Santa Monica, CA (April 1, 2013)-Mastering engineer Howie Weinberg’s new facility in Los Angeles features Antelope Audio’s Isochrone 10M|Trinity combination, Zodiac+ and Eclipse 384 digital audio converters.
Following his 30-year career as head mastering engineer at Masterdisk, Weinberg has established himself as an in-demand mastering engineer. He opened his own facility in 2011, appropriately named Howie Weinberg Mastering. The new facility is located in the Laurel Canyon Hills of Los Angeles.
Weinberg, who has just completed work on new releases by Metallica, Fiona Apple, Joe Walsh and others, clocks his entire room and DAW rig with an Antelope Isochrone Trinty|10M combination, a set up which he refers to as “the Holy Grail of clocking.” He says this combination makes an audible difference for both his clients in the studio as well as in the finished article.
“When clients come in, I will play them what the music sounds like with the native clocking hardware in my DAW, and then with the Antelope. When I switch to the Antelope, their jaws drop every time.”
He continues, “The Antelope clocks are very accurate and as a result, make everything sound wider and cleaner. They provide much more depth and a sound that I can only describe as ‘3D.’ To my ears, the difference is really audible.”
In addition to relying solely on Antelope’s renowned clocking technology, Weinberg favors the transparent sonic qualities of Antelope’s converters. “I use the Zodiac+ mastering DAC right out of my Pro Tools unit, and this is the first conversion,” he explains. “I like it because it doesn’t introduce any color. Honestly, I think it is the closest thing I’ve heard to the source on any converter.”
For the recording of the final master, Howie incorporates the award-winning Eclipse 384, which is also the final monitoring DAC for playback to his array of high-end monitors. “I realized my weak link was A/D and D/A conversion and that’s why I upgraded to an all-Antelope setup.”