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: Heavyocity Damage 2

Heavyocity shook up the cinematic scoring world with the Damage percussive instrument and now they’re back with version 2. Hollin Jones gets scoring with it…

5 Best Mastering Plugins You Can Buy in 2020

There’s a wealth of mastering software out there to suit all budgets and approaches. But which is for you? Hollin Jones shares his top 5…

Review: Sugar Bytes DrumComputer

Sugar Bytes brings a taste of the past and the future to its latest drum machine. But it’s so much more, as Hollin Jones finds out.

Review: iRig Keys 2 Mini Portable MIDI Controller

The latest addition to IK’s controller lineup is its most portable to date. And it has a few unexpected tricks up its sleeve, as Hollin Jones discovered…

8 Ways To Power Up Vocals If You’re Not A Great Singer

Singing is one of the trickier types of musical performance to do really well. Short of taking years of vocal lessons, here are 8 ways you can improve your vocal performances.

5 Essential iPad Accessories for Music Makers

You’ve got a shiny iPad and some music apps for it, but how can you really power up your productivity? Hollin Jones has 5 suggestions…

5 Ways To Create Danceable Rhythms and Grooves In Your Tracks

Nothing moves your audience like a beat or a sequence that gets their feet going. Here are five ways to find your groove…

5 Mistakes To Avoid When Mixing On Headphones

Ah, headphones. We all use them when producing though common advice is not to mix on cans, often we need to. Here's five mistakes to avoid when using headphones as your mixing medium.

5 Studio Monitors That Punch Above Their Price Tags

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.

Review: ClassicFX For iOS

ClassicFX combines some much-loved audio effects in new and interesting ways on your iOS device. Hollin Jones took it for a spin.

5 Classic Keyboards And The Best Software Alternatives

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.

Review: Eventide CrushStation Overdrive / Distortion

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.

5 Tips For Better Audio Quality When Using Zoom / Online Video

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.

Review: Steinberg Backbone Drum Resynthesizer

Steinberg’s latest instrument promises to take your drum sound design to previously unknown realms. But can it deliver? Hollin Jones found out.

Review: Softube Weiss EQ1

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…