The Mix Foundation has selected fifteen audio products and innovations for induction into the TECnology Hall of Fame, established in 2004 by the Mix Foundation for Excellence in Audio to honor significant, lasting contributions to the advancement of audio technology. The induction ceremony will take place on Saturday evening, Oct. 4, at the Moscone Center in San Francisco during the 125th convention of the Audio Engineering Society (AES). The ceremony, hosted by AES, is open to all convention attendees. The Mix Foundation will also present the 24th Annual Technical Excellence and Creativity (TEC) Awards, on Friday, Oct. 3 at the Westin St. Francis Hotel in downtown San Francisco.
The TECnology Hall of Fame, hosted for the fourth consecutive year by AES, is sponsored by Mix magazine; the Conservatory of Recording Arts and Sciences of Gilbert, Ariz.; and media manufacturer Disc Makers of Pennsauken, N.J.
A panel of more than 50 recognized audio experts, including authors, educators, engineers, facility owners and other industry professionals, selected the inductees. Products or innovations must be at least 10 years old to be eligible for induction.
"The interesting thing about this year's nominees," notes Mix Executive Editor and TECnology Hall of Fame Director George Petersen, "is how many of these products are still in daily use decades after their introduction, such as the Neumann CMV3 Bottle mic, Shure Unidyne 55, JBL D130 woofer, Tannoy Dual Concentric monitors, Universal Audio/UREI 1176 compressor, API 550A, dbx 16O, Yamaha NS-10, Studer A800, Trident Series 80 and the Kurzweil 250. These aren't simply museum pieces; they working tools, and we're proud to be part of recognizing their significance to the industry."
The 2008 TECnology Hall of Fame inductees:
Telegraphone Wire Recorder (1898)
Western Electric 618A Dynamic Microphone (1928)
Neumann CMV3 Condenser Microphone (1928)
Shure Unidyne Model 55 (1940)
JBL D130 Loudspeaker (1947)
Tannoy Dual Concentric Loudspeaker (1948)
Universal Audio/UREI 1176 Peak Limiter (1968)
API 550A Equalizer (1968)
dbx 160 (VU) Compressor/Limiter (1976)
Yamaha NS-10M Speakers (1977)
Studer A800 Multitrack (1978)
Trident Series 80 Console (1980)
Kurzweil 250 (1983)
Opcode Studio Vision(1990)
CEDAR—Computer Enhanced Digital Audio Restoration (1990)
The TEC Awards— sponsored by Mix magazine as well as the Gibson Foundation, Harman Pro Group and more than 30 other leading audio and technology companies—is the world's most prestigious forum honoring outstanding achievement in professional audio production and product design. Monies derived from the TEC Awards support programs that educate audio professionals and the general public about hearing health, as well as endow scholarship funds for students of the audio arts and sciences at major colleges and universities.