Vote now in the Gear Of The Year Awards 2020

Make your voice heard – cast your vote for the music tech products that shaped 2020.

Even a global pandemic couldn’t prevent a range of notable releases this year, including some that are genuinely innovating towards home production perfection.

To celebrate the makers and to learn which tools and toys you’ve been most impressed by, we’re opening the annual Gear of the Year awards. There are 13 voting categories spanning effects, soft synths, mics and more. Once you’ve made your voice heard, the MusicTech team will deliberate and decide who will receive our winner and highly commended awards for each category.

Voting ends on 19 November. Winners will be revealed in MusicTech Issue 214 (on sale 17 December), and we’ll announce them online the following week.

How do I vote?


Check out the individual voting pages below, or to vote in every category in one go, jump to the form at the bottom of the page.

Best Accessory

GOTY 2020 Best Accessory

Our nominees are:

  • Soyuz Launcher
  • GIK Acoustics VISO Booth
  • Plugin Boutique Scaler 2
  • IK Multimedia ARC System 3
  • Producertech Advanced Bass Music Production Techniques 2
  • FaderPro Drum Grooves and Vocal Production with Eddie Thoneick
  • Musicforincome: An Introduction to Writing Music For Television

Vote in the Best Accessory category.

Best Outboard

Our nominees are:

  • AMS Neve RMX16 500 Series
  • Peach Audio Savannah M196sx
  • Arturia AudioFuse 8pre
  • Warm Audio Bus Comp
  • Thermionic Culture Snow Petrel
  • Erica Synths/Ninja Tune Zen Delay
  • Dreadbox Hypnosis
  • Black Lion Audio Eighteen

Vote in the Best Outboard category.

Best Virtual Instrument

Our nominees are:

  • Orchestral Tools Time Micro
  • VSL Big Bang Orchestra
  • Spitfire Audio BBC Symphony Orchestra Discover and Core
  • Toontrack EZBass
  • Sonokinetic Ibrido Cinematic
  • EastWest Hollywood Backup Singers
  • Cinesamples Randy’s Prepared Piano
  • UVI Key Suite
  • Native Instruments Straylight
  • Heavyocity Vento

Vote in the Best Virtual Instrument category.

Best Software Synth

GOTY 2020 Best Software Synth

Our nominees are:

  • UVI Vintage Vault 3
  • Slate and Ash Cycles
  • Roland Zenology
  • Rob Papen Quad
  • Arturia Pigments 2
  • Krotos Audio Concept
  • Imaginando FRMS
  • Tracktion Collective
  • Audio Damage Continua
  • Audiaire Zenith

Vote in the Best Software Synth category.

Best Monitoring/Headphones

GOTY 2020 Best Monitoring Headphones

Our nominees are:

  • AKG K371
  • Dynaudio Core 7
  • Austrian Audio Hi-X55
  • Adam Audio T8V
  • Presonus Eris E8XT
  • Kali Audio IN-8
  • HEDD Audio HEDDPhones

Vote in the Best Monitoring/Headphones category.

Best Controller

GOTY 2020 Best Controller

Our nominees are:

  • Arturia MicroLab
  • Sensel Morph Controller
  • Roland A-88 MK II
  • Novation Launchkey MK3
  • Presonus Atom SQ
  • ROLI LUMI Keys 1
  • Arturia KeyStep Pro
  • OSC/Pilot
  • Akai MPK Mini MK3

Vote in the Best Controller category.

Best Software Effect/Utility

GOTY 2020 Best Software Effect/Utility

Our nominees are:

  • Oeksound Soothe 2
  • Sonnox Oxford Drum Gate
  • iZotope RX 8
  • Cableguys CrushShaper
  • Leapwing Audio DynOne 3
  • Celemony Melodyne 5
  • Heavyocity Damage 2
  • Mastering the Mix Mixroom
  • FabFilter Saturn 2
  • Denise Audio Perfect Room
  • Waves OVox

Vote in the Best Software Effect/Utility category.

Best Modular Gear

GOTY 2020 Best Modular Gear

Our nominees are:

  • Studio Electronics MiniMidi V30
  • Dreadbox Hysteria
  • Qu-Bit Bloom
  • ALM Busy Circuits System Coupe
  • Endorphines Milky Way
  • 4ms Ensemble Oscillator
  • Erica Synths Black Stereo Delay

Vote in the Best Modular category.

Best Interface/Mixer

GOTY 2020 Best Interface

Our nominees are:

  • Universal Audio Apollo X4
  • Audient Evo 4
  • RME Babyface Pro FS
  • Arturia AudioFuse Studio
  • SSL 2+
  • Steinberg UR24C
  • AMS Neve 1073 OPX
  • Presonus Quantum 2626

Vote in the Best Interface/Mixer category.

Best Innovation

GOTY 2020 Best Innovation

Our nominees are:

  • iZotope RX 8
  • Aston Microphones Element
  • VirtualDJ 2021
  • Audio Design Desk
  • Celemony Melodyne 5
  • UDO Super 6
  • Ashun Sound Machines Hydrasynth
  • Roland Zenology
  • Endlesss
  • Audio Test Kitchen

Vote in the Best Innovation category.

Best DAW

GOTY 2020 Best DAW

Our nominees are:

  • Apple Logic Pro
  • Avid Pro Tools
  • Ableton Live
  • Steinberg Cubase
  • Image-Line FL Studio
  • Reason Studios Reason
  • PreSonus Studio One
  • Cockos Reaper
  • Universal Audio Luna
  • Cakewalk by BandLab
  • Bitwig Studio

Vote in the Best DAW category.

Best Microphone

GOTY 2020 Best Microphone

Our nominees are:

  • Austrian Audio OC818
  • Sontronics Podcast Pro
  • Neumann BCM 705
  • Golden Age GA-800G
  • Aston Microphones Element
  • Telefunken TF-11
  • Rode PodMic

Vote in the Best Microphone category.

Best Hardware Instrument

GOTY 2020 Best Hardware Synth

Our nominees are:

  • Moog Matriarch
  • Waldorf Iridium
  • Korg WaveState
  • Roland Jupiter X
  • Erica Synths Bassline DB-01
  • Akai MPC Live II
  • Native Instruments Maschine+
  • Ashun Sound Machines Hydrasynth
  • UDO Super 6
  • Dreadbox Typhon

Vote in the Best Hardware Instrument category.

Vote in all categories here

Winners will be revealed in MusicTech Issue 214 (on sale December 17th), and we’ll announce them online the following week.