Howie Weinberg

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Howie Weinberg
Born United States
Nationality American
Occupation Audio mastering engineer

Howie Weinberg is a music mastering engineer who has worked with numerous bands.[1]


In 2011 he moved to Los Angeles and opened Howie Weinberg Mastering located in Laurel Canyon after working at Masterdisk, New York City, since 1977. Weinberg was responsible for the mastering of several Bill Laswell related releases, such as Herbie Hancock's Grammy Award winning album Future Shock (including the hit single "Rockit"), Rhythm Killers by Sly and Robbie, Brain Drain by the Ramones, Material's Memory Serves and Buckethead's debut album Bucketheadland. Other notable works include the Beastie Boys' Licensed to Ill and the multi-platinum Nevermind by Nirvana. His mastering work on Rush's Vapor Trails drew criticism for its extremely compressed dynamics.

Once Andy Wallace had finished his mix of Nevermind, the master tapes were forwarded to Howie Weinberg at Masterdisk Studios in New York City. "I'm sort of a goal tender in the creative process," says Howie Weinberg at Masterdisk Studios in New York. "I'm the last stop to make it better before pressing."

Weinberg also worked with Van Halen, Tom Waits, The Mars Volta, Spoon, Public Enemy, Rammstein, Thirty Seconds to Mars, Metallica[2], Aerosmith[3], 30Aut6[4] and The White Stripes. Dimebag Darrell of Pantera fame is quoted as saying:

When you get to mastering you've got to find the magic mix that works once it goes through all the compression and EQing. We worked with Howie Weinberg and he's a fantabulous motherfucker.[5]

He appeared at the 2009 SXSW on the Panel: Producers On Making Classic Records.[6]

In January 2011, he left Masterdisk to set up his own mastering company in Los Angeles.[7]


He has been nominated for the Mix Foundation's Technical Excellence & Creativity award for mastering engineer in 1997,[8] was part of two of the winners in 2003 (best track with Sheryl Crow's "Soak Up the Sun"; best record for Sheryl Crow's C'mon, C'mon),[9] and was part of the winners for best track in 2006 with Gorillaz' "Feel Good Inc".[10]

Personal life[edit]

Howie Weinberg married Rachel Felder, the director of artists and repertory at Columbia Records in July 1999.[11]

The couple separated in 2009 and divorced soon after.

Partial discography[edit]

If not stated otherwise, Howie Weinberg received credits for mastering


  1. ^ Spy’s the limit, November 2007
  2. ^ a b "Master of Puppets (Remastered) - CD - Metallica". Metallica. Retrieved 2017-08-30. 
  3. ^ Power, Martin; Chris Charlesworth (1997). The Complete Guide to the Music of Aerosmith. Omnibus Press. p. 73. ISBN 978-0-7119-5598-1. 
  4. ^
  5. ^ Kitts, Jeff (2002). Guitar World Presents Nu-Metal. Hal Leonard Publishing Corporation. p. 35. ISBN 978-0-634-03287-5. 
  6. ^ SXSW[permanent dead link]
  7. ^ Janice Brown (January 8, 2011). "Bidding Farewell to Howie Weinberg, Masterdisk Promotes Matt Agoglia to Senior Mastering Engineer". SonicScoop. Retrieved 2011-02-11. 
  8. ^ "1997 TEC Awards winners". Archived from the original on 2012-09-14. Retrieved 2009-05-05. 
  9. ^ "2003 WINNERS FOR OUTSTANDING TECHNICAL ACHIEVEMENT". Archived from the original on 2008-10-27. Retrieved 2009-05-05. 
  10. ^ "2006 TEC Awards Winners". Archived from the original on 2009-06-06. Retrieved 2009-05-05. 
  11. ^ "WEDDINGS; Rachel Felder, Howie Weinberg". The New York Times. July 18, 1999. 
  12. ^ Super Lover Cee & Casanova Rud - Girls I Got 'Em Locked (LP liner notes). Elektra/Asylum Records. 60807-1
  13. ^ Terminator X - Terminator X & The Valley Of The Jeep Beets (CD liner notes). P.R.O. Division/Rush Associated Labels/Columbia Records. CK 46896

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