Apple and Robert Moog (Moog Synthesizers) have been named as winners of a Technical Grammy Award. The award was determined by a vote of the members of the Recording Academy’s Producers & Engineers Wing and announced today by Recording Academy President/CEO Michael Greene.
“The technical and creative innovations of Robert Moog, and the inventiveness and versatility of the Apple Computer are the towering achievements of true visionaries,” said Greene. “The products of their inspiration introduced electronic technology into the public consciousness, put the power of creation in the hands of the individual, and revolutionized the recording industry.”
The Recording Academy said in a prepared statement that Apple is considered the leading architect in bringing computer technology into the studio and revolutionizing the way music is written, produced, mixed, recorded and creatively imagined. The introduction of the Macintosh in the mid 1980s helped launch a number of important software breakthroughs, linking technology to the creative process, literally changing the face of the recording studio.
Past Technical Grammy winners include Les Paul, Digidesign’s Pro Tools, Dr. Thomas Stockham Jr., Ray Dolby, Rupert Neve, George Massenburg, Sony/Philips, Georg Neumann GmbH, Bill Putnam, and AMS Neve, plc.
Formal acknowledgment of the awards will be made on February 26 surrounding the 44th Annual Grammy Awards ceremony, held at Los Angeles’ Staples Center on Wednesday, February 27, and broadcast on the CBS Television Network from 8 – 11 p.m. (PST/EST).