The Diamond - HWMC – Howie Weinberg Mastering Console has been created by Acustica Audio and Studio DMI, in collaboration with Howie Weinberg, the multi-Grammy-winning mastering engineer with 200+ Gold and Platinum Records, 15 Grammys, 31 nominations, 19k credits, and 25 billion streams to his name.

The 80s saw him working with the world's biggest artists like David Bowie, The Police, Herbie Hancock, Tears for Fears and the list goes on. Until of course, he then defined the sound of Hip-Hop, working on classic records of some of the biggest names, like Run DMC, Beastie Boys, Public Enemy, Grandmaster Flash, and the Furious Five, Slick Rick, and Biz Markie.
Just as the 80s were put to bed, onwards came the 90s and upwards Howie kept going, working on seminal albums like Depeche Mode's "Violator", Nirvana's "Nevermind", Soundgarden's "Badmotorfinger", Red Hot Chilli Peppers' "Blood Sugar Sex Magik" and U2's "Pop".

Today, Howie's mastering chain, carefully chosen over the years and Howie’s workflow are now available to you in an All-in-One plugin, HWMC – the Howie Weinberg Mastering Console.

The plugin aims to capture the flexibility of Howie's hybrid setup, distilled into the perfect, single tool, to serve enthusiasts, amateurs, professionals, and Howie himself, who wanted to incorporate it into his own daily workflow.

At a glance

HWMC - Howie Weinberg Mastering Console features six different sections:

C SECTION: A ‘Coral-style’ Mastering Tube Compressor with four different switchable compressor operating modes depending on the rectifier circuit emulations selected.

E SECTION: A 2-band stereo EQ offering ±9dB gain for both Channels (Left-Right) with a bell response derived from a ‘Scarlet-style’ Parametric Stereo Mastering EQ.

F SECTION: Includes really smooth, gentle hi and low shelf filters with a 10kHz high shelf and a 100Hz low shelf plus High-pass and Low-pass filters with a slope of 12dB/octave.

L SECTION: An ultra-transparent algorithmic Brickwall Limiter with oversampling-rate buttons (1x - 4x - 8x).

ADC: A Clipping stage that includes three different models (C1 - C2 - C3) from least to most aggressive, controllable via the Clipper knob and the oversampling-rate buttons (1x - 4x - 8x) from the sampling of different Howie's analog-to-digital converters.

DAC: A Preamp stage which includes three modes from the sampling of different digital-to-analog converters, Howie's signature sound (Dcs - Mytek - Mytek+Tape).


HWMC comes with a wide range of presets, from 70's Punk, 80's Rock to Hip Hop, EDM, and Pop music.

Technical information

• Plug-in Format(s): VST2, VST3, AU, AAX
• System Requirements (PC Windows): Windows 10
• System Requirements (Apple macOS): OSX 10.14
• Available sample rates: 44.1 - 48 - 88.2 - 96 kHz
• CORE 17
• M1 macOS Monterey Compatible

Price and availability

Introductory price: €125 | 50% OFF until December 23, 2021 (reg. price €249).

The product is at an introductory period for the first four weeks after release or until the first official version is released. This implies that the product may receive improvements, changes, or fixes available through Aquarius Desktop updates during that time.

How to install the free 30-day trial

HWMC user's manual

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