In terms of music technology, 2016 was a banner year of innovation. While many new releases simply offered more of everything for less money, we’ve noticed a shift toward usefulness, in which manufacturers have designed products or added features that musicians and engineers actually need.
As a result, when EM’s editors and contributors put their heads together before the holidays, it was relatively easy to select 23 items worthy of an award. But we didn’t stop there. This issue marks the 25th anniversary of the Editors’ Choice Awards, and to celebrate, we also recognize a number of iconic past winners that changed the industry.
So please join us in congratulating this year’s winners, whose dedication to the craft of music making has brought forth a host of inspiring products for stage and studio.