Celebration of Technical Excellence and Creativity
Eventide has been honored with one of the most prestigious awards for a manufacturer of studio equipment. The NAMM TEC Awards show occurs every year at the same time as the convention by the same name. For 33 years the music industry have voted on their favorite gear of the year. Eventide has won TEC awards several times (H9, H9 Max) but this one is different.
The TEC Hall of Fame began in 2004. It was created as a way to honor audio products and innovations that have made significant contributions to the advancement of the craft. Products or innovations must be at least 10 years old to qualify. This year's inductees includes the 1857 Phonautograph, Tape Slap Echo, and the Eventide DDL 1745.
The 1745 was the world's first piece of digital studio gear, ever! Even the term "digital" was new. The protype of this unit may even predate the world's first digital clock. There were no LEDs, only incandescent bulbs. The DDL 1745 used a myriad of shift registers to delay signal.
Check out this video featuring Richard Factor, founder of Eventide, and producer/engineers Rod O'Brien, John Agnello and Stewart Lerman. They discuss the days before digital delay, and their experience with the first prototype. These interviews were taken from GearClub's amazing podcast. If you're an audio nerd, its a must-subscribe. Later on in the video, studio technician Susan Rogers talks of her fond experiences with Stephen Stills, Prince, the DDL 1745 and H3000. Coincidentally, the Eventide H3000 (as well as the H910) are also TEC HOF inductees.