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24th November 2017
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We are now closed to new questions! Howie will try to get all of the most recent ones answered within a few days' time at most....

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Whitecat 29th May 2013
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Hello and welcome! Expert Q&As are one of the coolest things we do around here on a semi-regular basis. It's your chance...

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Whitecat 8th May 2013
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With over 30 years experience as head mastering engineer at the world renowned Masterdisk Studios in NYC, Howie Weinberg has...

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Whitecat 3rd May 2013
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Hi Howie, You've mentioned instances where you didn't have to do much because the mix was great. Somehow I imagine that Howie...

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Howie Weinberg 4th June 2013
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I am a newbie to audio engineering and very much interested. I found out recently that i cant hear several high frequencies. I...

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Howie Weinberg 4th June 2013
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thanks for doing this, it s a honour for me to have an answer from you. i usually mix into a compressor with just a few dB s of...

mrc
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Howie Weinberg 4th June 2013
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Like everyone else, I would like to thank you for all the great work you have done ! I would like to ask your opinion on...

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Howie Weinberg 4th June 2013
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What digital brickwall limiter do you use the most? Thanks for all your great info. It's been a real treat!!! -Alex

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Howie Weinberg 4th June 2013
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wondering what your thoughts are on the 100 hz area of the kick and wack you know making it punch in the chest. Any...

Kris Bang Boom
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Howie Weinberg 4th June 2013
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I've read so many articles recently on how engineers use gentle compression at every stage of recording/mixing to help (amongst...

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Howie Weinberg 4th June 2013
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You mentioned that in some projects you were requested to be fairly heavy handed in mastering (like RHCP's BSSM). Can you...

CoreRec
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Howie Weinberg 4th June 2013
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Hi Howie, Do you use some of your work, or others work, as references? Can you give some exemples of well mastered...

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Howie Weinberg 4th June 2013
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I frequently find myself in the position where I print the mix the way I want it and the way I want it sent to mastering, meaning...

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PRobb 30th May 2013
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hey howie, what are the majority of big name mixers sending you format wise? 96k wavs? tape? any DSD or 1bit stuff? also,...

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Howie Weinberg 24th May 2013
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Hi Howie, Thank you for helping us with your precious answers! I wonder If you get any soft clipping from A/D converter at...

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Howie Weinberg 24th May 2013
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Do you have any tips on finding the right Attack and Release settings using a Limiter when Mastering ?:)

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Howie Weinberg 24th May 2013
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Hi Howie I would love to know at what stage of your mastering process you downsize to 44.1Khz 16 Bit and What do you do first? Do...

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Howie Weinberg 24th May 2013
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First off, thank you for taking the time to do this. I've always loved Streetcore by Joe Strummer and the Mescaleros. I...

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Howie Weinberg 24th May 2013
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Thanks for your time Howie... I just realized that you did the Mastering for "Ahi Vamos" de Gustavo Cerati, how do...

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Howie Weinberg 24th May 2013
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Hey Howie! Thanks for taking the time to give us all a peek inside your world of engineering. It's rare in any industry to get...

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Howie Weinberg 24th May 2013
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Howie, hey! After finishing an album, have you ever wished you could go back and make (even the subtlest) changes? If so, can...

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Howie Weinberg 24th May 2013
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What kind of communication might go on between you and the mixer of a project, and what do you want to know from them? I'm an...

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Howie Weinberg 21st May 2013
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hi howie! what's your own favorite master that you did??

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Howie Weinberg 21st May 2013
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Firstly, do you do this more often than not? What is it mainly that you listen for, ie what are the most important things you...

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Howie Weinberg 21st May 2013
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Hello Howie. Thanks again for doing this. Do you play any instruments? I know many mastering engineers that do (Bob Ludwig...

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Howie Weinberg 21st May 2013
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I am wondering if you ever use visual cues, such as from a spectrum analyzer or phase meter, to hone in on what your ears are...

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Howie Weinberg 21st May 2013
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Hi Howie When you receive mixes from the BIGS... on average what kind of headroom are they leaving you? Peaks and RMS if...

