The TEC Foundation for Excellence in Audio has revealed the ten audio-related inventions that it will induct into its TECnology Hall of Fame next year.
Established in 2004, the TECnology Hall of Fame recognises the products and manufacturers that have made significant contributions to the advancement of audio technology over the years. New entries to the list are chosen by a panel of renowned audio experts, including authors, educators, designers, production professionals and more. To be considered for induction, products must be at least ten years old.
"The inductees for the 2012 TECnology Hall of Fame cover an exceedingly wide range of breakthrough inventions that go back some 135 years to the very roots of audio reproduction," said TECnology Hall of Fame chairman, George Petersen. "In fact, all of the products selected for this year are still in active use, whether as carbon microphone elements used in telecommunications transducers, or the VU meter or RCA's BA-6A compressor, which – more than 60 years after its debut – remains a studio classic even today."
The ceremony will be held on Saturday January 26th at the 2013 NAMM Show in Anaheim, California, and will be hosted by Petersen, who is also an experienced pro audio journalist.
The list of new additions to the Hall of Fame – along with the year they were first introduced – is as follows:
1878 Carbon microphone
1940 VU meter – Bell Labs
1951 RCA BA-6A variable-mu compressor
1974 Yamaha PM1000 live console
1975 Aphex Aural Exciter
1979 PZM microphone (Long/Wickersham)
1983 RPG diffusor
1985 MOTU Performer MIDI sequencer
1989 Meyer HD-1 powered studio monitor
1995 JBL EON loudspeakers
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