Hollin Jones

Hollin Jones

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.

Articles by Hollin Jones

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Review: IK Multimedia MixBox

IK bundles 70 of its premium FX and processors into a virtual rack system with a few tricks up its sleeve. Hollin Jones took it for a spin…

5 Quick Arrangement Tips For Laptop Producers

Arranging on a laptop can present unique challenges. Hollin Jones shares 5 of his top tips for making laptop life easier.

5 Ways To Make Your Vocal Tracks Shine

A great vocal makes a track the best it can be. Here are five things to remember to make your vocal tracks really shine.

Best of 2020: Virtual Instruments

2020 saw a heavy focus on classic synth recreations, scoring collections and ever more advanced instrument designs. Here’s 9 of the best…

Best Of 2020: MIDI Controllers

Despite the global pandemic, closure of factories and general mayhem, 2020 has seen some great, new MIDI controllers announced and/or released. Here's nine of our favorites (in no particular order).

5 Pro Tips for Mixing On Headphones

Working from home studios can mean some compromises when it comes to making noise. Here are 5 things to think about when mixing on headphones.

5 Free Ways To Speed Up Your Music System

Upgrading your computer hardware means more speed, but it comes at a price. Here are 5 ways you can speed up your music system for free!

Review: Teenage Engineering PO-133 Street Fighter Micro Sampler

Get your retro arcade fix with the latest addition to Teenage Engineering’s Capcom series of Pocket Operators. Hollin Jones fires up the PO-133.

Creating Lush String Sounds In Cubase

Getting a great string sound doesn’t mean spending a fortune. Hollin Jones shows you some pro tips for processing and mixing strings in Cubase.

8 Pro Tips For Making A Music Video On A Budget

Making videos for your music might sound like a big, expensive production. But here are some ways you can do it on the cheap, or even for free…

Review: UVI World Suite 2

UVI’s World Suite gets a major upgrade and brings instruments from the farthest flung parts of the globe to your DAW. Hollin Jones took it for a spin…

How To Liven Up Loops Using Cubase’s Built-In Tools

Tired of your loop collection? Cubase has some amazing tools built right in that can help you refresh them. Hollin Jones shows you how it’s done…

The 5 Most Portable Music-Making Accessories You Can Buy Right Now

As mobile devices like laptops, phones and iPads get ever more powerful, here are five great additions to your music-making setup.

Review: AKAI MPC Beats, The Free DAW For Everyone

AKAI’s MPC Beats DAW features a wealth of MIDI and audio recording options focused around the company’s unique workflow. Hollin Jones fired it up…

Review: OLLO Audio S4X Reference Headphones

If you’ve ever wanted to hear recorded music in its purest form, OLLO Audio might have just the ticket. Hollin Jones road tests the S4X Reference Headphones.