Howie Beno

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Howie Beno
Birth nameHoward Beno Jr.
Origin Bridgeport, Connecticut, USA
Genres Pop, dance, rock, industrial
Occupation(s) Producer, engineer
Years active1990-present
Website Official site

Howie Beno is a producer, mixing engineer, audio engineer and composer born in Bridgeport, Connecticut and currently based in New York City. He has worked with a wide range of artists in various genres, such as Tom Jones, Dionne Warwick, Depeche Mode, Blondie and a long series of rock and industrial bands, including Ministry.

Record producer Individual who oversees and manages the recording of an artists music

A record producer or music producer oversees and manages the sound recording and production of a band or performer's music, which may range from recording one song to recording a lengthy concept album. A producer has many, varying roles during the recording process. They may gather musical ideas for the project, collaborate with the artists to select cover tunes or original songs by the artist/group, work with artists and help them to improve their songs, lyrics or arrangements.

A mixing engineer is a person responsible for combining ("mixing") the different sonic elements of a piece of recorded music into a final version of a song. They mix the elements of a recorded piece together to achieve a good balance of volume, while at the same time deciding other properties such as pan positioning, effects, and so on.

Audio engineer engineer who operates recording, mixing, sound reproduction equipment

An audio engineer helps to produce a recording or a live performance, balancing and adjusting sound sources using equalization and audio effects, mixing, reproduction, and reinforcement of sound. Audio engineers work on the "...technical aspect of recording—the placing of microphones, pre-amp knobs, the setting of levels. The physical recording of any project is done by an engineer ... the nuts and bolts." It's a creative hobby and profession where musical instruments and technology are used to produce sound for film, radio, television, music, and video games. Audio engineers also set up, sound check and do live sound mixing using a mixing console and a sound reinforcement system for music concerts, theatre, sports games and corporate events.




After graduating from Fairfield College Preparatory School and the Wheaton College Conservatory of Music. Beno began his career as a programmer at Chicago Trax Studios working with the band Ministry, on the album Psalm 69, and helped program and edit a remix for the multi-platinum Red Hot Chili Peppers single, Give It Away. Alongside contributing to a number of various Wax Trax! releases, he was the original producer and co-writer for Stella Soleil on the independent Chicago release Drown Me In You. As half of the Grace Productions team with Jeff "Critter" Newell, among the numerous records and remixes they collaborated on were Grace Jones, Sheep on Drugs, Monster Voodoo Machine and Skrew. [1] He also appeared as a musician on various albums,. [2] and is founder and vocalist/ multi-instrumentalist for the industrial rock band 13 mg. [3]

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New York

In 1998, after signing a publishing contract with Windswept Pacific, Beno moved to New York, opened a studio and set up as a producer, engineer and remixer. In addition, with guitarist producer John McCurry, began work in the advertising world on the music production and mixing of television commercials and their side project Kill Lizzie. A close working relationship with Loud Records provided a foothold into a number of experimental rock remixes for hiphop artists Xzibit, Three Six Mafia, M.O.P. and the Xecutioners and he coproduced the first Stereomud record Perfect Self. He also continued producing, mixing and engineering for bands and solo artists. This includes engineering and mixing stints with both producers Michael Mangini and Sam Hollander which led to working with Katy Perry, the Jonas Brothers, Mika, We The Kings and Big Time Rush among many others. [4] [5]

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Howie Beno co-produced several tracks on the Stella Soleil Soularium album, recorded for Universal Records in 1997- 1998 at Peter Gabriel's Real World Studios in England. [6] He also worked at Ashtowngate Studios in Ireland with the band Blink, whose album "Deep Inside the Sound of Sadness" became Billboard Magazine's Album of the Month upon its release. When it was time to complete MOTOR’s “Man Made Machine” (CLR), they asked Howie Beno to handle the mixing duties. This record produced a number of singles featuring guest appearances by Martin L Gore, Gary Numan and Douglas McCarthy. [7] His adjunct partnership with Bryan Black in Black Asteroid saw the release of 3 EP’s (CLR and ELDX records)- “Engine” (2011), “Black Acid” (2012) and “Metal” (2013) as well as Black Asteroid remixes for Depeche Mode, Bloody Beetroots and Graham Coxon. [8]

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