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Howie Weinberg

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Howie Weinberg is one of the most well known and prolific audio mastering engineers with over 19,000 mastering credits and 20 Grammys. He shares how he began his legendary career and how sobriety allows him to be happier, healthier, and better able to do what he loves.

On this episode, Howie talks to Matt about:

  • Growing up in the Bronx, working at summer camp, and attending numerous concerts.
  • What audio mastering is and why it’s important
  • The extensive list of records he’s worked on and artists he’s worked with, and how he became the go-to guy to master records
  • Getting his start at Masterdisk and being one of the first to ever listen to Saturday Night Fever
  • Learning mastering under Bob Ludwig
  • Mastering Nevermind and his experience with Kurt Cobain and Nirvana
  • His routine of working through the night and using drugs to fuel his work and partying
  • Getting an intervention from the studio and going in and out of rehab before eventually ending up in the ER
  • How becoming sober helped him get healthy in mind, body, and spirit and improved his relationships and overall happiness

And More!

This episode is sponsored by The Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Centers – one of the oldest residential drug and alcohol rehab programs. ARC is a non-profit and was hit hard financially as a result of COVID. For more information, and to donate or sign up for their quarterly newsletter, visit

About Howie Weinberg

With over 30 years of experience as head mastering engineer at the world renowned Masterdisk Studios in NYC, Howie Weinberg has created one of the most prolific careers in the music industry. He has 20 Grammy Awards and 76 Grammy nominations, 4 TEC Awards, 2 Juno Awards, 1 Mercury Prize Award, 200+ Gold and Platinum Records, over 19k total credits, and 25 billion streams. In 2011, Howie founded Howie Weinberg Mastering, a truly unique mastering studio in historic Laurel Canyon complete with the most advanced digital and analog equipment in the world which serves both major labels and indie artists.

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