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Universal Audio Wins TEC Awards For Apollo x16 Interface and Capitol Chambers Plug‑In

UA honored with multiple Outstanding Technical Achievements, additional nominations and awards at 2020 NAMM Show

SCOTTS VALLEY, CA • February 06, 2020 Universal Audio, a leading manufacturer of professional audio recording hardware and software, is proud to announce that Apollo x16 and Capitol Chambers have each won Technical Excellence and Creativity (TEC) Awards at the 2020 NAMM Show, along with additional nominations and “Best in Show” mentions for Apollo Artist Session Vol. XIII and the all-new LUNA Recording System.

Since 1985, the TEC Awards have honored outstanding achievements in professional audio production and product innovation. Each year, hundreds of entries for nominations are reviewed and voted upon by an extensive panel of veteran sound and music industry professionals in the U.S. and abroad. With multiple nominations at the 2020 NAMM TEC Awards, this marks Universal Audio’s eighth consecutive win in Computer Audio Technology.

Apollo x16 Wins TEC Award — Computer Audio Hardware.

Apollo x16 is Universal Audio's flagship 18 x 20 Thunderbolt 3 audio interface, featuring elite-class audio conversion, Realtime UAD HEXA Core Processing, and a host of professional features including Dual-Crystal clocking and 7.1 surround sound monitoring.

Capitol Chambers Plug-In Wins TEC Award — Signal Processing Software

Nestled 30-feet beneath the Capitol Records Building in Los Angeles lie the famed reverb chambers, designed by Les Paul and iconicized by such greats as Frank Sinatra, Ray Charles, Beck, Muse, and more. In collaboration with Capitol Studios resident engineer Steve Genewick, Universal Audio faithfully captured the sound of these historic chambers in startling end-to-end detail with the UAD Capitol Chambers plug‑in.

UA received additional honors for Apollo Artist Session Vol. XIII — an enormous marketing effort debuting the award-winning line of Apollo X audio interfaces — as well as NAMM “Best in Show” mentions in multiple categories, most notably for the newly-released LUNA Recording System.

“We are thrilled to accept TEC Awards for Apollo x16 and Capitol Chambers,” says Bill Putnam Jr., CEO and founder of Universal Audio. “Both products represent our team’s ongoing dedication to craftsmanship in both hardware and software domains. This has been a breakthrough year for UA, and with the arrival of LUNA we are excited to continue pushing the boundaries of what is possible in audio.”

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About Universal Audio Inc.

Founded in 1958 by recording pioneer Bill Putnam Sr., and refounded in 1999 by Bill Putnam Jr., Universal Audio is best known for its classic, hand-built analog hardware and advanced UAD Digital Signal Processing technology for recording, mixing, and mastering audio. Headquartered in Scotts Valley, California, UA is focused on merging the best of vintage analog and modern digital technology, following its rich recording heritage and motto, "Analog Ears. Digital Minds."