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Howie Weinberg is an American audio mastering engineer with over 2,257 mastering credits according to AllMusic, [1] over 200 albums certified Gold or Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), [2] 3 TEC Awards, [3] [1] 16 Grammy Awards, 33 Grammy nominations, [4] [5] [1] [4] 2 Juno Awards, [6] [1] [7] [8] and 1 Mercury Prize.

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Noteably, Weinberg mastered Herbie Hancock's 1983 Grammy Award-winning album Future Shock . [9] [10] Weinberg also worked on the Payolas' Juno-winning 1993 song "Eyes of a Stranger". [8] [1] Other notable mastering works include the Beastie Boys' Licensed to Ill [9] and Nirvana's Nevermind , [9] [11] [12] both of which were ranked on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. [13]

Weinberg has mastered over 200 records which were certified Gold or Platinum. [2] [ better source needed ]

Weinberg also worked with:

Dimebag Darrell of Pantera said of Weinberg:

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. [25]

Weinberg began working in the mail room at Masterdisk in 1979, delivering recording tapes in New York City. Mastering engineer Bob Ludwig acted as his mentor. In January 2011, he left Masterdisk to set up his own mastering company in Los Angeles, Howie Weinberg Mastering, which appeared in Voyage LA Magazine's "Most Inspiring Stories" on February 11, 2021. [26]

In 2017 his work from Nirvana's, Smells Like Teen Spirit, was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame. [11] That year he also won a Juno Awards of 2017 for The Strumbellas. [27] [1]

He appeared on a panel discussion at the 2009 SXSW music festival titled Producers "On Making Classic Records" sometimes working in a teaching capacity. [28]

Weinberg also consults with new technologies, new media, and education. In 2020, Weinberg began consulting with LANDR, an online, cloud-based, automated mastering service developed by MixGenius in Montreal, Quebec. The service digitally masters uploaded audio tracks using artificial intelligence algorithms. [29] [30]

Awards


Listed below are Grammy wins and nominations for albums he has received credit for Mastering.

In 1991, Weinberg was Grammy nominated for Soundgarden's Badmotorfinger . It was nominated for Best Metal Performance. [31] [9] [4]

That same year, he got 2 Grammy nominations for Mariah Carey's album Emotions . It was nominated for Best Pop Female Performance and for Producer of the Year Non Classical. Howie Weinberg mastered the album. [32] [9] [4]

In 1992 Weinberg won 2 Grammy's and 1 Grammy nomination for the Arrested Development album 3 Years, 5 Months and 2 Days in the Life Of.... The album won Best New Artist and Best Rap Performance Duo or Group for the single Tennessee. It was nominated for Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals for the single People Everyday. [33] [19] [4]

In 1993, he was Grammy nominated for LL Cool J's 14 Shots to the Dome single Stand by Your Man (LL Cool J song). It was nominated for Best Rap Solo Performance. Weinberg mastered the album. [34] [19] [4]

In 1995, he earned a Grammy nomination for the Red Hot Chili Peppers album Blood Sugar Sex Magik. It was nominated for Best Hard Rock Performance. [35] The album was mastered by Weinberg. [9] [4]

In 1996 he won a Grammy for mastering the Smashing Pumpkins's album Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness . [36] [9] [4]

In 1996 he was 3 X Grammy nominated for Garbage's Stupid Girl which was nominated for Best New Artist, Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal and Best Rock Song. [37] [9] [4]

In 1997 he won a Grammy Award for mastering The Smashing Pumpkins's The End Is the Beginning Is the End which won a Grammy Award for Best Hard Rock Performance. [38] [9] [4]

In 1997 he earned a Grammy nominated for U2's Pop. It was nominated Best Rock Album. Weinberg mastered the album. [39] [9] [40] [4]

In 1998 he was Grammy nominated for the Smashing Pumpkins album Adore that was nominated for Best Alternative Music Performance. [41] [14] [4]