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Howie Weinberg 21st May 2013
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I just pulled out a test master for a record our band did in 1986, mastered by you at Masterdisk. The vinyl (or is it even...

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Howie Weinberg 21st May 2013
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Hi Howie, welcome and thanks for letting us pick your brain! When applying any changes (EQ, compression, spatial), do you make...

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Howie Weinberg 21st May 2013
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Hi Howie. You mastered the 'Singles' soundtrack which had included a song I wrote for the band Truly called "Heart and...

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Howie Weinberg 21st May 2013
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Do you output masters peaking at 0dBfs, or do you leave, say 0.5dB of headroom to reduce clipping when consumers convert to lossy...

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Howie Weinberg 21st May 2013
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Hi Howie, thanks for doing this. As a big Andy Wallace fan, I'm interested in what you think makes his mixes different from...

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Howie Weinberg 15th May 2013
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Great to have you here Howie! You mentioned using analog EQ and compression. How often and for what reasons do you use any type...

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Howie Weinberg 15th May 2013
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Hello Howie, I would like to know what is/was your approach/set up for cutting a record. (How) do you process the signal from...

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Howie Weinberg 15th May 2013
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Howie - thank you for making yourself available. I am curious if you check master mixes on "real world" speakers or...

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Howie Weinberg 15th May 2013
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Hi Howie, Many thanks for taking the time to do this. For years, I've used The Chili Peppers' "Blood Sugar..." when I...

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Howie Weinberg 15th May 2013
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Hi Howie! What are the most consistent problems you face in hip-hop mixes and has it changed over the years because things...

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Howie Weinberg 15th May 2013
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How often on average and for how long do you take a break? Or does it depend on the project?

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Howie Weinberg 15th May 2013
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Hello Howie, thanks for doing this Q&A and congratulations for your spectacular career. I would like to know as much as...

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Brett 123 15th May 2013
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Hey Howie. When using an EQ for mastering what is the best way to determine which frequencies need to be cut or boosted, and by...

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Philosopher 14th May 2013
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Hi Howie- First I would like to thank you for taking the time out of your busy schedule to do this, and second I want to thank...

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JR465 10th May 2013
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Hi Howie, Thanks for coming here and answering our questions. Just recently realized I am a big fan, finding your name on 20+...

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Howie Weinberg 10th May 2013
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Hello Howie, A bit of an odd question here but in the last 10 years I played in a couple of bands that had our albums mastered...

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Howie Weinberg 10th May 2013
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First, thank you very much for doing this thread. It's great to get a sense of what the process is after the record leaves our...

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Howie Weinberg 10th May 2013
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Hi Howie Thank you very much for going this. When you get mixes that are too transparent/digital sounding that needs color...

Rickard Bengtsso
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Howie Weinberg 10th May 2013
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Brilliant to have you here :) How do you decide how far to go with "loudness"? You mentioned in an earlier question...

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Howie Weinberg 10th May 2013
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Hi Howie, Thanks for dropping by. Can you take a minute to talk about certain frequency areas that are either important for...

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Howie Weinberg 10th May 2013
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A while ago you mastered a dance project I worked on as a mix engineer. You did a great job (as expected). But what I want to...

Joram
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Howie Weinberg 10th May 2013
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Hi Howie, Can you share what equipment and techniques you used to master Muse's Black Holes and Revelations? Do you recall what...

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Howie Weinberg 10th May 2013
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I think you've done some OUTSTANDING masters over the years. I've also seen a few be remastered to be the modern hot and blah...

CoreRec
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Bob Olhsson 10th May 2013
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hello howie! thank you for taking your time for doing this, really appreciate! i have only a very basic question: how do...

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DAH 10th May 2013
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Mr Weinberg, what are a few mastering techniques for enhancing the perceived dynamic range and frequency extension ranges of a...

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psykostx 10th May 2013
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Hello Howie, First off I have to say I love many of the masters you have done and thank you for taking the time to answer our...

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Howie Weinberg 9th May 2013
 
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