Hollin Jones was classically trained as a piano player but found the lure of blues and jazz too much to resist. Graduating from bands to composition then production, he relishes the chance to play anything with keys. A sometime lecturer in videographics, music production and photography post production, Hollin has been a freelance writer on music technology and Apple topics for well over a decade, along the way publishing several books on audio software. He has been lead writer at a number of prominent music and technology publications. As well as consultancy, full-time journalism, video production and professional photography, he occasionally plays Hammond, Rhodes and other keys for people who ask nicely. Hollin is Contributing Editor at Ask.Audio.
Monitors are one of the most important studio purchases you'll make. They can have a massive impact on how your mixes sound. Here's five excellent studio monitors that won't break the bank.
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It’s wonderful to own or play a genuine classic, but their availability, size and cost mean that most people will have to find an alternative. Hollin Jones explains your options.
Does Eventide's CrushStation tread the same, overdrive path as other distortion plugins, or can it offer a usable and unique sonic palette for the modern producer? Hollin Jones gears up to find out.
Whether you’re chatting, being interviewed or full-on recording music over the internet, here are some tips to make sure it all goes smoothly and sounds as good as it can.
Steinberg’s latest instrument promises to take your drum sound design to previously unknown realms. But can it deliver? Hollin Jones found out.
Softube’s latest collaboration with Weiss copies the EQ1’s assembler code line by line while adding some distinctly 21st century features. Hollin Jones took it for a spin…
With podcasting more popular than ever, British mic specialists Sontronics have a sparkling new studio-quality mic that looks to fulfil your every need. Hollin Jones put it to the test.
In a word of endless software choice, hardware instruments and effects can offer something unique in terms of sonic character. Here are 5 pro tips for the best ways to use them.
Novation’s Launchkey gets a major upgrade and a new family member with version 3. Hollin Jones takes you on a tour of this powerful MIDI controller.
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