Each year the NAMM Foundation celebrate the very best in pro audio and sound production with the much-coveted NAMM TEC Awards. The 2023 award ceremony will take place on April 13th at the Anaheim Convention Centre in California and SCV have taken the initiative to highlight four absolute must-vote innovations from this year’s nomination shortlist!
Previous ballots have been restricted to industry professionals who make their primary living in the business, but this year the TEC Awards board are also opening the floor up to the general public giving a voice to enthusiasts along with the pros. Links to both ballot types can be found at the end of the article. Let’s find out what’s good!
Focal Solo 6 ST6
A groundbreaking update to one of the industry’s best-loved tools. The Focal ST6-era Solo 6 sports upgraded drivers, optimised baffling for tweeter protection, plus K&M bracket fixtures for immersive audio mounting. Trio 11 users will also spot the inclusion of switchable Focus mode for restricted-range comparative mixing.
After gaining well-earned popularity with their affordable CLA200 and CLA100 studio power amplifiers, New York’s Avantone Pro present the even-more-powerful CLA400 serving up 360 Watts into 8 ohms. The CLA400 is features Class A/B architecture and convection cooling technology to reduce operation noise while being using in studios and control rooms.
Black Lion Auteur III
Signal Processing Hardware
Now in its third incarnation, Black Lion’s Auteur preamplifier has been redesigned with upgraded Cinemag transformers to deliver massive, colourful sound which preserving the smallest nuance. Auteur Mk3’s inputs have also been upgraded to accept dynamic or phantom powered XLR, line level TRS and now high-impedance instrument jack at the touch of a button.
Signal Processing Software
With the SoundID plugin and standalone software suite, tirelessly moving between earphones, radios and car stereos to achieve the perfect mix is finally made a thing of the past. Sonarworks’ intelligent calibration algorithms and source translation check features enable engineers and producers to nail their mix on the very first bounce.
Voting Now Open!
Voting opens from January 4th and will close at midnight on the 1st of March.
Winners will then be announced at the awards show taking place on April 13th at the NAMM Show 2023.