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Mastering for iPhone

Howie Weinberg has released a intriguing new iPhone app that combines tutoring for mix mastering with the tools to do it! Howie's credits include some of my favorite albums; like Nirvana's Nevermind, White Zombie's La Sexocisto, Smashing Punkin's Siamese Dream, Chevelle's Wonder What's Next, and countless others. He even did the mastering on Funky Town!

Mastering iTunes Description:

Howie Weinberg Mastering takes you behind the scenes and in the studio with Howie as he shares his decades of mastering engineering experience.

Sonic Legend’s premier release, “The Howie Weinberg Mastering App,” is a quick, easy and affordable mobile music mastering tool now available to everyone. Howie Weinberg, a legendary mastering engineer, whose career spans 3000 releases, 200 Gold Records, and over a quarter of a billion records sold, has leveled the playing field with an IOS app that allows anyone to easily and professionally master the final touches to any recording.

Professional master engineering can be complicated and expensive. Those days are over. Gone are the complicated plug-ins and limiting formats requiring constant updates and expensive software. Howie guides you every step of the way, focusing on steps to bring the best out in all types of music. The Howie Weinberg Mastering App is created by an artist, in the language of artists, and breaks the process down in a simple, straightforward approach so any music creator can easily load their mixed recordings, master, and with a click, share your talent with the world.

The Howie Weinberg Mastering App features:


  • Intuitive User Interface
  • Never before available integrated mastering tools with built-in EQ curves used on hundreds of your favorite gold and platinum records.
  • User can master on a genre specific basis
  • 4 different EQ
  • bands of specialized Key-Selected Frequency Ranges customized to create proven successful curves ideal for specific music genres.
  • A unique “Howie Help” button that takes you behind the scenes and in the studio with Howie as he shares his decades of mastering engineering experience through special selected frequencies in the Advanced Mode, or Simple Mode for optimizing one-click mastering.
  • Helps identify muddy-tones, enhances driving basslines, brightens punch
  • Ability to move seamlessly through your settings
  • Make your music sound great on any sound system
  • Easy to navigate compressor controls
  • Monitoring with VU meters, peak meters, and a real-time spectrum analyzer
  • Easy import and export of files (Dropbox, Soundcloud, Itunes library)

Buy Mastering on iTunes: $2.99 (iPhone)

Reader Comments 17

This looks very useful Tim. I'll be checking it out when I get home.

December 06, 2013  | person_outline Medo

Very reasonable price sounds like a good app to have

December 06, 2013  | person_outline Andre

Photography version:

https://itunes.apple.com/ca/app/dale-grahn-color/id584568903?mt=8

December 06, 2013  | person_outline Professor Marvel

Useless! Everyone knows that for a great mix, all you have to do is turn down the suck knob.

December 06, 2013  | person_outline ZenLizard

iOS7 only

December 07, 2013  | person_outline Xopianoi

Hey Tim I remember when you used to drill any crappy apps and make people aware of useless tripe. Do you think this app really does what it says on the tin? I find it hard to believe.

December 07, 2013  | person_outline Anonymousbosh

I got it. I think it may provide some interesting Compression/EQ Presets for general mastering of tracks, quick and dirty. I do not for a minute think that the Art of mastering should be taken lightly, but I do think it is easy to over-think the process, and like we learn through our engineering studies (formal or informal), the best measure of sound quality is our ears. I tried it out, and my sense of it is that because the developer is pretty hip and smart from a lot of experience working with some amazing music, he has tried given us something that can work in quite a few instances, and look dope in the process. I LOVE the look of it. And hey, 3 bucks...How many times in the past year have I said something like that, followed with "Are you f&'king kidding me?!?" Rhetorically answering myself, quite a lot of times...

G-Damn, I love iOS...

December 07, 2013  | person_outline Chris Catalano

I would have loved to have stuff like this in my early years as a sound engineer. I think my mentors doled out the information to me much slower than they could have, because they knew that once I could work without their guidance, I wouldn't have to get them coffee or... other things... anymore. At any rate, I agree with Chris, even if all you get out of it is an increase in your knowledge, it is definitely worth $3 and a hell of a lot easier than finding Chinese food at three in the morning for the 'important people' at the studio twice a week, or a bag of questionable substance for the recording artist who 'feels more creative' only after he/she has sampled the contents.

December 07, 2013  | person_outline ZenLizard

Seems to do a good job of the mastering, doesn't really share many tips though, mainly just pops up "this is what I would do" or "listen to this".

Frustrating to use though as there are no progress indicators for things like converting to AAC for emailing or uploading to Dropbox both of which take a very long time. So you can't see if it has hung or just very slow.

December 07, 2013  | person_outline Bianca

Agreed, sure hope it does not turn out to be one of those "set it and forget it" Apps in terms of future development. I like the way it brings things down to several elements, but the advanced mode does need some audio rendering options, and the triple bandwidths sliders are limited. A reputable guy with a name on the line is probably a good thing to counter complacency. Too early to say, but of course there are way more advanced options in iOS for mastering at this point. Auria has some incredible plugins available, I mean seriously ass- kicking stuff, and Audio Mastering/ Master Record are both excellent...I wish Twisted Wave would bring a little more to the Mastering Table, and what ever became of Hokusai?

December 07, 2013  | person_outline Chris Catalano

I'm interested in this....Howie is a legend. I think I'll be checking this out...and while I don't think that you can master with the punch of a button...I Do think that this might be a good ticket for getting you in the ballpark for a good sound...especially coming from someone who has done so much in the industry with so many great artists. I'll do a video if I pick it up.

December 07, 2013  | person_outline Derek Buddemeyer

I tried this app yesterday and it turned out to be completely different from what I was expecting. I thought it would be like a magazine with tutorials, screenshots, graphs etc It is more like a mastering for dummies kind of thing but with the caveat that you actually get to master a song, your song, if you follow the linear sequence of how the app is structured. That is the really good bit but it is limited in that you only get very minimal sliders or buttons to play with. I think Howie has opted for a less is more approach which is cool. For £1.99 it is a very good deal but as I've just bought Brainworx's bx digital V2 plugin for mastering during the Black Friday sales, this app won't be getting much use. For a quick and rough mastering session it will do the business. This could do with maybe a Pro version with more features and for iPad.

December 07, 2013  | person_outline Medo

Dang. Funky Town? That was awesome. Absolutely crazy stupid what you can get for $3 these days. It looks good, but I don't know if I'd really choose my iPhone for mastering, when I've got an iPad or Mac available. If there were an iPad version...

December 07, 2013  | person_outline Patrick/Secret Base Design

I'm using it on an iPad...and it looks & works great! I definitely agree with the previously suggested improvements...but in its current state, this app is perfectly functional...and so much better than an earlier attempt: www.youtube.com/watch?v=kC1xnDsloBk

December 07, 2013  | person_outline mocomain

That was funny as hell!!!

December 07, 2013  | person_outline Derek Buddemeyer

I did pick this up just out of curiosity and I con honestly say it isnt even worth the 4 bucks. It's just handful of EQ and compression presets for specific genres. I'm sorry but Howie is just cashing in on his name with this and isnt really doing the art of mastering a disservice by releasing this. Perhaps you'll get a sense of what frequencies Howie favors as a starting point for certain types of music. But one frequency band wont be appropriate for all kick drums. or snares, or synths, and on and on and on. Oh and btw, the compressor is lousy!

January 27, 2014  | person_outline Soltec

correction - "and IS really doing the art of mastering a disservice".

January 27, 2014  | person_outline Soltec
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