Every year, Electronic Musician’s esteemed panel of judges climbs into the corporate jet, arrives at our executive villa on Kona, and breaks out the no-limit credit cards for a month of fine dining while we discuss—with Zen-like focus—which products merit the prestigious Electronic Musician Editors’ Choice Awards. And then the alarm clock goes off . . . time to wake up. Okay, so the process actually involves numerous multi-hour conference calls on Skype. But the part about the Zen-like focus is true; we take this process very seriously as we pore over reviews, product releases, show reports, forum posts, and notes from the past year as we try for a consensus. For those who have been following the awards, we followed the same basic strategy as last year, when we retooled the two-decade-old process to base the awards around hot products, rather than trying to shoehorn products into fixed categories. This makes the awards a lot more meaningful, and also, more fun for us to choose.
Choosing the winners was not easy. There were lots of really great products released during the eligibility period (post-AES 2011 through AES 2012), so to narrow down the choices somewhat, we tried to focus on innovation—and we still had a hard time choosing only 30 winners.
But one thing’s for certain: Every product is exceptional for some reason, so congratulations to the winners—you deserve these awards and our deepest thanks for making the tools that allow us to express our musical dreams. And the winners are . . .