2017 AWARD CATEGORIES

LIVE SOUND CATEGORY

BEST LIVE SOUND PRODUCTION

Any PA/rental/production house who shows outstanding work in the audio delivery of a live production (touring, one-off event, festival). Nominations in this category should include one of the following:
  • Seamless production of the sound in a single large event, or touring version of same
  • Significantly improving the value of a project by use of innovative production technologies/methods
  • Innovative solutions to solve problematic sound issues that have arisen due to weather/location/unexpected circumstance 

SOUND ENGINEER OF THE YEAR

Any engineer working in a touring, theatre or one-off event environment at FOH or monitor position, who has demonstrated exemplary contribution or performance. Nominations should highlight one of the following qualities:
  • Working with a leading/emerging technology to deliver unsurpassed sound performance
  • Demonstrating successful execution of an event/performance, despite adverse circumstances
  • Demonstrating the application of technology in order to achieve audio production values that are, without question, above and beyond the norm

LIVE SOUND ENGINEER OF THE YEAR - THEATRE

Any sound design individual or team, system supplier or operator(s) who has/have demonstrated an exemplary contribution to a theatrical piece, be it musical theatre or other. Nominations should consider these values:
  • Working with a leading/emerging technology to deliver unsurpassed audio performance
  • Demonstrating the application of technology in order to achieve production values that are, without question, above and beyond the norm
  • Overcoming a challenging theatre/venue environment 

STUDIO CATEGORY

STUDIO OF THE YEAR

Any European commercial studio – that is, a facility for hire for the recording and/or mixing of music – that can report exemplary achievement(s) over the past 12 months. This could mean:
  • A roster of clients that have enjoyed wider, and demonstrable, success, as a result of the nominated studio’s contribution
  • A change in circumstance that has led to an obvious improvement of the operation’s fortune (ie, expansion, investment, new management)
  • Pioneering a specific technology/methodology that has seen the studio grow in profile/revenue

INSTALLED SOUND CATEGORY

BEST INSTALLATION PROJECT

Any specifier/consultancy/installation company/equipment manufacturer showing exemplary work with audio on a commercial project or projects. Nomination considerations might embrace:
  • Significantly improving the expected value of a project by use of innovative production technologies/methods
  • Innovative solutions to solve problematic sound issues that have arisen due to weather/location/unexpected circumstance
  • An audio project delivered ahead of schedule/on time, and/or under/on budget, while surpassing expectations of client

BROADCAST AUDIO CATEGORY

BROADCAST TEAM OF THE YEAR

Any broadcaster/service supplier/production team showing exemplary contribution to the creation/delivery of audio content for a commercial broadcast project/event. Nominations should include one or more of the following criteria:
  • Seamless production of the sound in a single large event, or multiple individual events
  • Significantly improving the value of a project by use of innovative production technologies/methods
  • Innovative solutions to solve problematic sound issues that have arisen due to weather/location/unexpected circumstance 
 

SPECIAL AWARDS

BEST MARKETING INITIATIVE

Any team (from the manufacturing/distribution/ reseller/consultancy sectors) showing originality/innovation/wit in a marketing campaign for professional audio. Nominations should highlight one or more of these factors:
  • A measured increase in awareness of the brand/product
  • Innovative use of the media, be it trade shows/print/digital
  • Unexpected further effects of the campaign
  • Benefit achieved through collaboration with a third party
 

RISING STAR

(Chosen by the Audio Media International team)
Awarded to an up and coming individual who is making a tangible difference to the industry, across all sectors.

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT

(Chosen by the Pro Sound Awards team)
Awarded to an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the pro-audio industry, in terms of:
  • Length of service
  • Contribution to technological advancement
  • Influence
  • Continued excellence and endeavour in their craft
 

GRAND PRIX

(Chosen by Pro Sound Awards team)
Awarded to a brand/organisation/business that deserves recognition for its achievements, in small part in the longer term, but particularly over the last 12 months. This might be:
  • A specific contribution to technological advancement
  • A game-changing initiative
  • Undertaking actions that are beneficial to the wider pro-audio industry
  • Exemplary and unparalleled performance in their sector