Eventide's Richard Factor and Tony Agnello Join Queen, Tina Turner, Neil Diamond and Others as Grammy Honorees
Earlier this month the Recording Academy annoounced the GRAMMY® Special Merit Awards. This year's Lifetime Achievement Award honorees are Hal Blaine, Neil Diamond, Emmylou Harris, Louis Jordan, the Meters, Queen, and Tina Turner. Bill Graham, Seymour Stein and John Williams will receive the Trustees Award. Tony Agnello and Richard Factor are the Technical GRAMMY Award recipients.
Their Citation Reads Thus:
Technical GRAMMY Awards recipients Agnello and Factor have influenced the record-making process through their company Eventide, which produces a wide variety of original audio effects devices. The company's H910 Harmonizer effects processor, whose underlying technology forms the basis of all pitch-shifting and pitch-correction devices today, impacted the sound of classic LPs such as David Bowie's Low, Kraftwerk's Computer World and AC/DC's Back In Black, among others.
"This year's Special Merit Awards recipients are a prestigious group of diverse and influential creators who have crafted or contributed to some of the most distinctive recordings in music history," said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of the Recording Academy. "These exceptionally inspiring figures are being honored as legendary performers, creative architects and technical visionaries. Their outstanding accomplishments and passion for their craft have created a timeless legacy."
Beyond the "Timeless Legacy"
"We are humbled to receive this prestigious ‘lifetime achievement award’ and yet we feel it to be just a tad premature given our continuing mission to dream up new ways to foster the creative talents of the many artists, producers and engineers it has been our honor to work with over these many years,” said Tony Agnello, Eventide’s Managing Director. “Most of all we are grateful to have had the opportunity to work with Eventide’s talented, dedicated, passionate team of developers and co-workers. There’s no place I’d rather be.”
Eventide continues to shape music and recording by incorporating today’s technology. Its latest software and hardware products include ground-breaking plug-ins like the TEC Award nominated Fission, the industry-leading H9 stompbox and its next generation flagship, the 16 DSP, network-aware H9000 Harmonizer® effects processor.