In 1998 he was 2 X Grammy nominated for Garbage's album Version 2.0 that was Grammy nominated for Album of the Year and Rock Album. [42] [14] [4]

In 2000 he was 3 X Grammy nominated for his work on Madonna's album Music. Weinberg mastered it and it was nominated for Record of the Year, Best Female Pop Vocal Performance, and Best Pop Vocal Album. [43] [9] [4]

In 2003 he won a Grammy for mastering Sheryl Crow's C'mon, C'mon which was released in 2002, spawning the hit single "Soak Up the Sun". The second single, "Steve McQueen" won Best Female Rock Vocal Performance. The album earned 4 Grammy nominations. [44] [9] It was nominated for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance, Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals, Best Rock Album and Best Country Collaboration with Vocals. [45] [46] This album also earned 2 TEC Awards. [47] [1] [4]

In 2006 was Grammy nominated for mastering Yeah Yeah Yeahs 's Show Your Bones. It was nominated for Best Alternative Music Album. [14] [48] [4]

He also was Grammy nominated for UB40's album Who You Fighting For? that same year. It was nominated for Best Reggae Album. [49] [14] [4]

In 2006, he also won a Latin Grammy for mastering Ahí vamos which won for Best Rock Solo Vocal.

In 2008 he won a Grammy for mastering Daft Punk's Alive 2007, which won Best Electronic/Dance Album in 2008. [50] [9] [4]

In 2019 he won a Latin Grammy Award for mastering Mon Laferte's Norma won a Grammy for Best Alternative Music Album. [51]

In 2013 he was Grammy nominated for mastering Fiona Apple's The Idler Wheel... which was Grammy nominated for Best Alternative Music Album. [52] [9] [4]

In 2020 he won 3 Grammy's for mastering Gary Clark Jr.'s album This Land. The album won 3 Grammy's and earned 1 nomination. The album won Best Contemporary Blues Album, Best Rock Performance and Best Rock Song. It was nominated for Best Music Video. [53] [9] [4]


Other Awards:

Weinberg was nominated for the Mix Foundation's TEC Awards (Technical Excellence & Creativity) for mastering engineer in 1997. [54] He was named among the winners for Outstanding Creative Achievement in 2003 as part of the team for Sheryl Crow's "Soak Up the Sun" and C'mon, C'mon , [55] and in 2006 for Record Production as part of the team for Gorillaz' "Feel Good Inc". [56] In 2001 he received a Mercury Prize for mastering PJ Harvey's album Stories from the City, Stories from the Sea . [57] [9] This album also won a Mercury Prize. [58] [59]


Other Awards Information:

As of 2021, Weinberg has not won a Grammy statuette. [60] Mastering engineers are not eligible for a GRAMMY statuette except in the categories of Best Historical Album, Best Immersive Audio Album, Best Engineered Album Classical, Best Engineered Album Non- Classical, Record of the Year and Album of The Year. (Mastering Engineers are eligible to receive a Winner’s Certificate for all winning albums.). [61]

It is also worth stressing, Weinberg will never be nominated as "Best Engineered" in any of those catagories because those Engineers (candidates/nominees) are Recording engineers and not Mastering engineers.

However, the Recording engineers that recorded Sheryl Crow’s, C’mom C’mon that Weinberg mastered, Jack Joseph Puig, Trina Shoemaker, Eric Tew & Andy Wallace,(Sheryl Crow) in 2002, were Grammy nominated in one of those cateorgories,Best Engineered Recording, Non Classical, had they won for Best Enigineered Recording, Non Classical, Weinberg would have received a Grammy statuette in place of a Grammy Winner's Certificate for mastering. They did not win, so instead, he earned the Grammy Nomination. [62]

Personal life

Howie Weinberg married Rachel Felder, the director of artists and repertory at Columbia Records in July 1999. [63] The couple separated in 2009 and divorced soon after.

Partial discography

If not stated otherwise, Howie Weinberg received credits for mastering. Listed in alphabetical order: [46]

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