Technical Grammy Award

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Technical Grammy Award
Awarded forContributions of outstanding technical significance to the recording field
CountryUnited States
Presented byThe Recording Academy
First awarded1994

The Technical Grammy Award is a Special Merit Grammy Award presented to individuals or companies who have made contributions of outstanding technical significance to the recording field. The award was first presented in 1994 to Dr. Thomas G. Stockham Jr. Others who have received this award include Ray Dolby, Ikutaro Kakehashi, Rupert Neve, Les Paul, Phil Ramone, Dr. Robert Moog, Geoff Emerick, Tom Dowd, Bill Putnam, George Massenburg, Roger Linn, Leo Fender and Thomas Alva Edison. Companies honored include AKG, Apple Computer, Digidesign, JBL Professional, Lexicon, Shure Incorporated, and Sony/Philips.[1]

Technical Grammy recipients[edit]

The following individuals and companies have received Technical Grammys, listed by year.[2]

Year Recipient(s) Ref.
1994 Dr. Thomas G. Stockham
1995 Ray Dolby
1997 Rupert Neve
1998 George Massenburg
1998 Sony/Philips
1999 Georg Neumann GmbH
2000 Bill Putnam, AMS Neve
2001 Les Paul, Digidesign [3]
2002 Robert Moog, Apple Computer Inc. [4]
2003 Geoff Emerick, Shure Inc.
2004 Douglas Sax, Solid State Logic
2005 Phil Ramone, JBL Professional
2006 Tom Dowd, Bell Labs/Western Electric
2007 David M. Smith, Yamaha Corporation [5]
2008 John Eargle, Ampex Corporation [6]
2009 Clarence "Leo" Fender, Universal Audio
2010 Thomas Alva Edison, AKG Acoustics GmbH
2011 Roger Linn, Waves Audio
2012 Roger Nichols, Celemony
2013 Ikutaro Kakehashi and Dave Smith, Royer Labs
2014 Emile Berliner, Lexicon
2015 Ray Kurzweil
2016 Harvey Fletcher, EMT
2017 Alan Blumlein
2018 Richard Factor and Anthony Agnello
2019 Saul Walker
2020 George Augspurger
2021 Daniel Weiss
2023 Audio Engineering Society, Dr. Andy Hildebrand
2024 Tom Kobayashi, Tom Scott


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  2. ^ "Technical Grammy Award: Previous Recipients". Recording Academy. Retrieved 6 December 2023.
  3. ^ "Les Paul, Digidesign win Grammys". CNN. 20 December 2000. Retrieved 5 December 2023.
  4. ^ "Moog Synthesizer and Apple Computer To Receive Technical Grammy". Mix Online. Future PLC. 1 February 2002. Retrieved 5 December 2023.
  5. ^ "Yamaha Celebrates 30 Years of Digital Mixers". Front of House Magazine. 4 July 2017. Retrieved 5 December 2023.
  6. ^ "Ampex Honored at 50th Annual Grammy Awards Ceremony: Recognized for Outstanding Technical Achievement". Business Wire. Retrieved 5 February 2016.[dead link]