multitrack Music Recorder
Audio Education Technology
Sennheiser Pro Talk Series
Computer Audio Hardware
Universal Audio Apollo Twin MkII QUAD
DJ Production Technology (Hardware/Software)
Akai Professional MPC Live
Sennheiser HD 200 PRO
Large Format Console Technology
Solid State Logic AWS Delta V2
Rupert Neve Designs Shelford Channel
Microphones – Recording
Audio Technica AT5047
Microphones – Sound Reinforcement
Musical Instrument Amplification & Effects
Line 6 Helix LT
Musical Instrument Hardware
Nord Stage 3
Musical Instrument Software
PreSonus FaderPort 8
Signal Processing Hardware
QSC Q-SYS Core 510i
Signal Processing Hardware (500 Series Modules)
Elysia pressor 500
Signal Processing Software (Dynamics / EQ / Utilities)
Universal Audio SSL 4000 E Channel Strip Plugin
Signal Processing Software (Effects)
Soundtoys EchoBoy Jr.
Small Format Console Technology
Solid State Logic Nucleus 2
Sound Reinforcement Loudspeakers
QSC K.2 Series
Genelec 8331 | 8341 The Ones
Shure Axient Digitals Wireless System
Workstation Technology/Recording Devices
Avid Pro Tools12.8
Film Sound Production
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
Interactive Entertainment Sound Production
Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare
24K Magic – Bruno Mars
Record Production/Single or Track
24K Magic – Bruno Mars
Remote Production/Recording or Broadcasting
59th Annual GRAMMY Awards
Studio Design Project
Television Sound Production
Game of Thrones
Tour Event Sound Production
Bruno Mars 24K – Magic World Tour