The 2016 Editors’ Choice Awards

Celebrating the Year’s Top Innovations in Music Technology
Image placeholder title

It’s the toughest job we’ll ever love. Every year, in early December, the Electronic Musician editors and contributors embark on the formidable task of surveying the past year’s new products, spend countless hours haggling over the merits of the latest technology advances, and weeks later, emerge with our short list of 25 top innovations for our Editors’ Choice Awards.

We approach awards a little differently here: Rather than shoehorning gear into rigid product categories, we prefer to pick the winners first, then create a unique award for each product that truly celebrates the things that make it special.

So join us in celebrating this year’s 25 winners—innovative products that will help you make better music, whether you’re in the studio, onstage, or in the DJ booth.

4MS Spectral Multiband Resonator

Akai Advance 49

Audient iD14

Arturia Matrix-12 V

Audio-Technica AT5045

Boss SY-300

DSI Sequential Prophet-6

EastWest Composer Cloud

FabFilter Pro-C 2

Gibson Les Paul Reference Monitors

iZotope RX 5 and RX 5 Advanced

KV331 Audio SynthMaster Player

MOTU Digital Performer 9

Native Instruments Reaktor 6

Pioneer DJ XDJ-RX

PreSonus Studio One Pro 3

Roland AIRA MX-1

Roli Seaboard Rise

Sennheiser evolution Wireless D1

Shure PGA181

Slate Virtual Mix Rack

Sound Radix Drum Leveler

Spectrasonics Omnisphere 2

Waves H-Reverb

Yamaha TF Series Digital Mixers